CLERMONT COUNTY, Ohio -- Target 5 has discovered that an alarming number of U.S. troops are having severe reactions to some of the vaccines they receive in preparation for going overseas."This is the worst cover-up in the history of the military," said an unidentified military health officer who fears for his job.A shot from a syringe is leaving some U.S. servicemen and women on the brink of death."When the issue, I believe, of the use of the vaccine comes out, I believe it will make the Walter Reed scandal pale in comparison," said the health officer.Lance Corporal David Fey, 20, has dialysis three days a week. His kidneys are failing, his military career is over, and he feels like his country abandoned him."I can't look at my old pictures. I really can't," said Fey. "I start looking at my old pictures, and I start crying."Fey grew up amid the farm fields of Clermont County."I never missed a day at school," he said. "I was never sick. I was never sick."A passion for sports and a sense of patriotism prompted the Blanchester High School athlete to join the Marines the day he turned 18."I looked at every branch, but I wanted the Marine Corps, because the Marine Corps was the few and the proud," said Fey.Fey said he loved every minute of boot camp and combat training at 29 Palms in California. But on Nov. 28, 2005, his life would change forever. Fey was one of a group of Marines who lined up for an undisclosed shot."They asked us our name. We stood on these yellow footprints, and they gave us this shot, and we got the rest of the day off," he recalled. "After that shot, I started swelling up. I gained 30 pounds of water. My eyes swelled up where I couldn't see. I started snoring. I developed a rash on my hand."Three weeks later, Fey was back in Clermont County on his death bed at Clinton Memorial Hospital. His kidneys were failing, and his body was so swollen that it left stretch marks."I would pray a lot," said Fey's mother, Cindy. "I would pray a lot, 'God take him.' When I couldn't hug my son because he would scream in pain or yell at me for touching him and stuff, I used to pray to God, 'just take him tonight.'"Cindy Fey began pouring over medical records in search of answers. She said the shot was never listed in he son's medical records. The military claimed he never received a shot.But as Target 5 discovered, the military's story would change.The Department of Defense stated that "all service members' vaccinations are documented in the individual's permanent medical record." But Fey's military medical records revealed no shot on that day. Another Marine in Fey's unit told Target 5 that there is no shot listed in his medical records either and also said that the people who administered the shot never told his unit what it was.When Cindy Fey called the U.S. Marine Hospital in 29 Palms to find out what kind of vaccine her son was given, she was told that the information was confidential.Eleven months later, her son's medical records were mysteriously changed with a handwritten notation indicating that the mystery shot was a flu vaccine.The military official who spoke to Target 5 on the condition of anonymity said that it was not surprising that nothing appeared originally in Fey's records."We have a lovely term for that," he said. "We call it C.Y.A. That's unfortunately an S.O.P. in the military."Fey is one of a growing number of U.S. servicemen and women who are getting sick after receiving vaccines. And the highly praised Department of Defense medical officer who spoke with Target 5 said that the number is up in the thousands. The symptoms range from joint aches and pains and arthritic symptoms to death.The Department of Defense said that it encourages "healthcare workers and vaccine recipients to report adverse (reactions) events." But the military never reported Fey's reaction to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the FDA."I see the way the propaganda and information war is waged against America's sons and daughters and how patients are treated who claim to be injured from a vaccine," said the unidentified health officer. "That's troubling. That should trouble America." The officer said those who have claimed to have had adverse reactions to shots are treated like it is all in their heads.Asked whether servicemen and women are receiving experimental vaccines, the officer said, "I would hope to God not. But from what I've seen, I would have to say yes."The Department of Defense maintains that the vaccines given to U.S. troops are safe.Meanwhile, Fey is still waiting for a kidney transplant."My biggest wish -- just to get up and be without pain," he said. "To get up and just be happy again."Fey's mother has been in contact with U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown in an effort to receive some answers. Target 5 contacted Brown's office and received the following statement:“My office is in frequent communication with the Marine Corps and the family, and we’ve requested answers to the family’s specific questions. I have also assisted Mr. Fey in receiving his VA benefits for health care, service-connected disability, and education assistance. His mother has been a strong advocate on his behalf, and I look forward to continuing working with her to resolve outstanding issues. It is imperative that everything possible is done to keep the brave men and women serving in our military safe.”
