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Who killed the honeybees? A round table of experts answer all our pressing questions about the sudden death of the nation's bees. What they have to say has a bigger sting than we ever expected.
By Kevin Berger
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Posted: May 30, 2007 11:25pm
Apr 19, 2007
Are Mobile Phones Wiping Out Our Bees?
          By Geoffrey Lean and Harriet Shawcross
          The Independent UK
          Sunday 15 April 2007
        Scientists claim radiation from handsets is to blame for mysterious "colony collapse" of bees.
          It seems like the plot of a particularly far-fetched horror film. But some scientists suggest that our love of the mobile phone could cause  massive food shortages, as the world's harvests fail.
          They are putting forward the theory that radiation given off by mobile phones and other hi-tech gadgets is a possible answer to one of the more bizarre mysteries ever to happen in the natural world - the abrupt  disappearance of the bees that pollinate crops. Late last week, some bee-keepers claimed that the phenomenon - which started in the US, then spread to continental Europe - was beginning to hit Britain as well.
          The theory is that radiation from mobile phones interferes with bees' navigation systems, preventing the famously homeloving species from
      finding their way back to their hives. Improbable as it may seem, there is
      now evidence to back this up.
          Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) occurs when a hive's inhabitants
      suddenly disappear, leaving only queens, eggs and a few immature workers,
      like so many apian Mary Celestes. The vanished bees are never found, but
      thought to die singly far from home. The parasites, wildlife and other
      bees that normally raid the honey and pollen left behind when a colony
      dies, refuse to go anywhere near the abandoned hives.
          The alarm was first sounded last autumn, but has now hit half of all
      American states. The West Coast is thought to have lost 60 per cent of its
      commercial bee population, with 70 per cent missing on the East Coast.
          CCD has since spread to Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Italy
      and Greece. And last week John Chapple, one of London's biggest
      bee-keepers, announced that 23 of his 40 hives have been abruptly
          Other apiarists have recorded losses in Scotland, Wales and north-west
      England, but the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
      insisted: "There is absolutely no evidence of CCD in the UK."
          The implications of the spread are alarming. Most of the world's crops
      depend on pollination by bees. Albert Einstein once said that if the bees
      disappeared, "man would have only four years of life left".
          No one knows why it is happening. Theories involving mites,
      pesticides, global warming and GM crops have been proposed, but all have
          German research has long shown that bees' behaviour changes near power
          Now a limited study at Landau University has found that bees refuse to
      return to their hives when mobile phones are placed nearby. Dr Jochen
      Kuhn, who carried it out, said this could provide a "hint" to a possible cause.
          Dr George Carlo, who headed a massive study by the US government and
      mobile phone industry of hazards from mobiles in the Nineties, said: "I am
      convinced the possibility is real."
          The Case Against Handsets
          Evidence of dangers to people from mobile phones is increasing. But
      proof is still lacking, largely because many of the biggest perils, such
      as cancer, take decades to show up.
          Most research on cancer has so far proved inconclusive. But an
      official Finnish study found that people who used the phones for more than
      10 years were 40 per cent more likely to get a brain tumour on the same
      side as they held the handset.
          Equally alarming, blue-chip Swedish research revealed that radiation
      from mobile phones killed off brain cells, suggesting that today's
      teenagers could go senile in the prime of their lives.
          Studies in India and the US have raised the possibility that men who
      use mobile phones heavily have reduced sperm counts. And, more
      prosaically, doctors have identified the condition of "text thumb", a form
      of RSI from constant texting.
          Professor Sir William Stewart, who has headed two official inquiries,
      warned that children under eight should not use mobiles and made a series
      of safety recommendations, largely ignored by ministers.
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Posted: Apr 19, 2007 11:00pm
Mar 27, 2007

from the beginning
the web of connection
softly links
binding us 
one unto another
threads of strength
joined by energies
charged with intention
able to bend with change
open to accept growth
endure breaks
and  rebuild
flexible and supple
webs can form
as barriers
keeping others at bay
as warning
marking precious space
intricate in design
hard to navigate
webs can form
as net
to captive imagination
as enclosures
providing shelter and warmth
webs yield
nearly invisible reminders
of the center
of the web
of our connections all

