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"Tikkun {Heal, Repair, Transform the World}: Love & kindness, radical amazement, peace & generosity -- the New Bottom Line!"

Expat New Yorker, Paris, France
female, age 61
committed relationship
Speaks: English mother tongue, French - my daily language, Italian - struggling for yrs
Joined Apr 26, 2006
What I Want to Do: is baby be friends with you!

What matters to me
TEARS & LOVE for Zen WhisperingTree, No Longer Among Us at C2
Charlie Brown Je Suis Charlie
Charlie - les 17 victims
Charlie - La Liberté Guidant le Peuple, version Plantuby Plantu, famous Le Monde cartoonist
4 million stood up & marched in France for la liberté, mobilization unprecedented since WW2 liberation
Charlie Solidarity: BeachArt at Royan Beach/@La plage de Royan
'JeSuisCharlie' Solidarity in BeachArt @Atlantic Coast town of Royan

Mandela quote on poverty with his photograph

A Syrian who lives in Beirut holding up a placard Aug 21, 2013 @ the protest & vigil in front of UN headquarters in Beirut against the Damascus-suburbs chemical weapons attack which killed & sickened so many Syrians including children perpetrated by the Syrian government aka Bashar al-Assad, who has followed in the brutal dictatorial footsteps of his father, Hafez al-Assad, the previous brutal Syrian dictator
"Dear Free World, Enjoy Watching Us Burn"
Besieged Palestinian refugees from Yarmouk camp line up for UN aid
Residents of the besieged Palestinian camp of Yarmouk queue for UN aid in Damascus on 31 January 2014. UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon was urging the Syrian government to authorise more humanitarian aid in the country. Photograph: UNRWA

Free Bradley Manning, "Blowing the Whistle on War Crime is Not a Crime"Bradley Manning, June 1 Mass Protest, Daniel Ellsberg, holding sign "I was Bradley Manning"Glenn Greenwald & Edward SnowdenGlenn Greenwald
Exposing the Dark Forces Behind the Snowden & Greenwald Smears

Mayala terrifies the Taliban YouTube: Articulate & Combative, Malala Speaks Out in CNN Interview
Simone de Beauvoir Prize for Women’s Freedom 2013 awarded to Malala Yousafzai The prize was presented to her father on her behalf on 9 Jan 2013 during the official ceremony at the Maison de l’Amérique latine, in Paris.
Malala Yousafzai on Time mag cover of  100 most influential
people in the world issue 

Malala Yousafzai on Time mag cover

 Corportate control.jpgInside Job poster  Abraham Lincoln on labor & capital

In a slightly saner world
 Elie Wiesel quote on 'neutrality'

Justice for Anastasio
PBS 'Need to Know' Exposes Border Patrol Murder & Impunity: Eyewitness Cell Phone Videos of Mexican Immigrant Being Tased & Beaten to Death shown in documentary:
Watch the damning investigation Online:
Part 2:
Mexican hammered-metal heartTell Congress You Want Justice For Anastasio:
petition bug Culture of Cruelty - Video Version (2/3)-

Culture of Cruelty - Video Version (3/3)-

Biblical quote,  from Hebrews 13-2Yolande wi Senate Judiciary Committee phone numberThe Business of Detention: Cracking Down on Immigration & Locking Up Profits

Immigrants dont steal jobs, billionaires doMigration is a human right

First they came for the Socialists, 
and I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, 
and I did not speak out
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out-
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me--and there was no one left to speak for me.

Felix Nussbaum Exibition at Musée d'Art et d'Histoire Juifs 


Theo Tobiasse "Venice" from the series Four Beloved CitiesJazz on Jazzposter by artist Charles Bibbs
Jose Antonio Abreu, El Sistema founder
The El Sistema music revolution:Dr. José Antonio Abreu is the founder of a youth orchestra system that for yrs now has been transforming the lives of thousands of kids in Venezuela.He shares his amazing story during his TED Prize acceptance speech ( that includes clips of the children playing & of the older ones who have become successful musicians, such as renowned conductor Gustavo Dudamel, who became a professional musician, after working up through El Sistema, the Venezuelan national music education program for  underpriviledged children.The most gifted grow up to join the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestraat the summit of all the nation-wide El Sistema orchestras, a world-class symphony orchestra, conducted & brought to international fame by Gustavo Dudamel, until he left to take over the artistic direction of the LA Symphony! He does return for special events & concerts, abroad or in Venezuela, with his 'home' orchestra. 