My friend Mary loaned me a copy of Lovelock by Orson Scott Card and Kathryn H. Kidd, and I liked it so much I got my own used copy so I can add it to my little animal rights library. It's a science fiction novel about a celebrity scientist and her "witness," an "enhanced" capuchin monkey whose job it is to record her every waking moment for posterity. Though he's been trained to love his owner and to be her loyal servant, he becomes disatisfied with his lot and rebels.
The novel is set in a huge ship that's meant to find a new planet to colonize. I won't go into details, but let's just say I found the science bits questionable. You want a certain degree of realism in science fiction, a plausible backdrop for the action -- and this was somewhat lacking. I just didn't buy a lot of the colonists' plans or strategies or ideas, and thought Card and Kidd could have done a better job at either explaining the craziness or pushing themselves to consider more forward-thinking solutions.
That said, the weird setting and such are refreshing in their oddness, and the story itself make up for my criticisms ten times over. Lovelock, the monkey, is our narrator, and a complex little guy. He goes from rebellion against speciesism to unwitting participation in it, and has to go through a second, painful awakening to recognize his complicity in oppression. I found his story really moving, and thought Card and Kidd's decision to put out this message from the perspective of a non-human was 100% awesome. What a way to make these ideas accessible to non-speciesists.
Here, if you want a copy, buy it used and ship it carbon-neutral. Lovelock was named after James Lovelock, who invented the Gaia Hypothesis. Wouldn't want Mother Nature (or super-intelligent monkeys) to come give you a talking-to for doing environmentally-unfriendly mail-order.
El Salvador: One Year after CAFTA Reportback from the recent May 1 delegation to El Salvador Hear about how Salvadoran communities have resisted the onslaught of Free Trades devastating policies the massive May Day demonstration in San Salvador and the visit to the International Law Enforcement Academy
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Because Hampshire hosts the ‘From Abortion Rights to Social Justice’ conference I went to a couple of the workshops this weekend. ONe of the ones I went to was called Environmental Activism which ‘addresses the environmental justice issues, including how poor communities of color are disproportionately impacted by pollution and toxic wastes, and how people are organizing to fight back to create cleaner and healthier environments.’
The talk consisted of a panel of three different women talking about their various experiences with environmental justice issues and particular groups they had worked with around this. One Hampshire Alum from Alaska talked about the reproductive implications of the pollutants left on abandoned military bases in Alaska, and how they were causing cancer and miscarriages among the people in those areas. We talked about reproductive rights being about a lot more than just the right to birth control or abortion- it includes the right to fertility, to having a safe and healthy world to bring children into, and the sort of community there is for a child to grow up in.
What ws interesting about the Alaskan example was that the speaker pointed out that a lot of environmental activism that takes place in terms of Alaska has to do with the idea of preserving the wilderness. However such a campaign fails to address the very intense environmental struggles of people (largely indigenous and poor) who live in toxic places. Greenpeace was mentioned as a group that used animals in its campaigns while ignoring the issues of Alaskan people. It did seem that Greenpeace was unintentionally failing to work with the people of Alaska on their environmental problems. The speaker mentioned that some groups do not work together because they see themselves as strictly environmental, versus other groups that deal more with social justice issues (which certainly includes environmental). Speciesism is about drawing connections between movements in some ways- that seem like they would help strengthen protection for the people and land in Alaska, together.
While the topic was not directly addressed it became clear that speciesism was integral to environmental issues in Alaska. THe traditional hunting/fishing practices of indigenous people were skimmed over in the discussion. It was pointed out that when groups like Greenpeace come into a situation and begin talking about ’saving the whales’ or whatever, they are seen as ignoring the social implications of such a campaign. Dialogue between environmental groups and other groups is necessary to make cohesive claims. This is a point that Carol Adams makes- that social justice issues are interconnected and to strengthen one movement often means needed to join with other movements. Greenpeace is likely doing itself a disservice by not listening to the people who hunt those animals. I say this agreeing that hunting whales and seals etc. is not only environmentally detrimental but extremely cruel. I do not ever believe that tradition or culture justify immoral, unjust, or cruel behavior.
