|Bob Dylan - I Want You|
|Bob Dylan - Ballad Of A Thin Man|
Urgent:Chickens confined in a battery cage on a factory farm
Protest Ben & Jerry's Scoop of Lies
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 this 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 has done an about-face and chosen 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!Sincerely,
President & CEO
The Humane Society of the United States
P.S. Check out the stories on this campaign in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Burlington Free Press and Boston Herald.
Tell Ben & Jerry's to free them from cages.
"And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway so this (she chuckled)--this is working very well for them."We know, state and local officials didn't do a great job either, but the last thing anyone wants to hear from the administration that brought us the unitary executive, is that it was beyond your control. Either you're keeping us safe or you're not.
Ava Lowery made this video about Katrina, which I found on Crooks and Liars:
- Less than half of the city's pre-storm population of 460,000 has returned, putting the population at roughly what it was in 1880.
- Nearly a third of the trash has yet to be picked up.
- Sixty percent of homes still lack electricity.
- Seventeen percent of the buses are operational.
- Half of the physicians have left, and there is a shortage of 1,000 nurses.
- Six of the nine hospitals remain closed.
- Sixty-six percent of public schools have reopened.
- A 40 percent hike in rental rates, disproportionately affecting black and low-income families.
- A 300 percent increase in the suicide rate.
From my sis:
Hector, your words invite me to listen to the Beatles with a different ear. The words they wrote, in context with the era, are like a running commentary of social issues and concerns. And I thought they were just rock ‘n rollers!P
"I want to bring my songs and melodies to hip hop beats -- a bit like 'No Diggity' by Blackstreet,"Elton is one of pop music's great collaborators. He's written a ton of stunning songs with lyricist Bernie Taupin. He's worked with Dre and Eminem on a landmark and controversial live performance of Eminem's hit Stan at the Grammys.
John said in excerpts of an interview posted on Rolling Stone's Web site on Friday. John told the music magazine he would like to work with producer Dr. Dre and a variety of artists, although he had yet to contact them.
"I want to work with Pharrell (Williams), Timbaland, Snoop (Dogg), Kanye (West), Eminem and just see what happens. It may be a disaster, it could be fantastic, but you don't know until you try," he said.
In 1974 a collaboration with John Lennon took place, resulting in Elton John covering The Beatles's "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" and Lennon's "One Day at a Time", and in return Elton John and band being featured on Lennon's "Whatever Gets You Thru the Night". In what would be Lennon's last live performance, the pair performed these two No. 1 hits along with the Beatles classic "I Saw Her Standing There" at Madison Square Garden.This is Elton doing Imagine in Central Park.
|Rilo Kiley - The Good That Won't Come Out|
From 1960 to 1962, the Beatles were the hottest band in Liverpool and Hamburg; from 1963, all of England and most of Western Europe; from 1964, America and the rest of the world. But they soon evolved from being the preeminent representatives of the "Mersey Beat" (named after the river that flows through Liverpool, founded by---get this---King John in CE 1207) as "The Fabs", the "Mop Tops", etc., and showed increasingly astonishing ingenuity as they continued to change musical, and world, history. It all seems like such a fairy tale that, if it wasn't so obviously true, it would be hard to believe; for if they had collapsed after 1964, that would still have been sufficient to assure their success as the most popular (and deservedly, best) band of all time. But they just kept growing, through Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Peppers, Magical Mystery Tour, the "White Album", Let it Be (recorded before Abbey Road but released last), and Abbey Road. And then, they had had enough.
|John Lennon-Watching the wheels|
|The Beatles - Sun King|
An American helped foil a burglary in northern England while watching a Beatles-related Webcam over the Internet, police said Friday. The man from Dallas was using a live camera link to look at Mathew Street, an area of Liverpool synonymous with the Beatles and home to the Cavern Club where the band regularly played. He saw intruders apparently breaking into a sports store and alerted local police.
"We did get a call from someone in Dallas who was watching on a Webcam that looks into the tourist areas, of which Mathew Street is one because of all the Beatles stuff," a Merseyside Police spokeswoman said. "He called directly through to police here." Officers were sent to the scene, and three suspects were arrested.
Hmm. Under example 3, I think I may qualify. Perhaps Diego will have a take on this.
atheism Disbelief in, or denial of, the existence of a god.
disbelieve 1. trans. Not to believe or credit; to refuse credence to: a. a statement or (alleged) fact: To reject the truth or reality of.
- To contradict or gainsay (anything stated or alleged); to declare to be untrue or untenable, or not what it is stated to be.
- Logic. The opposite of affirm; to assert the contradictory of (a proposition).
- To refuse to admit the truth of (a doctrine or tenet); to reject as untrue or unfounded; the opposite of assert or maintain.
- To refuse to recognize or acknowledge (a person or thing) as having a certain character or certain claims; to disown, disavow, repudiate, renounce.
Social Services Under Bush - Only Christians Need Apply
By Robyn Blumner
Tribune Media Services
August 18, 2006
Thanks to President Bush and his plan to Christianize the nation's provision of social services, one's relationship with Jesus Christ has become a real resume booster. As author Michelle Goldberg reports in her new book, Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism, Bush has ushered in affirmative action for the born again.
