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Better Coverage on Climate Change…

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In a year that brought the U.S. record-breaking heat, massive wildfires, a historic drought, and devastating storms like Hurricane Sandy, the nightly news programs on ABC, CBS, and NBC barely talked about what was fueling this extreme weather — climate change. We need better coverage if we want people to connect the dots and demand real action to curb global warming pollution.

Please sign our petition below to Michael Corn, Executive Producer of ABC World News, Patricia Shevlin, Executive Producer of CBS Evening News, and Patrick Burkey, Executive Producer of NBC Nightly News, asking them to give us more frequent, accurate coverage of climate change this year.

OUR PETITION

Give Us Better Coverage on Climate Change this Year

Dear Mr. Corn, Ms. Shelvin, and Mr. Burkey,

Every night, tens of millions of people tune into the news on the major broadcasting networks of ABC, CBS, and NBC, expecting to learn about the most pressing issues facing our families and our nation. Given the urgency of addressing the climate crisis, we urge you to put global warming at the top of that list.

After experiencing the hottest year ever recorded in the United States and a series of devastating extreme weather events including wildfires, droughts, and storms like Hurricane Sandy, the American people deserve to know how our changing climate is fueling this extreme weather and what we can do about it.

That can only happen if you devote more coverage to climate change, report on future extreme weather in a climate context, and interview more climate scientists who will be able to accurately connect the dots between human activity, climate change, and the weather we have been experiencing. Yet, a recent study by Media Matters for America found that last year climate change was only featured in 12 segments on your nightly news programs combined.

Confronting the climate crisis is the challenge of our generation, and we urge you to honor the best traditions in American journalism by putting the focus on science and accurately reporting on climate change.

We look forward to watching your thorough, accurate coverage of climate change in the year ahead.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]

To Add Your Name, go to:

http://action.mediamatters.org/tell_news_to_cover_climate_change

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Fall or Rise by Thomas Peace 2013

Fall or Rise by Thomas Peace 2013

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The Big-shots like suckers…

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.  It may be that, these days, the Big-shots — in separative politics, in huge, ambitious religious organizations, in financial and luring commodity-selling institutions —  have one enormous thing in common.   They all like suckers.

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. My pet Plecostomus Catfish:

Pet Plecostomus Catfish (1) by Thomas Peace 2013

Pet Plecostomus Catfish (1) by Thomas Peace 2013

Pet Plecostomus Catfish (2) by Thomas Peace 2013

Pet Plecostomus Catfish (2) by Thomas Peace 2013

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Miracles…

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Why, who makes much of a miracle? 
As to me I know of nothing else but miracles, 
Whether I walk the streets of Manhattan, 
Or dart my sight over the roofs of houses toward the sky, 
Or wade with naked feet along the beach just in the edge of the water, 
Or stand under trees in the woods, 
Or talk by day with any one I love, or sleep in the bed at night 
with any one I love, 
Or sit at table at dinner with the rest, 
Or look at strangers opposite me riding in the car, 
Or watch honey-bees busy around the hive of a summer forenoon, 
Or animals feeding in the fields, 
Or birds, or the wonderfulness of insects in the air, 
Or the wonderfulness of the sundown, or of stars shining so quiet 
and bright, 
Or the exquisite delicate thin curve of the new moon in spring; 
These with the rest, one and all, are to me miracles, 
The whole referring, yet each distinct and in its place. 

To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle, 
Every cubic inch of space is a miracle, 
Every square yard of the surface of the earth is spread with the same, 
Every foot of the interior swarms with the same. 
To me the sea is a continual miracle, 
The fishes that swim–the rocks–the motion of the waves–the 
ships with men in them, 
What stranger miracles are there?

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Flower Burst by Thomas Peace 2013

Flower Burst by Thomas Peace 2013

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Spring…

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.  from E. E. Cummings:

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Now i lay(with everywhere around)
me(the great dim deep sound
of rain;and of always and of nowhere)and
what a gently welcoming darkestness–

now i lay me down(in a most steep
more than music)feeling that sunlight is
(life and day are)only loaned:whereas
night is given(night and death and the rain

are given;and given is how beautifully snow)

now i lay me down to dream of(nothing
i or any somebody or you
can begin to begin to imagine)

something which nobody may keep.
now i lay me down to dream of Spring

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Spring Fledglings (1) by Thomas Peace 2013

Spring Fledglings (1) by Thomas Peace 2013

Spring Fledglings (2) by Thomas Peace 2013

Spring Fledglings (2) by Thomas Peace 2013

Spring Fledglings (3) by Thomas Peace 2013
Spring Fledglings (3) by Thomas Peace 2013

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The human brain can be split and two fields of consciousness then occur…

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.   This post probably will not be very popular.  However, that is OK by me; such is the nature of human conditioning.  Popular posts might tell you how wonderful everything is, how splendid and noble your efforts are, and how love is everywhere.  I say that there is not nearly enough love in the world.  There is plenty of beauty in the world, I feel… but there is not nearly enough love.  Honestly, so many of us are indifferent; so many put up with wars, nuclear armaments, pollution, overpopulation, suffering of people and animals, etc., without doing much of anything at all about it.  We have to do a lot more to make things better here on this planet.  If enough of us make a difference and change things for the better, then maybe love will be everywhere; but right now (honestly) it isn’t.  I sure hope that one day it (i.e., love) will be everywhere!

