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Tx Veg Fest and Room 237

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Just enjoyed seeing the SynchroMystic documentary “Room 237” at Austin’s Violet Crown theater after going to the Texas Veg Fest at Fiesta Gardens.

What a great day!

William Gibson: Fortean!

Cyberpunk Fortean William Gibson

 “I’m Totally a Fortean!” (Audio)

“It’s always a pleasure to return to Austin, which in some weird way was definitely the epicenter of my literary career, such as it’s been.”

On Thursday, September 6th, I had the pleasure of finally seeing William Gibson in-the-flesh. Despite his being sick with a cold (he offered to infect any attendees with it who might’ve had such a Cronenbergian desire) Gibson read an interesting piece from his new book, Distrust That Particular Flavor, and regaled the audience with his observations on a few subjects including fashion.

It’s weird, really weird reading any of this stuff because I never read any of it before. I never read it to an audience. These were written for magazine publication. The weirdest of these, I think, the one that is most mysterious to me is an essay called Dead Man Sings that I wrote in 1998 for ASAP, which is a Forbes magazine giveaway or something. … they got in touch with me and said ‘we’d like you to write something’ and I said ‘what’ and they said ‘it doesn’t matter … [write] what you feel like.’ I’d never really gotten that before … so I really took it to heart and I sat down and sort of channeled this thing I’m about to read you and with no idea where it was coming from or really what it was about. I realized, when I was going through all these pieces, this is the one I’ve gone back to more in my writing and as sometimes happens, I think that this thing which I wrote without understanding – I wrote it in a weird kind of trance – because it didn’t matter and it had given me permission to say whatever I wanted to say, which I had never had before in non-fiction. … So this thing just came out, what I’m about to read to you, and its probably the one thing in this book that I discovered more in, over the years, since I wrote it, I suspect in some way its been the program for a lot of the fiction I’ve written since.

The essay Dead Man Sings (published as “Dead Man Speaks apparently) that Gibson read for us that evening is certainly evocative of much of what makes Gibson’s writings so telling and important. Distrust That Particular Flavor coverThey grapple with the effects of technology on our culture and our experiencing of memory and history. It reminded me of a video I’d recently seen of him (filmed many years ago inside a moving car) in which he reflects on one of the details he mentioned in the essay, that is the invention of the sound recording and that period of time when there were still humans (backwoods Appalachian Americans in his example) who were being recorded for the first time and the fundamental difference (to his hears) of those recordings to everything since.

We live in, have lived through, a strange time. I know this because when I was a child the flow of forgetting was relatively unimpeded. I know this because the dead were less of a constant presence, then. Because there was once no rewind button. Because the soldiers dying in the Somme were black and white, and did not run as the living run. Because the world’s attic was still untidy. Because there were old men in the mountain valleys of my Virginia childhood who remembered a time before recorded music.

Dead Man Speaks

After the reading (and towards the end of his face-time with us and before beginning the autographing line) there was an opening for me to ask him a question that had been on my mind for a while… But before I asked the question I wanted to show my sincere feelings for the words he’d written a couple of years ago when he posted the following to his twitter feed:

“Very sad to learn of the death of @mactonnies. Whip-smart young Fortean surrealist dudes are too thin on the ground to begin with.”
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As I began expressing my thanks the look on his face gave me the impression that he hadn’t understood what I was saying – perhaps it was just the idea of someone thanking him for a “tweet” (let alone one from three years ago) that struck him as odd. Once I’d shifted my comment to a question he gave a not surprising to me reply which I’m happy to add to the public record:

SMiles Lewis: I’d like to thank you for your 2009 tweet which consisted of kind words on the passing of Mac Tonnies. There’s things in your book Pattern Recognition and other books that make me ask this question: Are you now or have you ever been a Fortean?

William Gibson: Oh, I’m totally a Fortean! I’ve been a Fortean since I was… actually I’d have to find out. I’ve been a Fortean ever since Ace Books republished Charles Fort’s three great weird philosophical books about strange shit that he’d found in old old newspapers. And I continue to be … That’s Charles Fort for those of you who don’t know him. If you wanna have a really strange experience go find The Book of the Damned by Charles Fort which was published in the 1920s and has two sequels. It’s kind of the mother of all X-Files stuff.

