Silent film actor and comedian Charlie Chaplin finally speaks and gives arguably the most epic speech in the 1940 movie, “The Great Dictator”. Regrettably Chaplin’s words are as relevant today as they were in 1940. I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or …
Feb 16 2014
US Olympian and silver medalist in Slope Style Free Skiiing, Gus Kenworthy, is not only bringing home a medal but a family of stray dogs from Sochi, four puppies and their mother.
puppy love is real to puppies. pic.twitter.com/krauCUPjOg
— Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) February 11, 2014
Also, for the people wondering, I've lined up kennels 4 the pups & made vaccination appointments. Doing all I can to bring them home w/ me!
— Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) February 12, 2014
He’s getting a lot of support from friends and family who have stepped up to adopt the little family and assist with getting them back to the US. Gus’ act of kindness has sparked even more Olympians and visitors to adopt one of the strays and animal activists are smuggling the dogs out of Sochi to safety.
The problem with the dogs started when hundreds of families in Sochi lost their homes to build the Olympic village and center. The city hired a contractor to kill the dogs when a Russian billionaire stepped up to build a shelter and find homes for the homeless canines. The problem became prominent when the New York Times published an article in early February front paging the plight of the dogs that has now sparked a worldwide rescue effort.
You can find out how to adopt one of these dogs by going to the Humane Society International web page that has specific direction on adopting a Sochi dog
Gus Kenworthy’s twitter picks and obvious big heart gets him our Hero Of the Olympics and a Gold Medal for Puppy Love.
Feb 08 2014
The saga of the Sochi stray dogs continues.
More information on how all the dogs in Sochi came to be without a home – and it was the Olympics’ fault in the first place. The nightmare continues. Keith explains.
But the dogs are getting their revenge.
The opening ceremonies in Sochi are complete. Great. Now here’s why you shouldn’t watch any more of the LOLympics.
We will continue to report on the games and the plight of the Sochi dogs.
Keith has tweeted:
— ICONYC Promotions (@IconycPromo) February 8, 2014
You can find out how to adopt a Sochi Street Dog at the Humane Society International.
Feb 06 2014
This will break your heart
Thank you, Keith
Racing to Save the Stray Dogs of Sochi
By David M. Herszenhorn, The New York Times
SOCHI, Russia – A dog shelter backed by a Russian billionaire is engaged in a frantic last-ditch effort to save hundreds of strays facing a death sentence before the Winter Olympics begin here. [..]
“We were told, ‘Either you take all the dogs from the Olympic Village or we will shoot them,’ ” said Olga Melnikova, who is coordinating the rescue effort on behalf of a charity called Good Will, which is financed by Oleg V. Deripaska, one of Russia’s billionaire oligarchs.
“On Monday we were told we have until Thursday,” Ms. Melnikova said.
A “dog rescue” golf cart is now scouring the Olympic campus, picking up the animals and delivering them to the shelter, which is really an outdoor shantytown of doghouses on a hill on the outskirts of the city. It is being called PovoDog, a play on the Russian word povodok, which means leash. [..]
Mr. Deripaska, an industrialist who largely made his fortune in aluminum, provided $15,000 to get the shelter started on land donated by the local government. He has also pledged about $50,000 a year for operations. He was also one of the major investors in the Sochi Games and paid for several huge projects, including an overhaul of the airport, a new seaport and the Olympic Village along the coast.
With the Olympics fast approaching, however, there was simply no time to build an indoor space for the shelter, especially because so much work remained to be done on hotels and other buildings for the Games. [..]
All of the dogs entering the shelter receive medical treatment, including vaccinations. All of them will be eligible for adoption, even to fans attending the Olympics. Spared execution – at least for the moment – the animals at the PovoDog shelter barked in a loud chorus as the sun slowly dropped into the Black Sea, which could be viewed in the distance.
According to the article, this is tarnishing the warm and cuddly image of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. – Mahatma Gandhi (Indian Statesman and Philosopher)
Mar 17 2010
There may be acts that are more indecent than destroying a homeless person’s shelter, but shredding the tents of homeless people living under a fucking freeway and rifling through what pathetically meager belongings and comforts they rely upon is really kicking them when they are down and putting the boot to the neck of an already beleaguered humanity. Such mindlessly horrific coercion of the weak and dislocated by the powers that be, in this case, local “peace officers,” is really emblematic of what our country has become. First, alienate people and push them to the fringes of society, take away their jobs and homes, then destroy any remaining belongings and remnants of social support they have at the edge of life itself. I’m sure many more of us will be enjoying such fruits of economic apartheid in the years to come.
Dec 19 2009
We are on the verge of a new age, a whole new world.
Mankind’s consciousness, our mutual awareness, is going to make a Quantum Leap
Everything will change. You will never be the same.
All this will happen just as soon as you’re ready.
— Paul Williams, Das Energi, 1973
Ever since I first read that,
I’ve been waiting, and working, and dreaming of the day,
when it finally happens.
As Pink Floyd might say — “I’m Still Waiting!”
Well Quantum science, is all about a New Paradigm …
all about looking at the World, from a different perspective.
All about tapping that unseen potential …
Aug 01 2009
Vietnamese victims of the defoliant Agent Orange play at a social sponsorship center in Da Nang City June 26, 2009. US warplanes dropped about 18 million gallons of the defoliant on southern Vietnam for most of the 1960s.
The following is a letter sent to Michelle Obama by Secretary of the Britain-Vietnam Friendship Association Len Aldis, who has worked for years to spread awareness of Agent Orange victims’ plight.
August 2 marks the beginning of Orange Week, a government program to create Agent Orange awareness through various programs nationwide. Orange Week ends on August 10, 48 years to the day since the US military begin spraying the defoliant on Vietnam.
Dear Michelle Obama,
Jan 27 2009
Re-banning torture is fine – but it’s hardly enough.
Torture is one of those words that is just too easy to say. The facility with which it slides off the tongue belies its terrible gravity.
The act of torture is cruelty personified. It is easily among the most horrific deeds of which we are capable. What could be worse? Murder and genocide I suppose…but little else.
Dec 26 2008
Cross posted at The Big Orange
I was reading the diary by Kestrel9000 a minute ago and was reminded again of the tragic realities that much of humanity is suffering through. We continue to survive under the system of worldwide corporate oppression where human beings are regarded only as variables of their profit equations, and if your place on their spreadsheets is determined to be of no value to them, you are allowed to be starved, ignored, exploited for political gain, and blamed for your own condition. Your lands and resources will be stolen, at best you can look forward to a life of abject poverty and isolation from your cultural history, subjugated to your corporate overlords profit margins, and cast away like a worn out shoe when they have exacted every penny they can from you and your people. Perhaps people will wake up and see that the line between Corporations and Governments no longer exists in any meaningful way. They are one and the same.
Perhaps a look at the wisdom of the elders is in order.
When all the trees have been cut down,
when all the animals have been hunted,
when all the waters are polluted,
when all the air is unsafe to breathe,
only then will you discover you cannot eat money.
Dec 14 2008
That old game, I played it in grade school. A circle of chairs, say 10 chairs, for 11 people.
And the music starts, and we all walk in a circle around the chairs. Until the music stops. Then we dash about to sit on one of the chairs and thereby claim it. We can sit! We have a chair! Ha!
There’s one person left standing. They do not get a chair and are out of the game.
This goes on, subtracting a chair each time, until there is one chair left. As the music starts, two people walk in a circle around the chair and when the music stops, well, we have a winner! Someone gets the chair! And all the rest are left out.
It’s a pretty strange game, come to think of it. Though if I recall, it was kind of fun, too.