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Monday, March 23, 2009

Economic Crisis is Global... and decades old.

It is times like this that should cause us not to sit and sulk but to get up and get active. Now is the time that we can make a difference even if that difference is a simple conversation, a small donation or a helping hand to a brother or sister in need. While we watch our world seemingly crumble around us from the current economic crisis we must remember that a crisis a hundred fold greater has been pounding millions of people of this world for decades.

Global issues like poverty are extremely complex. There is no simple, clear answer. I've railed on and against American Politics, the Political system, the Financial Collapse of the Markets and a myriad of other things but sometimes there comes a time where we, the people, need to turn our attention away from our world and focus on THE World.

Once again we need to unite our voices and speak volumes about the world, our true world and her children. It is through raising our voices, united, that we can be heard and the world will listen.

A few facts and tidbits about 2008:

Poverty and Hunger run rampant in our world while we witnessed a monumental 1.8 TRILLION Dollar single day loss in the Stock market. Our government has bailed out the banking industry with hundreds if not Thousands of BILLIONs of Tax Dollars and seeks more while the executives of AIG and their "top sellers" partied on the posh, enjoyed undeserved bonuses and are now suing the IRS for some BS claim on their tax returns.

World governments now own portions of the banking industry, effectively Nationalizing the financial system, and taxpayers around the world have allowed their governments to use BILLIONS of dollars, Pounds, Euro's and other currencies to fight a war in the Middle East.

My point? We still live in a world where almost half of her population, over three billion people, live on less than $2.50 a day and over 26,500 children die each day. Every day. Year round. The killers of our children, the children of our world, are poverty, hunger and easily preventable diseases and illnesses. What will you do today to help prevent this?

Mister, can you spare a dime? Don't answer with the standard "you can't fix the problem by throwing money at it..." okay, we know that it's complex and the problems have very deep roots. But maybe that dime isn't in hard currency, maybe it's ten cents of your time. A moments worth of you talking to someone else about the problem. What if the whole world was talking about this at exactly the same time? Maybe your ten cents would be worth millions. Take a moment. Talk to someone. You were given a voice for a reason, use it.

Poverty Facts: These are not debate points, not opinions, FACTS. Plain, hard, cold and oh so real facts. When you read my opening and we look at all of the money that we've chased around in less than 2 months the FACT is that we are a wasteful money-centric global society that preys on those with less and forgets those who can not speak with the same volume and intensity that we can. We want our BMW's, Mercedes and our 4,000+ square foot Homes. We want gratification and satisfaction now and we don't care what it cost. We like to think that what we do does not impact anyone else. Continue with this approach to our world and we just might end up paying with more than our money.

26,500 children die each day at an astounding rate of one Child every three seconds, over 10 Million children die each year. One of those children could have been the scientist that cures cancer, saves a nation, makes the impossible possible. One of those children could have been a friend. Each of those children were fellow humans trying to inhabit the planet the we have been given stewardship over. Ask yourself: Am I a good steward for the children. Take a moment. Talk to someone. You were given a voice for a reason, use it. Statistics: At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day.

Worldwide. 2.2 million children die each year because they are not immunized while the United States spends 8 BILLION Dollars a year on Cosmetics, blush, lipstick, eyeliner, etc. every year. European countries and the United States combined spend 12 Billion Dollars a year on Perfumes. It would take 9 Billion to provide Water and Sanitation for ALL.

The list goes on. The world; US, Europe, Japan, and the rest spend enough on Perfume 4, Pet Food 4, Cigarettes 4, and Cosmetics 4 to provide Basic Education, Water and Sanitation and Basic health and nutrition to the WORLD and still have 3 BILLION left over. Speak up, speak out! Talk to someone. You have been given a voice for a reason, use it today.

You can help by contacting UNICEF, the International Red Cross Red Crescent, Your local Red Cross Chapter, OXFAM and other global organizations dedicated to eliminating poverty and providing basic human needs to the worlds populations. Play Robin Hood - donate, let your voice be heard.

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Monday, March 9, 2009

Arrest Warrant Issued for Bashir

The following is an excerpt from The Invisible Children website. I could have gathered this clip from any news source on the net or print. I thought it important to give anyone visiting SCREAMING at the TV! an opportunity to visit the Invisible Children site and maybe, hopefully, get a new feel for this story. My thanks to the Invisible Children Network and all that they do.

