Saturday, May 31, 2008

Found But Not Lost


Dramatic images of an isolated Brazilian tribe believed never to have had contact with the outside world were published by officials Friday to draw attention to threats posed to their way of life.


Survival International, a British group lobbying on behalf of indigenous people around the world, said on its Web site there were fears illegal logging in Peru could endanger the Brazilian tribe's habitat, by forcing displaced Peruvian tribes into contact with it.

It said there were an estimated 500 isolated Indians living on the Brazilian side of the border.
"The world needs to wake up to this, and ensure that their territory is protected in accordance with international law. Otherwise, they will soon be made extinct," Survival International director Stephen Corry said.

His group said there were more than 100 uncontacted indigenous tribes worldwide.

Wireless Internet connections and iPhones and global positioning systems and Google Earth...and there are still groups of indigenous people living in isolation with no connection to the noisy world of things. This is a beautifully diverse and mysterious world that we live in.

I'm so intrigued, wondering what life is like for people who live, as a part of nature, as a thousand generations before them did. What do they think of the planes flying over the forest? Are they happier than we are? How do they perceive life's mysteries? Unfortunately, the pursuit of answers to these questions will mean that the people in the photo will most likely be the last of thousands of generations to live as they have.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

My Audacity To Hope

I'm really settling in to the realization that the disastrous neo-conservative era is finally, finally coming to a close. I have hope again that the future may not resemble a Mad Max movie after allm and I have more confidence every day that Barack Obama is going to be the next President of the United States. So, after much thought and some serious deliberation, I have assembled my Obama Administration wish list.

Vice President: Janet Napolitano

Secretary of State: Chuck Hagel

Secretary of the Treasury: Michael Bloomberg

Secretary of Defense: Wesley Clark

Attorney General: John Edwards

Secretary of the Interior: Barbara Boxer

Secretary of Agriculture: Raul Grijalva

Secretary of Commerce: Kent Conrad

Secretary of Labor: Kathleen Sebelius

Secretary of Health and Human Services: Tammy Baldwin

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: Gwen Moore

Secretary of Transportation: Bill Richardson

Secretary of Energy: Al Gore

Secretary of Education: Carol Moseley-Braun

Secretary of Veterans Affairs: Joe Sestak

Secretary of Homeland Security: Russ Feingold

White House Press Secretary: Ellen Degeneres

First Supreme Court Justice Appointment: Hillary Clinton

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Explain This, Dammit.

Why has Barack Obama been cornered by the media over and over and over again and made to explain his relationship with Reverend Jeremiah Wright, but John McCain has been nicely asked once, or twice, to explain his BFF relationship with this hateful moron? Why are the "hard-working whites" so offended by Reverend Wright, but think that this guy is just speading the loving word of God? The blatant double standardness is sickening.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Acid House Flashback # 5

"(I Wanna Give You) Devotion" - Nomad - 1990