Restorative Justice New Home

OK. A new home for emotional home repair.

What a change form the old office and its sterile meeting room. The Restorative/Collaborative Justice group I volunteer for, has moved up to larger quarters. Tomorrow I get to do some painting of a particularly dirty room in an otherwise great house.

The home atmosphere will be better for the families who come in. Just moving from two box rooms, to a whole large house has done wonders. The meeting spaces can be more dedicated. Families who have had violence or other abuse, hardly need go to another place that seemed to treat them as an afterthought as well. Sometimes place and setting are quite important tools in enabling folks to feel more open to the kinds of changes required by this process of restoration.

Got the paint today, and brought most of the tools over.

Now the painting is done. The room had many pipes, that made “cutting in” longer than usual. Well, that and a lot of big stuff was put in there. Now the whole place looks quite acceptable.

From two smallish rooms like this;

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Which necessitated many meetings in church and community facilities-

To this big main room (once was a casino) with several satellite rooms for everyone to do their thing in Restorative Justice. This particular program is the only one of its kind in the nation, but may well become a prototype for other kinds of emotional restoration.

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One Weeks Food around the World

These photo’s are forwarded from an email that has traveled for a year at least.

FWD: What is eaten in one week around the world

Italy: The Manzo family of Sicily

Food expenditure for one week: 214.36 Euros or $260.11

Italy

German: The Melander family of Bargteheide

Food expenditure for one week: 375.39 Euros or $500.07

Germany

United States: The Revis family of North Carolina

Food expenditure for one week: $341.98

US

Mexico: The Casales family of Cuernavaca

Food expenditure for one week: 1,862.78 peses or $189.09

Mexico

Poland: The Sobczynscy family of Konstancin-Jeziorna

Food expenditure for one week: 582.48 Zlotys or $151.27

Poland

Egypt: The Ahmed family of Cairo

Food expenditure for one week: 387.85 Egyptian Pounds or $68.53

Egypt

Equador: The Ayme family of Tingo

Food expenditure for one week: $31.55

Ecuador

Bhutan: The Namgay family of Shingkhey Village

Food expenditure for one week: 224.93 ngultrum or $5.03

Bhutan

Chad: The Aboubakar family of Breidjing Camp

Food expenditure for one week: 685 CFA or $1.23

Chad

Mumbai India terrorist attack

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Lots of Mumbai news links at this site:

Mumbai, India News – Topix

Dec 24, 2008 Local news for Mumbai, India continually updated from thousands of sources on the web.

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{Post original beginning. Updates below…

The Taj Hotel in India is currently under attack. Another large hotel, as well as the huge train station were a few of 8-10 places targeted. More than 100 hostages are said to be held. Several terrorist were killed, a handful known to be captured. Some 11 police known to have been killed. Westerners are said to be prime targets. At least 78 dead and hundreds injured. Hostages are being held. No known demands.

Nine separate attacks are involved with the attack in Mumbai. Taj Hotel continues to burn. This area is a western hangout. Some released by terrorist stated that the hostage takers were looking for British and American citizens. These may be some of the hostages being held.}

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Update; News on Dec. 1 2008


BBC News
Mumbai Attack Undermines India’s Political, Economic Confidence

4 hours ago

The Mumbai attacks that took the lives of at least 195 people pose an enormous political challenge to the Congress Party-led coalition government,

Bloomberg

Update; Nov 29

Mumbai attack: British men ‘among the terrorists’, Bombay, India

Nov 29, 2008 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/3533075/Mumbaiattack– British-men-among-the-terrorists-Bombay-India.html

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Update; Nov 28

Two Va. residents missing in Mumbai attack | HamptonRoads.com

Nov 28, 2008 FABER Two members of the Faber-based Synchronicity Foundation are missing after a group they were part of was caught in the terrorist

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Update; 3:30pm ET Nov. 27

Last three terrorist reported killed in Taj Hotel

Gunmen reported still in Jewish center

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Update:11:30am ET Nov. 27

At least 225 people have been killed, 327 known injured.

1.5 hours ago, several gunshots and a loud explosion within Taj Hotel.

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Update 8:20pm EST Nov. 26 2008

Injured count is currently down to 120. Death toll 82. More shots heard at Taj Hotel. Most deaths were at the central train station.

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Mumbai Attack Aftermath Detailed, Tweet by Tweet | Danger Room

Nov 26, 2008 First-hand accounts of the deadly Mumbai attacks are pouring in on Twitter, Flickr, and other social media. Twitter has fresh news every few

Mumbai Attack Video

Nov 26, 2008 Mumbai Attack Video – The Huffington Post. Video From CNN on the Mumbai terror attacks: Embedded video from CNN Video.

THANKSGIVING

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We have this day to focus on what our lives mean to us; what everyone and everything adds to our life.

It is in some ways much like Christmas. It is often said, that the true Spirit of Christmas should be known all the other days of the year as well. So it is with Thanksgiving.

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The approach of winter seems to suggest that ends are near. Life seems to enter a suspended animation of a sort in the natural world, particularly in the 4 prominent season areas where these particular Thanksgiving Day traditions of honoring Life seem to have gained their current qualities.

I encourage myself to adopt these thankful and giving spirits for the days to come; To be thankful for what comes and goes in and around my life. These give me my experience, along with my connection to the world of Life, every day. Never a down time.

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(This photo of the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade from the back yard to the planting of the flag in the front entry of a grandmothers house in Texas. The marchers are beginning to gather, waiting other instruments and marchers.)

