Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Can You Hear Me Now? Cell Phones or Peace in the Congo - Your Choice?

After hacking off limbs, rape is their weapon of choice it seems but most people are too busy playing Angry Birds on their cell phone to hear that the drive for cell phone materials is a big part of what is driving the killing games in the Congo. I really don't give a hoot that actor Affleck thinks it's a problem but if that is what it takes for Congress to act - You Go Ben!

Amplify’d from opinion.latimes.com
Ben Affleck
"This isn't just altruism," he explains. "The United States has security, economic and diplomatic interests in a peaceful and stable Congo." Here, he details four easy-to-implement recommendations. Congress: Are you listening?
Read more at opinion.latimes.com

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Human Rights news and links via Ned's Google Reader

Just thought I'd share this way of "sharing" via Google's Reader. I have "folder" of reader links to good sites for "human rights" news. I made it public - so anyone who wants to check these links rather than search out their own, can bookmark it or subscribe to it via a reader (rss). Covers a wide variety of human rights issues.

Anti-war links/news via Ned's Google Reader

Just thought I'd share this way of "sharing" via Google's Reader. I have "folder" of reader links to good sites for "anti-war" news. I made it public - so anyone who wants to check these links rather than search out their own, can bookmark it or subscribe to it via a reader (rss). It covers more than Afghanistan and includes a variety of resources - blogs, news services, government sources, etc.

La Migra (immigration) news/links via Ned's Google Reader

Just thought I'd share this way of "sharing" via Google's Reader. I have "folder" of reader links to good sites for "la migra" immigration news. I made it public - so anyone who wants to check these links rather than search out their own, can bookmark it or subscribe to it via a reader (rss).

Ned's Green Stuff via Google Reader

Just thought I'd share this way of "sharing" via Google's Reader. I have "folder" of reader links to good sites for "green" news. I made it public - so anyone who wants to check these links rather than search out their own, can bookmark it or subscribe to it via a reader (rss).

Amplify’d from www.google.com
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Friday, November 26, 2010

Buffy Sainte-Marie America the Beautiful

What is beautiful is the land and people - that's what she celebrates in this version. Buffy is always good and this is worth a listen.

America the Beautiful

It's about America the country, not America the nation state. It's about the real America that so many people, regardless of their political associations, really feel in their hearts-you know, this beautiful, beautiful place. So, it's yet another take on "America the Beautiful." People seem to enjoy it.
Read more at buffy-sainte-marie.blogspot.com

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Most of 2 million who fly in US daily go through security with no problems... hmmm? http://amplify.com/u/fyav

Afghanistan's recent elections? Serious or Comedy of Errors?

Read on - comedy, or comic opera - maybe Marx Brothers' Night at the Opera comes to mind

Amplify’d from www.aan-afghanistan.org
I really do not want to make the readers desperate – but there are lots of other shortcomings and abuses of law in this process which I did not mention in this blog. Already those described here amount to a democratic disaster. The parliament emerging out of these elections will suffer from a permanent deficit of legitimacy which will accelerate the Afghan states descent into fragility.Read more at www.aan-afghanistan.org

Taliban Leader Imposter Fleeces US/Afghan Officials

Oops! Down and down we go, in a spin. Forget body scans, how about major scams and not bothering to be very, very careful - AND AT LEAST CHECK THE PERSON IS WHO HE CLAIMS TO BE!

Amplify’d from www.registan.net

Desperation is never pretty

the secret talks unfolding between Taliban and Afghan leaders to end the war
Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, one of the most senior commanders in the Taliban movement.
United States and Afghan officials now say the Afghan man was an impostor
we gave this man millions of dollars and sat him down in front of Hamid Karzai and General Petraeus and we have no idea who he is or what his intentions are.
The idea that the Taliban is eager to sit down for talks—and it has stated, quite explicitly it is not—is just more ISAF spin, trying to convince us we’re winning the war.Read more at www.registan.net

Monday, November 22, 2010

Jesse Ventura: Conspiracy Entertainment for Fear and Profit

Read on and see. Conspiracy Theory is un-reality TV to make a profit for Jesse and to entertain - not educate - you a la the "scary" roller coaster at the amusement park and TV wrestling that gave Jesse his first boost.

