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39Running Back to India - to Feed the Hungry
- World Prout AssemblyApr 25, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010 - from my new blogDear friends,
I was in Hyderabad, India, from May through December, 2009. I returned to the US for January through March, and by April 2nd was again back here in Hyderabad.
I spent the last ten years studying - getting a degree in journalism and following that up with an MA in Integrative Studies. I wrote many articles and essays, wrote two books, and organized a national conference. I came to Hyderabad to organize the second conference.
But, something happened along the way. One Sunday morning in September 2009, my son and I decided to cook imli rice (rice made with tamarind pulp and other good things like sesame seeds, peanuts, green chilies, coconut) and take it to a nearby slum and distribute. We cooked for about six hours on one small stove on the floor of our kitchen here in Hyderabad. We never did get a "gas connection" which would have allowed us to get the regular two-burner gas stove used here in India.
We made about 120 rice packets, put them into a bucket and went with the bucket by auto rickshaw to the slum. Getting out of the rickshaw, my son set the bucket on the ground and began to distribute the packets of rice. Within seconds, scores of women's hands were stretched out in front of him. Within another minute, two women had been knocked to the ground in the pushing and shoving to get close to the rice packets. Another minute after that the women grabbed the bucket from my son and helped themselves to the packets, sometimes breaking the packet and sending rice flying in the air.
I cannot put into words what I felt. It was all over in five minutes. I simply could not tolerate witnessing such hunger. It was just right in my face. Within one week I created my new NGO, Hearts Healing Hunger. Feeding 120 people just was woefully inadequate for me. It had to be more. I began dreaming that I must feed one thousand people every single day. This remains my plan.
See, we can write all we want about the politicians, the national leaders, the state leaders, decrying their lack of empathy for the poor and deprived segments of humanity. But in the end, where are we, and more important, what is the status of those poor and deprived except the same? They remain hungry as ever, poor as ever, cold as ever in winter with not even a blanket, wet as ever when monsoon rains come, hot as ever in their tents or mud and tin huts when temperatures reach 40 degrees celsius and beyond. Is it not inhuman to allow any human being to live in these conditions in the 21st century? Something must be done, and waiting for politicians to do something concrete is not the answer.
Despite huge obstacles, and above all no funds to even begin this project, I am simply determined to move ahead. I lie awake at nights wondering how I can find the funds, whether I could also bring some water and soap to wash the person I am feeding, whether I could bring scissors to cut their hair, as these most neglected human beings certainly have no money for a visit to the barber. I lie awake at night wondering if the food I cook will be tasty enough for them, and wonder over and over how only one meal a day will suffice them. I want to find the people who are silently starving and bring them back to the brink of life, and move from there to three meals a day and giving them a life of meaning, of love, of mental peace, and even of some joy. Is it too much to do? Perhaps. Some tell me yes. But.... just let me try. My dearest friend in the world once told me, if you want to do something bad, think many times before doing. But... if you want to do something good, don't hesitate even a second.
I want to start this project in Darjeeling District, Siliguri Subdivision, West Bengal. Actually it is North Bengal near the top of what is called the "chicken neck," a thin stretch of land stretching up from the southern body of land that comprises most of West Bengal. On the east is Bangladesh and Bhutan, to the north is Sikkim and above Sikkim is Tibet, and then on the west is Nepal. Refugees never stop coming into Darjeeling District from these neighbouring states. Most come looking for a way out of acute poverty in their country of origin. Or they come as political refugees from Tibet. Then, already living in Darjeeling District are the original inhabitants of the land, the adivasis. A friend in Siliguri told me that "the adivasis are starving." How can it be? How to accept it? So then, is the work not cut out for us, or at least for me?
The four major problems in Darjeeling District are (1) malaria, (2) tuberculosis, (3) HIV/AIDS and (4) human trafficking. Well, we can work on these problems. But first, it is about simply feeding the people. Isn' this the first call of duty for us all?
