Daily Archives: May 7, 2014

George Carlin – Euphemisms – comedy video

George Carlin – Euphemisms – Comedy video

Published on Dec 29, 2012 – In the age when torture has become “enhanced interrogation techniques”; when the rich are “job creators”; when murdered children are “collateral damage”; it is good to remember these brilliant words from the late, great, George Carlin.

It is also good to remember that the phrase “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder” has now been officially changed in American English to “PTSD”, a totally lifeless non-threatening acronym, totally devoid of even pity and with an almost whiny feel to it.

“I am looking for you, Mother” – Poem by Lisa Alvarado

Thanks Rosaliene.

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La Tierra Santa by Chicano Artist Cecilia AlvarezLa Tierra Santa by Chicana Artist Cecilia Alvarez
Photo Credit: Cecilia Alvarez

In honor of Mother’s Day on May 11, my Poetry Corner May 2014 features the poem “I am looking for you, Mother” by Chicano poet Lisa Alvarado. (Chicano poetry and literature is the term used for writing done by Mexican-Americans about their way of life in America.)

“I am looking for you, Mother” talks about a mother who is lost to drugs.

So you give the man the paper
and he gives you the pills.
The pills help you.
The pills have stolen you from me.

The following lines from Alvarado’s poem inspired my Haiku poem, “Mother”:

I wonder if you will ever hold me or tell me
I am beautiful.

“I am looking for you, Mother” is the final poem in Alvarado’s poetry collection, aptly titled, Raw Silk Suture. Her poems are like raw wounds…

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Albouystown business community praises police

Albouystown business community praises police

MAY 7, 2014 | BY  | By Kiana Wilburg

The “Impact Albouystown Project” which initially saw some opposition from some quarters is now being lauded by members of the business community who expressed that they have seen remarkable improvement in the area since its implementation.

 Police officers engage a youth in dialogue about the project.

Leader of the political opposition coalition, David Granger, had expressed that his concern over the project and its “initial impact” on residents of the community, who had also expressed some weeks ago their frustration with the aggressive behaviour of the police officers.

Granger, during his weekly press conference, said that he feels the project was off to a bad start and that there was need for it to be reformed if it is to see any amount of success. He also informed that he made his views pellucid during a meeting with the Commissioner of Police (ag) Seelall Persaud.  Continue reading

Report warns of negative impacts of hydro dams in Amazon basin

Report warns of negative impacts of hydro dams in Amazon basin…Bankers, contractors will hog benefits

MAY 7, 2014 | BY  |

The construction of hydro-electric dams in the Amazon Basin will have negative  effects on the area, a Brazilian university anthropologist has warned.The construction of hydro-electric dams in the Amazon Basin will have negative effects on the area, a Brazilian university anthropologist has warned.

A new report has indicated that a staggering 400-plus hydro-power dams will be built in the Amazon basin, including two planned for Guyana.  It would potentially lead to the “end of free-flowing rivers” and contribute to “ecosystem collapse”, causing huge social problems.
The report also warned that the majority of the benefits derived from the construction of mega- projects directly go to actors, including multi-national corporations and the financing institutions.  Continue reading

In South Africa, upstart candidate treads a path radically different from Mandela’s (+video)

In South Africa, upstart candidate treads a path radically different from Mandela’s (+video)

Julius Malema, booted from the ruling ANC and running in tomorrow’s election, is promoting radical changes and charging that the ANC has preserved apartheid’s economic inequalities. And he’s gaining an audience.

By Staff writer / May 6, 2014 – Christian Science Monitor

Julius Malema waved to his Economic Freedom Fighters party supporters in Tembisa township, east of Johannesburg, Feb. 22. South Africa goes to the polls May 7.

Mike Hutchings/Reuters – Marikana, South Africa

Twenty years ago, South Africa transitioned to a full, nonracial democracy and elected Nelson Mandela president. Now, on Wednesday, its citizens will go to the polls for the first vote of the post-Mandela era – a time that will test questions of race, justice, and resources.   Continue reading

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