An Iranian cleric is blaming the recent earthquakes in Iran on immodestly dressed, degenerate & promiscuous women. Allah-forbid they blame poor engineering and inadequate building codes on the high loss of life after the 2003 earthquake in Bam. Of course, Iranians also stone women to death after they've been raped, saying the women seduced the men.
By the way, America has something in common with Iran. We're one of the few countries (and the only major industrialized country on the planet) that refuse to ratify & sign the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (the CEDAW Treaty). The World Health Organization estimates that 1 in 3 women and girls will be raped, experience domestic violence, and/or torture in their lifetime. Are you or do you know the 1 in 3? E-mail/call your Senators to ratify CEDAW.
Wall Street oil speculators are driving up oil prices in a time of weak demand. The ability of American citizens to pay for housing, energy, food, and health care has already been severely curtailed due to the rampant speculation, opacity, deregulation, lack of accountability, and greed that has brought our country to its knees. All of this has created homeless and jobless citizens who can’t pay their bills, put food on the table, or pay for health care. People's lives, homes, jobs, and their very survival should not depend upon the whims of Wall Street gamers playing the shadowy Oil Speculation Game for the sole purpose of increasing their corporate profits and personal bank accounts. They're playing this game at the expense of both our citizens and our country. Please take action. Contact your Senators to pass the Wall Street Transparency and Accountability Act of 2010. Here's the link for you to tell Washington to act now: http://www.stopoilspeculationnow.com/home.aspx
How about the Tea Party getting rid of taxation without representation? Federal income tax, by law, was to be paid only on money earned across state lines. Not many of us do, and we should not have to pay it. Since many politicians vote for what's best for corporations, and corporations can now greatly influence the course of elections, who's representing we the people? Murray Hill, Inc.'s satirical application for candidacy to run for Congress may have been turned down by Maryland's Secretary of State, but what if the corporate person had registered to vote and was older than 25? This would have been the first test of corporate personhood in the US under the new ruling. Do any 25-year-old corporations or unions out there care to open Pandora's Box? Since they are now also persons, when are the Feds going to collect their income taxes?
Hi all! Well, last week's sinus surgery went well and I've been recuperating. Hopefully, no more chronic sinusitus! I'm looking forward to being much healthier from now on, and am so blessed to have such wonderful doctors. So, it's back to work on Monday. I'd like to wish all of you a Happy Easter, Happy Passover and Happy Spring Equinox. Please enjoy the beauty of new life growing all around us and share your joy in living with all whom you meet. Take care and bless you all!
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Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person: the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works."
Know your rights. Never take things at face-value; do your research.
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to get my books published (one, a children's book, the other, a book of poetry and essays)
to travel, shoot (both photos and videos) and write.
to have my photographs and artwork in the permanent collections of some museums, and published in National Geographic.
to record an album and make a movie.
most importantly, to help people find safety, comfort and peace in this world.
"Humans, in all our arrogance and pride, consider the earth, with its vast lands, oceans and living beings, to be under our dominion. Under this circumstance the earth becomes, at best, a well-treated hostage; at worst, a place to tyranically plunder and destroy. We are only one small part of the incredibly rich and diverse planet we call home, and should therefore responsibly share, not rule over, that which gives us and all other living beings life." - Patrice Palmer
One in Three Women and Girls
Are you, or do you know, the 1 in 3?
That's the ratio of women and girls who will be raped or experience violence or sexual abuse during their lifetime. Women's rights are also human rights. I'm calling on everyone to please go to the UN sitehttp://saynotoviolence.org/and add your voice to the global action to Stop Violence Against Women.
The United Nations website on Violence Against Women (VAW), under the auspices of UNIFEM has more information:
"When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall — think of it, always." - Mahatma Gandhi
Please Help a Writer and Photographer Follow Her Dreams
My Beautiful Pets
"The crazy part of my mind is like a mischievous pet I have to keep watch over, or it might behave badly while I'm not paying attention."— Margaret Sartor (Miss American Pie: A Diary of Love, Secrets and Growing Up in the 1970s)
"Life can be difficult, yet when you meet resistance with resilience, you turn challenge into opportunity." - Patrice Palmer
"The view in the rear-view mirror can cause a driver to get in a wreck. Keep your eyes on the road ahead to see the curves and forks that challenge your drive through life. Your timing on the brakes and accelerator determines your finesse in negotiating those challenges, and is improved by your knowledge, experience, confidence, and integrity. The challenges encourage growth, creation, and finesse in driving your life." – Patrice Palmer
"Words witness, honor, and preserve the lives of those who have touched our lives in some way. They also have the immense power to bind us together, creating community and a positive future where none had existed before." – Patrice Palmer
"If you get hit by life or walk into a wall, be flexible, embrace the change, and keep hugging yourself as you roll downhill. When you get to the bottom, you'll be able to get up and walk back to the top." - Patrice Palmer
The Gypsy in Me - Travels Through Life
Some places I've been, so far...
United States - 27 out of 50 states
Indonesia - Java, Bali and Lombok
People I'd Like to Meet...
if politics, time, geography, and language were not issues: the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Sergio Vieira Mello, June Jordan, Richard Feynman, Joseph Campbell, Alan Watts, Carl Jung, Gandhi, Karen Blixen, Beatrix Potter, Einstein, Tesla, Marie Curie, Tschaikowski, Monet, Darwin, Benjamin Franklin, Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Da Vinci, Mohammed, Gautama Buddha, Jesus, Mary, and Mary Magdalen for starters.