I want to start feeding five people on May 27th, 2010. It is just about four weeks from today. It is all I can personally afford right now. The day is Ananda Purnima, the night of the full moon. Perhaps I feel that it is an auspicious day to start. We will have a website up soon. http://www.heartshealinghunger.org. On the website will be a link to this blog. Why? Because I have a need to tell you, to write somewhere, to the world, about this project of feeding the people. I want the world to know what it is like to feed the poorest of the poor, the most neglected, downtrodden, half-naked, starving humanity. Our world is already facing water crisis in many regions. Food shortages will follow close on the heels of water shortages. To face the reality, it means that millions may starve, may perish, due to lack of food and water. Instead of waiting for that day to come, let me, let us together, start to feed the people. It may be only a few, it may be only a hundred, or only a thousand. It doesn't matter. We are not to worry about short or long term costs and benefits. Our job is only to serve the suffering humanity in whichever way we can.
So please, do not mind if I take the liberty to write here on a regular basis about my experiences in feeding the hungry people, just a handful of them, in a remote part of the world called Darjeeling District, North Bengal. I am hoping and believing that more and more of you will join me in this work, this glorious work, of feeding the hungry human beings.
Hearts Healing Hunger
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The I.R.S. would rather not revoke exemptions, either, and it has made a Herculean effort to let organizations at risk know it. For example, in 2007, it sent 665,000 letters to nonprofit groups that fell below the $25,000 threshold and those above that level that had not filed. Lois G. Lerner, director of the exempt organizations division of the I.R.S, said that while groups would lose their exemptions effective May 16, the I.R.S. would probably not send out notices until January to give nonprofits a chance to bring themselves into compliance with the law. Donors to affected groups will be able to take a deduction for gifts until formal notification is received by the recipient organization. - STEPHANIE STROM
The financial collapse has revealed the extreme corruption of the Wall Street financial system and created an extraordinary opening for change. We cannot, however, expect the leadership to come from within the political system. There is good reason why both the Bush and Obama administrations, different as they are, have responded to the Wall Street crash with bailouts for the guilty rather than face up to the need for a radical restructuring of the financial system. No president can stand up against Wall Street absent massive popular demand. To move forward, we the people must build a powerful popular political movement demanding a new economy designed to serve our children, families, communities, and nature. It begins with a conversation to demystify money and expose the lie that there is no alternative to the present economic system. It continues with action to rebuild our local economies based on sound market principles backed by national political action to transform the money system and broaden participation in ownership. This is our moment of opportunity. - David Korten
On April 6, 2010, Maoists held powerful rallies in all of Nepal's 75 districts -- demanding that the unelected prime minister resign to make way for a new Maoist-led government. Further rallies are scheduled leading up to May First. Maoist demands are unlikely to be met by parliamentary procedure and they know it. Maoists have discussed a double-barreled approach: build on the base areas and social transformation of the People's War to launch popular insurrection in the city. Nepali revolutionaries have been incredibly patient, refusing to over-extend their hand. They are seeking to apply one of Mao Zedong's most famous principles, the mass line: "It often happens that objectively the masses need a certain change, but subjectively they are not yet conscious of the need, not yet willing or determined to make the change. In such cases, we should not make the change until, through our work, most of the masses have become conscious of the need and are willing and determined to carry it out. Otherwise we shall isolate ourselves from the masses. Unless they are conscious and willing, any kind of work that requires their participation will turn out to be a mere formality and will fail."JED BRANDT
The American Psychiatric Association does not recognize so-called Internet addiction as a disorder. But it seems to be an affliction of modern life. In one extreme example in South Korea reported by the media, a couple allegedly neglected their three-month-old daughter, who died of malnutrition, because they were on the computer for up to 12 hours a day raising a virtual child. In the United States a small private U.S. center called ReSTART, located near Redmond, Wa., opened last year in the shadow of computer giant Microsoft to treat excessive use of the Internet, video gaming and texting. (Msnbc.com is a joint venture of Microsoft and NBC Universal.) The center's website cites various examples of students who ran up large debts or dropped out of college due to their obsession.