so mote it be!
march 07


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Posted: Mar 27, 2007 11:24pm
Nov 26, 2006
All Praises to the Pause
            By Alice Walker
            Wednesday 22 November 2006
            One of the many gifts I received from strangers after writing The
        Color Purple 24 years ago was a bright yellow volume of the I Ching. It
        opened to the 63rd hexagram: "After Completion." This is a time when a
        major transition from confusion to order has been completed and
        everything is (at last!) in its proper place even in particulars.
        Interestingly, according to the I Ching, this is a time not of
        relaxation, but of caution.
            The I Ching is a compass of great value. Uncanny in its ability to
        share its Wisdom at just the moment it is required. How many friends,
        even best and closest friends, can do that?
            What it is referring to in this hexagram is something that I am
        going to call "the pause." The moment when something major is
        accomplished and we are so relieved to finally be done with it that we
        are already rushing, at least mentally, into The Future. Wisdom,
        however, requests a pause. If we cannot give ourselves such a pause, the
        Universe will likely give it to us. In the form of illness, in the form
        of a massive Mercury in retrograde, in the form of our car breaking
        down, our roof starting to leak, our garden starting to dry up. Our
        government collapsing. And we find ourselves required to stop, to sit
        down, to reflect. This is the time of "the pause," the universal place
        of stopping. The universal moment of reflection.
            I encourage you not to fear it. And why is it important not to fear
        the pause? Because some of the most courageous people on earth are
        scared of it, as I have been myself. Why is this? It is because the
        pause has nothing in it; it feels empty. It feels like we have been
        jettisoned into wide open, empty space. We can not see an end to it. Not
        seeing an end to it, or for that matter, not even understanding a
        beginning or a need for it, we panic. We may decide to make war, for
        instance, in the moment the Universe has given us to reflect. By the
        time we recover from our hasty activity a thousand small children may be
        lying dead at our feet.
            Sometimes there is a feeling of not being able to continue. That, in
        this pause, whichever one it is, there is no movement. No encouragement
        to move, at all.

            As a culture we are not in the habit of respecting, honoring, or
        even acknowledging the pause. (Culturally the most common reference to
        the pause was given over to Coca-Cola, which promised "The pause that
        refreshes." In other words, whenever there is a moment you are not
        busily doing something, Eat. Drink. And here's what we want you to eat
        or drink.) Women know this very well. At menopause, a time of extremely
        high power and shapeshifting, we are told to behave as though nothing is
        happening. To continue the "game" of life as if we are still girls. We
        are not girls. And to continue to act as though we are robs the world
        and the coming generations of our insights - insights readily available
        to us during this particular time, which is a highly significant
        universal moment of reflection.
            I am convinced that in earlier times women during menopause drifted
        naturally to the edge of the village, constructed for themselves a very
        small hut, and with perhaps one animal for company - and one that didn't
        talk! - gave themselves over to a time without form, without boundaries.
        They were fishing in deep waters, reflecting on a lifetime of activity
        and calling up, without consciously attempting to do so, knowledge that
        would mean survival and progression of the tribe.

            During the pause is the ideal time to listen to stories. But only
        after you have inhabited Silence for long enough to find it comfortable.
        Even blissful. There are stories coming to us now from every part of the
        earth; and they are capable of teaching us things we all used to know.
        For instance, I listened to a CD called "Shamanic Navigation" by John
        Perkins. In it he talks about the Swa people of the Amazon. These are
        indigenous people who've lived in the Amazon rain forest for thousands
        of years. They tell us that in their society men and women are
        considered equal but very different. Man, they say, has a destructive
        nature: it is his job therefore to cut down trees when firewood or
        canoes are needed. His job also to hunt down and kill animals when there
        is need for more protein. His job to make war, when that becomes a
        necessity. The woman's nature is thought to be nurturing and conserving.
        Therefore her role is to care for the home and garden, the domesticated
        animals and the children. She inspires the men. But perhaps her most
        important duty is to tell the men when to stop.
            It is the woman who says: Stop. We have enough firewood and canoes,
        don't cut down any more trees. Stop. We have enough meat; don't kill any
        more animals. Stop. This war is stupid and using up too many of our
        resources. Stop. Perkins says that when the Swa are brought to this
        culture they observe that it is almost completely masculine. That the
        men have cut down so many trees and built so many excessively tall
        buildings that the forest itself is dying; they have built roads without
        end and killed animals without number. When, ask the Swa, are the women
        going to say Stop?
            Indeed. When are the women, and the Feminine within women and men,
        going to say Stop?

