Apr 22, 2010
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Our efforts to address the impacts of climate change and support low-carbon development in Africa will serve U.S. strategic priorities to strengthen democracy, increase investment, improve health, prevent conflict and effectively address transnational challenges in Africa.--Dr. Jonathan Pershing, Deputy Special Envoy on Climate Change
In honor of Earth Day, this Prevent War update looks at how the effects of global warming willexacerbate the factors that lead to violent conflicts.
Wangari Maathai, 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner for her environmental work in KenyaPHOTOAs the world's largest historic emitter of greenhouse gases, the U.S has significantly contributed to global warming. Yet, this country will not feel the earliest or most dramatic effects of climate change. Instead, many less developed nations that are already struggling to overcome poverty, poor governance, and in many cases ongoing conflict, will be hard hit by desertification, dramatic weather events, rising sea levels, and less predictable weather that reduces agricultural production.
As these types of events multiply, vulnerable states around the world will struggle to adapt to a warming globe and the effects on livelihoods, ecosystems, and already scarce resources. Increased competition to secure resources and meet basic needs is likely to exacerbate societal or cross-border tensions and, in some cases, fuel violent conflict.
The U.S. military is already beginning to consider the connections between global warming and violent conflict. This year the Pentagon released its Quadrennial Defense Review, which includes a significant section on the effects of climate change as a "threat multiplier" around the globe. The report notes, "Climate change will contribute to food and water scarcity, will increase the spread of disease, and may spur or exacerbate mass migration. While climate change alone does not cause conflict, it may act as an accelerant of instability or conflict, placing a burden to respond on civilian institutions and militaries around the world."
Historically, the Pentagon has been resistant to any implication that global warming will affect U.S. military operations or planning processes, so this inclusion in the QDR represents a positive step forward towards widespread acknowledgement of the links between climate change and deadly conflict. Indeed, for those in Washington who are not swayed by an environmental argument, the risk to global and national security that global warming as a threat multiplier represents may provide a more compelling argument.
This week, Congress also heard testimony from the U.S. Deputy Special Envoy on Climate Change, Jonathan Pershing, on the impact of climate change in Africa during a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Africa Subcommittee. The Obama Administration is already searching for ways to help vulnerable nations adapt to a changing climate through existing programs in departments as diverse as State, Treasury and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). These programs will serve dual purposes by addressing issues such as food security or poverty alleviation, while simultaneously addressing how global warming will affect those communities and projects.
The National Security Network recently highlighted a new report from the Pew Project on National Security, Energy, and Climate Change that discusses the military's actions to cut its carbon footprint. Pentagon strategists recognize the connection between global warming, U.S. energy dependence, and future military engagement and have decided they must act. The report urges Congress to pass strong legislation to curb U.S. greenhouse gas emissions more broadly.
Take Action: Celebrate Earth Day with a Letter to the Editor!
Please take 10 minutes this week to write a letter to the editor of your local paper and educate your community and members of Congress on the connections between the effects of global warming and violent conflict. Remember your letter has a better chance of being published if you respond to an article that recently ran in the paper, perhaps an article about Earth Day celebrations. It will also be more likely to catch the attention of your members of Congress or their staff if you specifically name your senators and representatives in your letter.
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Oct 31, 2009
"A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that of the 36 children who died from H1N1 from April to August, six had no chronic health conditions. But all of them had a co-occurring bacterial infection.".....
Contrary to what the mass hysteria news organizations are saying, here is the truth... do you want to know?
Dr. Mercola reports that very few or none of the people who died expired from swine flu...They died from secondary infections MSRA, super bacteria such as Staph... No one is reporting what these people really died from.. Why not? Why is not one health organization digging into the truth? Why is there constant emphasis on H1NI as the boogey man, the thing that is causing all of these deaths, when it is NOT TRUE?
So where do these super bad bacteria that caused these deaths and can kill in a matter of one or two days come from? Hospitals....
And why are there super bad bacteria in the first place? Because doctors and factory farms are OVERUSING antibiotic medicines, which then kills all normal bacteria, but promotes the super bacteria, which resist antibiotics.