In the transitional period of civilization, honesty in individual life is a prime necessity. We shall have to remain ever vigilant that the darkness of petty self-interest may not shroud this supreme human treasure. With the very extinction of honesty, civilization too will not survive; the long sa?dhana? of the human race will go in vain, and all intellectual achievements will become meaningless. Book knowledge that cannot be utilized in life has no value.
Shrii Prabhat R. Sarkar
Textual mastery imitates, in the humanities and some areas of the social sciences, scientific technical knowledge. The job of teaching texts promises consumers the appearance of education through textual familiarity. Thus, research that challenges texts, produces new kinds, and may even transcend textual virtuosity is less marketable. The academic, in this sense, offers technique, which is marketable. Should a budding young scholar object to this portrait, her or his peers, in addition to advisers and friends, offer a powerful corrective: "You want a job, don't you?" Securing a job is the rhetorical trump that legitimizes the entire process. In the academy, it leads to a strange logic: The best way to get a job is to have one. Thus, many academics and by extension many public academic intellectuals are perpetually on the job market. Market potentiality governs everything they produce. In the academy, nothing is more marketable than the reputation of being smart. This makes sense: No one wants dumb intellectuals. - Lewis R. Gordon
"Democracy is exactly about managing this sort of conflict. Only the army and its friends have been undermining institutions," he said. "Of course, Thaksin is motivated more by face and greed than any real love for democracy or 'the people.' But who's using who? Many of the protesters think they need him, want to manipulate him, if you like. "[The middle classes] are insecure, scared. Because most of them have never been in a village, never want to, and want to block this whole part of Thailand out of their minds. Because they think they are part of the globalized world, and their gaze is firmly fixed outwards, not inwards towards their compatriots," Baker added. As the country waits to see how this latest chapter in its long struggle with democracy unfolds, many fear that this battle will not be the last and this war will leave more casualties before it finds any form of resolution. "This represents merely the first ripple in what is likely a tsunami headed in the direction of the Thai establishment," says Ferrara. "The question at this point is whether the Thai ruling class will want to eventually cut a deal or is determined to fight to the death." - Ismail Wolff
The criminal treatment of animals by the IDF and the jewish squatters is not directed at the animals per se, but is part of their strategy of genocide and ethnic cleansing against us Palestinians. The animals, donkeys, mulis, sheep, goats, chicken, dogs, cats ... are kept by their owners as part of their business. They represent work resources, food, the livelihood of these farmers and their families. The purpose of "arresting" (holding for ransom), stealing, killing these animals and to destroy or poison artesian wells is to ruinate their owners. One the animals have been exterminated and the wells poisoned or destroyed, these farmers are expelled from their lands, which are duly declared "military zone" by the IDF or the thieves from the so-called civil administration. - Kawther Salam
I think he's right. I've long had a nightmare/fantasy of standing on a desolate plain with a CEO or politician or capitalist journalist, shaking him by the shoulders and shouting, "Don't you see? Don't you see it was all a waste?" But after ruminating on this fellow's email, the nightmare has gotten even worse. Now I no longer have even the extraordinarily hollow satisfaction of seeing recognition of a massive mistake on this other's face. Now he merely looks at me, his eyes flashing a combination of arrogance, hatred, and willful incomprehension, and says, "I have no idea what you're talking about."
The One who is the origin of all beings is the Supreme Entity. The Supreme Entity belongs to all, equally. To get protection and to enjoy the manifested universe of the Supreme Entity is the birthright of each and every being. Nobody has any right to accumulate excessive wealth. To accumulate and desire more mundane property is a crime against society and a sin against God. It is a highly immoral and antisocial action. To fight such vested interests and to wage a war against such antisocial activities is upright and sacramental.
