Thursday, March 31, 2011

Let all women take note...let us pray for her safe return....let us also follow in her courageous foot steps with such conviction; marching to the truth.

these guys are hilarious....check them out...

Monday, March 28, 2011

Thursday, March 24, 2011

this is long...but so important...and so fundamental to understand.....if you have time...i strongly advise watching this.


Saturday, March 26 · 12:00pm - 3:00pm · Southeast corner of Catherine Street and N. 4th Avenue - just south of the A2 Farmers Market and Kerrytown Shops
We will be out in force to let the world know that we all deserve to know what's in our Food and that Genetically Modified Foods need to be labeled!! Everyone in the Ann Arbor area who cares about this issue should show up along with any friends or family.

Campaign Resources:

Go have my admiration.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

First Nations launch blue-ribbon campaign to protect Great Lakes

UOI OFFICES, March 22 /CNW/ - First Nations across Ontario chose World Water Week to launch a light blue ribbon campaign.  And if plans proceed this spring to ship nuclear waste through the Great Lakes watershed, those decorative pins could become battle ribbons.
"The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and Bruce Power Corporation claim that First Nations were sufficiently consulted, but my community was never consulted," said Southwest Regional Anishinabek Nation Chief Chris Plain, who presented concerns about the proposed nuclear waste shipment to the Ministry of Natural Resources Standing Committee in Ottawa on March 10. "In fact, I know most of the Chiefs and Councils who are signatories to treaties all along the Great Lakes were never consulted. The duty to consult and accommodate must be done with the rights holders and we were never consulted."
Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee says that the Anishinabek Nation will be challenging the decision of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.
"We will do everything in our power to prevent the Ontario and Federal governments and the nuclear power industry from using our precious waterways as a garbage disposal route," said Madahbee, who added that Bruce Power's plan would be breaching the rule of law.
"It is contrary to Supreme Court decisions, our aboriginal and treaty rights, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the laws of Nature," said the Grand Council Chief, speaking on behalf of 39 member communities of the Anishinabek Nation which occupy all of the Great Lakes shoreline and a significant part of its basin.
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples says that States must take effective measures to ensure that no storage or disposal of hazardous materials shall take place in the lands or territories of Indigenous peoples without their free, prior, and informed consent.  It also affirms the right of Indigenous peoples to conserve and protect the environment and productive capacity of their territories.
"The Anishinabek, Mushkegowuk, and Onkwehonwe peoples have made clear their relationship, rights, and responsibilities to the lands and waters, which are drawn from sacred law and traditional law," Madahbee added. "We need to protect the lands, waters and all living entities for seven generations to come."
The United Nations reports that more than one billion people around the world lack access to safe drinking water, including over 100 First Nation communities in Canada. Globally, two million tons of sewage and industrial and agricultural waste are poured into the world's waters every day, and at least 1.8 million children under five years of age die every year from water-related diseases, or one every 20 seconds. More people die as a result of polluted water than are killed by all forms of violence, including wars.
The Anishinabek Nation established the Union of Ontario Indians as its secretariat in 1949.  The UOI is a political advocate for 39 member communities across Ontario, representing approximately 55,000 people.  The Union of Ontario Indians is the oldest political organization in Ontario and can trace its roots back to the Confederacy of Three Fires, which existed long before European contact.

For further information: Marci Becking
Communications Officer
Union of Ontario Indians
Phone: (705) 497-9127 (ext. 2290)
Cell:  (705) 494-0735
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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Conservative Media: HHS students rising above intolerant history of community

The Conservative Media: HHS students rising above intolerant history of community
March 22, 2011
Today is World Water Day: Stand Up for the Human Right to WaterTake Action to Stop Water Privatization Around the World!
Stand With People Across the Globe on World Water Day
Take Action to Stop Water Privatization Around the World
We're currently in a water crisis. You and I may not see the effects of it on a daily basis, but one out of six people worldwide don't have access to clean water. At the same time, multi-national corporations are in a race to control as much of this precious resource as possible. Stand with us this World Water Day and sign our petition against international water privatization.
The story has been the same all over the world: international financial institutions push water privatization as a requirement of loans for developing countries, which leads to less access to water for the poor, extremely high tariffs and poor water quality. A few years ago, Bolivia was just one of the many countries where multi-national corporations such as Bechtel, Suez, Veolia and Thames Water saw profit opportunities.

