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I have been developing a way to help local people in 3rd world countries communicate their present situation through positive web-series for many years.
I am currently working on a project in Sri Lanka. I am making a fun, interesting, web series to show a side of the country that tourists wouldn't usually get a chance to see — hopefully inspiring visitors to have an open heart towards local people. At the same time I am a volunteer teacher in schools and orphanages. I also give travel advice and information.
Through this web-series I hope to develop a greater understanding and empathy between people from different cultures and transcend common contemporary problems by giving the local people a chance to tell us about their point of view in an objective manner.
RAW EDIT (SOME POOR AUDIO) These interviews and this footage just came hot off the fire line of the October 2014 Klamath River Training Exchange (TREX) in which approximately 40 local and out of the area "fire-lighters" learned to use prescribed fire around homes in the fire-adapted and fire-starved mountains of the Klamath and Salmon Rivers. Interviews are both from TREX participants and local Klamath and Salmon River residents. This was a very important and healing event for our communities, multiple burns were implemented in areas with great cultural significance to Karuk and Yurok people.
The 3rd Annual Wellness & Water Conference focused on the threats to our water from chemical manufacturing & storage, mountaintop removal coal mining, and Marcellus Shale drilling, and explored measures we can take to safeguard our wellness and water with panels featuring scientists and affected residents, informational tables, open-space discussions and our featured speakers — Dr. Rahul Gupta and two Goldman Environmental Prize winners, Helen Slottje and Maria Gunnoe.
Lloyd Wright contracted Hepatitis C in 1979 from 4 blood transfusions A liver biopsy in 1994 revealed Chronic Hepatitis C. After Cancer, Radiation Therapy, Chemotherapy and now Hep C, his liver was in bad shape. The medical establishment advised him to get his papers in order and expect to live another 3 to 5 years, and hope that something would come along to help. 18 years later, he has been virus free for 16 years
Lloyd explains the basics of how to read your hepatitis c blood test reports and what some crucial indicators can tell you about your health.
: We have mentioned MANY times here that the “charter school” movement, at it’s root, is both result of and the tool for the the overwhelming CorpoRat plan for the privatization/destruction of “public schooling,” in the USofA. A couple of corpoRat hack/political lickspittles at the NYTimes recently weighed in with an approving, summary piece, the MOST ‘critical’ part of which reads:
“We’re not providing adequately now,” said Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association. “Why would you take away financing from public schools?” Why indeed. The same forces that want to cut taxes for themselves do not want to pay for your public education system. So divide and conquer.
WS – Rahm Emanuel. – Corrupt Corporate Jester, hates poor people.
The Chicago Teachers Union is rallying support against closures that will disproportionately affect black, Latino kids
On Wednesday Chicago will see a mass rally, led by the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), to protest the planned shuttering of 54 elementary and middle schools before the next school year. Critics of the closures have pointed out that the vast majority of schools targeted (50 are on the West and South Sides of Chicago) provide for black and Latino children. While only around 40 percent of children in Chicago are black are Latino, 90 percent of children whose schools will be shuttered are black or Latino.
“The only thing that’s like it is Hurricane Katrina,” said CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey of the potential devastation, “except this is being done on purpose.” The closures will affect 30,000 students and around 1,000 teachers. Labor Notes’ Samantha Winslow explained that “the union opposes what leaders call a ‘manufactured crisis’: a series of intentional policy decisions to underfund public schools while boosting charter schools. Once public school enrollment drops, the board can close public schools and justify charters.” Winslow reported on the mass rally planned for Wednesday afternoon:
By Dylan DeBarr.WWH/CJE – I had just been told that my daughter was raped. I glance toward the door. I feel drunk, as if my legs can’t hold my weight. I grasp the window sill and push my forehead against the window. I need air. I gasp, choking on the silent scream that sticks in my throat. Thick, like molasses, I can’t swallow it or vomit it up.
She can’t shower in the daylight anymore. She can’t look at her own body. She feels her body has betrayed her. So, I sit on the floor in the bathroom as she showers in the dark. Sprays of water hit my face as I squint in the darkness watching her. She can’t close the shower curtain, so we leave it open. Her athletic body has shriveled. She has lost 30 pounds. No hips, no breasts, no more monthly period.
by John Konopak, Ph.D. (LSU, 1989, Education) WWH/CJE
Profit Centers in Schools: Remember how, a couple of weeks ago, I noted that NYC Mayor Michaerl Bloombberg was investing money and influence in a school-board election in Los Angeles? Well, it’s overand the billionaires won:
- Bourne, Kyla. “Space, Surveillance and Security Culture: An Ethnography of Urban Struggle in Chicago”
- Pino, Carolina. “Shellhouse [living portable]“
- Tofano, Mario. “Mask of a Multitude: Staging Anarchy in the City”
- Moderator: Erin Lierl
A presentation at the North American Anarchist Studies Network conference
|Zeitgeist Multidisciplinary Arts Center||Katz Furniture Warehouse|
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I was a school shooter before school shooting was cool.