Shrii Prabhat R. Sarkar
... About 20 percent of our milk is genetically engineered. Technically this is known as rBGH, the small r stands for recombinant, BGH, is bovine growth hormone... This [milk] contains very high levels of a natural growth factor known as IGF-1... IGF-1 stands for Insulin-like Growth Factor 1. So growth factor 1 is a natural growth factor and is responsible for normal growth but when you drink rBGH milk, you have very, very high levels of this natural growth factor. When you drink it, the IGF-1 survives digestion and is readily absorbed from your small intestine, into your blood. Increased levels of IGF-1 have been shown to increase risks of breast cancer and we have about 20 publications showing this; risk of colon cancer [shown] by about 10 publications; prostate cancer by about another 10 publications. And a further concern: increased levels of IGF-1 block natural defense mechanisms against early cancers, [mechanisms] known as 'apoptosis.'" The scientific evidence of the dangers of rBGH milk is explained in great detail in Dr. Epstein's book What's in Your Milk?, published in 2006. "Based on the concerns which I have just briefly summarized, in 1999, the United Nations Food and Safety Agency, which represents a hundred nations worldwide, ruled unanimously not to set safety standards for rBGH milk, and effectively this has resulted in an international ban on U.S. milk. - Dr. Joseph Mercola
Bolivia has just celebrated ten years of a popular victory in the water war, when the people of Cochabamba were able to defeat a powerful Californian company, owner of their water by the grace of a government which said it was Bolivian and was very generous to those from afar. That water war was one of the battles that this land saves for the defense of its natural resources: that is in defense of its commonness with Nature. Bolivia is one of the American countries where indigenous cultures have been known to survive, and those voices now resound with more force than ever, despite the long period of rejection and persecution. The world, bewildered as it is and stumbling like a blind person in a shoot-out, will have to hear those voices. These tell us, mere humans, that we are part of Nature, related to all that have legs, feet, wings or roots. - Eduardo Galeano
With the Cochabamba summit, Bolivia is trying to take what it has accomplished at the national level and globalize it, inviting the world to participate in drafting a joint climate agenda ahead of the next UN climate gathering, in Cancún. In the words of Bolivia's ambassador to the UN, Pablo Solón, "The only thing that can save mankind from a tragedy is the exercise of global democracy." If he is right, the Bolivian process might save not just our warming planet but our failing democracies as well. Not a bad deal at all. - Naomi Klein
One way to tackle these issues is to make sure that all lending from the World Bank and IMF coincides with a comprehensive gender impact analysis. The point is to demonstrate that such lending will improve, not worsen, the plight of women. Currently there are various requirements on paper, but the executive directors at these financial institutions do not insist on their enforcement. For the United States, one plan of action is to have Congress require U.S. executive directors to obtain such an analysis as a condition of support for a loan, and to demand ongoing oversight and enforcement as a prerequisite for future U.S. funding. Similar strategies could be pursued in other rich nations that have their own executive directors at these institutions. - Brent Blackwater
What are the primary requisites of an ideal [sustainable community]? There are five, which correspond to the five minimum requirements in PROUT. First, to provide food throughout the year, sufficient local raw materials must be produced through agriculture and scientific farming. These raw materials will provide the basis for industrial units and agro-industries such as dairy farms, horticulture, sericulture, etc. For such industries, you cannot depend on raw material from anywhere else. Secondly, there should be production of sufficient fibres and fabrics for clothing. For example, fibres from ladies fingers, pineapple, sugar beet, banana, basil, cotton, sisal, etc. can be used for clothing. Thirdly, primary and post-primary schools should be started on all sustainable communities. Higher education institutions should not be established just now. Fourthly, general and special medical units should also be established. Special medical centres would accommodate invalid people for a certain periods because Master Units may or may not run big hospitals. Medical units should emphasise alternative medical treatments. Fifthly, our sustainable communities should undertake schemes to construct houses for extremely poor people. This special housing scheme for the poor must be immediately established.
