Tuesday, November 30, 2010

achwangundowagan...


achwangundowagan is the delaware tribe's word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Monday, November 29, 2010

tangnefedd...


the welsh word for peace is tangnefedd.
may peace prevail on earth

Sunday, November 28, 2010

2012...


a friend has repeatedly urged me to see the film '2012'. well, i finally saw it. it's a disneyesque eco-disaster film. need i say anymore?! according to the film 12.21.2012 is the supposed date set by the mayan calendar for the catastrophic end of the world. ho hum...

there were a few intriguing concepts and ideas but not even an all-star cast could save this stinker. plus, if one didn't know sony owned columbia studios, you would by the end of the film because there was SO much sony product placement. but anyway...

netflix always gives the subscriber's projected rating of a film. the star scale is 1-5 with five meaning 'LOVED IT'. 2010 was assigned 2.5 stars which was right on target, though i do wish they would allow half stars... had to settle for 2 stars.

seems that since the beginning of time the end has been predicted for first one date then another. the end is coming but not, i think, in the way the film was seemingly preparing us for.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

mашар...


the chechan word for peace is mашар.
may peace prevail on earth

Friday, November 26, 2010

papayatik...


papayatik is the cree word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Εἰρήνη...


Εἰρήνη, (eirḗnē) is the ancient greek word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

síocháin...


síocháin is the irish word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

fridn..


the bavarian word for peace is fridn.
may peace prevail on earth

Monday, November 22, 2010

vakaçegu...


vakaçegu is the fijian word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Sunday, November 21, 2010

goom-jigi...


in ghana the buli word for peace is goom-jigi.
may peace prevail on earth

Saturday, November 20, 2010

mindfulness...


Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn't more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it. Sylvia Boorstein

Friday, November 19, 2010

sàn...


in the cameroon the basaa word for peace is sàn
may peace prevail on earth

Thursday, November 18, 2010

grief...


the day after his mother's death roland barthes began monitoring and jotting down notes about his grief. thirty years after his death the fragments have been translated and gathered in a book called "mourning diary". i have not yet purchased the book but did read a review and the following note really struck a chord.


"that's what bothers me most. i can't endure seeing my suffering being reduced--being generalized--(à la kierkegaard): it's as if it were being stolen from me."

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

conservatives...


conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives. John Stuart Mills

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

bangi...


bangi is the congolese word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Monday, November 15, 2010

cohqwaivwh...


cohqwaivwh is the powhatan word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Sunday, November 14, 2010

pardamean...


in indonesia the batak word for peace is pardamean.
may peace prevail on earth

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Aung San Suu Kyi...


(ny times photograph)
Aung San Suu Kyi, the 1991 nobel peace prize recipient, was released by the myanmar junta today after her latest 7 1/2 years of detention expired.

suu kyi has come to symbolize that southeast asian's country's struggle for democracy from 48 years of military rule. in 2002 when she was released from an earlier house arrest (she's been under house arrest for 15 of the last 21 years), suu kyi cautioned her followers, "my release should not be looked at as a major breakthrough for democracy. for all people in burma to enjoy basic freedom, that would be a major breakthrough."

today, freedom loving people of the world salute the release of Aung San Suu Kyi. we'll see what happens next.
may peace prevail on earth

Friday, November 12, 2010

rear/now...


never tire of the rear / now view.
(looking at the retreating past and the 'now' on the side)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

11.11...


believers in the metaphysical feel that noticing 11:11 signals angels or a spiritual presence. there are a group of people who call themselves "lightworkers" and feel their mission is to hold as much light for the planet as possible.

the lightworkers want to raise the frequency of love and oneness on earth. it is their contention that when a person sees 11:11 on a clock or calendar, it is a wake-up call or a reminder that she/he is an "angel on earth," with the same mission as a lightworker.

today is the 11th day of the 11th month (11.11) and provides a full, continuous 24 hours to raise the frequency of love and oneness in the world.

may all our lights shine brighter than usual today... may peace prevail on earth

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

jam...


the falani word for peace is jam.
may peace prevail on earth

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

darkness...


daylight savings ended sunday, november 7th and sunset on monday was at 4:38 pm. 4:38 pm!!! it's easy to understand why people suffer from sad (seasonal affective disorder); we're plunged into darkness so early in the day. is it even evening yet?

every year we languish in the long days of light and mourn the clock change when we experience the quick dissent of night. for me, this time of year brings to mind an old fashioned coin purse because it feels that darkness descends with a close and snap. it's as if the light is swallowed up when the sun sets et voila the world is locked in a deep, black lined coin purse.

of course, we'll get use to the short periods of daylight or alternately the long periods of darkness and before you know it, daylight savings and the long sun hours will return.

(photo from the plum gift box.com)

Monday, November 8, 2010

plutocracy...


