Food Not Bombs

Food Not Bombs ( is a meme, that is a contagious information pattern that replicates by infecting human minds and altering their behavior, causing them to propagate the pattern. In other words, it’s an idea that caught on and people have been doing it for 25 years because it strikes them as a good thing to do.

FNB started in Cambridge Massachusetts in 1980 as an outgrowth of the anti-nuclear efforts that were in the forefront of activists’ minds at the time. The movement now is international with hundreds of autonomous groups who provide free vegetarian food for the homeless and hungry.

Members of Food Not Bombs, who sometimes call themselves freegans, forage for free food, employing a technique known as dumpster-diving; and they ask retailers to let them recycle produce the stores would otherwise throw out (thereby eliminating the dumpster-diving requirement.) They cook the food and serve it outdoors in public parks.

During the last nine years, Omaha area activists have provided free meals at the west end of Gene Leahy Mall on Sundays at 2:00 PM. Although they have had to deal with the whims of city bureaucracy, which on occasion have impeded them from doing their errand of mercy, they have held steadfastly to their mission to feed people in need for nearly a decade. Food Not Bombs also provides free meals at some demonstrations. The meals are provided in reusable vessels, that is bowls, cups and utensils that get washed and re-used the following week. Wow!

You can help them by showing up at Gene Leahy Mall on any Sunday about 2:00 PM. Ask for Mario. Food Not Bombs can always use dishwashers and donations of food, stockpots, dishware, and of course the old stand-by of grandmothers everywhere—envelopes filled with money.

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Alberto Gonzales should not be confirmed as America’s next Attorney General. The author of the end-run around the Geneva Conventions, who characterized as “quaint” the world’s proper response to genocide and other excesses of states’ behavior in war, deserves a dishonorable mention in the rogues’ gallery of lawyers who use the law to excuse crime.

His advice to President Bush proved unhelpful in Bush’s stated purpose to bring an end to terrorism. Torturing humans is not an option in a world which is making its slow progress toward a sustainable peace.

The Abu Ghraib torture and ongoing reports of illegal abuse of prisoners; the reports of extralegal “renditions,” called for by Donald Rumsfeld and others; and the news that the numbers of the Iraqi “insurgency” probably out-pace the numbers of coalition fighters indicate that torture is clearly counter-productive. Further reports that this administration is considering building prisons to permanently house “detainees” (that would be life-imprisonment for people who are not charged and have not enough evidence gathered against them to be tried for any crime) should further alarm proponents of democracy regarding the appropriateness of having Alberto Gonzales and his ilk at the helm of the Justice Department.

Alberto Gonzales apparently hadn’t enough moral foundation or logical precision to foresee what any parent could figure out, that extreme pressure results in extreme resistance.

On the weakness of this alone, his confirmation to the position of Attorney General should not go forward.