            I used to be suicidal. I grew up in the white supremacist, fascist
        South, where the life of a person of color was in danger every minute.
        For many years I thought of suicide on an almost daily basis. Other than
        this, and severe depression caused by the inevitable childhood traumas
        and initiations, I am not a person innately given to despair. However,
        it has been despairing to see the ease with which women, after over
        thirty intense years of Feminism, have chosen to erase their gender in
        language by calling each other, and themselves, "guys." This is the kind
        of thing one can reflect on during a pause. Are we saying we're content
        to be something most of us don't respect? Conjure up an image of a guy.
        What attributes does it have? Is that really you? Is this a label you
        gave yourself?
            What does being called "guys" do to young women? To little girls?
            Isn't the media responsible for making it "cute" to be a guy, as if
        that's all the Women's Movement was about, turning us into neutered men,
        into guys? For guys don't have cojones, you know. They are men, but
        neutered, somehow. So if you've turned in your breasts and ovaries for
        guyness, you've really lost out.
            And does this make you remember that when we were trying to get the
        ERA, the Equal Rights Amendment, passed, which would have assured equal
        rights to women, suddenly the market and our television screens were
        flooded with a new dishwashing liquid called, you remember, Era. A
        not-so-subtle message that equal rights for women was still associated
        mainly with the kitchen and a sink full of dirty dishes. And it must
        have been in the '60s, when women were claiming their freedom to have a
        good time, that the dishwashing liquid magnates came up with a
        concoction called Joy.
            The intuitive part of us, the deep feminine, whether in male or
        female, knows when we are being ridiculed, laughed at, told to forget
        about being women, or having a Feminine, being wild, or being free; led
        to sleep if not to the slaughter. In those small areas where we do have
        some control, the words coming out of our mouths, for instance:
            When are we going to say STOP?

            Alice Walker is the author, most recently, of We Are the Ones We
        Have Been Waiting For: Light in a Time of Darkness (The New Press), from
        which this essay was adapted.
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Posted: Nov 26, 2006 4:33pm
Oct 5, 2006
October 6, 2006, I will perform a ceremony called “When Nature Comes Together“.

The ceremony will be performed at 11:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time in the United States of America. The ceremony will be 15 minutes in duration. Any individual, world wide, may participate by going outdoors and think about what you personally can do to protect nature from the harm mankind has imposed. If for some reason you are unable to physically go outdoors, have someone obtain something from nature such as a stone, a stick, or some dirt or sand to hold in your hand. The timing, of 11:00 PM EDT is very important; therefore, make sure your area corresponds with the time in the United States.

The story behind the ceremony is as follows: In the early 1830’s, nine Native American medicine men, known as the council, gathered to discuss the recently signed Indian Relocation Act and how it would affect all Native Americans in the eastern United States. After the second day of discussions, the men retired for the evening. That night all nine men reported having a dream that had nothing to do with their reason for being there. When they met on the third day as each council member discussed their “dream”, they soon realized that each one of them held a piece to a prophecy. The prophecy was that Man would turn his back on Our Mother and for many years would hurt her. Then at some point in the future he would realize what he had done to her. When mankind finally reached the point that they saw the danger of their actions they would try to save her from their self-destructive actions. At this point, a person would receive three signs from Our Mother. After receiving the third sign, he or she would have three full moons to inform people about the ceremony and to perform it.

Our Mother, or nature as we refer to it, was considered one of the same by the council. They believed that the Great Spirit, who created everything, also created Our Mother to feed, clothe and shelter us. They also believed that everything is a part of nature and all things contained a spirit. As you can imagine, this prophecy was very disturbing to the council. They could not understand how man, a part of nature, could turn its back on nature and what the Great Spirit had created for them.

