Monday, January 26, 2009

A Tale Of Two Blogs

I leave you with this challenge. Watch this video. Yeah...the whole video.
Then perhaps, like me and a lot of other folks, you will think it is important to find out what the Bush Administration had to do with this.

The new AWOP Teamzine is in full swing and I sure thank all of you that have stopped over and visited.

Managing the new site is proving to be quiet time consuming as evidenced by the sudden lack of daily posts here at the old AWOP blog.

I have decided to transition over to the new site completely and I will be leaving this post up through February so that my beloved subscribers can easily subscribe to the new site from right here.

I will be moving this blog to the Progressive Living page. All that you have come to expect from me on this blog will be located there for your amusement.

The team I have assembled at the new Zine is far more knowledgeable than I on a number of topics that include Politics, Environment and the historical context of current events. We will be covering GLBT issues and we even have a resident "Rightie". She is not a social conservative so we can get along.

So, there is something for everyone and I hope you will consider using the links below to hook up with us at the new Zine today.

The new site has several sections that you can subscribe to and mix and match to your preference.

Subscribe to the A World Of Progress TeamZine pages of your choice :

By leaving this blog behind I will be able to focus all my attention on making the new one fabulous. I sure do thank all of you who have supported the blog over the past year and I hope you will move with me into this brand new adventure in blogging.

If you like A World Of Progress and would like to help us reach a wider audience at the new site, please consider grabbing our Headlines News Box from the right sidebar of this blog. We appreciate your support and will be happy to link back to sites that carry our headlines feed on our new Friends Of Progress page. Submit your site there and tell us where you are featuring our Headlines News Box so we can be sure and include you in a post with a link back to your blog letting everyone know how awesome you are and how much we appreciate your support.

See you at the Zine.

Peace Y'all

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Illegal Wiretapping Gone Wild

This is unacceptable in a free country.

Abandoning our values to protect our values is an exercise in ignorance, Mr. O'Reilly. Extreme ignorance.

Below is one of the screen shots I could find from February 2007. My then, relatively obscure blog, The Peace Tree, was visited on several occasions by various Government entities. The particular one you see here was CENTCOM.

The blog was also visited by the Pentagon, CIA and the NSA. They didn't hide their identity. I think they wanted to scare me and they did. And for what? Exercising my right to disagree with a Constitutional criminal? I am pretty sure they know I am not a terrorist so that leaves me with only the suppression of free speech when it happens to be a dissenting voice as the likely objective here. What did I do about it? I Blogged about it and posted the screen shots.

Part One.

Part Two.

Peace Y'all

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Have You Migrated Yet?


In this crazy, ever changing world of blogging it is never long before you realize you are always at the mercy of someone else for something important. Oh sure, it would be nice if I had the mental capacity to do all that is necessary to blog all by my lonesome, but that is wholly unrealistic.

uh oh, all my feeds via FeedBurner have to be migrated to FeedBurner/Google?

I caught wind of this via Dead Rooster's post on his experience.
Of course I rushed right over to FeedBurner and sure enough...there it was...
the "Was I ready to pull the trigger" notice.


Something told me that was not going to go just right. My 59 subscribers at this blog changed to 39 in a mere matter of seconds...guess we shall see if that number changes tomorrow.

I have no idea if this affects any of my subscribers on their end. Hope not. I love my subscribers.

The truth is people who are way smarter than me thought this whole feed thing up and they don't charge me a thing for it.

I think I will just be grateful for that and my 39 subscribers.

Peace Y'all

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

An American Abroad

Greetings All,

Lori Hahn, my good friend and esteemed colleague at the new "Zine" sent me this commentary by Scott Ames, a retired Public Relations Officer (and Naval reserve guy) who recently began a journey around the world. He has a passion for the Philippines, and plans to move there in the future. This is an interesting editorial on his take on our new President.

Hello everyone,

With our new President in the White House I thought I should tell you what I have been seeing here and in Japan concerning the American Elections. For and example of the interest here, see the picture of front pages of the local newspapers.

I started my trip on October 30th with the presidential elections just around the corner and the campaigning in full swing. Since Snohomish County used “vote by mail”, I voted before leaving home. In Japan, the American elections were big news on the front page of the newspapers and on the television evening news. Where I was staying on Awaji Island they didn’t have any English language newspapers and no English TV stations so I wasn’t able to learn much other than see Barack Obama's and John McCain's picture all over the news.

November 4th, the day before I left Japan, I was able to get an English newspaper, The Japan Times. Half the paper was dedicated to the presidential election including the editorial pages. Just like the rest of the world, the Japanese have a great personal interest in US elections. US economic and military powers, along with the thirst for American culture, make the events in the United States local news items for the entire world.

