Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Saturday, November 26, 2005
In news that is hard to classify...should it go in the: 'it's so funny I'm having a heart attack' or the: ' what the $%?!!!! are you %!*&%!! Serious?? I need to leave the planet' file? :
- The whereabouts of 6,644 people reported missing after Hurricane Katrina have not been determined, raising the prospect that the death toll could be higher than the 1,306 (USA Today)
- In television interviews the Fema director said he was unaware that hundreds of people were marooned at the New Orleans convention centre. "Don't you guys watch television?" the exasperated anchor asked (Guardian)
- On the day Katrina hit, his press secretary wrote of his appearance on television: "My eyes must certainly be deceiving me. You look fabulous -- and I'm not talking the makeup." Brownie replied: "I got it at Nordstroms. ... Are you proud of me?"
An hour later, he added: "If you'll look at my lovely FEMA attire, you'll really vomit. I am a fashion god." (Molly Ivins)
- Brown blamed the victims, claiming that most deaths were the fault of “people who did not heed evacuation warnings”, although he knew that “heeding” had nothing to do with the lack of an automobile or confinement in a wheelchair.(Le Monde Diplo.)
I was on the roof trying to flag down helicopters. Nobody would stop. They would give us a thumbs-up and keep on going. You would see them going places. Looking around with their guns out the window, but they wasn't helping. I don't know who they was going to save, but there weren't saving us. They wasn't saving nobody around the neighborhood.Cory Delany
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Yes it's a melodramatic title to the post, but... Do people really need to be reminded that indulging in a type of fur that is scraped off the skin of an endangered and very beautiful animal is a bad bad thing...Shops here are still trading in Shahtoosh...and people are enabling them by buying it and pretending to be cool and fashionable by wearing it...and I am sick of the 'oh it's soooo soft and warm and it fits perfectly into a small handbag' crap..There are alternatives and it's against the law so enough with the stupid excuses.
- Do not Buy Shahtoosh in any form-your money tells smugglers that it is ok to trade in endangered Chiru wool.
- Discourage the sellers who offer you Shahtoosh from trading in it
- Tell people about the terrible way it is poached
- Encourage alternatives and push for them being fair trade alternatives
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Tuesday, November 22, 2005
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Sunday, November 20, 2005
How many of us have been to the mustawsif and had the doctor write up an antibiotic prescription for something that a warm chicken soup and some vitamin C could have taken care of? Well the antibiotic-quick-draw talent doctors have here has never been a good thing..as we already know the more antibiotics you take, the more likely you will be to destroy your immune system and the more likely you will be to create a strain of bacteria that is the superman of bad bacteria that will come after you with a vengeance.
Well, as as if things weren't bad enough.. there's more news this week:
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Thursday, November 17, 2005
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Sunday, November 13, 2005
CND--Int. Campagn to Ban Landmines--Hague Appeal for Peace--Adopt a Minefield---Desmond tutu Peace Foundation--Int. Fellowship of Reconciliation--The Ghandi institute---Albert Einstein Institution ---nonviolence.org--Martin L. King Institute--- Amnesty--Liberty-- FAIR--Project Censored--Mid East roups--David Suzuki Foundation--MSF---RAN
'Lord of War' --The foolishness of God--Hotel Rwanda--The Constant Gardener--The Corporation---Ironweed films
MORE Than 50 Million Sign Manifesto 2000 For A Culture Of Peace and Non-Violence
Peace Not War: hours of free streaming music.
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Friday, November 11, 2005
Nazzal directed me to an article by Ralph Nader about Malaria which gives us all a heads up about on a few events and touches on a topic that should just make you a little angry and fired up to help.
First things first (before getting to the interesting ways you can help):
- Malaria Kills 1.3 to 2 Million people per year...
- The equivalent of 7 jumbo jets full of children die every day from malaria
- The disease threatens 40% of the world's population
- A $5 net over a bed can mean the difference between life and death (how many nets can be bought with how much we spend on a watch, a mobile phone, a second third or fourth car..one night's dinner?)
- For swimmers out there: There is a World Swim for malaria that you can get people you know (family, friends, classmates and your co-workers) to take part in..All you need is a pool or a beach, and we have lots of those available here...you know how this is done..you get people to sponsor you with a few KD (or a lot) and you pledge to swim a certain distance..You can register your swim here..the worldwide swim is happening Dec 3rd, and if you have access to an indoor pool you can take part on that day BUT you don't have to have it on that day..you can choose to do it in the summer...as of today there are no registered swims for Kuwait..who's going to fill up that page?
