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Sunday, 16 August 2009
Cascadia to Caracas Event Itroduction by Joe Anybody
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A peaceworker is an individual or member of an organization that undertakes to resolve violent conflict, prevent the rise of new violent conflicts, and rebuild societies damaged by war.
The term peaceworker is usually reserved for civilian, unarmed members of non-governmental organizations.
A peacemaker is a person or organization that attempts to reconcile parties involved in a dispute
Saturday, 15 August 2009
Dont ask the dead. They dont count.
Now Playing: Norman Solomon writes about " Dont ask the dead"
Don’t ask the dead
Days ago, under the headline "White House Struggles to Gauge Afghan Success," a New York Times story made a splash. "As the American military comes to full strength in the Afghan buildup, the Obama administration is struggling to come up with a long-promised plan to measure whether the war is being won."
Don’t ask the dead. They don’t count.
The Times article went on: "Those ‘metrics’ of success, demanded by Congress and eagerly awaited by the military, are seen as crucial if the president is to convince Capitol Hill and the country that his revamped strategy is working."
Don’t ask the dead. They won’t have a say.
"Without concrete signs of progress, Mr. Obama may lack the political stock — especially among Democrats and his liberal base — to make the case for continuing the military effort or enlarging the American presence."
Don’t ask the dead. They can’t hear you.
"We all share the president’s goal of succeeding in Afghanistan," said Senator John Kerry. "The challenge here is how we are going to define success in the medium term, given the difficult security environment we face."
Don’t ask the dead. You can’t hear them.
The White House "struggles to gauge Afghan success." People in the middle of the Afghan war struggle to survive.
A new ceiling of 68,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan hasn’t been reached yet, but leaks are now telling us that the Pentagon’s top commander there will soon request 45,000 more. Apparently, escalating the warfare is much more attractive to Washington’s policymakers than actually challenging the main supporters of the Taliban in Afghanistan — the Pakistani government.
"With the U.S. relationship with Pakistan still locked in a cold war embrace that accedes to Pakistani demands at the expense of Afghanistan, establishing a metric for anything is useless without reassessing the underlying assumptions," Elizabeth Gould and Paul Fitzgerald said last week. They’re authors of the new book Invisible History: Afghanistan’s Untold Story, published after nearly 30 years of research.
"With Pakistan’s creation of the Taliban, America’s concept of ‘winning’ entered a complicated phase that continues to haunt American decision-making to its core," Gould and Fitzgerald added. "Pakistani intelligence knows full well the American political system, its history of compliance with their wishes and the lack of appreciation for Afghan independence. America’s war in Afghanistan is an ongoing bait and switch where the U.S. fights against its own interests and Pakistan plays the Beltway like a violin."
Gould and Fitzgerald contend: "The only metric that matters is how far Pakistan’s military has moved from supporting Islamic extremism. With the insider relationship the United States has with Pakistan’s military intelligence, that should not be a difficult metric to establish."
Meanwhile, few Democrats with high profiles can bring themselves to challenge President Obama’s military escalation in Afghanistan. But an important statement has just come from John Burton, chairman of the California Democratic Party.
"Enough is enough," Burton wrote in an August 11 email blast that went to party activists statewide. "It’s time we learned the lessons of history. The British Empire, the most powerful empire in the world, could not subdue Afghanistan. Neither could the Soviet Union, the second most powerful country at that time and next-door neighbor to Afghanistan. Two of the great militaries in history found Afghanistan easy to conquer but impossible to hold. It’s time the people of Afghanistan assumed full control of their own country. It’s time for American troops to come home — not only from Iraq, but from Afghanistan too. And the first step is an exit strategy."
Burton made a key connection between the soaring costs of the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan and the domestic economy: "Already, $223 billion that could have gone to things like health care reform has been sunk into this war. . ."
Routinely, the dominant political and media calculus renders the dead as digits and widgets, moved around on spreadsheets and news pages. The victims of war are hardly seen as people by the numbed sophisticates who can measure just about anything but the value of a human life.
The dead can’t speak up. What’s our excuse?
