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SquatchâEUR(TM)s Open Thread 04/10/2015

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Afghanistan, Education, girls, greenhouse gas emissions, India, jigsaw puzzle, Malala Yousafzai, My Universe, Peace, petition, Upworthy )

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JL A (281)
Sunday October 4, 2015, 12:18 pm
Peacemakers like MLK and Gandi told us that peace is far more than an absence of war and thus peacemakers around the world are focused on training and strategies for alternatives to violence for resolving conflicts. Such reconciliation approaches, which includes educational components are even working to heal the genocide wounds in Rwanda. If it can happen there, it can happen elsewhere, too...there just won't be profits for weapons and ammo manufacturers and private security forces and other contractors that only make money when there is war.

David C (75)
Sunday October 4, 2015, 12:23 pm
thanks, peace for the future starts with education, equality, and acceptance

Arielle S (313)
Sunday October 4, 2015, 12:26 pm
It is ever so much harder to work for peace than to make war....any birdbrain can rattle swords and murder people. Peace is hard work. And strength isn't always about muscle - it's also about backbone and determination.

Good for India - we could make amazing strides if we all worked together.

Another great job, Lynn - thank you!

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Sunday October 4, 2015, 1:25 pm
I notice that you tend to let the priorities of those dreaded household chores drop too in favor of helping others and getting the thread in the air, Lynn. You were well schooled by the master, and a perfect stand-in. Now go and have a catnap and follow TomCat further: the laundry will keep until the last piece of clothing has come out of the cupboard.

Foreign Policy: Sadly, at this moment in time, America isn't interested in peace and has no intention whatsoever to contemplate the benefits of peace over war. Well, at least a large group of Americans isn't and that testosterone driven, change-resistant and bigoted group of angry white men are out-shouting every one else and have been doing so for a long time. As long as Americans believe that leadership comes in the form of a chest-beating, teeth-baring King Kong and anything to do with peace is for long-haired, bearded lefties in sandals, no candidate will even mention the word peace unless it is something America is gong to bring to another country, much the same as it brings democracy: with war.

Upworthy: And then there is this ray of hope, in the form of a 71-year-old woman who manages to open the first free school for girls in Afghanistan. Kudos to this brave woman who understands what one of the cornerstones of peace is: the freedom for all to get an education.

Foreign Policy: India is right in pointing out that it hasn't been a major contributor to global emissions and still isn't and therefore can't be held to the same strict rules for lowering carbon emissions as the major polluters without (financial) aid. The country's economy is growing now fast, but it does because it has invested so much in "the old technology" and simply hasn't got the money to turn make the transition any time soon. They have a point, and should get help, but that shouldn't imply an excuse to do little themselves or -as happened all to often - allow the financial aid to disappear into the pockets of the corrupt or of the already disgustingly wealthy of India's 1%.

My Universe: The look on that cat's face is worth a million.

Joanne Dixon (37)
Sunday October 4, 2015, 1:30 pm
4:46. Rather grumpy-looking for a Goldie IMO.

You atre truly a worthy stand-in for TomCat ... procrastinating on laundry proves it.

Foreign Policy - As a veteran who is in favor of peace (and there are a lot of us - there is an action group called "Veterans for Peace;" and "Vote Vets" is pretty consistent in supporting negotiated peace. Not to mention the booklet "War Is A Racket" by highly decorated former Commandant of the Marine Corps Smedley D Butler) - now where was I? Oh yes, as a veteran in favor of peace, I am also in favor of staring reality in the eye and working within it. And if you stare reality in the eye, you see pretty quickly that the US does NOT need the defense budget it has. I do respect anyone who may be worried about the effect a large Reduction in Force(RIF) would have on unemployment; that is a legitimate concern; there were a couple when I was on active duty and they were not fun from the inside - and they did not help the economy - and that was before quite so many American jobs went overseas. I suspect we may need to establish a HEALTHY economy before we can look at forcing our defense budget to work. I might add that rosily "thanking the troops," "thanking people for their service," etc, while cutting veterans' benefits is not different from what Kipling described in his verse "Tommy Atkins" - behavior by civilians which was despicable then and is despicable now.

Upworthy - Good grief, I'm a year younger and don't have a tenth of her energy. Bless her, and bless her work.

ForPol2 - Can't read it, but from your summary it appears India is facing reality. Now if only we alll would.

Universe - Oooops.

Walter F (128)
Sunday October 4, 2015, 3:57 pm
Thanks Lynn

Pat B (356)
Sunday October 4, 2015, 4:05 pm

Foreign Policy: The Command(s) do what they are told to do, from those nasty clowns, who are more than willing to send our men/women to war(s), but cut VA benefits for our wounded when they come back, and many are homeless, and destitute. It's heartbreaking. Wouldn't that be wonderful if the world embraced Peace instead?

Upworthy: What a wonderful lady to do this! Kudos to Ms. Razia Jan!

My Universe: It very rarely snows here in Texas, but my cat would be screaming to be let in. And then there'd be hell to pay afterwards. Just like the cute kitty in the picture.

Thanks, Lynn, and enjoy your evening.

Mitchell D (82)
Sunday October 4, 2015, 6:46 pm
We just, 30 minutes ago, got back from a wonderful, long weekend in Maine, visiting marvelous human beings, who happen to be my cousin, and her husband, and I have looked at the news about TC. It makes me happy.
I will look at the other stuff on the morrow.
Best wishes to all!

Edith B (146)
Sunday October 4, 2015, 9:21 pm
Foreign Policy: The last paragraph says the author hopes the press does its job and demands the candidates give their stance on working for peace. I would like to see that happen, too.

UPworthy: Razia Ray is a heroine. Imagine the courage it took to face those men and demand that their daughters be educated! Hurray for her.

Foreign Policy would not let me access the second site without registering. However, with the abject poverty in India today, it is understandable that they would ask for leniency.

My Universe: Poor kitty. Mine are indoor cats, but we have a screened porch that they love. Once when we went on vacation my husband checked the porch before we left, didn't see anyone, so locked the door. When my sister came the next day to feed, she discovered Sparky clawing at the door. She said he was very unhappy, having been locked away from his food and litter box for a whole day. I check the porch when we leave now.


Terrie Williams (798)
Monday October 5, 2015, 7:10 am
Masking and waging Peace takes courage, devotion to Higher-Self, patience, understanding, intelligence, empathy, compassion and a lot of negotiation. It is easy to let humanity's Base-Self override all the above qualities, because, let's face it, MOST people have not, will not or remain by force, unwilling to rise above themselves or to EVOLVE into Human Beings sharingthis planet with other human beings and wildlife/envionments. ThAT TAKES EFFORT. Most are not about to put for that effort. Easier to remain as they are, dumb, stupid, arrogant, ignorant, self-absorbed, unempathitic, uncompassionate and uncaring. In other words, LESS than an animal--SAVAGES.

Good on Razia -- I hope she does not encounter problems with the Taliban or low-browed, inferiority-complexed men in the building and running of this college.

India......Sigh.....I hope they get on with trying to do something both about their abject poverty problem AND their pollution problems. BOTH can be done, with or without other countries money. All it will take is the WILL of their people and their government to do so. Some is still better than nothing.


Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 6, 2015, 6:31 pm
Thanks Lynn---love and magic for TC.

Lynn Squance (235)
Tuesday October 6, 2015, 6:38 pm
Thanks everyone!

Nita L (127)
Wednesday October 7, 2015, 6:13 am
Thank you Lynn.

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