Comedien Steve Berke seriously running for Mayor of Miami Beach | on the ‘After Party’ ticket |

Meanwhile, in Florida, Steve Berke, a 30 year old comedian whose family has lived for three generations in Miami Beach, is running for major on the “After Party” platform.

What perhaps started as a dare, has become a legitimate aim. As stated in a New York Times article, he’s doing a kind of reality show campaign with camera’s covering his every move; of publicity stunts, parody videos on YouTube, posing with models, downing shots of alcohol and an advocate of the pro-marijuana ticket. Not shying away from revealing blunders, his commitment is to unwavering transparency. He’s a serious contender among three others, one of them a 72 year old incumbent Cuban American woman in her second term as major.

Michael Moore on bin Laden & the American military industrial complex

Some Final Thoughts on the Death of Osama bin Laden …a letter from Michael Moore

“The Nazis killed tens of MILLIONS. They got a trial. Why? Because we’re not like them. We’re Americans. We roll different.” – Michael Moore in an interview last week

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Friends,

Last week, President Obama fulfilled a campaign promise and killed Osama bin Laden. Well he didn’t actually do the killing himself. It was carried out by a very brave and excellent team of Navy SEALs. Not only does Mr. Obama have the overwhelming support of the country, I think there are millions who gladly wish it could have been their finger on the gun that took out bin Laden.

When I heard the news a week ago Sunday, I immediately felt great. I felt relief. I thought of those who lost a loved one on 9/11. And I was glad we finally had a President who got something done. This is what I had to say on Twitter and elsewhere on the internet in that first hour or two:

I want to point out that Barack Obama took two years to do what Bush couldn’t do in over seven. That’s the difference between STUPID in charge and SMART in charge. STUPID pursues two reckless wars, lets OBL escape from Tora Bora, keeps looking for him in caves and invades the wrong country. He bankrupts us to the tune of $1.2 trillion for the Iraq War (it will eventually actually be over $3 trillion), and worse, he cost us the lives of almost 5,000 of our troops, not to mention hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan – and, after all that, he STILL couldn’t bring the perp to justice. In fact, in 2005, Bush closed down the CIA station that was devoted to looking for bin Laden! What does SMART do? He sends in a small elite strike force, no troops are killed, and the perpetrator is stopped for good.

I was thrilled that the Osama bin Laden era was over. There was now an end to the madness.

Being near Ground Zero that night, I decided to head over there and join with others who saw this event as a chance to have some closure. On 9/11, Bill Weems, a good and decent man I knew and worked with (we had just recently completed a shoot together in Boston), was on the plane that was flown into the Twin Towers. I dedicated ‘Fahrenheit 9/11,’ in part, to him.

But before leaving to go to the former World Trade Center site, I turned on the TV, and what I saw down at Ground Zero was not quiet relief and gratification that the culprit had been caught. Rather, I witnessed a frat boy-style party going on, complete with the shaking and spraying of champagne bottles over the crowd. I can completely understand people wanting to celebrate – like I said, I, too, was happy – but something didn’t feel right. It’s one thing to be happy that a criminal has been captured and dealt with. It’s another thing to throw a kegger celebrating his death at the site where the remains of his victims are still occasionally found. Is that who we are? Is that what Jesus would do? Is that what Jefferson would do? I was reminded of the tale told to me as a kid, of God’s angels singing with glee as the Red Sea came crashing back down on the Egyptians chasing the Israelites, drowning all of them. God rebuked them, saying, “The work of My hands is drowning in that sea – and you want to friggin’ sing?” (or something like that).

I remember my parents telling me how, on the day it was announced that Hitler was dead, there was no rejoicing in the streets, just private relief and satisfaction. The real celebration came six days later at the announcement that the war in Europe was over. THAT’S what the people wanted to hear – not just the demise of one evil madman, but the end to all the killing.

