Fighting the Good fight



Reblogging this–a question came up in the mercury support group of addiction, and I thought of Kathleen Desmaisons’ work. It’s been awhile since I blogged about her wonderful book, so I thought it appropriate for today.

Originally posted on Dolphin:

Turtle Talk has a link up to this story.  I’m glad that the judge gave a nod that the lawsuit has merit–I hope that they pursue it at the state level.

Along those lines, I’ve posted before, but it bears repeating, that I don’t believe that it is a character issue, but that alcoholism is a chemical imbalance of some sort.

In the great book, Potatoes Not Prozac, Kathleen Desmaisons wrote about her experience in counseling alcoholics.  (It’s been awhile since I read the book, so I’m going on memory)  In it, she describes counseling people who really wanted to quit drinking, but were unable to.  She began asking them about diet, and discovered that they reacted to sugar much more so than the average person.  They would get spikes in their blood levels after eating sugar–a high with it. That is, when they saw a plate of cookies…

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It’s just war



For those of us who hunger for peace…and justice…and truth.

Originally posted on Deconstructing Myths:

If you conduct a war, you shouldn’t be in charge of narrating it.”

-Thomas Hayden

I recently came across a moving post at Wolfessblog that brought to my attention a homage already underway for the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The Vietnam War Commemoration and it’s accompanying website was green-lit by the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act. All I can say is thank goodness the Dept. of Defense is finally getting around to memorializing the indiscriminate slaughter, chemical warfare and weapons of mass destruction that were unleashed by the U.S. military on the civilian population in Vietnam. I am confident that the thousands of veterans who returned from Southeast Asia drug addicted, Agent Oranged and PTSD’ed will find some measure of peace knowing there is now an interactive timeline dedicated to their efforts. I think I speak for all Vietnamese people whose livelihoods, families…

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Prepare Your Children for “a Lifetime of Surveillance”



….and speaking of violations of privacy….

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

The data mining company inBloom died, killed off by parent opposition, but the data mining industry is not dead. Far from it. It is growing and metastasizing as investors see new opportunities to profit from the data surreptitiously collected while children are using computers, taking tests online, chatting online, and practicing for state tests online.

According to this article in Model View Culture, investors have poured billions of dollars into new technologies to track students’ movements.

Designed for the “21st century” classroom, these tools promise to remedy the many, many societal ills facing public education with artificial intelligence, machine learning, data mining, and other technological advancements.

They are also being used to track and record every move students make in the classroom, grooming students for a lifetime of surveillance and turning education into one of the most data-intensive industries on the face of the earth. The NSA has nothing…

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Noam Chomsky’s Speech at UN General Assembly October 14, 2014 + Q&A + Gaza and the Prospects for Palestine



Noam Chomsky gives a historical perspective of all that Israel has done to the Palestinians. Nobody is saying that Israel should be wiped off the face of the Earth–what I hear over and over is for their to be two states so that each could live in Peace.
It was disheartening to listen to a bit of NPR (National Polite Republican) this morning, when they had an interview with the Israeli Minister (Interior? Not sure) who said that Israelis, as individuals, have every right to the Palestinian land–to create settlements. However, when the interviewer tried to use that same reasoning for Palestinians…whoa…suddenly the definition had changed…or perhaps the Israeli minister has decided that the Palestinians are not individuals? And I hate to say this, but in cases of war, the opponents are portrayed as less than human, and the feeling I was getting from the Israeli minister is that they regarded the Palestinians as less than human…therefore they were not as entitled to the land as the Israelis.
Just my two cents. Your mileage may vary.

Originally posted on Dandelion Salad:

Noam Chomsky for PIFAL

Image by Arturo Espinosa via Flickr

Dandelion Salad

Updated Oct 19, 2014

with Noam Chomsky

Realenlighten on Oct 15, 2014

365th Meeting of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.

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Kinder Morgan questions how much B.C. First Nation still eats fish



What business is it of KinderMorgan about how much the aboriginals eat fish? It’s their land to do with as they wish, and if they wish the fish to live there and NOT eat them, then that is their choice. The arrogance is astounding.

Originally posted on Warrior Publications:

Chinook salmon.

Chinook salmon.

NEB hearings underway to hear Aboriginal oral evidence into Kinder Morgan’s proposed oil pipeline, that would cross dozens of rivers sacred to First Nations.

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Rare northern white rhino dies in Africa as population dwindles

Rare northern white rhino dies in Africa as population dwindles

Originally posted on Global News:

PRAGUE, Czech Republic – A Czech zoo says a 34-year-old northern white rhinoceros has died in Kenya, further reducing the world’s dwindling population of the critically endangered animal.

Suni was born at the zoo in Dvur Kralove in June 1980. The zoo says Suni was found dead Friday in the Ol Pejeta animal sanctuary. The cause of death wasn’t immediately clear, but the zoo ruled out he was killed by poachers.

He was one of the four northern white rhinos that the Czech zoo moved to Africa in December 2009 in an attempt to save the species from extinction. The zoo hoped it could be easier for them to breed there than in captivity.

The zoo said Saturday that Suni was one of seven northern white rhinos left.

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Whisper and others who violate privacy


Pando has this up on Whisper, an app that preys on the young and vulnerable by telling them they have privacy with their app.

Not so fast.  What’s really disgusting is how Whisper went about it.  Be sure to click on the “regret” link..  And the “evidence mounts to the contrary” link.  Both make the case against Whisper.

Not only is Whisper using tools to identify location within 500 meters, they are also sending that information overseas to the Philippines.

It’s time people had solid rights to privacy on the internet.  It’s time that corporations that use and sell that information be held criminally liable.  As much as the media would like to say that people don’t expect privacy on the internet, they most certainly do.  When given the choice, people opt out of geolocation and take other measures to protect their privacy.

By the way, those of you who use duckduckgo, I have been getting notice of that search engine being used to find my blog.  Just wanted you to know that even that search engine is not entirely private.