With giving thanks, I look to where I can give back to Life. I’ll look for need in others and the world. This act will encourage my closer connection to the life that is mine. May it grow through my gifts of love to the things of my life; the people and places I am with. These have no end of season. I may not have much to give in the material sense, but in the sense of giving the most valuable quality Life possesses; Love, the well is only as dry as I allow it to be.

The Thanksgiving Day forecast here, is for rain.

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(Thanksgiving dinner photo in Tubac AZ)

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A GREAT ELECTION DAY IN AMERICA

And just for some perspective; This president setting election may well have not happened this day, if it were not for George Bush and Sarah Palin. The track records of those two and their party, may well have done the most to make this historic day possible.

For that at least, Thanks GB, SP, and the GOP.

Of course, Barack Obama has his abilities along with a unique angle on the electorate, which came of age this election. And I have to mention all the young energy and outstanding organization he mustered. An American phenomenon.

A lot of hopes and dreams seem alive tonight. Congratulations to all American minorities who may now take note; that how you look or where you come from does not forever place you into a lower caste. You can be who you will here. Look up and see how far your vision takes you.

Now may we come down to reality and have a reality based government.

I pray that the opposition does not get treated as they treated theirs. Likewise, I hope they work for the good of the country first, instead of ideological purities that assume that there is only one right way to believe or be a human being. America was created to be an inclusive enterprise.

Congratulations to all Americans (me too!). May we live reality based; not from the greed of our fears but within the promise of our possibilities.

MY PRESIDENTIAL PICK FOR 2008

MY PRESIDENTIAL PICK FOR 2008

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First off, I could not imagine voting for McCain. He has been a go along with the unprecedented culture of corruption we have witnessed over these last nearly 8 years that have bankrupted the US:

With these claimed conservatives, it is as if one actually votes unconsciously for the opposite of what they claim. My view is that this bait and switch philosophy is intentional. The false rationalizations for the Iraq war. The long list of scandals that showed how conservative voters are taken for a ride by amoral leaders and crony’s looking to make a killing off of our country. Including our tax dollars.

Simply astounding to support more of their mess at all of our expense, yet the pandering, just trust us express stays at it. This seems why they need non rational support, the kind we have heard so much of recently in their desperate negative campaign.

The apparent impulsive pick of Palin disqualifies McCain. Is that the sign of things to come? Why would he change anything much from the current group of neglectful stewards? Where is the evidence of concern for those hardest hit by the economic crisis? Give more money back to the most wealthy? He’s pandering to the same economic and political interest parting out our nation to the highest bidder.

His campaigns catering to what is worst in human nature; to all manner of prejudice, even inditing one for their birth name, is beyond rationality. These kinds of “proof” introduce them at rallies, utterly unconscionable.

He then denies he has any thing to be ashamed of in his campaign, with the equivalent of; ‘No. It’s Obama’s fault. He’s the one with the negative campaign.’ With these new kinds of conservatives, that s the one and only certainty; blame the other guy always. This is beyond “the eyes of the beholder”, it is thoroughly disingenuous. Saying and doing whatever they can get away with, under the umbrella caveat of “a tough campaign”, regardless of ethics or civil decency by their campaign, has brought nothing but shame upon them, whatever their cause actually is. Unfortunately, their campaign seems to beckon to those who will not check facts, but are consumed by inner placed fears ready to be directed outwards.

Mavericks? Hardly. Unless that now describes unprincipled.

And then there is their party and the K Street Project*. How many ways are there to describe the antidemocratic nature of that? To try to pressure lobbying groups to hire only Republicans, sounds an awful lot like someone wants one party control, and who in that party stood up to stop it? Or the atmosphere of greedy predation on democracy swirling around the whole enterprise?

Obama was not my first pick during the Democrats primary season. I would have preferred a Dodd and Biden ticket. Since that time I have only been impressed by Obama. He will bring a whole new energy and confidence to this nation. Some of that energy will come from those who have thought of this country as only being run for and by certain people. Now all Americans can live up to America’s promise.  No more claim that “we” do not count.

America has a special opportunity here to do a lot of internal emotional house cleaning. That is a very good thing which can help bring our nation to a more conscious union than heretofore known. I have become a big Obama supporter for his able sensible character and strong leadership skills. The perfect man for the job, with the right VP alongside him.

We need a Constitutional scholar such as Barack Obama, now more than ever. Powerful economic interest are taking over the country, mostly via the more conservative party, which lets them write their own laws governing their behavior. A corruption laden paradigm that lets the wolves guard the hen house, or The Commons. While which next of our freedoms are in jeopardy if another one of those so called “Originalist” are put upon the Supreme Court? They care little of our real world, just a fantasy one with self serving ideas believed true to the 18th century.

To stop the erosion of the public social contract occurring in our nation; To reverse the divide and sell off of the nations very connecting core to an opportunist agenda filled with political cronyism as it’s patriotic wrapped in flag “value”, I vote for Obama and Biden.

To stop the use of fear and insecurity to frighten the public into submission of their rights as a free people, Obama and Biden are my choice. The odds of these right things occurring for our nation are much greater with the Democratic ticket. Period.

Not putting fear and insecurity first.

That is putting country first.

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K Street Project – SourceWatch

The K Street Project is a project by the Republican Party to pressure Washington lobbying firms to hire Republicans in top positions, and to reward loyal