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Event Reminders:

SOS for Quarry Creek-Hearing on Feb. 6
Wednesday, 02/06/2013
After years of effort, we are now down to the final weeks when the fate of the Buena Vista Creek Valley will be decided. The first formal hearing to consider the proposed 656 unit McMillin development called Quarry Creek is scheduled for Wed Feb 6. There is a lot we can and must do before then to make sure everyone who cares about preserving this priceless valley is heard. What Can YOU Do to Help Save It? One way is to consider making a donation to Preserve Calavera, which will be matched up to $5,000, by Jan. 31.

Major public hearing on San Onofre safety
Tuesday, 02/12/2013
A very critical hearing on San Onofre safety will convene in San Juan Capistrano on at 6:00PM at the Capo Beach Church. The commission will hold a public meeting Feb. 12 to update the community about a proposal to re-start the plant at partial power. "We need you with us in large numbers because this maybe the last public meeting before the NRC announces whether they will let SONGS restart unit #2."

Peace & Justice meeting Feb. 5 at PRC
Tuesday, 02/05/2013
The next meeting of the San Diego Coalition for Peace & Justice, dedicated to planning for the April DroneDiego event, will be THIS TUESDAY, Feb. 5, at 7 PM at the Peace Resource Center rooms of the Friends Center, 3850 Westgate Place, San Diego, CA 92105. NOTE that, yes, SDCPJ has changed from Monday to Tuesday evening. Stay tuned for continuing meetings! MEANWHILE, see you all there this Tuesday night!


Peace Center spaghetti dinner at the Big Kitchen
Friday, 02/08/2013
Join the Peace Resource Center and Drone Diego for a Spaghetti Dinner prepared by Judy the Beauty on Duty at the Big Kitchen, 3003 Grape St., San Diego 92102 on Friday, February 8, 2013, 6-8pm. -- Dinner includes spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, tea or lemonade and a brownie for dessert, all for just $10 and huge donations are also accepted. -- Planning for big National Days Against Drones Actions in San Diego.

Spaghetti Dinner for PRC/Drone Diego
Friday, 02/08/2013
Join the Peace Resource Center and Drone Diego for a Spaghetti Dinner on February 8, prepared by Judy the Beauty on Duty at the Big Kitchen. This event is a fundraiser, planning session to prepare locally for the big nationwide "National Days Against Drones Actions" in April.

Monthly Trail Maintenance at Hosp Grove
Saturday, 02/09/2013
Monthly Trail Maintenance at Hosp Grove. This is the regular monthly City of Carlsbad trail volunteers work session. Wear gloves, closed-toe shoes and sunscreen. Water and snacks will be provided. Tasks include litter and weed removal and trail restoration.

NCFC Rolls: Beasts of the Southern Wild
Sunday, 02/10/2013
The North County Film Club Rolls: Beasts of the Southern Wild. In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphan hood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality.

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Monday, 02/11/2013
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State of the Union Watch Party
Tuesday, 02/12/2013
A State of the Union Watch Party will be held by OFA in Vista on Feb. 12, 2013. More details to follow.

Free Special Presentation: Bye Bye Grass!
Tuesday, 02/12/2013
Free Special Presentation by Nan Sterman of PBS: "Bye Bye Grass!" Lawn grasses are the least "green" plant in California gardens. They take more water, more fertilizer, more upkeep, are responsible for more green waste (and therefore more greenhouse gases) than almost any other garden plants. And because we put so many products onto grass, it is a major source of water pollution. In this session, participants learn several methods for ridding home gardens of lawn (or at least reducing it) and suggestions for what to replace it with.

Annual Birdhouse Auction to Benefit BV Audubon
Saturday, 02/23/2013
Annual Birdhouse Auction to Benefit Buena Vista Audubon Society. This is a dont miss event! For a $5 donation you get to see (and bid on) some of the most amazing birdhouses you could imagine, hear live music, enjoy munchies and hosted bar, and enjoy Emcee Martha Barnoble from KPBSs "A Way with Words". Pay at the door and bring a few friends.

