Monday, April 27, 2009

US - how can we be so anti-family?

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After Losing Freedom, Some Immigrants Face Loss of Custody of Their Children



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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Change to Win and AFL-CIO & Immigration Reform

Joseph T. Hansen, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) and chair of the Change to Win Immigration Task Force, and John Sweeney, International President of the AFL-CIO, today unveiled a unified framework for comprehensive immigration reform legislation.
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Saltwater Buddha: a surfer's quest to find Zen on the sea

Looks like a real winner - check it out!

T. Alexander Aleinikoff - The Right Time to Start Talking About Immigration Reform - washingtonpost.com

T. Alexander Aleinikoff - The Right Time to Start Talking About Immigration Reform - washingtonpost.com

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Egypt may be ground zero

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Avian Flu Cases in Egypt Raise Alarms




Amr Dalsh/Reuters


A woman in Menoufia, Egypt, bringing a chicken for a vaccination. Bird flu still exists in poultry in Egypt, Indonesia, China, Vietnam and on the India-Bangladesh border.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Stones Thrown at Afghan Women Protesters

And we have troops there to protect their way of life. I thought troops were sent to get Osama bin Laden out - beyond that we ought to go until the Afghans are serious about joining the 21st century.

Coexistence in Israel - YMCA Peace Preschool

Amazing!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

How Dangerous are the Taliban to the US?

Foreign Affairs article and response both of which are well worth reading - if you are rethinking our involvement in Afghanistan.

The very notion that al Qaeda needs a secure geographic base to carry out its terrorist operations, moreover, is questionable. After all, the operational base for 9/11 was in Hamburg, Germany. Conspiracies involving small numbers of people require communication, money, and planning -- but not a major protected base camp.

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Israel's IDF shoot American - Tristan Anderson

Out of control police and military are no longer tolerable anywhere..
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Thursday, April 16, 2009

How out of control is ICE and Border Patrol?

Much more than many expected. Watch this video and be transformed!
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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Beach Trash to Boutique Buys - Kenya Rocks!

Cool idea to turn beach trash into art objects and fair trade items.
clipped from www.ipsnews.net
TRADE-AFRICA: Flip-flops Transformed Into Toys to Save Turtles
By Najum Mushtaq

NAIROBI, Apr 13 (IPS) - Art and fashion, environmental conservation, poverty alleviation and fair trade come together at UniqEco’s Marula Studios in an upscale suburb of Nairobi. A visit to its workshop and display centre is a delight to the eyes as well as an occasion to learn about the problem of marine pollution and its eco-friendly, community-based and business-savvy solutions.
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Former head of Texas Criminal Justice: time to reform system!

Re: "Restoring Justice -- Lawmakers move urgent reform closer to reality," Sunday Editorials.
I join you in thanking and congratulating state Sen. Royce West and Sen. Rodney Ellis for their leadership in helping innocent people who may have spent years in prison for crimes they did not commit, and for establishing an innocence commission to lessen the chances of an innocent person being sent to prison -- or worse, to death row.
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Friday, April 10, 2009

Life is Fragile

This type of algae should not be here this time of year. Is time running out?
clipped from www.yomiuri.co.jp



Snow ice algae give snow a pink hue at a gentoo penguin nesting site near the Gonzalez Videla Base
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Japanese Raccons found with Bird Flu

What this shows is that the h5n1 virus is present in many different species. It breaks out in a form that is deadly to both animals and people when the host animal is gathered together in large numbers. When chickens, ducks, or geese are factory farmed (thousands raised at same time and housed for egg laying or held for delivery to live markets), the natural system "thinks" the species's population is too large and is exhibitig stress that calls for a "system" response to bring the flock back into balance. The system response to re-create balance is influenza which kills weaker or stressed birds and reestablishes balance. Repeated human intervention causes greater system responses until it may reach pandemic levels.
clipped from www.yomiuri.co.jp

This is the first time mammals in this country have been found with bird flu virus antibodies, which develop as a result of infection. Before the discovery, only birds had been found with bird flu antibodies.

The research team, which presented a paper on its findings at a conference of the Japanese Society of Veterinary Science in Utsunomiya on Saturday, warned that infected raccoons could introduce the virus into chicken farms and noted that countermeasures were needed.

It is believed that the H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus is highly likely to mutate into a new type of influenza. In Japan, there have previously been reports of domestic chickens, wild whooper swans, jungle crows and mountain hawk-eagles infected with the virus.

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Bird Flu Cases in Egyptian Children May Be a Crucial Step in Pandemic Launch

Uh oh! The rapid expansion of the global poultry market is continuing to fuel the next pandemic, it appears.
clipped from www.cidrap.umn.edu

John Jabbour, a World Health Organization (WHO) emerging diseases specialist based in Cairo, said the Egyptian government and the WHO are planning a study to find out if subclinical or asymptomatic cases have been occurring, according to the story.


Jabbour said the occurrence of asymptomatic cases would be worrisome because it could give the undetected virus more time to mutate in human hosts, Reuters reported.


"If there is any subclinical case in Egypt, the aim is to treat immediately to stop the reproduction of the virus," he told Reuters. "Because whether [through] mutation or reassortment, this will lead to the pandemic strain."

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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Monday, April 06, 2009

Syncrude Canada -Crudely Kills Ducks

Figure out a way to keep duck out of your oil soaked pond. You make enough money, so why not dome it when it is not frozen!
clipped from www.worldwatch.org
Oil sand developer Syncrude Canada revised upward an estimate of the number of ducks that died in an Alberta tailings pond last April, from 500 to more than 1,600.
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Transboundary animal diseases a huge danger to Asia

“Over the past 10 years, disease outbreaks have affected millions of poor households dependent on livestock for livelihood and food security; [their] occurrence is now considered an emergency,” Carolyn Benigno, animal health officer with the FAO’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, told the conference.
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OneVoice Movement To End The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

OneVoice Movement To End The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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Friday, April 03, 2009

Toddler confirmed to have died of bird flu | The Jakarta Post

Toddler confirmed to have died of bird flu | The Jakarta Post

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Israel Foreign Minister to US: Forget US Agreement!

Oops! New Israeli Foreign Minister caught saying what he stands for!
clipped from news.bbc.co.uk
Avigdor Lieberman with his wife
Hardline nationalist Lieberman was a controversial foreign ministry choice



Israel's new ultra-nationalist foreign minister has said it is not bound by a US-sponsored 2007 agreement to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians.

"The Annapolis conference, it has no validity," Avigdor Lieberman said.

He was speaking at a handover ceremony at the foreign ministry, prompting his predecessor Tzipi Livni to interrupt and diplomats to shift uncomfortably.

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Iraqi Heavy Metal - music - not cluster bombs

International Rescue Committee helped them and it's a good story.
clipped from www.theirc.org

CRISIS WATCH | Special Report
| Iraq
| Iraqi Refugees


Iraqi Metal Band Reunited



Forced by death threats to split up and flee Iraq, the members of "Heavy Metal in Baghdad" band Acrassicauda lived as refugees in Syria and Turkey for nearly three years. When the United States offered them asylum, the International Rescue Committee brought the musicians back together and is helping them restart their lives in safety and freedom.    

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