 

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Senator Cornyn Reading Letter from Sam Houston to Andrew Jackson

 

I had the pleasure of meeting and recording Texas Senator John Cornyn reading a famous letter from Republic of Texas President Sam Houston to former U.S. President Andrew Jackson.

Voices of Texas History

1844 draft letter from Sam Houston to Andrew Jackson regarding the annexation of Texas by the United States.

Read by United States Senator
John Cornyn on July 27th, 2012

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About the document

Sen. Cornyn reads sections of a draft letter dated February 16, 1844, from Republic of Texas President Sam Houston to former U.S. President Andrew Jackson emphasizing his support of Texas’ annexation by the United States. (Draft letter: Item 3362, Andrew Jackson Houston collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission). The excerpts read by Senator Cornyn highlight the most compelling points in Houston’s draft letter (the final draft was ultimately sent to Jackson).

Voices of Texas History – Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Senator Cornyn Reads Letter from Sam Houston to Andrew Jackson

 

Jellyfish Light at Thrice Cafe

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Cool jellyfish lamp / lighting fixture I saw at Thrice Cafe / Thai Fresh the other day.

Thai Fresh & Thrice Cafe
thai-fresh.com/Thai, Restaurant, Coffee, Cafe, Vegan, Gluten Free, Local, Organic, Sustainable …

Thai Fresh
909 West Mary St # B, Austin
Open until 9:00pm.

Save Texas Schools March and Rally 2012

On Saturday March 24, 2012 the Save Texas Schools March and Rally was held at the Texas capitol. Students, parents, teachers and community leaders attended to show their support of Texas public education. Information about education issues and ways to defend public schools can be found at http://savetxschools.org/.

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Free Lecture: Opening to Other Worlds, Other Lives with Katya Walter Part Two

Consciousness Connections Meeting

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

6:30p Social, 7:00-9:00p Program

Austin Center for Spiritual Living

5555 North Lamar Blvd., Suite D-117, Austin, Texas

The meeting is free & open to the Public

Book donations are welcome

Opening to Other Worlds, Other Lives

Presentation by  Katya Walter, PhD

Katya Walter, PhD, will talk about past life regression, the coming age of psychic expansion, accessing universal mind to astral travel in time as well as space beings Katya has encountered in these travels, and learning to access secrets of nature through communication with universal mind. This is an exploratory talk ranging into the last frontier, consciousness itself.

About the Author

Katya Walter has a Ph.D. with an interdisciplinary emphasis from the University of Texas at Austin. She spent 5 years of post-doctoral study at the Jung Institute of Zurich, and a year of post-study in China. Dr. Walter taught in colleges and universities in the USA and abroad for sixteen years before focusing on writing and lecturing. She has published in the areas of cosmology, chaos theory, social criticism, and poetry. She has given numerous workshops on the I Ching, Chaos Theory, Synchronicity, and Dreams in the United States and Europe. Dr. Walter is author of the Touching God’s TOE series of books. She also authored an accompanying handbook called “Dream Mail” – designed for contemplating the deeper structure of dreams. It discusses the fractal messages that are carried in the symbolism of dreams and how to interpret dreams for daily life.

During 2011, INACS awarded several deserving projects with Quick-Start Grants,  including two grants for Katya Walter to publish her “Double Bubble Universe” TOE trilogy in both book and e-book format (now available on Amazon.com and iBooks).

Austin Center for Spiritual Living, 5555 N. Lamar, Suite D 115
(please see maps below)

Maps to location of event below. ACSL (Austin Center for Spiritual Living) is located within the complex behind Half-Price-Books at 5555 North Lamar Blvd, in Suite D-117.

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Austin News and Views #25 – 10/31/11

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AUSTIN NEWS & VIEWS

October 31, 2011

Hosted by Thom White

with Guests Kevin Schooley and Heather Fazio.

Headlines

Airport Scanners and Checkpoints to Travel

APD “Vampire Cops” No Refusal Blood Draws

Surveillance State

 

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Austin News and Views #24 – 10/24/11

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AUSTIN NEWS & VIEWS

October 24, 2011

Hosted by Thom White & SMiles Lewis

with Guest Mack White

Headlines

Airport Scanners and Checkpoints to Travel

Texans for Accountable Government, with the sponsorship of Councilwoman Laura Morrison, has secured the City Council Chamber for a community forum to discuss the concerns Austinites have with the Advanced Imaging Technology being installed at ABIA.

