Thursday, November 20, 2008

A SAD AND VERY REAL STORY

The Suicide of my Friend and Lover
Or Why Canaries are committing suicide?

By Bob Banner

Selene Anema was my friend and lover for years. We met at a Buddhist sangha in San Luis Obispo. I vividly recall that a powerful beam of light shot instantaneously from her eyes to mine to capture my attention. (When I spoke to her about this years afterwards she had no idea that that had happened.) She studied Buddhism, esoteric Christianity and Sufism. She lived in the community that Reshad Field created around him. He was the author of the famous book about a Sufi wanderer called The Last Barrier (which is to be made into a film). She was sweet; an angelic otherworldly presence emanated from her soul. She loved her cats, loved gardening, always was reading something, whether it was Susan Griffin’s latest tome about eco-feminism or a new book on Fiber Art. She chanted and sang and the house was vibrant with the ecstatic sounds of world music. I learned about Baaba Maal, Toni Childs, Nasrat Fatah Ali Khan, Yousson D’our, Cheb Mami and a magical plethora of other divinely inspired musicians. I also learned to love yams, beans, kale, cauliflower and broccoli (and to grow them).

Selene would often lie on the couch for hours cutting, pulling, stretching and sculpting pieces of recycled fabric into wonderful pieces of fiber art. Later on she focused on water colors and created many exquisite portraits of her and her friends: her dogs and cats.

She committed suicide last month. She left a note saying she could no longer tolerate the pain. Selene Anema was an EI. EI stands for Environmental Illness. She was also labeled as MCS, for Multiple Chemical Sensitivities. She couldn’t tolerate what most of us take for granted living in “civilization.” She became allergic to gases emanating from new carpet, perfumes, fresh paint, barbecues, incense, gas lawn mowers, automobiles, pesticided vegetables and fruit, varnish, condoms, cologne, after shave, Bounce, household cleaners… and on and on….

She was what they call “a canary,” the term originating from the time coal miners went into the tunnels with a canary cage strapped atop their helmets. When the canary died, the coal miner knew to get the hell out of there. If human canaries start to die off because of the various toxins inherent in a fossil-fuel-based global world, we who are more adaptable may be next.

What many of us can tolerate when our immune systems are intact can go topsy turvy in days when the immune system falters. The plight of human canaries can be a harbinger of our collapse and demise.

Selene had to be diligent, alert, studious. Fortunately for her she was also a registered nurse in the state of California. Having a scientific background, she pursued many healing modalities, both allopathic and homeopathic. Was it Lyme disease or AIDS or Lupus or was it the water she drank in Mexico decades ago? Her life was spent pursuing the truth. But not just for herself. She networked with other canaries to help them discover the cause and methods toward healing. In fact, at her Memorial audio-conferencing a couple of weeks ago, there were 25 people on the line and many I hadn’t known. They were part of her invisible network of canaries.

She also worked with various health and environmental agencies to fight pesticides in school playgrounds as well as methyl bromide sprayings in strawberry fields throughout California. She consulted with Todd Haynes, filmmaker of SAFE (starring Julianne Moore) about a life of a typical housewife whose immune system became compromised one day when she entered the doors of her local dry cleaner, and passed out.

Selene was also very much involved in the stop-spraying- movement locally and nationally with her friend Linda McElver, Founder of the Canaries Foundation.

Selene immediately became friends with other canaries throughout the country because she listened to them and understood what they were saying. By contrast, the established medical system couldn’t and wouldn’t listen but always felt compelled to tell canary clients they were “sick in the head,” that they were just imagining such acute sensitivities and pain. Selene had to deal with this onslaught of closed-mindedness and ruthless denial about her and her growing network’s claims. Not only did she have to endure the medical establishment but the totally insane verdicts from her new-age friends who would religiously and fanatically tell her she was creating her own reality, that she was just being a victim and she ought to “wake up to the Light.”

I was devastated when I heard the news of her suicide. It just tore me up. Why a woman with such beauty, grace, brilliance and artistic talent could go away like so many other suicides who choose to leave this world. But do we really choose? Or when a world becomes so rigid and cold and dogmatic that it won’t at least listen to the canaries’ particular concerns, what is one to do? Is it just a matter of time? Selene kept track of her canary friends committing suicide. Where in the media have we been informed about this movement?

I loved Selene and still love her. At times I just break down and sob and sometimes I don’t even understand why. She was a precious gift to many friends (many invisible since the internet connected them) and touched us all deeply. I respect her decision to take her life. I know that she and I spoke about it and I know it took much courage for her to plan it out.

But if there were more acceptance of canaries, more useful networks and modalities of healing, more local community support of canaries and people who have EI or MCS or Lymes disease as well as a multiplicity of other maladies that will soon crop up with crises upon us. The emotional support for shut-ins in one local community can make all the difference. For example, when information about Selene’s suicide went out to a community where a woman spearheaded a network of support for various shut-ins, the volunteer rate shot up. Perhaps each person who reads this can find out where such a support is and if there isn’t one, possibly you can start one.

Bob Banner can be reached at
bob.banner@gmail.com. Please email me if you wish to participate in the Memorial.

References:

Pesticide Action
Don’t Spray: http://www.dontspraycalifornia.org/gwss
Californians for Alternatives to Toxics (CATs): http://www.alternatives2toxics.org
http://www.mindfully.org/Pesticide/2005/pesticide2005.htm
Steve Tvedten (non-toxic Pest Control): http://www.getipm.com
Pesticide Action Network: http://www.panna.org

Selene Anema’s artwork websites:
http://www.citlink.net/~bhima/selene
http://www.creativeshake.com/profile.html?MyUrl=GouacheDogs

EL BUDISMO

La primera es la tolerancia del budismo.
Esa extraña tolerancia no corresponde, como en el caso de otras religiones, a distintas épocas: el budismo siempre fue tolerante.
No ha recurrido nunca al hierro o al fuego, nunca ha pensado que el hierro o el fuego fueran persuasivos.
Cuando Asoka, emperador de la India, se hizo budista, no trató de imponer a nadie su nueva religión.
Un buen budista puede ser luterano, o metodista, o presbiteriano, o calvinista, o sintoísta, o taoísta, o católico, puede ser prosélito del Islam o de la religión judía, con toda libertad.
En cambio, no le está permitido a un cristiano, a un judío, a un musulmán, ser budista.
La leyenda del Buddha es iluminativa y su creencia no se impone.

