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Thank you, Mag! I especially love seeing that happy words predominate on the net. Yaaay! We need more of that. And I’m sending up prayers that @orlbucfan and my friends in Florida and the Carolinas stay safe through the storm.

Speaking of prayers, the Standing Rock Sioux are also asking that people join them in prayer from October 8-11, Saturday through Tuesday, one day for each of the sacred directions. Here’s a link to their FB page with the information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1491838244176656/

Here are the details:

**The International Days of Prayer and Action with Standing Rock | October 8-11, 2016**

Ways you can participate:
1. Organize a prayer or ceremony on one of those days
2. Boycott all gas stations (especially Phillips 66) for one or all days
3. Halt construction of a pipeline near you 😉
4. Organize a letter writing party to tribal, local or national officials
5. Close all accounts with the following banks on October 11 for the #DivestFromDAPL campaign: http://www.democracynow.org/2016/9/9/who_is_funding_the_dakota_access
6. Share the attached flyers
7. Pray by your local water source/mountains/sacred sites
8. Round dance in public places/demonstrate
9. March/Pilgrimage for Standing Rock and other local issues
10. Translate flyer to a foreign language you know: https://docs.google.com/document/d/18EwJqvO35ykljqw0E9OlgD2SE4eqSyVLfteyI4genF8/edit

One day for each sacred direction.
We are mobilizing 5000 prayers and/or actions around the world.
We say "with" and not "for" Standing Rock because we are asking people to also tackle local issues: It's one thing to inspire the world to rush to your aid, it's another thing to inspire the world to stand up for their own water, their own air, their own climate and their own communities. Let's give Standing Rock that satisfaction by not only working for them, but also taking action to protect our own respective homelands! :)

Please take 1 minute to record your action/prayer here so we can make a map of all the people taking a stand: www.5k4sr.net


Thanks, mags!

Makes sense on the peace deal. And some are upset that the Nobel was only rewarded to the government side and not the FARC. Oh well, the Nobel has lost some of its luster, anyway.

I like c) and d) the best, as far as the representations go.

Thanks for the open thread. :O) TGIF and stay SAFE, y’all!

And here’s hoping that @orlbucfan can check in at some point, too.


I love Matt Taibbi.

… If you got caught selling something bad in a plastic bag, you have a good chance of being forced to sit out this election.

If the bad thing you sold came with a prospectus, you’re probably fine.

Just another reason to hate the political process as we head into this most disgusting of all presidential elections. The alien invasion can’t come too soon.


I keep thinking of Woody Guthrie’s song, lyrics to “Pretty Boy Floyd” — the line about “Some will rob you with a six-gun, And some with a fountain pen.”

And the second group is getting away with it again.


Thanks Mags :-)…loved to hear Neil Young’s song and glad too see he Stands With the Water Protectors

Here’s more activist music from Neil

Neil Young + Promise of the Real performs “Rockin’ In The Free World” at Farm Aid 2016 at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia, on September 17.

Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid’s board of directors in 2001.

Farm Aid’s performances are donated by the artists in order to raise funds and raise awareness for family farmers. They’ve raised their voices to help

That’s Lucus Nelson, Willie’s son on bass playin’ with him.

For more information about Farm Aid, visit: http://farmaid.org/youtube

For an inspiring uplift check out some of the Farm Heroes that are making a positive difference, day by day, in our World 🙂


One of my fav’s as well


Thank you for this! And for the update on Farm Aid too!


You’re welcome @NVPainter….here’s an original song by Cole Sullivan one of the FarmAid Hero Farmers, preforming “In Light I Met (Call My Name)” live at his family’s goat dairy in Wake, Virginia

I love the birds singing along at the end 🙂 Lovely Saturday too you ~


Yes, the birds made it magical! Lovely Saturday to you too!



This article was published back in June of 2015, but the scandal coming back into the news again as Haiti is suffering another environmental crisis. Since the investigation was published, there were protests staged in 12 cities around the country, calls for transparency and accountability for the funds raised, reports issued, more questions asked, etc.