An interesting side part of this discussion was also the mentioning that the people who hunt animals in Alaska are consuming the fatty parts of the animals, which are also where a lot of toxic pollutants like to hang out, and thus eating meat and fish causes more disease and death. I can see this being skewed into an argument that pollution is worse for cutlures heavily dependent on fish and meat, but mostly I see it as another connection between all of thses movements. Could the argument be made with a straightface that eating animals should be avoided because it is going to kill you thanks to the pollutants in it? I don’t know that this is a productive path to head down, but I also do not think that the toxic meat issue should be ignored.
SOmething else interesting I noticed during the ‘Women in Prisons’ workshop was that one young woman who had been incarcerated in Ludlow for 2 years described the way the prisoners were treated as being ‘treated like DOGS’. I could not help but thinking how things might be different if it wasn’t even okay to treat dogs in such ways- then maybe prisoners would not be allowed to be treated that way either.
Raleigh — North Carolina State University researchers are developing a system to convert animal fat into an alternative fuel.
The researchers have partnered with an Arizona-based energy company to produce a fuel they have dubbed Centia, which they said is the Latin equivalent of "green power."
Unlike ethanol and some other alternative fuels, Centia requires no fossil fuels in the production process, said Henry Lamb, an associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering.
"Our process would convert animal fat, lard for example, from pig processing into a usable fuel," Lamb said. "I grew up on a hog farm in Sampson County, so absolutely I'm very familiar with hog production."
Lamb said triglycerides are converted into fatty acids, which are treated in a reactor to produce hydrocarbons.
Bill Roberts, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, said the process also would be more efficient for hog farmers.
"Animals that die on the farm, farmers typically pay to have them crated away and burned or buried. We can use those and turn them into jet fuel," Roberts said.
The researchers said they want to start at the top of the fuel chain with jets, then move their way down to biodiesel and eventually biofuel for cars.
More than 17 billion gallons of jet fuel are used in the U.S. each year. The researcher said that, if they can replace that jet fuel with Centia, more crude oil would be available for gasoline production, which could lead to lower prices for drivers.
A gallon of unleaded regular gas in the Triangle costs $2.17.
The researchers said they hope to have their first batch of Centia on the market in about a year and a half.
1. Drink one quart of room temperature distilled water in the morning with the juice from half of an organic lemon. This is a good time to add the MSM and ester vitamin C (see below). Our bodies are alkaline in nature, and eating food that is dead (cooked or heated over 105 degrees), will steal enzymes from our bodies to digest it. This turns the body acidic, and thus disease starts. A lemon in room temperature water will help keep the body alkaline along with hydrating you for the day! If you only do one thing on this list, this will make the biggest difference!!! Also, keep your water away from meals. Hydrate yourself ½ hour before and 1 hour after meals. Drinking “any” fluids with your meals will dilute your digestive enzymes, thus causing a stressed digestion. (Place your distilled water in a glass pitcher and set in the sun for 20 minutes before drinking.)
2. Get at least 20 minutes of direct (must be outside, not through glass), early morning/late afternoon sunlight. This should be on as much of your body as possible. Do NOT wear any type of glasses or contacts, as this will inhibit the life giving force from the sun. Read the book Sunlight, by Kime, or The Healing Sun, by Richard Hobday. Both of these books scientifically disprove the myths about how the sun is “bad” for you and your skin, when indeed it is the life force behind all good health. Think of it this way…nothing could live or grow without sunlight, so why would we avoid it? God gave it to us for a reason: It’s part of our life; don’t avoid it!!! There are now scientific studies that conclude that sun block causes cancer rather than prevents it. Our bodies are made to produce melanin, which is our natural protective agent. This sunlight should be captured before 10:00 a.m. and after 4:00 p.m. If you’re in the sun during peak hours, shade yourself to prevent burning or skin damage.