Panel includes Dr. Laura Pressley (chemist), Norman Horn (chemical engineer), and George Farris (Airport Advisory Commissioner). More panelists to be announced.

Rally for Safe and Effective Airport Secuity – City Hall Plaza, 6:30pm
Community Forum, including expert panel – City Hall Chamber, 7:30pm

#Occupied 

“Sgt. Shamar Thomas USMC Veteran. I took an Oath that I live by.I am NOT anti-NYPD. I am anti- Police Brutality. I am no longer under contract with the USMC so I do NOT have to follow military uniform regulations. I DON’T affiliate myself with ANY GROUPS or POLITICAL ORG. I affiliate myself with the AMERICAN PEOPLE that’s it. I REFUSE to affiliate with anything that SEPERATES. There is an obvious problem in the country and PEACEFUL PEOPLE should be allowed to PROTEST without Brutality. I was involved in a RIOT in Rutbah, Iraq 2004 and we did NOT treat the Iraqi citizens like they are treating the unarmed civilians in our OWN Country. No one was brutalized because our mission was to “WIN the hearts and minds”, why should I expect anything less in my OWN Country.”

Community Members block auctions in Brooklyn court; 9 activists arrested.
Date: October 13, 2011

“Calling on the judicial system to institute an immediate moratorium on all foreclosures until a fair system of home loans is put into place, a group of New York City housing justice advocates disrupted the auction of several foreclosed Brooklyn properties in Civil Court on Thursday afternoon through music and song. The group, called Organizing for Occupation (O4O), was protesting what it views as a system designed to benefit financial lending institutions at the expense of homeowners and low-income communities. Although the New York judiciary instituted mandatory pre-foreclosure settlement conferences in 2009, O4O claims that these conferences do nothing to protect the rights of homeowners to remain in their homes. “No lender, be it Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Citibank or Chase, has any intention of settling by means other than a foreclosure auction or another predatory modification,” says Karen Gargamelli, a housing attorney and spokesperson for O4O. “These auctions displace our neighbors and destabilize our neighborhoods. We need a stronger system for dealing with foreclosures, one that holds banks accountable for making bad loans and then speculating on them as ‘securitized instruments’.” And until the Legislature passes more protective laws, O4O is calling on the courts to hold all foreclosure auctions, and encouraging New Yorkers to raise their own voices in the courts to stall these auctions through concerted direct action such as Thursday’s disruption.”

Produced by O4O and www.HousingIsAHumanRight.org

Border Issues

Earthquakes in South Texas

Keeping Texas Weird

 

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Austin News and Views #23 – 10/17/11

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October 17, 2011

Hosted by Thom White & SMiles Lewis

 

 

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Austin News and Views #22 – 10/10/11

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AUSTIN NEWS & VIEWS

October 10, 2011

Hosted by Thom White & SMiles Lewis

With Guest Dr. Laura Pressley

www.FluorideFreeAustin.com

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Laura Pressley, Ph.D. – Dr. Pressley holds a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from theUniversityofTexasatAustinand is the owner of theAustinbased company, Pure Rain Purified Rain Water.  She has worked in the semiconductor industry for the last 17 years and is an expert in device, contamination, and yield engineering.   She has managed teams in theUS,China,Malaysia, and holds multipleU.S.patents, published in peer reviewed journals, and has presented at international technical conferences inEuropeandAsia.

Dr. Pressley is on the Steering Committee of Fluoride Free Austin and is passionate about teaching others about the health dangers of fluoridation and lobbying government representatives to cease the practice of mass medicating our citizens with fluoride.

Date:  July 25, 2011

To: Austin Mayor, Lee Leffingwell and all Council Members

Subject: Recent Updates to Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) of Hexafluorosilicic Acid, Source of fluoride forAustin’s fluoridation -Fluoride warning on City of Austin Water Bills

From:  Free Austin and Texans for Accountable Government (TAG)

Recently, onMay 27, 2011, Mosaic Crop Nuturition, the chemical supplier of hexafluorosilicic acid (Austin’s source of fluoride for water fluoridation) made an update to the Hazard Identification Section of the Material Safety Data Sheet.   See the highlighted section of the MSDS Attachment.