The Spirit Level bookcover wi elephant
The Spirit Level -  bookcover of the new edition with a chapter responding to critics

"Granito: How to Nail a Dictator": New Film Tracks Struggle for Justice After Guatemalan Genocide
Reagan's Hand in Guatemala's Genocide
International Justice Monitor, The Rios Montt trial monitoring site -

Salvador Allende on German Mag CoverChile 1973-2008

Asaldin & Shahpoor, father & brother of Dilawar, the young taxi driver tortured & beaten to death by US jailers &
"A Taxi to the Dark Side," Full Documentary:
The Bagram File : Asaldin & Shahpoor, Dilawar's father & brother, suffer from his loss & knowledge of his fate. The death certificate they'd received from the US army indicated that Dilawar's death was a homicide, but they didn't read or speak English. It was NYTimes investigative journalist, Carlotta Gall, who discovered the truth when they showed her the document & she who explained the truth to them! It said 'blunt-force trauma to the legs.' Had Dilawar survived, his legs would have had to be amputated, according to the Army coroner who performed the autopsy, for they had been reduced to pulp by the beatings he'd been subjected to by the US jailors & interrogators who continued even after they realized that the accusations of his involvement in terrorism were absolutely groundless, simply for the 'pleasure' of hearing him cry out for 'Allah' to come to his rescue! 

Don't know the the photograph's official title, if there was one"And Bush created democracy"
Vietnam, Afghanistan or Iraq / Johnson, Nixon, Bush or Obama: Destruction of Life & Devastation - Manipulation of the Truth & Secret Operations - Lies Fed to Congress & Public
Birth of Tragedy II by  Geoff Krawczyk - Afghanistan Murals projectGuernica bombing - Amy Goodman in Spain covers 75th anniversary.jpg
GMOs- Monsantoland of Devastation, Agent OrangeBirth Defects & Cancer Rates At Devastating High In Basra & FallujahIraq-war civilian casualties
Iraq war not over

Good Night & Good Luck, Edward R Murrow

MLK jr - hope of secure _amp_ livable future_ disciplined nonconformists dedicated to justice_ peace _amp_ brotherhood.jpgHoward Zinn

The Exaltation of Ignorance  (by Frank Zappa, in The Real Frank Zappa Book)

Stupidity has a certain charm – ignorance does not.

It has been said that ignorance is bliss – I’m not so sure. Perhaps I have been deprived in this regard but, never having been truly ignorant, I find it difficult to speak with any authority on the topic of such a ‘blissful state.’ 

I have, however, observed a lot of other people who were certifiably ignorant, and I wouldn’t say they were in a state of ‘bliss.’ They were having a good time, but I wouldn’t call it ‘bliss.’

When we celebrate Ignorance, and make that the National Standard of Excellence, we embarrass ourselves.

We celebrate it in hit records, TV sitcoms, most films, most commercials and, to a great extent, in our schools.

Our school systems train kids to be ignorant, with style – functional ignoramuses. They do not equip students to deal with things like logic; they don’t give them the criteria by which to judge between good and bad in any product or situation. They are groomed and launched to function as mindless buying machines for the products and concepts of a multinational military-industrial complex that needs a World of Dumbbells to survive

As long as you’re just smart enough to do some kind of job, and just dumb enough to swallow the bunting, you’re going to be ‘all right’ – but, if you venture beyond that, you run the risk of mysterious stomach problems and migraine headaches.

I believe that U.S. schools have a Search and Destroy program, aimed at any hint of creative thinking exhibited by students. Somebody plans this curriculum. Somebody writes those textbooks. Somebody sets those standards. Somebody watches to make sure it all goes well. Somebody pays big bucks for this shit

The Very Big Stupid

Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is thebasic building block of the universe.

This is not a matter of ‘pessimism’ vs. ‘optimism’ – it’s a matter of accurate assessment.

Not only is there more stupidity than anything else in terms of universal quantity, but there is a wonderful quality to this stupidity. It is so intensely perfect that it completely overwhelms whatever it is that nature has piled up on the other pan of the scale.

Stupidity is replicating itself at an astonishing rate. It breeds easily and is self-financing.

The person who stands up and says, “This is stupid,” either is asked to ‘behave’ or, worse, is greeted with a cheerful “Yes, we know! Isn’t it terrific!”

When Hitler was doing his shit, a whole bunch of people thought he was terrific, too. How could they be wrong? There were so many of them; they thought they looked good together – their arms all went up at the same time.

It seems to me that Americans in the eighties exhibit a remarkable willingness to embrace Fascism, especially when it is presented to them on a TV tray with balloons and bunting all over it.

It would be easier to pay off the national debt overnight than to neutralize the long-range effects of OUR NATIONAL STUPIDITY.