Shrii Prabhat R. Sarkar
The provision of reservation came as an exception to the fundamental right to equality in favour of the scheduled castes (SCs), who suffered deep entrenched social prejudice against them and the scheduled tribes (STs), who were physically detached from the mainstream society and potentially faced the same fate as the scheduled castes. Prejudice was such that no matter what attributes they possessed, the society would not accept them anywhere other than where they were traditionally supposed to be. The reservations to the SCs, as a matter of fact had come through the colonial times and it was just a matter of continuation of what already existed post independence. To that was added the STs. The Constitution makers failed to attribute this exception to the disability of the Indian society to treat its own people equal and vaguely associated it with backwardness of these communities. Had it done so, the reservation would have had self terminating logic: motivating the larger society to do away this disability and hence the reservation itself at the earliest possible time. Unfortunately, the way it is couched, has made the reservations self perpetuating. - Anand Teltumbde
The Evergreen Cooperative Initiative is heavily influenced by the example of Mondragon. The project had its origins in a study trip to Mondragon sponsored by the Cleveland Foundation, and is described by Andrew MacLeod as "the first example of a major city trying to reproduce Mondragon." Besides the cooperative development fund, its umbrella of support organizations includes Evergreen Business services, which provides "back-office services, management expertise and turn-around skills should a co-op get into trouble down the road." Member enterprises are expected to plow ten percent of pre-tax profits back into the development fund to finance investment in new cooperatives. The Evergreen Cooperative Laundry was the first of some twenty cooperative enterprises on the drawing board, followed by Ohio Cooperative Solar (which carries out large-scale installation of solar power generating equipment on the roofs of local government and non-profit buildings). A third and fourth enterprise, a cooperative greenhouse and the Neighborhood Voice newspaper, are slated to open in the near future. - Kevin Carson
We have to ask: is it not time for a new justice party in this country? Can the intellectuals not for once drop their know-all attitude and join with the people? The time is now. We will not have a second chance. We must throw industrial growth onto the scrap heap of history and replace it with ecological justice. We must manage our adaptation to climate change by creating just systems. The present is bleak. The future is bleaker. All we can do is face it together by booting out the mafia and bringing in those who defend the land rights of the landless, of the tribals, of the forest dwellers, of the agriculturalists, of women, and of dalits. It may well be as the intellectuals argue that India is ready for a democracy based on justice and not on reservations. But for that the biggest reservation of all must first be abolished: the reservation by the UPA government of the country's land for the rich. - Anandi Sharan Meili
"By 2012, surplus oil production capacity could entirely disappear, and as early as 2015, the shortfall in output could reach nearly 10 million barrels per day," says the report, which has a foreword by a senior commander, General James N Mattis. It adds: "While it is difficult to predict precisely what economic, political, and strategic effects such a shortfall might produce, it surely would reduce the prospects for growth in both the developing and developed worlds. Such an economic slowdown would exacerbate other unresolved tensions, push fragile and failing states further down the path toward collapse, and perhaps have serious economic impact on both China and India." - Terry Macalister
"Cowardice asks the question, 'Is it safe?' Expediency asks the question, 'Is it politic?' Vanity asks the question, 'Is it popular?' But, conscience asks the question, 'Is it right?' And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because one's conscience tells one that it is right."
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.
The success of ecological agriculture rests not only in its immediate outcomes of better and more reliable performance, but also in its ability to address the underlying cause of hunger: poverty. Congress could learn from the thousands of Kenyan farmers who have obtained bumper crops and higher household income through the ecological pest management system known as "push-pull." By planting a variety of grasses in and around their cornfields, these farmers have suppressed insect pest and weed populations, reduced input costs, doubled or tripled their corn harvest, increased forage for livestock, supplied their families and local markets, paid off debts and set aside money to pay for school, medicines and other needs. No amount of gene-splicing (or lobbying or advertising) by Monsanto has ever accomplished this much for an African family. - Hans Herren and Marcia Ishii-Eiteman
Each and every one of us in this people's struggle who are committed to bringing about real systemic change is equally important. Ours is a collective struggle, and there are no political gurus in it. Each of us, irrespective of color or gender, brings experiences, ideas, and perspectives to this struggle. Each of us has common sense and the potential for being creative revolutionaries. None of us can bring about genuine systemic change by ourselves. Certainly, there are those among us who have garnered experience in this struggle and have set courageous examples. But they are not political gurus; they are long time freedom fighters and are respected as such. The effectiveness of this, the people's struggle, is rooted in, among other things, our collective strength. We must never lose sight of this. No one of us is as smart, strong, or as creative as all of us. - Larry Pinkney
