Saturday, October 3, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
Ela Bhatt. She notes that half of the world's people have no access to clean water and 900 million go to bed hungry every night. "I plead for gentler economics. How can we live in a world where people go to bed hungry? It is just another way of killing people with the consent of society."(Photograph by: Ian Smith, Vancouver Sun)
My head is swimming. I went to bed last night, thinking awshit… Obama showed at Copenhagen and well, Brasil is once again destined to be the bridesmaid. (Apparently Lula had the same impression) Maybe next time...
I woke up and began to watch CNN, switching back and forth from CNN and CNNi, first news… Chicago was knocked out. What? Impossible! Then on the next ballot, Tokyo was out... MY GAWD… its goign to happen... (I began to dance a little samba... as I heard drumming in my head). The next hour was excruciating… "please, oh please, give it to them… they need it more than anything…"
Then the ceremony, and suddenly the envelope was opened… and I was standing in my living room, crying and dancing ! Then I had to run to observe a student teacher, it seemed surreal... outside, nothing had changed, the world was different... Brasil just became the host to the world in 2016... Chicago will get another chance, the USA always does...
Most gringos don’t get it, somehow we think we should always win, win everything… but sometimes you win, when your best friends win as well..
This is good, its very good, Chicagoans were really split about hosting this, and the Cariocas and Brazilians in generally wanted it, indeed needed it more than anybody. They deserve this more than ever, and the world will finally see what I have come to see, that Brasil, is the future; it is a good place, with the kindest, funniest, most creative people on the planet.
And for all you self centered silly gringos, who think that you have to have it because you wanted it. Not to worry, we will take all the medals... but in a setting, and amongst the greatest city on earth...
So my message to Brasil is this: “Your giant inferiority complex… over, chega!Como dice Lula: ‘Brasil e povo merecem’
Thursday, October 1, 2009
For even more Fox lies, check out the latest "Truth-O-Meter" feature from Politifact that debunks a false claim about a White House staffer that continues to be repeated by Glenn Beck and others on the network.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
WASHINGTON, 30 September (BWNS) – A best-selling author and an Oscar-nominated actress are among those who have called for religious freedom in Iran, including an end to the persecution of Baha'is in that country.
Some 1,400 people heard Azar Nafisi, author of "Reading Lolita in Tehran," and Shohreh Aghdashloo, Academy Award-nominated actress for "House of Sand and Fog," speak at a public gathering this month at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium. Both Dr. Nafisi and Ms. Aghdashloo were born in Iran, and neither is a member of the Baha'i community.
Dr. Nafisi spoke passionately about the common humanity of all people and the suffering of one being the suffering of all. She particularly focused on minorities in Iran and pointed to the example of the Baha'is.
"I ask myself," she said, "how does it feel to be deprived of every single basic human right in a country you call your own, in a country where you have been born into the language and the culture, a country where your parents and your parents' parents ... have lived and contributed to, what does it mean to be deprived of the right to education, of the right to property, of even the right to life?"
She said the struggle is "not a political struggle, it is an existential one." It goes beyond the Baha'is, she said, to "every single person in Iran who dares to be different, who dares to express his or her desire for the freedom to have a choice."
"Baha'is in Iran have become the canaries in the mine," she said. "You want to know how much freedom the Iranian people enjoy today, you go to the fate of its Baha'is."
Depriving people of their individuality is a way of killing them, she said. "It is worse, in fact, that just being plainly murdered. To deny your humanity, your individuality, is to be dead."
"The show trials that have been going on in Iran – all these people coming from such different backgrounds, such different ages, such different political and religious beliefs, all of them deprived of their individuality," she said.
The defendants, she said, were forced into confessing that "whatever they believed in, whatever lifestyle they led ... was a farce and sham. That is another way of killing people."
Ms. Aghdashloo, addressing the gathering via video from Los Angeles, said everything she had "ever read or understood about the Baha'i Faith" is that is stands for the oneness of humanity and inherent nobility of all human beings.
"I stand with many others around the world in conveying our unified voice in support of the Baha'is in Iran and wish to speak out against the ongoing and deplorable actions of the Iranian government," she said.
The event in Washington, held on 12 September, was dedicated to the Baha'is who are jailed in Iran, including the seven "leaders" who have been detained in Tehran's notorious Evin prison for more than a year on trumped-up charges of "espionage for Israel, insulting religious sanctities, and propaganda against the Islamic republic."
It was one of a number of gatherings held in recent months across the United States to offer prayers for the prisoners, including events in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and now Washington. ...
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Tuesday, September 29, 2009
This evening, I went out to put in the daily contribution to the compost pile, upon returning to the house I noticed the moon shining over the glow of the house lights. I love this house... I took this standing in between my redwood trees... a better camera would allow for a clearer moon...
1. An unprincipled, deceitful, and unreliable person; a scoundrel or rascal.
2. One who is playfully mischievous; a scamp.
3. A wandering beggar; a vagrant.
4. A vicious and solitary animal, especially an elephant that has separated itself from its herd.
5. An organism, especially a plant, that shows an undesirable variation from a standard.
1. Vicious and solitary. Used of an animal, especially an elephant.
2. Large, destructive, and anomalous or unpredictable: a rogue wave; a rogue tornado.
3. Operating outside normal or desirable controls: "How could a single rogue trader bring down an otherwise profitable and well-regarded institution?" (Saul Hansell).
v. rogued, rogu·ing, rogues
1. To defraud.
2. To remove (diseased or abnormal specimens) from a group of plants of the same variety.
To remove diseased or abnormal plants.
Courtesy of a JMG commnet in reference to Sarah Palin's upcoming book "Going Rogue"
Monday, September 28, 2009
TOMORROW: Sept. 29 Student Day of Protest
Students Are Fighting Back
Join Us to Resist Budget Cuts & Tuition Hikes!
Last week, thousands of students across the state protested tuition hikes and budget cuts. A mock funeral in Long Beach in front of the Cal State University Board of Trustees meeting dramatized the affect of cuts on students and faculty. The next day, 700 UCLA students and faculty walked out of classes, along with thousands at UC Berkley, hundreds at UC Riverside, UC Irvine and elsewhere.
Students Fight Back participated in all of these actions. At UCLA, Students Fight Back organizers helped lead the occupation of the chancellor's office to demand a meeting on cutbacks (see photo below). After nearly an hour, the chancellor was forced to agree to the students' demand.
The next major actions will be tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 12 noon at campuses across Southern California. There will be protests at Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Fullerton, UCLA, Los Angeles City College, Cerritos College and elsewhere. Link to join Students Fight Back.
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Students Fight Back Protests
Tuesday, Sept. 29, 12 noon
Cal State Long Beach Protest
12 noon, CSULB quad
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Cal State Fullerton Protest
12 noon, CSUF quad
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LACC Speak Out
12 noon, LACC free speech zone
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12 noon, Ackerman Union (Bruin Plaza)
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ABOUT VELVET REVOLUTION
Velvet Revolution is a term coined to describe the peaceful road to change in countries where governments ignored the inalienable rights of the people. A few inspiring Velvet Revolutions occurred in the former Soviet Union, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, South Africa, and of course, most recently in Ukraine. The citizens of those countries, tired of corruption and arrogant power, joined together by the millions in a sustained campaign of opposition – they demonstrated, boycotted, petitioned, and engaged in strikes until the pillars of power were replaced by the halls of the people.