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June 13th, 2006

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kearns to speak on panel, offer open poem & propose yearly prevention anthology, “the state of aids” to the june,14, 2006 ahf-hosted community forum / discussion about the social marketing campaign “hiv (not fabulous)” at plummer park from 6-7:30 pm (324)

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kearns to present “our tales: hiv storytelling circle” on sunday morning at poz life weekend seminar, july 22-23, 2006 (323)

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macy’s celebrates gay pride in boston by mounting, then removing “most offensive part” of “boston pride” display window (two “gay” mannequins with pecs and nipples showing thru shirts, one wearing a rainbow flag-like beach towel) after an effective pressure campaign is quickly & successfully grandstanded by anti-gay group massResistance, formerly article 8. all sides are pissed at macy’s/federated.

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322.1 suite sheet
322.2 overview: two news items from boston
322.3 wingnuts
322.4 brian camenker—wikipedia entry & link
322.5 brian camenker—towleroad entry & link
322.6 boston herald columnist/radio talkshow host margery eagan blasts camenker & link
322.7 brian camenker in response & link (massResistenceWatch)
322.8 brian camenker’s successful campaign: seven things to learn
322.9 cindy beal on brian camenker’s tactics in 2000 & rk’s text comments & link

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earth science or political science? nasa says, “earth’s ozone layer appears to be on the road to recovery.” (321)


wise guys king, kliban & kearns converse with everyman dobson in observance of aids-write.org’s first birthday (320)


two elephant man stories (319)

excerpt from the jurors’ handbook: a citizen’s guide to jury duty (318)

“the social marketing campaign”: ahf hosts community forum sunday, june 14, 2006 at plummer park (315)


unstill lifes: five juxtaposed meditations coalesced around a badly-written nih press release about national hiv vaccine awareness day, thursday may 18, 2006 (311) suite sheet

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311.a.i. kearns designates 5/15/2006 as mystery lesion showdown monday
311.b.i nih designates 5/18/2006 hiv vaccine awareness day
311.c.i baptism by fire: john-manuel andriote
311.d.i. aids-write.org: big pharma & vaccines
311.c.ii baptism by fire: excerpts & observation
311.d.ii aids-write.org calls on president, members of congress, supreme court to join volunteer effort to test vaccines
311.e.i. undesiring a vaccine: “i can scry this page for you”
311.a.ii. mystery lesions: accessing the system
311.e.ii. undesiring a vaccine: analysis of nih press release as cultural document; text of release for discussion later

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report from & comments to the los angeles county ca board of supervisors meeting 5/9/2006 at which members approved two vital pieces of mmj-enabling legislation that impact an estimated 30,000 local hiv-ers: dispensaries & id cards (310)

includes text for
Health and Safety Code 11362.5
PHYSICIAN’S STATEMENT


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adventures in unimaginable numbers: from the npp (national priorities project), a nifty little counter of the ever-accumulating dollar-cost of the iraq war. npp estimates the war money could have fully funded world-wide aids/hiv programs for 27 years, though that much bang for warbucks difficult to imagine. the need is so underestimated. i thought medicine was expensive. war is obscenely expensive, unless you are ceo of halliburton as well as vp. then it can’t cost enough.

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kearns to speak on panel, offer open poem & propose yearly prevention anthology, “the state of aids” to the june,14, 2006 ahf-hosted community forum / discussion about the social marketing campaign “hiv (not fabulous)” at plummer park from 6-7:30 pm (324)

June 13th, 2006

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deya smith-starks, the manager of advocacy & marketing for prevention programs for aids healthcare foundation, has asked for an estimate of the number of people who plan to attend wednesday night’s forum/discussion, i assume for refreshments. please rsvp to her and cc it to me. half a dozen of you have indicated to me privately your interest in attending, prior to significant publicity, but if you could give us a heads-up by wednesday morning, we’d appreciate it.

1-800-553-8502
Deya.Smith@aidshealth.org
rk@aids-write.org

From: Deya Smith
Sent: Monday, June 12, 2006
To: Richard Kearns
Subject: RE: Community Forum Agenda

Hi Richard:

Please send me a short statement on your position of the campaign. . . .

As for the poem, you can mention that it’s [available] in the back [of the meeting room] but I want the forum to be more interactive so I’d prefer you did not read it. [i thought it was very good (from another note)]

I’ll send you another agenda to post –that one [you have] was internal. I’m trying to get a good count so if you can get a sense of how many in your network will be attending that would be great.

