I so relate to this video...
Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
ISRAEL ATTACKS JUSTICE BOAT; KIDNAPS HUMAN RIGHTS WORKERS; CONFISCATES MEDICINE, TOYS AND OLIVE TREES
30 June 2009
For more information contact:
Greta Berlin (English)
Caoimhe Butterly (Arabic/English/Spanish):
[23 miles off the coast of Gaza, 15:30pm] - Today Israeli Occupation Forces attacked and boarded the Free Gaza Movement boat, the SPIRIT OF HUMANITY, abducting 21 human rights workers from 11 countries, including Noble laureate Mairead Maguire and former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (see below for a complete list of passengers). The passengers and crew are being forcibly dragged toward Israel.
"This is an outrageous violation of international law against us. Our boat was not in Israeli waters, and we were on a human rights mission to the Gaza Strip," said Cynthia McKinney, a former U.S. Congresswoman and presidential candidate. "President Obama just told Israel to let in humanitarian and reconstruction supplies, and that's exactly what we tried to do. We're asking the international community to demand our release so we can resume our journey."
According to an International Committee of the Red Cross report released yesterday, the Palestinians living in Gaza are "trapped in despair." Thousands of Gazans whose homes were destroyed earlier during Israel's December/January massacre are still without shelter despite pledges of almost $4.5 billion in aid, because Israel refuses to allow cement and other building material into the Gaza Strip. The report also notes that hospitals are struggling to meet the needs of their patients due to Israel's disruption of medical supplies.
"The aid we were carrying is a symbol of hope for the people of Gaza, hope that the sea route would open for them, and they would be able to transport their own materials to begin to reconstruct the schools, hospitals and thousands of homes destroyed during the onslaught of "Cast Lead". Our mission is a gesture to the people of Gaza that we stand by them and that they are not alone" said fellow passenger Mairead Maguire, winner of a Noble Peace Prize for her work in Northern Ireland.
Just before being kidnapped by Israel, Huwaida Arraf, Free Gaza Movement chairperson and delegation co-coordinator on this voyage, stated that: "No one could possibly believe that our small boat constitutes any sort of threat to Israel. We carry medical and reconstruction supplies, and children's toys. Our passengers include a Nobel peace prize laureate and a former U.S. congressperson. Our boat was searched and received a security clearance by Cypriot Port Authorities before we departed, and at no time did we ever approach Israeli waters."
Arraf continued, "Israel's deliberate and premeditated attack on our unarmed boat is a clear violation of international law and we demand our immediate and unconditional release."
WHAT YOU CAN DO!
CONTACT the Israeli Ministry of Justice
tel: +972 2646 6666 or +972 2646 6340
fax: +972 2646 6357
CONTACT the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs
tel: +972 2530 3111
fax: +972 2530 3367
CONTACT Mark Regev in the Prime Minister's office at:
tel: +972 5 0620 3264 or +972 2670 5354
CONTACT the International Committee of the Red Cross to ask for their assistance in establishing the wellbeing of the kidnapped human rights workers and help in securing their immediate release!
Red Cross Israel
tel: +972 3524 5286
fax: +972 3527 0370
Red Cross Switzerland:
tel: +41 22 730 3443
fax: +41 22 734 8280
Red Cross USA:
tel: +1 212 599 6021
fax: +1 212 599 6009
Kidnapped Passengers from the Spirit of Humanity include:
Khalad Abdelkader, Bahrain
Khalad is an engineer representing the Islamic Charitable Association of Bahrain.
Othman Abufalah, Jordan
Othman is a world-renowned journalist with al-Jazeera TV.
Khaled Al-Shenoo, Bahrain
Khaled is a lecturer with the University of Bahrain.
Mansour Al-Abi, Yemen
Mansour is a cameraman with Al-Jazeera TV.
Fatima Al-Attawi, Bahrain
Fatima is a relief worker and community activist from Bahrain.
Juhaina Alqaed, Bahrain
Juhaina is a journalist & human rights activist.
Huwaida Arraf, US
Huwaida is the Chair of the Free Gaza Movement and delegation co-coordinator for this voyage.
Ishmahil Blagrove, UK
Ishmahil is a Jamaican-born journalist, documentary film maker and founder of the Rice & Peas film production company. His documentaries focus on international struggles for social justice.
Kaltham Ghloom, Bahrain
Kaltham is a community activist.
Derek Graham, Ireland
Derek Graham is an electrician, Free Gaza organizer, and first mate aboard the Spirit of Humanity.
Alex Harrison, UK
Alex is a solidarity worker from Britain. She is traveling to Gaza to do long-term human rights monitoring.
Denis Healey, UK
Denis is Captain of the Spirit of Humanity. This will be his fifth voyage to Gaza.
Fathi Jaouadi, UK
Fathi is a British journalist, Free Gaza organizer, and delegation co-coordinator for this voyage.
Mairead Maguire, Ireland
Mairead is a Nobel laureate and renowned peace activist.
Lubna Masarwa, Palestine/Israel
Lubna is a Palestinian human rights activist and Free Gaza organizer.