I became involved in this ceremony because a distant Grandfather of mine, named Small Hand, was the one whose family was to receive the three signs. Over the generations certain family members have been told to look for the signs and keep its secrets. My Great Grandfather, Paws Like Bear, told me, Gray Hawk, the prophecy and the signs to look for and out of respect for him and my ancestors, I am keeping my word.

The following are the three signs. The First Sign - You will meet a woman that you have seen in a dream. When you meet her, something unusual will happen and Our Mother will show you her name. The Second Sign — On the day the woman is to be married, you will see her and her husband’s namesakes together. And the Third Sign — One day you will see the namesakes of the woman, her husbands and yours all together.

On July 3, 2002, I realized I had received the first sign. I met my son’s new girlfriend and the moment I saw her I realized I had seen her in a dream twelve years earlier. When I tried to take her picture, my auto focus camera kept focusing in on a female Cardinal sitting on a branch about twenty feet behind her. This should not have happened since she was closer and much larger than the bird. After three tries, I put down the camera and under my breath I asked the bird to leave. The bird left and I gave the girl the name Red Bird.

Two years later, I received the second sign. Red Bird and Red Turtle (my son’s name) were getting married. The morning of the ceremony I got up at sunrise and while having a cup of tea in the parking lot of the hotel, I spotted something across the parking lot under a Pine tree. When I went over to investigate, I spotted a female Cardinal and a painted turtle with red stripes under the tree.

On July 19, 2006, I received the third and last sign. I was looking out my kitchen window and I spotted a female Cardinal sitting on a branch at the edge of the woods. As I watched the Cardinal, it flew to the ground next to something in the grass. I picked up the binoculars and saw that it was a turtle. Out of nowhere, a Hawk landed next to them. The third sign had appeared since my Native American name is Gray Hawk.

The ceremony I will perform is simple. The Mothers of Red Bird and Red Turtle and another woman of my choosing will each take a lace made from a deerskin. The women will braid the laces together and then place the braided laces between the couples clasped hands, while the other end of the braid is buried in the in the ground. The laces represent an umbilical cord from Our Mother Earth carefully constructed into a braid by the mothers and attached to their children. The third women’s deerskin lace in twined with in the braid represents all the other mothers of the world. By performing this ceremony we are bringing mankind back to nature/Our Mother where we belong. Then I will ask the participants if they will help protect and heal Our Mother, and teach others to do the same. Once all have agreed, the ceremony is over.

I am not so naïve as to think that everything will dramatically change overnight once the ceremony has taken place. All my ancestors are hoping for is that mankind will join together and help heal what we have harmed in the last century. Although these men were quite astute, I am sure they could never have imagined our world as it is today. On a personal note, they have handed me the monumental task of getting the word out about this ceremony. To do this, I have decided to spread the word as they once did. Long ago a message would have been carried by runners from camp to camp or from tribe to tribe. I have decided to follow my ancestor’s traditions by using you, the citizens of the world as my runners through e-mail to get their message out. At the end of this letter I have written a generic e-mail you can copy and paste to your mail to simplify things. All you have to do is send it to your contacts and it will be up to them to decide whether they want to visit this site. As I see it my greatest hurtle will be getting this message out to those who do not speak English. So for those of you out there who are bilingual please help me by finding a website that will carry this message to all around the globe.

Unlike our ancestors long ago modern man knows a protective layer surrounds the earth known as the ozone layer. The rain forests around the world supply most of the oxygen we breathe. We also know that water, which is the lifeblood of this planet, can not be reproduced, so what we have is all we get. Our ozone layer is weakening; we are destroying the rain forests; and polluting our air and water. These are the global problems we all face. Please help and be part of the solution, not the problem.

In closing I would remind you that the men who had these dreams respected and loved Our Mother Earth. These men had the foresight to see that it would take the combined effort of the world community to save Our Mother. Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. If you decide to participate in the ceremony it will not cost you any money, it requires no special skills, and its only requirement is fifteen minutes out of your busy lives. This time is to be spent in a positive way, thinking how you can do something, however small, to help the situation. Also I am not affiliated with any environmental group or organization, so if some one contacts you for a donation on my behalf or on behalf of the ceremony, please contact your local authorities.


