Konformist: KN4M: 02 November 1999
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KN4M: 02 November 1999
Kurt Cobain Murder Update
Children Poisoned in Peru
Pesticide Action Network Updates Service (panupdates@...)
NEW WACO VIDEO!! BOYCOTT UPS, ETC!!
Tami Kay Freedman (TamKay24@...)
Statement by AFL-CIO President John Sweeney on WTO & Workers' Rights
How Far We've Come
I'm going to make this brief.
Who would have imagined last year that in one years'
--the FBI would be involved with the Cobain case;
--Hole's drummer and bassist would leave the band;
--their first tour with Marilyn Manson, which came
close to not happening at all, would have ended
--Courtney Love would have been responsible for the
death of a fan, ending her second tour prematurely and
having a devastating, unsalvageable effect on her fan
--WorldNetDaily, arguably the most respected news
organization in the world, would have published a
groundbreaking article on the Cobain case;
--CL's 200 Cigarettes film would bomb;
--"Celebrity Skin" would have struggled to sell 1
million copies and been received as a complete
--the NY POST would have published an article
discussing emails CL had sent me, and this site;
--two more fans, Camille and Eve Besser, would be
attacked by CL;
--SPIN would declare that calling CL 'SELLOUT, BITCH,
KILLER' was "journalistically sound";
--Matthew Richer would have appeared on an ABC show to
discuss the Cobain case;
--Deja.com would have added
alt.music.nirvana.murder-theory to its groups;
--CL would continue to regularly send threatening
emails, despite all of the above, and denials from her
--people worldwide would be boycotting MTV and their
sponsors and protesting for Kurt;
--criminal charges would be close to being filed by
two individuals against CL;
--and that to top it all off, CL would choose this
moment in the history of the Cobain case to declare
herself to be God Almighty.
Pretty incredible, what has happened in a mere 12
months. And keep in mind that what you see on this
website is still only the tip of an iceberg.
Melissa Auf Der Maur and many others have read the
handwriting on the wall, and it does not say,
"Courtney Love is God." It says, The Titanic is
sinking. And changing seats--i.e., directing films,
which Courtney now seems to be interested in--is not
going to do her any good. It's going to take way more
than the Bay City Rollers to save her soul.
So let's all stay focused on the big picture and join
together in speaking out for Kurt, who we all love and
miss so much, on November 6th, 1999, wherever we live.
Come to NYC if you possibly can.
Don't be afraid to hope. We're very, very close. I
Grace, peace and love--
P A N U P S
Pesticide Action Network Updates Service
Action Alert: Children Poisoned in Peru
October 29, 1999
At least 24 children died in a remote Andean village after eating a
government-donated breakfast contaminated with the organophosphate
insecticide parathion. Another 20 children were poisoned and
required medical treatment.
The breakfast was served to schoolchildren between the ages of three
and fourteen in the village of Tauccamarca, province of Cusco, on
Friday, October 22. The milk substitute based on wheat, corn, soy
and barley and packets of cookies were provided by the National Fund
for Social Development and Compensation (FONCODES), as part of a
government-sponsored nutrition program. The wife of the school's
only teacher prepared the meal with the help of a 14-year-old
Children began vomiting and convulsing within a half hour of eating
the contaminated food. "The kids were screaming, vomiting and
grabbing their bellies. Some were dead, others were writhing on the
grass and still more were on the school patio. We had no idea what
to do," a village woman said, according to media sources. Children
collapsed outside the school, on the dirt roads leading to their
homes, and in the doorways of their parents' houses.
Healthy children attempted to lead sick children to their homes but
many died along the way. Some villagers were able to carry their
children to the town of Huasac, a 1 1/2 hour walk from Tauccamarca,
where they could be evacuated to a hospital in the city of Cusco,
several hours away. Parents of the victims said that if there were a
road to their village, or if they had medical services there, some
of the children might have been saved.
The Minister of Health and other government officials visited the
village but did not claim responsibility for the disaster. President
Alberto Fujimori made no comment. By the time national officials
arrived on the scene, local police had confiscated the remainder of
the government-provided food and it was not available for testing.