I flew from Japan to the Philippines on November 5th but because of the International Date Line, it was the 4th in the United States, Election Day. As I sat in the airport the last of the campaigning was on waiting room televisions tuned to CNN International. In the Philippines later that night, the results were just coming in and a winner had not been decided by the time I went to bed. The next morning all of the English and Tagalog newspapers were filled with stories about Obama’s victory and editorials praising the historic nature of his win. Every body I spoke with asked who I had voted for and what did I think about Barack Obama's victory.

Barack Obama is seen in this part of the world as a bright light of hope not just for the United States but for the world as a whole. His childhood in Indonesia is mentioned constantly as an indication he will be sensitive to the needs and interests of Asia, and in particularly the Philippines. It was about two weeks after the election before I stopped seeing editorials containing at least some reference to Barack Obama.

While waiting to see a Doctor friend of mine later that day, I sat next to an older Filipino gentleman who quickly asked where I was from and we spoke for quite awhile about what the election would mean to the United State and the World. He was particularly well informed and articulate in English so it was a very interesting and relevant conversation. He expressed great hope for the future with Barack Obama as the President and told me how the United States could now reclaim its place as the leader of the world.

Last night I stayed up late, like many here in the Philippines, to watch the inauguration. It was carried live on all the international news channels; CNN International, BBC World and FOX as well as some local stations. Being nearly half way around the world, it was 1 AM here when he took the oath of office at 12 noon in Washington D.C.

I particularly liked watching the BBC coverage of the event with British reporters in the crowds on the National Mall giving their perspectives on what they were seeing and hearing. All of the news organizations were talking with anyone and everyone in the crowd. They had people from all over the world as well as across the United States who were interviewed. The international perspective I saw there and see everyday here in the Philippines just reinforces the impressions I had after Barack Obama’s election. I have not met one person who is sad to see President Bush leave office or wanted John McCain to win the election. For them Barrack Obama was the only possible choice we could make. At the same time, they still ask if I think he can do what he promised and if real change will occur. I can only say I hope so but any real change will be slow, and they understand that.

All in all, from all the coverage in local papers and on television, it is very clear that the election of Barack Obama and now his taking office has been not only historic because he happens to be an African American, but the man himself and his charisma are known and appreciated the world over. His election has done more to restore American prestige around the world than anything I have ever seen. The reaction to the huge crowds that watched the swearing in ceremonies live was equally impressive and only adds to the high expectations everyone has of his presidency.

Whether it is the fact that Americans elected a black man or that he is against the war in Iraq or any of many other reasons, the whole world has taken a new look at the US and much of the faith and trust that we have lost in the last 6 years has been restored. Now it is up to Mr. Obama and the American people to do the right thing with that renewed prestige.

While at home it is possible to watch the local and national news shows or read the newspapers and not know other countries even exist, here and around the world the people in nearly every country feel they have a personal stake in the American elections. There are even those who honestly feel that because of the pervasiveness of everything American, the entire world should have an opportunity to vote in the American Elections. I don’t believe many take that idea seriously, and I am sure those who do would not like the idea if Americans voting in their elections. But the fact that idea is even voiced speaks volumes about America’s place in the world. I can only hope we don’t squander this opportunity to keep and improve our image abroad and full fill the promise for a better future for ourselves and the rest of the world.

Sorry for the long winded editorial but I felt I should pass on what I have seen concerning the elections. I also want to add that the news coverage of the inauguration spoke long and in detail about the American tradition of peaceful transitions from one administration to another. What better advertisement for American democracy than hundreds of millions of people around the world watching George Bush greet Barack Obama on the steps of the White House then the inauguration in the open air with 2 million spectators. In many countries peaceful transitions of power are unknown or seldom seen.

Enjoy the Journey

Scott C. Ames
Thanks, Scott...

And Peace Y'all

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Event ~ Photos From Washington

I am watching the millions of people gathered on the Mall.
Progressive America making a real and powerful statement.

That is a beautiful thing.

Courtesy of the Huffington Post.

Peace Y'all

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Sunday Poetry Series

Greetings All,

Welcome to the Sunday Poetry Series.

I have selected a favorite, Rudyard Kipling's "If", in honor of the upcoming inauguration of Barack Obama. May he embody the leadership our nation so desperately needs.

Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream--and not make dreams your master;
If you can think--and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on";

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings--nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run--
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And--which is more--you'll be a Man, my son!

Peace Y'all

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