Donald Loock, Native American name (Gray Hawk)

Please copy the paragraph and URL below and forward, so the message can reach as many people as possible.

    Thanks for including me on your mailing list.
    I have found a website that I think may interest you:
The site contains the story behind a Native American ceremony that will be performed on October the 6, 2006 at 11:00 PM. Eastern Daylight Time in the U.S.A. At that time they invite the world’s inhabitants to participate in the ceremony in an effort to protect the environment from man’s intervention. They do not ask for any contributions and they are not selling anything. All they are asking is for 15min. of your time to think about what you can do to help save us from ourselves.

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Posted: Oct 5, 2006 2:49pm
Oct 4, 2006
weaving in, glowing forth
weaving out, clouds obscure
silently, flowing across
coaxing the shadows
illuminating edges
contrast is sharp
then blended
no edges
silently, flowing across
chill taps my skin
emerging, i bask
oval face beams
surrounded in softness
silently, flowing across
season change, time frame
mental mirrors, inventory
sister moon, thank you
your journey inspires
light  to dark to light
reflecting, connecting
rhythms of life
silently, flowing across
so mote it be!
wolf! Oct 06
Full Moon is on Friday, October6 at 11:13 pm EDT at 14 degrees of Aries


Sun in Libra wants to please and keep the peace while Moon in Aries encourages us to think independently whether it pleases others or not.  Issues of cooperation compete with self interest and autonomy.  Sun in Libra wants us to “know” and since we can’t know everything, that makes us nervous and we vacillate.  Aries Moon encourages us to take a firm stand for honesty and fairness, no vacillation please.  Matters now are brought to a point of decision or culmination.  It’s time to reflect on whether our actions are in alignment with our true purpose, our soul’s intent.  If this Full Moon finds you being temperamental or angry, get outside and move some boulders. Over-all this should be a good moon for romance and friendship.


Venus and Mars Conjunct the Sun in Libra: we’re encouraged to reconcile with others and to use collaboration in reaching goals with them.  Creativity and artistic inspirations get a boost of passion.  Loving encounters occur now and for the rest of the month.  In areas of any relating, it’s best to be direct in order to avoid confusion.  Do show your love for others even while fulfilling your own desires.


Neptune Trines the Sun, Venus and Mars: a defensive position starts to lessen.  Hearts become softened.  But be wise, get rid of the rose colored glasses and take nothing for granted. Pluto Squares the Moon’s Nodes: Historic events take place.  There can be decisive action from military factions.  National security gets discussed as well as the direction of American institutions.


Moon Opposition Venus: overindulgence and extravagance are likely.  Interchanges with others are important.  Moon Opposition Mars: emotions get easily excited interfering with personal life.  Hasty actions can cause accidents.  Saturn Trines Moon: we’re better able to put up with adversity and strain.  Inner strength and security allows us to face difficulties.  Saturn, Jupiter and Neptune are in a fixed t-square: conflicts occur on a spiritual level.  What do you want to pass on to your descendants that will be permanent on the material plane?


October 10- Sun Trines Neptune and Mercury Trines Uranus: we can use our originality in a persuasive way and also receive inventive thoughts and insights.  Barriers of separation fall.  October 12- Chiron turns direct since going retrograde on May 15.  We’ve been re-evaluating our friendships, commitments and goals for the future and our community involvement.  We’ll now heal through joining those of like minds to pool our strengths and talents together to bring a better world into being.  It’ll be easier now to solve problems within groups.  Encourage those in groups to discuss problems to find constructive solutions instead of having ongoing bitch sessions.  October 13- Mars Conjunct Sun and Squares Moon: conversations are intense with others.  Our own internal dialogue can be persistent until we make a decision.  We’re impatient but good aspects between Jupiter and the Moon and Saturn to the Sun can bring mature thinking to impulsive behavior.  Feedback will point out if we’re on the right track.