Theresa McDermott, Scotland
Theresa is a solidarity worker from Scotland. She is traveling to Gaza to do long-term human rights monitoring.
Cynthia McKinney, US
Cynthia McKinney is an outspoken advocate for human rights and social justice issues, as well as a former U.S. congressperson and presidential candidate.
Adnan Mormesh, UK
Adnan is a solidarity worker from Britain. He is traveling to Gaza to do long-term human rights monitoring.
Adam Qvist, Denmark
Adam is a solidarity worker from Denmark. He is traveling to Gaza to do human rights monitoring.
Adam Shapiro, US
Adam is an American documentary film maker and human rights activist.
Kathy Sheetz, US
Kathy is a nurse and film maker, traveling to Gaza to do human rights monitoring.
In solidarity with the brave people attempting to break the Israeli government's blockade of Gaza, today's focus will be on Palestine and the floatilla.
What response is Israel planning? This is how Israel plans to respond to an attempt to bring humanitarian aid to the Palestinian victims of Israeli war crimes: Israeli gunships head to sea to block flotilla
Saturday, May 29, 2010
How the Balinese See Western Tourist Women
Every year, on the eve of Nyepi Day (a Hindu holiday in Bali), malicious spirits are exorcised by parading large statues of evil creatures through town and then burning them. Above is the Ogoh-ogoh monster representing Western tourist WOMYN. Spot on!
Friday, May 28, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
RE: 101 uses sought for ex’s wedding dress
Kevin Cotter never imagined the day would arrive when he’d be flossing his teeth with wedding-dress fabric. Or using a wedding dress as a yoga mat. Or straining pasta with wedding-dress mesh.
But, of course, life takes wildly unexpected turns sometimes. And when your high school sweetheart and wife of 12 years abruptly walks out the door, leaving you stunned and single in your mid-30s, it can send you reeling.
That’s what happened to Cotter last July. He turned to close family members to help him get through the earliest — and most difficult — phases of adjusting to singlehood for the first time in his adult life...
Here's his website: My Ex-Wife's Wedding Dress
I was a small child at the end of that period in our history where images like these were common. I remember seeing them on television and thinking that black people were like this. We had only one black family in my town, and I don't remember actually seeing them, ever.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
I had the pleasure of attending a concert by Ximena Sariñana last night. This is a video from the actual concert I was at. I was about 15 feet from her. It was a very small venue. The only unfortunate thing was that some of the women at the concert were loud and obnoxious. Apparently, Ximena has many loud and rude lesbian fans. The other fans were just fine.
Ximena is pretty well known in Mexico. Here are a few of her videos...
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
The top score on the list below represents the faith that Belief-O-Matic, in its less than infinite wisdom, thinks most closely matches your beliefs. However, even a score of 100% does not mean that your views are all shared by this faith, or vice versa.
Belief-O-Matic then lists another 26 faiths in order of how much they have in common with your professed beliefs. The higher a faith appears on this list, the more closely it aligns with your thinking.
How did the Belief-O-Matic do? Discuss your results on our message boards.
|1.||Mahayana Buddhism (100%)|
|4.||Unitarian Universalism (93%)|
|6.||New Age (89%)|
|7.||Theravada Buddhism (85%)|
|8.||Liberal Quakers (83%)|
|10.||New Thought (78%)|
|11.||Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (76%)|
|13.||Orthodox Quaker (65%)|
|14.||Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (62%)|
|15.||Secular Humanism (60%)|
|17.||Reform Judaism (48%)|
|18.||Baha'i Faith (43%)|
|19.||Seventh Day Adventist (33%)|
|20.||Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (30%)|
|22.||Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (22%)|
|23.||Orthodox Judaism (22%)|
|24.||Eastern Orthodox (19%)|
|26.||Roman Catholic (19%)|
|27.||Jehovah's Witness (15%)|
|Christian Anarchist|| ||25%|
However, it also shows that I am somewhat in the middle of the road as an anarchist. I see some good in all the variations. I think this is very consistent with my personality. I tend to be flexible. It also reflects my attitude about feminism. I believe in equality and oppose radical feminism, for the most part, because I see it as female-supremest.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Though today's songs are primarily New Wave, I had to throw this one. It is unique in it that it is a fusion of David Byrne of the Talking Heads and the late Selena. There is nothing like it out there. It is New Wave with a Flamenco flavor.
I actually saw Adam and the Ants in concert twice, back around 1981. We had second row seats. I remember all of the girls taking off their panties and throwing them to him. Adam is manic depressive. That makes me like him all the more.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
RE: Now independent thinkers are considered diseased by psychiatry
Psychiatrists have been working on the fourth revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and, in it, they hope to add a whole slew of new psychiatric disorders. Unfortunately, many of these disorders are merely differences in personality and behavior among people.
The new edition may include "disorders" like "oppositional defiant disorder", which includes people who have a pattern of "negativistic, defiant, disobedient and hostile behavior toward authority figures." Some of the "symptoms" of this disorder including losing one's temper, annoying people and being "touchy".
Other "disorders" being considered include personality flaws like antisocial behavior, arrogance, cynicism or narcissism. There are even categories for people who binge eat and children who have temper tantrums...