The Shoah was a Nazi German, European genocide, but, we, in the USA, also have our very own domestic genocide to remember, and its victims & survivors, & the descendants of those survivors, to respectively mourn for & to celebrate, & apply The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) to, which we still have failed to do!


decolonize wall street

Sara Roy,
senior research scholar & professor
 Harvard University's
 Center for Middle Eastern Studies
(where she completed her doctoral studies in international development)

is a political economist who has worked in the Gaza Strip & the West Bank since 1985, conducting research primarily on the
economic, social & political development of the Gaza Strip & on U.S. foreign aid to the region. Dr. Roy has written extensively on the Palestinian economy, particularly in Gaza, & has documented its development over the last three decades.

Text of the 2nd Annual Holocaust Remembrance Lecture that Dr Roy gave at the Center for American & Jewish Studies, Baylor University, on 8 April 2002, as it appeared in the Journal of Palestinian Studies, Autumn 2002, & appears on the site, as an essay entitled, "The Journey of a Child of Holocaust Survivors."

Hawaiian Island Kaua'i Protest & then, Victory
Kauai's GMO and Pesticide Bill Is Set to Become Law After Veto Override

Navdanya, Logo for Vandana Shiva's network of seed keepers & organic producers spread across 17 Indian states

Navdanya, Logo for Vandana Shiva's network of seed keepers & organic producers spread across 17 Indian states 



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Joined Apr 26, 2006 Activist Aspirations Casual 
Here for Meeting Friends, Support a Cause 
Group Host of none yet
Groups (PBS) Public Broadcasting Service, Acoustic Coffee House, Amnesty International, Busting The Money Meme, Care2 Feedback and Suggestions, Global Alliance to Ban GMOs, Human Rights Network, ORANGUTANS: Men of the Forest, The Sound Sanctuary, The Town Crier
Hometown New York 
Birthday July 07, 1954  
Languages English mother tongue, French - my daily language, Italian - struggling for yrs  
About Me compassionate, outraged by injustice; emotional but very logical (they can & do coexist); a lover of arts & music, color & rythm; humour & wit, too!
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Pets Stuffed bear, pig, chicken, elephants, moose, cat, crab (it's my sign not I hope a characte  
Activist Aspirations Casual
Political Leaning Very Liberal
Religions Atheist  
Eating Habits Aspiring healthy eater, Organic produce, All kinds of food &amp, vegies, Homemade, nothing processed  
Wild Fact About Me Born the same day as Marc Chagall.

I'm a strange brew: one of my grandfathers, the son of Sicilian immigrants, ran a speak-easy during prohibition; one of my great-grandfathers was a German rabbi!
My Philosophy Don't judge other people: you don't know what they have experienced in their lives to make them what they have become.
What Gives Me Hope Whistleblowers; Vandana Shiva's efforts to educate on biodiversity & GMOs; her seed bank & activism to save poor farmers from Monsanto; Those fighting for justice, such as attorney Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative, the Innocence Project
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by End foreclosures! No more homeless! Make sure EVERYONE, including refugees & so-called 'illegals', had a DECENT ROOF over their head- for him, her & their children & families
What/who changed my life and why "Etat de Siege," film by Costa-Gavras, circa 1972, raised my political consciousness as regards foreign policy: covert US/CIA manipulation & interference; opened my eyes to the role of USA in helping South American dictators torture their opponents, facts widely recognized abroad & refuted by compatriots.
Similarly, the orchestrated fall & death of Salvatore Allende, a 9/11 rarely remembered, and the frightening, barbaric repression that followed.
Also, Barbara Kopple's documentary, "Harlan County, USA," (1976 Oscar) about Kentucky coal miners striking for union rights, a bloody year-long struggle because of scabs & goons hired by the mining company, to prevent any union, better to keep the miners & their families in abject poverty unworthy of our country
What Bugs Me Chain E-Mails, apathy, indifferance, bullying, hypocrisy, arrogance, intolerance, injustice, ignorance  
Passions history, music, justice  
Inspirations Nelson 'Madeba' Mandela, People dedicating their lives to a cause, Bryan Stevenson, Giovanni Falcone, Spike Lee, Dr Vandana Shiva, Molly Ivins  
What Scares Me empathy erosion, mob mentality, the right-wing hate machine, That Bush was able to steal 2 elections, people clamoring for harsh punishments!, Religious Extremism  
Role Models Nelson 'Madeba' Mandela, Henry Morgenthau, Jr., Giovanni Falcone, Jose Antonio Abreu, MartinLutherKingJr., Molly Ivins, Dr Vandana Shiva, Mahatma Gandhi, Ken Saro-Wiwa, Robert Capa, Rosa Parks, Simon Weisenthal  
Quotation "Let us reveal to our children the beauty of music & music shall reveal to our children the beauty of life." Jose Antonio Abreu, founder of Venezuela's 'El Sistema' music program for disadvantaged children, 1975, offering them opportunity to learn to play an instrument & join an orchestra, while learning self-discipline, self-esteem, & the value of working together. It has developed into 120 orchestras throughout the country, inc. the acclaimed Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra, & produced world-famous conductor, musical director of the L.A. Phiharmonic, the adorable Gustavo Dudamel.

