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MUSINGS ON LIFE IN GENERAL -
OR WHICH WAY DOES YOUR MORAL COMPASS POINT?
To meat or not to meat - is hunting morally wrong?
POLITICS AND MANIPULATION - How leaders manipulate the people - or - The more things change, the more they stay the same. During the Nuremberg Trials after WWII, Hermann Goering, Hitler's Riech-Marshall made this statement - "Naturally, the common people don't want war, but after all, it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag people along whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. This is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country." Sound familiar?
ELDER ABUSE - AMERICA'S SHAMEFUL LITTLE SECRET - (Video Link) Americans have shown an increasing propensity to think first of themselves and last of those who need them the most - their children and their elderly. Every year an estimated 2.1 million older Americans are subjected to physical and psychological abuse and neglect.
A simple idea with massive impact! Join a freecycle group and keep usable items out of landfills!
GREEN CONSUMERISM - a how-to guide to the basics.
THE WORST MAY BE AVOIDABLE - This report says we can stem the tide of global warming, if the entire world works together, and only if we get it done by 2015. A tiny ray of hope... (Spiegel Online - Germany)
ARE WE LIVING ON A DYING PLANET? - (Video Link) An Inconvenient Truth is the most important movie you will ever see. Forget politics. Forget the differences between countries. Our planet is dying, we are responsible - and we are ignoring it. We have the power and a tiny scrap of time to turn it around. Start changing your life today. Without concerted effort IMMEDIATELY we are doomed to a future filled with cataclysmic climatic catastrophies - perhaps even the extinction of humankind. BUT - if enough of us make the effort, we might be able to turn it around. We have little time and sadly - perhaps not enough will. Available at Amazon.com.
THE GREEN CAR CONGRESS - A fabulous website with all kinds of information about the upsurge in development of green vehicles - from in town runabouts to semi trucks. There's hope!
Video Link) - WHO KILLED THE ELECTRIC CAR? (film review) Why Big Oil, General Motors, California politicians, and the Bush administration, of course! Learn what could have been and what was literally crushed to protect the corporate bottom line. The film described in this report from treehugger.com is still available online as a DVD - try Amazon.com.
ALTERNATIVE FUELS - THE GROUNDSWELL GAINS STRENGTH
LIVING WITH COMPACT FLUORESCENT LIGHTS (CFLs)BUSH CALLS FOR INCREASED FUEL EFFICIENCY - OR DOES HE?
GLOBAL WARMING AND JOURNALISTIC IRRESPONSIBILITY
- Rush Limbaugh says global warming is a hoax perpetrated by liberals to push their agenda. He used a picture of a mother and cub polar bear on a rotted out ice floe to prove his point. That picture had been taken in August, 2004, a warm month when some natural melting of icebergs is expected. The picture was widely used to illustrate the destruction of polar bear habitat due to global warming. When it came to light that the photo had been used out of context Limbaugh jumped at the chance to discredit all global warming information. According to Polar Bears International, however, things aren't going as well for the bears as Limbaugh would have us believe. What do you think?
UPDATE!! Bush Administration encourages oil companies prospecting in the arctic to "annoy" polar bears despite the fact that the bears were recently put on the endangered species list.
(Video Link) - PREMARIN - FEMININE OR GROTESQUE?
(Video Link) - BILE MILKING and THE PLIGHT OF THE MOON BEARS (Graphic content)LEGISLATION
(Video Link) - DOGS - THE VERY BEST ANTI-BSL VIDEO OUT THERE. If you love dogs - you must see this video. It is the absolutely BEST video I have found about pit bulls, Breed Specific Legislation, the horrors of dog fighting and what we can expect if BSL gets legs and runs through the US like it did in Australia. The soundtrack is Fort Minor. HELP STOP BSL!!! ORGANIZATIONSInternational Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) - an organization of integrity, strength and vision.
The country's oldest no-kill shelter has a history of providing loving care for abandoned animals. None are turned away, and none are put down. They provide long term care for those they cannot find "forever" homes for, and maintain a website that is a joy to read. I subscribed to their website after Katrina and have continued with them ever since. They set a shining example of what a true animal shelter should be.
One unneutered feral cat can set in motion a population explosion. If all her female offspring are left unneutered they, too, will mate producing more feral offspring. In four years this could account for the births of over 2,000,000 feral kittens. SpayUSA is a program of North Shore Animal League America.
(Video Link) - America for Sale - The Cost of Republican Corruption:by Rep. Louise Slaughter outlines the depths of corruption that has fleeced the American taxpayers of billions of dollars through government approved civilian "cost plus" contractors in Iraq such as Halliburton and C.A.C.I. These companies do everything from laundry to interrogation of prisoners. Many of these companies are tied to the White House by croynism and the Good Old Boy network of party faithful.
