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more hosts wanted January 14, 2006 11:06 PM

We are over 500 hundred people and it's because we care.

I want to get 2 more hosts for this group because the more the better.  I was out for a few days and will be often in the near future, mariannie isn't able to get on for a while, and Simon is often busy himself.

We need people who will make us aware, hold us responsible, and illuminate our visions.  I'm sure that all of you fit into this category.

So if you will share your ideas with us, tell us a bit about yourself, and participate in the group on a regular basis, please drop me a message or post here so you can be a host of this group.

Thank you to all.

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: ) January 16, 2006 12:20 AM

yes, sounds wise

and in my case, I will be giving away my computer (to a community centre in the poor country of Timor Leste [East Timor]) later this year, and moving to Japan to work... and I will only visit Care2 maybe once or twice per month then, so maybe best to replace me as a cohost? (Of course I am happy to continue as a cohost, only visiting once or twice per month if you want that, though )

(I will continue for the rest of my life campaigning to end poverty - but I will do less internet activism, and more journalism and face-to-face organising after I give away this computer.)

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great Simon January 18, 2006 11:16 PM

What you are doing is great.

I am starting to look that way myself, both to teaching abroad and to campaigning against poverty.

It has had a good start with the Make Poverty History march last week in Montreal with the Green Party.  I am hoping to build a strong riding association before I go abroad and have to give up my place as candidate in that riding.  I have my radio show in a few eeks and I am preaching empowerment and voluntary simplicity to enrich the not-so-poor.  In return, I believe this helps them understand the meaning of life and they see helping make poverty history as something logical and part of being human.

So whether abroad or at home, if I make half the difference you will, I'll be extremely happy, my friend.

I will keep you as a host always.  Imagine knowing that the great Simon Wood is a co-host in this group.  You will be part of so many threads here and will be helping people from the trenches.

Just make sure you give us enough time to say goodbye properly.

Thank you, Simon.  Thanks for caring and being an extraordinary individual.

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Simon January 19, 2006 9:55 AM

Why Japan?  [ send green star]
 
Ted, January 19, 2006 11:31 AM

If you're still in need of a cohost, I'm volunteering. .  [ send green star]
 
Me, too! January 20, 2006 10:01 PM


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: ) January 21, 2006 10:13 AM

It's great to see you volunteering, Katii and Michelle

Hi Kathleen "Why Japan?" you ask? Thanks for your interest Well, I have several motivations for working (teaching English) in Japan:

It is a goal that I set for myself many years ago, and that I want to accomplish; I studied Japnese in high school and university, and I believe that I will become very fluent in it, very fast, if I live in a Japanese environment; I enjoy teaching, especially ESL (English as a second language) - I know because I have done some private tutoring for free and for money in the past; by teaching (especially ESL), I think I can have something of a positive influence on people, and indirectly on the world; when in Japan, I have the opportunity to make political contacts there for international solidarity purposes; I am bored of Australia, and I want to do something different, something significant - I desire adventure and more experience of other cultures (plus, in my opinion, Australian society is "going down the drain" politically, socially and culturally, and I want to get out of here); plus I find a lot of Japanese scenery and culture beautiful; and when there, I could spend some time in Japanese zen monasteries and martial arts dojos; and also, out of the various jobs I can get with my current qualifications, it is the one that pays the most, as far as I know - and I if I live frugally in Japan, then the money that I save will be worth a lot in places like Latin America, where I intend to go after some time in Japan. Oh yeah, plus I've got some friends over there - but they've probably waited so long for me to visit that they have forgotten me, haha

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Good luck Simon! January 22, 2006 1:38 PM

Of course it would be difficult to move and work and stay as active on Care 2 as you are now. (I have often been wondering how much of your time got into Care2 ) Though I have not posted here (nor in some other groups you invited me to), I am baffled by the work you do here (and not only you). I hope you will be with us a bit more often than once or twice a month ! Some of the writing of you guys is influencing me strongly. In my thinking in the first place : your ideas fall right in place with my opinion on several subjects, and they push me to be more radical. Acting systematically in accordance to these ideas isn't always easy : we have too much to loose personally in our western society, especially when being responsible for the well-being of a family, and when putting into practice means 'Change' for the people we live with. I wish you good luck, Simon, Micheline.  [ send green star]
 
Simon January 22, 2006 2:19 PM

It sounds fantastic -- I'm envious.  I've heard of two classmates from high school go abroad to teach -- one to china, the other to japan.

whereas I'm still stuck taking classes.  in may, my diploma ought to read major in extracurriculars, minor in stress if it were to be an accurate reflection of how I spent my time, but instead it will say ecology and natural resource management which is a tad more marketable   then a year of teaching in suburbia and god only knows what will follow...

