Friday, November 27, 2009

Study Claims Americans Waste 40% Of The Food That They Purchase

A new study that measures the amount of the American food supply and what is actually eaten claims that we throw out 40% of the food we purchase.

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Zacky's Demise...

Demise is an Anglo-French legal term (from French démettre, from Latin dimittere, to send away) for a transfer of an estate, especially by lease. The word has an operative effect in a lease implying a covenant "for quiet enjoyment".

Thursday, November 26, 2009

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Dear Friends,

For those interested in viewing the remarkable live public presentation of "Belief Behind Bars" that took place on October 14, 2009 in Los Angeles, you will find these 19 segments of the live show posted on Youtube (links below).

Los Angeles is home to the most diverse populations of people and religions in the world, which makes this production by the Office of Religious Affairs of the University of Southern California and the Baha'i Community of Los Angeles an example of how the global human rights community is standing behind the Baha'i leadership of Iran currently imprisoned in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison.

Enjoy the uplifting performances of my wonderful friends who also happen to be international celebrities: Rain Wilson, Eva LaRue, American Idol Kai Kalama, Grammy Award-winning musicians KC Porter and JB Eckl, jazz singer Tierney Sutton, Jamie Findlay, Andy Madadian, plus more inspiring talent of all ages. Religious leaders from the Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, and Sikh religions also come together to support the Baha'i world-wide community in a call for human rights and religious freedom in Iran.

Please view all parts of this wonderful gathering that demonstrates the best of our humanity. Feel free to forward it to your friends. It is encouraging and motivating!



Belief Behind Bars (Part 1 of 19)

Belief Behind Bars (Part 2 of 19)

Belief Behind Bars (Part 3 of 19)

Belief Behind Bars (Part 4 of 19)

Belief Behind Bars (Part 5 of 19)

Belief Behind Bars (Part 6 of 19)

Belief Behind Bars (Part 7 of 19)

Belief Behind Bars (Part 8 of 19)

Belief Behind Bars (Part 9 of 19)

Belief Behind Bars (Part 10 of 19)

Belief Behind Bars (Part 11 of 19)

Belief Behind Bars (Part 12 of 19)

Belief Behind Bars (Part 13 of 19)

Belief Behind Bars (Part 14 of 19)

Belief Behind Bars (Part 15 of 19)

Belief Behind Bars (Part 16 of 19)

Belief Behind Bars (Part 17 of 19)

Belief Behind Bars (Part 18 of 19)

Belief Behind Bars (Part 19 of 19)

Thanksgiving Day Fun Run for the Hungry!

Joe and Ruth

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

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Forget 2012: I Don't Believe in the End of the World

by: Héctor Manuel Castro | El Diario de El Paso (the United States)

As the days pass, so grows the fear of the arrival of December 21, 2012, the end date of the Mayan calendar, and the day on which many people believe that the world will come to an end.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Quote of the Day

“Knowledge grows exponentially. The more we know, the greater our ability to learn, and the faster we expand our knowledge base.”

– Robert Langdon in “the Lost Symbol” by Dan Brown

Bill Moyers Journal | Dr. Jane Goodall

Bill Moyers Journal: "Despite dire warnings for our endangered planet, Jane Goodall says all is not yet lost - we can change course if we act now. And she should know. Her tough-minded optimism comes from her work as the world's foremost authority on chimpanzees in Tanzania's Gombe National Park."

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From JMG:

Sarah Palin's fans have no idea what Palin actually stands for. As a YouTube commenter says, "This is equal parts hilarious and sad."

courtesy of JMG

Meanwhile, back on the Ponderosa...

While Milton is working diligently on his dissertation Zacky has begun to thaw quietly in the kitchen...