So the medical industry at this point seems to me anyway, to be covering up the true cause of deaths, as well as the harmlessness of the swine flu, all in an effort to stampede the sheeple into hospitals and clinics to get flu shots, which makes them rich.
Dr. Mercola also lays out the evidence that flu shots actually reduce the strength of the immune system, leaving one open to future disease attacks, such as the super bacteria Staph infections that kill in a day or two.
Bottom Line? All of this hype about epidemics, pandemics, swine flu, H1N1 and fear mongering ends up being very good for profits for Big Pharma, but BAD news for you and your family. As more deceptions and are piled on top of other fears and deceptions, the news media and Big Pharma are working hard to separate you from your money.
Oct 31, 2009 8:36am
Jan 12, 2009
Towards a Miracle in the Middle East
By Marianne Williamson
January 04, 2009
"Today is a day to cry for Israel.
Today is a day to cry for the Palestinians.
Today is a day to cry for all of us.
Today is a day of war.
War anywhere, at this point in our history, is an action that threatens
peace everywhere. Particularly when it comes to the Middle East.
From its spiritual significance to its political significance,
it is humanity's hot spot. It always has been and probably always will be.
It's where all the rivers of human perspective meet, to become
either a cauldron of hatred or an ocean of love.
While it might be tempting to "take sides" between Israel and the Palestinians, spiritually there are no sides to be taken.
As a generation, our moral imperative is to end war period,
to somehow move beyond the idea that war
is an acceptable means of solving problems.
Anything less than that makes us attitudinal conspirators."
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Jan 12, 2009 2:18pm
Jan 9, 2007
THE MURDER OF LARRY HOOPER By Arlene-Marie December 20, 2005 (Edited for punctuation and clarity.) On October 18, 2004, Arthur Shelton, a self described Christian and Eagle Scout, murdered hisfriend and roommate, Larry Hooper, because Hooper didn't believe in God.
On December 18, 2005, after many months of postponements, Arthur Shelton, with his defenseattorney, Seymour Swartz, appeared at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit, Michigan,before Judge Gregory D. Bill to face charges of murder in the first degree brought by AssistantProsecuting Attorney, Christina Guiruis.
The trial began with the taped phone call Arthur Shelton placed to the Taylor police departmentin Taylor, Michigan, October 18, 2004, at precisely 12:44 AM. Shelton sounded calm and pridefull when he told the dispatcher he had just shot "the devil himself" with a revolver and a shotgun because "he (Hooper) didn't believe in God."
Shelton told the dispatcher he was "still armed and ready to shoot again in case he moves. I want to make sure he's gone." When the dispatcher asked how many times he shot the victim Shelton replied, "hopefully enough."
Throughout the 15 minute phone call Shelton often repeated, "I'm a Christian and an Eagle Scout and I wouldn't lie," and "don't worry about me, I'm fine, but he's the devil." The dispatcher struggled to persuade Shelton to lay down his weapon and go outdoors with his arms raised. Shelton resisted, as he feared Hooper might not be "dead enough", but eventually complied.
Dead enough was an understatement. When the police arrived they were confronted with the grizzly scene of Hooper sitting upright on the couch with his head blown away and his brain laying on his hand. The autopsy report presented by the prosecutor was gruesome to be sure, but, for the record, Larry Hooper tested negative for all narcotics and alcohol.
Testimony by the arresting officer and the officers transporting Shelton to the police stationrevealed that while the officers were interested in gathering details about the incident,Shelton was obsessed with talking about God, the Eagle Scouts and stating he "would not talk to anyone who didn't believe in God but that he would talk to the police because he felt they believed in God."
On the second day of the trial the court played the videotape of the late night interrogation with Arthur Shelton. He appeared calm, cooperative and enjoyed the cookies and milk he wasserved. Once again Arthur was obsessed about talking about God and the Eagle Scouts.
He stated he "was not sorry for a second that he killed Hooper." He stated, "In the eyes of the law I was wrong and will probably spend the rest of my life in prison, but in the eyes of God I havekilled an evil person -- the devil himself." And when Arthur took the witness stand in his own defense he reiterated much of the same ideas.
