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PEACE PICNIC in Vista, Tuesday, July 1
Tuesday, 07/01/2014
As a peace prelude to all the jingoistic hullabaloo of the upcoming 4th of July, Peace Lovers will celebrate early with a PEACE PICNIC in Vista on Tuesday, noon in Vista at the Alta Vista Botannical Gardens. A fun, joyful social occasion with pot luck and lots of fun animated conversation and story telling. No formal agenda.

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This 'N That

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

No matter how big a nation is, it is no stronger that its weakest people, and as long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you might otherwise.
- Marian Anderson

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

Do it big or stay in bed.
- Larry Kelly

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of humans as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is not safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
- Helen Keller

If peace . . . only had the music and pageantry of war, there'd be no wars.
- Sophie Kerr

I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask: "Mother, what was war?"
- Eve Merriam

Respectful dialogue, in the interest of searching for more complete truth, is considerably more productive than arguing for the purity of position.
- Gerard Vanderhaar

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

Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.
- Albert Einstein

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

The real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

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

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world: Indeed it's the only thing that ever has.
- Margaret Mead

Life only demands from you the strength you possess. Only one feat is possible- not to have to run away.
- Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961)Former UN General Secretary

All social life is essentially practical. All mysterious which lead theory to mysticism find their rational solution in human practice and in the comprehension of the practice.
- Karl Marx

The first principle of non-violent action is that of non-cooperation with everything humiliating.
- Cesar Chavez

We are going to have to find ways of organizing ourselves cooperatively,sanely, scientifically, harmonically and in regenerative spontaneity with the rest of humanity around the earth.... We are not going to be able to operate our spaceship earth successfully nor for much longer unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our fate as common.
- Buckminster Fuller

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

We cannot change the past, but we can change our attitude toward it. Uproot guilt and plant forgiveness. Tear out arrogance and seed humility. Exchange love for hate --- thereby, making the present comfortable and the future promising.
- Maya Angelou

For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.
- Pythagoras

The destiny of humans cannot be separated from the destiny of earth.
- Thomas Berry

The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.
- Bertrand Russell

Dust turned to hope.
- Elie Weisel

The arms race can kill, though the weapons themselves may never be used...by their cost alone, armaments kill the poor by causing them to starve.
- Vatican statement to the U.N., 1976

The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty - it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. There's a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God.
- Mother Teresa

Dust turned to hope.
- Elie Weisel

The only thing that's been a worse flop than the organization of nonviolence has been the organization of violence.
- Joan Baez

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

It is clear that the way to heal society of its violence . . . and lack of love is to replace the pyramid of domination with the circle of equality and respect.
- Manitonquat

When you give food to the poor, they call you a saint. When you ask why the poor have no food, they call you a communist.
- Archbishop Helder Camara, Brazilian liberation theologist

Five enemies of peace inhabit with us--avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride; if these were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.
- Petrarch

Past the seeker as he prayed came the crippled and the beggar and the beaten. And seeing them...he cried, "Great God, how is it that a loving creator can see such things and yet do nothing about them?"...God said, "I did do something. I made you."
- Sufi Teaching

If you obey all the rules you will miss the fun.
- Katherine Hepburn

The longer we listen to one another - with real attention - the more commonality we will find in all our lives. That is, if we are careful to exchange with one another life stories and not simply opinions.
- Barbara Deming

I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.
- Abraham Lincoln

Poetry is an act of peace. Peace goes into the making of a poet as flour goes into the making of bread.
- Pablo Neruda, Memoirs (Confieso Que He Vivido: Memorias) (1974)

The maxim that people should not have a right till they are ready to exercise it properly, is worthy of the fool in the old story who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim.
- Macaulay

The first thing to be disrupted by our committment to nonviolence will be not the system but our own lives.
- James Douglass

The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.
- Dante

I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones.
- John Cage

We must be the change we wish to see.
- Mahatma Gandhi

He who can control his rising anger as a coachman controls his carriage at full speed, this man I call a good driver; others merely hold the reins.
- Gautama Buddha

Peace we want because there is another war to fight against poverty, disease and ignorance.
- Indira Gandhi, 1966

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

Activism pays the rent on being alive and being here on the planet.
- Alice Walker

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Taking the first footstep with a good thought, the second with a good word, and the third with a good deed, I entered paradise.
- Zoroaster

In order to find the edge, you must risk going over the edge.
- Dennis Dugan

We may never be strong enough to be entirely nonviolent in thought, word and deed. But we must keep nonviolence as our goal and make strong progress towards it. The Attainment of freedom, whether for a person, a nation or a world, must be in exact proportion to the attainment of nonviolence for each.
- Mohandas Gandhi

A solid rock is not disturbed by the wind; even so, a wise person is not agitated by praise or blame.
- Dhammapada

Why not go out on a limb? That's where the fruit is.
- Will Rogers

Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.
- Oscar Wilde

It is folly to punish your neighbor by fire when you live next door.
- Publius Syrus