Amplify’d from www.splcenter.org

Un-TruTV: Fear vs. Fact on Ventura’s ‘Conspiracy Theory’

What Ventura and TruTV call “proof” amounts to little more than recycled and utterly groundless conspiracy theories. He relies on dubious “experts” — actually, fellow conspiracy peddlers whose affiliations are never clearly identified — and utterly ignores real authorities who could easily debunk the claims.

Read more at www.splcenter.org

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Save that Tiger! Save that Tiger!

Can you guess why urban centers, suburbs and even rural farm areas seem to be over run with what we term pests? Such as coyotes in US. Or mice and rats everywhere. We either killing or destroying breeding grounds of predators!

Would you want to live in a world with no tigers or wolves?

Amplify’d from current.com

13 nations meet to try to save wild tigers


In 2010, the Year of the Tiger, about 3,600 of the majestic predators remain in the wild
Read more at current.com

Friday, November 19, 2010

Not the only fish in the sea but almost...

New study provides 200 year record of decline of certain fish populations due to human activity. This proves, once more, that we are about as dumb as we are smart. Will we learn in time, or will we live to see "Soylent Green is people!" become true. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Sp-VFBbjpE

Amplify’d from www.wired.com

Old, Ignored Records Yield 200 Years of Fish Population Data

naturalists’ accounts and fish market records
between 1818 and 2000, shows
provides a crucial baseline comparison for the ongoing collapse of today’s fisheries.Read more at www.wired.com

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Face me

Face me
Face me,
originally uploaded by Linnea Strid.
Linnea Strid is just so good - each painting connects to the sense of realism and surrealism at one in the same time. Thanks Linnea!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Wannabe Speaker of the House Commits Treason

Cantor, in effect pledged loyalty to the Prime Minister of Israel over loyalty to the United States. Now trying to back off of his pledge but treason is treason isn't it?

Cantor Recants on Netanyahu Pledge

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA)
Cantor's pledge of allegiance
to a foreign leaderRead more at tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com

Friday, November 12, 2010

Climate change deniers need to dust off their brains - grin.

Have humans contributed to the growth of deserts? Yep, plenty of proof there even in USA - remember Dust Bowl? What about diseases that could be carried to us from sand/dust storms in Asia and Sahara? Read on and find out for yourself - hack, wheeze, ack - that dust has a garlic flavor - must be Chinese - smile.

Amplify’d from www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
Atmospheric Movement of Microorganisms in Clouds of Desert Dust and Implications for Human Health
Billions of tons of desert dust move through the atmosphere each year. The primary source regions, which include the Sahara and Sahel regions of North Africa and the Gobi and Takla Makan regions of Asia, are capable of dispersing significant quantities of desert dust across the traditionally viewed oceanic barriers.
Asian dust storms can take from 7 to 9 days to cross the Pacific Ocean. Dust storms moving off the west coast of Africa can take from 3 to 5 days to reach the Caribbean and Americas.
During an African dust event that occurred from 25 to 28 July 2005
These data demonstrate the ability of dust storms to impact air quality at significant distances from their sources (Tampa Bay is >6,500 km west of the coast of North Africa).Read more at www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Planet and People Killing Lessons from Lilly and Monsanto

This article notes how Eli Lilly give women cancer and treats it as well. Monsanto develops (GM) seeds that will love and depend upon its Round Up pesticide and probably spawn a reaction by the natural system akin to cancer and then Monsanto can develop an even stronger pesticide that will give people and the planet cancer at the same time. Look for a partnering strategy between the two.

Breast Cancer Action Asks You To Be The Billboard

Eli Lilly has taken pinkwashing to a whole new level. By adding rBGH to the products they sell, Eli Lilly has completed its cancer profit circle: it creates cancer with rBGH, it sells cancer treatment drugs like Gemzar, and it sells a drug, Evista, to reduce the risk of breast cancer in women at high risk of the disease. Eli Lilly’s cancer drugs made $2,683,000,000 for the company in 2008. Its potentially carcinogenic dairy hormone made millions of dollars in the same year. Eli Lilly is milking cancer.

Read more at www.feministpeacenetwork.org

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Life is - Enjoy it says Afghan poet

Amazing the poetry that can be written in the midst of war.