Deya

From: Richard Kearns
Sent: Monday, June 12, 2006
To: Deya Smith
Subject: RE: Community Forum Agenda

[slightly amended]

deya,

ultimately, i’d say the ahf “hiv (not fabulous)” campaign was flawed and inadequate to our needs for hiv prevention, but was a start in the right direction. i applaud it. however, stopping the spread of aids is not like running an initiative campaign or selling chewing gum. ultimately, this is social medicine. if it were pills, we’d see if the negative side effects outweighed the benefits.

stigma is a horror. so is new infection. the same horror.
not either/or. that’s a problem with ads that unintentionally stigmatize hivers. that’s a problem with ads that are not brutally and unflinchingly honest in warning the uninfected.

my conclusion from the discussions during and after the aids-write.org politics & poetry forum in january: the most effective prevention program is one that supports a one-on-one prevention effort. one that informs one-on-one prevention. one that encourages the infected and the uninfected to work together.

i recommend ahf commission, compile, select, edit, produce, advertise and distribute a yearly multimedia anthology, “the state of aids in los angeles & the world,” with contributions from regionally-, nationally- and internationally- known writers, thinkers, visual artists, journalists, scientists, musicians, physicians, clinicians, researchers, public health policy officials, community leaders, ngos and whoever else is willing to tell his or her story of life with hiv/aids. give the public an accessible knowledge base of our experiences.

it would be the new aids quilt, commemorating not our deaths, but our lives. stopping the spread of the disease by making our experiences with it part of the cultural landscape.

i am a practicer of cultural activism, so to me, the ahf social marketing campaign represents a significant opportunity to dramatically improve the character and effectiveness our current prevention enterprises by telling our stories. we need to change minds and move hearts. that won’t happen because of statistics or court orders or legislated morality or self-righteous outrage. our stories of our lives with hiv/aids are much more powerful tools for social change than mere political confrontation. take a look at my blogsite, http://aids-write.org.

hope that’s clear and short enough. ok for off the top of my head. i suppose i’ll use it with the post of my poem for the forum tonight.

looking forward to this. catch you later.

rk

the unconfirmed list of panel members deya forwarded on the internal document includes:

Moderator – Deya Smith-Starks
Panelists:
• Michael Weinstein, AIDS Healthcare Foundation President and Founder
• Karen Mall, Director, Director of Prevention and Testing
• Les Pappas, President of Better World Advertising
• Gil Mangaoang, Spokes model HIV (not) Fabulous Campaign
• Duane Cramer, Campaign Photographer
• Richard Kearns, Community HIV Advocate

i will post her confirming document when i receive it.

hope to see you there.

–lyr

kearns to present “our tales: hiv storytelling circle” on sunday morning at poz life weekend seminar, july 22-23, 2006 (323)

June 13th, 2006

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i will be presenting the hiv storytelling circle early sunday morning at the poz life weekend seminar july 22-3, 2006. i hope to be working with la muralist tomas hinds in creating the storytelling experience. watch aids-write.org for details, as we figure them out.

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Mark Your Calendars!

The next POZ Life Weekend Seminar is scheduled For July 22 and 23rd in the West Hollywood Area!

One of the most diverse group of presenters ever! All your favorites and more presenting on the topic’s you have asked for!

Drug Treatment Options, Complementary Care and Strategies, Nutrition, Disclosure, Dating and Intimacy, Super Infection, Our Tales: HIV Storytelling Circle, Advocacy, Clinical Trials, Positive Images, Lessons, Integration, Faith and Experience, just to name a few!

Yes, they are long days and it’s a jam-packed schedule, but we are confident that you won’t want to miss any of! (And will not want to go home Sunday night!)

As always, The Life Group LA and its sponsors will provide snacks and beverages all day as well as lunches! Just bring yourself, an open mind and heart and our amazing volunteers and presenters will guide you through a magically empowering experience!

Please help us spread the word. Our programs depend largely on the help of its community in getting the word out. If you or someone you know would like to empower themselves with the knowledge to make informed choices about healthcare and HIV + life strategies, please register now to reserve your space!

Our programs are designed for individuals whom are Affected by HIV in their lives as well as those whom have a HIV+ Diagnosis. Sero-Different Couples, Family Members and Care Givers are most welcomed and encouraged to attend as well!

To Reserve Your Spot, please call Sunnie Rose at 888-208-8081, or Ric Parish at 310-289-2551 x 24 or email Sunnie@TheLifeGroupLA.org

Registration calls will begin being returned June 20th! Consider your note or message left for us, your ticket in!

