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Dear readers,

after some time of a lost blog the host at the salon is back. I hope I can welcome some of my readers from the last years and some new ones.

Today I have been to a little info booth in Traunstein, near to my home district. I am helping the group “Stopp TTIP Berchtesgadener Land / Traunstein” e.g. by setting up the website stoppttip.wordpress.com. Today we collected signatures for the European Citizens’ Initiative within the European association of over 200 organizations that are now collecting signatures against TTIP on a EU level. We got about 200 signatures today – oh yeah!

At 10th Oct. there was a big demonstration march of about 1,000 people going through Traunstein protesting against TTIP. It is said to be the biggest demonstration ever in this town.

TTIP contains many issues, for example copyright issues. The strict copyright rules in the EU could be inflicted on US-internet users as well.

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painting from the website foodnotbombs.net

see also: http://www.newsreview.com

Today the citizens’ initiative Food not Bombs in the US tries to defend its place in the public in Sacramento. Here a text which I got from Birgitta Jonsdottir, Iceland, via Facebook describes the situation:

B. J.: “I got this letter from my friend Keith McHenry and it is truly disturbing. Dear USA friends, what is happening in your country?”

Keith McHenry: “Last Sunday, October 6th Sacramento Food Not Bombs was kicked out of the Cesar Chavez Park by the Sacramento police. Volunteers were greeted by about 15 officers when they arrived at the park when they normally do in time to start sharing the meal they created by 1:30pm. They were told that our stuff would be confiscated and we would get a summons due to an ordinance that has yet to even be passed that would prevent any group from handing out free hot meal in the park.

Last week advocates for the poor were told to stop sharing meals with the hungry in Sacramento and Santa Monica, California, Taos, New Mexico, and Olympia, Washington….

Groups were confronted and threatened with arrest in Boulder, Colorado; Raleigh, North Carolina, Portland, Oregon, Seattle, Washington and other cities across the United States this summer. In all over 50 cities in the United States have passed laws banning or limiting the sharing of meals with the hungry in the past two years with enforcement on the increase this fall.

Our food is vegan, organic and no one has ever reported being made ill eating with Food Not Bombs. The goal of giving the public the impression we are required to get a permit is to justify forcing us to stop. We have no paid staff and our food is a gift and unregulated by the authorities. Like all acts of commission no permission from the government is necessary.

Please support Sacramento Food Not Bombs. We will be risking arrest on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at Cesar Chavez Park at 1:30 PM

Keith McHenry
co-founder of the Food Not Bombs Movement
P.O. Box 424
Arroyo Seco, NM 87514 USA
575-770-3377

I recommend to visit www.bradleymanning.org

for the latest news on Bradley Manning’s trial. He was sentenced to 35 years in prison for exposing war crimes and corruption.

The rulers know that they do wrong, but their consequence is not to improve, but to force crackdowns against their opposition. Maybe I will never be able to understand what is exactly going on in their heads.

We are Bradley Manning

Solidarity from Pirate Party Germany

Today (Saturday) I had the opportunity to meet a special vendor of fruits like strawberries and so on. I was chatting with him and it came up that he is his own boss and runs this business since half a year. He is trained as a cook and knows how his fruits have to be. Besides he knows all of his producers or at least how they work and sells only high quality fruits with transport distances as short as possible. I bought some strawberries, produced in Southern Germany, they were excellent.

This is a fine example, how smart and fair food business can be. And the fruit vendor is younger than 30 running his own business.

Another nice story is the one of a new cafe in town (opened December 2012). As I heard from its boss, they offer only fine coffee from a manufactory in southern Bavaria. The people from this producer order the coffee exclusively from the farmers in Latin America and Africa. They respect the workers and make sure a high quality. The same is true for the cafe. It is priceworthy and has got a broad selection of Tramezzini, breakfast, Crépes, cakes, organic teas, coffee, etc.

The atmosphere in the cafe is cosy, many modern design elements, but a comfortable composition and fine background music.

Good news! Best Practice(?)

At June 3, 2013, the trial against whistleblower Bradley Manning started in the US. You can leave your photo at iam.bradleymanning.org, like this:

I am Bradley Manning Photo Project

The host at the salon is Bradley Manning

Regarding the trial, I recommend the comment of Julian Assange online at NJ Today to you. Besides you can enlist online as to urge the Nobel Committee to give Bradley Manning the Nobel Peace Price – over 60,000 have signed yet!

At the moment I am preparing for the German-wide assembly of the Pirate Party. Doing so I stumbled upon a proposal around the Commons topic. As it is said at the commonsblog.worpress.com (in German), Commons are not a certain thing, but the system of relations between people and things which is aiming to the common use and creation of all that should not be owned by anyone alone.

Learn more here:

http://www.schoolofcommoning.com/

It would be great if one day I am able to conduct some practical and/or theoretical work about the commons as I planned to do about the Communal Conservancies in Namibia.

It is almost unbelievable, but there is still civilian peaceful protest in the streets of Syria and organised international support:

Look up: https://www.adoptrevolution.org/en/

Adopt a Revolution is a platform for information in different languages and you can support citizen committees in Syria in their struggle for democracy.