The government has offered several possible explanations for the
event. Initially officials suggested that the milk substitute had
been prepared in containers previously used for pesticides. Later
the Minister of Health said that a local resident might have mixed
some of the milk substitute with insecticide with the intention of
poisoning a dog. Government officials denied the possibility that
the company providing the food for FONCODES programs might be
responsible for the contamination. Meanwhile, the schoolteacher and
his wife were arrested and accused of criminal negligence.
Children in other parts of the country have also suffered symptoms
of poisoning after eating government-donated food, but all have
In response to this tragedy, the Red de Acci�n en Alternativas al
uso de Agroqu�micos (RAAA -- PAN Latin America) is calling for the
immediate prohibition of highly toxic pesticides classified by the
World Health Organization as 1a (extremely hazardous) and 1b (highly
RAAA is calling on the government to recognize that it is impossible
to guarantee the safety of highly toxic pesticides such as
organophosphates. Many potential pesticide users in Peru are
illiterate and have no way to learn about the risks associated with
pesticides. Many villagers speak only their native language of
Quechua, and do not know Spanish. In addition, many rural areas have
no health care centers to treat victims of pesticide poisonings.
Highly toxic pesticides should not be distributed in areas where the
population has no protection against the risks associated with their
RAAA is asking the Ministry of Health to implement a program of
quality monitoring to ensure that government-donated food is not
contaminated with toxic substances. The Ministries of Health and of
Agriculture should also develop a program to track pesticide
poisonings throughout the country. As part of this program, doctors
and nurses should receive training in the symptoms and treatment of
pesticide poisonings. Finally, RAAA is calling on the Peruvian
government to enforce its existing pesticide laws and to implement
laws promoting safer alternatives.
RAAA requests that concerned groups and individuals support the
campaign to eliminate these toxic pesticides by faxing letters as
soon as possible to the following addresses:
Ingeniero Belisario de la Casa Piedra
Ministro de Agricultura
Fax (511) 431 0109
Se�or Luis Campo Baca
Comisi�n de Medio Ambiente y Amazon�a
Congreso de la Rep�blica
Fax (511) 428 2543
Please also fax or email a copy of your letter to RAAA.
Sources: RAAA press release, October 23, 1999; RAAA communications
to Minister of Health and others, October 24, 1999; Juan Paliza,
"Peru Probes Child Food-Poisoning Deaths," Reuters October 24, 1999;
"Tainted Milk Kills 28 Peruvian Kids," Associated Press October 23,
1999; La Rep�blica October 24-27, 1999
Contacts: Luis Gomero, Red de Acci�n en Plaguicidas y sus
Alternativas para America Latina (RAPAL), Apartado Postal 11-0581,
Lima, Peru, phone (51-1) 425 7955; fax (51-1) 337 5170; email
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VFW CRITICAL OF WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION AWARD TO JANE FONDA
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 25, 1999--The Veterans of Foreign Wars today
criticized the American Association of University Women for its decision to
award Jane Fonda with its Speaking Out for Justice Award during its national
convention this week in Washington, D.C.
The VFW, which includes some 600,000 Vietnam veterans among its nearly 2
million members, criticized the AAUW for selecting Fonda because of a 1972
visit by the actress to North Vietnam in which she gleefully posed next to an
anti-aircraft gun at a time when American servicemen were being killed in
Vietnam and others were being held captive in Hanoi.
Her conduct and willingness to be a propagandist for the communist North
Vietnamese outraged veterans across the nation, who remain outraged to this
day. Despite her later appearance on television and her statement that she
was sorry for the men "who were in Vietnam who I hurt;" she never retracted
her statement that those who were being tortured in Hanoi's prison camps were
"hypocrites and liars."
In 1988 in New England, a veterans protest delayed the production of one of
her movies. Following her appearance on 20/20, the VFW at its 1989
National Convention adopted three resolutions, which remain in effect,
rejecting her apology as a cynical act to clean-up her public image and urged
that she be investigated by the Justice Department for the crime of treason.