NCFC Screens: Mrs. Henderson Presents
Sunday, 03/03/2013
The North County Film Club Screens: Mrs. Henderson Presents, on Sunday, March 3, beginning at 3 pm. Laura Henderson buys an old London theater and opens it up as the Windmill, a performance hall which goes down in history for, among other things, its all-nude revues. Nominated for 2 Oscars with 6 wins & 25 nominations at film festivals.

Mini-tour of the BV Creek Valley and Marron Adobe
Saturday, 03/16/2013
Here is your chance to come and see the Buena Vista Creek Valley and see why this area is too priceless to bulldoze for 656 more homes! There will be short walk into the valley, tours of the grounds around the historic Marron Adobe, and exhibits that tell about the early history of this area.

NCFC Presents: Searching for Sugarman
Sunday, 03/17/2013
The North County Film Club Presents: Searching for Sugarman, on Sunday, March 17, beginning at 3 pm. Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock 'n' roller, Rodriguez.

Mini-tour of the BV Creek Valley and Marron Adobe
Saturday, 02/09/2013
Here is your chance to come and see the Buena Vista Creek Valley and see why this area is too priceless to bulldoze for 656 more homes! There will be short walk into the valley, tours of the grounds around the historic Marron Adobe, and exhibits that tell about the early history of this area.

Mini-tour of the BV Creek Valley and Marron Adobe
Saturday, 02/23/2013
Here is your chance to come and see the Buena Vista Creek Valley and see why this area is too priceless to bulldoze for 656 more homes! There will be short walk into the valley, tours of the grounds around the historic Marron Adobe, and exhibits that tell about the early history of this area.

This 'N That

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
- Winston Churchill

Accurst be he that first invented war.
- Christopher Marlowe (Tamburlaine)

Peace is that state in which fear of any kind is unknown.
- John Buchan

If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

And then to each other.
- Richard Goode

Peace is an environment where conflicts are resolved without violence, where people are free, not exploited, living so they can grow to their full potential.
- Gerard Vanderhaar

Dare to be naive.
- Buckminster Fuller

The love of one's country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border?
- Pablo Casals

The absence of risk is a sure sign of mediocrity.
- Charles de Foucauld

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction.
- E. F. Schumacher

I believe in compulsory cannibalism. If people were forced to eat what they killed there would be no more war.
- Abbie Hoffman

Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted
- Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In India when we meet and part we often say, "Namaste," which means: I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides; I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides; I honor the place in you of love, of light, of truth, of peace. I honor the place within you where if you are in that place in you and I am in that place in me, there is only one of us.. "Namaste."
- Ram Dass

Do you want long life and happiness? Strive for peace with all your heart.
- Psalm 34:12,14

When someone steals another's clothes, we call them a thief. Should we not give the same name to one who could clothe the naked and does not? The bread in your cupboard belongs to the hungry; the coat unused in your closet belongs to the one who needs it; the shoes rotting in your closet belong to the one who has no shoes; the money which you hoard up belongs to the poor.
- Basil the Great

Women prevent the threads of life from being broken. The finest minds have always understood the peacemaking role of women.
- Mikhail Gorbachev

Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man.
- Stewart Udall

Aggressive conduct, if allowed to go unchecked and unchallenged, ultimately leads to war.
- John F. Kennedy

In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?
- St. Augustine

There is a certain kind of peace that is not merely the absence of war. It is larger than that. The peace I am thinking of is not at the mercy of history's rule, nor is it a passive surrender to the status quo. The peace I am thinking of is the dance of an open mind when it engages another equally open one -- an activity that occurs most naturally, most often in the reading/writing world we live in. Accessible as it is, this particular kind of peace warrants vigilance.
- Toni Morrison, The Dancing Mind (1996)

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

Tradition is the living faith of dead people to which we must add our chapter while we have the gift of life. Traditionalism is the dead faith of living people who fear that if anything changes, the whole enterprise will crumble.
- Jaroslav Pelikan