"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness." John Kenneth Galbraith

'Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire' Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
Gustav Mahler Year 2011:
Mahler described himself as: . ."three times homeless, a Bohemian in Austria, an Austrian among Germans & a Jew throughout the world, everywhere an intruder, never welcome." He converted to Catholicism to head the Vienna Opera in 1897, which did nothing to end anti-semitic insults against him.

"God is not a torturer... He only wants us to be merciful with ourselves," Robert Bresson scenario of his film, 'Journal of a Country Priest,' based on the homonymous novel by Georges Bernanos

"How far that little candle throws his beams. So shines a good deed in a weary world."
William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice
Interests Books-reading, Art/Design, Textiles, Fashion, Ceramics, Interior Design, Stained Glass, Geography, History, Social Science, Politics, Fair/Alternative Trade, Environment, Music, Movies, Concerts, Jazz Clubs, Nutrition, Good Food  
Books "The Art of Political Murder - Who, Killed the Bishop?- Francisco Goldman, "While Six Million Died - A Chronicle of, American Apathy" by Arthur Morse, "Bad Faith" - "A Story of, Family and Fatherland" by Carmen Callil, "We Are Not Afraid" - "The Story, of Goodma  
Music Dianne Reeves, gypsy, Eastern Europe to Istanbul, klezmer, salsa/merengue/cumbia, Jitterbug Waltz (Fats Waller), Andy Bey, jazz singer and pianist, Tom Jobim, Duke Ellington, Stevie Wonder, Djavan, Leny Andrade, Schubert, Chopin, Marthe Argerich, Cecilia Bartoli, Le Nozz  
Movies Taxi to the Dark Side, Alex Gibney's, Oscar-winning documentary, Elia Kazan's 'On the Waterfront', 'Inside Job, ' Charles Ferguson's, oscar-winning documentary, Sarah's Key, Les Guichets du Louvre, When We Were Kings, "1900" Bertolucci, 'The March on Rome' Dino Risi  
TV Shows documentaries, films, Arte Reportage  
Favorite Foods frittura della paranza, (tiny fresh fried fish), Indian chicken with ginger root, pistachio sauce, Tuscany specialities like lampredotto, chicken-liver crostini  
Favorite Places Tuscany, Sicily, Venice (except the prices...), my neighborhood: foothills of Montmartre  
Can't Live Without music, love, sunshine, outside markets, trees and flowers, historic places -architecture, mosaics--oops! That's more than 5  
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    Sep 28, 2015 2:46 PM

    Dandelion G. (383)
    “Because when you are imagining, you might as well imagine something worth while.” L.M. Montgomery Anne of Green Gables
    Thank you for thinking of Rocky; is most appreciated. He tested positive for feline AIDS so not much can be done but he is being treated for his infection. He is getting Chinese herbal remedy to boost his immune system. Now hope for the best.

    Sep 27, 2015 9:48 PM

    Bryan S. (108)
    "We need to change the system. We need to overthrow, not the government, as the authorities are always accusing the Communists 'of conspiring to teach [us] to do,' but this rotten, decadent, putrid industrial capitalist system which breeds such suffering in the whited sepulcher of New York." ~Dorothy Day

    I should definitely read more of Cornel West. I think it's great that the Pope has recently affirmed the need for social justice (which of course should be a foundation of a religion anyway) and has mentioned Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day as exemplary figures. Right-wingers in the US aren't exactly thrilled with

    Sep 27, 2015 9:08 PM

    Bryan S. (108)

    Here's a photo from Zion Canyon. The pics on my page used to be from around there. I've never been to Nine Mile Canyon to see the Hunter Panel. This is a panarama view of the petroglyphs at a place called Horseshoe Canyon.I remember going there as a kid and when in high school.

