Music Theme for 25 December ~ Joyeux Noel ?

It’s THAT time of year:  The holy time for many in many different places and languages. It’s a time of year I personally find very troubling and unsettling in many ways. It is perhaps the time of year of the most discordance between reality and what may simply be a willing suspension of disbelief of reality. I’m not sure what to make of it even after all my time spent on this planet in this life.  This is not a new state of questioning mental affairs for moi. It’s like  a very well-worn pair of dress shoes that still are very uncomfortable. Much is done in love and caring in this time of year. Much is also done in violence and uncaring at this time and the rest of the year.  There does not seem to be a balance as far as I can tell. Hence. I will not claim or praise that some things like peace, goodwill and love towards others exists when it clearly does not at large. A state of global affairs which is possibly due to lack of will. Or perhaps its lack is due to flawed human nature. I’m not sure.  I do know there is not peace on earth, nor is there enough good will among men and women to make it so.  I wish there was.  Perhaps one day there will be. I wish it was already. Peace to you and yours.

namaste

ewa

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  • “Ave Maria”, performed by Natalie Dessay, The London Symphony Orchestra.

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qian shi·

A story inspired by a shoe-doll displayed in Childhood Museum, Edinburgh. This short film shows a touching story about a young girl and her father in a poverty, London, 1910s. Qian Shi’s BA Animation graduation film. The Best Student Film of BAF08. MX Award at TAF2010 (Tokyo Anime Fair 2010).

“The Museum of Childhood Edinburgh has plentiful collections of dolls, toys, and other remnants of youth. On a visit there 2005, I found an old doll made from a shoe. It was not very remarkable compared with the other beautiful dolls on display, but it is still very eye-catching. The introduction reads: Doll made from an old shoe that belonged to a poor child from the London slums in 1905.

I couldn’t help imagining the little girl who could barely afford a pair of shoes taking comfort in this lovely shoe-doll friend who accompanies her sweetest dreams. The shoe-doll became a symbol to me of beloved and colourful childhood.

I decided I wanted to tell a story of this little shoe-doll.”

http://www.qianshi.co.uk

Wikipedia regarding Joyeux Noel/ Merry Christmas  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joyeux_No%C3%ABl

Soundtrack

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Deborah:    Who chose our Christmas theme “Home For the Holidays” http://myriad234.wordpress.com/

Bear:     http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/

Johnny:       http://johnnyojanpera.wordpress.com/

Willow:         http://willowdot21.wordpress.com/

Collaborator:   Our newest themist  http://sincerelykaterz.wordpress.com/

Where have all the oysters gone? Ask the Maine Worms. Oh, and apparently Ireland exports more than great beer.

Love those little beasties on the half shell? How about shrimp on the barbie? –No, not that Barbie–though that’s an interesting thought. Could plastic Barbie be used to fuel a grill? Not unless you love the smell of plastic melting with your seafood.  Yeah, so much for the free association word play and back to some of the fundamental life forms formerly flourishing in the Gulf of Mexico prior to the BP Oil Spill.  While wandering through Al Jazeera News I dipped into the features section to find, to my great dismay, a piece posted today by Dahr Jamail titled “No end in sight for oil in the Gulf of Mexico. Fresh oil seepages raise questions about further problems with BP’s damaged oil well.” I’ll be right up front–reading this piece will NOT make your day brighter or cheer you up. But–it does provide a certain look at how ecosystems operate and how complex and interconnected Earth’s entire environment system is. Think about worms from Maine and sponges from Ireland destroying oyster populations in the gulf.  Invasive species knocking off the oysters is no small matter for the ecosystem or the oystermen/women who depended on the oysters being fruitful and multiplying for their livelihoods.   And the local oyster extinction issue is just the tip of this article’s oil spill iceberg.  Oil sheens are manifesting and whence are they coming from is another big question–Deep Horizon? The Mancondo well site? Or the seafloor itself due to the disruption of the natural order of things? Wherever it’s coming from it’s way too much for  anyone’s comfort. Even BP is out there doing “research.”

Now about that Tar Sands Keystone XL Pipeline …..