Dia de la Conciencia Negra en Brasil

Subject: 20 de Noviembre,

El día de la Conciencia Negra es celebrado el 20 de noviembre en Brasil y es dedicado a la reflexión sobre la participación del negro en la sociedad brasilera.

La fecha fue escogida por que coincide con la muerte de Zumbí dos Palmares, en 1695.

( Zumbí, para determinados grupos de la población brasilera, es un símbolo de la resistencia a la esclavitud).
A pesar de las varias dudas levantadas con relación al carácter de Zumbí en los últimos años, fue comprobado, por ejemplo, que tenía esclavos particulares.
El día de La Conciencia Negra busca ser una fecha para recordar, de forma general, la resistencia del negro a la esclavitud, desde el primer transporte de africanos para tierras brasileras en 1594.
Algunos grupos como el Movimiento Negro, el mayor de Brasil, organizan charlas y eventos educacionales, procurando principalmente niños negros.
Se busca evitar el auto-complejo, o sea, sentirse inferior ante la sociedad por causa del color de la piel.
Otros asuntos debatidos por las comunidades negras y que ganan evidencia en este día son: Participación del negro en el mercado de trabajo, porcentaje de cupos en las universidades, si existe discriminación por parte de la policía, identificación de razas, moda y belleza negra, etc.
El día es celebrado desde la década de 1960, pero solamente ha aumentado su celebración en los últimos años.
Antes el Movimiento Negro hacia parte de la celebración del día 13 de Mayo, día de la Abolición de la Esclavitud, conmemoración que los negros no participaban de buenas ganas, por hacer énfasis, muchas veces de la “generosidad” de la princesa Isabel, (Abolio la Esclavitud en Brasil, estando su padre, Rey Don Pedro II, fuera del pais). o sea por ser una actitud de una blanca.
La semana donde está el día 20 de noviembre también recibe en nombre de “Semana da Consciência Negra”.
Datos Estadísticos: En Brasil los negros corresponden a menos de 10% de la población.
Los llamados “pardos”, sin embargo, que son mestizos de negros con europeos o indios, llegan a un número próximo de la mitad de la población.
Entre la población negra joven (específicamente entre 15 y 17 años), 36,3%, terminaron o están en la educación media, entre los blancos el porcentaje es de 60%. Entre aquellos que tienen hasta 24 años 57,2% son blancos y tienen curso universitario, contra apenas 18,4% de negros
El sueldo medio de la población blanca en Brasil es de R$ 812,00. mas o menos 400 dólares.
La de los negros es de R$ 409,00.mas o menos 200 dólares.
Entre el grupo de 1% de los mas ricos del país, 86% son blancos.
Enciclopedia Wikipedia on lineTraducción libre: Gloria Larraguibel G.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Saturday, November 1, 2008

EAS ENTERS EARTH ATMOSPHERE ON NOV 3rd

Space Weather News for Nov. 1, 2008

http://spaceweather.com

More than a year ago, in July 2007, International Space Station astronauts threw an obsolete, refrigerator-sized ammonia reservoir overboard.

Ever since, the 1400-lb piece of space junk has been circling Earth in a decaying orbit--and now it is about to reenter.
If predictions are correct, the "Early Ammonia Servicer" (EAS for short) will turn into a brilliant fireball as it disintegrates in Earth's atmosphere during the early hours of Monday, Nov. 3rd.

Uncertainties in the exact reentry time are so great (plus or minus 15 hours at the time of this alert) that it is impossible to pinpoint where the fireball will appear.
At the moment, every continent except Antarctica has some favorable ground
tracks.
Readers should check our Satellite Tracker (http://spaceweather.com/flybys/) for possible overflights.
Before reentry, the EAS will seem about as bright as a 2nd or 3rd magnitude star, similar to the stars of the Big Dipper.
During re-entry, the disintegrating reservoir could light up like a full Moon.
Flyby predictions should be regarded as approximate because the orbital elements of the EAS are now changing so rapidly.

Updates will be posted on http://spaceweather.com.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

NOT AN AMERICAN AIRLINES PLANE FOR SURE!

THE ENDORSMENT FROM HELL


By
NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF

John McCain isn’t boasting about a new endorsement, one of the very, very few he has received from overseas. It came a few days ago:

“Al Qaeda will have to support McCain in the coming election,” read a commentary on a password-protected Islamist Web site that is closely linked to Al Qaeda and often disseminates the group’s propaganda.

The endorsement left the McCain campaign sputtering, and noting helplessly that Hamas appears to prefer Barack Obama. Al Qaeda’s apparent enthusiasm for Mr. McCain is manifestly not reciprocated.

“The transcendent challenge of our time [is] the threat of radical Islamic terrorism,” Senator McCain said in a major foreign policy speech this year, adding, “Any president who does not regard this threat as transcending all others does not deserve to sit in the White House.”

That’s a widespread conservative belief. Mitt Romney compared the threat of militant Islam to that from Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union. Some conservative groups even marked “Islamofascism Awareness Week” earlier this month.

Yet the endorsement of Mr. McCain by a Qaeda-affiliated Web site isn’t a surprise to security specialists.
Richard Clarke, the former White House counterterrorism director, and Joseph Nye, the former chairman of the National Intelligence Council, have both suggested that Al Qaeda prefers Mr. McCain and might even try to use terror attacks in the coming days to tip the election to him.

“From their perspective, a continuation of Bush policies is best for recruiting,” said Professor Nye, adding that Mr. McCain is far more likely to continue those policies.
An American president who keeps troops in Iraq indefinitely, fulminates about Islamic terrorism, inclines toward military solutions and antagonizes other nations is an excellent recruiting tool. In contrast, an African-American president with a Muslim grandfather and a penchant for building bridges rather than blowing them up would give Al Qaeda recruiters fits.

During the cold war, the American ideological fear of communism led us to mistake every muddle-headed leftist for a Soviet pawn. Our myopia helped lead to catastrophe in Vietnam.

In the same way today, an exaggerated fear of “Islamofascism” elides a complex reality and leads us to overreact and damage our own interests. Perhaps the best example is one of the least-known failures in Bush administration foreign policy: Somalia.

Today, Somalia is the world’s greatest humanitarian disaster, worse even than Darfur or Congo. The crisis has complex roots, and Somali warlords bear primary blame. But Bush administration paranoia about Islamic radicals contributed to the disaster.

Somalia has been in chaos for many years, but in 2006 an umbrella movement called the Islamic Courts Union seemed close to uniting the country. The movement included both moderates and extremists, but it constituted the best hope for putting Somalia together again. Somalis were ecstatic at the prospect of having a functional government again.
Bush administration officials, however, were aghast at the rise of an Islamist movement that they feared would be uncooperative in the war on terror. So they gave Ethiopia, a longtime rival in the region, the green light to invade, and Somalia’s best hope for peace collapsed.

