Happy Halloween, Merry Samhain, and a very blessed All Saints/All Souls days and Dios de las Muertes to everyone!
From the New York Times: <Snip> The overnight transformation of Mr. Christie from political slasher to disaster governor is a reflection of the magnitude of the devastation in New Jersey. Asked on Fox News whether Mr. Romney might tour damage of the state, Mr. Christie was dismissive. (MEMO to Mittens: TAKE A HINT)
FROM THE WHITE HOUSE
How to Help the Survivors of Hurricane Sandy
As recovery and clean up begins along much of the East Coast, we know that people across the country are asking what they can do to offer to aid their fellow Americans.
FEMA offered a list of suggestions, including the most efficient ways to donate, best practices for volunteering, and a special reminder that the Red Cross has a need for blood donations right now.
If you’re a survivor of Sandy or know someone in need of shelter, see this
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Experience the captivating charm and a glimpse what remains from one of the Philippines oldest surviving structures of Spanish Colonial Architecture dated in the early of 16th century.
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This is reminiscent of that Paul Ryan staged event at the soup kitchen a few weeks ago.
It appears to me that these guys are actually showing their disdain and callousness toward unfortunate Americans and I think it’s abhorrent…
As the East Coast and parts of Ohio struggled to regroup in the devastating wake of “Superstorm” Sandy, the Romney campaign hastily transformed a scheduled victory rally in Dayton, Ohio into a non-political “storm relief event” on Tuesday. According to BuzzFeed, the campaign encouraged supporters to bring hurricane relief supplies and “deliver the bags of canned goods, packages of diapers, and cases of water bottles to the candidate, who would be perched behind a table along with a slew of volunteers and his Ohio right-hand man, Senator Rob Portman.”
Just to be safe, campaign aides reportedly spent $5,000 at a local Wal-Mart on supplies that…
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In Winnsboro, Texas, the Green Party candidate for President, Dr. Jill Stein, has been arrested, taken to Wood County Jail, and is awaiting processing. The freelance reporter has been released from detainment without arrest or charge.
A statement from Dr. Jill Stein:
“I’m here to connect the dots between super storm Sandy and the record heat, drought, and fire we’ve seen this year – and this Tar Sands pipeline, which will make all of these problems much worse. And I’m here to connect the dots between climate devastation and pipeline politicians – both Obama and Romney – who are competing, as we saw in the debates, for the role of Puppet In Chief for the fossil fuel industry. Both deserve that title. Obama’s record of “drill baby drill” has gone beyond the harm done by George Bush. Mitt Romney promises more of the same.”
In Sacul, Texas, Six…
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I am reblogging this only to add that it is important not to be caught up in fear. The situation at fukushima has been dire from day one, and there are thousands more like it all over the world from the Deepwater Horizon diaster that is STILL leaking in the Gulf of Mexico near where I live, to the ongoing purposeful disasters like the tar sands or the belo monte dam(and James Bay, and many other similar projects) BUT, and this is a really BIG butt;-)
Even tho these things are bad now, even tho the pollution and destruction often SEEM insurmountable and end of the world-giving up is not an option!
We have the ability to turn things around and heal our world but we have to keep going to do it. We cannot give in to fear or despair any more than we can give in to denial.
In the year 1860 about 150 years ago, no one could have foreseen the world we have now. The very idea of the internet would have been impossible to explain. Cell phones, microwaves, nuclear submarines(ok Jules Verne did predict this one;-) and more significantly a global culture of connected humans who care about one another and work together in spite of corporations and corrupt government officials who want to continue to play at wars.
We already have many of the solutions to these problems from bioremediation of pollution (there are microbes that EAT oil, and mycelium that uses it as fuel and makes edible mushrooms!) to biochar carbon sequestration in the soil that increases soil fertility while mitigating global warming. Radiation is scary to most people but there are living organisms that thrive on it, so it is very very likely that we CAN find a way to resolve this one too.
I’m not suggesting we continue polluting with abandon or give up efforts to change things, only that while we change we must retain our joy and belief in a positive future in order to co-create it.
We greet you again on this fine morning, and we want you all to feel that even if your circumstances might in some ways be described as less than ”fine” at the moment, we want you to know that underneath this layer of third dimensional woe and despair, things are certainly starting to pick up. In other words, the movement forward is once again picking up speed, and much is changing for the better as each day passes by, even if to most of you much seems like the same old, or maybe even worse.
Let us explain. We know that this is a message that will seem repetitious to so many, as the heavy burden of straddling two worlds can be more than worrisome at times. You feel the pull of the new world calling you, while at the same time you feel mired down in all the trappings…
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