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By request from the participants in the discussion below I’m posting for a thread on settlement possibilities. This is not a thread to rehash the same old arguments about who is in the legal right. If the cases don’t settle they will be resolved in arbitration and court – with harsh consequences for one or all parties.

I have heard rumors that all parties are putting out feelers for further settlement discussions. I’m not sure where they could go where they haven’t gone before, but maybe if the Reggae Rising event was a financial success there may be enough money on the table to mitigate some of the previous issues.

So what could a settlement look like? I’ve proposed from the beginning that the Mateel make a clean break and sell the event – maybe for 3 or 4 million. PP could go public and raise money with investors, or create a corporation based simply on Reggae on the River.

There may be some argument from PP side that now that RR has happened ROTR is worthless as a trademark. But that’s only the case if PP defenses the interference/trademark violation causes of action. And as we’ve learned in recent months, the case is far more complicated than most anybody knew. I knew it as soon as I read Bob D.’s summary of the complaint which is why I drew ire from both sides when I called for an immediate settlement. This is the type of case that multi-million dollar corporations file against each other and expect resolutions years away.

I know there are strong feelings about the justice of the matter from both sides of the fence. If you feel too strongly to consider settlement possibilities, please, I’ll start up another thread to flame. Let’s leave this one to creative settlement ideas.

I’ve heard a couple of the broadcasts, part of them. The new woman (Terry something?) seems to be filling in quite well.

There’s no introduction at the KMUD site. I think she deserves an introduction, particularly as she’s coming into a very difficult situation.

Obviously many of us miss Estelle, but as the cliche goes change is the only constant. This too shall pass, and it appears so far that this hiring was very successful.

The North Coast Journal makes note of David Katz’ entry into the business hall of fame (right under an article about LSD and the Cotton Death). For those outside the area, or new to it, David is the founder of Alternative Energy Engineering which is becoming known in the business world by its hip initials AEE.

The NCJ article was prompted by this Inc, Magazine article. The business has expanded over 800 percent in 3 years and made over 28 million last year.

I hope he doesn’t get too big for Redway.

How many of us would continue to protest?

Oh, and some of the protesters were given 6 months to 5 years in prison – for protesting polygamy and demanding equal rights.

But should we mention this development lest we’re accused of slandering Islam to support the “Zionist war?”

Incidentally, I see events like these as evidence against Andy’s pessimism about progress. These women are precisely among the individuals who make change possible – perhaps even more profoundly than these women.

The photo is from the above-linked article.

Thanks to Mark for bringing this to my attention. From Alternet:

Last time we checked in on the bizarro nexus between cannabis and terrorism, it was none other than actor/director Tommy Chong who was feeling the Bush administration’s post-9/11 wrath. In fact, the stoner icon, whose fabled act was concurrently resuscitated for Fox’s drugged and confused comedy hit That 70s Show, was being slapped by John Ashcroft with a nine-month prison bid, a $20,000 fine and over $100,000 in seized assets for selling bongs. The terrorism connection? He was sentenced on Sept. 11, 2003. And if you think that’s a specious connection, it’s only gotten worse since. In fact, over the last few years, “terrorist” has become an epithet for all seasons.

In 2003, Iraq occupation architect Richard Perle slapped investigative journalist Seymour Hersh with the term, saying, “Look, Sy Hersh is the closest thing American journalism has to a terrorist, frankly.” As if filing a story about the doomed occupation of a sovereign state in the pages of the New Yorker was the same thing as flying a 747 into the World Trade Center.

In 2004, Secretary of Education Rod Paige called the National Education Association, the country’s largest teachers union, “a terrorist organization” because of what Paige defined as the “obstructionist scare tactics” used by its lobbyists. Because we all know it’s every educator’s dream to buck the system by blowing themselves up in front of their students.

And just this month, the Bush administration decided to employ the term to legally target the entire Iranian Revolutionary Guard, a sovereign nation’s standing army numbering in the hundreds of thousands. When you want a war that badly, you’ll pretty much do or say anything to get it.

So how does the Bush administration get away with crying terrorist at every opportunity? Say hello to the Military Commissions Act….

and the semi-local angle:

Unable or unwilling to solve the nation’s crippling meth addiction or its hypocritical dependency on prescribed narcotics like oxycontin, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) recently rang the terrorism alarm to nail pot growers in Redding’s Shasta-Trinity National Forest in California.

Addendum: Uh oh! Someone’s going to accuse me of trying to steal Heraldo’s thunder.


August 2007