“A movement that looked as if it might end this long national nightmare was derailed, in part because of American and Ethiopian actions,” said Ken Menkhaus, a Somalia expert at Davidson College. As a result, Islamic militancy and anti-Americanism have surged, partly because Somalis blame Washington for the brutality of the Ethiopian occupiers.
“There’s a level of anti-Americanism in Somalia today like nothing I’ve seen over the last 20 years,” Professor Menkhaus said. “Somalis are furious with us for backing the Ethiopian intervention and occupation, provoking this huge humanitarian crisis.”

Patrick Duplat, an expert on Somalia at Refugees International, the Washington-based advocacy group, says that during his last visit to Somalia, earlier this year, a local mosque was calling for jihad against America — something he had never heard when he lived peacefully in Somalia during the rise of the Islamic Courts Union.

“The situation has dramatically taken a turn for the worse,” he said. “The U.S. chose a very confrontational route early on. Who knows what would have happened if the U.S. had reached out to moderates? But that might have averted the disaster we’re in today.”
The greatest catastrophe is the one endured by ordinary Somalis who now must watch their children starve. But America’s own strategic interests have also been gravely damaged.

The only winner has been Islamic militancy. That’s probably the core reason why Al Qaeda militants prefer a McCain presidency: four more years of blindness to nuance in the Muslim world would be a tragedy for Americans and virtually everyone else, but a boon for radical groups trying to recruit suicide bombers.

I invite you to comment on this column on my blog,
www.nytimes.com/ontheground, and join me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kristof.

NO MILITARY TEST ON ANIMALS!!!



Keep Animals Out of the Line of Fire - No Military Testing on Animals!


Target: Robert M. Gates, Secretary of DefenseSponsored by:
Care2

The U.S. has one of the most advanced militaries in the world, yet despite the availability of better alternatives, it continues archaic teaching and combat training methods involving brutal treatment of animals.

For example, the Army utilizes live, anesthetized pigs shot with high-powered rifles to simulate battlefield injuries in training their combat medics.

And the military's only medical school also uses animals in its curriculum, despite the fact that the majority of all U.S. medical schools no longer require live animal labs. Such animal suffering is unnecessary.

Simulation systems can be used, making the use of animals in medical instruction obsolete.

Prestigious medical schools such as Harvard, NYU and Case Western Reserve stopped requiring live animal labs in the training of future physicians, why hasn't the U.S. military?

Urge the Secretary of Defense and our military to adopt humane education and training policies that do not involve the suffering and death of animals.

Proven alternatives are widely available!


Thursday, October 23, 2008

' 100 ORDERS'

http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m47991&hd=&size=1&l=e
FORCING TERMINATOR SEEDS ON IRAQ


Andrew Bosworth, Uruknet -

One would think that Iraqi farmers, now prospering under "freedom" and "democracy," would be able to plant the seeds of their choosing, but that choice, under little-known Order 81, would be illegal.
Most people have never heard of the infamous "100 Orders," but they help explain why the majority of Iraqis remain opposed to foreign occupation.
The 100 Orders allow multinational corporations to basically privatize an entire nation, and this degree of foreign and private control has not been witnessed since the days of the British East India Company and its extraterritoriality treaties.

A few examples of the 100 Orders are illuminating: Order 39 allows for the tax-free remittance of all corporate profits. Order 17 grants foreign contractors, including private security firms, immunity from Iraq's laws.

Orders 57 and 77 ensure the implementation of the orders by placing U.S.-appointed auditors and inspector general in every government ministry, with five-year terms and with sweeping authority over contracts, programs, employees and regulations.

Order 81: Under this mandate, Iraq's commercial farmers must now buy "registered seeds."

These are normally imported by Monsanto, Cargill and the World Wide Wheat Company.
Unfortunately, these registered seeds are "terminator" seeds, meaning "sterile."

Imagine if all human men were infertile, and in order to reproduce women needed to buy sperm cells at a sperm bank.

In agricultural terms, terminator seeds represent the same kind of sterility. . .

What makes this Order 81 even more outrageous is that Iraqi farmers have been saving wheat and barley seeds since at least 4000 BC, when irrigated agriculture first emerged, and probably even to about 8000 BC, when wheat was first domesticated.

Mesopotamia's farmers have now been trumped by white-smocked, corporate bio-engineers from Florida who strive to replace hundreds of natural varieties with a handful of genetically scrambled hybrids. . .

Order 81 comes with the Orwellian title of "Plant Variety Protection."

Any self-respecting scientist knows, however, that imposing biological standardization accomplishes the exact opposite: It reduces biodiversity and threatens species.

So Order 81 comes with an Orwellian title and consists of Orwellian provisions. . .

Just in case Iraqi farmer can't read, Order 81 enforces the new monopoly on seeds with the jackboot.

Order 81 makes this clear in its own text, buried at the bottom of the document, as is most screw-you fine print: "The court may order the confiscation of the infringing variety as well as the materials and tools substantially used in the infringement of the protected variety.

The court may also decide to destroy the infringing variety as well as the materials and tools or to dispose of them in any noncommercial purpose."

Order 81 is about power and profit, but it disguises itself as humanitarian legislation.


Andrew Bosworth, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of Government at the University of Texas at Brownsville.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

MC CAIN MOCKS WOMEN'S HEALTH

CHILE ES AHORA SANTUARIO BALLENERO


Al promulgar el proyecto que da al país ese estatus, cabe destacar que no sólo se trataba de un compromiso, sino que una muestra al mundo que Chile está comprometido como nación, con el desarrollo sustentable”.

Ayer, 15 octubre de 2008, se promulgo el proyecto de ley que declara a nuestro país Zona Libre de Caza de Cetáceos”.

En la práctica, se establece en Chile un santuario para las 43 especies de cetáceos que surcan aguas nacionales, poco más del 50% de las especies conocidas a nivel mundial, muchas de las cuales son fáciles de observar cerca de la costa.

El Santuario abarca la Zona Económica Exclusiva (ZEE) de la República de Chile hasta las 200 millas al oeste de la línea de baja marea y 350 millas alrededor de las islas de Pascua y Sala y Gómez, con una extensión de más de 5,3 millones km2, representando uno de los Santuario Balleneros de mayor extensión marítima.

