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Action alert (USA): Save alternative medicine 16 April 07

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Whoops, I mean save alternative modalities. Or therapies. Or whatEVER — but not “medicine”. Point is, the FDA is currently accepting comments on their plan to reclassify the use of herbal and homeopathic remedies under their formal category of “medicine”. This would mean anyone using or applying these therapies who is not a licensed medical doctor could be arrested for practicing medicine without a license.

Which is FKED UP — major corporate pharma products can be used just as irresponsibly as herbs, and since they are more potent, can cause greater damage.

More info at
http://www.democracyinaction.org/healthfreedomusa/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=7185&t=

And the announcement from that site:
There is a crisis in health freedom. On April 30, 2007 the FDA will close the public comment period on a “Guidance” which will classify every alternative practice as “medicine” so that only licensed physicians can carry out the procedure AND vitamins, minerals, herbs, etc., will suddenly become “untested drugs” which will be forbidden.

Bad? Real Bad! But public outcry can stop this assault on your health and your freedom.

Spread the word! Tell everyone in your Circle of Influence, professionals, alternative practitioners, nutrient and herb companies, everyone! Let them know how important their participation is to make sure the FDA backs off from this repressive course.

Please share this link with them and urge them to take action: http://…com/2u7ghc

Yours in health and freedom,

Rima E. Laibow, MD
Medical Director
Natural Solutions Foundation
http://www.HealthFreedomUSA.org

Take action now at http://www.democracyinaction.org/healthfreedomusa/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=7185&t=

How to treat captives 9 April 07

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On the whole British sailors in Iran thing.

American politic rhetoric too often centers around what messages are sent by a policy, rather than reporting the real effects of a policy put in place for cosmetic purposes. But I have been trying to figure out why Iran would grab a boatload of British sailors, knowing the stink that would make, and then apparently treat them humanely. That’s what a sovereign nation is expected to do with prisoners, after all. Maybe it was an exercise in demonstrating how prisoners of war — or disagreement — should be treated?

UPDATE – more unfounded speculation

Thought about this a little more, and I think there’s sometimes validity to the right-wing accusation that liberals are suckers who think everyone is good guys except America. So, another possibility, just for balance: that Iran snatched those sailors with the intention of using them as some kind of pawns, but was surprised to find a woman among them. And since women are delicate flowers to be protected, not sent into war zones, then including Faye Turney in diplo-military games would have made Iran look bad to the Muslim world.

Again, I base this on nothing except what the back of my mind tosses up during a long drive.

Should auld acquaintance run amok 24 January 07

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Mix one part home-brewed beer with one part Minnesota relatives and one part re-uniting Peace Corps volunteers, at a wedding reception in the middle of a snowstorm.

Shaybani Habibi

Can you believe it only took the combined smarts of five people to write them words? Now accepting consultation fees for YOUR wedding-reception talent show.

Cobag Bowtwerp 11 January 07

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Pass It On:
Tucker Carlson is on TV enough to be a well-known name and face, but I’ve only seen the one episode of Crossfire where Jon Stewart visited. Carlson seemed like a sulky, aggressive kid, who used English not so much to communicate meaning as to deconstruct and twist people’s words into idiocy or evil. I am therefore pleased to add my linkage to Chuckles’ account of an outrageous series of events. Chuckles was working in a video store, and posted a mention to his blog that Carlson had been in to sign up for a membership.

Chuckles said he’d never much liked Carlson awful show and personality, mentioned that his tan was kinda orange, and assured his readers there was no chance he’d give out the new customer’s address. Next thing you know, Carlson has come in and threatened to “f*king destroy” the guy, and he did get him fired, as well as sending a suit/goon to try to get Chuckles’ personal information. What a skunk. Carlson is famous enough to recognize, and to think he’s all-powerful and can treat people like that FOR WHY?, but he ain’t powerful enough to squash internets gossips. Enjoy.

Oh, and just for good measure, here’s that episode of Crossfire.

We can discover the wonders of nature 19 November 06

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Time-Lapse of Cicada Moulting

Wow.

I have just been watching this over and over…

Tuesday meandering 14 November 06

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On indi’s oft-referenced blog, I am liking the new(ish) function that lists some related previous content — have found some interesting old posts. Like this one, for two reasons. He and Morquendi do teh analysis of how class control of resources (like money and “voice”) impacts decisions about education, both access and quality, in Sri Lanka; then get into a discussion on the World Bank’s role, and some clear, serious descriptions of institutional goals as well as on-the-ground effects, from multiple perspectives. Those relationships and effects were made much clearer.

Then there’s the tone of communication between two minds that want to … broadly, truly do want to Make Things Better. But both minds also look at Sri Lankan schools thru the lens of their own educational experience, aNd with different associative connections to the World Bank and development/inequalities generally. And class issues get bitter fast – just as Morquendi says,
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Total Information Availability 14 November 06

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There’s an existing wiki of how to do everything useful and deal with the hassles of life without getting skint too badly, and and some ideas for building another mechanism for sharing how-to’s. Interesting ideas, but overall I still find talking to people more useful for anything beyond a bare intro to a new skill or subject.

Oh boy! Class and gender! 1 November 06

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Winter, in Cardiff, writes– “For the majority of women on this planet, gender performance and feminine beauty practices are a very long way down the list of priorities….” This post is more in response to her previous Thoughts on Feminism and White Middle-Class Femininity, but was set off by the comment above. It startd as kind of a rant, but in keeping with an affirmational approach (Heinold, 2006) and general ideas of constructive criticism, is more of a questioning – don’t mean to attack nobody, just take a good look.
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Sun Fall Down 29 October 06

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What is it Like – Aspects of SIT – Academic Discourse – Validity and Wisdom – Widening Pedagogy – Blog Discourse – Telepathy

Harvest fire

A couple weeks ago, went over to Keene, New Hampshire to see the annual Pumpkin Festival. A lot of pumpkins, a LOT of people – I believe they have a world record for most toes trodden on, something like that. So of course I was wondering what IS this? why are we all still happy to be here, looking at pumpkins and bumping into strangers on an icy night?

Well… pumpkins come in from the last and latest harvests. They’re big and warm-colored and rampantly alive, and I think we’re paying tribute, with fire and fruit, to the sun before it goes down for the winter and the sky goes gray.

So it was good to take part in that. And it’s good to be back home-ish. I often thought that the dry season in Panama village was a bit like fall here in New England — not the temperature of course, but certainly the satisfying “chch!” of yellowed leaves under a bicycle tire. I’ve been writing and thinking and looking around a lot.

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approaching land 10 October 06

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I’m in Vermont, in a good house (i.e. with a cat), starting to settle back into writing mode after spending September swapping continents and starting classes. Arrival was a bit of a knockout – departure, moving, PMS, wham bam badam! But it’s really nice to be back in New England. I’ve been taking the perimeter route around campus and admiring all the familiar edge plants – goldenrod, queen anne’s lace, brown-eyed susans. Am just starting to write, including letters, again.

There’s a lot to say, and I’m working on it. Meanwhile, this here is from August. It’s a quick reaction to a movie, which then wanders off into trying to find the One Big Answer again, and some comments on that.

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