A Million Trees


The Hate Speak of the Old Guard
March 10, 2009, 6:23 am
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Saturday, February 28, 2009

…Mockery, anger, bullying, exclusion and abusive labeling of people that look, think, act, or believe differently is slithering across the air waves…  It’s called neo-fascism.  Yes the Republicans spent their Saturday afternoon listening to Rush Limbaugh’s sermon.  The messiah of the Republican party is preaching that America turn away from religious freedom and choose THEIR way and no other. 

I’m listening to Rush Limbaugh speaking to the Republicans gathered in Washington D.C.   CNN just had to cut him off as his base character came seething through the screen.  He mockingly spoke in a classic stereotypical gay male lisp as he spewed polarizing hate against the Democratic values of religious freedom and equality for all in the United States.

He continues to undermine our founding fathers principals of fighting for religious freedom, life and liberty for all people while seeking to deceive that HE is protecting those values.   Hmmm…  I think the Bible’s Book of Revelations warns us to see him and others like him for what they are – not what they say they are. 

Laissez-faire business practices in the United States is on it’s way out and the Republican Party wealthy elite are turning to their progaganda machine to sway the masses back into line – a pill popping, law breaking, bigoted, fear mongering,  old white male spewing hate to  mobilize the uneducated masses!  This is the Republican party’s ‘best of class’ ?  

Rush actually tried to deceive Americans into believing that bleeding heart liberals are responsible for the politics of racism in the Republican party.  He would have us believe Democrats are the ones creating cartoons portraying blacks with watermelons, monkeys and lynch ropes.   This hate and anger as contrasted against the audacity of hope… 

Hmmm….  how do I want God to judge me once I take my last breath?  As a Christian woman, how do I want to describe my life to Him?  Did I take personal responsibility for my choices in life or seek to point out others short comings instead?  Did I live peacefully as Jesus instructed me to do with compromise and compassion or did I choose to seek power over others lest they have power over me – the anatomy of every abuser personified? 

Did I fight for life by eliminating ignorance and poverty among young men and women or did I act as the pharisees and preach religious superiority while grinding women into poverty perpetuating unwanted pregnancy, drugs and alcohol, violence and despair.   Did I live by Jesus’s commandment to show love by forgiving trespasses as I pray that God will forgive my own?  

Did I choose peace instead of war, love over hate, my family’s health, the wonder of earth’s creation and childrens rights to clean air and water in place of corporate profits and laissez-faire greed and corruption? Did I choose to shepard the lesser creatures of the world and practice humane animal husbandry as God commanded or did I choose killing for sport and twisted, sick abuse of animals as a God given right of having ‘dominion over’ ?

Faith and class warfare used as a weapon to manipulate and polarize the masses is nothing new – the Crusaders, Klu Klux Klan, Skin Heads, and Hitler have nothing on Rush.  It saddens me so to know many Americans learned nothing from the lessons of the American Revolutionary War, the American Civil War, World War I and World War II.  This hate speak puts America on the wrong side of world history and I pray our great nation will continue to choose religious freedom for all, human rights, our children’s right to clean air and water, the ethical treatment of animals, honesty and integrity in business practices and compassion for all peoples.

There is a center for America and it’s not found in the politics of divide and conquer. You won’t find it by being a ‘sheep – le’ blindly following leaders seeking to overflow their coffers by preaching what divides America from the pulpit.  I choose light over darkness – and yes in the name of God Almighty as I understand Him to be.  Amen.



The Next Great Industrial Revolution – Green Jobs
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Coalbrookdale 1801 Artist: Loutherbourg d. J., Philipp Jakob

Change is coming so we hear in this election.  The world is changing at an accelerated pace over the last 200 years.  It’s amazing really – civilization has been on a colision course toward destroying the world since the first industrial revolution

For sure – things will change but will it be good change?  I say it absolutely HAS to be the change that will save our earth from total destruction.  I know I sound like an alarmist… it’s because I’m alarmed.  How greedy are you?  I mean really…  If you were told your child has 20 years to live unless you change everything you’re doing right now – would you?