When the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, people didn’t pour into the streets to whoop it up. Yes, people were happy that it might help end the war, but there was not a public display of “Yippee! A hundred thousand Japs have been fried!” If they had done that, well, who could have blamed them after so many tens of thousands of their sons and fathers had been lost in the war (including my uncle, a paratrooper, killed by a sniper near Manila). But the sailor kissing the girl in Times Square was on August 14th, 1945, when the Japanese surrendered and the war was officially over. That’s when America went crazy with joy – not over a killing, but over an announcement of peace.

We are a different people now, aren’t we? Well, sorta. There was no bloodlust euphoria on the day Timothy McVeigh was executed. We were silent. The families of the Oklahoma City dead were silent, relieved. What is the difference between McVeigh and bin Laden, other than the number they slaughtered? I wonder. I think we know the answer.

Though bin Laden is dead, we are told that Orwell’s Permanent War – the “War on Terror” – must continue! Not allowed to have our V-J day and run into Times Square with exhilaration! No, there could be terrorists there. So all we’re left with is to cheer the death of one evil man, and that is supposed to make us feel powerful and good. There can be no celebration for the end of the Afghanistan War because the war isn’t ending. The war must continue! Even though our own CIA tells us there are no more than a few dozen al Qaeda left in Afghanistan. We still have 100,000 troops there fighting a few dozen crazies? We say we’re fighting the Taliban, too, but the Taliban are Afghan citizens, not an invading force, and, for better or worse, they seem to enjoy the support of many of the common people throughout Afghanistan. (If you don’t believe that, ask any soldier who has served there and seen it. Every day is like ‘Apocalypse Now.’ Poppies, anyone?)

Meanwhile, we – me, included – get lost in the weeds of how this one madman was killed. The official story from the Pentagon changed four times in the first four days! It went from OBL firing on the troops with one hand and using his wife as a human shield with the other, to, by the fourth day, not single person in the main house, including bin Laden, being armed when killed. Instantly, this created a lot of suspicion about what really happened, which itself was a distraction.

Here’s my take: I know a number of Navy SEALs. In fact (and this is something I don’t like to talk about publicly, for all the obvious reasons), I hire only ex-SEALs and ex-Special Forces guys to handle my own security (I’ll let you pause a moment to appreciate that irony). These SEALs are trained to follow orders. I don’t know what their orders were that night in Abbottabad, but it certainly looks like a job (and this is backed up in a piece in the Atlantic) where they were told to not bring bin Laden back alive. The SEALs are pros at what they do and they instantly took out every adult male (every potential threat) within a few minutes – but they also took care to not harm a single one of the nine children who were present. Pretty amazing. This wasn’t some Rambo-style operation where they just went in guns blazing, spraying bullets. They acted swiftly and with expert precision. I’m telling you, these guys are so smart and so lethal, they could take you out with a piece of dental floss. (And in fact, one of my ex-SEAL guys showed me how to do that one night. Whoa.)

In a perfect world (yes, I would like to reside there someday, or at least next door to it, in Slightly Imperfect World), I would like the evildoers to be forced to stand trial in front of that world. I know a lot of people see no need for a trial for these bad guys (just hang ’em from the nearest tree!), and think trials are for sissies. “They’re guilty, off with their heads!” Well, you see, that is the exact description of the Taliban/al Qaeda/Nazi justice system. I don’t like their system. I like ours. And I don’t want to be like them. In fact, the reason I like a good trial is that I like to show these bastards this is how it’s done in a free country that believes in civilized justice. It’s good for the rest of the world to see that, too. Sets a good example.

The other thing a trial does is, it establishes a very public and permanent historic record of the crimes against humanity. This is why we put the Nazis on trial in Nuremberg. We didn’t do it for them. We did it for ourselves and for our grandchildren so that they would never forget these horrors and how they were committed. And we did it for the German people so they could see the evidence of what their elected leaders had done. Very helpful. Very necessary. Very powerful.

And for those who wanted blood back then – well, the majority of the Nazis all hanged in the end. So, it doesn’t mean the bad guys get away – they still swing from the highest tree.