VFW Website: http://www.vfw.org/home.shtml/
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* The Boys on the Tracks
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In August 1987, the body of my 17-year-old son, Kevin, who had
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dismembered by an oncoming train. His best friend, also
murdered, was placed on the track beside him. The mutilation was
a savage attempt to destroy evidence of the murders. Other
futile attempts to thwart an investigation quickly
followed--first in our county, then in our state, and finally
during federal investigations. Even now, twelve years later, the
FBI refuses to open its files on this case.
The Boys on the Tracks, by Mara Leveritt will be released by St.
Martin's Press on November 1. It is the true and complete story
of how my son died and how law enforcement at every level did
its best to sabotage justice.
Mara is one of Arkansas's most highly respected journalists, a
reporter who has devoted her career to investigating criminal
justice issues. When she told me she wanted to write this book I
gave her my unreserved cooperation, opened my files to her, and
welcomed her interviews. Having followed her work for quite some
time, I knew that her reporting would be accurate and her
writing would be vigorous. I have read the book. I am well pleased.
If you have followed the story of son's murder, read The Boys on
the Tracks. It will fill in every detail you might have missed.
If you know nothing about this case, read The Boys on the
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doubted, even for a second, the rationale behind our country's
"war on drugs," read The Boys on the Tracks. And see how the war
has been on us.
The "train deaths"
Hope you purchase the New "WACO: A New Revelation" Video and
the Train Deaths Book. The more information we have to circulate
to the uneducated public, the more we can help the cause of Truth,
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Moderator, Website: Media-Gate Solutions,
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Statement by AFL-CIO President John Sweeney on WTO & Workers' Rights
I thought this was interesting... enclosed is a statement released by
John Sweeney, head of the AFL-CIO (the federation representing the
bulk of organized union labour in the US) on the WTO & Workers'
The main criticism that I have of Sweeney and the official AFL-CIO
stand is that they have agreed with Clinton to negotiate their way
*into* the WTO through a "working group on trade and labor", rather
than fully challenging the validity of the process and the WTO
itself. Sweeney is often known to talk "left" (I saw him speak in
Everett, Washington at a 30,000 person-strong rally in support of
striking Boeing workers four years ago, within weeks of his being
first elected to the presidency of the AFL-CIO on a platform of
organizing the unorganized, civil disobedience, and defeating the
Republicans, but he soon came out as a big Clinton booster).
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For information:
Naomi Walker 202/637-5093
Statement by AFL-CIO President John J. Sweeney on Workers' Rights and
the WTO October 28, 1999
The current system of global trade and investment rules has failed
miserably on many counts. It has weakened the bargaining power of
workers all over the world, has undermined legitimate national
regulations designed to protect the environment and public health,
and has exacerbated financial instability and growing inequality
We need a rules-based global trading system that protects workers'
and human rights, the environment, communities' priorities, public
health, and consumers. The system that sets and enforces these rules
must be open, transparent, and accountable to workers and other
citizens, and it must reflect democratic principles. We need a
trading system that works for working people.
That is why the AFL-CIO, along with union leaders from all over the
world, and our allies in environmental, religious, and community
organizations, is planning a mass mobilization in Seattle on November
30 during the World Trade Organization's first ministerial to be held
in the United States.
Tens of thousands of workers, environmentalists, religious leaders,
and community activists will come together in Seattle to tell the
assembled ministers, the WTO, our own government, and the American
public that it is time to put first things first - the rules need to
be changed to see to it that globalization works for working people
everywhere. Until these concerns are addressed, the WTO should cease
the headlong rush toward ever greater trade liberalization.
Recently, the U.S. government indicated it will ask the WTO to
establish a working group on trade and labor. We have long urged such
a step and support the administration's proposal. We hope that other
countries will support the U.S. proposal and are working with unions
in other countries to urge them to do so. But the working group is
only a small step in the right direction, and much more needs to be
For a detailed description of the AFL-CIO's postion on the WTO see:
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