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

God grant me the courage to change the things I can, the patience to accept the things I can't, and the wisdom to know the difference.
- The Serenity Prayer

We must have research for peace ... It would embrace the outstanding problems of morality. The time has come for man's intellect, his scientific method, to win over the immoral brutality and irrationality of war and militarism ... Now we are forced to eliminate from the world forever this vestige of prehistoric barbarism, this curse to the human race.
- Linus Pauling

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
- Alvin Toffler

I resolve to speak ill of no man whatever, not even in a matter of truth; but rather by some means excuse the faults I hear charged upon others, and upon proper occasions speak all the good I know of everybody.
- Benjamin Franklin

Until he extends the circle of compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.
- Albert Schweitzer

What good is a house, if you haven't got a decent planet to put it on?
- Henry David Thoreau

It is penance to work, to give oneself to others, to endure the pinpricks of community living.
- Dorothy Day

What a cruel thing is war: to separate and destroy families and friends, and mar the purest joys and happiness God has granted us in this world; to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors, and to devastate the fair face of this beautiful world.
- Robert E. Lee, in a letter to his wife, 1864

. . . [T]o live not with hands clenched to grasp, to strike, to hold tight to a life that is always slipping away the more tightly we hold it, but . . . to live with the hands stretched out both to give and receive with gladness.
- (Carl) Frederick Buechner

Every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
- Isaiah 40:4-5

Bless your persecutors; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Have the same attitude toward all. Put away ambitious thoughts and associate with those who are lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. Never repay injury with injury. See that your conduct is honorable in the eyes of all. If possible, live peacefully with everyone. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves; leave that to God's wrath, for it is written, "Vengeance is mine; I will repay," says the Lord. But "If your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; by doing this you will heap burning coals upon their heads." Do not be conquered by evil but conquer evil with good.
- Romans 12:14-21

The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within reach, is joy. There is radiance and glory in the darkness, could we but see, and to see, we have only to look. I beseech you to look.
- From a letter written by Fra Giovanni, 1513

The right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

And all good things are yours.
- Swedish proverb

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

War is an invention of the human mind. The human mind can invent peace with justice.
- Norman Cousins

Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you.
- Friedrich Nietzche

The cause of violence is not ignorance. It is self-interest. ... Only reverence can restrain violence - reverence for human life and the environment .
- Rev. William Sloan Coffin, Jr.

A peace that comes from fear and not from the heart is the opposite of peace.
- Gersonides

If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.
- Nelson Mandela

Nonviolence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our being.
- Mahatma Gandhi

Would that even today you knew the things that make for peace.
- Luke 19:42

What is the revolution that we need? We need to dissolve the lie that some people have a right to think of other people as their property. And we need at last to form a circle that includes us all, in which all of us are seen as equal... We do not belong to the other, but our lives are linked; we belong in a circle of others.
- Barbara Deming

We need, in every community, a group of angelic troublemakers.
- Bayard Rustin

Articles & News:

Strong message given Vista City council
A local Vista citizen spoke out at the Vista City council meeting on Jan. 22. John-Erik Nilsson, who has lived in Vista over 15 years, is alarmed, like numerous North County residents, at the irrational police violence directed at innocent members of the Latino community. The latest community outrage was sparked over the beating of a shy young man with Downs Syndrome

Now is time for transcendent Sublime Madness
America's modern day prophet, Chris Hedges, writes that the world is now in a time for "Sublime Madness". The world has crossed such times in the past. The poet Leon Staff wrote from the Warsaw ghetto: "Even more than bread we now need poetry, in a time when it seems that it is not needed at all." It is only those who can retreat into the imagination, and through their imagination can minister to the suffering of those around them, who uncover the physical and psychological strength to resist.