Quiero agradecer a todas y cada una de las personas que apoyaron ésta Causa y han colaboraron en dar éste gigantesco primer paso, para así poder soñar juntos que algún día....“Todos los Océanos del mundo, sean un Santuario de Protección de Ballenas”.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

ALLENDE ALLENDE ALLENDE

http://www.quilapayun.info/VIDEOS/LeoFerre-Allende.wmv



Texto : Léo Ferré
Música : Jean Ferrat, Maurice Vandair


Dejar de escribir, esperar la señal
La que resonará doblada en mil octavas
Cuando las morales sensibles logren avanzar
Cuando el Bien peine la melena del Mal
Cuando las bestias sepan que las ponen en un plato
Cuando las mujeres muestren su sangre por las ventanas
Y levantando su cáliz a la altura de su dueño
Cuando digan : "Bebe por mi memoria".

Cuando los pájaros septiembre vayan a la caza de los huevones
Cuando los tipos encorbatados respiren a pesar de todo
Y cuando se cante en los DFL2 Una misa de verdad sobre un altar de cemento
Cuando los votadores votantes se pongan de acuerdo
Sobre una idea, sobre nada, para que el horror desaparezca
Y aunque por la rima se cante la Marsellesa Con bufandas rojas y guantes Dior
Sólo entonces iremos a despertar Allende Allende Allende Allende

Cuando haya palabras más potentes que los cañones
Aquellos que ya retumban en nuestras memorias breves
Cuando los déspotas disparadores disparen sobre nuestros sueños
Porque de nuestros sueños surge la cosecha
Cuando los asesinos a sueldo mueran es sus sedas
Que sean Presidente de ésto o General de lo otro
Cuando las voces socialistas canten su partitura
En el tempo y lléndose hacia otras galaxias

Cuando los amantes separados partan verdaderamente
Hacia otra parte, por otra parte, enfin, y después cómo
Cuando la pasión por vivir se haya terminado
Cuando el invierno enrevesado se crea en primavera
Cuando del Capital, que se confunde siempre con Marx,
No se hable sino por lo digno del título
Cuando el Papa agarre a sus obispos por la mitra
diciendoles : "Porno, en latín o no, lo tomo".
Cuando el rumor del tiempo se acabe realmente
Cuando el azul relativo del mar se ponga pálido
Cuando el tiempo relativo también se escabulla
De esta ecuación triste en la que lo tienen los huevones
Que sean matemáticos, con el Nobel o no
Es entonces, sólo entonces, que iremos a despertarAllende Allende Allende Allende(traducción libre : Rodolfo Parada

PATHETIC

>> Flirting her way to victory>>
Sarah Palin's farcical debate performance lowered the standards>> for both female candidates and US political discourse>>>> Michelle Goldberg >>
Friday October 3 2008>> guardian.co.uk>>>>

At least three times last night, Sarah Palin, the adorable,>> preposterous vice-presidential candidate, winked at the audience. >>
Had a male candidate with a similar reputation for attractive>> vapidity made such a brazen attempt to flirt his way into the>> good graces of the voting public, it would have universally >> noted, discussed and mocked.
Palin, however, has single-handedly >> so lowered the standards both for female candidates and American>> political discourse that, with her newfound ability to speak in >> more-or-less full sentences, she is now deemed to have performed >> acceptably last night.>>>>
By any normal standard, including the ones applied to male>> presidential candidates of either party, she did not.
Early on, >> she made the astonishing announcement that she had no intentions >> of actually answering the queries put to her.
"I may not answer>> the questions that either the moderator or you want to hear, but >> I'm going to talk straight to the American people and let them >> know my track record also," she said.>>>>
And so she preceded, with an almost surreal disregard for the >> subjects she was supposed to be discussing, to unleash fusillades>> of scripted attack lines, platitudes, lies, gibberish and grating >> references to her own pseudo-folksy authenticity.>> >>
It was an appalling display.
The only reason it was not widely>> described as such is that too many American pundits don't even >> try to judge the truth, wisdom or reasonableness of the political >> rhetoric they are paid to pronounce upon.
Instead, they imagine>> themselves as interpreters of a mythical mass of "average >> Americans" who they both venerate and despise.>> >>
In pronouncing upon a debate, they don't try and determine>> whether a candidate's responses correspond to existing reality, >> or whether he or she is capable of talking about subjects such as >> the deregulation of the financial markets or the devolution of>> the war in Afghanistan.
The criteria are far more vaporous.
In >> this case, it was whether Palin could avoid utterly humiliating >> herself for 90 minutes, and whether urbane commentators would>> believe that she had connected to a public that they see as >> ignorant and sentimental.
For the Alaska governor, mission>> accomplished. >>>>
There is indeed something mesmerising about Palin, with her manic>> beaming and fulsome confidence in her own charm.
The force of her >> personality managed to slightly obscure the insulting emptiness >> of her answers last night.
It's worth reading the transcript of>> the encounter, where it becomes clearer how bizarre much of what >> she said was.
Here, for example, is how she responded to Biden's >> comments about how the middle class has been short-changed during>> the Bush administration, and how McCain will continue Bush's policies:>>>>
"Say it ain't so, Joe, there you go again pointing backwards >> again.
You preferenced [sic] your whole comment with the Bush>> administration.
Now doggone it, let's look ahead and tell >> Americans what we have to plan to do for them in the future.
You >> mentioned education, and I'm glad you did.
I know education you>> are passionate about with your wife being a teacher for 30 years, >> and god bless her.
Her reward is in heaven, right? ...
My >> brother, who I think is the best schoolteacher in the year, and>> here's a shout-out to all those third graders at Gladys Wood >> Elementary School, you get extra credit for watching the debate." >>>>
Evidently, Palin's pre-debate handlers judged her incapable of>> speaking on a fairly wide range of subjects, and so instructed to >> her to simply disregard questions that did not invite memorised >> talking points or cutesy filibustering.
They probably told her to>> play up her spunky average-ness, which she did to the point of >> shtick - and dishonesty.
Asked what her achilles heel is - a >> question she either didn't understand or chose to ignore - she>> started in on how McCain chose her because of her "connection to >> the heartland of America. Being a mom, one very concerned about a >> son in the war, about a special needs child, about kids heading>> off to college, how are we going to pay those tuition bills?" >>>>
None of Palin's children, it should be noted, is heading off to >> college.
Her son is on the way to Iraq, and her pregnant>> 17-year-old daughter is engaged to be married to a high-school >> dropout and self-described "fuckin' redneck".
Palin is a woman >> who can't even tell the truth about the most quotidian and public>> details of her own life, never mind about matters of major public >> import. In her only vice-presidential debate, she was shallow, >> mendacious and phoney. What kind of maverick, after all, keeps>> harping on what a maverick she is?
That her performance was >> considered anything but a farce doesn't show how high Palin has >> risen, but how low we all have sunk.>

