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'Soylent Green?' Our current system is worse!
By Dave Patterson of Ramona - "We can expect to have many years languishing on a gurney with tubes connected, receiving doses of extremely high-cost drugs designed to give us a few extra heartbeats, so others can profit handsomely. You and I will be converted into a money-making machine for the medical and pharmaceutical businesses and all the other small companies in that profit chain."
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Event Reminders:

Laramie Project at Chalice Church in Escondido
Friday, 09/30/2011
Chalice Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Escondido will present The Laramie Project, an emotionally charged play about a 1998 hate crime in Wyoming. The play's reading, which begins at 7:30 p.m., examines the community's reaction to the murder of a young gay student at the University of Wyoming. The Laramie Project is the true story of Matthew Shepard, who was kidnapped and brutally beaten by two men for no other reason than his sexual orientation.

Wander Into Wildlife Presentation
Thursday, 09/22/2011
Presentation on what to do when you "Wander Into Wildlife". Join the San Diego Tracking Team at this special presentation by Ali Crumpacker, the Director of Fund for Animals Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Ramona.

Free Monthly E-Waste Collection in Encinitas
Saturday, 09/24/2011
Make room for your new electronic gadgets and toys! Bring your discards to The Solana Center for Environmental Innovation. The Solana Center is holding monthly electronic waste drop offs at their site at 137 N. El Camino Real. These events are co-sponsored by the city of Encinitas and Recycle San Diego.

Moving San Diego to a Clean Energy Future
Saturday, 09/24/2011
The San Diego County Democratic Party is joining together to participate in an international day of action on climate change on Saturday, September 24. A panel discussion will be followed by a march and rally in Balboa Park.

Demcco to explore GOP's War on Women
Saturday, 09/24/2011
The Democratic Club of Carlsbad-Oceanside meets Sat. Sep. 24th at 10 a.m. in the Woman's Club. The program features "The Republican War on Women", with speaker Rhiannon Jones of Planned Parenthood.

Carlsbad Art Splash
Saturday, 09/24/2011
Carlsbad ArtSplash, "A Community Celebration for Arts Education" ... is a FREE, two-day, non-profit, family event that promotes and benefits arts within the community. ArtSplash is a community-wide partnership of organizations and businesses working together to establish an Annual Family Event showcasing North County. They are also looking for volunteers. Go to www.carlsbadartsplash.org for more information.

A Working Families Summit in Escondido
Saturday, 09/24/2011
A Working Families Summit-Honoring the Voices of Working Families! You're invited to hear a panel of couples speak to the everyday joys and challenges of living in Escondido. The couples will be asked to reflect on this with attention to what school boards, city council members, hospital board members, and others in governing positions need to know but may not have heard. Registration is free.

Symeon's Hope-A Special Benefit
Saturday, 09/24/2011
Symeon's Hope-A Special Benefit: This fundraiser, to be held at The Carlsbad Cultural Arts Center, will help enable Symeon to get the care he needs at the Kushi Institute in Beckett, Massachusetts with the goal of regaining function of his kidneys. For Symeon's story please visit www.symeonshope.vpweb.com or Symeons Hope on Facebook.

LGBT Town Hall Meeting in Oceanside
Friday, 09/30/2011
The North County LGBT Coalition invites friends and supporters to join them in a special Town Hall Meeting at which plans for the North County LGBTQ Resource Center we have wanted and worked for for so long will be announced. Friday, Sep. 30, 2011 at 6:30PM, Ocean main library.

NC Film Club rolls The Illusionist
Sunday, 10/02/2011
The North County Film Club rolls on with The Illusionist.

List of Democratic events in San Diego County
Saturday, 10/15/2011
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NC Film Club offering: In A Better World
Sunday, 10/16/2011
The North County Film Club offers In A Better World, the 2011 Academy Award Winning Foreign Language Film.

Gay sailor beaten to death by shipmates in Japan
Saturday, 10/22/2011
Nineteen years ago, on Oct. 22, 1992, gay sailor Allen R. Schindler,a radioman aboard the Navy's amphibious assault ship Belleau Wood, was brutally beaten by two drunken shipmates, because he was gay. Let us not forget how it used to be in the military. New York Times

Free Monthly E-Waste Collection in Encinitas
Saturday, 10/22/2011
Make room for your new electronic gadgets and toys! Bring your discards to The Solana Center for Environmental Innovation. The Solana Center is holding monthly electronic waste drop offs at their site at 137 N. El Camino Real. These events are co-sponsored by the city of Encinitas and Recycle San Diego.

Bats in the Belfry
Saturday, 10/29/2011
View a live bat presentation, play Halloween games, and dare to enter the Hall of Horrors!