“a full 25 percent of donations — or around $125 million — were spent on fundraising and management, a contingency fund, and a vague, catchall category the Red Cross calls “program costs.”

On top of that 25 percent, the Red Cross sent the bulk of the donated money to other nonprofits to do the work on the ground. Those other nonprofits then took their own cuts for overhead costs — as much as 11 percent.”


Charity Navigator has a special page set up specifically for Hurricane Matthew’s impact on Haiti. Top-rated charities on the page include Hope for Haiti, the Haitian Health Foundation, and Save the Children.


The Red Cross was problematic in my community too, last year during the devastating Valley Fire in Lake County, California. We had maybe over a thousand evacuees at the Fairgrounds here, and volunteers from the community organized everything, starting with showed up with blankets, tents, dog food, you name it, on the first day — for immediate needs. Community volunteers organized the donations — the Red Cross didn’t want them; they only wanted money.

The Red Cross was helpful with getting people’s paperwork replaced, if they’d lost ID, for instance, in setting up cots inside a fairgrounds building, and in setting up an internet station where people could email and message their family and friends.

But the rest was all community. Restaurant owners, chefs, and people from the Culinary Institute of America made the meals (GREAT food!), for instance — none of that was done by the Red Cross. By the end, there were children’s daily art activities, places for people to gather, counseling sessions and groups, AA meetings, and all kinds of things happening to help people out and meet their needs. People here dove right in to help our neighbors, and were pretty flummoxed by how little the Red Cross was actually doing, and how they kept asking for monetary donations. I understand it takes money to keep an organization going, but….


A new film to watch this weekend on Netflix! The documentary “13th” will be released today.


Ava DuVernay’s new documentary chronicles how our justice system has been driven by racism from the days of slavery to today’s era of mass incarceration. The film, “13th,” is named for the constitutional amendment that abolished slavery with the exception of punishment for crime. The United States accounts for 5 percent of the world’s population, but 25 percent of its prisoners. In 2014, more than 2 million people were incarcerated in the United States—of those, 40 percent were African-American men. According to the Sentencing Project, African-American males born today have a one-in-three chance of going to prison in their lifetimes if incarceration trends continue. We speak to Ava DuVernay. Her previous work includes the hit 2014 film “Selma.” With “Selma,” DuVernay became the first African-American female director to have a film nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.

Last Friday, the film “13th” became the first documentary to ever open the New York Film Festival, and many are talking Oscar for Best Picture.

I am super excited to watch it, here is the trailer:

If you enjoy it, please encourage your friends and family to watch it too. There is so much ignorance surrounding these very important issues.


Neil Young and orangutans! Hella yeah!


Hey there,
Thanks for the request. East central downtown ORL dodged a major natural bullet. So did beach side east of us in Brevard County. We lost power for only 4-5 hours. No structural damage. People evacuated beach side. Good thing cos counties north of us–Volusia and Flagler got nailed w/storm surge. Parts of A1A washed out. Good report in that people evacuated when told. It could have been worse. 🙂


Thank goodness you an yours are okay @orlbucfan. 🙂


I’m so glad you’re okay!


Hmmmm… there seems to be a glitch — the photos of the kids aren’t showing up…..


I’ll try it this way… here are a few pics….


I had a lot of trouble posting this, and the explanation didn’t post, either — @magsview, these are three of the pics of the children making art, when they were evacuees during the Valley Fire. A lot of the paintings had “love” and hearts painted on them.

I’m lucky to live in this sweet little town. People came forward with such kindness to help however they could. Here’s a link to an article one woman wrote about her experience of being welcomed and cared for. And I know they would do it for us if we needed it, to: http://napavalleyregister.com/star/news/opinion/mailbag/guest-commentary-you-gave-us-a-home-when-we-didn/article_e7805de4-cfd2-5390-9160-96a0c40871f3.html

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