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I think it should be "nopeacenojustice"

people have to have a certain measure of peace,
and be at peace with their own conscience, in order
to even SEE how to get there -- to Justice.

We project our own inner chaos onto every situation,
and everybody else does too. Nobody sees clearly,
AND nobody takes responsibility for generating their
own unhappiness.

It HAS to start there -- with each person, one at a time.
Get clear first, be in peace - then act. The peace will
not be a byproduct of actions. It is inside all of us,
already. It is such a power, such a strength, it needs to
be discovered, and used.

(sorry to interject.. resume thread)
Posted by Voice for Peace | Sat Apr 4, 2015, 05:09 PM (0 replies)

I would bet any amount of money that Bernie is thinking all of this through VERY carefully.

There is a distinct absence of political delusion, arrogance,
egomaniacal ambition. He is being very careful with this
decision. It's not about whether the big money is going to
back him. He wants to know if the people want this message
and this kind of change. That will be his fuel. I doubt he
would be a spoiler, give the Republicans and Kochs any more
Posted by Voice for Peace | Sun Feb 22, 2015, 03:30 PM (0 replies)

New baby

I have lost two beloved cats in the past few months, it has left
me with kind of a big hole in my heart; I'm sure many of you know
and understand. It is probably too soon and I am utterly impractical
but but but today this happened. Well, it didn't just happen; but today
she came home with me to stay. She is supposedly nine weeks
but seems younger. Not yet named. Have been brainstorming.
She is so tiny.
thank you for your oohs and awws

Posted by Voice for Peace | Thu Feb 12, 2015, 02:52 AM (19 replies)

I would like to give this post a thousand recs.

Without compassion, patience, a willingness to listen,
and the humility to learn something new -- for example,
that the other person is human -- the virulent anti-anti-vaxxers
will never progress in their quest to save humankind.

Not politically, medically, scientifically, spiritually, atheistically,
or otherwise. The arrogance in the end weighs them down.

Posted by Voice for Peace | Tue Feb 3, 2015, 01:51 AM (3 replies)

John Boehner Destroyed By Forbes In Scathing Smack Down – A Legacy Of Disgrace


John Boehner Destroyed By Forbes In Scathing Smack Down – A Legacy Of Disgrace

The noted conservative website Forbes.com published a scathing indictment of Speaker John Boehner in the wake of the growing scandal surrounding his invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to speak before Congress.

The article, entitled Bibi Netanyahu — aka ‘The Republican Senator From Israel’ — May Have Made A Fatal Political Mistake offers an in-depth analysis of fallout in Israel over the controversy, predicting the Netanyahu may very well lose his long-standing control of Israel as a result of the fallout from his diplomatic FUBAR.

The article begins by accusing Speaker Boehner of attempting “to create two conflicting foreign policies for the United States—one pursued by the President and the other pursued by the Congress.”

After explaining concerns for Netanyahu at home and the possibility that “Netanyahu’s desire to interfere with American policy while seeking to bolster his re-election campaign, may turn out to be the very political screw-up that will allow the joint ticket forged by the Labor-Hatnuah political parties to bring an end to Netanyahu’s long reign atop the Israeli government,” the article goes on to consider Boehner’s actions.
Posted by Voice for Peace | Wed Jan 28, 2015, 01:34 PM (49 replies)




when I follow your instructions exactly it comes out
like this


Posted by Voice for Peace | Sun Jan 25, 2015, 03:49 PM (1 replies)

I have no idea, my memories are mixed up.

It's likely I became aware of him as an entertainer at
the same time the song came out. It seemed to me an
extraordinary time and for the first time I was envious of
the beautiful black people. Suddenly there were so many
celebratory expressions of African heritage, hair, colors,
being black, being proud.

In contrast I was descended from primarily pasty white and
emotionally repressed Europeans. There was no color, only
beige and gray. "Say it loud, I'm beige and I'm proud" just
didn't ring.

Fortunately it was the sixties, when even white people
became colorful.
Posted by Voice for Peace | Mon Jan 12, 2015, 11:17 PM (1 replies)

Need a bit of extra cash? Seriously.

Consider 'donating' plasma.

I put 'donating' in quotes because they pay you for
your plasma. It in fact is a multimillion dollar industry
but it's also a lifesaving fluid. A win-win.