In 2005 alone, more than $2 billion in federal tax money went to faith-based programs for such services as job placement programs, addiction treatment and child mentoring. Overwhelmingly this money went to groups affiliated with Christian religions.
This reallocation of social service money from secular agencies to religiously affiliated programs has also resulted in shifting employment opportunities. But some of these new employers have a shocking job requirement: Only Christians need apply.
Goldberg cited the publicly funded Firm Foundation of Bradford, Pa., as a blatant example. The group provides prison inmates with job training, something one would think any trained professional could do. Well, think again. According to Goldberg, the group posted an ad for a site manager. It said that the applicant must be ''a believer in Christ and Christian Life today, sharing these ideals when the opportunity arises.'' Apparently, experience and qualifications are secondary.
Transforming social welfare into conversion therapy was Bush's design when he made faith-based initiatives the priority of his administration's domestic agenda. And his success has been astounding.
Before Bush upended things, religious groups had always been enlisted by government as providers of social services. They just had to wholly separate their religious mission from their government-funded services. Under Bush, there has been substantial blurring of the line.
As to hiring, the law always allowed religious groups to discriminate on religious grounds - so that the Catholic Church could hire Catholic priests, for example - but that exemption did not extend to employees hired with public funds to provide social welfare. It was a simple, clear rule. If you took public money you hired on the basis of merit, not piety.
But Bush wiped away this calibrated distinction by issuing a series of executive orders early in his presidency approving taxpayer financed religious discrimination.
Some of the resulting collateral damage has been tragic. Just talk to Anne Lown. She worked for 24 years for the Salvation Army in New York City before resigning
due to the hostility she felt toward her non-Christian beliefs. The office she ran had hundreds of employees with an annual budget of $50 million, almost all of which came from public sources. Lown oversaw foster care placements, day care services, residential services for the developmentally disabled and many other programs.
In Lown's experience, the Salvation Army had always in the past been meticulous about keeping its evangelical side from mingling with its provision of social services, but all that changed in 2003 - a change that she attributes directly to Bush's policies. A lawsuit filed by Lown and another 17 current and former employees of the Salvation Army alleges that religion suddenly pervaded the agency's personnel decisions.
Lown says she was handed a form that all employees were expected to complete, asking for a list of churches she attended over the last 10 years and the name of her present minister. Lown says she was told that indicating ''not applicable'' was not an option. A lawyer for the Salvation Army says the form was modified after complaints were received.
Margaret Geissman, who is also part of the lawsuit, claims that she was asked by a supervisor to point out gay and non-Christian employees, with the overt suggestion that there would eventually be a purge of sorts. The Salvation Army denies this.
Despite the Salvation Army's disclaimers, Goldberg cites an internal Salvation Army document describing a deal struck in 2001 with the White House. In exchange for the administration's passing regulations protecting faith-based groups from state and local anti-discrimination regulations relative to gays, the Salvation Army agreed to promote the administration's faith-based agenda.
Forget the proverbial wall. Here it is, church and state working hand-in-glove, with tax money and government-sanctioned intolerance as the prize.
Just another example of how, under this president, I hardly recognize my country anymore.
"Huck Finn, do you mean to tell me you don't know what a crusade is?"
"No," says I, "I don't.
"A crusade is a war to recover the Holy Land from the paynim."
"Which Holy Land?"
"Why, the Holy Land -- there ain't but one."
"What do we want of it?"
"Why, can't you understand? It's in the hands of the paynim, and it's our duty to take it away from them."
"How did we come to let them git hold of it?"
"We didn't come to let them git hold of it. They always had it."
"Why, Tom, then it must belong to them, don't it?"
"Why of course it does. Who said it didn't?"
I studied over it, but couldn't seem to git at the right of it, no way. I says:
"It's too many for me, Tom Sawyer. If I had a farm and it was mine, and another person wanted it, would it be right for him to --"
"Oh, shucks! you don't know enough to come in when it rains, Huck Finn. It ain't a farm, it's entirely different. You see, it's like this. They own the land, just the mere land, and that's all they DO own; but it was our folks, our Jews and Christians, that made it holy, and so they haven't any business to be there defiling it. It's a shame, and we ought not to stand it a minute. We ought to march against them and take it away from them."
"Why, it does seem to me it's the most mixed-up thing I ever see! Now, if I had a farm and another person --"
"Don't I tell you it hasn't got anything to do with farming? Farming is business, just common low-down business: that's all it is, it's all you can say for it; but this is higher, this is religious, and totally different."
"Religious to go and take the land away from people that owns it?"
"Certainly; it's always been considered so.
Mukunda: The maha-mantra was prescribed for modern times because of the fast-paced nature of things today. Even when people do get into a little quiet place, it's very difficult to calm the mind for very long.George: That's right. Chanting Hare Krishna is a type of meditation that can be practiced even if the mind is in turbulence. You can even be doing it and other things at the same time. That's what's so nice. In my life there's been many times the mantra brought things around. It keeps me in tune with reality, and the more you sit in one place and chant, the more incense you offer to Krishna in the same room, the more you purify the vibration, the more you can achieve what you're trying to do, which is just trying to remember God, God, God, God, God, as often as possible. And if you're talking to Him with the mantra, it certainly helps.
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