Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
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.
Keep Animals Out of the Line of Fire - No Military Testing on Animals!
Target: Robert M. Gates, Secretary of DefenseSponsored by:
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.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
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
Saturday, October 11, 2008
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
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
Era el 24 de Noviembre de 1976 y tenias 3 meses de edad.
A pesar de que trataron de convencerme de que habias muerto en la balacera, yo sabia que estabas viva.
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.
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.
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.
te abraza tu abuela
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
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.
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.
These foods specifically target bone strength.
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,
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.
Olives, assist the health and function of the ovaries
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.