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

CARTA A UNA NIETA ROBADA




Soy tu abuela Chicha Chorobik de Mariani, te busco desde el momento en que Etchecolatz Camps y su tropa mataron a tu madre y te secuestraton de tu hogar en la calle 3O no 1134 de La Plata, Republica Argentina.
Era el 24 de Noviembre de 1976 y tenias 3 meses de edad.
Desde ese momento con tu padre te buscamos hasta que a el tambien lo asesinaron
A pesar de que trataron de convencerme de que habias muerto en la balacera, yo sabia que estabas viva.
Hoy es ya comprobado que sobreviviste y estas en poder de alguien.
Ya tienes 31 años y tu numero de documento probablemente sea cercano al 25.475.305 con el que te anotamos.
Yo quisiera pedirte que busques fotos de cuando eras bebe y las compares con las que acompañan a este texto.

Quiero contarte que tu abuelo paterno se dedico a la musica, y yo a las artes plasticas, que tus abuelos maternos se dedicaron a las ciencias, que tu mama amaba la literatura, y que tu papa era licenciado en economia.
Ambos tenian un gran sentido de la solaridad y compromiso con la sociedad.
Algo de todo esto tendras, en tus inclinaciones de vida, porque a pesar de que hayas sido criada en un hogar distinto, uno guarda internamente los genes de los antepasados.
Seguramente hay muchas preguntas sin respuestas que aletean en tu interior.

A mis mas de 80 años, mi aspiracion es abrazarte y reconocerme en tu mirada me gustaria que vinieras hacia mi, para que esta larga busqueda se concretara en el mayor anhelo, que me mantiene en pie, el que nos encontremos.
Clara Anahi mientras te espero, seguire buscandote
te abraza tu abuela
Chicha Mariani

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

MADRE NATURALEZA Y LA SALUD=MOTHER NATURE AND HEALTH

Una Zanahoria es igual al ojo humano,
La pupila, el iris y las lineas que iradian son iguales al ojo humano...
La ciencia ahora muestra que las zanahorias ayudan a la irrigacion sanguinea y a la funcion de los ojos.

A sliced Carrot looks like the human eye.
The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye...
Science now shows carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes.


Un tomate tiene cuatro cámaras y es de color rojo.
El corazón tiene cuatro cámaras y es de color rojo.
La investigación muestra que los tomates están cargados con licopeno y de hecho son puro alimento para el corazón y la sangre .

A Tomato has four chambers and is red.
The heart has four chambers and is red.
Research shows tomatoes are loaded with lycopine and are indeed pure heart and blood food.

Las uvas cuelgan en racimo que tiene la forma de un corazon.
Cada uva se parece a una celula humana y la investigacion demuestra que las uvas son un alimento vitalizador para la sangre y el corazon.

Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart.
Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food.



La Nuez parece un pequeño cerebro, un hemisferio izquierdo y derecho.
Incluso las arrugas o pliegues en la nuez son como el neo-cortex
Ahora sabemos que las nueces ayudan a desarrollar mas de tres docenas de transmitores de neuronas de la funcion cerebral.
A Walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums.
Even the wrinkles or folds on the nut are just like the neo-cortex.
We now know walnuts help develop more than three (3) dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function.


Los frijoles o porotos realmente curan y ayudan a mantener la funcion renal y si,
se ven igualitos que el riñon humano.

Kidney Beans actually heal and help maintain
kidney function and yes, they look exactly like the human kidneys.




Apio, Box Choy, Ruibarbo se parecen a los huesos. Estos alimentos son específicamente para ayudar a la resistencia ósea. Los huesos son 23% de sodio y los alimentos son 23% de sodio. Si tu no tienes suficiente sodio en tu dieta, el organismo lo saca de los huesos, haciendolos débiles. Estos alimentos reponen las necesidades del esqueleto.

Celery, Bok Choy, Rhubarb and many more look just like bones.
These foods specifically target bone strength.
Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium.
If you don't have enough sodium in your diet, the body pulls it from the bones, thus making them weak. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.



Aguacates, Berenjena y Pera,
Concentran su trabajo en la salud del utero y el cervix.
Se miran igual que estos organos.
La investigacion demuestra que una mujer al comer un aguacate semanal, se le ayuda al balance hormonal, ayuda con la perdida de peso despues del parto y previene el cancer cervical.
Que tan profundo es esto?
Se tarda exactamente nueve meses el aguacate de flor a fruta madura.
Hay mas de 14.000 fotolicitca constituyentes quimicos en la nutricion de cada uno de estos alimentos ( la ciencia moderna solo ha estudiado y nombrado acerca de 141 de ellos )
Avocados, Eggplant and Pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female - they look just like these organs.
Today's research shows that when a woman eats one avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight, and prevents cervical cancers.
And how profound is this?
It takes exactly nine (9) months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit.

There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods (modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them).


Higos
Estan llenos de semillas y cuelgan en dos cuando crecen.
Los higos ayudan a la mobilidad de la esperma y incrementan el numero de espermios, ayudando a superar la estirilidad masculina.

Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow.
Figs increase the mobility of male sperm and increase the numbers of sperm as well to overcome male sterility.


Camotes, se parecen al pancreas y balancean el indice glicemico de los diabeticos.
Sweet Potatoes look like the pancreas and actually balance the glycemic index of diabetics.

Aceitunas, asisten a la salud y funcion de los ovarios.
Olives, assist the health and function of the ovaries


Naranjas, Pomelo, y otras frutas citricas se ven igual que las glandulas mamarias
y actualmente asisten en la salud de los senos y el movimiento de la linfa en los senos.
Oranges, Grapefruits, and other Citrus fruits look just like the mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts.