In Cochabamba, Bolivia the resulting mismanagement of water systems by Bechtel sparked a citizens' uprising to reclaim their water systems. In 2000, they were able to throw out Bechtel and put in new reforms and new political leaders to keep the water in the hands of the people. Take action to stand with people all over the world to end water privatization.
Now Bolivian President Evo Morales is introducing a resolution at the United Nations, calling for an end to the sale of public water resources to private corporations around the world. We support this resolution, and support community driven solutions that will protect water as a human right.
Take action this World Water Day to stand with the people all over the world to denounce private water companies that have deprived people of their human right to water in the name of profit:

Thanks for taking action,

Wenonah Hauter

Executive Director

Food & Water Watch


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

What if you lived by the largest body of fresh water in the world but could no longer afford to use it?”

So begins Liz Miller‚ captivating documentary, The Water Front,which follows one community‚ fight to retain public control of itswater and keep this basic resource affordable for everyone.
Set in Highland Park, Michigan, The Water Front begins with the community‚ descent into a fiscal crisis after the once prevalent auto industry leaves town. Facing economic collapse, a financial consultant team is hired to pull the town out of crisis. The team turns to the town‚ water system as a source of economic recuperation. The result is exorbitant water bills in a community with few resources to meet the astonishing charges. The community goes from disbelief to activism and a small group of determined community leaders emerge –with help from Food & Water Watch — to defend their basic human right for affordable and accessible water.
See The Water Front and witness the birth of a local water justice movement.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

THE PEOPLE ARE SPEAKING.....................TRUTH TO POWER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Monday, March 14, 2011

Power Concedes Nothing Without a Demand

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Bees feed us: now they need our help : Slow Food USA

Bees feed us: now they need our help : Slow Food USA

Honeybees are under attack but despite years of research the culprit for colony collapse disorder (CCD) has yet to be identified.
What we do know is that there’s probably not just one thing causing the massive die-offs, but several factors interacting to cause a perfect, lethal storm.


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Happy International Womens Day...In Solidarity and Joy with all women everywhere.
A  new world fairytale story found at:
"Once upon a time in a land far away, a beautiful, independent, self-assured princess happened upon a frog as she sat contemplating ecological issues on the shores of an unpolluted pond in a verdant meadow near her castle.

The frog hopped into the princess' lap and said: " Elegant Lady, I was once a handsome prince, until an evil witch cast a spell upon me. One kiss from you, however, and I will turn back into the dapper, young prince that I am and then, my sweet, we can marry and set up housekeeping in your castle with my mother, where you can prepare my meals, clean my clothes, bear my children, and forever feel grateful and happy doing so."

That night, as the princess dined sumptuously on lightly sauteed frog legs seasoned in a white wine and onion cream sauce, she chuckled and thought to herself ... I don't fuckin think so."

Monday, March 7, 2011


Wisconsin Bill Could Hand Utility Rights to Koch Brothers      By Dave Best | March 2nd, 2011                                                                                                      

Can the State of Wisconsin sell off its public utilities to its corporate donors for pennies on the dollar without any oversight by the Wisconsin Public Service Commission? 
If new Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has his way and Senate Bill 11 is passed in its entirety, two of Walker’s largest donors, oil billionaires David and Charles Koch (“the Koch Brothers”), could be handed free reign on Wisconsin public utilities.  The media has focused on the protests surrounding stripping bargaining rights from most state workers, but handing over Wisconsin’s utilities to one of our nation’s largest polluters could also have a major impact.
Based on a legal loophole in the middle of Wisconsin Senate Bill 11, according to Forbes, the State of Wisconsin can sell or contract out management of state-owned heating, cooling and power plants without seeking bids.
If this law passes, the state can sell off utilities without any bidding or review process, all for “the public good.”   The Wisconsin Public Service Commission serves utility customers to insure adequate and reasonably priced service is provided. Utilities cannot change rates or build large power plants or major transmission lines without the approval of the PSC.
Passage of WI Senate Bill 11, however, would keep the PSC on the sidelines for sale of these public utilities. Conspiracy theorists are calling “pay for play” over fear that the Koch Brothers’ donations to help elect Walker back in November will yield them a portfolio of Wisconsin utilities on the cheap.
The Koch Brothers own Koch Industries, an energy and consumer products conglomerate based in Kansas that owns a wealth of companies including Georgia Pacific and Koch Pipeline. Personally, Charles and David Koch are each tied for fifth place on Forbes annual list for the 400 Richest Americans ($21.5 billion each).
Wonder about Koch Industries environmental record? “Koch Industries is one of the biggest polluters in America, so it’s not surprising that they’ve spent millions blocking measures to protect our air and water,” said Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune. “The Kochs have also served as one of the biggest obstacles to our transition to a clean energy economy.”
Wisconsin has a Republican dominated state legislature and although the bill has passed the Assembly, all 14 Wisconsin Democratic State Senators have fled the state to prevent a vote by the Republican majority. Without progress, Governor Walker now threatens to issue layoff notices to 1,000 state workers.
Now seems to be a great time for Wisconsin to kick its “Koch habit.” Otherwise we risk thousands of Wisconsinites losing their jobs, the ability of workers to bargain be cut, public utilities get donated to the governor’s donors, renewable energy construction be halted and clean air rights be trampled.
As AlterNet's Washington bureau chief Adele Stan puts it, Walker is "carrying out the wishes of his corporate master." But why are the brothers Koch so interested in stifling labor rights in Wisconsin? For one thing, they have significant business interests in the region, with at least 17 facilities and offices in the state and some 4,000 miles of pipeline through Koch Pipeline Company, L.P.
With the almighty dollar at stake, the Koch-funded astroturf group Americans for Prosperity has launched a pro-Walker campaign, comprised of a propaganda-filled Web site and petition, at least $342,000 worth of ad time on network and cable TV, and anti-union rallies at the Wisconsin state capitol building, for which AFP paid to bus in Tea Partiers.
Did the Kochs think no one would notice or care about the influence of AFP and Koch Industries in Wisconsin? If so, they were wrong. Word of a Koch Industries boycott is starting to spread around the progressive blogosphere. Daily Kos community site blogger geebeegee has a rather giant roundup of Koch products and notes, "Their major holdings are very difficult to boycott -- other than the promotion of clean energy and environmental laws, you may be stuck buying their energy products, directly or indirectly. However, they do produce some consumer products that you should put to memory to NEVER purchase again." There's also a Boycott and Defeat Koch Industries Facebook page that offers the same information and more
Here's the colossal list of products being boycotted:
Angel Soft toilet paper
Brawny paper towels
Dixie plates, bowls, napkins and cups
Mardi Gras napkins and towels
Quilted Northern toilet paper
Soft 'n Gentle toilet paper
Sparkle napkins
Vanity fair napkins
Zee napkins
Georgia-Pacific paper products and envelopes
All Georgia-Pacific lumber and building products