The MSDS updates include the health warning:

“Prolonged or repeated overexposure to fluoride compounds may cause fluorosis. Fluorosis is characterized by skeletal changes, consisting of osteosclerosis (hardening or abnormal density of bone) and osteomalacia (softening of bones) and by mottled discoloration of the enamel of teeth (if exposure occurs during enamel formation). Symptoms may include bone and joint pain and limited range of motion. Conditions aggravated by exposure may include skin and respiratory (asthma-like) disorders.”

Given the recent health warning issued to customers of this chemical, Fluoride Free Austin and Texans for Accountable Government, formally demand that the Austin City Council place a fluoride warning (similar to and consistent with the Hazard Section of Mosaic’s MSDS sheet) informing the City of Austin’s end users by documenting it on their municipal water bills.  The warning language we are demanding and the relevant references are noted below:

Fluoride Warning:

“In January of 2011 the CDC lowered the maximum level of fluoride allowed in tap water from 1.2 ppm to 0.7 ppm.1  Austin currently fluoridates at 0.7 ppm.2   Prolonged or repeated overexposure to fluoride compounds may cause fluorosis.3  Fluorosis is characterized by skeletal changes, consisting of osteosclerosis and osteomalacia and by mottled discoloration of the enamel of teeth if exposure occurs during enamel formation of children and infants.3

If you are concerned about fluorosis in infants in children, you can minimize exposure to fluoride by using non-fluoridated water, for children and for reconstitution of infant formula.2”

Please respond in writing byAugust 26, 2011to Fluoride Free Austin,P.O. Box 7362,Austin,Texas78713or Info@FluorideFreeAustin.com. Thank you your time and consideration.

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References:

1 January 7, 2011 CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/fact_sheets/cwf_qa.htm#12

2 City ofAustin, Fluoride in Drinking Water:  http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/water/fluoride.htm

3 MSDS Sheet for hydrofluorosilicic acid, source of fluoride for fluoridation of Austin Municipal water supply, Mosaic Crop Nutrition, 13830 Circa Crossing Dr., Lithia, FL 33547, http://www.mosaicco.com, 866-928-7901.

More Fluoride Resources and Headlines

LULAC: Civil Rights Violation Regarding Forced Medication

lulac.org › AdvocacyResolutions – WHEREAS, current science shows that fluoridation chemicals pose increased risk to sensitive subpopulations, including infants, the elderly, diabetics, kidney …
LULAC Civil Rights Resolution on Fluoridation Removed

BREAKING NEWS : The Resolution was restored to the LULAC website. Luis Vera, LULAC General Counsel, ATTY in San Antonio, said all LULAC rules were followed.

The LULAC Civil Rights Resolution OPPOSING FLuoridation had been removed at the request of the LULAC National Executive Director.

Clearly, Fluoridation is a public policy gone bad. The chemical used is Hydrofluosilicic Acid, the toxic waste byproduct of the phosphate fertilizer industry. It has contaminants, lead, cadmium, barium, and RADIUM linked to Osteosarcoma ! Why are we adding a drug to water which causes harm to infants, the elderly, and people with impaired immune systems. Infants under 6 months are susceptible to Dental Fluorosis if exposed to Fluoride in the water ! This is a Civil Rights Issue.

Mothers have never been warned and many cannot afford bottled water or expensive systems to remove Fluoride. Ask LULAC to restore the Resolution to the website today.