    Sep 27, 2015 8:40 PM

    Bryan S. (108)
    I didn't take any hikes at that time but have fairly recently taken a few in the mountains (La Sal). Here's a cell phone pic of a bear me 'n a friend saw about a month ago. There's definitely a lot of unique landscapes in the southern part of Utah. I have been to Bryce Canyon, which is beautiful, though i think Zion Canyon or various areas around Moab are better for hiking and camping.

    Sep 24, 2015 8:22 PM

    Bryan S. (108)
    Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public. --Cornel West:
    Sep 24, 2015 7:41 PM

    Bryan S. (108)
    family member , happy elephant, small elephant:
    I also wouldn't have known it was recently Elephant Appreciation Day. They are sensitive and majestic creatures. Glad you liked the pic of that little elephant, i also thought it was quite sweet. And thanks for your elephant pics!

    Sep 24, 2015 7:31 PM

    Bryan S. (108)
    The best portion of a good man's life are his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. ~William Wordsworth
    I do see what you mean about International Peace Day. There isn't much to celebrate. But i suppose it's meant as another way to promote peace, or at least a declaration that peace should be honored (as other things are on other holidays). I wouldn't have known about it other than from C2.

    Sep 24, 2015 5:22 AM

    Lona G. (81)
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    Sep 12, 2015 7:25 AM

    Dandelion G. (383)
    Aug 13, 2015 4:26 PM

    Dandelion G. (383)
    Sorry I missed Cat could I have done that as
    I just love the critters and have 3 of them living with me.

    Jul 22, 2015 10:49 AM

    Bryan S. (108)
    Arches National Park, Utah
    I like this photo that contrasts the desert (Arches National Park) and the nearby mountains. Reminds me that i should get off by butt and go for a hike!

    Jul 22, 2015 10:45 AM

    Bryan S. (108)
    Love is a universal language,This picture is absolutely precious!  <3
    Hi and thanks for the music and description of Napoli. It sounds very nice, and a center of town where people can gather (instead of mostly businesses and banks) is something lacking in modern cities. I guess we're supposed to live in our seperate boxes and seek entertainment through things that need to be bought.
    Hope your heat wave is letting up. There are mountains close to where i'm at that remain quite a bit cooler, but it stays hot here in the desert area.

    Jul 19, 2015 6:41 AM

    Dandelion G. (383)
    Coffee time?
    That is why I like where I live, commenting on the video about street life. We have the sidewalk cafe's, music in the parks, people sitting around and talking with one another. Might not be on the scale of what they do in Napoli but does happen here. 

    Jul 17, 2015 4:43 AM

    Dandelion G. (383)
    Sorry to read the heat has returned. I sent you some birthday penguins 
    earlier....perhaps you can join them and go for a dip? I forgot to tell you
    that my granddaughter was due on your birth date but held on one more
    day so she was born on the 8th. She turned 8 this year so I told her 8 on
    the 8th.

    Jul 14, 2015 1:22 AM

    Team O. (380)
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    Jul 12, 2015 4:43 PM

    Dandelion G. (383)
    Thanks for the other Muppet video....or Video's to stay cool with. I almost fell over when I looked at next week and we have one day that is going to be out of the nineties at 89 degrees. Have not seen 80 anything since last May.....

    Jul 11, 2015 7:36 PM

    Bryan S. (108)

    Red Fox Print from Original Watercolor Painting

    And thanks for the Samurai Puzzle!! Can't say i've practiced Japanese lately, but maybe i'll get one. (And yes, she is cute!) And i was going to say the "less evil" is mostly BS anyway. So yes, i hope Bernie Sanders gets more and more support!

    Jul 11, 2015 7:24 PM

    Bryan S. (108)
    Glad you liked the George Carlin and here's a talk by another observer of society. I think i first heard Carlin when i was a kid because i liked his bit about "7 dirty words you can't say on tv". Anyway, the Bronx must produce great minds!! lol Oh and i guess "the lesser of two evils thing" is a big motivation for some people. I do see why in this country (looking at the evil of two lessers!). But we (with Hillary) would be stuck in the exact same sytem.
    Jul 11, 2015 7:15 PM

    Bryan S. (108)
    Plant Spirit Medicine: The Healing Power of Plants by Eliot Cowan. $9.77. Publisher: Swan-Raven & Co.; 3 edition (January 1, 1991). 182 pages
    Thanks Jill all those books look great! - especially "The Unwinding". There sure have been big changes, to the detriment of most. Of course mostly having to do with the increasing power of corporations and their ability to go anywhere in the world to get (demand) the lowest cost/biggest profit, which looks like is covered in the other two you posted. "When Corporations Rule the World" by David Korten i think is another good one on that subject. The latest book i bought buy haven'e read yet at top. I'm so bad about reading any books the last several years!

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