Reconciliation report – 9/16/2010

Positive items:

Abbas on the peace talks: “We all know there is no alternative to peace through negotiations, so we have no alternative other than to continue these efforts.”

A tribunal in Cambodia is indicting 4 senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime. Seems like positive news as the Khmer Rouge contributed to 1.7 million deaths in the 70s. I’m hoping for a model more like South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission throughout similar situations in the world, including the US.

Video showing how people are using voodoo to heal.

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Challenging headlines–try to understand other points of view, please:

Positive perspective coming from Ahmadinejad–‘Muslims do not hate Americans’–US citizens could compare and contrast this with the vitriol which came from Bush–“Axis of Evil.”

I am very sorry about this U.S. cartoonist who is in hiding. I wish the fringes of facets weren’t so extremist. Yet I can understand why people would have such a lack of tolerance for western civilization (which has historically plundered and dismissed genocide–over 1,000,000 Iraqis dead. I’d be pretty angry as well. I hope ‘they’ can forgive ‘us.’)

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Fox news on tax hikes for the wealthy:

I’d like to state that I’d like to get rid of the tax loopholes for the wealthy. Seems like a fair compromise. Let’s not raise taxes for the rich, but we’ll get rid of the loopholes. How’s that?

Can’t really deal with the rest of the Fox News headlines today, but I can understand the critique and I hope that people can take other viewpoints to heart and come up with a happy middle, and wish each other success.

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Weather watch/hopes:

STS Fanapi is still out at sea. Julia and Igor are still rolling towards the Americas. Julia has been ruled “not a threat.” Igor is now category 4, but I’m hoping for it to calm down. Karl is on land. Hoping it does not pick up steam in the gulf of Mexico. Perhaps it would be best for it to move inland rather than over the gulf of Mexico.

OPTIFACT News and Weather Report 9/12/2010

The rains in Greece have been alleviated somewhat.

I’m hoping that the rains in Syria can be fostered, that the droughts can be eliminated there.

I really like what Schwarzengger is doing lately re hi-speed rail.

Relieved that it looks like Igor is going to stay in the ocean and away from land.

Not sure I like what is happening in Sweden, because I really like their graduated penalty system for motor violations and I hope this doesn’t indicate a turn away from this civilized approach.

I can’t figure out the stock markets yet. I’m not sure everything should be as monetized as it has been. I’ll leave this up to God-concept for now to figure out. But I’m hoping that we can try to focus on real benefits for all people and real standards of living for all people rather than these exorbitant profits that rich people seem to be so good at reaping at the expense of poor people.

Excellent news for Iranian/US relations, I think. Fox News also has the story.

I have no idea why the Saudi diplomats would want asylum here (although maybe I do). Whatever works for the world.

Commonnightmares ( is as ever skeptical about the situation.
I’m hoping for less vitriol from commondreams, but I’m glad for the conscientiousness. Oy.

Hoping Obama makes good on the symbol of Guantánamo, and campaign promises & visions of hope. I’m sorry I doubted Obama, because it looks like his heart is in the right place. I am sure that if anyone can find a way through this, it’s him. I’m hoping for a second term for him.

Wishing Clinton luck on the mideast talks, although I never believe that talks are a “last chance.” Hoping the Republicans can pick up on the idea of diplomacy; I know this is possible, especially if Ahnold can run as president. There are always chances for more talks.

Weird news about cancer, and I don’t agree with its headline (The 10 Deadliest Cancers and Why There’s No Cure) I’ve read that smoking grass can help prevent and heal lung cancer, and that a raw food diet also can help turn it around. I’ve also met casualties and survivors of breast cancer, survivors of leukemia, survivors of brain cancer, survivors of cancer of the larynx.

Feeling hopeful about this environmental organization, and wishing I could do something about it, but not sure I should be so panicked. I think making as many changes as possible to one’s carbon footprint is a good idea. But also, I think it’s important to focus on the possibilities for spontaneous evolution of species. I recently read that the coral colonies are not all as susceptable to ph and warming changes as was thought. And there are some 15 new species of bees, and that they are hardier. I am hoping they are good pollinators and have tasty honey!