Archive for November, 2011


Slavoj Žižek at Occupy Wall Street. Photo by Kashish Das Shrestha

A quote from philosopher Slavoj Žižek, who spoke to the New York Occupiers at Zuccotti Park on October 9:

‘They tell you we are dreamers. The true dreamers are those who think things can go on indefinitely the way they are. We are not dreamers. We are awakening from a dream which is turning into a nightmare. We are not destroying anything. We are only witnessing how the system is destroying itself. We all know the classic scenes from cartoons. The cat reaches a precipice. But it goes on walking. Ignoring the fact that there is nothing beneath. Only when it looks down and notices it, it falls down. This is what we are doing here. We are telling the guys there on Wall Street – Hey, look down!’

692 Jungle and more jungle, I went up with him at 6AM to pull yucca from the earth. I walked a path I had not yet walked across a rushing river with huge flat boulders. I tried to keep his morning pace through banana fields and over jungle logs. Up on the slope where the yucca was planted we weren’t high enough for the Caribbean view or the overlook of the valley, we had only the view of more jungle slopes. For a moment, I had this feeling that the dense jungle went on forever and ever and ever. That where we were was all there was. Sometimes the jungle does seem that immense. Sometimes life does seem that intense.

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Peace Rally for Libya: November 24, 2011Sirte Libya devastation

CANADA wide

Time:

8:10 to 8:30 Pacific; 9:10 to 9:30 Mountain; 10:10 to 10:30 Central; 11:10 to 11:30 Eastern; 12:10 to 12:30 Atlantic; 12:40 to 13:00 Newfoundland & Labrador

Intention of November 24th 2011 Peace Rally:

To communicate to, and involve, as many Canadians as possible with the devotion of 20 minutes of their time to the people of Libya, and to the goal of ending Canada’s participation in NATO’s War on Terror.

Background:

The Canadian Government has announced a special day of celebration in Ottawa on Thursday November 24th, 2011 to honor the role of Canada’s military during NATO’s recent War in Libya.

Canada’s military played a leading role in NATO’s first war in Africa, which resulted in the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians, the decimation of the country’s infrastructure and the overthrow of the Libyan government. Tens of thousands of Libyans have fled their country of origin or have been displaced as a result of this “humanitarian war”, while hundreds have been rounded up, detained, tortured or summarily executed by NATO’s newly installed regime.

Africa’s largest reserves of crude oil, formerly a source of wealth redistribution in Libya and in neighboring African countries, have been divvied up amongst a selection of multinational oil corporations loyal to the NATO agenda. Libya’s Central Bank and its hundreds of billions of dollars in assets has been plundered and dismantled, and a private banking cartel installed in its place to run the country’s finances. And the Canadian Government wants to celebrate this achievement!

Canadians in general are a loving and peaceful people, and previous to the Harper Government taking office in January 2006, Canada was chiefly recognized for its peacekeeping and nation building role in the world. Since 2006, the military arm of Canada has however been transformed from peacekeeping to waging war, training others for war and preparing for war. The Harper Government has not only involved Canada in multiple theatres of war, from Afghanistan to Libya, but is actively engaging in advanced military planning to bring war to two more countries and its peoples: namely Syria and Iran.

Tens of billions of dollars from Canada’s public coffers are being directed annually to finance NATO’s war machine and the military industrial-complex. The Canadian Government and the Canadian Mainstream Media played an active role in promoting the wars in Afghanistan and Libya, and continue to promote the pursuit of this agenda of NATO and the military industrial-complex.

On November 24th, 2011, the world calls on Canadians to rededicate themselves to their values of Peace and to return their country to its previous peacekeeper role by publicly or privately observing 20 minutes of silence, meditation or prayer.

Goal of November 24th Peace Rally:

1 – To mobilize as many Canadians as possible, and in as many Canadian communities as possible, to publicly observe 20 minutes of silence, meditation or prayer for the people of Libya and for Peace.

2 – To draw to the attention of as many Canadians as possible the matter of:

(a)The deaths, suffering and multiple injustices inflicted on the majority of Libyans and their African neighbors by this NATO-backed “humanitarian war” and the so-called “people’s revolution” financed and supported by NATO;

(b) The need of the world for the dismantling of NATO and other engines of hyper-militarism that will never solve the world’s problems but only exacerbate them; and

(c) The need to return to the values of truth, justice and peace for all on Planet Earth.

3 – To establish a template for future similar events either in response to government or corporate war-making and resource theft, or as positive stand-alone statements of sympathy and/or solidarity with peoples being robbed or attacked by military force and/or economic means, or in imminent danger of such attack.

More Info:

www.20minutesforpeace.org

Contacts:
Barrie Zwicker, Toronto Event Contact (bwz@rogers.com)
Daniel LeBlanc, Moncton Event Contact (info@20minutesforpeace.org)

 

By Maura Judkis

Lt. John Pike, the U.C. Davis campus police officer who pepper-sprayed passive student protesters, is popping up in some of the world’s most famous paintings as part of an Internet meme intended to shame him for his actions.