Cebollas, se parecen a las celulas humanas. La investigacion muestra que las cebollas ayudan a limpiar el materias sucio de las las celulas del cuerpo.Incluso ellas producen lagrimas, las cuales limpian los ojos. El ajo tambien ayuda a limpiar los materiales toxicos del cuerpo.
Onions look like the body's cells. Today's research shows onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells.
They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the yes.
A working companion, Garlic, also helps eliminate waste materials and dangerous free radicals from the body.
Frutas contra la arteriosclerosis. Estudios realizados en la Universidad de Montpellier sostienen que ciertas frutas, en especial las manzanas y las uvas, contribuyen a prevenir la arteriosclerosis. Los jugos de estas frutas evitan la formación de las placas grasas en la parte interna de las arterias.
Fruits that combat artheriosclorosis, Apples and Grapes.
Bulbos para mejorar el corazón y fortalecer las defensas. Ajos, cebollas, cebollinos, chalotas y puerros no sólo sirven como condimentos agradables para las comidas, también son beneficiosos para la salud. Se ha descubierto que protegen los vasos sanguíneos y mejoran las naturales defensas del cuerpo de modo tan intenso que pueden hasta combatir el cáncer y muchas infecciones.

Amaranto contra la depresión. No es por nada que, en México, se utiliza la semilla de amaranto para fabricar dulces llamados, justamente, 'alegría'. Pero también se prepara con ella una sabrosa bebida que estimula el metabolismo y combate la osteoporosis y ciertas molestias musculares. Es que esta pequeña semilla de origen pre-hispánico tiene muchas proteínas, y buenas cantidades de ciertos minerales como fósforo, hierro y calcio, que también trabajan como estimulantes en contra de la depresión.
Lo que se sabe hasta el momento es que esta bebida se elabora solamente con la semilla de la planta de amaranto, sin aditivos ni colorantes, para garantizar que los aminoácidos que estimulan el cerebro y benefician a las personas con depresión permanezcan sin alteraciones.
Además, la semilla se emplea en la preparación de ciertos platos tradicionales mexicanos, tales como algunas ensaladas que incluyen estas semillas, y algunas sopas que se preparan a base de pasta de amaranto.

El jugo de granada y el cáncer de próstata. Estudios realizados en la Universidad de Wisconsin han probado que la granada contribuye a combatir el cáncer de próstata y ciertos tumores en la piel gracias a sus antioxidantes, los fito estrógenos que provee y sus buenos efectos para luchar contra la inflamación de los tejidos. Sus efectos antioxidantes superan a los del té verde y los del vino tinto.
Vegetales para combatir el olor corporal. Aunque el proceso de la transpiración es totalmente normal, ciertos alimentos podrían causar que el mal olor del sudor en contacto con el aire se acentúe. Los derivados de la carne, los quesos fuertes o muy 'curados', la leche, el ajo, la cebolla, demasiadas especias en las comidas, el café, las coles, el alcohol, el tabaco, acentúan el olor corporal. Por otro lado, los vegetales de hojas verdes, los brotes con alto contenido en clorofila, las frutas como la papaya, la manzana y la piña, el cereal integral, los frutos secos, a causa de su contenido de magnesio, la levadura de cerveza y las semillas de calabaza son recomendables para COMBATIR el olor fuerte de la transpiración.


Sunday, September 28, 2008

ATENCION ESTO NOS LLEGA DESDE TILCARA, ARGENTINA


La única lucha que se pierde es la que se abandona...
Es de no creer... Parece que en otros países ya ha sucedido, cuando a un monumento o un lugar ¡¡¡se lo declara 'PATRIMONIO DE LA HUMANIDAD'!!!

Quebrada de Humahuaca -Jujuy.


Declarado Patrimonio de la Humanidad por la UNESCO .

Todos los que puedan escuchar


Esto nos llega de Tilcara.- Por favor,reenvíenlo a todas las direcciones de mail que puedan, para hacer el suficiente barullo que quite la impunidad que las distancias y el olvido dan a todo estos salteadores y 'colonizadores'.-




'Estimados Amigos de Red Latina Sin Fronteras:


Mi nombre es Luis Fernando Cabrera, soy tilcareño y estoy muy preocupado por lo que nos está pasando.


Desde que se declaró Patrimonio de la Humanidad, Tilcara está sometida a este despojo de tierra, ya nada es como antes.


En estos últimos días aparecieron Gringos, con papeles de compra y venta de Tierras, están usurpando lugares que siempre nos pertenecieron, aduciendo que son de ellos, sacando a gente humilde sin piedad, son tierras con historia, con más de 500 años que fueron nuestras.


Hoy todos extraños están ocupando Tilcara, construyendo hoteles, la inseguridad está creciendo, ya no podemos salir a la calle, no podemos dejar las puertas abiertas, como siempre lo hacíamos....


Gente que vivió toda su vida sembrando, criando ovejas, hoy está siendo desalojada por gringos con plata que con un papel de Compra y Venta falso, nos quieren quitar lo poco que nos pertenece.


Los Tilcareños necesitamos ayuda, que se investigue todo esto, ya no aguantamos más, queremos que se vaya toda esta gente extraña.


Les pido encarecidamente y con el corazón humilde que tenemos, nos ayuden.




Nosotros no podemos hacer nada contra este aparato más poderoso que nuestra simpleza de ser tilcareños.




Estos son algunos de los datos graves y preocupantes:
Sabina Gregorio, Albina Gregorio, Leonarda Gregorio de Alfarcito, Terrazas de Cultivo legada por los incas, están siendo despojadas por la Familia Alvarez Prado (Terratenientes).


Calle Sorpresa de Tilcara Familia Flores Olmos, despojada por Alvarez Prado, después de 85 Años de Mantener una Tierra.


Comunidad Aborigen de Villa Florida están siendo despojados por Zambrano (Gente Extraña).


Comunidad del Huasamayo ya fueron despojadas varias familias y hoy nos quitan la Cancha de Fútbol donde juegan 600 deportistas del pueblo.


Club Atlético Terry despojado de una tierra para el deporte por personas desconocidas que compraron en esta semana estas tierras quien sabe a quien y el 9 de mayo fueron alambradas y cercadas.


Barrio Usina, Familias enteras que están siendo despojadas de sus tierras por terceros.
Todos estos vienen con papeles de la ciudad.


¿Qué podemos hacer?


Ya no hay justicia para nosotros.


¿Qué pasará mañana en Tilcara?




Toda esta gente nos maltrata con palabras tales como: Coyas, Negros sucios, etc. Palabras irreproducibles.


Gracias por Difundir esta grave preocupación.


Un Abrazo enorme y un sincero saludo desde Tilcara - Jujuy - Argentina.'




El saber nos da la opción de elegir entre seguir inmerso en un sistema macabro o hacer algo para modificarlo.


Tenemos la gracia de compartir el mismo territorio con estas personas afectadas, personas que tienen para dar y enseñarnos muchas cosas... cuidémoslas por el bien de todos...

Vivimos durante miles de años bajo los árboles, haciendo el amor bajo las estrellas que estos cientos de años de alienación no van a apagar nuestra esencia.

