Bush attacks Chapel Hill?

What's with the fighter jets strafing southern Orange County this morning? The last group of them was so loud/close that it set off a car alarm in my neighborhood!

Open thread for a sunny fall day

The sun finally came out! Is anyone else having trouble concentrating with this lovely weather outside? ;-)

Here's an open-minded thread for discussion of whatever you like. Have a good weekend.

Thank you, Joe!

Chapel Hill is at risk of losing one of it's most dedicated, inspiring, and historic leaders. I just got the following message about former Chapel Hill Town Council member, UNC professor, local civil rights agitator, and tireless activist for peace and justice all over the globe Joe Straley.

Friends of peace with justice,

The seeds of hope and the struggle for justice and peace continue in us and all who share the struggle as Joe Straley departs.

- jerry


Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2005 07:33
Subject: Please keep Joe and Lucy in your hearts.

Dear friends and neighbors,

Joe Straley is in intensive care. His blood pressure is very low. Kidney function is poor. All his children have arrived.

There is little that can be done. The time for a lot of help will be when Lucy is alone.

Please keep Joe and Lucy in your hearts.

Joan Garnett

Lessons from Einstein 60 years later

Chapel Hill Herald, Saturday August 06, 2005

Today is the 60th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. This is a somber moment for humanity to reflect on the destructive potential of our weapons and on the apparent inability of our political systems to render those weapons obsolete.

Albert Einstein, Time Magazine's "Man of the 20th Century," was the author of a 1939 letter to President Roosevelt that spurred America's search for atomic weapons. Later, he wrote again to Roosevelt urging that he not drop the bomb on Japanese cities. After the war, Einstein became a leading proponent of nuclear disarmament.

On May 24, 1946, Einstein sent a telegram to prominent Americans saying "the unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking, and thus we drift toward unparalleled catastrophe."

Einstein was clear that the bomb itself did not represent a fundamentally new problem for mankind, only one which unalterably raised the stakes. "The release of atomic energy," he wrote, "has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an 'existing one.'"

E-democracy symposium

There is an event going on in Minneapolis today that is all about what we are doing here (or trying to) at OrangePolitics. The International Symposium on Local E-Democracy may be far away, but they are streaming live audio and video and have an open IRC chat going on.

Chapel Hillian Brian Russell is there in person, and will be on a panel at 3:15 eastern time to talk about podcasting. Watch his blog for updates.



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