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Archive for February, 2008

Spring Break

Posted by karmalily on February 29, 2008

Spring break is here…which means I won’t be able to post until next week. So enjoy this Incubus video instead.


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Feministing Says It All

Posted by karmalily on February 22, 2008

From one of my favorite blogs, Feministing.

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Mongolians facing the effects of global warming already

Posted by karmalily on February 22, 2008

According to National Geographic, Mongolian herders are being forced to move due to the effects of global warming:

Over the past 60 years the average temperature in Mongolia has risen by 3.4 degrees Fahrenheit (1.9 degrees Celsius). In contrast, the average temperature around the world has climbed only about 1 degree Fahrenheit (about 0.6 degree Celsius) in the past century.

The warmer temperatures are drying up Mongolia’s grassland, which provide food for the country’s livestock.

This is just the beginning of the effect on humans of climate change. Scientists are saying that there will be millions of refugees due to the change in weather patterns. And with the world (especially the United States government) not working hard enough to change anything, such as our dependence on dirty energy, it’s going to get a lot worse.

How to help and more resources:
E, the Environmental Magazine
Environmental Defense
Freedom From Oil
Rainforest Action Network
Sierra Club
Stop Global Warming

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The Tibetan Language

Posted by karmalily on February 22, 2008

From Reuters:

The Chinese government is neglecting and actively undermining the Tibetan language as part of continuing efforts to dilute the region’s unique culture, a human rights group said on Thursday.

The PRC invaded Tibet in 1949, and since then China has imposed a number of rules on Tibet in an effort to make Tibet more Chinese; in essence, to destroy Tibetan culture.

Forcing the use of Mandarin is only a small part of the total Chinese control. The number of Chinese citizens now living in Tibetan territory is astounding – one estimate puts the number at 7.5 million (Friends of Tibet). There have also been rumors of abortion being forced upon Tibetan women.

Although I feel that progression of societies are necessary and the loss of some aspects of a group’s traditional culture may be lost, culture is precious because of this. And the Tibetan people are struggling to keep their cultural identity. In Dharamsala, where the Tibetan Government in Exile is based, the refugees hold festivals and try to save the culture that the Chinese are trying so hard to destroy.

More information and how you can help the Tibet situation:
Free Tibet Campaign
Race For Tibet
Students for a Free Tibet
The Gere Foundation

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The Spies Who Love You

Posted by karmalily on February 20, 2008

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Yang Chunlin

Posted by karmalily on February 20, 2008

Yang Chunlin, a Chinese land-rights activist was arrested and his trail has begun. He’s charged with “incitement to subvert state power” because he used the slogan, “Human Rights Over the Olympics.”

From Radio Free Asia:

“My brother insisted that he was innocent and was just expressing his thoughts, arguing that thoughts could not constitute a crime,” Yang Chunping [Chunlin’s sister] said. “His thoughts and deeds were for defending the rights of local farmers. He said again that ‘We do want human rights but not the Olympic Games.’”

Yang also told the court that in nearby Fujin city, where he had campaigned for farmers’ rights, farmers had lost their land, had nothing to eat, and couldn’t afford to send their children to school.

“Why should we spend billions of yuan on the Olympics?” Yang asked the court. “‘Human rights over the Olympics’ is indeed an expression of my thoughts. Why am I not allowed to say that?”

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Women: Meat on the Pole

Posted by karmalily on February 18, 2008

I’m a little behind on writing about this. It’s been sitting in my bookmark folder for a week, but it still makes me mad.

A new vegan strip club has opened up in Portland, OR. In a widely heard quote, owner Johnny Diablo’s idea was to “put the meat on the pole, not on the plate.”

He actually referred to women as meat.

I’m always happy when the world gets a little more vegan. But I’m not happy when women are treated as things. This isn’t alone. We’ve all seen the PETA ads of half-naked women in lettuce bikinis. PETA thrives on using women in the same way.

What’s wrong with promoting veganism through example and activism? There’s no need to set back women with another strip club. Show people that being vegan is healthy by being healthy yourself; show people what veganism really is without resorting to something demeaning and offensive.

KPTV Portland

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Glenn Beck: Ugly Women

Posted by karmalily on February 17, 2008

What a bastard.

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Recalled Beef May Have Already Been Eaten

Posted by karmalily on February 17, 2008

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Sunday recalled 143 million pounds of frozen beef from a Southern California slaughterhouse that is being investigated for mistreating cattle.

Officials said it was the largest beef recall in the United States, surpassing a 1999 ban of 35 million pounds of ready-to-eat meats.

The worst part about this recall is that Chino, the company whose product is being recalled, sells mainly to the school system and fast-food restaurants. Also, the beef has more than likely already been eaten.

This recall is a bit different from those in the past, mainly because the focus isn’t on a specific illness, but on animal cruelty. The beef was recalled by the USDA because the company violated health regulations, a practice that isn’t uncommon. Because of this, it was deemed unfit for human consumption.

After a video surfaced of employees moving sick/injured cows with a forklift, two employees were charged with animal cruelty. Although they should be charged, the company responsible should also be charged. They allowed this to happen. They are far more responsible than the employees.

USDA recalls 143 million pounds of beef

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War and Peace

Posted by karmalily on February 14, 2008

I’m subscribed to over a hundred blogs, and most of the time I just sort of absentmindedly scroll through them. And then I find something amazing like this Adbusters article. Please take a look at this… it’ll give you a lot to ponder.

We Will Abolish War

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