I'm one course away from a teaching certificate (and a degree!), but despite that it's very hard to not pack my bags and follow a course similar to yours.   but it gives me time to decide where I want to focus my efforts -- local, national or international.   

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 January 23, 2006 10:54 AM

 everyone..and congratulations... for the new cohosts here

Im sure you  all will do an excellent  work

this is a great good!!

We will miss  SImon eh??..a lot... but im sure  you SImon iwll do the best for to be online whne you can

Well..have everyone nice day... and great week...

Yeah the plans that you (SImon) has are excelent..you know i will be here giving you positives thoughts ..for that you can continue your plans there 

And also ... for that the time pass fast and to be together

cheers to everyone

PAOLA

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 January 23, 2006 10:54 AM

(i meant..this is a great GROUP)  [ send green star]
 
 January 23, 2006 11:14 AM

As always I volunteer.

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 January 27, 2006 7:03 PM

Good luck to Simon with his new career as an ESL teacher in Japan.

I've been teaching ESL in Mexico for the past 20 years. At least here, living on a poverty level (although I'm a lot better off than many others) is hardly an effective way to fight poverty.

Perhaps Japan pays better than Mexico does.  

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anonymous good luck February 09, 2006 10:27 AM

being an ESL teacher sounds great. i think you will have an exciting time!  [report anonymous abuse]
 
 February 09, 2006 10:30 AM

Simon good luck with that chap...my good friend is an ESL teacher in South Korea, and even though the switch in culture was tough for her, she does enjoy it.   [ send green star]
 
 February 11, 2006 6:41 PM

Simon, good luck with all you do... you are an example for most of us in your fight...  [ send green star]
 
 February 11, 2006 9:55 PM

Simon you are an inspiration and I trust that your time in Japan proves fulfilling.  I am sure it will it is great country.  I was saddened to hear that you feel you have to ‘escape’ Australia.   We do have our challenges but we are not yet too far gone.  We need people of vision and compassion to help stem the tide so to speak.  

 

mandala

May peace be with you always.  

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: ) February 12, 2006 7:32 AM

Hola Towelie T. 

you have changed you name a few times... what was your name before? I think we met on Care2 before....

Anyway, I think if I was a woman from an English speaking country going to live in South Korea, I would find it difficult to adjust to, too. There is more sexism there. If I was a woman, I would prefer a nation with more gender-equality, like Sweden or Cuba.

But me? I am bored of this Australian culture. I have travelled overseas (for more than 12 months as a child), I have studied Japanese language, culture, society and history for many years (plus other Asian nations too, especially Indonesia); and a large part of my life is "Asian": I am a martial artist, and much of my philosophy/psychology/religion is Taoism and Zen Buddhism. Martial arts, for a serious practitioner like me, is more than a mere sport - it is a way of life.

Also, most of my friends and girlfriends of recent years have been from overseas (mainly from Japan, Korea and China). I often feel more comfortable and happy with them than I do with other people in Australia ("normal" Australians).

I will have some adjusting to do - and thankyou for alerting me to that ) but I am pretty prepared, with what I have learnt and experienced already - plus I am preparing myself further these days, by completing everything in Australia before I leave - minimising my stress, such that I am operating at maximum effectiveness, so I can make the most of things in Japan and thereafter.

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 February 12, 2006 9:33 AM

Thankyou for your kind wishes Kenyatta, Lissette and Salama,

(but Lissette, you and I totally disagree about the Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela, don't we? Maybe when you say that "most of us are inspired", you don't include you? he-heh!)

By the way, Salama, I don't think that Australia is too far gone. Life here for most people is grander than life for most people in the world.

(I believe there is always potential for positive change. But I think that I can achieve much more positive change, and help many more people have much better lives, and actually save many lives, in the Third World.)

No, I don't think that Australia is too far gone. But, in general, I don't like Australians, frankly.

I have tried for years to get them to listen, trying to hand out leaflets, sell alternative newspapers, inviting them to come to a political demonstration or public meeting, or to vote for a progressive political party, like the Greens. And most people have not given a damn. They have simply not been interested. They have just wanted to continue to believe in the mainstream media, their (other) family and friends' words, and other prejudiced, sexist, racist, xenophobic, bigoted, jingoistic, warhead, selfish insanity - and they have just wanted to continue with the selfish, consumerist, destructive way of life that results from such beliefs.

