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Farewell Not In Our Name

Posted by karmalily on March 30, 2008

Not In Our Name, a organization that was founded after Sept. 11th to protest Bush’s wars, will no longer be active.

This decision was not an easy one for those of us who have taken up the crucial work of Not in Our Name over the past 6 years. We know that resistance to war and repression continues and needs all of our immediate participation if we are to see any real changes, no matter who takes office in 2008. Though we are closing our office, many around the country will still take out the sentiment and politics of Not in Our Name, as it is at heart a grassroots project.

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Edward Guinan’s "If We Listen Well"

Posted by karmalily on March 30, 2008

The Class of Nonviolence is an online “course” of essays discussing peace and nonviolence. I’ve decided to read through about one per day, and the first is “If We Listen Well” by Paulist priest Edward Guinan.

According to Guinan, peace is active nonviolence, rather than something passive that we look for in times of war. He writes that, “We continue to deal in symptomatic terms as if war and destruction and violence are the extensions and natural outgrowths of malignant attitudes, values, relationships, and beliefs that we continue to embrace.”

Guinan’s philosophy of peace is similar to that of Mohandas Gandhi’s, who felt that nonviolence was not only equal to violence, but more effective. A victory won with nonviolence will last longer than one won with violence, because when violence is used there will be bitterness and eventually violence will probably break out once again.

This essay sheds light on a form of violence that isn’t exactly visible to many because of the way we’ve been socially conditioned. “Hunger, poverty, squalor, privilege, powerlessness, riches, despair, and vicarious living are forms of violence – forms that a society approves and perpetuates. We have been too willing to discuss violence in terms of ghetto uprisings, student unrest, street thievery, and trashing, and have been unwilling to direct our attention to the more pathological types of violence that are acceptable – the types that daily crush the humanity and life from untold millions of brothers and sisters.”

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Under the Same Moon commercial

Posted by karmalily on March 30, 2008

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Recession: The Movie

Posted by karmalily on March 30, 2008

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New Weapon: Nipple Rings

Posted by karmalily on March 29, 2008

A woman in Texas trying to board a plane was forced to remove her nipple rings (because, you know, they’re so dangerous), although they allowed her to leave in a belly button ring.

Via Crooks and Liars:

The female TSA agent used a handheld detector that beeped when it passed in front of Hamlin’s chest, the Dallas-area resident said.

Hamlin said she told the woman she was wearing nipple piercings. The agent then called over her male colleagues, one of whom said she would have to remove the jewelry, Hamlin said.

Hamlin said she could not remove them and asked whether she could instead display her pierced breasts in private to the female agent. But several other male officers told her she could not board her flight until the jewelry was out, she said.

She was taken behind a curtain and managed to remove one bar-shaped piercing but had trouble with the second, a ring.

“Still crying, she informed the TSA officer that she could not remove it without the help of pliers, and the officer gave a pair to her,” said Hamlin’s attorney, Gloria Allred, reading from a letter she sent Thursday to the director of the TSA’s Office of Civil Rights and Liberties. [..]

She said she heard male TSA agents snickering as she took out the ring. She was scanned again and was allowed to board even though she was still wearing a belly button ring.

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Daughter dies while parents pray – instead of seeking medical care

Posted by karmalily on March 27, 2008

An eleven year old girl in Wisconsin died when her parents decided to treat an illness with prayer instead of a trip to the hospital.

Her mother, Leilani Neumann, tells The Associated Press her daughter’s condition worsened suddenly, and the parents stayed in prayer, believing she would recover.

She also says she’s not concerned about a police investigation, because she and her husband believe their lives are in God’s hands and they did nothing criminal, only tried to do the best they could for their daughter.

Everest Metro Police Chief Dan Vergin says an autopsy showed the girl died from a type of diabetes that left her with too little insulin in her body. He says she had probably been ill for about 30 days.

I’m all for healing with self-treatment (although I’m more partial to aromatherapy and tea than prayer), but it the parents’ fault in this case that their daughter died. The girl was probably too young to make the decision to go to a hospital or have her parents pray for her, and who’s to say she didn’t want to go to the hospital and her parents just kept on praying? Obviously I don’t know the specifics inside this family, and I’m just speculating, but these parents need to have some sort of charges bought against them. Until someone is old enough to make the decision to go without professional medical care, the hospital is the right place for them.

WKBT

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Innocent Ethnic Uighurs In Guantanamo Bay

Posted by karmalily on March 20, 2008

There are currently seventeen Uighurs in Guantanamo Bay who have been told that they would all be freed (in 2004) and that they are innocent.

“We fail to know why we are still in jail here,” [Abdulghappar] Turkistani says…

“We are still in hope that the US government will free us soon and send us to a safe place.”

So if they’re innocent, why are they still imprisoned?

American officials have acknowledged that while they will not be pressing charges against the 17 Uighurs, they cannot be sent back to China because they are likely to face persecution.

Therefore, the US government is keeping them in small, insanitary cells against their wishes for twenty-two hours a day.

“Being away from family, away from our homeland… being forbidden from the natural sunlight, natural air, being surrounded with a metal box all around is not suitable for a human being,” Turkistani wrote.

Al Jazeera

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Lynndie England blames the media

Posted by karmalily on March 20, 2008

Lynndie England, one of the people responsible for the Abu Ghraib scandal, is once again putting the blame somewhere else.

I feel sorry and wrong about what I did. But it would not have escalated to what it did all over the world if it wouldn’t have been for someone leaking it to the media.

Obviously it’s okay so long as people don’t know about it. Because, according to England, “what we did happens in war.”

She also makes the statement that there were worse pictures the public didn’t get to see, and that, “if it had been broken by the news without the pictures it wouldn’t have been that big.”

So, as you can see, it was the media’s fault that it was such a big deal. Not the people responsible, because that’s just what happens during a war.

USA Today

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New energy positive building

Posted by karmalily on March 17, 2008

A new building in the United Arab Emirates, planned to be finished in 2010, will be the world’s first energy positive building. This means that it will produce more energy than it uses. It will be built in Masdar City, which is completely powered by renewable energy. A Chicago firm, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture has designed this remarkable tower. According to the press release, the building “will utilize sustainable materials and feature integrated wind turbines, outdoor air quality monitors and one of the world’s largest building-integrated solar energy arrays.”Masdar Headquarters

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CREDO Mobile

Posted by karmalily on March 17, 2008

CREDO Mobile is a cell phone company owned by Working Assets that allows the user to donate to an organization of their choice every time they make a call. There is a long list of groups that you can support through the company, covering civil rights, economic and social justice, peace and international freedom, the environment, and voting rights and civic participation.

I love seeing new ways to make effortless changes. How hard is it to sign up with CREDO verses Verizon or Sprint? Unfortunately, at the moment the coverage isn’t as good as the more well-known companies (I was disappointed to see my area not yet covered). However, maybe the advancement of companies like this will encourage the big-name corporations to start making changes.

CREDO Mobile

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