The International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for his role in the death of 300,000 people in Darfur since 2003. Bashir has been indicted on seven counts of war crimes including crimes against humanity, murder, rape and torture. The Sudanese government responded by expelling ten of the largest western aid agencies operating in Sudan, including Medicines Sans Frontieres and Save the Children. Out of the 76 aid agencies operating in Sudan, these ten are estimated to contribute most of the aid to the Sudanese.
Does this worry you? It should. What would you suppose that Bashir will do? I've waited on writing anything about the warrant for Bashir because I knew that, while the intention was good the outcome could be tragic. I could feel it in my bones that Bashir would begin kicking out the aid agencies and doing what he could to minimize any UN presence in the region. I wonder how many will lose their homes, families, lives because of this? Don't get me wrong, something needed to be done. A warrant... okay, so we are the civilized world and we follow the rules of such a world - but for those who do not it only means that they will escalate their hate filled behaviors to new levels.

There's this small thing call a strategic surgical strike - maybe the age of everyone knowing everything is not good - maybe, just maybe a couple of heads of state should have sat down and decided that this fish is rotting from the head down and the head needed to be silently removed.



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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Nadya Suleman... Your 15 Minutes are Up

All the talking heads of the world are bitching and complaining about the OctaMom, , they can't believe that her story is still alive. The mainstream media is outraged (the best they can be) that is still getting attention. Not from them, of course, but from the producers of , the tabloids and all the other rag mags out there.

Today, on the today show made a comment when NBC was running a story about the new supposed million dollar deal that Nadya has made; the comment was something along the lines of "this is a long 15 minutes..." no shit Sherlock but it's long because you clowns keep running her damned story. It doesn't matter if it's about the discussion between her and her mother or the nose job or some of the litter coming home from the hospital... you keep running the story - give it up already. OH! and get this... the lead in question... Is Nadya addicted to pregnancy? WTF!! Who the hell cares! That crap just chaps my backside...

Question for everyone; when was the last time that NBC or any station ran a story on the global issue of clean water, Somalian poverty crisis, , economic impacts to Mexico's border towns and the rise in violence because of it? When? When was the last time that any station ran a story on how unemployment benefits haven't increased in 20 years in some parts of our own country? When? We all hear about the poor rich SOB's but when have we heard about the real issues?

and finally, just a tidbit to chew on: I was talking to a friend of mine that was recently laid off directly because of the economy. He told me that he had received his first benefit deposit... the amount... 240.00 before taxes - 214.00 after!!! WTF!!! are you serious... Look..., not for nothing but 24 years ago when I was discharged from the service I decided to take a month or two off before I went in to the "real" world and I filed for unemployment benefits; guess what my benefit was..... yep $240.00!! I was pissed then, my God, I can't imagine what I would do now trying to live off of a total of 960.00 a month (before taxes) and feed my family, pay my mortgage or even rent for that matter, electric... good God - this is the help that we are given from our Department of Economic Security!! What I really want to know is who's economic security is it anyway...

Nadya... I hope you get your deal - not for your sake but for the sake of your children. I hope that whoever draws up your contract has stipulations dictating that a percentage of your deal goes into a trust fund for your children.

Okay, I'm done... Have a great day!

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Nadya Suleman Seeks a Bailout

; a case study in what's wrong in America. Wow, that's a bit harsh...right? Nope--not at all, see from what I've witnessed represents what's wrong with our society.

Not that our society is near collapse or that we're so maladjusted that we can never course correct, no, in fact, I'm certain that we can--this is all about attitudes.

The attitude that allows some of us to think that it's okay to take taxpayer money and give out bonuses to the top performers, even though our company is about to shut down.

The type of attitude that allows some people to think it's okay to fly on a personal jet to Washington DC to beg for money to save their corporations from financial collapse.

The type of attitude that allows some people to dream... if I have them they will come; the home builders, the diaper companies, the formula manufacturers, the clothing suppliers, the local stores who want a feel good story about helping a mom in need...

The type of attitude that allows some of us to believe that "we are entitled" to do what ever the hell we want damned the consequences to anyone else--and in this case it's the kids that will bear those consequences so that little miss collegen lips and nose job... (no... I didn't have anything done to my lips... no I'm not trying to look like Angelina Jolie... I'm paraphrasing from an interview with NBC's Anne Curry)... can live the twisted dream that she's "always had."

