…cop21 meets proposed tpp?…

…or, climate conference – photo op or results-oriented?…

As the US President pushes for action at the COP21 in Paris comes news on a report by the Sierra Club. In that news is the observation that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), now to be considered for approval by respective legislatures of the 12 proposed members, seems to have not explicitly shown concern for climate change. Surely, a misunderstanding – on the part of Sierra Club? Or? As Andrea Germanos, staff writer, over at the common dreams blog, New Report Details TPP’s ‘Panoply of Threats’ to Climate. Of note, Read the rest of this entry »


…brew ready, and another day…

…to celebrate life…

 


…all hallows eve, and some grave observations…

…which would require some digging…


…columbus day in the us? and a holiday, still?…

…one of those incongruities of life; or a ‘western’ thing…

Unperturbed about the ridiculousness of the thing the US continues with the celebration of Christopher Columbus – even if, as other holidays, it is a day to go shopping.

Elsewhere, such as in those countries directly affected by the Enterprise (slavery, slaughter and plunder) of the Lord of the Ocean Seas, the attitude is markedly different. Many to most countries have been moving away, far away, from even the racist implications of that ‘el Día de la Raza’. Among the more favoured has been el Día de la Resistencia Indígena, ‘Day of Indigenous Resistance‘. TeleSur gives a brief summation of the event commemorated. Read the rest of this entry »


…the aroma of the brew meets the sounds of a new day…

…as the birds begin to serenade us, we are reminded of one in particular,

…the power of music is yet to work its wonders to tame some savage beasts…


…as night falls, amid the tumult and shouting…

…the meaning of life in a few words, yet insufficiently spoken…

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
[Elizabeth Browning]
…well, for love of life we can hold off on that last line of the poem…

…el papa francisco preaches just economics for the altiplano and the lowlands…

…a clarion call to life and living, and being human in a wounded world – economics of the good life…

Bolivia, just as Ecuador, a country on Pope Francis’ itinerary whose President was almost overthrown in 2008 because of the very policies that Pope Francis (and many millions of other non-neoliberals) is so joyfully praising?

The Guardian gets to the point with the headline, Unbridled capitalism is the ‘dung of the devil’, says Pope Francis. Sample of the news report of his speech in Santa Cruz, Bolivia,

Pope Francis has urged the downtrodden to change the world economic order, denouncing a “new colonialism” by agencies that impose austerity programs and calling for the poor to have the “sacred rights” of labor, lodging and land.

In one of the longest, most passionate and sweeping speeches of his pontificate, the Argentine-born pope used his visit to Bolivia to ask forgiveness for the sins committed by the Roman Catholic church in its treatment of native Americans during what he called the “so-called conquest of America”.

And the thing is, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Trans-Atlantic Investment Partnership (TTIP), and Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) so obsessively promoted by the US President have yet to be destructively unleashed on an already oppressed and increasingly disadvantaged and dispossessed world.  Read the rest of this entry »