This Full Moon and the upcoming New Moon in October will be an opportune time to rid ourselves of old baggage that our soul has decided we no longer need.  This Full Moon is also known as the Harvest Moon and the Blood Moon.  In preparation for winter and introspective times, we need to cleanse our ritual spaces for  the darker days to come.  Take time to take stock of your goals and what you need to accomplish.


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Posted: Oct 4, 2006 9:11pm
Oct 4, 2006
Focus: Health
Action Request: Think About
Location: United States
Shaping US Food and Agriculture Policy to Meet Public Needs in a Changing Time
Friday, September 15, 2006
Susan Sechler
We must “make two blades of grass grow where but one grew before.”
No, those are not my words, but the words of Isaac Newton.
No, not that Isaac Newton, but the Isaac Newton who was the first US
Commissioner of Agriculture in 1863. The English Isaac Newton at least had
a thing about apples. But no US agriculture commissioner or secretary has
ever been interested in food or nutrition. They and their department focus
on quantities of commodities.
Our topic today is “shaping food and agriculture policy to meet public
needs in a time of change”. In fact it should be “How Department of
Agriculture policies are changing the public’s shapes”.
Traditionally, the US government has neither food nor agricultural
policies.  We have commodity policies that are found in the first sections
of the Farm Bill, which you will be discussing in your next sessions.
We do have Food Programs, which are in a separate part of the Farm Bill.
If we had food policy it would be aimed at promoting the nutritional
health and welfare of consumers.   Commodity policy would be a subset of
food policy, but with us the cart of commodities leads the horse of
nutritional needs.
It is telling that since the Agriculture Adjustment Act of 1933 — the
first of the 15 Farm Bills – that the word food has been in the title only
five times, most recently in 1990.
Legislators have traditionally resisted changing the basic premise of the
Commodity Titles, which cover what are known as the Program crops (wheat,
feed grain, cotton, oilseeds, etc). Instead, they paste on other titles,
such as Food Stamp and Related provisions, agricultural trade,
Conservation, Research. It is like building an airplane and then welding
the engines and control systems onto the outside because you forgot them
originally. The heart of the farm bill remains unchanged, despite dramatic
changes in consumer tastes, needs and even markets. And that heart is the
Government role in subsidizing and stimulating commodity production.
The “grow two blades of grass” mantra has lurked at the heart of US farm
policy for more than 190 years because the federal government continues to
define its role as the buffer between commodity farmers and “the market,”
which farmers should be reaching directly.
Thus market demand and other signals of changing needs are blunted.
Farmers cannot hear them for the noise of subsidies.
Our goal of producing commodities also screams in the ears of farmers
around the world. Cotton producers in dry land Africa have few other ways
of making a living, but the prices they get for their crops are lowered by
our cotton subsidies.
The US failure to change the subsidy programs was one cause – among many –
of the death of the Doha Development round.
Continuing to support farmers to use extra chemicals to produce two blades
where one grew before encourages farmers use more fertilizer than is
necessary, adding pollutants to groundwater and our rivers and streams,
and poisoning fish stocks.
Our farm policy is a success – in keeping a few wealthy US farmers happy.
But the campaign contributions of those happy farmers and the commodity
PACs and corporations keep key lawmakers happy. That success aside, in
every other way US farm policies are wasteful, unfair and destructive of
other aims of our country.
The public is not shaping farm policy to meet its needs. The commodity
policy is helping to create an over-abundance of corn. Finding uses for
this corn is making us obese and as it changes our shape it changes our
nutritional habits and those of our children. It makes us less healthy.
This is not the first time corn has changed our health and habits. In our
late colonial and early national periods, the most efficient way of
transporting corn was as corn whiskey. Americans in the time of George
Washington tended to carry whiskey jugs everywhere and tended to be drunk.
Alcohol related diseases were the first major public health crisis of the
young nation - the obesity epidemic of its day.
In a nation in which three out of every 5 Americans are overweight and one
out of 5 is obese we should not have policies aimed at producing a surplus
of corn or financing the search for more ways to use it.
The two-blades policy skews everything we do with crops. Gasohol made from
corn takes more energy to produce than it provides. Yet gasohol production
has become the great hope of corn farmers facing yet again another record
crop this year.  Our food aid programs are still tainted by our desire to
dispose of commodities rather than buy locally from local farmers.
It is the job of policymakers in a democracy to temper and guide the
efforts of one part of the society—in this case the farmers and their
allies—to fit with the needs and goals of the greater society. We need
public food policy that recognizes the legitimate interests of all:
farmer, consumer, the nutritional and health needs of our own country, and
the growing food problem of the world, all within economically and
politically acceptable cost limits.  We need our investments in our food
system to promote good nutrition and health, not frustrate it.
What should we do?
First, together we must work to put the consumer at the center of food
policy.  We can no longer tolerate food policies that are derivative of
bad farm policy and that reduce the role of consumers and taxpayers to
surplus consumers of last resort.
Second: let’s go after the current farm subsidy structure.  No compromise.
No buying off. Work with members of Congress who are not beholden to the
Ag committees.  This should be gloves off, like Oxfam did with cotton
subsidies or EWG.
Third, work as consumer advocates with the food industry to insist that
they do their part both as powerful policy advocates on commodity policy
and as consumer-driven businesses to help put good nutrition at the center
of our food policy and food system.
And finally, use your purchasing power to buy healthy rather than buy