Most Sincerely,
Sunnie

Sunnie Rose
Executive Director
The Life Group LA
888-208-8081
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In Partnership with Being Alive LA,
People with HIV/AIDS Action Coalition
www.BeingAliveLA.org

macy’s celebrates gay pride in boston by mounting, then removing “most offensive part” of “boston pride” display window (two “gay” mannequins with pecs and nipples showing thru shirts, one wearing a rainbow flag-like beach towel) after an effective pressure campaign is quickly & successfully grandstanded by anti-gay group massResistance, formerly article 8. all sides are pissed at macy’s/federated. suite sheet (322.1)

June 9th, 2006

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this chase started on americaBLOG

Macy’s erases gay people from store window display after hate group complains
by John in DC
- 6/07/2006 03:11:00 PM

two views of macys, boston

atta boy, macy’s. there’s nothing like literally erasing people, from a gay pride display no less, to really appeal to the inner-nazi in all of us. what a bunch of pigs.

in presenting you the information i have pulled together, i am toying with a new form—inventing it, actually. maybe reinventing it. a “suite” of juxtaposed interrelating interacting posts on a single event or topic. you should feel free to wander through all the articles and links. bookmark the page and come back to it for further reading, if you want. gives you the opportunity to be thoughtful about it.

am interested in what you think of it. don’t have any poetry to put with it today. yet.

–lyr

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macy’s celebrates gay pride in boston by mounting, then removing “most offensive part” of “boston pride” display window (two “gay” mannequins with pecs and nipples showing thru shirts, one wearing a rainbow flag-like beach towel) after an effective pressure campaign is quickly & successfully grandstanded by anti-gay group massResistance, formerly article 8. all sides are pissed at macy’s/federated.

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322.1 suite sheet
322.2 overview: two news items from boston
322.3 wingnuts
322.4 brian camenker—wikipedia entry & link
322.5 brian camenker—towleroad entry & link
322.6 boston herald columnist/radio talkshow host margery eagan blasts camenker & link
322.7 brian camenker in response & link (massResistenceWatch)
322.8 brian camenker’s successful campaign: seven things to learn
322.9 cindy beal on brian camenker’s tactics in 2000 & rk’s text comments & link

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322.2 overview: two news items from boston

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ap photo of boston mannequins

from boston.com/ap, no byline

BOSTON [June 7, 2006 ] — A controversy over gay rights has erupted over a display window outside Macy’s in Downtown Crossing.

Part of a display supporting “Gay Pride Week” has been removed.

It showed two male mannequins, one wearing a rainbow-colored towel, standing next to a list of gay pride events.

The Boston Herald reported that the store pulled the mannequins after complaints from a group called Mass Resistance.

Gay rights advocates and Mayor Tom Menino are now criticizing Macy’s for buckling to the pressure.

from the boston herald examiner

Pride and prejudice: Macy’s yanks gay display, blasted by both sides0-5314
By Kimberly Atkins
Boston Herald Reporter

Wednesday, June 7, 2006 - Updated: 04:13 AM EST

Macy’s department store found itself mired in a fierce national debate between conservatives and gay activists when it bowed to complaints and removed part of a window display marking Boston Pride Week.

The Downtown Crossing store display featured two male mannequins - one wearing a gay pride rainbow flag around its waist - standing near a list of several planned Boston Pride events.

The display was designed by Macy’s with the approval of the Boston Pride Committee.

But the store yanked the mannequins from the window after MassResistance, the conservative group formerly named Article 8 Alliance which has also campaigned against sex education and gay-themed books in public schools, complained the display was offensive.

“They were male mannequins with enlarged breasts, and one was wearing a skirt,” said MassResistance president Brian Camenker, referring to the gay pride flag wrapped around one figure, cinched with a white belt. “It was really disgusting.”

Elina Kazan, New York-based spokeswoman for Macy’s, said the decision to pull the dummies, but leave the rest of the display, was an effort to strike a balance.

macy’s celebrates gay pride in boston by mounting, then removing “most offensive part” of “boston pride” display window (two “gay” mannequins with pecs and nipples showing thru shirts, one wearing a rainbow flag-like beach towel) after an effective pressure campaign is quickly & successfully grandstanded by anti-gay group massResistance, formerly article 8. all sides are pissed at macy’s/federated.