My own spiritual beliefs do not allow for capital punishment, and I was raised in the state (Michigan) that in the 1840s was the first government in the English-speaking world to outlaw it. So, I’m just not inclined that way. I don’t believe in “an eye for an eye.” I know the old book said that, but I like its sequel better (a rare case in which the sequel – like Godfather II, Star Trek II, Terminator II – is better than the original). If you don’t believe the way I believe (it’s also the official position of the Catholic Church, for whatever that’s worth these days), then that’s your right, and I understand.

Perhaps there was no way to bring him back alive – I sure as hell wouldn’t want to be in that dark house trying to make that snap decision. But if the execution was ordered in advance, then I say we should be told that now, and we can like it or not like it.

For nine years I wrote and I said that Osama bin Laden was not hiding in a cave. I’m not a cave expert, I was just using my common sense. He was a multimillionaire crime boss (using religion as his cover), and those guys just don’t live in caves. He had people killed under the guise of religion, and not many in the media bothered to explain that every time Osama referenced Islam, he wasn’t really quoting Islam. Just because Osama said he was a “Muslim” didn’t make it so. Yet he was called a Muslim by everyone. If a crazy person started running around mass-killing people, and he did so while wearing a Wal-Mart blazer and praising Wal-Mart, we wouldn’t automatically call him a Wal-Mart leader or say that Wal-Mart was the philosophy behind his killings, would we?

Yet, we began to fear Muslims and round them up. We profiled people from Muslim nations at airports. We didn’t profile multi-millionaires (in fact, they now have their own fast-track line to easily get through security, an oddity considering every murderer on 9/11 flew in first class). We didn’t run headlines that said “Multi-Millionaire Behind the Mass Murder of 3,000” (although every word in that headline is true). You can say his wealth had nothing to do with 9/11, but the truth is, there is no way he could have kept Al Qaeda in business without having the millions he had.

Some believe that this was a “war” we were in with al Qaeda – and you don’t do trials during war. It’s thinking like this that makes me fear that, while bin Laden may be dead, he may have “won” the bigger battle. Let’s be clear: There is no “war with al Qaeda.” Wars are between nations. Al Qaeda was an organization of fanatics who committed crimes. That we elevated them to nation status – they loved it! It was great for their recruiting drive.

We did exactly what bin Laden said he wanted us to do: Give up our freedoms (like the freedom to be assumed innocent until proven guilty), engage our military in Muslim countries so that we will be hated by Muslims, and wipe ourselves out financially in doing so. Done, done and done, Osama. You had our number. You somehow knew we would eagerly give up our constitutional rights and become more like the authoritarian state you dreamed of. You knew we would exhaust our military and willingly go into more debt in eight years than we had accumulated in the previous 200 years combined.

Maybe you knew us so well because you were once one of our mercenaries, funded and armed by us via our friends in Pakistan to fight the other Evil Empire in the last battle of the Cold War. Only, when the killing stopped, the trained killer, our “Frankenstein,” couldn’t. The monster, you, would soon turn on us.

If we really want to send bin Laden not just to his death, but also to his defeat, may I suggest that we reverse all of that right now. End the wars, bring the troops home, make the rich pay for this mess, and restore our privacy and due process rights that used to distinguish us from any other country. Right now, our democracy looks like Singapore and our economy has gone desperately Greek.

I know it will be hard to turn the clock back to before 9/11 when all we had to worry about were candidates stealing elections. A multi-billion dollar industry has grown up around “homeland security” and the terror wars. These war profiteers will not want to give up their booty so easily. They will want to keep us in fear so they can keep raking it in. We will have to stop them. But first we must stop believing them.