Read more by Norman Solomon
Friday, 14 August 2009
Fish and Fish Oil Linked to Diabetes Risk
Mood: not sure
Now Playing: A new Harvard study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Fish and Fish Oil Linked to Diabetes Risk
A new Harvard study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition links fish and omega-3 oil consumption to type 2 diabetes. Following 195,204 adults for 14 to18 years, researchers found that the more fish or omega-3 fatty acids participants consumed, the higher their risk of developing diabetes. The risk increase was modest for occasional fish eaters, but rose to a 22 percent increased risk for women consuming five or more fish servings per week.
Prior studies have suggested that fat accumulation within muscle cells can lead to insulin resistance which, in turn, contributes to diabetes. People who eat no animal products have less fat in their cells and much less risk of developing diabetes. A low-fat vegan diet has been shown to improve type 2 diabetes.
Kaushik M, Mozaffarian D, Spiegelman D, Manson JE, Willett WC, Hu FB. Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, fish intake, and the risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Am J Clin Nutr. 2009 Jul 22. [Epub ahead of print]
Goff LM, Bell JD, So PW, Dornhorst A, Frost GS. Veganism and its relationship with insulin resistance and intramyocellular lipid. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2005;59:291-298.
Barnard ND, Cohen J, Jenkins DJ, Turner-McGrievy G, Gloede L, Green A, Ferdowsian H. A low-fat vegan diet and a conventional diabetes diet in the treatment of type 2 diabetes: a randomized, controlled, 74-week clinical trial. Am J Clin Nutr. 2009;89:1588S-1596S.
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Privacy Protection and Minority Rights - (book)
Now Playing: EPIC - Minority Rights book
Z3 Readers here is a Human Rights Book Recommended by EPIC
EPIC Bookstore: "Privacy Protection and Minority Rights"
"Privacy Protection and Minority Rights"
Edited by Mate Daniel Szabo
The protection of a minority group in any country envisages the grant
of protection by the state and in some cases, preferential selection
in the grant of employment, education, and business from which such
group has been historically excluded. Conferring such benefits
necessarily begins with identifying members and then granting them
protections. However, according to the editor, the freedom of identity
means that the state does not have power to interfere with the decision
of an individual to affirm or conceal one's ethnic identity or force
someone to make a declaration to that effect.
This book is a collection of three essays and the compilation starts
off by educating the readers about the foundation of minority
registration in Hungarian Law. Ivan Szekely's article focuses on
affirmative action and data protection. Szekely highlights the conflict
when the realization of one fundamental right can conflict with another
- the ban on compiling registers of minority origin and identities under
data protection laws one the one hand is at cross purposes with fighting
the abuses of claiming election seats or a role in distributing state
subsidies on the other. As a solution, Szekely endorses the use of a
"central registration of aggregate data" which does not attract data
protection laws while allowing group-level realization of subsidies. The
author also suggests various other solutions like application of
unidirectional data transformation procedures, data dividing, application
of privacy enhancing technologies and then discusses consequent
The next essay of the book addresses whether ethnic data in Hungary
should be standardized. This article also examines the relationship
between protection of sensitive data and the free flow of ethnic data
required for unimpeded provision of additional rights. At the outset,
Balazs Majtenyi and Laszlo Andras Pap point out people in need of
protection are defined differently in cases of discrimination than when
affirmative measures are at stake. The writers then review the
constitutional background and regulatory environment with regard to
data processing and make suggestions that could be implemented under
Hungarian law. Majtenyi and Pap also suggest that although a
legislative effort may rectify human rights violations, a shift in the
mindset of lawyers would be equally desirable. The authors further call
upon lawmakers and officials to have the courage to create and run a
"genuinely functional system of minority protection."
The final essay of the compilation pertains to identification checks
based on racial or ethnic stereotypes. Written by Kadar, Korner,
Moldova and Toth, this paper cites to several reports which show that
Roma - the minority community of Hungary - had a much lesser chance of
avoiding liability if caught during the commission of a crime. The
essay goes on to describe the "Strategies for Effective Police Stop and
Searches," the proportion of ID checks in relation to the population
and its effectiveness. Pointing out the ethnic disproportionality in
the "ID-checked" population, the researchers conclude that ethnic
profiling by police officers is a problem that must be acknowledged.