3. Stop drinking dark colas (Coke, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper), especially diet drinks. Aspartame (found in all diet colas, even light colored) will eat the retina in your eye and cause blindness, and has also been linked to many neurological diseases and disorders. This soda contains 10% wood alcohol and turns to formaldehyde when it reaches 98 degree’s!!! All dark sodas contain Phosphoric acid!!! Phosphoric acid is the number one ingredient in naval jelly, which eats rust from cars. It is the 4th ingredient in dark sodas, and will only digest when attached to calcium. None of us have enough calcium to sustain our bodies with the diet we eat. The Phosphoric acid will leach calcium from your bones and teeth in order to get it digested. After it’s digested it will cause further complications in your nervous system. You are drinking acid when you drink dark sodas! In fact, pouring a few drops of any dark cola on a battery terminal that has been corroded will eat and dissolve the corrosion, allowing the battery to get voltage to the car and the car starting. The Highway patrol in the state of MN carries 6 to 12 cases of Coke in the trunk of their cars, and when there is an accident where they need to clean the road, they break out the Coke and throw it all over the road. Drinking one can of soda will compromise your immune system 50% up to 6 hours. It takes 25 glasses of water to offset the acidic condition that one can of soda cause in the human body. Would you like to know more? Go to www.dorway.com
4. All dairy products are mucous-forming to the entire body. There is no such thing as catching a cold. Colds are the bodies’ way of forcing out of your body excess mucous and other junk that you ate. Colds are not viral or bacteria based; this is a MYTH!!!!!! The reason you may get a cold when getting cold or chilled is that your body was on the edge, and you brought it down to where it couldn’t keep up with what you are placing into your mouth!!! This is the body’s way to get rid of the bad stuff and why you have a runny nose or stuffy head until the body can get rid of enough to put you back to normal…whatever that is!
5. All cooked food over 105 degrees is DEAD food and your body does not recognize what it is! Enzymes are the basis of life and give your body the tools and life force to live and rebuild your cells. Your blood recycles every 110 days if you are a female, and 120 if male. You body completely recycles every 11 months. So…whatever you stuff in your face is what you truly are. Add to your diet fresh organic veggies, fruits, seeds and nuts until you can change some of your eating habits! Using a microwave will actually change the structure of the DNA of the food or water you place in the oven. When you place this food from the microwave into your body, it does not recognize it and doesn’t know what to do with it. You are once again wasting precious energy digesting food from which you will get little or no value. Microwave ovens are outlawed in Russia and are called NUKERS!!!!! Figure it out.
6. Sugar cravings are from a lack of minerals. We cannot get minerals from processed food in a can or a box. I used to say that if you can’t read and pronounce all the words on a label, you shouldn't be eating it. Now I say that if it even has a label, you should be eating it! Sugar produces a naked carbohydrate, and can only be digested when attaching itself to minerals. So, it’s catch 22. We crave sugar due to lack of minerals and when we eat sugar it uses minerals to digest! Sugar is the number one killer in America today. If everyone eliminated sugar from their diet, 25% of all illness would subside
7. We are designed to exercise at least 20 minutes per day. You don’t have to be dripping with sweat every minute of your workout. Exercise till you break a sweat and then do a weight bearing exercise to keep your bone density strong and in place. Rebounders are a great way to cover all the muscles and systems of the body. We are designed to work like this, so don’t let the cushy life put you out of place! And don’t get radical about your exercise, as that will shorten your life and use resources that your body need to keep itself in balance!