Most people in Australia have one of the highest standards of living in the world. The society here is hugely wealthy by world standards! But does Australia share that good fortune with the poorest nations of the world? Australia does not even spend the U.N. recommended 0.7% of government budget on foreign aid! Not even a measley 0.7%! Selfish f**ks.

In all of their luxury and consumerist abundance, Australians do not even deign to spend a mere 0.7% of their government budget to help those whose poverty situation is so critical, so critical that over 11 million children will die from this poverty. Innocent children, mind you! They never had a say in any-f**king-thing. And the people here just go on voting for the same bloody government. This lying, corrupt government of big business, with all that blood on its hands - and blood on the hands of the majority of adults here who vote for them.

Australia was began as an invasion and a prison colony, and things haven't changed much since. Mainstream Australian society and its beliefs are based on colonialism and the prison-industrial complex. We here are living on stolen land. Invaded land. ABORIGINAL LAND. But this is ignored by the mainstream, which continues to dispossess the Aboriginal people, discriminating against them, oppressing them, marginalising them, patronising them - such that they live in such wretched conditions and are brutalised by police and so on, that on average, they are imprisoned at a rate 15 times higher than other people in Australia, and they die 17 years younger than other people in Australia.

And the "warm, friendly aussie culture" does not stop there. Nay, that is just the beginning. The white invaders have devastated the environment (and along with the U.S.A. is the only nation that refuses to sign the environmental Kyoto Protocol), oppressed non-Anglosaxon immigrants - from day one until today, from the police oppression of family of Ned Kelly and their fellow poor Irish settlers, to the Chinese miners who were brutally lynched and killed by racist whites, to the anti-Lebanese white supremist race-riots in Cronulla last year, with famous rightwing radio DJs whipping up racist hatred and urging actual violent anti-Lebanese actions - without any government repercussions against these radio DJs.

And of course, there are the countless everyday acts of racism - such as white people sticking to white people as friends, being racist in who they make love with or marry, and being racist in who they employ; white people  using racist words of abuse, people targetting bullying against racial minorities and mixed-race couples (e.g. out of about 15 times in public with my small Chinese friend and then-lover, Lin, in 2004 and 2005, once 2 hooligans shouted behind her to scare her, and another time, a hooligan kicked a bottle that broke against Lin's legs).

Not to mention sexism, homophobic discrimination, scapegoating and discrimination against unemployed and homeless people, and much, much more.

And I have been on the receiving end of their prejudiced, scapegoating and bullying ways, myself. They are not "warm, friendly aussies" to me.

Yes, as I said, most people I have met in Australia have not been interested in being politically active, in ending racism, sexism, etc., nor in alternative media,  new ideas, etc.. And you know what? I am no longer interested in Australians.

I have a passion to help those who are worse off than us, much worse off than us - and especially those who are interested and who want to change things. Most people in the Third World have much more to gain by changing the world - and much less to lose.

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 February 12, 2006 9:34 AM

I think I am much better suited to working with people who want change, supporting them - even if the conditions are more dangerous and difficult - than with first world people (privileged people), where the work is to somehow make them become fair-minded, generous and compassionate. I have no passion for trying to make people become more generous and stop oppressing others. My real passion is to work with the Wretched of the Earth, the oppressed, the righteous, the ones whom I love the most, the ones whom I identify with; they are my true people, I feel more than anything that I am one of them.

And yet, if you choose to be our comrade in this cause, then you are my sister, you are my brother - and what is more, you are of the people.

We can see that, these days, of all the regions of the world, Latin America is where people most want change, and is where people are doing the most to make change happen. Thus it is Latin America where I think I can be of the most use, where I can be most effective, and where I WANT to do political work. A bright future dawns. Maybe I will see some of you there one day

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HOSTING IS A LOT OF WORK ... February 13, 2006 6:25 AM

... So it serves us well, as the I Ching will instruct, to INSTALL HELPERS. As Tim/Owner said "the more the merrier." But Care2 supposedly allows only five.  I decided awhile ago over on my Care2 "Worldwide Interfaith Healing Circle" that I should carefully attract some good hosts and then invite MANY, MANY more, and if only five can "SHOW," list them beyond the five, and ROTATE ... so now then, we would need a HOST COORDINATOR to keep the schedules. Gee whiz ... to really do justice to our groups, we need MANY HELPING HANDS ... so ... HEY ... I will HOST HERE, from time to time, if one or more of you will come over to the "Worldwide Interfaith Healing Circle" and help out there from time to time.  WOW ... HOST VACATIONS ... no BurnOut around here anymore ... so if THIS IDEA works for you ... coordinate me into your effort and, I-I-I, We-We-We can coordinate you into ours.  THIS WORKS FOR ME IF IT WORKS FOR US ... ALL OF US! 