NC Film Club wraps season with In Bruges
Sunday, 10/30/2011
The North County Film Club wraps its Summer-Fall Season with In Bruges. Roger Ebert called In Bruges "an endlessly surprising, very dark, human comedy with a plot that cannot be foreseen but only relished."

This 'N That

Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

If we do not change our direction we are likely to end up where we are headed for.
- Chinese Proverb

We used to wonder where war lived, what it was that made it so vile. And now we realize that we know where it lives, that it is inside ourselves.
- Albert Camus

Those things of real worth in life are worth going to any length in love and respect to safeguard.
- Julia Butterfly Hill

When asked what he would do if he knew the world would end tomorrow, Martin Luther said, "I would plant a tree."
- Martin Luther

Then it was as if I suddenly saw the secret beauty of their hearts, the depths of their hearts where neither sin nor desire nor self-knowledge can reach, the core of their reality, the person that each one is in God's eyes. If only they could see themselves as they really are. If only we could see each other that way all the time, there would be no more war, no more hatred, no more cruelty, no more greed . . . I suppose the big problem would be that we would fall down and worship each other.
- Thomas Merton

I'm not disturbing the peace. I'm disturbing the war.
- Ammon Hennacy, US Labor leader

Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
- Baruch Spinoza

Those who are ready to sacrifice freedom for security ultimately will lose both.
- Abraham Lincoln

Someday, after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, shall harness for God the energies of love. Then for the second time in the history of the world, we will have discovered fire.
- Teilhard de Chardin

There will one day spring from the brain of science a machine or force so fearful in its potentialities, so absolutely terrifying, that even man, the fighter, who will dare torture and death in order to inflict torture and death, will be appalled, and so abandon war forever.
- Thomas Edison

Non-violence exacts a very high price from one who practices it. But once you are able to meet that demand then you can do most things.
- Cesar Chavez

When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.
- Peace Pilgrim

Do all the good you can,
- By all the means you can,

Chaos is a name for any order that produces confusion in our minds.
- George Santayana

We do not inherit the earth from our fathers. We borrow it from our children.
- David Bower

A Rattlesnake, if Cornered will become so angry it will bite itself. That is exactly what the harboring of hate and resentment against others is -- a biting of oneself. We think we are harming others in holding these spites and hates, but the deeper harm is to ourselves.
- E. Stanley Jones

The question is not, do we go to church; the question is, have we been converted. The crux of Christianity is not whether or not we give donations to popular charities but whether or not we are really committed to the poor.
- Joan Chittester, OSB

The Bible has a very meaningful expression: The Spirit makes all things new. We are those who grow old, and we want everything done to our aged standards. The Spirit is never old; the Spirit is always young.
- Oscar Romero

Mounting an expedition to actualize a Compassionate Commonwealth of all peoples...is the great spiritual challenge of our time.
- Sam Keen

The law of violence is not a law, but a simple fact which can only be a law when it does not meet with protest and opposition. It is like the cold, darkness and weight, which people had to put up with until recently when warmth, illumination and leverage were discovered....
- Leo Tolstoy

It's a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one's life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than "try to be a little better."
- Aldous Huxley

Articles & News:

President Obama Guts New EPA Standards
President Obama has awarded polluters at the expense of improved air quality, the health of US citizens, and a decrease in ozone levels.

Gov. Brown should dump the dump in North County
"Siting a dump on the San Luis Rey River was borne of a brainstorm by a speculator with a purchase option and transformed into the only site in the entirety of San Diego County pre-zoned as a landfill by a clever developer. It was done by voter trickery using the initiative process with a slick million-dollar brochure mailing by the trash dump developer, already rejected three times by expert consultant studies for this same site." This project will die if Gov. Brown just signs the bill.

Founding Fathers passed 1st whistleblower law
What would the Founders have said about Wikileaks, whistle-blowers and Bradley Manning? - In 1778 Congress passed the first whistle blower law to protect two whistle-blowing soldiers from the retaliation from their powerful and well-connected commander. Fascinating parallel to the Manning case today. Obama's efforts to silence WikiLeaks and discredit Julian Assange do not uphold the founders principles.

What does it mean to be a feminist?
By Kit-Bacon of Fallbrook: "What does it mean to be a feminist today, a mad feminist? I think it means a lot of things, some Im still learning. But I do know it means seeing people roll their eyes at the mention of consciousness-raising groups, those silly little things that turned on our voices, that aroused our sexuality, that confirmed our personhood. It means a persistent gendered wage gap that in 2009 paid women a median wage equating to about 80 to each $1.00 men earned. [Read more]

Stop Liberty Quarry by Supporting AB 742
Please support AB 742 to stop Liberty Quarry, save sacred sites, and the Santa Margarita River, the LAST wild river in Southern California! Go to: http://sacredskysacredearth.com/ab-742/ and sign the petition!

