Friday, August 15, 2008

Are We Headed Toward Extinction?

Listen Now [17 min 49 sec] Talk of the Nation, August 15, 2008 · Scientists studying many different parts of the planet's ecosystems are warning that Earth may be on the verge of a sixth major mass extinction event.

Guest: Paul Ehrlich, co-author of The Dominant Animal: Human Evolution and the Environment

Unfit for Publication

One of the most vile smear peddlers of the 2004 election has found a new target.
Jerome Corsi just published a new book full of rehashed distortions and the same old lies about Barack Obama, and the right-wing noise machine is in full gear promoting it.
In 2004, Corsi helped launch the Swift Boat smear campaign with a book of distortions and lies he wrote about John Kerry.

It’s up to you to spread the truth, so here it is.: PDF: Unfit for Publication.

LITTLE RESEARCH DISPROVES EVEN CORSI’S MOST BASIC CLAIMS
LIE
: “The year 1995 was a banner one for Obama. He had just married Michelle and the couple bought a Hyde Park condo, the first home Obama ever owned.”[p 145]
REALITY: OBAMAS MARRIED IN 1992 AND BOUGHT A CONDO IN 1993
10/3/92 Obama And Michelle Robinson Were Married. [Chicago Sun-Times, 10/3/07]
1993 Obama Bought a Condo for $277,550. [Chicago Sun-Times, 1/22/06]

NONE OF CORSI’S DIVISIVE, REHASHED CLAIMS CHECKS OUT, EITHER
LIE
: “Senator Obama could claim to be a citizen of Kenya, as well as of the United States. Obama can trace his heritage back to his mother, who was born in the United States and was an American citizen when he was born, and to his father, who was born in Kenya and was a Kenyan citizen when Obama was born.” [p 103]

REALITY: OBAMA CANNOT CLAIM KENYAN CITIZENSHIP
Kenya Does Not Allow Dual Citizenship Applications for People Over 21 Years of Age. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management writes of Kenya, “DUAL CITIZENSHIP: Not recognized except for persons under 21 years old.” The Kenyan Constitution writes, “A person who, but for the proviso to section 87 (1), would be a citizen of Kenya by virtue of that subsection shall be entitled, upon making application before the specified date in such manner as may be prescribed by or under an Act of Parliament, to be registered as a citizen of Kenya: Provided that a person who has not attained the age of twenty-one years (other than a woman who is or has been married) may not himself make an application under this subsection, but an application may be made on his behalf by his parent or guardian.” [U.S. Office of Personnel Management; Kenyan Constitution]


Even if Obama Had Applied for Dual Citizenship Before He Was 21—Which He Did Not—It Would Have Expired. ”A person who, upon the attainment of the age of twenty-one years, is a citizen of Kenya and also a citizen of some other country other than Kenya shall, subject to subsection (7), cease to be a citizen of Kenya upon the specified date unless he has renounced his citizenship of that other country, taken the oath of allegiance and, in the case of a person who was born outside Kenya, made and registered such declaration of his intentions concerning residence as may be prescribed by or under an Act of Parliament.” [Kenyan Constitution]

CORSI CAN’T EVEN RECOGNIZE REAL RESEARCH WHEN HE SEES IT
LIE
: “Christopher Hitchens noted on Salon.com that Michelle announces in her Princeton thesis that she has been influenced by the definition of ‘black separatism’ given by Stokely Carmichael and Charles Hamilton in their 1867 book Black Power: The Politics of Liberation in America.” [p 232]

REALITY: USING A DEFINITION IS NOT THE SAME THING AS HAVING INFLUENCE
The Thesis Used Carmichael And Hamilton’s Definition Of Black Separationism In Her Study But Did Not Suggest She Was “Influenced” By It. Michelle Obama wrote in her thesis, “Stokely Carmichael and Charles Hamilton’s (1967) developed definitions of separationism in their discussion of Black Power which guided me in the formulation and use of this concept in the study…Thus, Carmichael and Hamilton define separationism as a necessary stage for the development of the Black community before this group integrates into the “open society”. The idea of creating separate social structure and cultural structures as suggested by these authors serves to clarify definitions of separationism/pluralism as they function in the dependent variable which tries to measure the 26 respondents’ ideologies concerning political and economic relations between the Black and White communities.” [Michelle Obama’s Thesis]

Close U.S. election contest comes as a surprise

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Obama Campaign Rebuts Corsi's "Obama Nation"

http://www.truthout.org/article/obama-campaign-rebuts-corsis-obama-nation

Nedra Pickler, The Associated Press: "Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama hit back Thursday with a 40-page rebuttal to the best-selling book 'The Obama Nation,' arguing the author is a fringe bigot peddling rehashed lies. Jerome Corsi's anti-Obama book, 'The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality,' claims the Illinois senator is a dangerous, radical candidate for president. The book is a compilation of all the innuendo and false rumors against Obama - that he was raised a Muslim, attended a radical, black church and secretly has a 'black rage' hidden beneath the surface."