PÁSENLO, CON ESO BASTA; PARA QUE LOS DEMÁS SE INFORMEN.


EL RESTO QUEDA EN CADA UNO.

Friday, September 26, 2008

AMNISTIA INTERNACIONAL


Hola SONIA PAZ
Te escribo para darte las gracias por el apoyo que vienes prestando a Amnistía Internacional al adherirte a nuestras peticiones.

Con tu compromiso y generosidad somos más fuertes para luchar contra la pena de muerte, la tortura, el tráfico de armas...
Solo el apoyo de nuestros socios, socias y simpatizantes hace posible la existencia misma de Amnistía Internacional y el desarrollo de sus campañas.
¡Por eso nos alegramos tanto de contar contigo entre las personas que confían en nuestro trabajo!
Hoy te animo a que des un paso más en la defensa de los derechos humanos y realices una contribución económica tan generosa como puedas que nos permita seguir logrando avances en materia de derechos humanos, avances que serán también tuyos.
Esta es una satisfacción que te recomiendo personalmente.
Sólo tienes que hacer clic aquí.Además, si lo haces antes de que finalice este mes de septiembre, recibirás de forma gratuita una copia de nuestro Informe Anual en DVD, la publicación internacional más prestigiosa sobre el estado de los derechos humanos en el mundo, en el que podrás informarte de los asuntos y países que más te interesen.
Dándote las gracias por tu generosidad, te envío un afectuoso saludo,
Esteban BeltránDirector – Amnistía Internacional Sección Española

WE DESERVE IT DIVIDEND

Not my plan, but I will take the credit for this idea, after all it was sent to me.
If we send the money, and it works, I think I want to run for Vice President.
You know anyone can! If only this was the plan and it worked...
I'm against the $85,000,000,000.00 bailout of AIG.
Instead, I'm in favor of giving $85,000,000,000 to America in a We Deserve It Dividend.
To make the math simple, let's assume there are 200,000,000 bonafide U.S. Citizens 18+.
Our population is about 301,000,000 +/- counting every man, woman and child.
So 200,000,000 might be a fair stab at adults 18 and up..
So divide 200 million adults 18+ into $85 billon that equals $425,000.00.

My plan is to give $425,000 to every person 18+ as a We Deserve It Dividend.
Of course, it would NOT be tax free. So let's assume a tax rate of 30%.
Every individual 18+ has to pay $127,500.00 in taxes.
That sends $25,500,000,000 right back to Uncle Sam.

But it means that every adult 18+ has $297,500.00 in their pocket.
A husband and wife has $595,000.00.

What would you do with $297,500.00 to $595,000.00 in your family?

Pay off your mortgage - housing crisis solved.
Repay college loans - what a great boost to new grads Put away money for college - it'll be there Save in a bank - create money to loan to entrepreneurs.
Buy a new car - create jobs Invest in the market - capital drives growth Pay for your parent's medical insurance - health care improves Enable Deadbeat Dads to come clean - or else
Remember this is for every adult U S Citizen 18+ including the folks who lost their jobs at Lehmann Brothers and every other company that is cutting back.
And of course, for those serving in our Armed Forces.
If we're going to re-distribute wealth let's really do it...instead of trickling out a puny $1000.00 ( "vote buy" ) economic incentive.
If we're going to do an $85 billion bailout, let's bail out every adult U S Citizen 18+!
As for AIG - liquidate it. Sell off its parts.
Let American General go back to being American General.
Sell off the real estate. Let the private sector bargain hunters cut it up and clean it up.

Here's my rationale. We deserve it and AIG doesn't.
Sure it's a crazy idea that can "never work."
But can you imagine the Coast-To-Coast Block Party!
How do you spell Economic Boom?
I trust my fellow adult Americans to know how to use the $85 Billion We Deserve It Dividend more than I do the geniuses at AIG or in Washington DC .
And remember, The Birk plan only really costs $59.5 Billion because $25.5 Billion is returned instantly in taxes to Uncle Sam.

Ahhh...I feel 0so much better getting that off my chest.
Kindest personal regards,
JULIE

Friday, September 19, 2008

ASK YOUR TV STATIONS WHY WE DIDN'T GET TO SEE THE BIGGEST RALLY IN ALASKA?

The citizens of Alaska, who know her best, have things to say.

So take heart, sit back, and enjoy the photo gallery.

"Alaska Women Reject Palin Rally" was to be held outside on the lawn in front of the Loussac Library in midtown Anchorage.





Home made signs were encouraged, and the idea was to make a statement that Sarah Palin does not speak for all Alaska women, or men.


I had no idea what to expect.


The rally was organized by a small group of women, talking over coffee.


It made me wonder what other things have started with small groups of women talking over coffee.


It's probably an impressive list.


These women hatched the plan, printed up flyers, posted them around town, and sent notices to local media outlets.



One of those media outlets was KBYR radio, home of Eddie Burke, a long-time uber-conservative Anchorage talk show host.



Turns out that Eddie Burke not only announced the rally, but called the people who planned to attend the rally "a bunch of socialist baby-killing maggots," and read the home phone numbers of the organizers aloud over the air, urging listeners to call and tell them what they thought.



The women, of course, received some nasty, harassing and threatening messages.


I felt a bit apprehensive.


I'd been disappointed before by the turnout at other rallies.


Basically, in Anchorage, if you can get 25 people to show up at an event, it's a success. So, I thought to myself, if we can actually get 100 people there that aren't sent by Eddie Burke, we'll be doing good.



A real statement will have been made.



I confess, I still had a mental image of 15 demonstrators surrounded by hundreds of menacing "socialist baby-killing maggot" haters.



It's a good thing I wasn't tailgating when I saw the crowd in front of the library or I would have ended up in somebody's trunk.



When I got there, about 20 minutes early, the line of sign wavers stretched the full length of the library grounds, along the edge of the road, 6 or 7 people deep!





I could hardly find a place to park.



I nabbed one of the last spots in the library lot, and as I got out of the car and started walking, people seemed to join in from every direction, carrying signs.



Never, have I seen anything like it in my 17 and a half years living in Anchorage.



The organizers had someone walk the rally with a counter, and they clicked off well over 1400 people (not including the 90 counter-demonstrators).



This was the biggest political rally ever, in the history of the state.





I was absolutely stunned.


The second most amazing thing is how many people honked and gave the thumbs up as they drove by.


And even those that didn't honk looked wide-eyed and awe-struck at the huge crowd that was growing by the minute.