How's she going to provide for FOURTEEN children? She has a plan... a bailout of sorts... oh, and she has a website asking for your money or comments... I personally left her the latter--she'll get nary a dime from me directly.

Nadya is currently accepting Food Stamps, now there's nothing wrong with that on the surface -- the program is there for those in need.... that's where the problem starts... in need, not in desire, not in "it's a lifelong dream come true," not as in It's what my selfish self-centered self wanted... no In NEED. Subtle difference I know but one that she needs to understand.

And for God's sake , when you're doing an interview be honest. Don't tell us that you are not receiving any welfare and then go on and state that your receiving food stamps temporarily (whatever) and three of your current six children are receiving governmental disability checks, to which she added "temporarily". Excuse me for just a moment while I throw the penalty flag for excessive bullshit. Honey, that's called welfare.

What's wrong with America? We live in a swamp of delusional people that believe they are entitled to do what ever they want when ever they want it damned the consequences and when the proverbial shit hits the fan each and every one of them cry for a in their own twisted way. They arrive in their private jets, limos, and via the airways on the Today Show. Each with their hand out hoping that we believe them just enough this one last time.

And if that fails? You can always pack up the fourteen kids and move in with Mom.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Guantanamo... Seven Years Too Late

Ettarose, a long time reader of SCREAMING and an avid supporter of the humanitarian efforts and causes in this world recently left a comment regarding my post "Guantanamo Suspended: Thank You Mr. President."

Etta, like many of us, has questions. I wonder if we stop and think could we come up with the answers?

Ettarose wrote:

Hi, my concern is those who are guilty. Where will these prisoners end up? I do NOT agree with the torture of them, but I would like to see justice done swiftly.

If I may....

"... those who are guilty." I would propose that first we get to the point of finding out ARE they guilty?

Now, we may all answer yes but there is a process--DUE PROCESS--that needs to be followed and that many of us have been SCREAMING for it for 7 years. Bush's government chose to detain these suspects and NOT give them their access to DUE PROCESS. In fact the Bush administration chose to hold them hostage (prisoner--enemy combatant--hostage...all about the same in this case), without trial, to suit and fit their own political needs and then when they didn't fit the administrations needs they didn't know what to do with them...

ummm---leave them for the next guy!

Now it's time to give the detainee's (prisoners) their day in court--Military Court.

Ettarose then asks "... where will these prisoners end up?"

I propose JAIL and I'm not trying to be a smart-ass but honestly, we have some of the very best maximum security prisons in the world. We house Manson, Menendez, Dahmler, and a few thousand of the worlds most violent criminals. I'm certain we could house some lowly enemy combatant for the rest of their natural lives. After all, it's not like we're going to give them weapons or anything - lock-down baby, lock-down!... I personally think our prisons are secure enough for these people.

Finally, my friend closes with "... but I would like to see justice done swiftly."


We all would. I'm afraid that as a Nation we have missed that boat. Seven years of detention without the case ever being tried in a Military court, National or International, is anything but swift.


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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Kiva - Kiva Lending Team: SCREAMING at the TV!

Update for our Loans at KIVA: Team SCREAMING at the TV!

Back in November and December I asked you to join me in making a microfinancing loan in the amount of $25.00. Thank you, to those that have. Some may have seen this as a bit risky. Maybe, but I'll take that risk. Some may have seen this as a bit too much in the time of financial crisis in America -- this is exactly the time we should be reaching out, helping others, helping those less fortunate than we are. I ask again, join me at Team SCREAMING at the TV! you can find the link on the left hand side under the "Your Action, News & Resource Center" menu.

Here are how our three loans have performed to date:

Total Amount Loaned $75 Kiva average = $134.00
Total Amount Repaid $19 Kiva average = $81.00
Amount of Ended Loans Not Repaid In Full $0.00 Kiva average = $1.28
Amount of Ended Loans $0.00 Kiva average = $50.50
Default Rate 0.00% Kiva average = 2.56%
Delinquency Rate 0.00% Kiva average = 2.84%

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Guantanamo Suspended: Thank You Mr. President

President Obama,

Thank you for taking the first steps toward closing the Guantanamo detention facilities and ending the military commissions. Your order declaring a 120-day suspension of the trials at Guantanamo shows this country and the world that America will once again hold sacred the rights of all humans.