Everything is about balance and keeping the pendulum in the middle. Not too much Yin or Yang. Think of it as not ever forcing the body. Not too cold, not too hot. This goes for showers, food and so on. When your body is too hot, it has to work to keep you cool which in turn uses precious energy. The same goes when you are too cold. I realize there are times when we are in climates where we can’t avoid certain conditions, but the goal is to keep EVERYTHING in moderation. If you like to drink, then keep it to wine, and only a small amount, a couple days per week. Every choice you make and everything you place in your mouth will affect your life for the rest of your life. Get a Polar heart rate monitor so you can exercise properly. We should keep our heart rate within the proper range for our age. This makes a huge difference in how fast we achieve our goal of total wellness. Would you like to know the best form of exercise even endorsed by NASA? Go here… www.eveloutionhealth.com
8. Mostbread is made with gluten, and is basically glue once it enters your body! Take some flour and water and mix it up…is this what you want to place in your body? On top of that, gluten is a protein, and 97% of the American population is allergic to this protein. It’s much too large to digest and will work its way thought your gut and get into your bloodstream. Then your white blood cells attack it as a foreign substance. Bottom line is that you have now eaten something that is causing your body to attack itself…how special is that? You will plug and coat your GI tract (from your mouth to your anus) with mucous and therefore not get many nutrients from the good food that you do eat. Many people are hypoglycemic and create Candida due to sugars and bread!!! This mucus is a protective mechanism that coats the GI tract to protect it from the dead, cooked and processed food we place in our body. The reason we can even eat it is we have the capacity to adapt. Think of the brand new baby sitting in the high chair spitting out the cooked, store-bought baby food as mom or dad “shovels” it back in. The body finally adapts and realizes that these strange humans are not going to give in. The mucus lining starts forming itself at this very moment. This is one of the reasons SO many people feel empty when just eating a salad and say that they need some food with substance. They have so much mucus lining their small intestines that they couldn’t possibly extract many nutrients from the salad.
9. Don’t take vitamins/minerals or other supplements. These only force the body, and many are made with inorganic substances that will plug your arteries. If it’s not grown out of the ground, then it’s not natural and it doesn’t belong in your body! There is one mineral that I do recommend, as it is natural. It’s called MSM and can be found at www.msm-msm.com. MSM is found in rain water and gets in and on our foods that are grown outside in the rain. This would not include food grown in a greenhouse. Any non organic fruit or vegetable is so compromised by gassing/radiation, that all the MSM (sulfur) is destroyed. Even some organic foods are lacking in MSM, due to being grown in a greenhouse. Others are compromised because they are watered with chlorinated city water, which destroys the probiotics. Go to the web site above for more information on how it plays a role! The object is to add the good food to your current diet and slowly replace and eliminate the dead food. While you are on this journey you may want to consider adding a great natural source of living whole food, equivalent to eating a dark leafy green salad. An example of such a supplement is PINES wheat grass powder or tablets, found athttp://www.wheatgrass.com.
10. The only water to drink is distilled water. Mineral water contains inorganic minerals, and the body cannot assimilate these minerals. Plants convert inorganic minerals to organic minerals, and this is their duty. Water is the catalyst of life, much like the oil for the engine of your car. It carries toxins out of the cells and into the blood stream for elimination, and takes good nutrients to the cells for regeneration. It’s the lubricant for the body, and NO other liquid can replace it. There is a book written, Your Body's Many Cries for Water, and studies, about thousands of people who have rid themselves of extra weight and many diseases by drinking more water. The body is a factory that needs to be well oiled…DRINK YOUR WATER!!!
11. Don’t eat just to eat, and don’t eat until you feel full. This is a hard one. If you eat less, you will live longer, and have fewer problems, as your body will be able to use the extra energy to keep you young and fit. Think of babies when they enter life. They sleep when they are tired and eat ONLY when they are hungry, not when something tastes good. Don’t eat before you go to bed.
Your last meal of the day should be AT LEAST 2 hours from when you go to sleep. If you are going to eat before bed, eat fruit! Think of your body with this battery inside, and when you sleep you will be re-charging the battery. When you are awake and eating, you are “exhausting the battery". So, if you eat right before bed, then your body is expending energy when it should really be re-charging your battery, and you won’t have enough charge to get through the day. Do this enough times in your life, and you are guaranteed to get sick. Your gene pool will determine what it will manufacture (cancer, lupus, diabetes, chronic fatigue, and so on). It’s inevitable that you will break down with some type of pain, disorder and/or dis-ease if you abuse your body. Note, as you are transitioning you may eat enough to feel full or over full. Don’t punish yourself; Rome wasn’t built in a day!!!
12. Salt is a big challenge with the Standard American Diet (SAD). I believe it’s the biggest culprit in our diet, and if all people were to just eliminate salt, 15% of disease and disorder would vanish. Eat ONLY Celtic Sea Salt until you wean yourself from it completely. You will get enough salt from vegetables such as celery and cucumber; well, that’s if you decide to eat them!