Are you concerned for your job?   How about blue collar jobs, small businesses, the credit crisis, the stock market fall, hurricanes, tornados, wildfires, and drought?  Global warming… is man made and we must think about the future of our children and grandchildren.

Make the right choice on November 4th – vote for the candidate that will truly bring change to America and bring us out of this economic disaster.

Vote Obama



Parents can protect their children from mercury risks and still get the benefits of energy efficient bulbs

CFLs On Sale! And A Mercury Update

February 27, 2008 |

The Ace Hardware store on Broad Street in Cranston (just south of the Norwood Ave intersection) has 60 watt compact flourscent bulbs on sale for 49 cents! If you’ve been wanting to switch but daunted by the price, here’s your chance.

cfls.jpgA caveat, though, especially if you have young children in the house, you need to be aware of CFL hazards — the bulbs do contain small amounts of mercury. And remember the bulbs need to properly disposed of — don’t just toss them in the trash.
Here’s a recent update from Clean Water Action. Click on “Read more” for the full text and links for more info.

Parents Advised to Use Common Sense with Compact Fluorescent Bulbs to Avoid Mercury Risk

Boston—In a report released today, Shedding Light on Mercury Risks from CFL Breakage, advocates urged the public to use energy efficient light bulbs in their homes, but to take extra precautions to reduce the risks associated with breaking mercury-containing compact fluorescent bulbs.

“Compact fluorescent bulbs are growing in popularity because they reduce global warming pollution and cut electricity costs,” said Sheila Dormody, Rhode Island Director of Clean Water Action. “By taking some common sense precautions, parents can protect their children from mercury risks and still get the benefits of energy efficient bulbs.”

Recent tests conducted by the State of Maine confirmed results of earlier state studies which suggest that, under certain conditions, breaking a compact fluorescent bulb (CFL) can pose a health risk, especially to infants, pregnant women or young children. The results from the Maine tests are expected to be released soon.

Experts caution parents to avoid using CFLs in fixtures like table lamps that can easily be knocked over, especially in homes with energetic children and pets. When a CFL does break, the most important risk-reducing steps are to use the following safe clean up procedures:
1) Ventilate the breakage area by opening a window.
2) Pregnant women and children should leave the room while the breakage is cleaned up.
3) Do not use a vacuum cleaner or a broom.
4) Parents should also consider removing carpeting or upholstered furniture if a CFL has broken on them, especially from an infant’s room.

“Currently, using CFLs is still the brightest idea out there,” said Michael Bender, director of the Mercury Policy Project. “Yet both government agencies and the manufacturers have a responsibility to inform consumers about what to do—and what not to do—when a CFL breaks. Our message is not ‘Be afraid,’ it is ‘Be informed, and be prepared.’”

The report also recommends the adoption of more comprehensive environmental and human health guidelines by decision makers that, in addition to energy-efficiency, address other concerns, including:
· Reduced toxicity while maintaining performance;
· Improved breakage resistance and longer lamp life (which can reduce manufacturing, transportation and disposal impacts);
· Sustainable manufacturing processes (such as the use of encapsulated mercury-dosing technologies);
· Responsible end-of-life management (particularly through producer responsibility in funding lamp collection and retailer collection programs)
· Innovative technologies such as light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that use less- or non-toxic materials, that have significantly longer life, are much more efficient for certain applications, and/or that offer other measurable environmental benefits.

CFLs significantly reduce mercury, greenhouse gases and other toxic emissions coming from coal-fired power plants and are three times more efficient than standard incandescent light bulbs.

Yet today, only about 2% of the mercury-containing lamps discarded by consumers and less than 30% of those discarded by government and industry are recycled. Broken mercury-containing lights release an estimated 2 to 4 tons of mercury vapor into the environment each year and that number is projected to grow as more lamps are used.