SDG&E - Refund the $700 million to ratepayers!
A grassroots citizens coalition in San Diego and Orange Counties is fighting to stop San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station from gouging the ratepayers hundreds of millions of dollars in additional charges for the dead nuclear plant which has not produced any electricity in over a year. They are demanding over $700 million already taken from the ratepayers be refunded. This is corporate robbery! Sign the petition to Gov. Brown.

Vets for Peace providing protection for homeless
For the last several winters, the San Diego Veterans for Peace has sought out the homeless in San Diego, passing out gloves, hats, sleeping bags and and warm clothing. Here is a report from Gil Field on their humanitarian quest on Jan. 28. See Gil's practical and cheap way to give good nutrition to the homeless ...

LGBTQ Center announces openings for directors
The North County LGBTQ Resource Center in Oceanside is seeking volunteers to fill positions of leadership in the new year. Several openings for directors. "In 2012, the Resource Center served almost 9,000 people. However, more services are needed. Thousands of LGBTQ people don't know we exist. This is why we are increasing our leadership resources by adding new board positions."

U.S. officially endorses clandestine torture
Prominent Americans urge Obama to pardon former CIA officer whistleblower John Kiriakou. "Kiriakou is an anti-torture whistleblower who spoke out against torture because he believed it violated his oath to the Constitution. He never tortured anyone, yet he is the only individual to be prosecuted in relation to the torture program of the past decade. The interrogators who tortured prisoners, the officials who gave the orders, the attorneys who authored the torture memos, and the CIA officers who destroyed the interrogation tapes have not been held professionally accountable, much less charged with crimes."

Occupy San Diego goes to court over police abuse
Six female activists file lawsuits against police and sheriff over arrests, brutality -- In the dark of the early morning on Oct. 28, 2011, police officers and sheriffs deputies descended on the Occupy San Diego encampment in Civic Center Plaza and used pepper spray and brute force to arrest 51 activists. The detainees37 men and 14 womenwere held on buses for hours without access to restrooms.

Jamie Kuntz: Was it the lie or being gay?
In September 2012, 18-year-old Jamie Kuntz was a football scholarship student at North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS). Today, Kuntz is the object of debate between those who insist he was ousted from the NDSCS team for lying to his coach and committing actions that were detrimental to the team, and those who insist he was ousted for being gay. -- The issue was resurrected last week, because Kuntz has been looking for another college to play for, and San Diego North County's Palomar College indicated a desire to recruit him, but then declined to do so after hearing the whole story, which is, in short, as follows: [By Kit-Bacon Gressitt of Fallbrook.

Ripping Latino families apart

As President Obama backs an immigration plan that includes a path to citizenship for some of the country's 11 million undocumented residents, deportations are continuing at record levels. We go to Arizona, where one family was almost torn apart because of a three-year-old traffic violation. Last night, 11-year-old Jose Arma was reunited with his father, Edi Arma, who was detained two weeks ago and almost deported to Guatemala. One day after their reunion, Jose and Edi join us from Phoenix along with immigration activist Viridiana Hernandez, who helped organize a community campaign to win Edi's release.

Right to film police affirmed by Supreme Court
CHICAGO TRIBUNE - "The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal of a controversial Illinois law prohibiting people from recording police officers on the job.-- By passing on the issue, the justices left in place a federal appeals court ruling that found that the state's anti-eavesdropping law violates free-speech rights when used against people who audiotape police officers."

When Texas Public Schools Teach the Bible
What Happens When Texas Public Schools Teach the Bible? - "The Earth is just 6,000 years old, racial diversity is the result of a curse being placed on Noah's son, the sun can stand still and move backward and the U.S. was founded as a Christian nation based on biblical principles. These are some of the startling things Texas students are being taught, according to a new report that looks at how public schools in the Lone Star State are promoting 'religious fundamentalism' disguised as Bible courses. " - TruthDig.com

Eugenics used on Ethopian Jews in Israel?
Why is the birth rate in Israel's Ethiopian community declining? -- Women say that while waiting in transit camps in Ethiopia they were coaxed into agreeing to injections of long-acting birth control drugs. from Haaretz in Israel