Some of the important things that we must be leery about, in our passage through life, are organizations and old-fashioned traditions that steer us into the complacency of being mere followers.   Many of us might maintain that we do not merely “follow the crowd”; but so many of us do so, unawares, not really seeing or realizing how we blindly follow the manner, habits, and cold indifference of others.  We chronically copy others, yet think that we are independent… not mere followers.  Some of us are warmly caring… but not nearly enough of us are.

What I’m about to tell you isn’t going to be what you’ll like to hear (i.e., read).  It goes against people’s grain, so to speak.  Bear with me on this; but don’t continue to read if you are easily disturbed.   It goes, if one examines deeply and objectively,  against much of what a lot of us have been told — and what was ingrained into us — about the afterlife (i.e., heaven or reincarnation or some such stuff)…  and about free will, conditioning, and awareness.   However, don’t — upon reading about it — merely allow yourself to get depressed, melancholy, and disheveled.   One’s life can be eternally significant, despite what occurs concerning the human brain.   Despite what the following may imply… one can still become imbued by the eternal.  

I learned about it many years ago, while in college.  I had read  extensive articles about it; and it caused me to really delve into different aspects and avenues of spirituality involving understanding the whole of existence.  It — what the articles were about — certainly was shocking to me.  The articles dealt with how surgeons severed the corpus callosum.   The human brain is, in a big way, a lot like the two halves of the inside of a walnut.  Connecting the halves is what is known as the corpus callosum.  Surgeons have had to sever the corpus callosum in certain individuals — such as those suffering from certain forms of epilepsy — in order to try to keep the severity of the seizures down.  In patients who have had their corpus callosum severed, the right half of the brain does not know what the left half of the brain is thinking (and vice versa).  In other words, two fields of separate consciousness are created (following the surgery)… when initially there was one.  This type of surgery has occurred many times; it is not some kind of theoretical proposition or fluke (one-time) occurrence.

People, following such surgery, exist as two separate minds within one body.  Instances have occurred wherein a man (following having his corpus callosum severed) was trying to pull his pants up with his right hand… while his left hand was trying to pull his pants down.  (Each field of consciousness had something different in mind!)  Another (similar) man was observed trying to strike his wife with one hand, while the other hand tried to stop the opposite hand from hitting her.

Does this have deep implications about life for us?  You bet it does!   The implications extend far beyond what most care to look into; however, it would be prudent if they did look deeper.   Many are afraid to look deeper.  I, for one, looked deeper.   I am glad that I did (look deeper).  The implications are extensive.   Does it negate the possibility of eternity for us?   No, it does not!   However, merely looking at life in our standard, old-fashioned ways — as we have always done in the past — may not be prudent (considering this).  We have to change the way we look at things.  Otherwise we will become more and more fragmented inwardly and outwardly (not entirely unlike the unfortunate patients of the brain surgery).  Many people don’t wish to change; but change we must!

 

Walnuts black by José Luis Hernández Zurdo

Walnuts black by José Luis Hernández Zurdo

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Don’t follow anybody…

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.    We’ve followed leaders for millions of years… and look where it has gotten us!  Don’t follow anybody, neither politically nor religiously.  So many of us drift through life, needing to be lead.  A person who needs to be lead is an insecure person, much like a shadow.  (We are not advocating some kind of crazy anarchy!)

A true democracy is one which exists beyond dogmatic leaders.  In such a society, people could vote, referendum style, on key issues periodically, through the usage of, for instance, computers.  Instead of having stuffy, life-long political barons, we could (jury-duty style) have responsible people work in groups of 12 (or thereabouts) to, on a temporary, rotating basis,  regulate and coordinate the voting and election results; that would be a true democracy (and no “politicians,” no feigning baby-kissers nor totalitarians need be involved).

Religiously, so many of us, too, want to be lead.  But is true religion what one can be lead in?  You can be lead to a dead thing.  But you cannot be lead to a dynamic, truly living (non-stagnant) thing.  It may very well be that the truly sacred is not what any concocted, fabricated, man-made path can lead to.  However, so many of us stay on our separate, fabricated, traditional paths (that were handed down to us like a pair of old pants).  In a separate path, one easily looks at others (who are not in it) with an air of superiority and separation.  The truly sacred may not be what can be touched by what remains in isolated groups, which separate themselves from other groups (causing more friction and division in the world).  So many of us want to be where we can easily be “told.”  But if truth is never merely second-hand… it cannot ever merely be told from one to another; being told is receiving something in a second-hand way; real truth is never second- hand.  Shadows are second-hand.  It may be that one has to discover it (i.e., truth) anew (freshly and directly) for oneself each and every moment.  

