Thursday, June 15, 2006

Words Are Power

People from all over this country and all over the world have called on Bush to end this war in Iraq. We share this sentiment and stand in solidarity with antiwar activists in this and other countries. We believe that the war in Iraq is wrong and immoral. We believe that the war in Irag weakens this country. We cry out against the innocents who have been slaughtered and the soldiers dead and wounded.

Please visit the other sites below to see a tour of antiwar photos. This is the voice and the cry of those who oppose this war, those who stand against oppression and stand for justice. Please stand with us and call for an end NOW!

Read their words at:


Houston, Texas

Berkeley, California


Apple Investigating Claims of Slave Conditions in Chinese iPod Factory

Apple is investigating claims that Chinese female workers at a factory in Longhua, in communist China, which manufactures the high-fashion iPod nano music players, earn only $50 a month, work 15-hour shifts, and endure "slave" conditions, contrary to the company's stated employment policies.
According to a China Labor Watch project coordinator, Xiao Min Zheng, the minimum wage in Shenzhen, where Longhua and the iPod nano factory are located, is 690 renminbi, or yuan, or about $80 a month.

However, the Mail reported that half of the workers' paychecks were automatically deducted to pay for a primitive factory dormitory with 100 beds a room that was strictly run and did not allow visits by the workers' families or anyone who did not work at the factory.

According to the Apple Web site, the company claims it does not tolerate violations of its supplier code of conduct. "Recognized standards such as International Labour Organization Standards (ILO), Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), Social Accountability International (SAI), and the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) were used as references in preparing this Code."

Go here to see the Apple hallmark ad "1984" that was an eerie homage to George Orwell's novel of the same name that introduced the Macintosh PC during the Super Bowl a little over 20 years ago?

Ironically, it is a woman who runs down the workers' gray drab halls carrying a sledge hammer. She, in vivid red shorts, is the one who smashes the hypnotic screen, freeing the oppressed workers. Ironic isn't it, that women workers are the ones being opressed in a country far, far away?

Apple, do the right thing. We are watching you!!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Does America Keep Its Word?

The US president, George Bush, made his first visit to Baghdad's green zone the other day.

The president said he had come "not only to look you [the prime minister] in the eye", but "to tell you that when America gives its word, it keeps its word".

Mr. president, what about when YOU give your word?

Like when you promised survivors of Hurricane Katrina on Thursday that the federal government "is going to be with you for the long haul," when you promised to eliminate US dependence on oil, when you promised to fire the White House leaker in the Valerie Plame incident, and then turned around and promised to fire the leaker only if Plame were identified by name?

How about when you promised that preventive war, regime change, and unilateral action would stop proliferation, spread democracy, and lead to a new era of great power, instead more foreigners hate the US now?

How about after promising to uphold safeguards against hazardous carbon dioxide emissions, you Bushwhacked those protections, allowing US power plants to continue their deadly assault on our planet's terrestrial systems?

How about when you promised to be a "uniter not a divider." Or when you promised to be a leader "with humility." Instead, you've humiliated this country, and it is more polarized than it has ever been in my lifetime?

Like many politicians, you exaggerated, misled, and promptly forgot your promises. Instead of union, you gave us ruinous federal budget deficits, launched a costly and illicit war by lies, and ruined the diplomatic efforts of American statesmen, to make the U.S. the most hated nation in the world. And this is just a short list.

So much for your promises.

So Rove Got Off Scot Free

I think I just stopped believing in karma.

It doesn't seem to come for Karl Rove.

Where are the consequences of all the evil he has done in his life?

He has been a manipulator without conscience for most of his adult life.

And possibly, now that I think about it, as a child.

Contrary to what this implies, not getting indicted does not mean Rove is innocent.

Nor does it mean he is an angel, despite pictures to the contrary.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Magic Wand

I got the most creative spam this morning.

The subject stated "What matters is not the length of the wand , but the magic in the stick."

Usually, I automatically delete all spam since I don't need viagra OR cialis. Or any of the other drugs the concerned people spam senders seem to think I might want to possess, but this one seemed so...personal, so imtimately considerate of my attention, as if it were hand-written to Glenda.

Disappointingly, it was for cialis.

But when I checked my wand, and ruby red slippers, the magic was still there, sparkling over all of Oz.

Now, for those of you who are apt to read too much into this, sometimes a wand is just a wand.