(Video Link)- POLITICAL ARROGANCE and GULF WAR SYNDROME - The Bush administration has been incorporating the use of depleted uranium into military weaponry - and telling us it's completely safe. In reality it's causing birth defects, illness and death. It's nothing more than an experiment involving U.S. troops and the citizens of nations where the U.S. is waging war. Yet another example of this administration's heartless disregard for the lives and rights of others. GRAPHIC AND DISTURBING CONTENT
Paying our due? Should SVO, WVO users and home-based biodiesel brewers pay taxes? Only seems fair. After all - we complain about BIG OIL not playing by the rules...
Blogger from Wisconsin explains the tax payment process - seems relatively painless.
BUT, WHAT PUNISHMENTS WOULD BE APPROPRIATE?
Illinois - Home-brewed biodiesel prompts visit from state tax officials.
North Carolina - Musician/guitar teacher fined after state officials spy his bumper sticker touting his use of home-brewed biodiesel.
HEALTH AND FITNESS
Downsize me: Walk to Burn Fat - Walk your way to fitness. Running or jogging is hard on the joints. Follow these easy steps and make walking a regular part of your health and fitness program. These tips are from AARP but can apply to anyone who wants to start a walking program.
Walking for Health - There are walking programs all over the web but I found this page succinct, full of information and very user friendly. Note it is from OSF Healthcare of Peoria, Ill. I happened upon it and was very impressed. You may be, too.
WBV - Whole Body Vibration - used by athletes for years, this technology is shown to improve muscle tone, strengthen bones, contribute to weight loss, promote healing. I bought my Moving Health Power Vibe on Amazon.com and it's GREAT!
DIET AND NUTRITION
QUICKBITES - (Video Link)
- Dani Spies is one of the most exciting personalities to emerge from YouTube. She films QuickBites from the kitchen of her home, and boy can she cook! You'll love her! I guarantee it! When I first began viewing she had 67 videos and I didn't find one I didn't like! I'm sure there are plenty more now.
SPARKPEOPLE - A website with FREE diet and exercise advice. Just sign up, meet folks, join groups, chart your nutrition and your exercise, view videos, chat with nutritionists and exercise specialists. This place is every bit as informative and educational as any of the fee-based diet sites. Chris Downie
, the man who gave Spark People to the world donated millions of his own dollars to set it up and yet members pay nothing!!! See? There are still great people out there.
EVERYDAY HEALTH - A website with detailed information about healthy living. The site provides information, resources and tools. There's a free nutrition tracker, a range of dietary options for different disease processes, information on exercise, articles and videos by health professionals. It's a great health resource and it's FREE!
JUST FOR FUN
(Video Link) JAMMIN' SENIOR CITIZENS - Fall in love with the oldest gigging band in the world, The Zimmers - complete with YouTube's British sensation - Peter - more popularly known as Geriatric1927. The band's lead singer, Alf, is 90. They recently released their first CD which was recorded at the famous Abbey Road Studios used by another British pop band a while back. (LOL) Click the link to watch and listen to their version of My Generation. It ROCKS!!
CORPORATE BAD GUYS
SAM WALTON'S DREAM TURNED ULTIMATE CORPORATE BAD GUY
HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES - ENVIRONMENT ABUSE - ECONOMIC ABUSE - Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price - Sam Walton's dream perverted by grasping executives who flagrantly violate EPA regulations, human rights, workers rights - crush cities in their wake, put mom and pop enterprises out of business by design not by accident. Wal-Mart owns factories in India and China where workers live in barracks with no privacy, under guard, in prison-like conditions. Film available at Amazon.com.
(Video Link) - Bonus Reel - Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price
Visit the movie website - WalMart: The High Cost of Low Price
NURTURING THE WORLD
PROMOTING SELF SUFFICIENCY
The Most Important Gift Catalog in the World. If you've never heard about Heifer International please follow this link to perhaps the most important gift giving opportunity you will ever have. For the last few years instead of agonizing over what DVD or book or trinket to give, I have given Heifer gifts to my family members at holidays and other special events. It means more and does more. And guys, Heifer is an American organization - out of Little Rock, Arkansas. Consider the possibilities...
FIGHTING POVERTY WITH MICRO-LOANS
"Poverty isn't caused by the poor people." Dr. Muhammad Yunus
(Video Link) The Grameen Bank has much to teach the world about fighting poverty. Founded by Dr. Muhammad Yunus (Noble Peace Prize winner from Bangaladesh) the bank began with a $27 dollar loan (no collateral) from his own pocket. The bank's clients repay 99% of the loans made to them - a success rate unmatched by conventional banks. These loans have had a direct impact on the well-being of the country. Average life expectancy has increased by 20 years. The majority of the bank's clients are women.
KIVA - LOANS THAT CHANGE LIVES Kiva is the world's first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs in the developing world. You can look at their faces, read their messages, feel their dreams. Ordinary people like you and I have the opportunity to help fund tiny neighborhood groceries, little shoe stores, mini-manufacturing companies. The stories are as varied as the people who are seeking the funds.
It's all in our hands.
Become carbon neutral.
Your actions will help save the planet.
Don't put it off.
We are out of time.
Do it now.
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