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Exploring the Gulkana Wild and Scenic River

The Gulkana is one of the most popular sportfishing rivers in Alaska, providing rich habitat for rainbow trout, arctic grayling, king salmon, red salmon, whitefish, longnose suckers, and lamprey.  A poplular river for fisherman and boaters in the summer, this river has also played an important role in the lives of the Ahtna, providing access to subsistence resoucres throughout history and pre-history.  During winter months the frozen Gulkana River was historically used as an important travel route from the Copper River to the Tangle Lakes and what is now known as the Denali Highway area. 

The Gulkana River Watershed drains approximately 2,140 square miles of Southcentral Alaska.  The river begins in the Alaska Range near Summit Lake and flows south into the Copper River, eventually draining into Prince William Sound.  Several hundred lakes and ponds are scattered throughout the spruce-dominated forest of the Gulkana River Watershed, providing abundant nesting areas for trumpeter swans and waterfowl.

Photos by Jeremy Matlock, BLM

Link 17 Sep 2 notes Palestine supporters face escalating slander and suppression»

But the most extensive aspect of the campaign to suppress pro-Palestinian voices has been that waged on university campuses by the Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS), in some cases in alliance with university administrations and right wing student union officials.

AUJS describes itself as the peak body representing Jewish youth. Its spokespeople are frequently quoted in the press as authorities on anti-Semitism. But AUJS is not an apolitical organisation. Its website proudly proclaims that it exists to “promote a positive image of Israel on campus”.

AUJS accuses its enemies on campus of conflating Zionism with Jewishness, and with turning criticism of Israel into hostility to Jews. In fact, conflating Judaism and Zionism is precisely the political goal of AUJS. Slandering supporters of Palestine as anti-Semitic is its primary method for “combating anti-Zionism” and fulfilling the project, outlined in the AUJS constitution, of “actively advancing the interests of Israel”.

The Australian Jewish News is an unabashed mouthpiece of AUJS propaganda. On 15 August it published a highly defamatory article repeating AUJS accusations against Socialist Alternative, without even bothering to get a response to the entirely unsubstantiated claims. Even Murdoch’s mouthpiece the Australian usually goes through the form of journalistic norms before printing its hatchet jobs.

AJN’s article claimed: “There are fears for the safety of Jewish students at universities across Australia, following a spate of verbal attacks and harassment, which resulted in at least one student being too scared to go to classes and AUJS suspending activities at one institution. Members of the Socialist Alternative are believed to be behind much of the anti-Israel and anti-Semitic vitriol aimed at Jewish students, who have been accused of supporting ‘genocide’ and ‘ethnic cleansing’ in Israel.”

Socialist Alternative unequivocally rejects the accusations of anti-Semitism and that our student activists have targeted Jewish students. It is a vile slander based on bare-faced lies.

It has become clear to us that AUJS has adopted a conscious strategy of encouraging its members on campuses across the country to make unfounded accusations of anti-Semitism and “targeting Jewish students” as a means to sabotage Palestine solidarity activism.

AUJS members have filed a flood of complaints describing pro-Palestine events as “anti-Semitic”, while lobbying university vice-chancellors to ban pro-Palestine activism on campus.

They have managed to get the vice-chancellors of Monash and La Trobe universities to send emails to all students that implicitly attack pro-Palestine activists. At Monash, individual Palestine solidarity activists are facing “misconduct hearings” that threaten their right to study at the university (see article opposite). At the University of Western Australia, the Socialist Alternative club is fighting deregistration following false claims orchestrated by student Zionists (see article opposite).

These latest attacks follow a string of other incidents. AUJS spokesperson Matthew Lesh claimed on 3AW radio in Melbourne that Jewish students were physically ejected from a Socialist Alternative meeting at Monash University because they were Jewish. This is completely false. Not only were Jews welcome and encouraged to attend, but the talk itself was given by a Jewish member of Socialist Alternative.

A small group of organised Zionists attempted to disrupt the meeting. They gave up after being told the meeting was for supporters of Palestine and they were not welcome. There is nothing unusual in this. Socialist Alternative has in many previous instances barred right wingers who have attempted to disrupt our meetings. Even if you don’t agree with this policy, it has nothing whatsoever to do with anti-Semitism.

If AUJS were honest, it would admit that its campaign is not driven by concerns about anti-Semitic attacks on Jewish students, but concern that the tide of opinion is turning against Israel’s ongoing war on Palestinians.

Socialist students have played an important part in this process. At Monash University, Socialist Alternative moved a motion in the Student Council condemning Israeli war crimes and occupation. Similar motions, including endorsements of the BDS campaign, were taken up and adopted at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Sydney, Flinders University and Curtin University. A similar motion moved at La Trobe University was voted down in a heated council meeting.

As Israel’s crimes against humanity in Palestine are exposed to the world, support for the Palestinian cause will continue to grow. But if the last month is any indicator, this will also lead to ever more fanatical and dishonest campaigns by pro-Israel groups as they try desperately to defend the indefensible. It is crucial that these campaigns are resisted.

(Source: trotzkistischen)

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Photo 15 Sep ….. At the #Oysterfest yesterday in Staten Island. Oysters (excellent) sliders (edible) und Beer. ( Flagship Brewery  selections are all rather good)

….. At the #Oysterfest yesterday in Staten Island. Oysters (excellent) sliders (edible) und Beer. ( Flagship Brewery selections are all rather good)

Photo 11 Sep I like  #Pretzels
(According to this picture, they have them in Salzburg, Austria )

I like #Pretzels
(According to this picture, they have them in Salzburg, Austria )

Video 10 Sep 180,412 notes


Today’s the day. The day you help save the internet from being ruined.


Yes, you are, and we’re ready to help you.

(Long story short: The FCC is about to make a critical decision as to whether or not internet service providers have to treat all traffic equally. If they choose wrong, then the internet where anyone can start a website for any reason at all, the internet that’s been so momentous, funny, weird, and surprising—that internet could cease to exist. Here’s your chance to preserve a beautiful thing.)

Photo 9 Sep
Video 7 Sep
Video 7 Sep


Photo 7 Sep Goats !
On Staten Island

Goats !
On Staten Island

Photo 6 Sep Sperry 90/80,
“Interfaces with IBM 370s…”
In some old movie,
#NoWayOut 1987.
Cool buzzer intercoms and other mid 80’s technology

Sperry 90/80,
“Interfaces with IBM 370s…”
In some old movie,
#NoWayOut 1987.
Cool buzzer intercoms and other mid 80’s technology

Photo 5 Sep This rabbit is frowning

This rabbit is frowning

Video 4 Sep

A playlist to accompany the essays found in Social Text 116, “Punk and Its Afterlives”

“The articles in ‘Punk and Its Afterlives’ don’t care about about reforming a dominant history. They are not pleas for inclusion, squealing ‘we were there too.’ They don’t move the margin to the center, to chide or correct. Instead they seek to move us off the grid entirely and make a linear master narrative impossible.”

For more on the issue:

1. “Punk Prayer” (Pussy Riot cover) - Barbara Browning; 2. “Police and Thieves” - The Clash; 3. “Lexicon Devil” - The Germs; 4. “She’s Lost Control” - Grace Jones; 5. “Tooling for Anus” - The Meatmen; 6. “Coalition” - Tricky; 7. “Remainder” - Rites of Spring; 8. “Cantina” - Pinata Protest; 9. “The Boiler” - Rhoda and the Bodysnatchers; 10. “Poison Dart” - The Bug

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Photo 3 Sep This rabbit is frowning

This rabbit is frowning

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