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    Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009
    8:32 am
    MLK quote about loving your enemy
    we must not seek to defeat or humiliate the enemy but to win his friendship and understanding. At times we are able to humiliate our worst enemy. Inevitably, his weak moments come and we are able to thrust in his side the spear of defeat. But this we must not do. Every word and deed must contribute to an understanding with the enemy and release those vast reservoirs of goodwill which have been blocked by impenetrable walls of hate. -MLK
    Thursday, March 19th, 2009
    12:53 pm
    Greedy CEOs are a symptom not the problem itself
    My question is, if we didn't bail out AIG what would really happen? Why is this justified? I've been told that markets would collapse all over the world if we don't bail out AIG, but isn't that what's happening already and who says the current market system is working anyway? With 2-3 wars going on people dying of rampant disease and living on the streets, one-third of the population under-fed, and another third dying of hunger, what world collapse does bailing out AIG avoid? Is it not blaringly obvious that in order to solve these problems we need to concentrate our efforts on them? Make them the priority? I think that the problem isn't that these CEOs are getting bonuses, I think it's a mistake in priorities of the system. Why is it such a huge issue that these guys get all this money but giving their company virtually an unlimited bailout not debated? My question is serious, I want to know what would actually happen if we didn't bail out AIG and instead funneled this money to programs that are giving people happier safer lives.
    Tuesday, January 20th, 2009
    6:24 pm
    Obama's inauguration speech kindered a little bit of hope in me that I had forgotten was there.
    Tuesday, December 9th, 2008
    1:14 pm
    I had my cell phone stolen on Sunday and it kind of re-affirmed a notion I have about steeling. I don't have anything of material value and I honestly think it's ok for anyone to steel anything they want from me, if they need it. I remember I used to get angry when someone would take something of mine, just because it was mine. Now, when someone steels something from me, it's a pretty good indication that they need it more than I do. I say someone who steels something must really need it, because he/she had to to take quite a few risks to get to the point where they go through with steeling. The risk of getting caught by authorities and going to jail or being fined, the risk that the person who bought the item or posses it some other way won't have the attitude I do and catches them and shoots them, and the risk of being demonized by a society that looks down on steeling. I think that I would never steel something, no matter what the circumstances. However, who I am to judge? I CAN'T judge unless I'm in the exact situation that the person who stole is and that will never happen because it's impossible to have the same exact experiences as another person. The only thing I have of high monetary value is this computer and I have insurance on it. All my cloths, my bicyle, nothing has a value that is higher than $50 and most things are under $10. People who steel things from me actually do me a favor because I really do want someone in need to have my stuff and this is a quick and easy way to get it to someone and be relatively sure it's someone who needs it pretty bad.
    Saturday, October 4th, 2008
    12:09 am
    The only way to convince someone of your point of view is to be sincerely willing to see theirs.
    Monday, May 12th, 2008
    8:37 pm
    I can't imagine money being valued as a worthwhile lifetime pursuit.
    Sunday, April 13th, 2008
    12:32 pm
    profit vs people
    "The well being of businesses and the well being of people need to be aligned" - Barrack Obama
    9:23 am
    great quote about love
    What is straight? A line can be straight, or a street, but the human heart, oh, no, it's curved like a road through mountains. ~Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire, 1947
    Sunday, April 6th, 2008
    11:28 am
    saying by me
    Unconscienciously following a law can not only result in loss of liberties contributing to a totalitarian fascist state, but in a degradation of individual moral fabric, good judgement, integrity, and intuition.
    8:06 am
    another cool quote
    It is our earth, not yours or mine or his. We are meant to live on it, helping each other, not destroying each other. - J. Krishnamurti
    Monday, March 24th, 2008
    12:31 am
    Not thinkining clearly. feeligs not clear. Feel a little better after savasana.
    Thursday, March 13th, 2008
    11:23 pm
    greet quote
    Innovation is not the product of logical thought, even though the final product is tied to a logical structure.
    Saturday, March 1st, 2008
    1:50 pm
    money is time
    Passing time not making money is worth as much as saving time by spending money. I spent more time to get somewhere because I walked but I had the chance to have more experiences, I met people, relaxed and got exercise. And I saved $3 in taxi.
    Tuesday, February 19th, 2008
    7:15 pm
    great quote
    There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth -- not going all the way, and not starting. - Buddha
    Thursday, February 14th, 2008
    9:23 pm
    quote I thought of
    When you’re life is falling apart or when you feel like you have no control of your actions, it’s a good idea to concentrate on yourself and come back to who you are. Once you’ve accomplished this, you are ready to make great sacrifices for others. There may even be purposes or people you are willing to die for without a second thought.
    Sunday, February 10th, 2008
    2:58 pm
    Another Einstein quote- Disarmament
    "The United States is the most powerful technically advanced country in the world to-day. Its influence on the shaping of international relations is absolutely incalculable. But America is a large country and its people have so far not shown much interest in great international problems, among which the problem of disarmament occupies first place today." - Alber Einstein
    Sunday, January 27th, 2008
    7:54 pm
    I don't look at myself as an activist. I look at out government as being active against a peaceful agenda that brings people together across cultural boundaries.
    Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008
    8:23 am
    I talked with a gentleman who works for an environmental agency in Lousiana, who was a consultant for the gov't in helping write the environmental impact statement for the proposed fencing at the San Diego/Tijauna border and he told me that after hundreds of hours of work designing an evironmental impact statement about the proposed plan to construct the fence through the ecological reserve that is the Tijuana estuary, Secretary Chertoff used his authority to sign a waiver before any of the environmental agencies signed off on the statement to start construction right away. The gentlemen thought it was very "unfortuneate" that the Chertoff didn't wait for the approval of environmental agencies like the EPA and the California Coastal Comission. Why was the EIS even made if Chertoff can use the authority vested in him by the powers of the Department of Homeland Security to start construction without any approval from any environmental agency?
    7:55 am
    The construction of barriers between the United States and Mexico is paramount to the acts of 9-11. It results in the deaths of thousands of people. It may be time that the peace community reacted with non-violent peaceful shock and awe actions. With the intensity of the shock and awe plan the US gov't came up with to attack afghanistan and Iraq, but the complete opposite strategy. An overwhelming force of friendship and love instead of violence and destruction.

    The construction of the fence is a violent act not only because it causes immigrants to flow to other more dangerous areas of the border where they are more likely to die in the desert or be taken andvatage of by human traficker who sometimes leave them to die or rape them. It is not only a violent act because it has blatant disregard for the environment and will destroy one the last remaining estuaries of its kind on the planet. It is not only an act of violence because it is coupled with free trade agreements that are causing indigenous people to loose their land and their livlihood. It is act of violence because it is driven by fear and ignorance and creates a division that leads to mistrust, animosity, scape goating and exacerbates and accelerates a circle of violence. It is time to reach out across cultural and political barriers and make friends. A friend is the best protection one can have and from the Middle East to the US/Mex border, this government has done nothing but make enemies.
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