13. HEAVY METALS have recently risen to the top of the list. Heavy metals are involved in 95% of all cancer patients. The top three related diseases are depression, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. The half life of mercury is 33½ years for the human body to dispose if it. These metals are so toxic and difficult to remove; we have to help the body help itself without forcing it. Nanocolloidal Detox Factors is made from living whole foods. The molecules are so small (nanoized) that they will permeate the cell wall and help restore the toxin/nutrient function, allowing the body to take over. If you feel you have ANY condition that slows you down and keeps you from total wellness, I would start with heavy metal detox as a first step. NOTE: DO NOT do a heavy metal detox unless you know the facts. You can harm yourself by doing this improperly.
I realize that the above suggestions are hard to implement all at once. I have met only one person in my life who has done this, and I don’t recommend it. Just add some of the suggestions above to your daily diet, and “slowly” think about what your body has to offer. If you were to live 90 years and party all your life but have to spend the last 5 years in a nursing home in diapers and in misery, would the first 85 years be worth it…I think not. That 5-year span will seem like 50 years, and I speak from experience.
Take it slowly and add one item per month to your lifestyle, and in one year you will be doing more than 95% of the American public, which will insure you a quality life. Always ask yourself, "Do I want “quantity” or “quality"?
Remember, it’s not about perfection, but rather, progress. Don’t put a number on how much living food you eat. Now that you are aware of what is alive and what is dead, start adding living food to your lifestyle. Don’t even worry or change your diet or think about what you want to eliminate. This is the negative approach, and with it you’re setting yourself up for failure. Simply add living food of “any” kind and eventually the bad food will be eliminated. Give your palette a chance to get back to nature, allowing the rest of your body to take the ride as well!
Steven Gibb is expanding these health tips into an e-book form, giving you all the tools and knowledge to become well. This book will be packed full of knowledge and instruction from his own experience. Steven is a hygienist, and has come full circle after 9 years of battling his own wellness challenges. He believes that when we get out of the way and stop forcing the body, it will heal itself. He has proven this time and time again, and soon it will be available in book form. He will teach you how to add the proper elements to your lifestyle, keeping you in tune with your body! Come back to the site often, and check for this powerful information in an e-book form!
my last week in nyc went too fast i spent most of my time doing activism, taking pix of activists for the 9/11 truth.Check out their website, there's a bunch of great info & interesting points. They have so much going on, it's great! If any of you happen to be in nyc any sunday night, they have a movie going on (starting at 6.30 at st mark's church). i would also suggest that you check out google videos: search for those 2 movies - loose changes 2 - 9/11 mysteries. The second is the best. Anyway, being away from nyc feels empty! Great people & there are many i can' t wait to meet again. slawek took me to baltimore since manu never returned any of my calls or emails. We spent the night at joice's place. slawek found her on couch surfing. She was cool, i slept pretty well, but have been very stressed the day before & the day of my departure. The trip was pretty short (6 hours) i almost did not see the time going. The only bad stuff was this little boy who cryed almost all the time. Since i came back, i've been having many odd/ bad dreams. When i think about something, i'm still in ny, thinking like a new yorker... This morning i woke up at 3. i could not sleep anymore. i then thought about calling the apple center to ask about my memory's change... the announcement i got: "we are open from monday 'til friday, from 9 am to 5 pm"... holy shit! Far from ny where it it open 24/7! The only good thing was to go swimming. That's actually the first thing i did when back in my appartment, back at 2pm, in the water at 2.30! This morning i went to the one by the eiffel tower. One of the guys taking the clothes recognized me, he likes me because of my tats & was telling his collegue about it. Hmm... anyway! It's so weird to be here. i've been trying to catch up with a lot, i should have taken some rest though letting a couple of days going... i might wait until next week to do whatever i have to. The guy i was supposed to host yesterday & tonight did not call... the girl i'm hosting tonight didn't call either... hmmm... people are weird! Oh, i finished downloading the pix of my trip, so check out my album one last time... Just a little bit of all that i took, but a good selection i guess... Maybe i should try to be a tourist in paris? On sunday, the antispeciesist collective is leafleting for the vegetarian day.
