Hey All, Our pal Anthony wrote a great book called Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal and check this out, it is now available in an updated paperback edition. We've been hanging with Brother Anthony for fifteen years and we can tell you that he is the hardest working man in the social justice movement.
Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal
Anthony Arnove, with a foreword by Howard Zinn
Metropolitan Books / American Empire Project Series
"An urgent book."
"A powerful and compelling argument on behalf of withdrawal from Iraq."
"Anthony Arnove's analysis of the reasons for U.S. troops to be withdrawn from Iraq is brilliant."
"A book that every American, regardless of political viewpoint, should read."
"A compelling brief against America's new imperial venture."
--Frances Fox Piven
"Conventional wisdom keeps saying there are no good options, but Arnove's analysis suggests a way out of the misery."
"A rigorous analysis of the American occupation."
"An impassioned, unflinching case for immediate U.S. withdrawal. Read this book and bring the troops home now."
Catch the author at the following events:
January 17, 7 pm, New York, NY (with Michael Schwartz)
January 20, 7 pm, Chicago, IL (with Jeff Engelhardt)
University of Illinois-Chicago
Contact: Adam Turl, 773-567-0936, email@example.com
January 27, 5 pm, Washington, DC (with Kelly Dougherty)
Busboys and Poets
February 1, 7:30 pm, Pasadena, CA
Voices of a People's History of the United States with Mark Ruffalo, Q'Orianka Kilcher, Benjamin Bratt, Marisa Tomei, Josh Brolin, and Alfre Woodard.
All Saints Episcopal Church
Published by Metropolitan Books / American Empire Project Series
For the Peak Performers out there, there is an excellent article on the New York Times Website. It's called "Happiness 101" and it's about Positive Psychology. Here's a clip:
Positive psychology is popular with educators because if happiness is something that can be learned, it can be taught. And because being happier seems to have positive long-term effects not just on well-being but also on health and life span. In one often-cited study, researchers at the University of Kentucky analyzed the essays novices born before 1917 wrote on entering the School Sisters of Notre Dame and correlated them to the nuns’ life spans. They found that 9 out of 10 of the most positive 25 percent of the nuns were still alive at 85, while only one-third of the least positive 25 percent were. Overall, their study showed positive emotions correlated to a 10-year increase in life span, greater even than the differential between smokers and nonsmokers. Another study, by Dacher Keltner, a psychology professor at U.C. Berkeley, correlated the smiles that the female graduates of Mills College in Oakland, Calif., displayed in two mid-20th-century yearbooks with life satisfaction and found that the bigger the smile, the more satisfying the marriage and the greater their well-being. Inspired by studies like these, positive psychologists have developed “interventions,” or practices, designed to maximize positive emotions and have tested them on thousands of people. One such intervention is to think every night about the good things that happened to you that day. Another is to make sure in any given day that you either work or play in a new area that draws on what positive psychologists call your “signature strengths” to create a sense of well-being. Gratitude visits — looking up someone who has taught or mentored you and thanking him or her — are important in positive psychology, too; this last intervention, studies show, gives the biggest increase in happiness of all.
What does it all mean? It means that even in the face of adversity, you can regroup and organize yourself to be all that you can be. Rewrite your vision statement today! Do it with a smile on your face. Smiling triggers your brain to release endorphins. As they say in AA, "Move a Muscle, Change a Thought."
On Another Front: Death Penalty News: Our friend Anthony Nealy reports that he was briefly transferred from his death row Polunsky Unit in Livingston to Dallas where he met with a judge regarding his pending appeal. While in Dallas (through the Xmas holidays) he was supposed to have visits from his family (who live in Dallas), but one of the prosecutors convinced the judge not to allow for this, since she, the prosecutor, lived in Dallas and had her own family there, and thought that Anthony's visitation rights could endanger her family. You figure that one out. Anthony ended up spending Christmas without any visits and without any stationary, stamps, envelopes, etc.
We really want to again encourage people to correspond with death row prisoners. They don't have much to look forward to from day to day, and letters make a big difference. There are a lot of pen pal listings at Canadian Coalition Against the Death Penalty Site.
Hello People, here is the news in the form of a Monday evening poem*:
*Please note: this does not mean that Lisablog has become a poetry blog.
Oh Harry in the box
that our new
cell phone arrived
in and I suppose that
Thomas is asleep
on the couch
and Mina is
the chair with the
brought from England
by Renee and Huw,
meanwhile, in case
you haven't noticed,
the world is ending,
like it always does
around the end of the
season, when the
New York Giants
lose to the
Philadelphia Penguins or
Robots or whatever
they are and finally
we have catalogued
most of the books in our
library, in case you want
to see them as a
strange smell drifts over
manhattan island and the
mayor says This happens
all the time, we love you too
mayor of New York and the
extremely warm weather
in the new year which
the weatherman says
is not your fault it's a
natural part of the
sea fish being boiled.