Hideki Tojo killed my uncle and millions of Chinese, Koreans, Filipinos and a hundred thousand other Americans. He was the head of Japan, the Emperor’s henchman, the man who was the architect of Pearl Harbor. When the American soldiers went to arrest him, he tried to commit suicide by shooting himself in the chest. The soldiers immediately worked on stopping his bleeding and rushed him to an army hospital where he was saved by our army doctors. He then had his day in court. It was a powerful exercise for the world to see. And on December 23, 1948, after he was found guilty, we hanged him. A killer of millions was forced to stand trial. A killer of 4,000 (counting the African embassies and USS Cole bombings) got double-tapped in his pajamas. Assuming it was possible to take him alive, I think his victims, the future, and the restoration of the American Way deserved better. That’s all I’m saying.

Good riddance Osama.

Come back to your ways, my good ol’ USA.

Yours,
Michael Moore
MMFlint@aol.com
MichaelMoore.com

Politicians in Corporate Sponsored Suits

This was posted today on FaceBook, among my community of friends on the Left Coast of the USA.

Bill Hicks | piercing and hilarious comic | who exposed all

Prayers of peace and comfort to the earthquake and tsunami victims of Japan and surrounding areas.

Somehow, I had not known of Bill while he was alive, and only discovered him from a comedian here in Berlin. I fully appreciate his insights!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Hicks

“Revelations” Series of 8; in 8, he rocks the quantum level!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBbHfI8jfmg

“Sane Man” Part 1 of 9

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMjNT_dTeB8

¿ Is the world going crazy, or merely some, getting away with murder ?

I was distracted from my ‘work’ today, after perusing the news. Frankly, I’m just wondering about how undeniably confused and bizarrely maligned, some people’s intentions are in the world that we live in. I guess you could call it, “off balance”.

A splash of the headlines:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/03/us/03tampa.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha23

It took the mother three (3) days to acquire the gun in Florida, which she used to murder her adolescent children. Let’s keep those loose gun laws intact, NRA! Fire away USA!

And then there are the headlines from Pakistan.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/03/world/asia/03pakistan.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha2

Shahbahz Bhatti was murdered yesterday by Muslim extremists, who had been threatening him. He was dedicated to trying to repeal the Islamist law imposed in 1986, which seeks the death penalty for anyone accused of speaking against the Prophet Muhammad. Bhatti worked towards abolishing this law, within this climate of extreme intolerance. He was among the 5% Christian and Hindu population, among the predominantly Muslim one, making up Pakistan’s 180 million inhabitants.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11930849

An example of what Bhatti was fighting for, is this woman in Pakistan, who was accused of saying something blasphemous about the Prophet Muhammad… uhh, and she happens to be a member of the only Christian household in her village. The real discussion was over water rights, among her female Muslim neighbors with whom she would pick berries, who were her accusers.

They not only want to kill her, but there’s a price over her head; a reward for anyone to kill her. Hey, I bet Prophet Muhammad would be all over this one, huh! I mean, would anyone with any spiritual attributes, condone slaughtering a person because of alleged accusations stemming from ignorance?

This blasphemy law, is also the reason that the Christian, Salman Taseer, was assassinated a week earlier; as he and Shahbahz Bhatti, were both publicly trying to change this law.

Ahhh, religious freedom and tolerance, go Pakistan! Jesus! will people ever learn? d’oh!

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/01/business/energy-environment/01drill.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha25

Bounce back to the USA, to the Gulf Oil crisis which took place a year ago in April, 2010, in which the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, and spewed about 5 million barrels of oil into the ocean. Well, now the Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar, has granted permission for deepwater drilling once again, in the same region. Yeah, we’re all over that too! “Let’s go to the Gulf and do some grillen’, just ignite the water with a match, and bar-b-q whatever surfaces!

http://articles.latimes.com/2010/oct/28/nation/la-naw-deepwater-cement-20101028

The one thing that sparked my attention about the whole incident in the first place, is that Halliburton had been in charge of the cementing process of the well. The cement mixture that was being used to seal the well, had been found to be unstable, prior to the explosion, yet they decided to go on with the process. “The cement mixture is used to secure the metal casing around the string of pipes and the drill bit as they penetrate the reservoirs of oil and gas lying deep beneath the ocean floor. Cement also is supposed to keep oil and gas from pushing back up the well, causing a blowout.” It obviously didn’t do the job, and populations of the neighboring states, as well as all of the wildlife in the area of the Gulf, have been the victims.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/01/us/01earthquakes.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha23