Let's see... more than 10 days since i last wrote... i'm back in ny & i did not get back to paris on the 20th as planned... i'll be here in the us until october the 3rd. i got to st louis where eric was waiting for me at the airport. This is such a warm feeling having someone, a familiar face to expect where you get out of the plane. Since he is back to school, we could not spend all the time together, but we've had a lot of fun We went to a party on the night i arrived & played this game called "the village", i really enjoyed it once i got the rules They play it every week, & it's a lot of fun. The next night, we went to that coop house where there was a vegan meal, followed by the showing of some movies about activism. Some really interesting such as how to voice your claims. i loved it! There are so many struggles down this earth & so many people... i'll get back to that later when telling you about ny. Anyway, i also took so many pix! There are beautiful old building, & i got the chance to get in an area where there is this old building falling apart (a fabric). It was a great experience. A bit scary though... especially since night was falling, so i could not stay as long as i would have otherwise. Anyway, great images came out of it. i wish i had figured out then that i'd stay here longer, so i could have stayed in st louis a few more days... next time Ok, ny... let's see... after hours in the plane, wrong time, late planes, etc... i made it to the airport where slawek was waiting for me - again, wonderful feeling His place has been a bit busy with couch surfers, but it is fun to meet all those people Last friday we had a party... about 12 people. Pretty cool & great people. All the food was vegan - a lot fruitarian. It ended around... hmm, i actually don't even remember what time i went to bed lol!! Before that, there was this protest against bush -he was giving a talk- i joined the march & took so many pix of american activists. A funny thing happened. This guy talked to me, asking me if i was not in tompkins park in july (remember the punk concert?) Well he was there & had noticed me. We talked a bit then listened to the speakers. eventually after the gathering we talked some more. He told me about a meeting about the 9/11. It is the group in charge of denouncing the big lies surrounding this event. That was so familiar... i mean the meeting & making decisions... very similar to the FRAP organizations (for those familiar with it ) Tonite they show a movie called "ground for truth". On thrusday i went to see danny nova performing. We met last week. i met him the saturday before & ended up in nj where he has a house by a lake. He is an amazing singer & his performence was wonderful, except for the last song where he used one type of strip girl. What a pity because the song is actually my favourite & it made it look not as good because of that girl You can have a look at his website & listen to some of his songs here. What else... let me think... i guess i forgot half of what i did - once again - but here are the basic oH, concerning my email with the argument i had with this dude in sb; i got some people feed back on that, it seems i did not express myself correctly: i absolutely did not mean people killed during the ww2 were guilty, that it was their fault & that german soldiers were sweet little guys who were not wrong: DEFENITELY NOT! i was just talking about choices all around that & where this can lead you or not.
i spent my last night in santa barbara mostly on the beach. Taking some last pix & listening to the sea. It felt peaceful. Unfortunately, i did not meet neric on that night, but i got the chance to spend a few hours with him later during the week in la. i got about 20 mn earlier even though the train left late & eventually found rick in the station. That was really great. We went to his appartment & talked a bit & prepared the garden for the party (lights & chairs). i took a nap & then his friends arrived to prepare a vegan chocolate cake, the people invited + from the building came all along the night. It was nice & some of rick's friends were quite interesting to talk & listen to. The next day was dedicated to food not bombs so i got the chance to join the organization of the food distribution. i could take many pix while distributing, you'll find some in the album i made about my trip (http://pelagus.myphotoalbum.com/view_album.php?set_albumName=album01) & also feel free to check out la's fnb's website That was really impressing & it really gave me the desire to have it to work better in paris. But the thing is: we really need more hands... During the week i've been visiting the city with rick (he took some days off) & by myself. i discovered the central library where i've felt like home. So i've spent some time there... i should say a lot thursday night, we went to see those chinese dancers, they were really amazing! All made of fire We went to that old brewery where there are now a bunch of artists working. There are some exhibitions there but the day we went there, almost everything was closed. i've been to some interesting