Monday, November 30, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
To acknowledge our ancestors
Means we are aware
That we did not make ourselves,
That the line stretches all the way back,
Perhaps to God; or to Gods. (goddess)
We remember them because
It is an easy thing to forget:
That we are not the first
To suffer, rebel, fight, love and die.
The grace with which we embrace life,
In spite of the pain, the sorrows,
Is always a measure of what has gone before.
Monday, November 23, 2009
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The spiritual leader who played games.....whenever someone tells you spirtuality can increase your financial status......RUN.
Friday, November 20, 2009
"This cosmic dance of Shiva is called 'Anandatandava,' meaning the Dance of Bliss, and symbolizes the cosmic cycles of creation and destruction, as well as the daily rhythm of birth and death. The dance is a pictorial allegory of the five principle manifestations of eternal energy — creation, destruction, preservation, salvation, and illusion. "
A Scientific Metaphor:
"Fritzof Capra in his article "The Dance of Shiva: The Hindu View of Matter in the Light of Modern Physics," and later in the The Tao of Physics beautifully relates Nataraj's dance with modern physics. He says that "every subatomic particle not only performs an energy dance, but also is an energy dance; a pulsating process of creation and destruction…without end…For the modern physicists, then Shiva's dance is the dance of subatomic matter. As in Hindu mythology, it is a continual dance of creation and destruction involving the whole cosmos; the basis of all existence and of all natural phenomena." http://hinduism.about.com/od/lordshiva/p/nataraj.htm
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
It is only compassion that keeps me from losing my mind.....
how pathetic...this is what happens with tunnel vision, narrow views and ONE news source....
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Timing is everything.....and this documentary is timely.
A new documentary looks at a man once described as the most hated and most loved lawyer in America: the late William Kunstler. We play excerpts of William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe and speak to the film’s co-directors, Kunstler’s daughters Emily and Sarah Kunstler.
LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW http://www.democracynow.org/2009/11/10/hoodwinked_former_economic_hit_man_john
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
How much control does the President really have, anyway? Americans voted for change and are getting frustrated with the lack of it, but our guests have both written about the powerful forces holding the status quo in place. John Perkins is the author of Hoodwinked and Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, and has written about how corporations push politicians around and even threaten them with violence. Russ Baker, meanwhile, is the author of Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America and has written extensively about the military-industrial complex.
In the new film Collapse, filmmaker Chris Smith follows Michael Ruppert as he raises the alarm again and again on the financial crisis, energy, the environment, and more. Is he a genius, or just paranoid? And with all this scary information out there, what can citizen activists do?
Kermit the frog here.......i love these skits.....
Sesame Street custom Children's Television Workshop logo used in seasons 1-13.
As a result of Cooney's initial proposal, the Carnegie Institute awarded her an $8 million grant to establish, in collaboration with Carnegie Institute vice-president Lloyd Morrisett, the Children’s Television Workshop (CTW) and create a new children's television program. In 1968, millions more were invested by the Ford Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the US federal government. Cooney began to assemble a team of producers: Jon Stone, Dave Connell and Sam Gibbon. That summer, five three-day curriculum planning seminars, led by Harvard University professor Gerald S. Lesser, were conducted in Boston. The seminars marked the beginning of Jim Henson's involvement in Sesame Street, and provided the show's producers and writers with a "crash course in child development, psychology, and preschool education". The new show, called the "Preschool Educational Television Show" in promotional materials, was built around an inner-city street, a choice that was "unprecedented". The producers and writers could not come up with a name they liked "up until the last moment". They finally settled upon the name they least disliked: Sesame Street, although they initially feared that it would be too difficult for young children to pronounce.
Two days before the premiere of Sesame Street, a thirty-minute preview entitled This Way to Sesame Street was shown on NBC. The show was financed by a $50,000 grant from Xerox. Written by Stone and produced by CTW publicist Bob Hatch, it was taped the day before it aired. Newsday called the preview "a unique display of cooperation between commercial and noncommercial broadcasters". Sesame Street premiered on PBS on November 10, 1969. The new show was praised from the start. As writer Michael Davis states, "...It became the rare children's show stamped with parental approval"
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
She calls it likes she sees it.
SOME PINCH ME>?
FOOD FOR THOUGHT.....