 

HEADLINES

ROUND ROCK WATER CRISIS:
WATER PRIPELINE MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION MAY TAKE WEEKS TO FIX
LAKE GEORGETOWN RUNNING LOW, NEW BANS ON WATER USAGE IN ROUND ROCK
CAR WASHES AND LANDSCAPING COMPANIES ARE SHUT DOWN?
TSA Announces Advanced Imaging Technology Deployments at U.S. Airports

http://www.mmdnewswire.com/tsa-announces-advanced-imaging-70641.html

AUSTIN AIRPORT ADVISORY COMMISSION MEETING
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2011 AT 5:00 PM
ROOM No. 160
2716 SPIRIT OF TEXAS DRIVE
AUSTIN, TEXAS
Meeting agenda: (Part of Agenda)
3. STAFF BRIEFINGS, REPORTS AND PRESENTATIONS
a) Planning & Engineering Capital Improvement Project Status Report.
 
b) Advance Imaging Technology Update.
 
c) Finance & Operations Reports.
d) GTSA Transactions Report.
e) Briefing on the Opening of the Ground Transportation Staging Area.
 
4. ACTION ITEMS
a) Election of Officers.
 
b) Approve a resolution authorizing ACCEPTANCE OF GRANTS from the Federal Aviation Administration, the Transportation Security Administration, and other agencies of the United States Government in an amount not to exceed $30,000,000 to the City of Austin, Department of Aviation, for Austin-Bergstrom International Airport for Fiscal Year 2011-2012.
SMILES LEWIS SPECIAL REPORT: 
DRONE NEWS …
 
Occupy DC Protesters Pepper Sprayed Were Protesting Drone Exhibit At National Air & Space Museum – Source: MSNBC  — 10/9/2011
Computer Virus Hits U.S. Drone Fleet
The due-process-free assassination of U.S. citizens is now reality (Video)
http://politics.salon.com/2011/09/30/awlaki_6/singleton/
Jeremy Scahill on the Assassination of US Citizens
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V238GIyYAlw
Question of the day: WHAT IS OCCUPY AUSTIN ?
 ” Austin ‘s 99% Joins the 99% on Wall Street to Demand Change Now!”
OCCUPY AUSTIN
Day 1: October 6 at Austin City Hall .
Day 2: March on Bank of America + “General Assembly” at Austin City Hall Plaza
 
OFFICIAL PROCLAMATION FROM THE OCCUPY AUSTIN GENERAL ASSEMBLY:
AUSTIN, TX OCT. 7, 2011:  Today, Occupy Austin will continue in a national day of action by occupying City Hall. This action takes place alongside others carried out by independent grassroots organizations in over sixty cities across the nation and now on two other continents.  This movement has gone global.
Today, there will be direct actions.  A magnet team has chosen action against the local to downtown-  Bank Of America.  A sidewalk march is planned for 4PM.  The team will OCCUPY the sidewalks at Bank of America and distribute alternative information as to where the customers may relocate their monies.
The group’s mission continues to evolve and advance through the organic process of conducting open and democratic community meetings. These General Assemblies are held daily. Today’s general assembly will be held at the Austin Texas City Hall Plaza at 1 and 7PM CST. All are welcomed.
Subcommittees are now formed to identify and enact nonviolent actions .  These are planned to take place throughout the duration of the occupation.
The General Assembly for Austin , Texas releases this statement of goals and demands approved October 5th at the 1PM General Assembly meeting.
1. This movement is about democracy.  We demand that the government be truly responsive to those it represents.  We demand an end to the massive corporate influence blocking the voice of the people by eliminating corporate personhood and limiting monetary contributions to political campaigns and lobbying.
2. This movement is about economic security.  We demand effective reforms to prevent banks and financial institutions from causing future economic crises.
3. This movement is about corporate responsibility.  We demand strict repercussions for corporations and institutions who cause serious financial damage to our country and its taxpayers.
4. This movement is about financial fairness.  We demand tax reforms to ensure that corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share in taxes.
~Occupy Austin General Assembly~
 …
U.S. Government Used Taxpayer Funds to Buy, Sell Weapons During ‘Fast and Furious,’ Documents Show

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Austin News and Views #21 – 10/3/11

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AUSTIN NEWS & VIEWS

October 3, 2011

Hosted by Thom White & Guest Co-Host Kevin Schooley

Special “Music of Protest” Show

Apologies for the lateness of the podcast and for the poor audio quality.

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Austin News and Views #20 – 9/26/11

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AUSTIN NEWS & VIEWS

September 26, 2011

Hosted by Thom White & SMiles Lewis

 

Central Texas Wildfire News

F1 Land Grab

Presidential Politics

Celebrity Politics

New Central Library 

Surveillance State

Fluoride

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