Speaking of Halliburton, I was just reading about the unprecedented number of earth quakes that have been occurring recently in Kansas, in the Midwest of the United States. Recently, a connection of these rumbles has been made to “hydraulic fracturing”, an invasive natural gas drilling technique, which I first heard about on the television program “60 Minutes” a year ago in the U.S. Not only is the process intensely disturbing to the earth, but there’s also indication that the process releases toxic contaminants, among them, radioactive material, into the waterways and ground water in the vicinities that this drilling takes place.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/02/the-watchdog-clean-air-act_n_830183.html

Guess who is involved in this destructively greedy process, along with a laundry list of other contaminating and deceptive stuff happening all over the world, yes, evil incarnate “Halliburton”. Let’s just say, “corpocracy” rules again; greed and power, united to make the world a better place, through pilfering and destruction of the planet and it’s inhabitants! I vote for Halliburton, as the crème de la crème of the elite corporate corrupters.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/03/opinion/03tue3.html

Regarding this drilling process, Dick Cheney, former Vice President, allowed the Environmental Protection Agency to get away with murder, of the environment. Entitled “The Hallliburton Loophole”, the EPA was stripped of it’s authority to investigate this new drilling process called hydraulic fracturing, when it was in its’ infancy.

http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2011/02/28/why-is-china-nervous-about-the-arab-uprisings?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=thab1

Then spin the globe around to China, where authorities have become worried about all of the protests in the Arab world. Despite their stronger economy than most of these Arab nations, they’re so concerned about these various pro-democracy demonstrations, that they’ve been heightening their crackdown on human rights lawyers and activists, and words like “Egypt” and “Tunisia” have been blocked on some internet web search engines and social network sites, making them completely inaccessible.
It’s always valuable when you want to maintain your power, to keep your subjects afraid and uninformed.

For some comedic relief, check out Jon Stewart’s take on Gaddafi.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/03/jon-stewart-takes-libya-gaddafi_n_830706.html

The Spark of the Arab Uprise

The other day I learned through a conversation with an Arabic speaking girl whose words I intuitively trusted – as she was obviously very clever and informed – a completely different perspective about what is going on in Egypt and Tunisia. Prior to that, it was more like a blur of various network channels recounting this massive unrest in Egypt and Tunisia. When I heard newscasters the other day on CNN groping to allude to the cause, pointing to the economics of the area, I decided that it might be of interest to give you this less widely available perspective, arriving from the Arab intellectual left.

Sure, economic aspects are woven into the core; in a world in which the material aspect of living dominates. This is about several secular Arab governments, in which the “democratic” leaders have elected themselves to tyrannically continue their rule, with seeming complicity coming from the vote, due to mass fraud re-electing them in landslide victories.

Within the last year there was an incident in Egypt in which a man was killed in the process of standing up for his rights. He became a symbol of people’s oppression. In the last months, an anonymous Egyptian citizen with internet savvy set up a Facebook page, as a memorial to honor this fallen man, who has become a symbol of people’s frustration. His site was widely embraced. So this person’s news feed was already becoming entrenched.

What just occurred in the similarly authoritarian Arab government of Tunisia in the last weeks, inadvertently sparked the uprising in Egypt. The unprecedented display of public outcry against their leader, spread electronically across borders, via the digital information tools which enable people to access information and communicate with one another; as opposed to being fed misinformation “news” from sources that inhibit real communication.