Friday, November 6, 2009
Today, CREW called on Health and Human Service (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to investigate why the Center for Disease Control (CDC) approved the distribution of the H1NI vaccine to Wall Street firms at a time when the vaccine is unavailable to most Americans.
Recent news reports indicate 13 companies, including Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase and Time Warner, have been cleared to receive the vaccine.
The CDC is distributing the much sought-after vaccine to Wall Street firms despite reports of vast shortages. In fact, just yesterday CDC Director Thomas Frieden informed Congress that only 32.3 million doses are available, far less than the 159 million needed to cover those at the highest risk. Given the scarce supply, the CDC has recommended the vaccine be directed only to those at highest risk: pregnant women, infants and children and those up to 24 years, those who care for infants, health and emergency services personnel, and adults with compromised immune systems or other chronic health problems.
Melanie Sloan, CREW’s executive director, said,
Although CREW has been unable to uncover the demographic makeup of Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, and JP Morgan Chase, it seems safe to assume the vast majority of their employees are not pregnant women, infants and children, young adults up to 24 years old, and healthcare workers.
State officials are also concerned about the shortages:
The head of Alabama’s Department of Public Health testified that 62% of the vaccines ordered by the state will not be available until after December 1, 2009
The director of Minnesota’s St. Paul Ramsey County Department of Public Health said he is expecting only 7,800 doses for more than 20,000 children
Los Angeles County’s three public hospitals ordered 110,000 vaccines, but have received only about 18,000 doses, and UCLA’s two hospitals received 1,000 doses for 10,000 staff and 35,000 patients
This situation is echoed around the country, leaving most of those seeking the vaccine unable to receive it with no remedy in sight. Frieden admitted, “It is quite likely the current wave of influenza will peak, crest and begin to decline before there are ample supplies of the vaccine.”
And Wall Street firms are getting preferential treatment.
In what world do Wall Street employees deserve to be vaccinated ahead of high-risk children, pregnant women and health care workers? Unfortunately, for the thousands being turned away in clinics across America, the CDC has decided to prioritize the millionaires over the masses. The public has a right to know how and why this has happened and when it will stop. First, the bailout, then the bonuses, now the vaccine. When will Washington start putting the needs of Main Street above those of Wall Street?”
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Bronwen's upcoming class:
Four twilight sessions, Sundays 6 – 8:30 pm.
A time for sacred play and sacred work; song and story, and Grandmother Soup. We will call on the Ancestors – some whom we call Goddesses, some Archetypes, some beloved Grandmothers of living memory, but whatever names we use, their wisdom and guidance is available to us for inspiration and compassion as we traverse this time of deep transformation. We will call on Hecate as guide – she who sits at the crossroads and assists with wise choice; she who sits in witness and contemplation; she who can access through her wisdom and compassion all the corners of the Universe. We will use Jean Shinoda Bolen’s Goddesses in Older Women as touchstone to remind us of the rich resource of the Crone aspect of the triple goddess energy, and to connect to the old mythic stories and the new myths that are arising.
Sundays 6 – 8:30 pm. November 15, 22 and 29; December 6. $81 in advance includes Grandmother soup and all materials for class.
threads of the spiderwoman
SPIDER WOMAN is the "Great Weaver" of Native American myth. To pursue her trail is to seek a unitive aesthetic - a "Webbed Vision" that imagines and names the links....this journal is my attempt.
Monday, November 2, 2009
The "hard energy path" defined by physicist Amory Lovins is marked by fossil fuel production. The legacy of this hard path for Native Americans includes coal and uranium mines on reservation lands, air pollution, depletion of ground water, and forced relocation of entire villages.
Indian Tribes are now fighting back by turning to the soft path--energy production by renewable means. As they build solar utilities on Navajo land, erect large turbines on wind-blown Lakota reservations, harvest agro-fuels and overcome dinosaur-age power interests along the way - Power Paths reveals the compelling inside stories and experiences of Native Americans who struggle to develop new energy systems that honor their ancient tradition of reverence for the natural world.
Around the West, the soft path-of decentralized energy production by renewable means- is now being pursued by these Native Americans with support from a host of urban planners and global environmental groups to university researchers and local community foundations.
Ultimately, Power Paths reveals how the fate of our air, water, and wild places are linked to decisions our nation makes about our future energy paths.. while Native cultures and the sustainability of our society itself are caught in the balance.