 

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2011/09/2011912175412109550.html

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2011/09/2011912175412109550.html

PS–It’s National Gasland No Fracking Call Obama Day—  202-456-1111  or 202-456-1413    Very nice Volunteers staff the phones so be nice, polite–and brief so that more people can get through the system. Numbers count because by now they know the information drill.  Let them know who you are, where you’re from and that you oppose Fracking.   Go for it. Make it an Earth Day.

Peace

Red Alert All “Serfs”: Corporate hostile take-over of America is underway via Republican Governors at large.

 It’s official folks. The corporate take-over of America is well underway around the USA. Oh yeah. No doubts about it. Just survey what every Republican Governor is up to in every state and it’s absolutely clear that this is an organized attack on the working classes en masse. The goal is absolute control, dominance and power over the population. Does that sound paranoid? Yeah, well it’s reality, fellow serfs.  You think Wisconsin has ISSUES? Well, while we’ve all been watching the antics of Republican Dictator Walker and his hench-people, especially the extremely adorably arrogant Senator Fitzgerald, a very nasty power grab has been conducted in Lansing, Michigan. Oh yeah, what’s worse than snidely cutting the feet out from the working class by stripping them of collective bargaining rights? Float this in your boiling brainpan:

In an extreme move to take away power of local governments, the Michigan Senate voted yesterday to allow the appointment of so-called emergency financial managers to take control of cities and school districts that the newly elected Republican governor in the state unilaterally declares to be “financial emergencies.”

The new bill was passed 26-12 by the Republican-controlled Senate in Lansing and allows newly-appointed financial managers a broad range of powers over local governments. Newly elected Republican Governor Rick Snyder’s new budget bill slashes aid to local governments and many towns are expected to fall into the financial emergency zone as a result. Governor Snyder will then appoint financial managers to oversee these towns.

The bill was passed first in Michigan’s Congress and will now await some changes in wording before being sent to Snyder’s desk for his signature. After the bill is put in effect, the financial managers will be allowed to “reject, modify or terminate the terms of an existing contract…or a collective bargaining agreement.”

They will also be able to “suspend or dismiss local officials, “disincorporate of dissolve entire city governments” and “recommend…that a school district be reorganized with one or more contiguous districts.” Jennifer Page, “Corporate Politicians at Helm”,  The Center for Media and Democracy’s PRwatch

http://www.prwatch.org/news/2011/03/10330/corporate-politicians-helm-michigan-sell-out-local-democracy

 

Michigan’s Governor is a Republican and by now we all know what that means—right wing Koch Brothers and Cohorts MONEY puppet.  Now that Snyder has established his right to slash and burn cities and school districts all by himself –and then to appoint “new managers”–the door is open for Koch and like-minded right-wing Corporate Cohorts for more “hostile take-overs” of cities and schools. Why bother with purchasing individual energy works when you can bleed an entire city and its population to suit your own agenda?

What are we Serfs going to do?

Whatever happened to self-determination in America?

Is this still “America”–land of the FREE? Is it?

The rules have changed folks. In case you haven’t noticed, these Republicans don’t adhere to laws, fair play or honesty. They don’t give a damn about working class people of any ilk. In Wisconsin they have abandoned all pretense of integrity. They’re not elected officials anymore. They’re arrogant, power hungry, control monsters bent on imposing their way–as the only way in much the same vein as the most repulsive manipulative television evangelists.  The right-wing corporate Republican way is The Only Way. I sense that “loving kindness” will not get us Serfs anywhere with these people because such is out of their ken. They’re proving it with every move they make. If the Republicans in Wisconsin are so proud of their handiwork, why do they run away from the capital escorted by police, through tunnels and unto dark buses to avoid the wrath of the people they’re supposed to REPRESENT? Do they fear a modern form of being tarred and feathered? Why do they keep trying to keep their handiwork from public view?  Because they know it’s “wrong” yet they intend to do as their corporate funders demand any way they can.

Posted on Wisconsin Resistance Radio, Facebook

Note: For those of you who don’t understand what unions and collective bargaining rights mean for working classes–do some homework–start with the Ludlow Massacre and learn about those and other people who died in order for there to be a 40 hour work week, no child labor, and decent living wages. Yes, people fought and died in order to end ruthless exploitation by the rich elite who took everything and gave nothing for the labor of others.  Corporate created textbooks don’t present much information on the dark side of the labor movement. Explore America’s dark labor history before you decide unions don’t matter.  
 

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