I was told that in a number of these secular Arab countries, the repression is similar to that of the GDR, German Democratic Republic that was established as the Soviet zone of occupied Germany in (1949-1989). Same, same, but different. In these countries in which the leader’s tenuous grip of his power is manifested through building walls to control information, one must always be careful about literally ANYthing you say in public. Spies and informants abound, who probably often out of their own fear of the regime, opt to inform on someone who says something critical of the regime, just to get some points and maybe a few other benefits, for having done so. Therefore, people remain silent, and solemn, fearful of doing anything that could elicit danger to themselves or their families. That’s another reason that these protests that have occurred in the streets of Egypt and Tunisia are dramatically unprecedented. What’s happening today is coming from years of oppression, with tensions silently kept under a pressurized lid. Suddenly, the pent up fear, distrust and hostility has been ignited.

Several weeks ago in Tunisia, a young male student, who like many people in his country, was finding it very difficult to find any means of supporting himself. He resorted to a meager income through vending fruits and vegetables in the streets. When one day he was confronted by the police who asked him for his license to do this, he explained that in fact, he was doing this as a last resort, having found no other type of work, and that he was a student, and could they please let him go in peace. The police responded by claiming that they were going to arrest him, and that he was going to have to go to jail, no choice, that day.

The student at this moment responded in his desperation, to grab a can of flammable liquid, poured it over his head there in the vicinity of the police, and lit it. He burned to death in front of them, in the middle of the day in the middle of the street. His silent last gasp of renouncing this hopeless situation was watched by people in horror. The measure so extreme, that in fact, his action sparked everyone around him, to explode with fury and anger. His drastic action is that of a silent, suffering martyr, symbolizing his desperation within the shackles of this hostile government. He has inadvertently ignited an audacity among the people, fueled by fury, to revolt.

When this same anonymous (out of self preservation) Egyptian alerted his following on his RNN feed on Facebook of the events in Tunisia, the message spread like fire to Egypt. http://www.rassd.com leads you to this facebook page:

RNN.NEWS

Learning of these events among their Arab brothers in Tunisia, was enough to simultaneously ignite the passion and fury of the Egyptians, who have been similarly victimized by their authoritarian government, in which expressing one’s opinion can be fatal.

Last Wednesday, January 26th has been called “Egypt’s Violent Day of Anger”. All of this actually facilitated through the internet sources, the vehicle of information for the people. It kindled the Egyptian people’s fury over Hosni Mubarak’s oppressive 30 year rule. And has since been reaching the Diaspora of Arab people throughout the world.

And read further for more insightful information, especially from Monde Diplio, the English version of Monde Diplomatique.

http://mondediplo.com/openpage/the-corruption-game

http://mondediplo.com/openpage/the-year-of-living-dangerously

http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=1519282

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/29/world/middleeast/29mubarak.html?_r=2&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha22

In terms of Politics: Separation of Oil & State

http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/five_bold_steps/?rc=share_email

Dipping low enough to exert momentum for change…

I actually didn’t hear the presidents’ speech, but trust in the opinion of the need of a separation of Oil & State. I believe that just as there is an intertwining and interdependency within all of life in our natural world, that it is also true in the human social and political world. One can’t expect or anticipate too much as far as one bold leader acting independently, when in fact the pulse behind his motions are charged through those who have been pulling the strings to even get him into office, and who overrule with their corporate/big business pull, just what any leader can do. I also believe that the face of this lopsidedness in terms of power, could in fact be changing, and is changing. As the internet introduces more information that can be spread to the masses, more people can participate in acquiring information, making their voices heard, and we are heading towards more and more transparency and true democratic participation….we’ll see however. Wars have been waged despite the fact that much of the populace demonstrated against them, and well, sometimes things have to dip into the worse case scenario, for people to get the momentum started to begin to change. case in point, my last relationship. i had to literally get hit and abandoned, before i took the hint and read between the lines, even though the words and gestures of my partner expressed that he didn’t give a shit and in fact often acted with cruelty. i didn’t want to see this however, i still wanted to believe that there would be a day that he would embrace and love me, until he finally just left me helpless at a place, with full contempt. ha! it was the most wonderful of blessings, i learned through the synchronicity of people whom i met and conversations that i had, not only about the rich history of the place where i’d been discarded, but also that in fact everything that this former partner projected at me and accused me of, were in fact false. I realized that I was in fact like the sun, being soiled and obscured by something fouling and thickening the air, darkening its’ blaze.