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Giving One Another Some Slack by Justine Willis Toms
Imagine you are asked to watch a short video in which six people-three in white shirts and three in black shirts-pass basketballs around. While you watch, you must keep a silent count of the number of passes made by the people in white shirts. At some point, a gorilla strolls into the middle of the action, faces the camera and thumps its chest, and then leaves, spending nine seconds on screen. Would you see the gorilla? An experiment at Harvard University several years ago, found that half of the people who watched the video and counted the passes missed the gorilla. It was as though the gorilla was invisible. This was called the selective attention test.
I must admit I recently failed just such a test. It was hard for me to believe I was so blind. It happened when I stopped by my local apothecary to pick up a refill on a prescription. There was a woman at the counter paying for hers and so I lined up behind her thinking to myself, "Oh good, there's no line." When I stepped up to the counter the pharmacist pointed to a man at my left and said, "I believe he was next."
I did remember seeing a man in a red shirt looking over some shelves of over the counter medications, but he didn't seem to be waiting in any sort of line.
Another clerk then asked me to step to the rear of the line. It was at that point I noticed five or six people standing in line waiting to step up to the counter. I thought to myself, "Where did they come from? They sure did appear suddenly." I was positive they weren't in line when I walked in and said so to the clerk. A look of, what seemed to me to be, disgust came over her face and she insisted they were, indeed, in line when I came in. With no small amount of irritation and still fully believing myself to be in the right, I moved to the back of the line.
When finally I stepped to the counter, I once more insisted on my innocence that there was no one in line when I arrived, and went on to concede that, if there were, I must have been blind and unconscious and just didn't notice. I said my brain must have been a million miles away--which it was.
The two clerks continued to act as if I had purposely butted in line, and I took their perception very personally. I was devastated and deeply shamed. I'd been going there for over twenty years and was known by most of the clerks and pharmacists there. I felt I was given no quarter of understanding.
As I walked out I remembered the gorilla story, and the selective attention test that was conducted. I realized that I absolutely did not perceive the people in line, even though there were many witnesses to the contrary.
The lesson I learned from this was how, in these stressful times, we need to cut each other some slack. Maybe it would have been a different scenario if, when I stepped up to the counter, the clerk had not presumed I butted in line, but, as incredulous as it might seem, accepted that I, in fact, didn't "see" the line and offer something like, "Oh, you must not have noticed the line of people, I believe this man was next."
Allowing me the benefit of the doubt might have gently pulled me out of my reverie to notice more accurately my surroundings—or not—I'll never know.
What I do know is that I hope I can be quick to give others the benefit of the doubt. I do believe these stressful times call for us to be ever more gentle and kind toward one another; after all, there may be unseen gorillas in the room.