Greetings Pickles of the Blog, welcome to Lisablog Sunday, and as my friend Mac Wellman says, welcome to North America, where yesterday we went for a run in Central Park wearing a tee-shirt, and then had an evening outdoor dinner at a restaurant in Little Italy. It's only January after all.
Soap Update: We've sold out on most of the soap, but we do have a few 4 oz. and 2 oz. Valentine Rose Water Blackberries left. The next batches will be a macho Texas Cedarwood (with aloe), another version of Mina Verbena (lavender and oatmeal), Clary Sage Oatmeal, and an Orange Blossom Lemon Verbena Vanilla.
News from the House of War: The Execution of Saddam Hussein was a great success. It has led to the formation of a new group called the Saddam Hussein Martyrs Brigade.
I was "tagged" by Jack Kimball over at Jack's Pantaloons Blog to play a game called Five Little-Known Things About Me. So, okay, I am going to half-way comply. (I will tell five things, but I'm not going to tag others because I am mostly a foreigner to the world of blogs and I am not certain who is out there to be tagged.)
Five Little-Known Things About Me:
1. First rock concert I ever went to was Prince's "1999 Tour," Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, ca. 1984.
2. Scored 96% on my 11th grade Chemistry Regents Exam. (The following year scored 76% on my 12th grade Physics Regents Exam.)
3. Learned to make Matzoh Ball soup during undergraduate career as part of a plan to convert to Judaism. (In honor of Bob Dylan and Lenny Bruce.) (Never followed through.)
4. I have weirdly long toes.
5. When I was a kid I had a turtle named Herman, a guinea pig named Gordon, and a parakeet named Fred.
Okay, that's enough about me, onward with the day peops!
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Army said Friday it would apologize to the families of about 275 officers killed or wounded in action who were mistakenly sent letters urging them to return to active duty.
The letters were sent a few days after Christmas to more than 5,100 Army officers who had recently left the service. Included were letters to about 75 officers killed in action and about 200 wounded in action.
"Army personnel officials are contacting those officers' families now to personally apologize for erroneously sending the letters," the Army said in a brief news release issued Friday night.
The Army did not say how or when the mistake was discovered. It said the database normally used for such correspondence with former officers had been "thoroughly reviewed" to remove the names of wounded or dead soldiers.
"But an earlier list was used inadvertently for the December mailings," the Army statement said, adding that the Army is apologizing to those officers and families affected and "regrets any confusion."
CIVIL WAR, OCCUPATION & RESISTANCE:
THE CASE FOR IMMEDIATE WITHDRAWAL
With Anthony Arnove and Michael Schwartz
January 17th @ 7PM
16 Beaver Group (directions below)
72% of soldiers deployed in Iraq wanted troops out by the end of 2006. Instead, the new year saw the US occupation of Iraq reach even further depths of barbarism. 3,000 US soldiers are now dead while Iraq continues to descend into civil war as a result of the US occupation. The public hanging of Saddam Hussein was just the latest attempt to justify a continued US presence in the name of "democracy." Yet 90% of Iraqis polled believe things were better under Hussein than they are today. Real justice for Iraqis can only come from an immediate withdrawal of US military from the entire Middle East.
Despite growing discontent, the one thing that Republicans and Democrats can agree on is that the US cannot leave. In fact, Bush wants to send more troops to Iraq. The politicians and media claim that the US must stay in Iraq in order to "stabilize" the country and stop civil war. But it is the US occupation that is the source of the violence in Iraq today and there can be no peace until the occupation is ended.
Come to a meeting about the real roots of the violence in Iraq, why the US seeks to continue the occupation and what it will take to build a movement to bring the troops home NOW.
Anthony Arnove is the author of Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal (now out in paperback from Metropolitan Books: http://www.americanempireproject.com/bookpage.asp?ISBN=0805082727), editor of Iraq Under Siege: The Deadly Impact of Sanctions and War and member of the International Socialist Organization.
Michael Schwartz is a professor of sociology at Stonybrook University and longtime critic of U.S. foreign policy. His writings have appeared on TomDispatch, ZNet and other Web sites.
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Hello People. Here is the soap news. We have soap. Two excellent soaps are now curing in the Lisablog offices. The first, Bela Eucalyptus Cucumber, looks like this:
This soap smells super-good. It's going to be ready for use on January 18th.
The second soap was made yesterday. It's called Valentine Blackberry-Rose soap. It looks like this:
I meant for it to be pink, but it's a pale yellow. This batch is very organic (main ingredients of olive and coconut oils are both organic). It also contains rose water and blackberries. It looks to be a very healthy subtle-scented soap.
