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|Thursday, July 27th, 2006|
Hello, ... new in this town, as you will imagine. ^_^
Been checking the entries here, and... quite interesting. I wouldn't say that it's good to finally have a mean of communicating what we see and what we feel about what happens around us, because I believe that all in all, in the end we, as mankind, are not doing much. Okay, we are speaking it out. And then what? What else we do? What's up? Books and newspapers and all media coverage we can have on it is not enough?
Oh yes, I forgot, by speaking about it we make « pressure » on the politicians and thus they are forced to change their ways. Speaking, just « speaking » it is not enough. For me it's a matter of « education ». It's a matter of a longer process and not only « speaking out » our discomfort but also demanding improvements. A more intelligent voting, when it comes to elections, and a full use of the mechanisms given to us by the Law. How many of us actually goes to the major of the town or writes a note to the given Minister or so to get things done?
Then, usually another big issue you can appreciate around is the « Generalization », namely judging a country and its people by their rulers. Lets take for instance the case of the US.
I mean, the US is judged globally not for the US itself, but for it's Government. First of all, I would like to state that I am not American, nor I live in any of the States of the US, or any... « colonny » so to say, but I do have friends there and I do read the news. Needless to say, I'm willing tobe corrected if I'm wrong.
Now, as I see the situation, people around the world (namely the WHOLE rest of the World) talks ill about the US and hate it for being such an « abusive country » that seeks only its own profit.
ô_O Come on.
First of all, if it were You, wouldn't you do the same? I mean, why should the US take care of the rest of the countries? Why should the US or the CEE worry about countries that just wouldn't put their finances in order because « they are so poor »... and at the mean time have their Presidents and Co. partying around the world, changing their cars every year, and spending tax money like kings? It's not their responsability, and I believe it to be the responsability of the people to take care of their Presidents, electing one that would work for them instead of making them work for him or her.
Second, back to « how evil is the US » topic, people see the American Govenrment, and they generalize that kind of politics and behavior to the entire nation. Just because you do not aprove the politics of a country, it doesn't make the whole country Evil!! I'm sorry to tell them, that people in the US are not living as well as others would think. People outside the US think that INSIDE the US everybody lives like Paris Hilton and that they can have all they want, the better paid jobs and go from home to office in helicopters. Sorry to break you the truth, lad: Their Social Security System is pretty much collapsed, their Education Levels are low, there's a great poverty all over the place, and the only way you can have access to the « American Dream » is if you pay dearly for it.
It ain't like in other, poorer countries where you might not have ground-breaking technology in the hospitals, but that Health is Free for you, that the Social Security System won't make your family save up the money for you to have the operation you need to save your life, nor the medicins will be held back until you pay. You won't have to leave the hospital bed because you can't afford it, and an ambulance or a firemen truck won't wait to attend you until you show up your medical or insurance account.
Underdevelopped countries chime and cry because the Powerful Nations come to exploit their resources, and hire their people as cheap labor force (which is some way they consider good because « it creates jobs ». Of course, this is a consideration from which the aspect of « life quality » is completely erased...). But they don't see that by creating these « cheap labor factories », these enterprises are leaving a lot of people un the US unemployed? What about them?
In these poor countries the Governments push and try to lure as many of these enterprises to their land, have them establish their factories and hire for cheap money their people. They even make arrangements with them so many social garanties don't have to be observed by the enterprises. Oh, but they have created jobs!!!
If it were only about creating jobs and you could forget about « life quality » why don't they just sell the entire nation as slaves? I mean, that would give plenty of work to everybody, don't you think?
Hn. I can't believe people sometimes.
Regards and Thank You for the Space,
P.S.: ^_^ Sorry, I promise next time I'll be more focused on my topic!
|Monday, March 27th, 2006|
No one could be more shocked than me to see posts in this community after 4 months of quiet. Sorry I have not responded sooner, but I had sort of given up, as there was, as I said, a 4-month silence over here.
I hope that you are able to use this community to voice your thoughts without having to worry about whether it will be picked up by your local newspaper. Just remember the rules :D Maybe we'll even get a dialogue going now.
Letter to World Vision
You see, I have seen your ads on TV requesting everyone who cares about children to give to your foundation. Countless people say “As a parent…” they can’t handle what they see and don’t hesitate to dontae. But what I am curious about is why World Vision spends so much time helping people all the way around the world when our own country is in need of that help? Not to say that those people you DO help aren’t needing it, aren’t worthy. But what about the little girl that sleeps in a box? What about the man that wonders the streets desperately looking for a scrap of food and a dry warm place to rest. Our laws prevent these people from sleeping on public benches because it makes our city look bad. So they have to stay up all night and try to find a place to sleep during the day, when places that can shelter them are open.