(robber baron drawing from the internet)
was reading a bill moyers speech entitled "
welcome to the plutocracy!" which was delivered as part of a howard zinn lecture series at boston university. moyers' lecture served as yet another reminder (not that i needed one)
that 'nothing is new under the sun'. the rich have always wanted to maintain their wealth and status regardless the cost. what is especially appalling today, is that it is estimated that 20 percent of americans own 84 percent (84!!) of the nation's wealth... AND they don't want (and don't) pay taxes proportionate to their wealth. that is unconscionable no matter how you look at it.

my computer's dictionary simply defines plutocracy as "government by the wealthy". moyers says "plutocracy is here, and five years ago citigroup boasted of coining the word - plutonomy", which describes an economic system where the privileged few make sure the rich get richer and that government helps them do it. "

in 2005, citibank published a document called 'revisiting plutonomy 'the rich getting richer'' which set forth an equity strategy. 'revisiting' documents how the rich have exploited (my language, not the bank's) and benefited from various global economic situations. moyers provided a few excerpts from the document, "revisiting plutonomy"

“Asset booms, a rising profit share and favorable treatment by market-friendly governments have allowed the rich to prosper… [and] take an increasing share of income and wealth over the last 20 years.”
“…the top 10%, particularly the top 1% of the United States – the plutonomists in our parlance – have benefitted disproportionately from the recent productivity surged in the US… [and] from globalization and the productivity boom, at the relative expense of labor.”
“… [and they] are likely to get even wealthier in the coming years. Because the dynamics of plutonomy are still intact.”
here's where the 'nothing is new' comes in, we've been down this road before... the 19th century robber barons such as Jay Gould, John Jacob Astor, Andrew Carnegie and Edward Harriman aren't mentioned that often these days and certainly not in the context of robbers but they were some of the plutocrats that teddy roosevelt warned of in his day...

... there is absolutely nothing to be said for government by a plutocracy, for government by men very powerful in certain lines and gifted with the "money touch", but with ideals which in their essence are merely those of so many glorified pawnbrokers.

these 19th century men gained control of the government and the courts, they selected and 'bought' politicians and helped make laws beneficial to them and their 'class'. the 21st century plutocracy isn't just the old monied, they're the newly minted rich and powerful and the supreme court created 'people' commonly known as corporations.

loads of unaccounted for money is currently being used to 'buy' elections, legislation, possibly even the courts. apparently we're just experiencing business as usual, except this time there's less effort to hide the theft and more of the 'great unwashed' are educated, awake and aware and fighting back.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

xałałowt‘yown...


xałałowt‘yown is the armenian word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Saturday, November 6, 2010

mass of lies...


in our age there is no such thing as 'keeping out of politics.' all issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia. George Orwell

Friday, November 5, 2010

propaganda...


according to the merriam-webster online dictionary, propaganda is the spreading of ideas, information or rumor for the purpose of helping or injuring an institution, a cause, or a person.

watching (just barely) yet another press conference by the election 'victors' caused me to look up the word propaganda. all this merde which is being passed around and around, that the ignorant and under-informed are listening to and passing along as truth is in fact nothing but propaganda.

have been thinking a lot lately about the rumors, misinformation and disinformation or shall we just call them outrageous lies, being disseminated by all possible means about the potus (president of the u.s) and it's hard to be silent. (i know, i know, said i was taking a break from politics...)

today's political and cultural climates have granted legitimacy to ridiculous rhetoric and opinions masquerading as truth. conspiracists and members of various fringe groups, who weld outlandish and half-baked theories and would once have been laughed out a room, are now being brought in to govern.

how do we stop it ... what can rational individuals say in response to some of this lunacy being given out as truth and reason?? it's getting harder and harder by the day to stem the tide of this absurdity which is passing for governance.

can't believe i'm going to quote this man... but i am. he was one of the greatest propagandists to ever live and used propaganda to devastating effect... and if republicorps has its way, well...

if you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. the lie can be maintained only for such time as the state can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. it thus becomes vitally important for the state to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the moral enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the state. Joseph Goebbels

Thursday, November 4, 2010

all saints...


am taking a break from politics for a moment ... when disgusted by politics what does one do? well shop, of course!!

there is a beautiful new store on broadway in soho (nyc) called allsaints spitalfields. the store's street display window is filled top to bottom with old sewing machines. the walls inside the store have been taken down to the red brick giving it an industrial, arty feel. the two floor shop is filled with large well oiled old factory machinery, more sewing machines in wall niches, cases of wooden shoe forms and soft, fashionable clothing and ipads.

in short it is a feast to the eyes and food for the fashion soul, even if the shopper purchases nothing.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

backwards...

(internet photo)
if i had a flagpole i would fly this black flag at half mast because i am in mourning for the united states of america. the tea party victories signal that way too many americans are willing to attempt to turn back time, be the front group for the rich and the detractors of the poor and needy. in the end, we all will suffer and perhaps big government will get 'smaller' but at what costs.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

sanity...


the midterm elections are upon us... may reason and sanity prevail over fear, ignorance and stupidity. however, i'm not holding my breathe.

life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us. Voltaire

Monday, November 1, 2010

rauha...


rauha is finnish for peace.
may peace prevail on earth