“Fluorescent lamps are unnecessarily breaking and releasing mercury in homes across the United States when consumers toss these fragile items into their waste baskets, trash compacters and recycling bins,” explained Alicia Culver, executive director of the Green Purchasing Institute, who contributed to the report. “Lamp manufacturers could prevent a significant amount of mercury releases in homes by better labeling their products, offering more mercury-free options, and funding a nationwide lamp recycling program as they have already done in Europe,” she added.

 



Six Degrees Could Change the World – Airs Feb 11 & 14 2008

screenhunter_01-feb-11-1105.gifGet the word out by forwarding this to absolutely everyone you know – Watch the National Geographic special “Six Degrees Could Change the World” on February 11 airs 12AM and 14th at 8pm.  Check your local viewing schedule to confirm times.  http://www.nationalgeographic.com/index.html

Please don’t miss this special.  We should all be very afraid, and then please please change one thing you’re doing and then another and another.  Together, we can change the world, one person and one choice at a time.



Body Burden Challenge #5

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Tis the Season for Glass NOT Plastic!

My daughters are getting glass storage containers for Christmas this year.  I shudder at the thought of the hormone simulating chemicals leaching into their food as they eat, drink and worst of all microwave their plastic and then eat food from the containers.  I’m not stopping there either – my 3 year old and 6 month old grandsons are getting sippy cups from a ‘safe plastic’ manufacturer.  I hear they are available at Babies R Us.

Gone are the days for me of blissful ignorance and bullet proof abandon.   I’m sure I am mortal and I’m doubly sure I want to protect really the only thing that matters to me – my family.  So this Christmas season think glass not plastic and sleep a little better that you are doing one more thing to reduce the chance of breast cancer or the chance of strange sexual behavior in your family. 

I’m not making this stuff up – look at the resources on my blog – trusted, respected resources.  In many cases – government resources and then run to your cabinets – dash down your plastic into the recycle bin and go to the second hand store and find some good old fashioned refrigerator glass dishes with glass lids just like Grandma used to use.



Unsafe toys should never reach store shelves

Body Burden Challenge #4 is toy safety.  Keep your kids safe this holiday season and buy a lead test at your local hardware store.  Please forward this funny video from the Consumer Union (the Non Profit publisher of Consumer Reports) to every parent you know and get the word out now.  Send the message to your local lawmakers found at the link below after you view the video.  Parents shouldn’t have to worry about the safety of the toys they are puchasing for their children.

https://secure.npsite.org/cu/site/Advocacy?cmd=homepage&page=UserAction&id=1732



Body Burden Challenge #3

Our family farm of my childhood is selling this week and it’s been a chance to reclaim youthful memories and create new family ties to weather the changes we are undergoing now that our parents are gone.

It’s a sentimental time for me and I decided to make body burden challenge #3 about reclaiming and reusing.  I was reminded this week of the simple joy that is found in living the life of a farmer.  I grew up with very few ‘things’ and what we had, my father was very proud to say we owned.  It’s no different than what Suze Orman preaches now really.  People first, then money, then things.  And so the wisdom of the generations continue across decades and economic class. 

I’ve found the person you just wrote off as a never do well may be a millionaire and the people you are sure are financially superior just filed bankrupcy.  So I believe there is honor in living a life of no frills, valuing people and money before things and to be debt free (or using leverged debt to increase weath but that’s another topic and another day).

During our household and tool auction this week – men and women came together to claim the new “old” things of our family.  New to them but old in age.  It reminded me of my purchase at Savers recently to replace the set of pots and pans my daughter took with her when she moved out.  They were heavy, Oneida stainless steel – worn but solid and stable.  I was thrilled to have a brand new “old” set for $18 and I consciously made a decision to reduce and reuse.

If we all decide to reduce supply and demand of manufactured goods – there will be much less carbon emissions from the manufacturing and transportation of new goods.  We will be putting less in the landfills and putting our money where our mouth is – so to speak.   We’ll be reducing the toxins we are generating and sending to the landfills – less lead, mercury, aluminum, packaging, plastics and many of the untested chemicals in the products sold.  Watch the faces of the young people you know as they watch you doing your part to protect the world they are inheriting – you will experience the joy of being a leader in your little part of the world.  That is something to feel good about.