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322.1 suite sheet
322.2 overview: two news items from boston
322.3 wingnuts
322.4 brian camenker—wikipedia entry & link
322.5 brian camenker—towleroad entry & link
322.6 boston herald columnist/radio talkshow host margery eagan blasts camenker & link
322.7 brian camenker in response & link (massResistenceWatch)
322.8 brian camenker’s successful campaign: seven things to learn
322.9 cindy beal on brian camenker’s tactics in 2000 & rk’s text comments & link

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322.3 wingnuts

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they’re called wingnuts.

wing nut group

zealots who want to cure homosexuals of homosexuality, keep marriage and adoption fbo (for breeders only), & keep hiv-ers dying as part of some divine plan. right of pat robertson, claiming to be religious. (why would they claim to be bigots?) wall-builders in the desert. wall-builders between our hearts.

it might seem simple: internet compression of “right wing nuts.” wingnuts.

but an earlier use of the term is rural american slang for military members in towns that host a usaf installation

so i am curious where the road wanders from there to the present on wingnuts, from military brats to right-wingers.

i have also seen it used as an implied derogatory term for “winged” “christian” anti-gay hate mongerers.

you tell me.

single wingnut

(they kind of look like little norse helmets vagnerian-opera-singers wear & bugs bunny (in drag) & porky pig too–don’t they? the magic helmet? killing the cwoss-dwessing wabbit?)

macy’s celebrates gay pride in boston by mounting, then removing “most offensive part” of “boston pride” display window (two “gay” mannequins with pecs and nipples showing thru shirts, one wearing a rainbow flag-like beach towel) after an effective pressure campaign is quickly & successfully grandstanded by anti-gay group massResistance, formerly article 8. all sides are pissed at macy’s/federated.

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322.1 suite sheet
322.2 overview: two news items from boston
322.3 wingnuts
322.4 brian camenker—wikipedia entry & link
322.5 brian camenker—towleroad entry & link
322.6 boston herald columnist/radio talkshow host margery eagan blasts camenker & link
322.7 brian canmaker in response & link (massResistenceWatch)
322.8 brian canmaker’s successful campaign: seven things to learn
322.9 cindy beal on brian camenker’s tactics in 2000 & rk’s text comments & link

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322.4 brian camenker—wikipedia entry & link

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wikipedia entry

brian camenker from towleroad

brian camenker is one of the most prominent anti-gay activists in massachusetts. currently, he is the leader of the article 8 alliance, an activist group that seeks to remove massachusetts state supreme court judges who recognized a state constitutional right to same-sex marriage in the goodridge case.

in the past, he has gained attention for speaking out against a statewide conference, called “teach-out,” that was sponsored by the massachusetts department of education, the governor’s commission on gay and lesbian youth, and the gay, lesbian and straight education network, held at tufts university. camenker secretly taped the event and recorded explicit sexual discussion, including discussion of the practice known as “fisting” which was presented as “an experience of letting somebody into your body that you want to be that close and intimate with … [and] to put you into an exploratory mode.” this led the incident to be dubbed “fistgate” by camenker and others. as a result of the outcry that was generated when parents heard tapes of the event, margot abels who made the comments about “fisting”, and two other state employees were fired. abels has filed suit against camenker as a result of his distribution of the tape recordings.

camenker gained additional attention after he and kim cariani tried to videotape an event called “to bglad: transgender, bisexual, gay and lesbian awareness day” at newton north high school in december of 2004. camenker and cariani said that they were warned by four police officers and the school principal that they would be charged with trespassing if they didn’t leave the campus. a local newspaper columnist, tom mountain of the newton tab, also was barred from the assembly “for the safety and security of the children.”

macy’s celebrates gay pride in boston by mounting, then removing “most offensive part” of “boston pride” display window (two “gay” mannequins with pecs and nipples showing thru shirts, one wearing a rainbow flag-like beach towel) after an effective pressure campaign is quickly & successfully grandstanded by anti-gay group massResistance, formerly article 8. all sides are pissed at macy’s/federated.

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322.1 suite sheet
322.2 overview: two news items from boston
322.3 wingnuts
322.4 brian camenker—wikipedia entry & link
322.5 brian camenker—towleroad entry & link
322.6 boston herald columnist/radio talkshow host margery eagan blasts camenker & link
322.7 brian camenker in response & link (massResistenceWatch)
322.8 brian camenker’s successful campaign: seven things to learn
322.9 cindy beal on brian camenker’s tactics in 2000 & rk’s text comments & link

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322.5 brian camenker—towleroad entry & link

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brian camenker from towleroad

“i’d never seen anything like this before,” camenker says in a report on towleroad

Macy’s Downtown Crossing Department Store in Boston caved to conservative group MassResistance (formerly Article 8 Alliance) and removed two mannequins from a Gay Pride display after complaints from the group that the display was offensive. The display was designed by Macy’s with approval of the Boston Pride Committee.

