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American Red Cross Responding to Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami


Other Places to Donate for Japan


FAIR’s Media Contact List

Let your voice be heard! Talk back to the media. Tell them how you feel about the lack of coverage of the many protests happening across America.







Up to 100,000 protest Wisconsin law curbing unions


* Bigger protest than during Vietnam era, police estimate

* Wisconsin battle has ignited national struggle


Restrictions on public sector unions have been introduced in a number of other U.S. states with Republican governors, including Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, Michigan and Florida. Some Democrats see it as the opening salvo of the 2012 presidential election because unions are the biggest single contributors to the Democratic Party.



























































































Union Bill Is Law, but Debate Is Far From Over


Stuff you don’t hear about:

12K people were in Austin, TX today protesting a planned $10B cut to public schools





New View of How Humans Moved Away From Apes


Urge to Own That Clapton Guitar Is Contagious, Scientists Find




Encore Presentation (H/T to Haruko Haruhara)

The Nastyass Honey Badger (Narrated by Randall)


Talking Cat


Another favorite oldie:

Amazing Sand Art on Ukraine’s Got talent – Kseniya Simonova

The writing at the end says, “You are always near.”



“He who sees the calamity of other people

finds his own calamity light”

~~ Arab proverb

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Cher, I am literally stunned by the sand art video. Simply wonderous! That girl is a genius. Beethoven in sand. Thank you so much for posting that video. I am just blown away right now.


Thanks for alerting me to watch it, Killgore. Really a stunning artist!


Cher, thanks for providing the selection of Wisconsin photographs. They made my day. I hope the demonstrations are a sign of recognition that there really is a difference between Republican and Democrat and that a severe and long-term case of Buyer’s Remorse has set in.


So do we have a nuclear meltdown or not? Do we have several? I don’t know anything about nuclear power plants but it seems to me they should “know” whether or not there’s been a meltdown, shouldn’t they? The wild range of news reports on this topic is quite disturbing — it’s impossible to find out what’s really going on. Here’s a sample from this morning:

Workers scramble to cool reactors; official says 2nd blast possible
First para: Japanese efforts to prevent a nuclear meltdown by flooding reactors with seawater are a last-ditch attempt, but do not mean that a nuclear tragedy is imminent, experts said Sunday.

NY Times
Nuclear Crisis Spreads to 4th Plant — Partial Meltdowns Presumed at Crippled Reactors

Associated Press
10K dead in Japan amid fears of nuclear meltdowns — Nuclear plant operators worked frantically to try to keep temperatures down in several reactors crippled by the earthquake and tsunami, wrecking at least two by dumping sea water into them in last-ditch efforts to avoid meltdowns. Officials warned of a second explosion but said it would not pose a health threat.

BBC News
Japan crisis ‘worst since WWII’
First para: It appears that a partial meltdown did occur in reactor 1.

Partial Meltdown Possible at Japan Nuclear Plant as Death Toll Estimates Rise to 10,000

LA Times
The Kyodo News Agency was reporting early Monday that a cooling system pump had stopped at the Tokai No. 2 nuclear power plant in Ibaraki prefecture. The same issue sparked the problems that have befallen the Fukushima reactors.

Workers there were using seawater Sunday in a desperate attempt to cool down three damaged nuclear reactors. One of the reactors lost its outer shell in a hydrogen blast Saturday and another was under threat of doing the same, said the country’s chief Cabinet secretary, Yukio Edano.

Kyodo News Agency
Over 10,000 deaths feared in quake-tsunami, nuclear crisis continues 2nd para: Japanese authorities scrambled to control overheating reactors at the quake-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant,

Xinhua News Agency (Chinese)
The No. 3 reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is seen in this still image taken from NHK news program on March 13, 2011. Tokyo Electric Power Co., the utility supplier, notified the government early Sunday morning that the No. 3 reactor at the No. 1 Fukushima plant had lost the ability to cool the reactor core. The reactor is now in the process of releasing radioactive steam, according to top government spokesman Yukio Edano. (Xinhua/NHK)

Al Jazeera English
Meltdown fears at Japanese reactors
State of emergency declared at one plant and fears of partial meltdown at another in wake of deadly quake and tsunami.


How remarkable the human brain.
We follow current events- eliciting sympathy for our friends in Japan and their unspeakable suffering. We process the struggles of freedom, here and abroad. We organize to provide for the poor and hungry, as we are able.
We create art to pay tribute to those objects we find beautiful. We disagree and debate issues, while keeping in sight there are many ways to ‘do something correctly.’
We cherish what is important and overlook flaws in that which we love.
We appreciate art, music, dance- all things that reflect our higher selves.
And at the end of the day, we listen to a cat ‘speak’ to us..


My cat makes noises like that when he’s getting ready to erp.


When she’s trying to get rid of a hairball, mine sounds more as if she is trying to speak Danish…


Actually, now I think of it, she makes the same noise the weird cartoon cat “spoke” in Bloom County.

Do different breeds of cats have different languages? I have an American short hair that more or less croaks and occasionally screeches and a Maine Coon Cat that warbles. The short hair hates the Maine. Is it that they don’t speak the same language? She DID take to an unrelated male cat that looked and sounded exactly like her.

Is there a Berlitz on “Cat”?


Great protest pix, Cher. I did a quick “Rashomon” survey of the coverage yesterday.

Wisconsin State Journal
Tens of thousands of union supporters descend on Capitol for fourth straight Saturday

Chicago Tribune
War of words heats up as protesters march in Wisconsin

LA Times
Senators return, join Wisconsin protest

Fox News
Lawmakers Refusing to Play Ball With Budget Bill

Wisconsin labor protesters refuse to quit

CNN, Denver Post & Miami Herald
buried or not mentioned

Huffington Post
Obama Shies Away From Union Protests


In the midst of horror in Japan, of thugs trying to destroy working people everywhere, the cat that talks is just wonderful! I had one that “spoke” in sounds that were easily interpreted as “words” – told him to stop doing something, and he stalked away muttering. We SWORE he said, “Rats!” It is part of the bond that we interpret them so much in our own terms, but it IS a bond. And a great laugh! Thank you, Cher – that was much appreciated!