Salt Lake City has worst air quality in U.S.
"When you think of smog, Los Angeles or Phoenix probably come to mind. But right now, the worst air in the country is actually hovering over Salt Lake City, Utah. -- A city known for its clear skies and white capped mountains is now choking on a heavy blanket of smog. The Environmental Protection Agency says this month Salt Lake City has the worst air quality in the country. The EPA cutoff for clean air is 35 micrograms of pollution per cubic meter. Salt Lake City hit 130 micrograms this past week. More than 100 Utah doctors are calling on state leaders to declare a public health emergency. [Includes VIDEO]

Israeli chiefs denounce Occupation of Palestine

Sundance Film Festival - "The Gatekeepers": In New Film, Ex-Shin Bet Chiefs Denounce Occupation, Compare Israel to Nazi Germany. (Shin Bet is the "Israeli FBI".) The film brings together six former heads of Israel's internal security agency, the Shin Bet, collectively speaking out for the first time ever. They detail their methods against Palestinian militants and civilians in the Occupied Territories, including targeted killings, torture, recruiting informants, and the suppression of mass protests during two Intifadas. But in doing so, they also criticize the occupation they were assigned with defending, and warn successive Israeli governments have endangered their country's future by refusing to make peace. We're joined by the film's director, Dror Moreh.

Sundance winner Fruitvale, shooting of Oscar Grant

DemocracyNow.org - It was four years ago in January that Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old African American, was shot to death by a Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer on New Year's Day in Oakland, Calif. Portraying the last day of his life, the new dramatic film "Fruitvale" has become one of the most talked-about films at this year's Sundance Film Festival. We're joined by the director, 26-year-old, first-time filmmaker Ryan Coogler, who works as a social worker at a juvenile-detention center in San Francisco.
Fruitvale won the top prizes at Sundance Film Festival.

50 Percent growth in Middle Class in Latin America
World Bank report found that Latin America and the Caribbean registered a 50 percent jump in the number of people joining the middle class during the last decade, which was called by economists an historic achievement for a region long riven by wealth inequality. -- The report, called "Economic Mobility and the Rise of the Latin American Middle Class", found that the middle class in the region grew to an estimated 152 million in 2009, compared to 103 million in 2003, an increase of 50 percent.

National Anti-Drone days in San Diego
First National Anti-Drone days of Action -- San Diego, CA April 4-7, 2013 -- The Drone Diego Coordinating Committee invites organizations and individuals to come to San Diego on April 4-7, as we protest and bring attention to the dangers drones present to the people of the world. Join us for nonviolent actions, workshops, street theater and more, or organize your own activities. -- San Diego is the drone production capital of the world. San Diego is home to General Atomics, builders of the killer Predator and Reaper drones (which may be armed with Hellfire missiles), and Northrup Grumman, maker of the Global Hawk surveillance drone. Surveillance drones also regularly fly along the border between San Diego and Mexico. Armed drones are weapons of terror. They kill combatants and civilians, children and adults, men and women, alike. Their presence overhead terrorizes entire communities.

EMBRACE LIFE: A dramatic, spiritual video

Embrace Life is a deeply dramatic, spiritual and pragmatic short message that can save your life.

Mr. President: Put some banksters in jail - Please

President Obama: You Said You Were Investigating The Banks. What Happened. At last year's State of the Union Address, President Obama promised a new Financial Fraud Task Force would lead broad investigations of the financial crisis and the foreclosure fraud that led to it. -- Zero criminal investigations later, it's time to get an answer to the question: What happened? Now we understand: Not only are they too big to FAIL - they are also too big to JAIL. Either prosecute these criminals or fire Atty General Holder and replace him with somebody who will.[Petition]

John Brennan "terrible choice to lead the CIA" ...

