A beautifully written and performed song - "1000 candles, 1000 cranes." As one reviewer put it, in a time of "political amnesia," this song is a lovely painful lesson. Please...if you have a few minutes, listen to this song...carefully. I can't remember how long ago I heard it played on a local radio station (never to be heard again, sadly), but it touched me deeply with the irony of it and how pain can be reconciled by chance meetings. A lovely song which I find I rarely listen to without tears coming to my eyes.
I have a niece in Afghanistan. I wish, every single day, she was back home. But she joined the Army National Guard when she graduated from high school. I tried, in vain, to talk her out of it. She had her mind set.
Perhaps if more people saw the video posted below, fewer would be across the ocean fighting battles for companies and individuals who make money off their sweat, labor and dangerous lives right now.
It features straight talk from soldiers, veterans and their family members discussing what is missing from the sales pitches presented by recruiters and the military's marketing efforts.
Bodies of Syrian children after an alleged poisonous gas attack fired by regime forces.
Reading the Internet pages, watching news from Democracy Now! about what is going on in Syria, and looking at the pictures and video of the victims of the horrible chemical attacks last week, I can't help but post something about this tragedy happening in the middle east right now. I have a good friend from Syria who tells me that she can't even get hold of most of her family over there and the ones she is able to contact relay how terrible it is over there.
I think a lot about what we have here in the relative safety of the United States where the vast majority of us have food, shelter, jobs and schooling. It makes whatever difficulties I may be facing in my own life pale in comparison to what has happened to over a hundred innocent victims of an attack where no one takes responsibility and the killing will continue from within and without (Syrian opposition groups claim over 100 people, including children, were killed in a 'poisonous gas' attack near Damascus. The regime called the claim 'absolutely baseless.'). So, who's to blame?
According to Doctors Without Borders, three hospitals in Damascus supported by Doctors without Borders, reported to them that they received approximately 3,600 patients displaying neurotoxic symptoms in less than three hours on August 21, 2013. 3,600 patients!
Let's not forget to be grateful for what we have in this country. Kathy's Healthy Living is not only about helping people live healthy lives. It's also about working to help people all over the world to live healthily, away from poisoned and contaminated foods and away from air and water pollution. This extends to the right to be safe from attacks on our very lives...all over the world...no matter what kind of attack (hydro-fracking, GMOs, contaminated water, chemical weapons, unseen drones, chemicals in our health products, too many prescription drugs, unnecessary surgeries, the list goes on and on). To Syria: I wish for you a peaceful existence in the very near future and I will support the causes like Doctors Without Borders (http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/) and Partners in Health (http://www.pih.org) and media like WBAI in New York (http://www.wbai.org) and Democracy Now! (http://www.democracynow.org) who work to educate people as to what is going on and are hopefully a step toward helping people all over the world gain the right to live in peace.
What do you do to help educate others on better ways for us to coexist peacefully in this world?