Where I live, there is an offer for new donors: the
first 5 donations they pay $50 each time.

Yesterday was my first session and the place was
busy, so I was there for several hours; but I walked
out with fifty bucks, and my cats were glad to have
some food. Tomorrow I will go again and it will
fill up my gas tank. People can donate twice a week.
After the first visit, it takes less than an hour.. not
a bad hourly wage. Even if it's beyond the first
five donations, they still pay $20 per donation.

You can continue indefinitely as long as you have
no disqualifying factors. This is in Albuquerque, NM
but I am sure there are comparable programs in every
city. This is the place http://www.bplplasma.com/
but there are other companies as well.

A fairly easy bit of cash, and also helps people who
need plasma. Plus you get a free checkup and blood

I received a promotional offer post card months
ago, and have intended to check it out since then.
I kept putting it off for stupid reasons. It was easy
and even a nice experience, the staff was great,
there were a lot of good people donating. It
was a sweet slice of humanity, people who need
Posted by Voice for Peace | Tue Dec 2, 2014, 12:41 PM (53 replies)

People's prejudices go sooooooo deep, even in the best of people.

White liberal people who grew up trusting the police,
who remember when police were good for the neighborhood,
and who haven't stayed in touch enough outside their
own worlds to see what has actually happened and is
happening. They naturally sympathize with the young
white cop who appears to have been bruised and

White liberal people who have probably had only one or
two nice black people in their lives, but no real exposure
to an African American community, or the realities of urban
life -- but into whose consciousness has filtered years and
years of fear of young black men, especially on a dark street.

So much of the discussion is coming from kneejerk &
biased point of view. It's not our fault. We only can see
what we can see. But we always have the opportunity to
try and see more. In more directions, also: to try and
see what others are seeing. Facts are made up of one
gazillion perspectives. We can be learning from each
other, all the time.

Posted by Voice for Peace | Sat Nov 29, 2014, 03:14 PM (0 replies)

The Rolex Caliph’s Camel Selfie: How Iraqi Youth are Ridiculing Daesh/ISIL Online


The Rolex Caliph’s Camel Selfie: How Iraqi Youth are Ridiculing Daesh/ISIL Online

The extremist Islamic State group has been very effective on social media, terrifying their enemies and boosting their own prestige. Now a new group of keyboard warriors are fighting back. They come via the Twitter website and they’re well armed with jokes about goats and donkeys and some funny names. But their ambitions are deadly serious: to take social media back from the extremists and discourage would-be jihadis from joining the group.

And many have already asked how best to counter that kind of propaganda, particularly on social media, where a legion of the group’s fans disseminates their messages. Over the past few months an unlikely new force has emerged online with their own answer to that question. And they go by some fairly odd, somewhat tasteless, almost superhero-esque names – the likes of Abu al-Kababi Fatassi, Caliph al-Rolexi, the Gay Caliph and Ms Jihadi among others. Because while some actors have found that parody videos and songs best suit their needs to make light of the IS group’s terror tactics – there are YouTube clips from Palestine and even an Iraqi Kurdish television skit as well as a fake Jihadi Vogue magazine – this particular group of anti-IS keyboard warriors exists largely on the social media network, Twitter.

The aforementioned funny names are behind a number of humorous Twitter accounts that continuously post jokes that take the mickey out of the IS group. Some of the earliest of these accounts were online in early June, shortly after the IS group entered Mosul. But over the past few months numbers have increased substantially. There are dozens now, some more prominent and active than others. There are also at least two Twitter accounts run by the US government – one is called ISIS Fake, a parody account supposedly run by the CIA and the other is the more serious Think Again Turn Away account run by the US State Department. But behind almost all of the other parody accounts are private individuals.
“In the beginning it was a way to discharge my anger by mocking their stupidity,” says one of the owners of an IS parody account who wished to be known only by his Twitter handle, ISIS Media. “Then I noticed that it can be used for a more serious, better cause. The biggest weapon of ISIS is propaganda and they can’t stand effective counter-propaganda. I wanted to show how stupid ISIS is and what a stupid idea it is to join them for jihad.”
Posted by Voice for Peace | Sat Nov 29, 2014, 02:56 AM (1 replies)
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