The authors suggest amending the Police Act, institutionalizing
relationship between local communities and the police, and the training
of police officers.
While the book pertains to privacy protection and honoring minority
rights in Hungary, it is equally applicable in a more macrocosmic
sense. Virtually every country in the world has a minority population
which are targeted by another group - be it the majority or a
state-backed authority. These groups always end up suffering some sort
of discrimination or another. Some suggestions contained in this book
would indeed be helpful to anyone looking to understand human rights
violations, offer possible remedies, and is certainly worth a read to
human rights activists and lawmakers alike.
-- Anirban Sen
Monday, 10 August 2009
Boing Drones and your Opinion
Mood: accident prone
Now Playing: Boeing/Insitu and the war machine
Susan Garrett Crowley
PO Box 963
Hood River, OR 97031
INSITU DESERVES A HARDER LOOK
By Susan Garrett Crowley
Insitu, a local drone developer now owned by Boeing, has approached the city as a part of a public relations campaign to develop public support for its operations. Since Boeing/Insitu has initiated this discussion, residents may want to carefully consider the true nature of what it is designed to do for the U.S. military.
Insitu drones were developed to track moving targets on the ground. Early Insitu scientists had hoped to develop a product that would track fish schools for the kill, but found a limited market. Instead, its drones will probably be used directly or indirectly to track humans for the kill, as well as for simple surveillance.
Boeing/Insitu now choose to emphasize reconnaissance, not the targeting assistance, but their development history shows that both are intended. A development report dated April 14, 2005 and then posted on Insitu’s website described testing of its drone ScanEagle at White Sands Missile Range: The drone “ . . . provided . . . targeting support and [was] used to derive targeting information for the delivery of an ATAC missile and JDAM missile.”
According to the website, in March and June of 2004, the ScanEagle flew with a larger Predator drone – which is not made by Insitu, but which is armed and used in assassination missions -- during tests of “hand-off strategies” with the Predator as they “prosecute targets.” Preliminary results indicated “that ScanEagle was among the quickest for target acquisition and most accurate for target location designation.”
Insitu drones have now been used by the U.S. Marines, Navy and Air Force and in both Iraq and Afghanistan. The Boeing/Insitu website is no longer so frank.
From miles on high there is no way for a drone to project exactly who the human beings inside targeted buildings or vehicles might be. Many are individuals who die tragically in a crossfire not of their making. Inevitable targeting mistakes have already created more enemies for the U.S. in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan, whose citizens refuse to consider their lost family members merely “collateral damage.”
Drones facilitate arm’s-length killing with no risk to the killer. Warfare without apparent cost can result in warfare without thought. It makes it easy for us to think we can occupy a foreign country and then savage our opposition and assassinate inconvenient local leaders – all by manipulating a computer joystick many miles away.
Moreover, it’s now assumed that the U.S. government can execute targeted assassinations of foreign citizens without benefit of any judicial process, an idea that would have been unthinkable just a decade ago and violates norms of international law. An official acknowledged this week that 367 people are now on the U.S. military’s kill list (New York Times, 8/10/09).
This is all done in our name, and Boeing/Insitu has an important role in it. Do we want to accept this with our silence? We already pay for it with our tax dollars.
We might take the lead of Insitu founder Tad McGeer, who left the company in part out of discomfort with its growing military focus. If Boeing/Insitu is asking for an endorsement of that kind of development in our communities, before we take their 30 pieces of silver, we might at least have an informed discussion of the role they play in forming the world our children will inherit.
Susan Garrett Crowley is a retired Hood River attorney and former mediator.
Friday, 7 August 2009
My cousinj Ted Westhusing
Now Playing: What is the message ... What is the mission?
28 November 2005 21:23 PST | Posted by Joe Anybody
How is honor possible in a war like the one in Iraq?
"I cannot support a msn (mission) that leads to corruption, human rights abuse and liars. I am sullied," it says. "I came to serve honorably and feel dishonored.
