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May 18th, 2007

10:07 pm: Nicole, you are so fucking missed...
There aren't enough flowers
  to bring you back.

But you had your final act of will,
   you rode the spiral out.

Tears flow through the gutters
   as all the clowns weep
   and the temples burn
   the spilt blood of revolutionary hearts.

Current Location: North Town Arcata
Current Mood: sadsad
Current Music: Tool - Lateralus

April 14th, 2007

10:49 pm: Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.
  - Ernest Hemingway

Current Music: Torch - Sisters of Mercy

March 3rd, 2007

12:46 pm: More forum posting madness (topic: anti-war protests 4 years later)
I made a career of anti-war organizing 2003-2005, so to speak. It certainly doesn't pay as well as the DoD.

The fundemental change I've seen in the last years, is the swing of popular opinion regarding Bush and the Wars.

I acknowledge that the dialogue that has been taking place between all people in many venues, and it's a process that takes time to gestate. Marches and public protests were one form of that dialogue. But times *are* changing, so we need to consider practical strategies relative to these changing times. In hopes that things will continue to change by the power of many, not the tyranny of few.

Synchronistically, I'd like to point out that Henry Thoreau wrote "Resistance to Civil Governement" (also known as "Civil Disobedience") 3-4 years after the Mexican-American started. I believe it reflected a change in attitude. The questioning of Manifest Destiny, the disgust with slavery, problems with annexation.

My question is, what are our effective strategies in the context of modern times? Where do we go from here?

-Pope kaivalya
Following the death of our faithful leader Bob, I hearby publicly announce my intent to run for President under the Guns and Dope Party.
Vote for Guns and Dope in 2008!

Current Music: Iron and Wine - naked as we came

February 22nd, 2007

06:16 pm: the forceps of our minds...
The forceps of our minds are clumsy forceps, and crush the truth a little in taking hold of it.
  - HG Wells

February 19th, 2007

11:33 pm: my President's Day declaration
If you want change, you need vision.
(To live is to dream)

But the modern visions are offered by the liars, the con men.

And we, the citizens, are too disassociated from eachother to dream a new culture.

So live and dream. Share your dreams with your brethren - listen to the visions of people. And cultivate with vilgilance, a new culture for the future.

January 23rd, 2007

11:37 pm: Pope kaivalya's Encyclical Cum Loudly...
THINK GLOBAL!
FUCK LOCAL!

January 21st, 2007

02:43 pm: The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced.
  - Frank Zappa

January 15th, 2007

11:20 am: Nobel Peace Prize to Muhammed Yunus and his for-profit bank!
Rhonda Abrams
Gannett News Service
December 18, 2006 December 18, 2006
Entrepreneurship can change the world. For the first time, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the founder of a profit-making business and his company - a bank that grants microloans to millions of the poor, helping them start businesses.

On Dec. 10, the Peace Prize was awarded to Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank for their pioneering work in microcredit.

Yunus' story is inspiring, demonstrating the incredible impact one person can have on the world.

Yunus was an economist overwhelmed by famine and poverty in his native Bangladesh. In the 1970s, with $300 of his own money, he began lending tiny amounts of money - sometimes as little as $1 - to help women pull their families out of poverty, primarily by starting small businesses.

In doing so, Yunus launched a worldwide microcredit movement - giving tiny loans to low-income people. Grameen Bank's loans average about $200.

Today, Grameen bank has almost 7 million borrowers - 97 percent of whom are women. The bank has loaned more than $6 billion. More than 80 percent of poor families in Bangladesh have been reached with microcredit. Yunus hopes that by 2010, 100 percent will be reached.

Remarkably, Grameen Bank has a repayment rate of 99 percent. Last year, the bank had a profit of $20 million and a staff of 20,000. The Grameen Trust has more than 100 partner microfinance institutions around the world.

Most importantly, according to their records, 58 percent of the women who have borrowed from Grameen Bank have risen above the poverty line. Many borrowers' children have become doctors, engineers and other professionals. These women pulled themselves and their families out of poverty through their own hard work, ingenuity and just a little bit of financial help.

Yunus says he dreams of a day "when nobody will be a poor person." But he believes in capitalism and entrepreneurship to achieve this.

"By defining 'entrepreneur' in a broader way, we can change the character of capitalism radically and solve many of the unresolved social and economic problems within the scope of the free market," Yunus said in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech. "Let us suppose an entrepreneur, instead of having a single source of motivation ... now has two sources of motivation ... a) maximization of profit and b) doing good to people and the world."

In the U.S., microlending is often achieved through credit cards because microlending is too expensive administratively for traditional banks. But many of the most needy do not have credit histories, and credit cards can have very high interest rates.

Congress approved $2 million in direct microloan funds for fiscal year 2007 (used to leverage another $28 million of private money) and $10 million in microloan technical assistance.

In 2005, the microloan program resulted in 2,474 loans averaging $13,042 and totaling over $32 million. About 45 percent of the loans went to women.

You can support microlending in several ways:

Encourage groups in your community to start and support microcredit programs.

Donate to microcredit organizations.

Spread the word. Tell your fellow entrepreneurs and members of community, religious or ethnic groups.

Urge your elected officials to support the U.S. microloan program.

You'll find a directory of microenterprise programs in your state, along with other resources on microcredit, at the Web site of the Aspen Institute, www.fieldus.org.

Microcredit works. Yunus and Grameen Bank have proved that assisting hard-working but poor people to borrow small amounts of money to start their own businesses can change a community - whether in Bangladesh, Boston or Boise.



January 14th, 2007

04:21 pm: Hair Eris! Another Pope bites the dust...
Robert Anton Wilson Defies Medical Experts and leaves his body @ 4:50 AM on binary date 01/11.

January 12th, 2007

02:38 pm: mad forum posting machine
Quote:
This is where athiests scare me, because if you don't believe in a higher power, how can you believe in reality?


I think you are confusing Atheism and Nihilism.

I find that when you take God out of the picture, there is a lot more room for reality.

-kaivalya

Current Mood: existing and essence
Current Music: Tool - Fourty Six and two
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