Susan Sechler
Senior Fellow
Trade & Development Program
The German Marshall Fund
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Posted: Oct 4, 2006 5:50pm
Sep 16, 2006
Is Ben & Jerry's serving up "Chocolate Chip Cruelty Dough"? On its web site, the ice cream company known for its social conscience criticizes what it calls "giant, industrial farming operations," and it ends one of its commercials with the tag line, "Ben & Jerry's: Join our fight for small family farms."
But last month, after nearly a year of promises to The Humane Society of the United States that it would phase out battery-cage eggs in its ice cream, the company did an about-face and chose to continue to buy eggs—Perhaps 20 to 30 million of them a year—from factory farms that confine egg-laying hens in tiny battery cages so small the birds can't even spread their wings.

You've taken action to help farm animals before (thank you!). Today, caged hens are counting on you again to show Ben & Jerry's that it should live up to its socially responsible reputation and lose the battery cage eggs in its ice cream.

Please take just a moment to tell Ben & Jerry's to stop supporting this cruelty. Please call Ben & Jerry's right now at 802-846-1500 and urge the company to keep its promises to stop supporting battery cage cruelty (see our web page for talking points). Once you've called, please also email them.

Thank you for taking action for the animals!
Check out the stories on this campaign in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Burlington Free Press and Boston Herald.

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Posted: Sep 16, 2006 2:18pm
Sep 4, 2006
behind her, the colors begin
softly at first, intense in minutes
she begins to fade as the light
opens full and encompassing
quickly the chill fades
warmth radiates from beyond
glorious day, last full of summer
already the air is crisper, sharper
senses are filled with aromas
harvest is on, full and mature
squash, tomatoes, peppers
plums, apples, pears
bountiful and blessed
baskets are full,
feast is prepared
tis true some of the seeds
did not germinate and burst
forth with fruits
some withered in the heat
some never broke ground
but each had a chance
all were treated equally
loved and nurtured
here she comes again
sky is softening
colors becoming visible
she is brightening
what harmony and flow
each moment unique
whole and complete
the movement finished
before another begins
smoothly, with no resistance
as the day fades
she takes the sky
full and bright
positive in the dark
opening the universe
all things come
full circle
~so mote it be~
wolfie 06 sept

from medicinewoman with love:
Full Moon Partial Lunar Eclipse is on Thursday, September 7 at 2 pm EDT at 15 degrees Pisces


The Sun, Moon and Earth are in perfect alignment during an eclipse.  This alignment brings more enlightenment than a regular full moon because of the darkness the Moon passes through in the Earth’s shadow. This is a very good time to meditate or do psychic work.  Information can come with the Sun in Virgo and the Moon in Pisces concerning our plans, our strategies, our motivations, and our escapisms. A major turning point occurs for us as well as completion of cycles and lessons. This Full Moon Eclipse is BIG energy for the Earth now.  There can be separation and loss for many and feelings of sadness at a completion.  Physical injury can occur because of doing too much so avoid strenuous activity.  Things swept under the rug get uncovered, so pay attention to what comes up. The effects of a lunar eclipse generally occur six weeks beforehand.  The irrational prevails and we may be overwhelmed with difficult feelings.  A lunar eclipse is a time of considerable psychological growth as we integrate what we’ve been avoiding.  Do use the strong influences of this lunar eclipse in creative and inspirational ways.