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from Stephen Crane:

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A learned man came to me once.

He said, “I know the way, — come.”

And I was overjoyed at this.

Together we hastened.

Soon, too soon, were we

Where my eyes were useless,

And I knew not the ways of my feet.

I clung to the hand of my friend;

But at last he cried: “I am lost.”

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Wild Flowers by Thomas Peace 2013

Wild Flowers by Thomas Peace 2013

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Reblogged this excellent display of compassion and heartfelt giving! Superb!

Friend Nature: Artist D.A. Hartley

Mother and Child 
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I was approached to paint murals in a new hospital wing for Children’s Hospital, Central Valley. The project entailed 150’ of nurses’ stations, eight hospital rooms, and an examination room. I called for help, and my son Charles Gilbert helped me for this month long project. My son was attending the Academy of Art in San Francisco, and left his studies for this project, I dropped out of the teaching credential program I was in. We dedicated our lives just for a month, and had the most enjoyable time with this project!

http://www.sierra-view.com/Pediatrics

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We decided upon a theme for each room, a location in Africa, India, Australia, China.

We then focused upon what scenes we wanted to portray.

Thinking of the children, and the suffering and healing they would experience here,

we chose family scenes of Mother and Child.

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Stunt Kite Tricking… Video and Photos (to Homemade Rock Music)…

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I trick stunt kites (dual-line stunt kites) — for exercise and as a hobby — and have been doing it for many years.  The tricks within the video may look easy; however, they are extremely difficult.  Many of the tricks in the video take a very long time to nail and perform properly.  For instance, when I, a few years ago — at a kite festival — asked an experienced kite trick flyer about how to do a trick called the Comete… he told me that he has been trying to learn the trick for 3 or 4 years so far, and still has not learned how to do it.  Stunt kite flying is a lot like playing a musical instrument; it takes a lot of skill and a lot of practice to get it right.

I love the exercise that it provides!  You wouldn’t believe how you get out of breath and burn calories when stunt kite tricking properly!  There is nothing like being out there with nature, with the soaring birds and other creatures… just enjoying the moment!  It is a very environmentally friendly hobby to have!  No gas residues, emissions, or waste materials are involved!  It sure beats staying indoors, stagnantly playing some video game.  Oftentimes large hawks or other types of birds will stop, hover, and stay and watch the kite tricking for quite a long period of time (as if mesmerized)!   Give it a try sometime!  You’ll be glad that you did!  Invest in a more inexpensive kite at first… but do give it a try!  (Watch learning videos, on how to do it; and if  the kite is quickly heading for the ground… give it plenty of slack; don’t panic and pull, as most people do!) You are never too young or too old to be kite flying!  I’m in my 60’s… and don’t plan on quitting any time soon!  (Be sure to always wear a good quality pair of sunglasses and to use plenty of sun screen!)  Get out there, have a blast, and fly!  And, above all, never get discouraged about things and let go… life is too (eternally) precious!

The music with the accompanying video was composed and played (on synthesizers) by myself.

from E. E. Cummings:

o by the by
has anybody seen
little you-i
who stood on a green
hill and threw
his wish at blue?

with a swoop and a dart
out flew his wish
(it dived like a fish
but it climbed like a dream)
throbbing like a heart
singing like a flame

blue took it my
far beyond far
and high beyond high
bluer took it your
but bluest took it our
away beyond where

what a wonderful thing
is the end of a string
(murmurs little you-i
as the hill becomes nil)
and will somebody tell
me why people let go?

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The photos, that follow, except for the first, were taken at the Grand Haven Kite Festival, in Grand Haven, Michigan.

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Here’s a direct link to the video website, which you can alternatively go to and watch if (quality-wise) the following attached video doesn’t work within this post well (for you):

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xxv9or_stunt-kite-tricks-to-homemade-rock-music_sport#.UTATEjCsiSo

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Older photo of Sea Devil Kite... by Thomas Peace 2013

Older photo of Sea Devil Kite… by Thomas Peace 2013

Grand Have Kite Festival (1) by Thomas Peace 2013

Grand Haven Michigan Kite Festival (1) by Thomas Peace 2013

Grand Haven Michigan Kite Festival (2) by Thomas Peace 2013

Grand Haven Michigan Kite Festival (2) by Thomas Peace 2013

Grand Haven Michigan Kite Festival (3) by Thomas Peace 2013

Grand Haven Michigan Kite Festival (3) by Thomas Peace 2013