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Vote Yes on Prop 1


FACULTY GIVE ASSEMBLY REPUBLICANS AN ‘F’ ON BUDGET

Fed up with budget gridlock at the Capitol that is undermining public higher education, CFA launched an ad campaign this week aimed at Republican candidates in four Assembly districts who are toeing the all-cuts-budget line. The ads would support Democrats in order to gain the so-called supermajority – the 2/3 vote -- needed in the legislature to adopt a state budget. “At this point, we need to stop the small group of Republicans in the legislature who seem determined to take our public institutions hostage, slash the state’s public education system and burn our economic future,” said Lillian Taiz, CFA President and a history professor at Cal State Los Angeles. Taiz continued, “Simply put, the Assembly Republicans are failing and so they get an F. As educators, it is our responsibility to make sure voters understand why they get an F and why this pattern of leadership in Sacramento cannot continue.” The campaign – modeled on CFA’s effective 2006 “F-Arnold” campaign – consists of radio, TV and online ads that call out Republicans in Sacramento for blocking a budget compromise thereby causing deep cuts in education that will have a long-term negative impact on the state’s economy. The ads tie four GOP Assembly candidates running for open seats — AD10 (R-Jack Sieglock), AD30 (R-Danny Gilmore), AD78 (R-John McCann), and AD80 (R-Gary Jeandron) – to the current Republican Leadership in Sacramento.

To view the ads online, go to: http://www.youtube.com/FlunkingRepublicans

To view CFA President Taiz’ opinion piece on the campaign, go to: http://www.californiaprogressreport.com/2008/08/california_facu.html

Check out these articles on cell phone exposure.

Useful tips on using a cell phone.

http://www.environmentaloncology.org/node/201

http://www.cnn.com/2008/HEALTH/07/31/ep.cell.phones.cancer/index.html

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

MORE IRANIAN MEDIA ATTACKS ON BAHA'IS

IRANIAN MEDIA ATTACKS ON BAHA'IS AND NOBEL PRIZE WINNER SHIRIN EBADI SEEK TO STIR "IRRATIONAL FEARS AND PREJUDICES"

NEW YORK, 12 August 2008 (BWNS) -- Fraudulent claims in the Iranian news media about seven imprisoned Baha'i leaders and the efforts of Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi and others to defend them represent an effort by the government to prevent Baha'is from having adequate legal representation - and also to stir up "irrational fears and prejudices," the Baha'i International Community said in a statement today."

Reports published in government-run news outlets point to an effort on the part of the authorities to use the mass media to spread accusations that the seven prisoners have engaged in subversive activities, and to continue to deprive these Baha'is from any access to legal counsel by maligning Mrs. Shirin Ebadi, the well-known Iranian human rights lawyer and Nobel Peace Prize winner who, together with her colleagues, has stated her readiness to defend the Baha'is," said the statement.

The statement, posted to the Baha'i International Community's United Nations Office Web site, responds to allegations that Mrs. Ebadi's her daughter has become a Baha'i, that Baha'is are agents of Zionism, and that when Iranian Baha'is communicate with the Baha'i Faith's international governing body in Israel, it is somehow a "conspiracy."

"The Iranian government seizes every means at its disposal to stigmatize the Baha'is and then, within the poisoned atmosphere it has itself created, when it wants to discredit someone, it asserts that the person is a Baha'i," the statement said. "

Mrs. Ebadi is not the first individual upon whom this tactic has been used. As a lawyer, Mrs. Ebadi defends individuals and groups of many different backgrounds; this does not mean that she necessarily espouses their beliefs. What, then, is the state-sanctioned press trying to insinuate when it contends that her daughter is a Baha'i?"

The full statement can be read at:http://bic.org/statements-and-reports/featured/Iran-Intensifies-Disinformation.htm

To view the photos and additional features click here:http://news.bahai.org

Monday, August 11, 2008

From "The Gist"

Too good not to share....

McCain and the Georgia-Russia War


McCain and the Georgia-Russia War: "a frightening foretaste of John McCain's warlike foreign policy"

Susan Eisenhower has endorsed Barack Obama for president


Ike's Granddaughter Calls Obama "Future of America"

Xodó - o filme

Thanks to Spencer and Nikki (tho they showed up late and missed 1/2 the crowd and cousins) made a damn good film! Thanks guys!

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=57392452535880122&hl=en

And thanks to all our freinds and family (filmed and not filmed) who showed up and gave their love and blessings!

It was a great day!

p.s. Xodó means babycakes, sweatheart, honey etc
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