A friend & I joked we were school shooters before school shooting was cool, I can't help but have a fondness for the school shooter - I relate.
I've studied the criminal mind and more specifically, murderous youthful rage. I did this because I myself was a pretty hate filled young-man.
The perversion of the human animal takes many forms… the killer who kills for no other reason but to kill is just one of them.
The serial killer has adult tastes, usually a fetish, a repressed sexuality or guilt. The school shooter is pure, they are honest and haven't grown into having an adult fetish to act out against, because of this, the study of the school shooter can bring the root issues to the surface.
I had been working on a book about this very subject, but lost most of the notes is an unfortunate incident similar to a fire… Anyway, here are some of my thoughts on the matter, some from an old notebook that survived the fire, some from memory….
The Fiscal Cliff and Our Reality.
A presentation followed by general discussion.
First Unitarian Universalist Church. 5212 S. Claiborne Avenue. New Orleans.
Since Election 2012 the “fiscal cliff” has emerged as the dominant issue of public discourse in this country. The President and the Congress agree that something must be done to prevent the U.S. from going over the fiscal cliff. The talking heads of the corporate media maintain that the only way the U.S. Government can avoid going over the fiscal cliff is through “shared sacrifices” by rich and poor alike in the name of getting America’s fiscal house in order.
The fiscal cliff debate raises questions of profound importance to the 99 percent. What is the fiscal cliff? How does downsizing “entitlements” in the pursuit of lower public debt really affect the 99 percent? Is what’s presented as “shared sacrifice” really shared in any meaningful sense of the word?
Watch and contribute to public discussion of the fiscal cliff issue from a 99 percent perspective
In the days leading up to Hurricane Sandy I watched along with countless others as the Media frenzied Halloween coinciding "Frankenstorm" Sandy appeared to make a beeline for New York and New Jersey. Sandy brought with it an ecological wake up, with a swirling natural example of a Fibonacci sequence contained in an immense storm and delivered to the doorstep of Wall Street in New York. Sandy had more “wake-up” painted on it than the equally sad storm of Honey Boo Boo foisted on the American public during prime time people programing hours. Sandy headed quite literally for ground zero of the Wall Street/Governmental poster child for disparity replete throughout our present system and the heart of Americas Occupy movement. The sweeping northern arm of the storm was in a placement for optimal damage around New York and New Jersey. The BBC had aired the scenario in a 2009 Episode of Hot Planet and it had painted this exact scenario as a probability of Global Warming due to slight temperature rises in the Atlantic. Hot Planet could not have been more uncanny in its prediction or theory. Add to this, the screaming silence of omission in the presidential debates about the environment and global warming. Now a "monster storm" was headed dead on and like it or not debate stopped upon the fact that this was to be massive! Indeed it was massive. Its' wake is equally so on many levels. The storm hit, emergency services scrambled, store shelves vacated, generators flew from the Home Depots stores in my area as if beamed up by Scotty on the Starship Enterprise prior to an ion storm that would deplete the dilithium crystals and render warp drive inoperable. The cacophony of preparation soon met the cacophony of real-time emergency action. It stretched many services to the breaking point as well as many lives. The onslaught of the activity is almost impossible to outline in coherent form, but chaos is a word now familiar to those who bore the brunt of it. The after effects equally so in scale and ramification. In its wake Sandy left emergency response further politicized by Mayor Bloomberg's reluctance to cancel the mass of supplies headed to 40,000 marathon runners while another 40,000 were literally and figuratively left in the dark. Bloomberg is reported to have finally conceded to pleas and threats from senior staff and even the New York Marathon organizers themselves. Mayor Bloombergs marathon priority in the face of so many suffering was demonstrative Hail Mary bonehead play if there ever was one. Clearly it showed the disconnect that exists in the disparity of real lives and the uppity out of touch privileged rich and galactically misinformed and/or uncaring. After affects met with slow or no response by FEMA bureaucracy, along with other large Aid agencies, some neighborhoods completely leveled by fire, a total disaster for great swaths and a near miss for others around New York. Yes, disaster all around was an understatement. continued below---
Occupy Sandy Relief - My House is Your House is Our House
Speaking at anti MTR giant Larry Gibson's Memorial; photo journalist Paul Corbit Brown explains part of why social movements frequently fail. He was speaking to several hundred activists gathered in Charleston WV to mourn the collective loss of a great leader in the fight against mountain top removal and several hundred activists from across the country who had tuned in to this live broadcast.
For over 4 months, students and their allies, took over the streets of Montreal every day, to protest a tuition hike imposed by the liberal party in Quebec.
On September 21st, the newly elected Premier of Quebec scrapped the tuition hike and repealed a controversial law, that effectively banned public demonstrations.
While this is being touted as a victory by many in the student movement, one element that made this success possible is already being overshadowed. How the the movement's militant street politics transformed the student strike from a single issue campaign to an uncompromising social insurrection.
an impromptu sit down with Karla at Festival Liberacion, in Charlotte, NC. (Area15)