Amplify’d from www.awwproject.org

Never be sad


Tired of your life

Always try

and try

and try

Life has ups and downs

Everyone knows it

Be happy

Work hard

And see the results

come clear

Enjoy your life

Life is short

Life is good

Life is sweet

It is very sweet

By Sharefa

Read more at www.awwproject.org

Monday, November 08, 2010

Beware of "Corporate" Petitions at "Respected" Petition sites

This one looks good until you ask yourself - Does the American Medical Association really care about patient's rights or? (AMA - Get Involved

Encourage your patients to enter the health care debate by joining the AMA's Patients' Action Network. As a member, your patients can make a difference and ...

www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/advocacy/get-involved.shtml )

Recently, another "action" group representing for-profit colleges circulated a similar kind of petition looking good but trying to protect their ability to convince adult students still eligible for student loans that their degree is a doorway to a new future but really is up to $40,000 for an Associate of Arts degree. Check the prices of community colleges - these private schools would have to be really outstanding at that price. At two-year colleges, the average cost for tuition and fees is $2,713. (http://www.collegeboard.com/student/pay/add-it-up/4494.html)

Amplify’d from www.thepetitionsite.com

Congress Threatens Veteran Health Care

Read more at www.thepetitionsite.com

Friday, November 05, 2010

I was looking for fishes and all you gave me was a hand full of water

Linnea Strid is some kind of artist! Meaning she's great! The relationship between people, dogs and water is simple and complext - she's captured all that in this paining - thanks!

Ten (10) Seconds to respond to phone call ending marriage

Ten seconds is just enough time to muster the courage and get hurt, mad and ready to move on... How would you repond?

10 Seconds

"I've filed for divorce, you have 10 seconds to say something before I hang up."
10 seconds to state how I felt about now being a single parent, to vocalize my thoughts, my shattered dreams, my no more tomorrows, my darkened present, my broken heart, my violated trust, my ridiculed yesterdays, my abandoned todays...Read more at imissedbeingme.blogspot.com

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Give Peace a Chance - today!

Amplify’d from www.maxthequiltcat.com

BlogBlast for Peace for All Species

Read more at www.maxthequiltcat.com

Peace Blogblast 2010

It's a gas, gas, gas! Give Peace a Chance!

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Welcome to Blog Blast For Peace 2010. It’s my third time to join this cause and I’m so proud to be a part of it. Here’s a prayer poem about PEACE that I want to share.

Welcome to Blog Blast For Peace 2010. It’s my third time to join this cause and I’m so proud to be a part of it. Here’s a prayer poem about PEACE that I want to share.

Read more at wcstock.net

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Peace Blog 2010 - Give Peace a Chance

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My Photos - Peace Blog, 2010

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iSurgeon: Wow! Auto-pancreas transplant

Amplify’d from current.com

Look no hands: Robots perform delicate pancreas transplant in amazing world first

Doctors have carried out the world's first robotically-assisted pancreatic transplant on a mother-of-two in Italy.The team from Pisa Hospital performed the operation on a 43-year-old woman who had suffered from type one diabetes for 19 years and had already had a kidney transplant.Read more at current.com

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

START - The treaty to make the world safer

It is time for the Senate to ratify it!

Amplify’d from www.state.gov
Treaty Makes America More Secure, Has Broad Support, and Is Urgently Needed

The New START Treaty Makes America More Secure.
Significantly reducing – by nearly

700 – the limit on the number of strategic nuclear weapons that Russia can deploy;

allowing us to keep a close eye on the remaining ones; building stability, predictability,

and transparency for the two countries with 90 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons;

and strengthening America’s fight against nuclear weapons falling into the hands of

terrorists and rogue states.Read more at www.state.gov

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Not your everyday bike race even in Northeast!

Rough, tumble and ET call home, your Avatar is calling you Halloween costumed bike race - fun.

Amplify’d from bikeportland.org

Photos from a costumed Cross Crusade

Read more at bikeportland.org

This past weekend, the Cross Crusade headed to Astoria for a double-header of racing and Halloween fun. I wasn't able to make it up there this year, but I wanted to share some of the hilarious costumes and scenes from the event.

See more at bikeportland.org