Monday, November 23, 2009

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Monday 23 November 2009

Art Levine | Gingrich, Palin, GOP Offer Magic Jobs Solution: More Tax Cuts Now!
Art Levine, Truthout: "With the economy still reeling from unemployment at 10.2 percent, Democrats and progressives are battling a barrage of GOP-driven misinformation about the first $787 billion stimulus plan as they look to create a new, targeted, fast-acting jobs program, possibly before Christmas. Aiming to cash in - literally - on growing public anger over joblessness, Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich separately returned this week to the Republican nostrum of wide-ranging tax cuts, mostly for the rich, as the answer to every problem under the sun - in this case, unemployment."
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Ellen Hodgson Brown J.D. | Lessons From the Japanese: Time to Stop Borrowing Money and Start Printing It
Ellen Hodgson Brown J.D., Truthout: "Miners used to keep canaries in coal mines as an early warning device. If the air was so bad that it killed the canary, the miners would soon be next. Japan may be the canary for the out-of-control deficit spending policies now being pursued in the United States and the United Kingdom."
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Scott Galindez | Thousands Demand Closure of Fort Benning's School of the Americas
Scott Galindez, Truthout: "This weekend, thousands of people gathered at the gates of Fort Benning to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the killings of 14-year-old Celia Ramos, her mother Elba Ramos and the six Jesuit priests with whom she worked at the Central American University in San Salvador. Nearly 5,000 people are gathered in the pouring rain, according to Larry White, a protester who spoke to Truthout."
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Nick Turse | The Pentagon Garrisons the Gulf
Nick Turse, "Despite recent large-scale insurgent suicide bombings that have killed scores of civilians and the fact that well over 100,000 US troops are still deployed in that country, coverage of the US war in Iraq has been largely replaced in the mainstream press by the (previously) 'forgotten war' in Afghanistan. A major reason for this is the plan, developed at the end of the Bush years and confirmed by President Obama, to draw down US troops in Iraq to 50,000 by August 2010 and withdraw most of the remaining forces by December 2011. Getting out of Iraq, however, doesn't mean getting out of the Middle East."
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Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III | Sarah, Don't Go Rogue; Go Home
Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III, Truthout: "With the release of her new book, 'Going Rogue: An American Life,' former Alaskan Governor and Republican Party vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin is once again being given a spotlight she does not deserve. Under normal circumstances, Palin would have drifted into obscurity by now; a political has-been, who never was. Instead, a sub-par politician with no substantial constituency, no command of relevant issues and no solutions to substantive problems is being given air and face time as though she really matters. The simple reality that few are willing to articulate is, if she were not relatively attractive, of European ancestry and a woman, Sarah Palin would be day-old bread."
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Dean Baker | The Budget Crisis: The Blame Is Bipartisan
Dean Baker, Truthout: "The country is being bombarded with stories claiming that record budget deficits threaten our children's future and jeopardize the credibility of the dollar. These stories are a serious problem - they have hugely confused the public about the nature of the country's economic crisis. And both parties share the blame."
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David Bacon | Should We Defend Undocumented Workers?
David Bacon, Truthout: "A year ago in Los Angeles, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents ('the migra') arrived at Micro Solutions, a circuit board assembly plant in the San Fernando Valley. Unsuspecting workers were first herded into the plant's cafeteria. Then immigration agents told those who were citizens to line up on one side of the room. Then they told the workers who had green cards to go over to the same side. Finally, as one worker said, 'it just left us.' The remaining workers - those who were neither citizens nor visa holders - were put into vans, and taken off to the migra jail. Some women were later released to care for their kids, but had to wear ankle bracelets, and couldn't work. How were they supposed to pay rent? Where would they get money to buy food?"
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Realities Collide at Halifax "War Conference"
Anthony Fenton, Inter Press Service: "While the world's top military elites gather inside a fortified hotel to discuss NATO's future, protesters question the organization's legitimacy, secrecy, and the lack of democratic debate about the increasingly unpopular war in Afghanistan."
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Senate Health Care Bill About to Enter a Political Minefield
David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers: "The Senate is ready to begin a volatile, high-stakes health care debate that's sure to be punctuated by tense and unpredictable battles over some of the most incendiary issues in American politics today. Debate on the $848 billion bill to overhaul the nation's health care system is expected to start next week, after the Senate returns from its Thanksgiving recess, and many lawmakers already consider it a golden opportunity to win long-sought projects and local aid for their constituents."
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Naomi Klein on Climate Debt: Why Rich Countries Should Pay Reparations to Poor Countries for the Climate Crisis
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: "With the Copenhagen climate summit in two weeks, best-selling journalist Naomi Klein examines the grass-roots movement behind the climate debate proposal that argues all the costs associated with adapting to a more hostile ecology - everything from building stronger sea walls to switching to cleaner, more expensive technologies - are the responsibility of the countries that created the crisis. Klein also discusses the 10th anniversary of the Seattle WTO protests and the 10th anniversary of her first book, 'No Logo.'"
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David Scribner | A Tale of Two Immigrants: Deportation of Popular Businessman Shocks Massachusetts Community
David Scribner, Truthout: "Until this fall, Albaro Francisco was living the classic American dream: A penniless immigrant, he came to this country as a teenager, worked hard, made his way up the economic ladder and became the owner of a successful business. Seemingly, he had a great future ... But Albaro, 38, had a secret, known only to Pascual and his American-born wife: All these years, he was undocumented."
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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Quote of the Day

"If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live,
I wouldn't brood.
I'd type a little faster."

--Isaac Asimov

Moon Shot Interview

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