Recently, I have read the accounts given by Arundhati Roy of what is happening to the poor forest-dwellers of India who are being dispossessed of their lands and way of life by International mining companies, aided and abetted by a government which actively supports global corporations against the people whose interests they supposedly represent. The lives of these innocent, harmless people are being torn apart in the most violent manner, both physically and mentally, by so-called educated and civilised human beings, the elite of our society. What is the future of humankind in such circumstances? - David Kennedy
So where do we go from here? How do we save the tigers? Do we plan to save those people who live outside the reserves or save the tigers at the expense of those living outside reserve land? The best way would be co existence between the tigers and the poor people who need benefits from the conservation of the tigers. Unless we re-imagine the conservation efforts differently there is little hope to save the tigers. The hard fact is more forest land is needed to safeguard the tigers. The tract of land outside the reserves has to be to be planted with trees that survive cattle and goats. Then we have to look after the people who live outside the tiger reserve. They should be generously compensated for the crops destroyed or their cattle killed. They should be provided with alternative access to grazing and fuel collection. It should be ensured that there is substantial and disproportionate development investment in the areas adjoining a Tiger reserve. This should be meant to benefit the people living by the side of the reserves and they must be made partners, owners and earners from the tiger conservation plan. - Syed Ali Mujtaba
The world is a transitory phase or changing phenomenon within the scope of the Cosmic Mind. It is going in eternal motion, and such a motion is the law of nature and the law of life. Stagnancy means death. Hence no power can check the social cycle of evolution. Any force, external or internal, can only retard or accelerate the speed of transition, but cannot prevent it from moving. Therefore progressive humanity should cast off all skeletons of the past. Human beings should go on accelerating the speed of progress for the good of humanity in general. Those spiritual revolutionaries who work to achieve such progressive changes for human elevation on a well-thought, pre-planned basis, whether in the physical, metaphysical or spiritual sphere, by adhering to the principles of Yama and Niyama, are sadvipras.
Shrii Prabhat R. Sarkar
Jim Shultz, Harvard-educated and Cochabamba-based head of the Democracy Centre, cautioned that indigenous peoples would have to learn how to achieve change in rich countries. "Change is not going to happen by convincing people to unscrew one kind of lightbulb and put in another. It's not going to happen by getting people to just pick up their litter. It's going to happen because we as a planet relate in fundamentally different ways to the way we use energy... If people in the global south are serious about demanding political change from the global north then they need to get a lot more astute very quickly, about how political change in the north actually happens." Developed countries should take very seriously what happened here," said Angelica Navarro, Bolivian ambassador to the UN in Geneva. "This is real democracy. We are trying to bring a solution onto the negotiations table, coming from the people. If they don't listen I think it will be one of the biggest mistakes. Because this is coming from the grassroots, from people that are really suffering, that are at the forefront of the battle, it will be a mistake not to hear to their own people."
The acts of animal right activists seem as if they are a matter of convenience and a way to get the feeling of doing something good. Thats it. Consider this, animal right activists make noise about dogs being culled and do all sort of adaptation drama, but utter not a single word when thousands of poultry birds are culled just because there happen to be suspicion about avian flu. The birds are not even tested individually, just a few birds in the whole district happen to have the stains of avian flu. You may argue that it is the question of a deadly disease and hence culling of birds is morally correct. Then by analogy, isn't killing of HIV or swine flu infected humans too is morally correct? - Ravi Ghosh
The launch is a military project being controlled by the US Air Force Space Command - not NASA. A military use would explain why the Pentagon has invested up to hundreds of millions of dollars in the craft. The vehicle should "provide an 'on-orbit laboratory' test environment to prove new technology and components before those technologies are committed to operational satellite programmes", according to the US Air Force. Unlike current shuttles, it can remain in orbit for up to nine months, but cannot carry people. The X-37B will eventually land in California, but no-one knows how long its first mission will take. "In all honesty, we don't know when it's coming back," said Gary Payton of the US Air Force.