“The Yes Men” and the “House of Yes”

In case you haven’t heard of the Yes Men, they are culture jamming political activists with a theatrical leaning. They create through their own wit, wits and resourcefulness, ways to actually embed themselves among their enemies – the corporate giants – to influence them to acknowledge their greedy and inhumanitarian ways and ultimately atone for their victims…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Yes_Men

Here’s a movie they’ve just released http://theyesmenfixtheworld.com/

They have nothing to do with (I mistakingly at first thought the two were connected !!) the House of Yes,
an East Williamsburg Brooklyn, New York based performance art space founded by Anya Sapozhnikova and Kae Burke, where anyone, almost, can host their own events.

And an article was written about an interview with the founders, here.

Arundhati Roy

For those of you not familiar with Arundhati Roy, here’s a brief essay of hers, captured on video at the Lannon Foundation. In Come September, she speaks poetically to power on the US’ War on Terror, globalization, the misuses of nationalism, and the growing chasm between the rich and poor

Arundhati Roy, Come September, speaks poetically to power on the US' War on Terror, globalization, the misuses of nationalism, and the growing chasm between the rich and poor.

Roy speaks poetically to power on the US’ War on Terror, globalization, the misuses of nationalism, and the growing chasm between the rich and poor.

It’s well worth listening to and reading the text.

She’s written a very celebrated novel, “The God of Small Things“.

Arundhati Roy's book ""The God of Small Things"

Arundhati Roy’s book “The God of Small Things”

Oct. 24th | Global Day of Climate Action | 350.org

Flashback!

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Silent Climate Parade

Oct. 24th | Global Day of Climate Action | 350.org

October 24th is the ‘Global Day of Climate Action’ organized by Bill McKibben, who’s behind 350.org.  350 ppm are the top level of particulates – carbon dioxide particles in parts per million – that can be tolerated in our atmosphere in order to reach a sustainable level, to make a dent along the global warming axis towards disaster.  We need to cap at this amount, to reverse the process, or attempt to slow it down.

Here’s an excellent 6 min. video of 350 dot org’s Berlin, Germany Silent Climate Parade 2013 (different year, but captures the essence)

excellent 6 min. video of 350 dot org, Silent Climate zparade,Berlin, Germany 2013, captures the essencr

excellent 6 min. video of 350 dot org silent climate parade Berlin, Germany 2013 (different year, but captures the essence)

The impetus of the voices around the world calling attention to this is to put forth to the attendees of the Copenhagen Climate Conference glaring ahead, the need to acknowledge the importance of making a coordinated worldwide effort to reduce the number of particles contaminating the environment to a sustainable level of 350ppm.

This will be the most widespread day of political global action in world history.  4,500 events have been planned in 177 countries.  McKibben mentioned in an interview with Amy Goodman of “Democracy Now”that the people of the United States “are the most addicted, and therefore most in denial” about the issue.

I’ll be attending among others the Berlin, Germany, Silent Climate Parade. Here are pics from 350 dot org Climate movements worldwide. https://www.flickr.com/photos/350org/4046302796
350.org Ravers on the Boulevard Unter den Linden in Berlin, credit: Lars Borges

And by the way, this is an interesting graphic chart to wrap your thoughts around and digest:

information is beautiful.net/visualizations/the-billion-dollar-gram.

By the way, here in Berlin is the last evening of the Festival of Lights, so catch it while you can.

city-stiftung-berlin.

aloha  |  Be present and share the breath | essence of life.

Aloha in the Hawaiian language means affection, love, peace, compassion and mercy.     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aloha

Carol

http://www.myspace.com/nomadbeatz