- For basketball fans: There will be a Dunk Malaria I event on March 19. It's the same idea, you set up a dunk contest and raise money and awareness around the issue of malaria. C'mon school teams out there..yalla.
- For unsporty types who still want to help in some way : You can pledge money to people you know are swimming or dunking, and also rustle up all the participants you can think of and get them to swim/dunk/pledge...you can also donate money to the Global Fund and to Doctors Without Borders
- For those with access to the press: Turn the spotlight on malaria..it is a preventable killer..get your paper/show to cover any of the events taking place, like the swim/dunk events..
Malaria: from the words mal=bad and aria=air in old Italian. It was thought that you caught the disease by breathing the bad air around swamps..now we know it comes from the bite of a mosquito and they tend to live around swampy wet areas..
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Tuesday, November 8, 2005
As black Americans in the 1960s objected to police using the word "boy", so today's French rioters want police to stop insultingly addressing them with the familiar form of you, "tu"."
Words of the day:
Banlieue:It means suburb, but has come to be more often used to mean the equivalent of a ghetto or what would be 'the projects' in the US.. Clichy-sous bois is this type of banlieue. The word splashed onto the global mainstream with the film 'Hate', but even before that, the Banlieue was represented in films like 'The Sound and the Fury' and Tea in the Harem.
Les Flics: The Cops (french)
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Wednesday, November 2, 2005
Bird Flu!! (Tamiflu, Tamiflu) Pandemic!! (Tamiflu, Tamiflu) Be scared!! (Tamiflu, Tamiflu)
AND THEN...There's This:
Tamiflu and Rumsfeld-Rumsfeld Benefits From Avian Flu Hype-Donald Rumsfeld to Profit Millions from Bush Spending on Avian Bird Flu Pandemic
Democrats finally pulled up their socks and closed the senate for a secret session, to push a probe into the reasons and possible lies that led to war ..the Republicans pretended to be shocked and awed..Frist even showed off his talent for amateur dramatics -remember last week's Scooter Libby indictment..well..
"The Libby indictment provides a window into what this is really all about, how this administration manufactured and manipulated intelligence in order to sell the war in Iraq and attempted to destroy those who dared to challenge its actions,” Reid said before making the motion which sent the Senate into a closed-door session." MSNBC
Other Republicans in Trouble
Tom Delay: Rep. House Majority Leader: Indicted on charges of money laundering, conspiracy and corruption.
Bill Frist:Under investigation for insider trading..and possibly lying about it.
Day six, and Paris is burning..
Rabid Vampire bats are attacking poeple in Brazil
Quote for today:
Power goes to two poles: To those who've got money and those who've got people
lived the families on which the country was founded.
And the merchants of style, with their red velvet smiles,
were there,for they also were hounded.
And the soft middle class crowded in to the last,
for the building was fully surrounded.
And the noise outside was the ringing of revolution.
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Tuesday, November 1, 2005
A rememberance service at St Paul's cathedral, for those murdered on July 7th in London, might be boycotted by families of the victims who are angry "Some are bitter about what they say is a failure of support from the government in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks. Others blame Tony Blair's decision to go to war in Iraq for making London more vulnerable to suicide bombings"Guardian
Gulf War Syndrome is finally recognised by a tribunal in the UK...it had been denied by the US and UK since the 1991 war because they would have to pay the veterans suffering from it..and there are a lot..This is a landmark case, which means further cases and questions may arise as a result of the ruling. Season Two of the Awful truth by M. Moore had an episode where Gulf War veterans suffering form the disease that the government won't recognise staged a run to benefit the disease..of course most of them can barely walk, let alone run.. you get to see how real the disease is.
New Orleans residents are not being allowed to return to their homes and many are being evicted.."Some renters have offered to pay their rent and are still being evicted. Others question why they should have to pay rent for September when they were not allowed to return to New Orleans...The longer the poor and working class of New Orleans stay away, the more likely it is that they'll never return. That, some say, is exactly what those in power in New Orleans and Louisiana and the US must want. Otherwise, why are they making New Orleans a ghost town?MoJo
Sound too cruel to be true?
"We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn't do it, but God did." –Rep. Richard Baker (R-LA)The Predators of New Orleans /Le monde Diplo
Ethnic Cleansing, GOP-style Alternet
Purging the poor from New Orleans Naomi Klein
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