Former CIA agent and whistleblower on Bush war crimes, John Kirikaou, worked directly for John Brennan, who is Obama's choice for new CIA Director. "Ive known John Brennan since 1990," Kiriakou says. "I worked directly for John Brennan twice. I think that he is a terrible choice to lead the CIA. I think that it's time for the CIA to move beyond the ugliness of the post-September 11th regime, and we need someone who is going to respect the Constitution and to not be bogged down by a legacy of torture." DEMOCRACY NOW

L'OREAL built illegal factory on occupied land
Boycott L'OREAL' -- The town of Migdal HaEmek was built on the ruins of the Palestinian village of Al-Mujaydil () which was depopulated of its Palestinian Arab residents by the invading Zionists in 1948. The village, which is located near Nazareth in the northern part of Palestine, was rebuilt and renamed Migdal HaEmek. L'Oreal's plant is located on private illegally occupied land, and was erected without permission of its owners. Thus, the company is conducting business in violation of international law. Boycott organizing.

Cartoons of the Week

NRA's version of inauguration oath

Obamaphobia a mental illness?

Ranking Popularity of Congress

We're surrouned by CRAZIES!

"A well-regulated Militia

Armstrong for Congress!

Newtown shootings lesson

How to stop the bad guys

Extreme Makeover

Liars' Poker

Latinos' love for Arizona!

Obama, the negotiator

Romney, Vulture Capitalist

Unions & the Middle Class

Obama plays poker with GOP

Help Save the Polar Bear's Arctic Home
The Coca‑Cola Company has partnered with World Wildlife Fund to help save polar bears. Through a program called Arctic Home, Coca‑Cola is raising awareness and funds, including a $2 million donation over five years, to contribute to WWFs polar bear and Arctic conservation efforts. When you give to WWF through Arctic Home, 100 percent of your donation will go directly to help protect the polar bear's Arctic home. And, thanks to a dollar-for-dollar match up to $1 million from The Coca‑Cola Company, your donation will have twice the impact through February 15, 2013!

You have right to film police job performance

ANONYMOUS reminds us we have a constitutional right and a civic duty to film police officers in the performance of their job, and to document both exemplerary and criminal activity. An Oceanside policeman commended for encouraging such film documentation. (Viewed by over 2,429,357 people.) See article elsewhere on ProgressiePost about recent Supreme Court decision.

AMAZING - Using a leaf as a musical instrument

You will be surprised at the music one can make with a leaf. A very delightful little video!

That's NOT capitalism. That's FRAUD!

Max Keiser explains how the banksters make all that dough by rigging the system in their favor, and against investors and pension funds. He zeroes in on Deutsche Bank ... but all the big bank mobsters use the same schemes.

Articulate protester distrupts pipeline speech

Feb 1, 2013: Anti-Keystone XL Protester Disrupts TransCanada Speech for Several Minutes' [DemocracyNow.org] - An opponent of the Keystone XL oil pipeline has been arrested after interrupting a pipeline industry conference by chaining himself to the sound equipment. Ramsey Sprague disrupted a speech by Tom Hamilton, the manager of quality and compliance for TransCanada's controversial pipeline, during a conference in Texas. He railed against the pipeline for several minutes as a security official tried to stop him. "Keystone XL will be a massive failure. Tar Sands Blockade has proof positive that the welds are false, we've been inside the pipe, light shining through at morning, with photographic and video evidence their welds are inadequate. That pipe went into the ground less than an hour later."

50 Percent growth in Middle Class in Latin America
World Bank report found that Latin America and the Caribbean registered a 50 percent jump in the number of people joining the middle class during the last decade, which was called by economists an historic achievement for a region long riven by wealth inequality. -- The report, called "conomic Mobility and the Rise of the Latin American Middle Class", found that the middle class in the region grew to an estimated 152 million in 2009, compared to 103 million in 2003, an increase of 50 percent.

No more Cheap and Easy Easters!
Easter is coming when the churches across the United States of America will fill up with people who identify themselves as Christians to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Let me see if I have this right: This was a man who counseled us to "Turn the other cheek," and "Love your enemies." And this is in a country with the highest prison population in the world and a record number of inmates awaiting execution on death row; A country that assassinates people at will, from drones ....

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