Private contractors cost taxpayers more money
NY TIMES: - "Despite a widespread belief that contracting out services to the private sector saves the federal government money, a new study suggests just the opposite that the government actually pays more when it farms out work. The study found that in 33 of 35 occupations, the government actually paid billions of dollars more to hire contractors than it would have cost government employees to perform comparable services."

Report: Issa 2nd richest member of Congress
ROLL CALL, the Congressional publisher, shows Issa is the 2nd richest member of Congress, with a net worth of $220 million.

Fed Judge unseals video of Prof 8 trial - BRAVO!
"More than a year after now-retired federal District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that California's Proposition 8 violates the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution, Chief Judge James Ware, who assumed jurisdiction over the case, granted a motion by the plaintiffs to unseal the video recording of the trial." Opponents of gay marriage do not want the public to see the pathetic, weak arguments they presented.

A new grocery labor war?
A strike by the grocery workers is imminent. The workers, members of United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 135, have been without a union contract since March. They are among the 62,000 grocery workers at Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons throughout Southern California who have been without a deal as they push back against company demands to push as much as $11,000 per year in health costs onto workers.

Cartoons of the Week

Follow the wise (?) leader

CHENEY book: My pet president

Swaggering Cowboys, Texas two-step

Cheney's advice to Gaddafi

Weeping lady in Texas

Get a life!

Rick Perry can bring Texas miracle to everybody

A tax cut the GOP does not like???

The missing spectrum ...

GOP style weather tracking

Latinos' love for Arizona!

Obama, the negotiator

GOP's Unplanned Parenthood

Evolution began with Limbaugh

Unions & the Middle Class

Obama plays poker with GOP

CIA had Tried To Recruit 2 SD 9/11 Hijackers
An Ex-National Security Aide Says The CIA Tried To Recruit Two 9/11 Hijackers Before The Attacks. With the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks only a month away, former CIA Director George Tenet and two former top aides are fighting back hard against allegations that they engaged in a massive cover-up in 2000 and 2001 to hide intelligence from the White House.

Olberman sounds a passionate citizens alarm

The incredible Keith Olbermann Special Comment On Taking Back Governance From Politicians - and we must do it by every forceful but non-violent action ever used by defenders of human dignity and freedom in our history. The window of opportunity is fast closing on the loss of our freedom and dignity. A passionate and stirring call to action by Olbermann.

Dick Cheney profiteering from his War Crimes

As former Vice President Dick Cheney publishes his long-awaited memoir, Democracy Now! speaks with Salon.com political and legal blogger Glenn Greenwald about his recent article on Cheney, "The Fruits of Elite Immunity." "Dick Cheney goes around the country profiting off of this sleazy, sensationalistic, self-serving book, basically profiting from his crimes ..."

San Onofre: a Trillion Dollar Threat to SoCal
By Russell D. Hoffman - "San Onofre Nuclear Waste Generating Station is a pair of aging Pressurized Water Reactors in the midst of Southern California's burgeoning, vibrant, forward-thinking, technologically advanced, interconnected, health-conscious population. - It doesn't belong here at all, and it's well past time to get rid of it. Conceived in the 1950s, the two units that still operate were designed in the 60s, built in the 70s, went online in the 80s, and have been falling apart ever since. And they have been piling up nuclear waste along our coast ever since, too -- at the horrific rate of 500 pounds per day, with nowhere to put it. There are over eight million pounds of so-called "spent fuel" at the site right now -- making it potentially worse than Fukushima in an accident.

Manning Video:American troops slaughter civilians

Army intel analyst Bradley Manning faces decades in prison for allegedly leaking this video of a U.S. helicopter attack killing 11 civilians and wounding two children in Baghdad, Iraq. The Army covered up the evidence and declared the war crime "justified". Now they say that exposing the massacre is criminal.


Ted Olson Interview With Fox News Chris Wallace

Wallace, insinuating that Gay Marriage is judicial activism, asks where is it in the Constitution that permits gay mariage. "Where is the right to interracial marriage in the Constitution" asked Ted Olsen of Wallace. Brilliant arguments by Olson. When Wallace insists the voters have the right to outlaw gay marriage, Olson asks if it would be constitutional for the voters to force blacks to drink at separate water fountains.

World Economy Collapse explained in 3 minutes

Witty dialogue, profound explanation of today's economic conundrum, a spiral that could collapse the world economy.

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