Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Rain Barrel Mystery and Colorado Bear: Sweetest Bears

"Mystery solved... This is nature taking a break: Rain barrel with bear. People living in Colorado Springs wondered why their rain water barrel was almost empty every day. They set up a couple cameras and look what they caught on film ~ Isn't nature beautiful? " says email from auntie

more bears HERE and HERE

click to enlarge bears

Monday, March 28, 2011

Forget Chocolate and TV--How About Some Jesus for Lent?


and HERE

Look- I Make All Things New...

Nonviolence? What is it?
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another (John 13:34). But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you (Luke 6:27-28). Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse (Romans 12:14). what is nonviolence?

One of his students asked Buddha, "Are you the messiah?"
"No", answered Buddha.

"Then are you a healer?"
"No", Buddha replied.
"Then are you a teacher?" the student persisted.
"No, I am not a teacher."
"Then what are you?" asked the student, exasperated.
"I am awake", Buddha replied

On Any Given Day: The Ugly File

After listening to Obama speak tonight about intervention in the humanitarian crisis in Libya, i pondered how there is a humanitarian crisis for women across time, geography, economics. What makes a crisis important enough to intervene?

(A woman's body is worth less than a dead rat in Congo)

KC Star, Monday, March 28, 2011:

"Rape Infuriates previous victim
A Wichita rape victim is outraged that her attacker was paroled, allowing him to pose as a police officer and sexually assault another woman in kansas City, Kan. 55 year-old Wesley Watson raped Lisa Clancy Nolla in 1980 when she was 14 years old. Now Watson faces an April Sentencing after he pleaded guilty to several charges in the December attack."  more from previous victim HERE   excerpt: Nolla wrote in a 2004 letter to the Kansas Parole Board that although Watson appeared to have no major behavior problems in prison, "when you look at his behavior while in the community it is a different story. This man seeks out, follows and attacks his prey." "He only does well in prison because there are no children or young women to violate, but the minute he is released he is out on the prowl again," she wrote. "I am here today to save the future victim of Wesley Watson.

...40 year-old woman found dead on her porch...

Jurors get grisly case...Four persons, including two brothers ages 10 and 7, were killed ...in a scene that looked like the scene of a slaughter..The youngest brother had been stabbed 131 times...

Tell me why this pattern of violence and disregard against women will end...?


then there is this horrible story!

In case you are too happy and Need your Head to Explode.

where is my vacation in fiji?
 a little beach with coconuts?

 a deep blue pool like laurie anderson's blue lagoon.. music click HERE

too happy:?hed explode here







Laurie Anderson - Blue Lagoon by wildwildwitek

I got your letter. Thanks a lot. I've been getting lots of sun. And lots of rest.

It's really hot. Days, I dive by the wreck. Nights, I swim in the
blue lagoon.
Always used to wonder who I'd bring to a desert island.
Days, I remember cities. Nights, I dream about a perfect place.

Days, I dive by the wreck. Nights, I swim in the
blue lagoon.
Full fathom five thy father lies. Of his bones
are coral made.  Those are pearls that were his eyes. Nothing of
him that doth fade.
But that suffers a sea change. Into something
rich and strange.
And I alone am left to tell the tale.
Call me Ishmael.
I got your letter. Thanks a lot.
I've been getting lots of sun. And lots of rest.

It's really hot.
Always used to wonder who I'd bring to a desert
Days, I remember rooms. Nights, I swim in the
blue lagoon.

I saw a plane today. Flying low over the island.
But my mind was somewhere else.
And if you ever get this letter. Thinking of you.
Love and kisses.
Blue Pacific.

Found Art: The Artist at Work

Isn't it nice to know that artists are working all the time, even when the mideast is turning to a powder keg near a warehouse of dynamite down the street from a fireworks factory.

Got a Light?

I just found this on The Janitor's Closet blog

Friday, March 25, 2011

Something More Soothing

A Cat finds light on the couch at sunset. Glad i'm not in Egypt holy moley.

Beware the New Egyptian Army: Virginity Checks (and no more sit-ins.)

Yeah, here's the new "democracy".
 excerpt: [Dr. Amal Abdel Hadi, head of the New Women Foundation, says Egyptian police and security forces have a long and troubling history of violating the sanctity of women's bodies to intimidate people. "This is the first time to hear of forced virginity tests, but using women's bodies for humiliation is (an age-old) practice," she told IPS. "It's not unusual for police or security officers to detain a woman and force her to strip naked because her husband has been caught stealing or is a terrorist suspect." ]

Amnesty International reports Virginity Checks: HERE
more HERE: http://jezebel.com/#!5784793/the-virginity-tests-forced-on-egyptian-women-protesters
and No more protests, you understand?!
CNN reports:
"-- A report published this week by Amnesty International describes the mistreatment of 17 female demonstrators at the hands of the Egyptian military after a protest March 9. The group said the women were beaten, given electric shocks, subjected to strip searches, forced to submit to "virginity checks," and threatened with prostitution charges. An army major denies allegations of torture or virginity tests but confirms 17 women were arrested.

-- Some activists, concerned citizens, and politicians are calling for a protest against a new law that Egypt's ruling military council is poised to approve. The law could make protests a criminal offense punishable by jail time and large fines.
-- Complaints about police corruption and abuses were among the top grievances of demonstrators who forced President Hosni Mubarak from office. Demonstrators also were angry about Mubarak's 30-year rule, a lack of free elections and economic issues, such as high food prices, low wages and high unemployment. Since Mubarak's departure, several thousand people have protested in Cairo's Tahrir Square to urge Egypt's new rulers to implement promised reforms. They pressed Egypt's Supreme Council to end an emergency law and release political prisoners, among other things. They also demanded civilian representation in government."

what is it about

Brotherhood men and
sharia law and WOMEN

Women Protesting in Egypt Sexually Assaulted According to Amnesty International (Virginity Checks)

"Women arrested by the Egyptian police during protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square were subjected to forced 'virginity tests', according to Amnesty International. Eighteen demonstrators were detained after army officers cleared the square on March 9 at the end of weeks of protest.
Amnesty today said that the women had been beaten, given electric shocks and then subjected to strip searches while being photographed by male soldiers.
They were then given 'virginity checks' and threatened with prostitution charges if medics ruled they had had sex, according to the charity. "
Read more (disgusting details) : HERE Women-forced-virginity-checks-arrests-Tahir-Square

another excerpt:
[The purpose is to degrade women because they are women,' he said. 'All women of the medical profession must refuse to take part in such so-called "tests."' The spokesman also said that one woman who told the military she was a virgin and then failed the 'test' was beaten and given electric shocks.
'Women and girls must be able to express their views on the future of Egypt and protest against the government without being detained, tortured, or subjected to profoundly degrading and discriminatory treatment,' he added.
'The army officers tried to further humiliate the women by allowing men to watch and photograph what was happening, with the implicit threat that the women could be at further risk of harm if the photographs were made public.

'The Egyptian authorities must halt the shocking and degrading treatment of women protesters. Women fully participated in bringing change in Egypt and should not be punished for their activism.
'All security and army forces must be clearly instructed that torture and other ill-treatment, including forced "virginity tests", will no longer be tolerated, and will be fully investigated.

and that's not all: HERE

what a surprise: WOMEN