Let us remember a few important things. Iran, a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, has never been found in violation of that treaty. Iran is not capable of enriching uranium to the necessary level to manufacture nuclear weapons. According to the entire US Intelligence Community, Iran is not currently working on a nuclear weapons program. These are facts, and to point them out does not make one a supporter or fan of the Iranian regime. Those pushing war on Iran will ignore or distort these facts to serve their agenda, though, so it is important and necessary to point them out. - Ron Paul
The inevitable consequence of capitalist exploitation is worker revolution. When the capitalists, maddened with excessive greed, lose their common sense completely and forsake their humanity totally, then for worker revolution the opportune time has come. However, it cannot be said that worker revolution will automatically occur just because an opportune time has come. Proper conditions relating to place and person will bear much of the responsibility. Revolution takes place when, from the economic perspective, only two classes remain in society: the exploiting capitalists and the exploited workers. But if there are no intellectuals and warriors (military-minded men) from a mental standpoint - in other words if there are no people who, though workers from an economic standpoint, are intellectuals or warriors from a mental standpoint - worker revolution will not be possible. It is not the work of people who have a worker mentality to bring about revolution. They avoid struggle; they are playthings of the capitalists. At the high point of the Capitalist Age, the capitalists easily manipulate the worker-minded labourers. If the military- and intellectually-minded workers lack spirit, they will also be bought by the capitalists' money. Thus worker revolution ultimately depends on workers who have sufficient spirit and are mentally vipras or ksÌatriyas.
Shrii Prabhat R. Sarkar
An integral component of computerized front running is a dubious practice called "flash trades." Flash orders are permitted by a regulatory loophole that allows exchanges to show orders to some traders ahead of others for a fee. At one time, the NYSE allowed specialists to benefit from an advance look at incoming orders; but it has now replaced that practice with a "level playing field" policy that gives all investors equal access to all price quotes. Some ATSs, however, which are hotly competing with the established exchanges for business, have adopted the use of flash trades to pull trading business away from the exchanges. An incoming order is revealed (or flashed) to a trader for a fraction of a second before being sent to the national market system. If the trader can match the best bid or offer in the system, he can then pick up that order before the rest of the market sees it. - Ellen Brown
I will show you the land of the dying cities
Where the many see little hope to get ahead
Where few among the poor wear caps and gowns
And lines are lengthening for hot soup and for bread.
The gardens of pleasure of my youth are withered
The gray Tudor mansions stand in ruins along the beach
I would not dare to step inside and eat a peach.
High winds off the Atlantic drive the rain
Through the broken shards of windowpane
And the wind slams the unlocked doors
TaBANGah! TaBANGah! TaBANGah!
And tidal surges spill over the window sills and rot the floors
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"When inhaled through the nose, nano-particles can cross the olfactory bulb directly into the brain through the blood brain barrier, where they migrate all through the brain," she wrote. "Many Gulf era soldiers exposed to depleted uranium have been diagnosed with brain tumors, brain damage and impaired thought processes. Uranium can interfere with the mitochondria, which provide energy for the nerve processes, and transmittal of the nerve signal across synapses in the brain. "Damage to the mitochondria, which provide all energy to the cells and nerves, can cause chronic fatigue syndrome, Lou Gehrig's disease, Parkinson's disease and Hodgkin's disease."
During the last two weeks of March, he wrote to his mother telling her that he could not keep anything down and that his pain was so persistent and unbearable he was afraid he would lose focus and let his buddies down. On March 31st he passed out from pain and breathlessness. His sergeant happened to be with him and took him to the doctors who thought he had gall bladder problems and sent him to the hospital in Baghdad. The next day, April 1st, was Dustin's 22nd birthday. After being assessed and heavily drugged with morphine, the doctors allowed him to call home to tell his mother that was very ill with cancer. In Baghdad, the doctors had discovered that Dustin had a huge cancerous tumor on his esophagus, which severely restricted his breathing, a collapsed lung, the loss of a kidney, numerous blood clots and a tumor progressing on his liver. The doctors could not believe that Dustin had been turned away so many times for medical help and still manage to endure as long as he did in his magnitude of pain while carrying an 80-pound pack on his back, his mother said.