War is, at first, the hope that one will be better off; next, the expectation that the other fellow will be worse off; then, the satisfaction that he isn't any better off; and, finally, the surprise at everyone's being worse off.
- Karl Kraus (1874-1936)

Articles & News:

CA Catastrophic Drought Just Got Worse—a Lot Worse
the entire state as in drought, and as of Tuesday, nearly 77 percent of California was in "extreme drought," which is just one notch below exceptional drought. California topped the U.S. with 70 percent of its rangeland and pastures rated in very poor to poor condition on June 1

Las Vegas may have to close shop: NO WATER
Las Vegas Is "Screwed"; The Water Situation "Is As Bad As You Can Imagine" -- "It's just going to be screwed. And relatively quickly," warns Tim Barnett, of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, telling The Telegraph, the situation in Las Vegas is "as bad as you can imagine". After a devastating, 14-year drought drained the reservoir that supplies 90% of the city’s water, the apparently endless supply of water is an illusion as Las Vegas population has soared.

Vast toxic frack water duping off CA
Oil rigs dumping billion of gallons of fracking waste off California coast with OK from feds. The fracking wastewater contains toxic substances such as methanol, benzene, naphthalene, and trimethylbenzene, as well as lead and arsenic that comes from deep inside the undersea rock formations. -- "It came as a complete surprise to learn that oil companies are fracking in waters off the coast where I let my kids swim and play."

California Housing And The Bubble At Hand
"Two illustrations from the Dr. Housing Bubble Blog are offered. -- Arcardia and San Marino, California are most definitely not unique national treasures where cracker-box houses should be valued at $1-$1.5 million. No, they are just at the leading edge of the renewed speculative mania that has been touched off by the Fed’s latest and greatest monetary inflation." David Stockman explains why another housing bust is coming.

MORE WAR: Ukraine Ends Truce With Russians
Ukraine Ends Truce With Rebels as Peace Efforts Falter, as Pres. Petro Poroshenko starts up his war again. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has decided to not prolong the ceasefire with Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, announcing an end to a fragile deal to deescalate tensions in the country's eastern regions. -- "We will attack and will free our land," Poroshenko said. The ceasefire officially ended at 19:00 GMT, according to a statement that appeared on the president’s website shortly after midnight.

World Cup: Fans celebrate France's victory

World Cup: Fans celebrate France's victory over Nigeria -- Fans in Paris celebrated as a Paul Pogba header and a Joseph Yobo own goal saw France edge a hard-fought contest with Nigeria 2-0 in Brasilia on Monday to reach the World Cup quarter-finals. FANTASTIC SCENE

HOUSE stalls on immigration, Obama will act
Obama pursuing executive actions on immigration, after House effort stalls -- President Obama vowed Monday to bypass Congress and pursue unilateral changes to the country's immigration system, defying House Republicans who say his executive actions are part of the problem. The president, speaking in the Rose Garden, said he is forced to go it alone because the House has failed to act on a comprehensive overhaul. He said Speaker John Boehner informed him last week the House will not vote on an immigration bill this year.

Best Lines From Ginsburg's Dissent
The 8 Best Lines From Ginsburg's Dissent on the Hobby Lobby Contraception Decision -- "Approving some religious claims while deeming others unworthy of accommodation could be 'perceived as favoring one religion over another,' the very 'risk the [Constitution's] Establishment Clause was designed to preclude." ◾"The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield."

Glenn Greenwald (June 19, 2014) 'No Place To Hide'

Intrepid and earth-jarring journalist Glenn Greenwald addresses the dire and dangerous world of total indiscriminate, invasive surveillance and spying on the American public by the NSA and CIA. New. On his current book tour around the U.S. (Videography has shaky start for a couple of minutes - then gets totally engrossing.

A victory for LGBT kids in California​!
(July 30, 2014) - The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the legal challenge to Senate Bill 1172, the 2012 California law that protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender children from unethical counselors and therapists engaging in dangerous practices to try to change their sexual orientation or gender expression.

Sign the pledge: Boycott Hobby Lobby
Five male justices on the U.S. Supreme Court have ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby, allowing the company—and all other "closely-held" corporations—to use religion as an excuse to interfere with their employees’ medical decisions. -- But that's only the beginning of the company's well-laid plans for a theocracy. The good news is, you can use your dollars to shut this whole thing down. -- Sign the pledge to boycott Hobby Lobby.

Cartoons of the Week

Bergdahl now in hands of American Taliban

Marijuana - the Killer Weed !

Bragging Liberators

No ribbon for Sgt Bergdahl

Dear Lord, what hath Bush wrought?

Hillary's excess baggage

Mass of young refugees

Eric Cantor's replacement, another looney

Dr. Strangelove takes a dangerous ride

Snake bites in the butt

America: All FRACKED up!


Latinos' love for Arizona!