exhibitions though. Rick took me to the concert of one of his friends: emily wells, she's an amazing singer, i was blown away by her voice! You can listen to some of her stuff here. Enjoy! i also met gary, 5 year of email exchanges & eventually, my durian man was in front of me that was really cool! He also got the chance to meet rick who joined us that night. We also went to a swimming pool where i could swim a little while, it really felt good!! i felt like a fish again: thank you rick!! Last week end was sunset junction fair. Concerts, booths of all kind -from clothing to activism. We saw some good bands; unfortunately, i got wrapped by some pod's smoke & got out of sentience... & that was just after the first song of this great rock band i saw seng also. It was really wonderful to meet him again. We spent a whole day together & it was warm & soft to spent time with him again. Something funny actually happened as we were sitting in the park in front of the library: a flock of pigeons (about 50) suddenly flew to us, surrounding us. They stayed quite a while & i started talking to one right in front of me. S/He was funny because S/He was seriously starring at me as i was talking, as if S/He understood everything. Then, a few minutes later, i was relating an event to seng about a policeman who didn't want to let me go on a sidewalk & i spread my arms, this very same pigeon who was now on my right side jumped on my arm & stayed there at least 5 minutes. i asked S/He to get down, that S/He did. a few minutes after, i lifted my arm again, & S/He jumped again, this happened several times but every time i'd ask him/her to get down, S/He did. Funny/amazing anecdote.
So i stayed with rick one more week. That was so sweet of him to let me stay longer. Anyway, i moved last thursday & stayed with seng until today. He lives in el monte, about 30mn drive from la. We went for a couple of hikes. On friday, we went to that waterfall in the mountains, i think the name is stuvant, or something like that. That was so nice. i swam a bit, but the water was way too cold to stay longer than 15mn i then crashed on a rock, just likelezards do & fell asleep for a little while. i so much like this feeling of waking up after a while in the sun. But it was already shaddy when i opened my eyes. Saturday we went to the african market, a huge market place with so many things & amazing people. There was the litterature part where i definitely had to hang out! i talked with some interesting people. They have a newspaper that looks pretty good. We talked for almost a hour & i got their 30 hours cd s about capitalism... i'll definitely have to find some time to watch it. By what they were saying, it is really interesting. We were also talking about coalitions & how to reach people. i'm hoping to keep in touch with them. They were very excited about the next protest in la against bush, unfortunately, i won't be in the us anymore since it is on the 5th of october. Anyway, i hope many people join, it has to be huge!!! Later, i met this guy who works for a painter. i was watching the shirts they were selling, he came talking to me & gave me their card. i was really fascinated by some of the drawings. Eventually, he told me he'd give me one shirt if i wore it during the market & advertise for him; ie, just giving his card & direction to the booth while on the market... hey, i took the shirt & did i'm definitely in love with his work ! There was also this jazzy band, they played a lot of good stuff, but i did not get a chance to know their name. i took some pix of them though, i'll had them later on the album. Seng & i then left & went for a walk in venice beach. It was pretty nice, some cool people (mainly homeless - such as everywhere) i went in a tattoo shop (there are thousands there!)to ask about their octopus drawwings. i got some good ones. Now i have a better idea of the shape i would give to the one i'd like. i left el monte this morning. i sort of freaked out when i realized that there was no other way for me to get out of this place then seng's car or hitchikking... i just wanted to get out of there for the day & hang out on some other sides of la... so i left. i found some lockers at union station so my bag is safe. éhéh, the first thing i did once out was SWIMMING... how is that i always find a swimming pool/lake/ocean when i'm out of wack? Well, anyway, i did. This labour day week end seems overcrowded but dead for all the buses, trains, etc... i'll stay downtown until tuesday, then i'll take a train to san diego. At last. i think i've needed it so much & have been waiting for too long. i thought i could stay longer with seng, but my freedom seems more important then anything else. i realize how much i'm hurting people, but freedom is too important to me. So after i send this email i should head down to union station to get my ticket. The funny thing is, as soon as i get out of some "prison" -would it be human or physical- i'm feeling completely different & what seemed so necessary before, becomes completely meaningless.
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