Day three of the trial we heard summary arguments. The defense had little problem proving that Arthur is obsessed with religion, God and Eagle Scouts and pleaded for a verdict of not guilty due to insanity. The prosecution had little problem proving that Arthur was competent, knew the difference between right and wrong and called for a verdict of guilty of murder in the first degree.
As this was a wavered trial Judge Bill rendered his verdict quickly -- guilty ofsecond-degree murder with mental illness. On December 19, 2005, we returned to Judge Bill's court to witness sentencing of Arthur Shelton. The prosecution asked for the 'high end' of punishment - 25 to 45 years, while the defense was still pleading for not guilty due to insanity or, at the very most, a soft sentence at the 'low end' of punishment 15 to 22 years.
Judge Bill invited Shelton to make a statement and after fumbling for words Shelton stated he was sorry that Larry was dead but he did a job that had to be done. He stated that he actually, "saw fire and smoke coming from Larry's eyes and knew he was the devil himself."
Judge Bill proceeded to tenderly read letters written to him from Shelton's family members pleading for leniency. Shelton sat facing the audience and blew kisses to his tearful andsometimes sobbing family. In the end, the now stern-faced Judge Bill pronounced sentencing -- 25 to 45 years. Shelton was stunned and tried to negotiate the sentence stating, "I'm 50 years old and that is as good as a life sentence." Judge Bill responded, "Mr. Shelton you gave Larry Hooper a life sentence by committing one of the most heinous murders to come before my court."
(In a private conversation, the prosecutor, Ms Guirguis, explained that Michigan law requires that Shelton must serve 25 years before being eligible for parole.) I add now a disgusting chain of events that took place in the courtroom, the hallways, the lobby of the court building, the staircase outside of the courthouse and even the ladies bathroom. George Shiffer and myself attended day one of the trial.
Upon arrival we were asked who we were and I gave the court my American Atheist business card. Word that we were Atheists traveled fast in this court room that offered very limited seating and the only others in attendance were 11 members of Shelton's family who immediately began taunting George and me with "the people from hell, evil, and devils."
At breaks they waited for us in the hall and continued with more of the same while adding "God loves you" and blowing us kisses and shoving their crosses (worn on chains around their necks) in our faces. Several of the women even followed me into the bathroom and did their best to intimidate me with their crosses. Through it all George and I never flinched, but at the conclusion of the day I reported this taunting to the Officer of the Court who admitted that they were aware of the problem and escorted us to the elevator, past and to the disappointment of the waiting group of good Christians'.
On Day two when George and I, together with Joe Milon, entered the court room the taunting began immediately. Within an hour the Judge announced that those making gestures and faces had better cease or they would be removed. For the balance of the day the Christians wore their neck crosses on their backs, as we were seated in the back row, while constantly flopping them about with their hand.
When we returned from lunch (without court escort) the Christians were waiting for us on the seventh floor and lunged at us with small signs they had painted -- 'Jesus lives', God loves you' -- and, again, thrusted their crosses within 2 or 3 inches from our noses.
Tempers flared and a brief shouting match began. Brief because the court officers were there in a flash. Day three found Atheist Lee Helms in the same taunted position of the previous days though he was not known to the court or the Christians. At the conclusion of the day an officer of thecourt detained him stating they have been having trouble with 'those people' (Christians) andescorted him to the elevators.
Even with all that behind us, December 19th, the day of sentencing, was still a horrificexperience for myself, George Shiffer, Joe Milon, Lee Helms and Marty Maier. When leaving the courtroom the 'Christian' Shelton family lay in wait for us in the hallway. Their tears dried,they surrounded us shouting these comments: "The one good thing of all of this is that another Atheist is dead and the world is better off for it" and "The only good Atheist is a dead Atheist."
Submitted by: Arlene-MarieMichigan
State DirectorAmerican Atheists
PO Box 0025Allen Park, MI 48101
My own note: We obviously have a long way to go in teaching tolerance, empathy, diversity training, peaceful conflict resolution and bullying prevention in our schools.
Jan 9, 2007 5:16pm
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