You call yourself WORLD VISION, why is it you don’t look at your own home and help us?
Proper education is essential. For everyone.
Aura's House at http://www.aurashouse.com
is currently raising $7,000 to build a classroom for the Sto. Nino Elementary School in Manila, the Philippines. (They have over $4,000 so far...) There are 4,611 students enrolled in the school and the student to teacher ratio is 57 to 1. Students share one desk with two other pupils, meet in three short rotating shifts, and have classes in make-shift outdoor learning areas that must be cancelled when it rains too badly. Most of the kids who attend the school live in slums. To many, their school is like another home and the only means of escaping poverty through education.
Aura's House has raised over $20,000 to date for housing, health, and education projects for needy families in Central America, India, Zambia, and the Philippines. They work through the US charity, Children International who oversees all building projects.
Please feel free to check out our current and past projects at: http://www.aurashouse.com
and consider donating. Every bit helps, even $1. All donations are 100% US Tax deductible.
|Tuesday, December 13th, 2005|
The "revised" Patriot Act could come before the Senate as early as Thursday. A group of senators from both sides of the aisle are prepared to filibuster if needed... Please visit MoveOn.org at the link below and sign their petition to let your senators know how you feel about the Patriot Act. Thank you!http://political.moveon.org/patriotact/
AIDS Memorial Denied Allocations
I know not all of you attend my school, but I do know a lot of you care as much as I do about getting the word out on the seriousness of this pandemic. Well, the Kent State University, OH allcations committee doesn't share that attitude, and I'll be damned if I let it go without putting up one HELL of a fight. I've been forwarding the message below to everyone I know who might know other people who might know other people (if you catch my drift) that might be able to help. This is a serious issue and I'm determined to help get the word out on the shady things the Allocations committee is pulling on it's student government/organizations, and student body. I'm also going to be writing a letter to the editor of the Daily Kent Stater, and possibly other news venues, but if you care about this issue, please copy this email and post it in your LJ, and tell others to do the same. Forward it to everyone in your address book. Get the word out. ( cut for lengthCollapse ) Current Mood: determined
|Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005|
Oh. My. God.
So, I was eating my dinner and decided to watch Hardball for a couple of minutes. Dan Bartlett, White House counselor, was on. Chris was asking him about Judge Alito and some or other allegation, and do you know what Dan Bartlett said? "Well, this is the kind of politics we're trying to get rid of. These personal attacks have no purpose. We need to figure out if Sam Alito is qualified and that's what this process is for. But this si the kind of politics that exist in this town."
Ex squees me? Baking powder?
Was it not the Bush campaign for the Republican candidacy in 2000 that called people throughout the Carolinas saying, "You do know that John McCain has an illegitimate Black child, right?"
Was it not the Bush campaign who attacked John Kerry's Vietnam war record? You know, the war that Bush didn't have to fight in?
Oh, and by the way...isn't it the Bush White House that has been investigated for the last TWO YEARS based on the allegation that they leaked Valerie Plame's name in order to get back at Joe Wilson?????
Oh my God. I am...beyond irate. Someone tell me that I am in a Truman Show movie and that these people are saying these things just to make me mad. No one could really be that much of a revisionist. I mean, seriously. Someone...
More on Alito...
A quote by Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito after a portion of a Pennsylvania statute that required women to notify their husbands before getting abortions was struck down by the Supreme Court. (Only that part was declared unconstitutional, because it placed an ‘undue burden’ on the woman.):"I cannot believe that a state statute may be held facially unconstitutional simply because one expert testifies that in her opinion the provision would harm a completely unknown number of women," [Alito] wrote.
I don’t know which part of Alito's nomination and the statement above irks me more:
1) the idea that men think they can adequately represent women in decisions regarding abortion,
2) the implied idea that women need to be mandated to present an account of their actions to their husbands, (if a husband got another married woman pregnant, should he be legally required to notify his wife? j/k!)