 

On Friday, Pike casually pepper-sprayed protesters in a video that quickly went viral. “The apparent absence of empathy from the police officer, applying a toxic chemical to humans as if they were garden pests, is shocking,” The Post’s Phil Kennicott wrote.

Over the weekend, Pike’s visage popped up in Photoshopped into other scenes of languid passivity, such as Edouard Manet’s “Le Dejeuner sur l’Herbe” (The Luncheon on the Grass) pictured above.
Archibald Willard’s “The Spirit of ‘76” has a new addition.

The images are a cheeky way of fighting back against what students say was an unwarranted use of forceful policing tactics. The university has defended Pike’s actions, though he and two other police officers have been suspended pending an investigation.

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More at the Pepper Spraying Cop Tumblr.

Because thanking you unkindly would be quite sarcastic and rude.

History Has a Long Range Perspective

History Has a Long Range Perspective by Ricardo Levins Morales

History Has a Long Range Perspective by Ricardo Levins Morales

It’s true. We can’t remember the names of most of the petty tyrants while we honor those who resisted and rebelled.

Words from Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, leader of the Industrial Workers of the World.

New York City Public University Students are assaulted by NYPD while protesting tuition hikes.

Ernesto Che Guevara

Health basics: What are GMOs?

Monday, November 21, 2011 by: S. D. Wells

(NaturalNews) Molecular engineers working in laboratories for Monsanto, the giant American biotech company, are gene-splicing vegetable seedlings with poisonous pesticides and herbicides so the plants are inherently protected from the insects and worms that might damage them. The majority of products Americans eat daily contain some form of GMO soy, corn, canola (rapeseed) oil or cotton seed oil. Research shows that consuming the popular herbicide/pesticide Roundup leads to the mutation of cells in the human body, in turn fueling the development of malignant tumors and other various forms of cancer.

In other words, as the plants grow up from the ground, they already contain genes from toxic concoctions, therefore helping corporations and their “cooperating” farmers maximize profits. Some countries are terrified and outraged, knowing there are not sufficient studies on the long term effects from this bio-engineering “guessing game,” and are boycotting American exports of major vegetables, dairy, and meat products for this specific reason, including Germany.

Consider this: What if over half of all the food being sold in grocery stores contained pesticides that you couldn’t taste or smell, with no warnings on the labels, and then you got cancer from eating them after ten years? Or, what if a pregnant mother could get her baby vaccinated in the womb with an insecticide, so that no insects would ever bite the child after it was born? Would anyone be crazy enough to do it, especially if it was FDA approved?

More than 85% of all corn, soy and canola oil are GMO

The bad news is in, and it may not be changing for quite awhile. GMO vegetables and all of their by-products are not labeled as GMO in the United States. Currently, 93% of soy, canola and cottonseed oil, 86% of corn, 95% of sugar beets, 13% of squash, and rice is on the cutting board now. As much as 77% of the world’s soy is GMO also. Think for a moment about all of the popular products that have some kind of processed soy or corn in them; it would take an entire book to list them all. GM potatoes and tomatoes have been taken off the market.

To appreciate the size of this health and environmental disaster, one should understand the 96% rule. For the first time ever, science has created models that combine the clinical and genetic similarities of rodents, great apes and humans for determining the odds of acquiring cancer.

A comparison of genetic blueprints with that of the human genome shows that our closest living relatives share 96% of our DNA (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3…). Before now, scientists had hypothesized that it was only about 35%. The FDA and CDC quite often denounce research regarding popular cancer causing foods, additives, and artificial sweeteners because tests are only run on rats and mice, but not humans. Now we know we are affected by toxins, just like the other animals.

To pour salt in the wound, GMO pesticides not only kill most of the nutrients in foods, but most GMO plants die after one year and new seeds must be purchased from Monsanto. It’s all part of the money making scheme (http://paraschopra.com/publications…).

What’s the cure? Eat only organic food from local farmers markets and health-food grocery stores. And if you say it’s more expensive, you’re wrong. Surgery and chemotherapy for stomach, kidney and colon cancer far exceed the price of non-GMO foods, drinks, candy and gum (and that’s with health insurance). Also, let your voice be heard about GMO labeling. (MillionsagainstMonsanto.com)

Sources for this article include:

http://www.ers.usda.gov/Data/Biotec…

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3…

http://www.newswithviews.com/Smith/…

http://www.csa.com/discoveryguides/…

http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/…

http://paraschopra.com/publications…

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/…

http://www.organicconsumers.org/mon…

http://www.treehugger.com/corporate…

http://www.treehugger.com/corporate…

http://www.ghorganics.com/GM%20food…

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http://www.buzzle.com/articles/cott…