Thank you for taking action on your first day in office. Thank you for beginning to free America from the human rights abuses and the stigmas of the Bush era.

I look forward to the end of this national shame and restoration of America's leadership in the world.



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Friday, January 16, 2009

Captain Sullenberger's Water Landing: US Airways Flt 1549

us airways flight 1549. crash on the hudson river. photo by gregorylam

We, I, so often scream about the mountains of crap that pile up in this world, not today. Today I have the honor not to scream, but to shout about the heroics of Capt. Chesley B 'Sully' Sullenberger III, Age 57, from Danville, California and his crew for the superior job that they did during the crash of US Airways Flight 1549. Capt. Sullenberger is a former Air Force fighter pilot and has been with US Airways 29 years.

Capt. Sullenberger's actions saved the lives of 155 passengers and crew. His actions are directly responsible for impacting thousands of lives - if not more.

Families, today, arose to a new day - together. Husbands kissed their wives, fathers and mothers hugged their children. Any and all that wanted, had the opportunity to talk about their ordeal. Many were on radio, some on TV, and I am certain, all talked with, prayed with, and rejoiced in the miracle on the Hudson with family and friends.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Video Game Defense is Defenseless: Game Over!

AP: A teenager kills his mother and wounds his father in revenge for taking away his video game.

I could start with "ARE YOU F'ING SERIOUS!" or a great big WTF, but that wouldn't do my astonishment, amazement and bewilderment any justice. So we'll start with this simple observation:

Some people are just bad.

Yes I know that we should look for the good in people, but when there's some scumbag, like this one, sharing our air and taking up space, I have to wonder if it's really worth my effort to find the good in all. Screw that, let him find the good. Flipping Pac-man murder freak--what kind of good should I find in that?

"Dude, like, you have really fast thumbs... and a quick temper too, probably makes you a good gamer huh?"

Why make the effort? Why exert my energy trying to find out why this waste-oid should be sharing this planet with the rest of us.

Daniel Petric is this "Game-over" shitballs name, he is 17, and is addicted to the Halo 3 game. His defense--playing the game made him insane.

Okay you slimey little f-stick, here's the deal. You are not addicted to video games. Your lazy, spoiled, and pathetic but you are not an addict. I know addicts and buddy they'd kick your ass for using the name addict in this fashion.

Fortunately the judge in this case rejected his defense, saying he had planned revenge for weeks. "game over", of Ohio, was tried as an adult and faces a maximum possible penalty of life in prison without parole.

And this is how this little spoiled brat did his dead: On the night of the shooting in October 2007, he used his father's key to open a lock-box and remove a 9mm handgun and the game. Twisted. His father was shot in the head and survived. Testified that his son came into the room and asked: "Would you guys close your eyes? I have a surprise for you."

Life is prison is too good for this slime.

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Saturday, January 3, 2009

Hacked to Death

A new year is upon us and with it comes an old way of celebrating for those in the Congo. Celebrating Christmas and the new year by fleeing to the mountains. Celebrating by seeking shelter, not from the elements of nature but from the atrocities of man.

Celebrating by hacking Catholics to death and forcing them in to fire. Celebrating by cutting off the lips of their victims as a warning not to speak ill of the LRA rebels. Celebrating by massacring 400 or more people doing nothing more than attending Mass and going about daily life.

News of the attacks in north-eastern DR Congo began to come out after the weekend when the Ugandan army accused the LRA of hacking to death 45 civilians in a Catholic church near Doruma. Bruno Mitewo, head of the Catholic aid agency, says that from information they have collated from their parishes on the ground, more than 400 civilians have died in the attacks. "All villages were burned by rebels... we don't know where exactly the population is because all the villages are empty," he told the BBC.

There are 6,500 people displaced who are refugees in the parishes of the Catholic Church around the city of Dungu, more than 20,000 are running and hiding in the mountains.

Countries from Uganda to the Central African Republic have suffered 20 years of terror inflicted by the LRA, 20 years, what's one more.

So, can someone explain to me how that "Global Attack On Terror" is coming along? That forceful -- we will not allow it to be, we will hunt the darkest corners of the world to eliminate terrorist... What's the problem? Not enough Oil Reserves in the Congo? Or maybe, collectively, we just don't care...

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