"At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed. Oh had I the ability, and could reach the nation's ear, I would, pour out a fiery stream of biting ridicule, blasting reproach, withering sarcasm, and stern rebuke. "For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. "We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake."
Frederick Douglass, 1852
Make of that what you will. What we know for sure is that the shady practice of rescission is not at all unusual. As Reuters explains, it has already been documented that "tens of thousands of Americans lost their health insurance shortly after being diagnosed with life-threatening, expensive medical conditions." However, WellPoint's alleged focus on breast cancer patients is unique. If Reuter's report is indeed accurate, it's rather sickening that the insurer's CEO "has earned plaudits for how her company improved the medical care and treatment of other policyholders with breast cancer." In her letter to WellPoint, Sebelius was careful to note that "the practice described in this article will soon be illegal" and that "the Affordable Care Act specifically prohibits insurance companies from rescinding policies, except in cases of fraud or intentional misrepresentation of material fact." Unfortunately, many experts remain unconvinced that the healthcare bill will outlaw -- or even do much of anything to prevent -- rescission. - Tracy Clark-Flory
HE IMMINENT CRASH OF THE OIL SUPPLY: WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN AND HOW IT CAME TO PASS THAT WE WEREN'T FOREWARNED.
Look at this graph and be afraid. It does not come from Earth First. It does not come from the Sierra Club. It was not drawn by Socialists or Nazis or Osama Bin Laden or anyone from Goldman-Sachs. If you are a Republican Tea-Partier, rest assured it does not come from a progressive Democrat. And vice versa. It was drawn by the United States Department of Energy, and the United States military's Joint Forces Command concurs with the overall picture. What does it imply? The supply of the world's most essential energy source is going off a cliff. Not in the distant future,but in a year and a half. Production of all liquid fuels, including oil, will drop within 20 years to half what it is today. And the difference needs to be made up with "unidentified projects," which one of the world's leading petroleum geologists says is just a "euphemism for rank shortage," and the world's foremost oil industry banker says is "faith based." - Nicholas C. Arguimbau
Now this movement from imperfection to perfection, and in fact every movement in this universe, is not without obstacles. Fundamentally every movement involves opposition, and the resultant achieved during the fight against the obstacles is called progress. So the more vigorously one tries to move towards the goal, the more vehemently one will to have fight against obstacles. Those who are averse to struggle will never make any progress; what to speak of progress, without struggle one will lag behind. Hence, struggle is the essence of life. Those who abhor struggle, who consider struggle to be violence, have no place in this universe. Not only that, they are hypocrites, for although in practical life they have to resort to struggle, outwardly they hesitate to confess it. They feel that if they admit it openly they will become debased in public estimation. They fail to realize that by denying the plain truth, they are hurting themselves by acting against their own consciences
Shrii Prabhat R. Sarkar
The Financial Terrorists Who Destroyed Our Economy Will Pay Zero -- and Get $33 Billion in Refunds in Taxes -
The inequality of wealth in the United States between the economic top 0.5% and the remaining 99.5% of the population is now at an all-time high. The economic top 1% of the population now controls a record 70% of all financial assets. The point here is that while the economic crisis has been devastating for 99% of America, the Wall Street elite are awash in record breaking profits. The most profitable firm in Wall Street history, Goldman Sachs, just had their most profitable quarter in their 140-year history and Wall Street firms issued an all-time record breaking amount in bonuses. All of this is occurring after giving these firms $14 TRILLION in taxpayer support - that works out to be $46,662 of your hard-earned money. That's $46,662 for every man, woman and child in this country. If you have a family of four, sorry, your future just got robbed and you and your children just lost $186,648! So what are all these firms doing with these record-breaking profits? Are they returning them into the tax system in which they came from, the tax system that was looted just to keep their scam running? No! - David DeGraw
The existence of exploitation in society can be ascertained through the prevalence of such factors as extreme poverty; social insecurity; injustices against the common people; lack of purchasing capacity to acquire the minimum requirements of life; huge economic and social differences between various classes; the irrational distribution of wealth; etc. The present social, economic and political conditions in India exemplify all these ailments. India is on the verge of revolution.
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