Peace, Love, Harmony, Kindliness & Health,

Sapan Rinpoche  ...  Lyons, Colorado, USA

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I meant ... The Grand Ted K. ... February 13, 2006 6:48 AM

Hey TIM ... I meant TED ... sorry ... Sapan

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 February 16, 2006 8:58 PM

honey ....TOWELIE is our dear sweet friend CHeryl!!  [ send green star]
 
dangerous and rewarding February 16, 2006 9:12 PM

I applaude Simon for his dangerous and rerwarding choice.  I feel there need to be many more people like that.  We have covered a few in this group.  I suggest you guys read the Dr. Michael meegan thread.  He is in kenya for life helping in the trenches.

I, on the other hand, have this unbelievable urge to show people how to be compassionate or, rather, how to show their compassion.  It is in all of us. 

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anonymous need any more cohosts? March 20, 2006 12:20 PM

I have some time and would be willing to volunteer. I think that the list needs a little patrolling. People wander off topic here. Let's make ending poverty the priority.  [report anonymous abuse]
 
Kenyatta March 21, 2006 1:34 AM


At this point, I don't even know if we can add any more hosts seeing as the group owner has been banned..... you'd be good though..

Cheers

M.
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anonymous wow March 21, 2006 9:28 AM

the group owner has been banned. this sounds like one of those take overs of political groups that happened in the 60s there was a paper the guardian that was always being taken over by one political faction or another.  [report anonymous abuse]
 
Kenyatta, March 22, 2006 4:13 AM

No, he was banned by Care2, not us!  But now we don't have a way to transfer ownership of the group or any of that. 
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anonymous very strange March 22, 2006 8:40 AM

why would Care2 ban a group host?  [report anonymous abuse]
 
 March 28, 2006 6:20 PM

I think Ted will tell to us if he want to transfer or not the hosting... by Mariannie..   [ send green star]
 
anonymous Still LOOKING? April 27, 2006 7:40 AM

4 another co-host? I'm very busy but this (POVERTY) issue is way,way,way too important to pass up! Please let me know ASAP.... THANKS! The situation in Darfur, although it's genocide and a million other things, is definitely at poverty level status, and is worth mentioning! We can all help! Go to http://www2.oprah.com/tows/pastshows/200604/tows_past_20060426_b.jhtml to find out how to contribute!
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moving to japan May 19, 2006 1:59 AM

Simon, i am impressed by  your generousity, giving away your computer and moving abroad is a big step. I visited london last year and was homesick after just two weeks. I wonder if i can make the kind of sacrifice you did .Will you miss home, I don't visit this group often and can't believe how much people genuinely want to help. Recently in Nigeria we hosted a meeting on aids, malaria and tuberculosis. These are diseases that are most prevalent in africa and very common among the rural poor, with people like you and others in this group doing what you know best (caring) and creating awareness, we hope Africa will benefit . I will miss you greatly and i hope you can make more contributions to our NIGERIA group before you leave.

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Just checking in January 29, 2007 8:21 AM

to say "What a group!"  [ send green star]
 
 January 30, 2007 2:31 AM

Hi Heeba

I am very sorry that I didn't reply to you before. I think I was not using the internet for a number of days, and then that I did not look at some previous messages like this one that you wrote here.

It is very sweet of you to say those things. Your charm makes you sound like a leader. I will have a look at your Nigeria group when I finish this message, Heeba.

Maybe I will miss home... but for a number of years, I have not felt like I fit in in Australia much, because my politics are more similar to Cuban and Venezuelan politics (and European politics, especially Spanish and Swedish politics), and because my lifestyle is more frugal than most people here - somewhat similar to the lifestyles of many people in Third World countries (and in Third World countries I want to live more frugally).

Also, from previous experience (e.g. my year-long backpacking journey around the world as a child), I think I will get used to it soon... and I feel bored of Australian culture and most of the people here (e.g. the many white people who are ignorant and racist, etc.)... and living in other countries will be an adventure.

Maybe talk with you later, Heeba

Hola Jacida welcome

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