Thursday, March 13, 2008

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

FREE RICE

Play this word game, increase your vocabulary and feed the world at the same time! For each word you get right, they donate 20 grains of rice through the UN World Food Program to help end world hunger.http://www.freerice.com/

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Collaborative Peace Poem by Michelle Karshan and others


Borrowed from http://www.signs2peace.org


Collaborative Peace Poem by Michelle Karshan and others.

Send in your suggestions for additional “peace” or “piece” phrases.
Thank you so far to Caitlin Karshan, Alain Charles and Hilary Bieber for their contributions

Peace march
Peacenik
Peaceful
Peace God
Peace up in here! (Hilary Bieber)
A piece of the pie
Nobel Peace Prize
Peace pipe
Department of Peace
Peace building
International Day of Peace
Imagine Peace Tower
Teaching Peace
Planting Peace
Increase the Peace
Peace Broker
Peace Protest
Rest in Peace
The Mideast Peace Talks
The Paris Peace Talks
Brooklyn for Peace
Veterans for Peace
Pathways to Peace
Peace on Earth Goodwill to Men
Peace, love and hair grease! (Caitlin Karshan-Shaw)
World peace
Greenpeace
Prayer for Peace

The Peace Museum
The Mideast Peace Talks, again!
United Nations Peace Keeping?
Piece of shit
Piece of the action
Piece of ass
A piece of the rock
A piece of rock
Piece of advice
Peace of mind
Piece of work!
Fighting for peace?
Blessed are the Peacemakers
Build Peace
Peace Corps
Peace and Reconciliation
The Mideast Peace Talks, still!
World Peace
Witness for peace
Peace Brigades

Peace Games
World Peace Day
Peace Talks
Peace Treaty
A piece of paper
Waging peace
Inner peace
Peace symbols
Peace dove
Love and peace
Thuggin peace (Alain Charles)
Peace and hugs (Hilary Bieber)
Peace sign
Peace through art
The art of peace
Piece of chalk (Alain Charles)
Peace for animals (Hilary Bieber)
Animals for Peace (Hilary Bieber)
The Peaceable Kingdom
Peaceful Places
Peace and art (Hilary Bieber)
Music 4 Peace
Peace, love and happiness
Hand me that piece (Alain Charles)
Make peace
Peace Education
War and Peace (Hilary Bieber)
Peace and Justice
No peace, no justice!
Grandmothers for Peace
Pastors for Peace
Peace protestor
All we are saying is give peace a chance
Peace – pay it forward! (Hilary Bieber)
Down the road a piece
Peace and solitude
A piece of my heart
Peace and quiet
Piece of cake
Pieces of a puzzle
Piece meal

Peace…

Peace is cool (Hilary Bieber)

Peace be with you (Hilary Bieber)

Peace Now!

Peace out!

Friday, March 7, 2008

How to identify and treat alcohol poisoning

There is a serious drinking epidemic in our country's colleges and universities. Young adults are drinking dangerous amounts of alcohol and participating in drinking games. The increasing number of college students who must be rushed to hospitals because of alcohol poisoning is daunting. Many students, and parents, are asking how they can tell when a student is in danger from alcohol poisoning and what to do about it.

See this link for College Drinking --Changing the Culture

Facts About Alcohol Poisoning
What Happens to Your Body When You Get Alcohol Poisoning
Critical Signs for Alcohol Poisoning
What Should I Do If I Suspect Someone Has Alcohol Poisoning?
What Can Happen to Someone With Alcohol Poisoning That Goes Untreated?

http://www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov/OtherAlcoholInformation/factsAboutAlcoholPoisoning.aspx

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Haiti: Once-Vibrant Farming Sector in Dire Straits by Nazaire St. Fort

HAITI: Once-Vibrant Farming Sector in Dire Straits

By Nazaire St. Fort*

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Mar 4 (IPS) - Student activists in Haiti are calling for an overhaul of the nation's agriculture policies, which they say have resulted in Haiti importing more than half of its food while local farmers are mired in poverty.

A petition recently submitted to the René Préval government by students of the Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine (FAMV) department at Haiti's State University calls for a programme spanning the country's 10 departments to increase technical and expert assistance, give subsidies to the agriculture and fishing sector, promote egg and chicken-farming projects to ease reliance on Dominican imports, a nationwide campaign to provide agricultural credits to peasants and an incremental raising of tariffs on foreign agricultural products to benefit Haitian farmers.

Other points of the petition deal with strengthening environmental protection, improving access to social services and higher education for agronomy students, and supporting them to work in the field so that Haiti can develop its own well of local expertise. Of the 420,000 tonnes of rice Haitians consume yearly, 340,000 tonnes are imported. Of the 31 million eggs the Haitian population eats monthly, 30 million are imported from the Dominican Republic. About 80 percent of farmers earn less than 135 dollars a year.

For full story see http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=41454

Half of New Orleans's Poor Permanently Displaced...by Bill Quigley


Image (The Recovery Process Explained) borrowed from Toulouse, Odd Bits of Life in New Orleans at toulousestreet.wordpress.com/.../ (image not connected with the article by Bill Quigley)
Half of New Orleans's Poor Permanently Displaced - Failure or Success?
by Bill Quigley
TruthOut Perspective
March 6, 2008
Government reports confirm that half of the working poor, elderly and disabled who lived in New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina have not returned. Because of critical shortages in low-cost housing, few now expect tens of thousands of poor and working people to ever be able to return home.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) reports Medicaid, medical assistance for aged, blind, disabled and low-wage working families, is down 46 percent from pre-Katrina levels. DHH reports before Katrina there were 134,249 people in New Orleans on Medicaid. February 2008 reports show participation down to 72,211 (a drop of 62,038 since Katrina). Medicaid is down dramatically in every category: by 50 percent for the aged, 53 percent for the blind, 48 percent for the disabled and 52 percent for children.

The Social Security Administration documents that fewer than half the elderly have returned. New Orleans was home to 37,805 retired workers who received Social Security before Katrina; now there are 18,940 - a 50 percent reduction. Before Katrina, there were 12,870 disabled workers receiving Social Security disability benefits in New Orleans, now there are 5,350 - that's 59 percent fewer. Before Katrina, there were 9,425 widowers in New Orleans receiving Social Security survivors benefits; now there are less than half that many - 4,140.

Children of working-class families have not returned. Public school enrollment in New Orleans was 66,372 before Katrina. Latest figures are 32,149 - a 52 percent reduction.