Report: Pesticides killing more than just the bees
A class of pesticides linked to the decline of honeybees is also affecting a wide variety of other beneficial organisms such as earthworms and butterflies, according to a major study that directly contradicts the Government’s relaxed stance on the use of neonicotinoids. A group of 29 scientists from four continents found unequivocal evidence from hundreds of published studies to claim that "neonics" -- the most widely used pesticides in the world – are having a dramatic impact on the ecosystems that support food production and wildlife.

Vast toxic frack water duping off CA Coast
Oil rigs dumping billion of gallons of fracking waste off California coast with OK from feds. The fracking wastewater contains toxic substances such as methanol, benzene, naphthalene, and trimethylbenzene, as well as lead and arsenic that comes from deep inside the undersea rock formations. -- "It came as a complete surprise to learn that oil companies are fracking in waters off the coast where I let my kids swim and play."

Report: World's Oceans on Brink of Collapse
The world's oceans face irreparable damage from climate change and overfishing, with a five-year window for intervention, an environmental panel said Tuesday. -- Neglecting the health of the oceans could have devastating effects on the world's food supply, clean air, and climate stability, among other factors. From COMMON DREAMS.org

Washington Again Lies to re-start Cold War
Washington engaging in rampant financial terrorism. " The looting of Europe by Wall Street has gone beyond Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Ireland and Ukraine, and is now focused on France and Great Britain. The American authorities are demanding $10 billion from France’s largest bank on a trumped-up charge of financing trade with Iran, as if it is any business whatsoever of Washington’s who French banks choose to finance." By Paul Craig Roberts

Why Chuck Lowery is running for O'side office ...
Reporter Promise Yee of the COAST NEWS wrote the following: "Lowery said he is compelled to run because of city giveaways he sees going to big developers. "Lowery said he is all for thoughtful downtown development and major hotels coming to Oceanside, but does not agree with the 15-year fee deferral the current City Council approved for hotel developers. -- He said this courtesy to big developers puts off collecting needed funds that could pay for maintenance on water, sewer and roadway infrastructure the hotels use. It then puts the burden of paying for infrastructure maintenance on residents and smaller businesses during the 15-year wait."

When do I have to show ID to a policeman?
This is a tricky issue. As a general principle, citizens who are minding their own business are not obligated to "show their papers" to police. In fact, there is no law requiring citizens to carry identification of any kind. You've probably seen old movies where the protagonist is approached by a Nazi or Soviet guard and ordered to "show your papers." We know that's a tell-tale sign of a police state. So if police ever ask you to show ID during your travels, it's natural to feel violated. Good advice to know...

Judge: People on no-fly list must have due process
on Tuesday, a federal judge in Oregon ruled that the Department of Homeland Security must give people a better avenue to pursue a claim that they were wrongly put on the list. -- Now, the government can seek some way around U.S. District Judge Anna Brown's order. Or, they can do what she asked. She said the government must tell people what unclassified information was used to put them on the list. And if the information's classified, at least tell them the nature and extent of it. -- She said it shouldn't leave people without an option to challenge their status or make blanket rulings that ignore the specifics of people's lives.

Late-breaking news: This just in ...

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Methane becoming dominant global climate force
It will be impossible to adapt to the worst consequences of global warming, as IPCC suggests. The Arctic must be cooled, ASAP, to prevent the sea ice disappearing with disastrous global consequences. Rapid warming in the Arctic, as sea ice retreats, has already disrupted the jet stream. The resulting escalation in weather extremes is causing a food crisis which must be addressed before the existing conflicts in Asia and Africa spread more widely.

Fukushima: No End in Sight for Nuclear Meltdown

Abby Martin of RT speaks with Paul Gunter, reactor oversight director at Beyond Nuclear, discussing the many unanswered questions surrounding the ongoing nuclear crisis at Fukushima Japan, including the construction of a massive underground 'ice wall' and the rate at which contaminated water continues to pour into the Pacific Ocean.

Intelligence chief in bald-faced lie to Congress

HE LIED to the nation! -- James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence (DNI) LIED to congress. Let me repeat that for you - he didn't "mislead" -- he LIED! Why he isn't under the jail? Congress impeached Pres. Bill Clinton for equivocating about a sexual dalliance, but Congress sucked up to James Clapper who outright lied about a grave criminal and unconstitutional policy.

Aug, 6, 1945 - Hubris Versus Wisdom
"Hubris Versus Wisdom" is a speech delivered November 2, 2013, in the opening plenary of the fifth Nagasaki Global Citizens' Assembly for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons in Japan. Nagasaki was the second city destroyed in August 1945 by a US nuclear bomb.

Nagasaki photos Day After the Atomic Bomb
Nagasaki photos taken one day after the Atomic Bomb dropped -- newly discovered.

The real reason the US dropped A-bombs on Japan
The US decision to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 was to start a new war, the Cold War, rather than end the Second World War, according to two nuclear historians who say they have new evidence backing the controversial theory. Killing over 200,000 people 60 years ago was done more to impress the Soviet Union than to cow Japan, they say. And the US President who took the decision, Harry Truman, was culpable.

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