Wednesday, 5 August 2009
Lies & Deception regarding Bin Laden working for the US
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Topic: 911 TRUTH
Sunday, 2 August 2009
CASCADIA TO CARACAS
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CASCADIA TO CARACAS
Delegates from the Portland Venezuela Peace and Media delegation are hosting a fundraiser to support their upcoming trip to Venezuela. The event will feature two students from Evergreen College who just returned from a trip to Venezuela. Also featured will be a film by Joe Anybody, Cascadia to Caracas, the first part of his two-part series.
The trip’s focus is part of a mission to introduce US peace activists to the variety of organizational forms and actions that the Venezuelan people have built to achieve their political objectives. By learning from these examples, anti-war activists will be better prepared to creatively respond to the challenges that lie ahead in the US.
“This trip is an important connection to peace and justice activities in an area that has seen an increase in community organizing” says Joe Anybody, one of the delegation’s videographers who will be filming the delegation in action. “ In documenting the delegation’s trip, I want to share what I learn in Venezuela with the people in Portland when I return. I want to capture and share the organizing struggles of the people of Venezuela. I’m excited to see firsthand what’s going on and to report back.”
Joe Anybody is a Portland independent media videographer who has been making films about human rights issues for over 5 years. He films activism of groups such as Seriously Pissed-Off Grannies, Code Pink, Veterans for Peace, PDXpeace, Peace and Justice Works, PPRC, Individuals For Justice, Portland Copwatch and other important human rights events in the Pacific Northwest.
The Portland Venezuela Peace and Media delegation is part of a larger delegation to Venezuela hosted by PCASC, the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee. PCASC, a Portland-based nonprofit organization, has been working for peace and justice in the Portland area and in solidarity with Latin America for over 30 years,
When: Saturday, August 15, 2009 at 4 PM
Where: In the Miller Gallery, Mark Bldg. – 1219 SW Park Ave, Portland, Ore., 97205
Cost: $5-10 suggested donation – nobody turned away
For more information please visit our website at http://www.pdxvenezuela.org
# # #firstname.lastname@example.org/515 5456 Contact: Shizuko Hashimoto
Friday, 31 July 2009
Hot Dogs and getting cancer
Mood: accident prone
Now Playing: the meat industry and your health
Topic: BIG MONEY PLAYERS
Z3 Readers I quit eating hot dogs a few years ago ...after I read how Ralph Nader quit eating them, I "wised up" and did the same
Lawsuit: Hot dogs need warning label
Posted Jul 30 2009, 11:30 AM by Karen Datko
Many modern-day baseball stadiums prohibit smoking, but cancer danger apparently still lurks around the corner: An anti-meat consumer group alleges in a class-action that hot dogs pose serious health risks and need to carry warning labels.
The lawsuit was filed in Essex County, N.J., by The Cancer Project on behalf of three New Jersey residents. Among the named defendants are Nathan's Famous; Kraft Foods, which manufactures Oscar Mayer wieners; Sara Lee; ConAgra, which makes Hebrew National franks; and Marathon, manufacturer of Sabrett, "the frankfurter New Yorker's [sic] relish."
The plaintiffs envision a warning label similar to the one on cigarette packages. The wording would look something like: "Warning: Consuming hot dogs and other processed meats increases the risk of cancer."
The suit notes that a two-year-old study from the American Institute for Cancer Research suggests that eating the amount of processed meat in a single hot dog -- about 2 ounces -- every day increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 21%. That study recommends limiting red meat consumption to 18 ounces per week, and avoiding processed meats altogether. Another study, released this year by the National Cancer Institute, found that people who eat large amounts of red and processed meats are more likely to die from cancer or cardiovascular disease.
Nitrites, used to keep hot dogs fresh, are the main culprit, according to the suit: They join themselves to naturally occurring amines, forming carcinogenic compounds.
The Cancer Project, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., is focused on promoting a healthy diet that decreases the risk of cancer. The group specifically recommends a diet that is "free of animal products, high in plant foods, and low in fat."
According to The Cancer Project, Americans ate 1.5 billion pounds of hot dogs in 2006 and the average person eats 32 pounds of processed meat a year.
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