Venus, Mercury, Mars and the South Nodes of the Moon are all in Virgo pressuring us to give up old habits, old angers, and old responses that do not let us grow. Saturn, Neptune and Jupiter are in a fixed t-square.  We’ll be individually living our dreams and facing our fears as our true feelings become more apparent to us.  Anyone who has been lying or deceiving will now stand accountable.  Do take things slow and don’t gamble more than you can afford to lose.  We can be preoccupied with values of life and death, the inner self and ego.  Do try to be tolerant with others to gain their cooperation.  Expect scandals in the government. Mercury, Mars Square Pluto: serious weather events can occur.


Uranus Conjunct Moon Opposition Sun and Mercury. Uranus is tied into this Full Moon Eclipse.  Giant leaps in thinking can occur. However emotions run amok and moods shift rapidly.  Expect surprises, upset, excitement and unexpected news.  We won’t feel like settling for what is and will want to experiment with new ways of doing things that support change. Nervous systems can easily get pushed too far. Jupiter Trine Moon.  Help comes through insights to problems.  We can understand how to turn a loss into a gain or how to turn a negative into a positive. 


September 4- Pluto turns direct.

As most of you know, Pluto has been demoted as a planet by the International Astronomical Union ( 5% of the world astronomers)  and is now considered a dwarf planet.  Many astronomers are writing to petition and make plans to reverse that decision. This decision is not accepted by all astrologers or astronomers either.  After all we do consider the Sun and Moon planets of which they are not.  It is unlikely that this whole scenario has played out yet and is settled.


   Fear and distrust can be hard to evade or deny.  We may have been subconsciously working on these issues in the past 5 months and now are ready to resolve our fears and doubts by taking them to a higher level.  We can be ready to make big changes in our personal lives as well as globally.  Do remember that energy follows thought therefore by thinking compassionately and with love, we pull more of that into our lives.  Control issues can come up and confrontations are uncomfortable.  On September 4, Pluto forms a quincunx with the U.S. Mercury that intensifies all political, business and military communications.  As the November election heats up, expect all kinds of media manipulation, emotionally charged issues and red herrings. 


September 5- Sun Uranus Opposition. A need for freedom is predominant and we’ll want to declare our independence.  Be careful of how you gather your evidence and be cautious about who or what you rant against.



On September 12, 2006, President Bush’s progressed Mars conjoins his natal Moon and his transiting Mars reaches the same point on October 3, 2006.  His health can suffer and his personal affairs can be under dangerous influences.  The Moon rules Mr. Bush’s Sun and is also the significator of the general public .  When Progressed Mars conjoins the Moon, the public is most disturbed by him. 


September 18- Important insights or resources can surface with aspects to Venus occurring.


The rewards for those able to flow with the unsteadiness of these times around the Full Moon Eclipse can be: increased spiritual awakening, releasing bad habits and psychological breakthroughs.  Do stay light on your feet, adaptable in your outlook and thinking, and trusting in your heart.



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Sep 3, 2006
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Location: United States
Fact (World Policy Institute's Arms Trade Resource Center): 
 the United States exported $18.55 billion in fighter planes, attack helicopters, tanks, battleships, and other weaponry in 2005. All signs point to 2006 being another banner export year. Just as in the movie, TV, and music businesses, we dwarf the competition. Russia is the next largest arms
exporter with a "measly" $4 billion in yearly sales. 
In fact, U.S. arms exports accounted for more than half of total global arms deliveries -- $34.8 billion -- in 2004, and we export more of them ourselves than the next six largest exporters (countries--China,
Russia, Britain, France, etc) combined.

hmmmmmmmmm.Gotta keep Georges' never-ending war going!!!

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