3) Judge Alito’s position that unless it’s proven that a significant number of women will be in danger from disclosing intent to get an abortion (and the way to prove it is by enacting it into law and seeing if anybody gets hurt!), there is no constitutional basis to protect them, not even one, from what he apparently considers a purely hypothetical situation (man needs to watch more Springer), or
4) the idea that George Bush thinks that adding another white male (there are NO qualified women or blacks?!) to the Supreme Court amounts to fair representation for this country (well, I suspect he doesn’t really care about that too much – apparently he is under pressure from the people who handed him the election, to create conditions that would result in Roe v. Wade being overturned).
This is the case that Alito was commenting on. I don’t know the context of his comment, but I don’t think the context would alter the intent of his remark. For those of you who enjoy reading Supreme Court decisions:http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/getcase.pl?court=US&vol=505&invol=833
In reading through this, I find a lot that worries me, not least of which is the logic behind this statement (yeah, I know - who the heck am I to be picking apart the Supreme Court's opinions? - actually, I believe I'm their employer):"JUSTICE SCALIA, joined by THE CHIEF JUSTICE, JUSTICE WHITE, and JUSTICE THOMAS, concluded that a woman's decision to abort her unborn child is not a constitutionally protected "liberty," because (1) the Constitution says absolutely nothing about it, and (2) the longstanding traditions of American society have permitted it to be legally proscribed. …The Pennsylvania statute should be upheld in its entirety under the rational basis test. Pp. 979-981."
Right – because the Constitution is so comprehensive, and America’s ‘longstanding traditions’ are always just. Yikes.
Much of this 'opinion' is balanced and shows a concern to protect women's (and 'viable' potential voter's) rights, but parts of it just smack of a chauvinism that I had hoped was disappearing.
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs
I'm writing today to urge you all to look into compact fluorescents. According to the Energy Star program, if every household in the U.S. were to replace just ONE regular light bulb with a compact fluorescent, the resulting decrease in pollution would be the same as if we took one million cars off the road.
And it's not just the planet you're saving, but money as well. Compact fluorescents use 66% less energy to provide the same amount of light and last about ten times longer than a standard light bulb. For each bulb you replace, you'll save (at current electric rates) about $30 in energy costs over the life of the bulb.
We've gradually been replacing our bulbs with CF's as they burn out. We're starting to notice the savings on our electric bill. The bulbs cost a little more than traditional bulbs, but they go on sale fairly regularly. You can buy them pretty much anywhere you buy regular lightbulbs.Click here for more information on compact fluorescents from the Energy Star website.
Listening to the news could turn a pacifist into a raving war maniac these days.
So, first, I watched the Today Show while eating breakfast, and Jimmy Carter was on. The utter disrespect that Matt Lauer showed him is not even going to be described here, but Carter shot it straight. He said that if Bush wants to save his presidency, telling the truth would be a good start. Carter also has a book out, and surprisingly, the word values is in the title. He feels that over the last few years, there has been a crisis of values in our country, pinpointed by the torture that is going on in prisons around the world. No, not where Americans are being held, but where Americans are doing the torturing.
Then, listening to NPR on my way to work, a story about Guantanamo. Donald Rumsfeld has allowed the UN to go down there to see what is happening. But he pointed out that they will not have the same rights as the International Red Cross. You know, they won't be able to actually TALK TO THE INMATES! They will be taken on a tour, shown the kitchen, they'll talk to officials. Give. Me. A. Break. All you have to do is watch movies to know that a tour of a place can reveal absolutely nothing. There is the question of why such a stipulation would be put in place. Moreover, there is now the question of how exactly we are different from Iraq in the past, Iran, Syria, or North Korea. When we wanted to take a look at their nuclear projects, they said, "Um, no, thanks, we're fine here" And now we're doing the same damned thing.
Finally, there was a story about Harry Reid and his calling of a closed session yesterday. Bill Frist came on and was all pissed off that he had been ambushed. Ambushed?? Then he said, "You know, it's going to be hard to trust Senator Reid now, but i'll try." Oh my GOD. Aren't you under investigation for shady dealings, my friend? Wasn't there a committee set up to explore the causes of the Iraq war EIGHTEEN MONTHS ago? Oh yes, but they have done a bang-up job, haven't they? But you can't trust Harry Reid because he kicked the reporters out. Boy, you really are abused.
|Tuesday, November 1st, 2005|
A chance to do something
moveon.org has a petition asking the Senate to vote against Sam Alito for Supreme Court. It's point and click, easy as can be.
Just go here
Okay ... I must admit that I am little skeptical about this bird flu pandemic
. I know that the speculation is pretty scary and I admit that I am not well educated in this area, but the timing of all of this just seems a little suspect to me.