This just doesn't happen here.



Then, the infamous Eddie Burke showed up.

He tried to talk to the media, and was instantly surrounded by a group of 20 people who started shouting O-BA-MA so loud he couldn't be heard.


Then passing cars started honking in a rhythmic pattern of 3, like the Obama chant, while the crowd cheered, hooted and waved their signs high.



So, if you've been doing the math?

Yes.

The Alaska Women Reject Palin rally was significantly bigger than Palin's rally that got all the national media coverage!

Feel free to spread the pictures around to anyone who needs to know that Sarah Palin most definitely does not speak for all Alaskans.

THIS IS YOUR NATION ON WHITE PRIVILEGE

This is Your Nation on White Privilege
September 13, 2008, 2:01 pm
This is Your Nation on White Privilege
By Tim Wise
For those who still can’t grasp the concept of white privilege, or who are constantly looking for some easy-to-understand examples of it, perhaps this list will help.
White privilege is when you can get pregnant at seventeen like Bristol Palin and everyone is quick to insist that your life and that of your family is a personal matter, and that no one has a right to judge you or your parents, because “every family has challenges,” even as black and Latino families with similar “challenges” are regularly typified as irresponsible, pathological and arbiters of social decay.
White privilege is when you can call yourself a “fuckin’ redneck,” like Bristol Palin’s boyfriend does, and talk about how if anyone messes with you, you'll “kick their fuckin' ass,” and talk about how you like to “shoot shit” for fun, and still be viewed as a responsible, all-American boy (and a great son-in-law to be) rather than a thug.
White privilege is when you can attend four different colleges in six years like Sarah Palin did (one of which you basically failed out of, then returned to after making up some coursework at a community college), and no one questions your intelligence or commitment to achievement, whereas a person of color who did this would be viewed as unfit for college, and probably someone who only got in in the first place because of affirmative action.
White privilege is when you can claim that being mayor of a town smaller than most medium-sized colleges, and then Governor of a state with about the same number of people as the lower fifth of the island of Manhattan, makes you ready to potentially be president, and people don’t all piss on themselves with laughter, while being a black U.S. Senator, two-term state Senator, and constitutional law scholar, means you’re “untested.”

White privilege is being able to say that you support the words “under God” in the pledge of allegiance because “if it was good enough for the founding fathers, it’s good enough for me,” and not be immediately disqualified from holding office--since, after all, the pledge was written in the late 1800s and the “under God” part wasn’t added until the 1950s--while believing that reading accused criminals and terrorists their rights (because, ya know, the Constitution, which you used to teach at a prestigious law school requires it), is a dangerous and silly idea only supported by mushy liberals.

White privilege is being able to be a gun enthusiast and not make people immediately scared of you.

White privilege is being able to have a husband who was a member of an extremist political party that wants your state to secede from the Union, and whose motto was “Alaska first,” and no one questions your patriotism or that of your family, while if you're black and your spouse merely fails to come to a 9/11 memorial so she can be home with her kids on the first day of school, people immediately think she’s being disrespectful.

White privilege is being able to make fun of community organizers and the work they do--like, among other things, fight for the right of women to vote, or for civil rights, or the 8-hour workday, or an end to child labor--and people think you’re being pithy and tough, but if you merely question the experience of a small town mayor and 18-month governor with no foreign policy expertise beyond a class she took in college--you’re somehow being mean, or even sexist.

White privilege is being able to convince white women who don’t even agree with you on any substantive issue to vote for you and your running mate anyway, because all of a sudden your presence on the ticket has inspired confidence in these same white women, and made them give your party a “second look.”

White privilege is being able to fire people who didn’t support your political campaigns and not be accused of abusing your power or being a typical politician who engages in favoritism, while being black and merely knowing some folks from the old-line political machines in Chicago means you must be corrupt.

White privilege is being able to attend churches over the years whose pastors say that people who voted for John Kerry or merely criticize George W. Bush are going to hell, and that the U.S. is an explicitly Christian nation and the job of Christians is to bring Christian theological principles into government, and who bring in speakers who say the conflict in the Middle East is God’s punishment on Jews for rejecting Jesus, and everyone can still think you’re just a good church-going Christian, but if you’re black and friends with a black pastor who has noted (as have Colin Powell and the U.S. Department of Defense) that terrorist attacks are often the result of U.S. foreign policy and who talks about the history of racism and its effect on black people, you’re an extremist who probably hates America.

White privilege is not knowing what the Bush Doctrine is when asked by a reporter, and then people get angry at the reporter for asking you such a “trick question,” while being black and merely refusing to give one-word answers to the queries of Bill O’Reilly means you’re dodging the question, or trying to seem overly intellectual and nuanced.

White privilege is being able to claim your experience as a POW has anything at all to do with your fitness for president, while being black and experiencing racism is, as Sarah Palin has referred to it a “light” burden.

And finally, white privilege is the only thing that could possibly allow someone to become president when he has voted with George W. Bush 90 percent of the time, even as unemployment is skyrocketing, people are losing their homes, inflation is rising, and the U.S. is increasingly isolated from world opinion, just because white voters aren’t sure about that whole “change” thing. Ya know, it’s just too vague and ill-defined, unlike, say, four more years of the same, which is very concrete and certain…

White privilege is, in short, the problem.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

SARAH PALIN EARNS PRESTIGIOUS RUBBER DODO AWARD



Sarah Palin Earns Prestigious Rubber Dodo Award
The second annual Rubber Dodo Award goes to... Sarah Palin.
The Center for Biological Diversity honored her with the 2008 award for her valiant efforts to protect her state's oil industry -- sacrificing the well-being of our earth, our climate, the polar bear, and numerous other warming-threatened species in the process.
Starting in 2006, Palin worked hard to block the government from protecting the polar bear under the Endangered Species Act -- and when the bear was declared "threatened" anyway, she sued, joined shortly thereafter by her oil-industry friends. According to the Center's executive director Kierán Suckling, Palin's lawsuit will put her in the history books as perhaps the only person ever to have accused the Bush administration of excessive use of the Endangered Species Act.
The Center's Rubber Dodo Award is reserved every year for the person in public or private service whom we feel has done the most to contribute to endangered species' extinction.
Last year, we gave the award to Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne.
Check out our
press release and learn more from the Guardian.
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"I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a 'community organizer,' except that you have actual responsibilities." Sarah Palin
Jesus Christ was a community organizer. Pontius Pilate was a governor.
Perhaps “good Christian” Sarah Palin should consider that.

http://organizersfightback.wordpress.com/