Sunday, March 12, 2006

March against War

An article today in the Albq Journal says -
If the Iraq War is so unpopular, where are all the protestors?

They're out there...Where is all the media coverage?

This from Truthout reminds us that March is the time for marching, according to David Swanson. The cherry buds and articles of impeachment will be emerging soon in Washington. On the Gulf Coast, Mardi Gras hangovers and media interest in hurricane victims are wearing off.

FOCUS | David Swanson: March

I am going to post a retrospective piece, from the first pages of my own blog, C. Little, no less - It was a brief description of a tiny peace protest, in Corrales NM, that took place in March 2003. I have been blogging for 3 years now.
Noah is 4-1/2 years old. Jody is in Qatar, again. Still. Ariana is completing her nursing degree. Robert heals the sick and raises the dead in Corrales. This morning, there was snow and today fierce winds rattle our windows. The Ides of March are upon us. Wars rage on.

Rain is falling, after a long time of no rain, changing the world.
It is a sad day; a war is happening, undeclared but imminent.

We had some rain on Sunday, after we stood a little while out
by the road with a group of about sixty people from our small
community, holding candles in soda cups, trying to keep them
from flickering out in the wind.

It was not a spirited rally, and not enough people felt like singing
old protest songs--We Shall Overcome or Give Peace A Chance...
We know peace has no chance, that it is flickering out in the darkness.

Still, a memory of peace was among us, the old folks and little kids
that were there, standing there, for no reason but to do something,
feel something. Hoping that our fears will be unfounded, assuaged...

Two women were talking in the dark, I don't know if they knew each other...
I know them both. Once we were mothers at the family school, once we
were playing with new babies.

These women are married to men who have been wounded, though not by war.
One husband was paralyzed in a ski accident, and is still in a wheelchair.
The other has a degenerative brain disease, a frontal lobe mystery.

This quiet man told us that he took a sign "No War For Oil"
out to the intersection and stood there for a few hours, while
many cars drove by, and mostly everyone ignored him, would not
even look at him.

He came to the vigil with his candle, and his kids, and his
wife who says she hardly knows him anymore. He sang softly,
"This little light of mine...," pretty much by himself.

It began to rain, and the people ran to their cars and
went home, with melted candles and broken hearts
over a war we cannot stop but can only hold up a little light,
and hope it will be enough.


Lou Dobbs on CNN is actually attempting to bring up some of the connective
tissue underlying the US-Dubai ports problem. Namely, the Boosh family and
the bipartison across the board corporate corruption that has been going on
for a long time..but anyway-- this video is certainly surprising, coming from
CNN: check it out - Carlyle Group - Bush family ties to UAE

Here's the video:

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Peanut Butter sandwich

Noah having a *smawich* - January 2006
UN Grabs Great Smokeys

This is the kind of story that really confuses me.
It sounds terrible - but then maybe it is good - but...
it sounds terrible!

I don't know what to think.

One thing for sure, it is important we know about these
kinds of things so we don't become too trusting of the
entities that purchase and control our wilderness.

Would it be better to use the land for... a weapons lab?
What are the alternatives? I do love the ideals of
the Earth Charter, which Lolly so loved. Is it really a
plot? Is it all a plot? Oh dear.

then there's this report from Michael Klare via on Alternet -

The Coming Resource Wars
America's closest ally has announced that climate change has ushered in an era of violent conflict over energy, water and arable land.

It's official: the era of resource wars is upon us. In a major London address, British Defense Secretary John Reid warned that global climate change and dwindling natural resources are combining to increase the likelihood of violent conflict over land, water and energy. Climate change, he indicated, "will make scarce resources, clean water, viable agricultural land even scarcer" -- and this will "make the emergence of violent conflict more rather than less likely."

...Although speculative, these reports make one thing clear: when thinking about the calamitous effects of global climate change, we must emphasize its social and political consequences as much as its purely environmental effects. Drought, flooding and storms can kill us, and surely will -- but so will wars among the survivors of these catastrophes over what remains of food, water and shelter. As Reid's comments indicate, no society, however affluent, will escape involvement in these forms of conflict.

We can respond to these predictions in one of two ways: by relying on fortifications and military force to provide some degree of advantage in the global struggle over resources, or by taking meaningful steps to reduce the risk of cataclysmic climate change....