Said MassResistance President Brian Camenker: “They were male mannequins with enlarged breasts, and one was wearing a skirt. It was really disgusting.”

Um, that skirt would be a gay pride flag. I wonder if Camenker would have been equally offended had the store used mannequins with flatter chests and slacks?

No matter, the real bullshit here is that Macy’s caved to this fringe bigot.

macy’s celebrates gay pride in boston by mounting, then removing “most offensive part” of “boston pride” display window (two “gay” mannequins with pecs and nipples showing thru shirts, one wearing a rainbow flag-like beach towel) after an effective pressure campaign is quickly & successfully grandstanded by anti-gay group massResistance, formerly article 8. all sides are pissed at macy’s/federated.

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322.1 suite sheet
322.2 overview: two news items from boston
322.3 wingnuts
322.4 brian camenker—wikipedia entry & link
322.5 brian camenker—towleroad entry & link
322.6 boston herald columnist/radio talkshow host margery eagan blasts camenker & link
322.7 brian camenker in response & link (massResistenceWatch)
322.8 brian camenker’s successful campaign: seven things to learn
322.9 cindy beal on brian camenker’s tactics in 2000 & rk’s text comments & link

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322.6 boston herald columnist/radio talkshow host margery eagan blasts camenker & link

June 9th, 2006

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macy\'\'s before & after americaBLOG

Mannequin police on patrol to nip it in the bud
By Margery Eagan
Boston Herald Columnist

Thursday, June 8, 2006 - Updated: 01:01 AM EST

Here’s my favorite part of this Macy’s gay-mannequins-with-nipples contretemps.

It’s the outstanding investigative reporting of MassResistance, the anti-gay marriage group, to determine whether the gay mannequins are indeed different - anatomically speaking - than Macy’s non-gay mannequins.

“when was the last time,” asks their Web site, “you saw male store mannequins with breasts like those?”

Never, I had to concede, now that you mention it. Perhaps I’m not paying close enough attention?

normal male mannequin massresistance

macy’s celebrates gay pride in boston by mounting, then removing “most offensive part” of “boston pride” display window (two “gay” mannequins with pecs and nipples showing thru shirts, one wearing a rainbow flag-like beach towel) after an effective pressure campaign is quickly & successfully grandstanded by anti-gay group massResistance, formerly article 8. all sides are pissed at macy’s/federated.

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322.1 suite sheet
322.2 overview: two news items from boston
322.3 wingnuts
322.4 brian camenker—wikipedia entry & link
322.5 brian camenker—towleroad entry & link
322.6 boston herald columnist/radio talkshow host margery eagan blasts camenker & link
322.7 brian camenker in response & link (massResistenceWatch)
322.8 brian camenker’s successful campaign: seven things to learn
322.9 cindy beal on brian camenker’s tactics in 2000 & rk’s text comments & link

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322.7 brian camenker in response & link (massResistenceWatch)

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camenker in response to eagan (from massResistanceWatch.com)

massresistance store photo 2

Margery Egan’s smear of our mainstream group in today’s Boston Herald once again makes us wonder if there’s some profound, unresolved personal “issue” driving her vitriol.

massresistancewatch comments:

On both their website and their “blog”, Article 8/Massresistance/Parents Right Coalition, etc…. is showing pictures of different types of mannequins at Macy’s with titles like “normal” “abnormal”. Did you ever know there was a “normal” type of mannequin? Apparently, from looking at Article 8’s pictures, normal mannequins have no heads.

the massResistanceWatch article also took exception to camenker’s slickly-slipped-in characterization of his organization as “mainstream.”

macy’s celebrates gay pride in boston by mounting, then removing “most offensive part” of “boston pride” display window (two “gay” mannequins with pecs and nipples showing thru shirts, one wearing a rainbow flag-like beach towel) after an effective pressure campaign is quickly & successfully grandstanded by anti-gay group massResistance, formerly article 8. all sides are pissed at macy’s/federated.

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322.1 suite sheet
322.2 overview: two news items from boston
322.3 wingnuts
322.4 brian camenker—wikipedia entry & link
322.5 brian camenker—towleroad entry & link
322.6 boston herald columnist/radio talkshow host margery eagan blasts camenker & link
322.7 brian camenker in response & link (massResistenceWatch)
322.8 brian camenker’s successful campaign: seven things to learn
322.9 cindy beal on brian camenker’s tactics in 2000 & rk’s text comments & link

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