If you want soap, we will sell or trade. The soap is $1 per ounce. That means $2 for a small round dude and $4 for one of the big ones. And, or, trades are welcome. We already have a honey trade set up, but could use other home-grown staples.
Other News: Rob and Brigid went back to England today, alas. We had a great visit with them.
Rob and Brigid on the subway after another late night in Queens. Come back soon you crazy cats!
A Yellow Belt Update: There are five katas (forms) we are working on: Taikyoku Sono Ichi, Ni, and San, Pinan Sono Ichi, and Sanchin Kata.
As you know, the Taikyoku katas are Northern katas, and they are also known as overview katas, or the grand ultimate. The Taikyoku katas are the beginner's mind katas.
As for Pinan Sono Ichi, it's part of the Pinan series, also a Northern kata. Pinan is pronounced Heian in Japanese, so these are sometimes called Heian katas. The Pinan katas are peace and relaxation katas. Pinan katas develop harmony between mind and body.
Sanchin kata is a very cool one. It's the "three (san) battles" kata, and is the oldest kata around. It possibly comes originally from India to China, and was used by buddhist monks as part of their training in contemplating the conflicts of mind, body, and speech. Sanchin kata uses deep breathing or Ibuki. The body stays tense as the breath is pushed out of the lungs and all the muscles in the torso tighten. You can check out the Sanchin Kata Kitae on You Tube. These are some Brazilian karatekas performing Sanchin Kata and taking punches and kicks at the same time.
Peace people. And eat the rich, not the factory farmed chickens.
Good Morning Spook Rockets, and Welcome to Lisablog. And now, the news.
Saddam Hussein wrote a poem. Here it is:
Unbind your soul. It is my soul mate and you are my soul’s beloved.
No house could have sheltered my heart as you have
If I were that house, you would be its dew
You are the soothing breeze
My soul is made fresh by you
And our Baath Party blossoms like a branch turns green.
The medicine does not cure the ailing but the white rose does.
The enemies set their plans and traps
And proceeded despite the fact they are all faulty.
It is a plan of arrogance and emptiness
It will prove to be nothing but defeated
We break it as rust devours steel
Like a sinner consumed by his sins
We never felt weak
We were made strong by our morals.
Our honorable stand, the companion of our soul,
The enemies forced strangers into our sea
And he who serves them will be made to weep.
Here we unveil our chests to the wolves
And will not tremble before the beast.
We fight the most difficult challenges
And beat them back, God willing.
How would they fare under such strains?
All people, we never let you down
And in catastrophes, our party is the leader.
I sacrifice my soul for you and for our nation
Blood is cheap in hard times
We never kneel or bend when attacking
But we even treat our enemy with honor. ...
We are looking forward to GWB's pre-hanging poem.
Now, as for the War and Verizon, there is an alternative to Verizon: dump the land line and go entirely cellular. As of this morning, the Lisablog Offices have issued an official divorce statement to Verizon.
How did we get out of our cell phone contract?
We said "we're moving to a remote part of the Catskills, and we wonder if you can continue to provide us with your most excellent cell phone service."
Then the Verizon representative said "We're very sorry, but we do not provide service to the remotest parts of the Catskills."
Then we said, "Oh, man, that sucks, I guess we can't use Verizon anymore."
Then the Verizon representative said "We'll release you from the slavery of your crap two year Verizon contract."
Then we said "Goodbye forever."
We've signed on to Working Assets, a company that will gladly deduct the Federal Excise Tax from your phone bill. In fact, the good people at Working Assets think the war is bullshit. Thank you Working Assets.
As they say in Kyokushin, the fight is not in the Dojo, the fight is what you live every day of your life. Fight the power people! You can do it. And if you need to get out of a Verizon cell phone contract, you're welcome to move to a remote part of the Catskills with us. We will say that you are renting our Mount Tremper office.
Ah yes, the war began with Verizon today. Our bill arrived with the Federal Excise Tax (unpaid from last month in protest of the war) carried forward onto the new bill.
Verizon did not acknowledge our letter explaining that we would not pay the Federal Excise War Tax and that we wished the non-payment information to be forwarded to the IRS.
So, a shouting match today with Verizon. We, the good people of Lisablog, are very reasonable, and we must say that it's hard to get us to shout. But after talking to a customer service agent and a supervisor who both told us that there was no such thing as a Federal Excise Tax Protest and that there was NO ONE further at Verizon who we could write to our talk to, we, the good people of Lisablog, were very very angry.
Next step, a letter to Verizon's tax office in Florida. Next step after that, we're pulling the plug on Verizon, killing our land line, and going with a Working Assets Cell Phone Plan.
Peace People, and fight the power. You don't have to comply with this war.