If this is such an issue, then surely places like the NIH and CDC have been researching and publishing on this topic. It would seem that pharmaceutical companies would have jumped on this because any company with the vaccine stands to make a ton of money.
Yet, we're just now hearing about it? Bush is making this his focus? To me, it smells a little like a "wag the dog" scenario. Bush's popularity is at an all time low, as is the support for the war, and so it appears
suspect to me that we are possibly on the precipice of a pandemic.
Am I a horrible person for doubting the seriousness of this flu? Have I become too cynical?
|Monday, October 31st, 2005|
My letter for today
Dear Mr. President,
I really wish I could convince you to watch shows like Meet the Press. I know that they are a part of the liberal media conspiracy, but occasionally your buddies are on there, and occasionally they give advice that you should really really follow. Case in point. Yesterday on Meet The Press there was a discussion about your second term and how you should handle the new Supreme Court choice. It was noted that you had a chance to try to put a dent in the bipartisan polarization that has been taking place in Washington and across this country. It was pointed out that the main problem most people had with Harriet Miers is that she was simply not qualified for the job. As news started pouring out about her desire to stamp out Roe V. Wade, most of your cronies felt pretty ok with her, and then of course there was the leak about her membership in an evangelical church.
Anyway, Mr. President, it was pointed out that now was your chance to give your party tough love. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. You could have chosen someone that the Democrats could have lived with, that the Republicans could have lived with, although the most radical on both sides would have had issues. Instead, who did you choose? You chose someone who, many experts believe, would have no qualms about stamping out Roe v. Wade. You have a man who presided over a case involving a company in which he himself held stock. Why? You are hanging on to your advisors despite pressure to let them go. Aren't they advising you? Would it be so terrible to take a step away from creating diametrically opposed arguments for once? What exactly are you aiming for? Are you hoping that Congress gets embroiled in a battle so that you can sneak away and start a war in Syria or Iran? I know that sounds crazy, sir, but at this point, it's hard to know where your games will end.
You had a chance to put an endgame on the table. You had a chance to preserve your legacy, what's left of it, by making a difficult yet smart decision regarding your next choice for Supreme Court Justice. You failed. I just hope things don't end up as badly as I am thinking they will.
|Sunday, October 30th, 2005|
There are two movie promos floating around these days. One is for a movie called Jarhead, and one is for a movie called "Get Rich or Die Tryin." I am worried about both of these movies.
I am worried that Jarhead is going to come out with more messages about how glorious the war in Iraq really is. Even if it shows things in a bad way...it's a movie. The characters will look so cool, so heroic...their friendships will be focused on, but the fiction of it all will prevent any very real impact. I hope that this is not a Hollywood version of a recruitment film.
The other movie disturbs me just in its title. Isnt a lot of gang warfare about people who want to get rich or who will die trying? Do we really want to impound that image into peoples' heads?
Has anyone read up on these films? Are my fears unfounded?
Energy Independence 2020
Please support the Senate Democrats as they make a bid for an energy independent America by the year 2020. Their goal is to reduce and eventually eliminate our dependence on foreign oil, while at the same time creating innovative new jobs and building a greener, stronger America.
Kicking our addiction to foreign oil will improve our national security by leaps and bounds. We will no longer be held hostage by the threat of political instability in the Middle East and other volatile regions. We will no longer have to wonder whether the hard-earned dollars we shell out at the gas pumps are making their way into the hands of terrorists overseas.
The Democrats' plan includes steps to diversify and expand our energy supplies (including biofuels, wind, solar, geothermal and hydrogen fuel cells, as well as clean coal and existing domestic natural gas and oil), protecting consumers and the environment, improving energy security and preventing price volatility, reducing demand for oil and natural gas, as well as investing in energy efficiency and American jobs.
For more information, please see The Apollo Alliance.
The idea is this. There is a lot going down in the world. People have a lot of things to say, but how can you be assured that you're going to be able to get your opinion out there? Whether or not you get published is largely dependent on editorial preference or space. Also, if the editor is interested in maintaining a balance in his or her paper, you may be rejected because too many other people agree with what you have to say.
There is a lot to talk about in our country. And a lot to fix. I believe the first step is being able to vent out what you are thinking in a place where you will not be censored unless you are discourteous to someone else. I hope that this community will be a place where people can write what they think and discuss those thoughts in a civilized manner with other people.
Give it a try and tell me what you think.