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  Spring 2009

Say What?!

Oh, Only Women and Children 

Finally an explanation for the US continued bombing of Iraq. 46% of the Iraqi victims of US bombings are women. 39% of the dead are children. Only 15% of the fatalities are men. Mortars kill 42% children and 44% women.

            Meanwhile the Sunni suicide bombers’ victims are 12% children and 15% women. 73% of their fatalities are men. That probably explains the US outrage against this type of bombing versus the air raids and mortars.       (Figures from the research group Iraq Body Count.)


Spam Drains More than Reader’s Energy 

Spam uses more than 33 billion kilowatt-hours of energy every year. That is enough to power 2.4 million homes. 62 trillion spam emails are sent globally every year. This amounts to emissions of more than 17 million tons of CO2.

The research on Spam was done by climate consultants ICF International and anti-virus firm McAfee.  ICF says that spam filtering would reduce unwanted spam by 75%. That is the equivalent to taking 2.3 million cars off the road. 


Pesticide Peddlers Are Not Happy With Michelle Obama. 

The Mid America Crop Life Association (MACA) represents chemical companies that produce pesticides. They are angry that Michelle Obama isn't using chemicals in her organic garden at the White House!

A  MACA spokesman wrote, "While a garden is a great idea, the thought of it being organic made [us] shudder1." MACA urged the First Lady to consider using chemicals - "crop protection products" - in her garden.

Michelle Obama has done America a great service by publicizing the importance of nutritious food for kids. (She's growing the garden in partnership with a local elementary school class). And she is raising locally grown produce as an environmentally sustainable food source.

Let’s tell Michelle that we mothers appreciate her refusal to use chemicals to grow food.


New Afghani Law Criminalizes Wives who Fail to Wear Makeup or Agree to Sex! 

On April 15 Hundreds of Afghani women took to the streets in Kabul to stop a new pro-rape law. The women marched to the Parliament to present a petition. They were met with angry men calling them whores, throwing stones and spitting at them. The men chanted “long live Islam.” The women responded that the law was against Islam and against women. They shouted,

“Afghan is a country of lionesses. We want our rights!”

The new law targets the Shia minority community. It requires a Shia woman to stay in her home. It requires a wife to submit to a husband’s demand for sex every four days with or without a woman’s consent. And the law allows a husband to require his wife to wear make up!

President Karzai of Afghanistan had ordered a Supreme Court review of this law. In addition to the women’s protests, there has been international protest. Obama has stated that the law is “Abhorrent.”


Church Fathers Add to 9-year-old Rape Victim’s Ordeal

The Vatican excommunicated two doctors and the mom of a 9-year-old Brazilian child who had an abortion. The 80-pound girl was repeatedly raped, resulting in her pregnancy. She was carrying twins. Her doctors said she was unlikely to survive a full-term pregnancy. The abortion was legal.

Vatican Cardinal, Giovanni Batista Re, said the fetal twins were  “two innocent persons.”  The regional Archbishop, Jose Cardoso Sobrinho, who condemned the little girl to death, declared “God’s law is above any human law.” (Ed Note: That’s a god I would not like to meet.)

Neither Cardinal nor Archbishop have excommunicated the little girl’s rapist.  Sobrinho explained that abortion was the more serious sin.

After outrage from people around the world, the Vatican withdrew the excommunications.


Mom Jailed for “Stealing” Suburban Education for Children 

Yolanda Hill wanted a better education for her children. They were going to a segregated school in Rochester—the second poorest school system in New York. So Ms. Hill enrolled them in a school in the Rochester suburb of Greece. She used her mom’s address in Greece to qualify her kids. But her family still lived nine miles away in Rochester.

                Hill was arrested, jailed and delivered in chains to court. She is charged with Grand Larceny. The judge set her bail at $25,000! Mass media trumpeted “Woman Arrested in School Scam.” They even announced a phone number for folks to narc on other potential education thieves.

Greece uses taxpayer funds to hire private dicks. They do surveillance on urban (Black) parents who try to access the suburb’s schools. Ms. Hill is, of course, African American.

Monroe County banks (where Rochester and Greece are located) deny mortgages to Blacks two to three times more frequently than to Whites, regardless of income. Last year a Congressional Fair Housing commission found that “past and ongoing discriminatory practices in US housing and lending continue to produce residential segregation that results in significant disparities between minority and non-minority households, in access to good jobs, quality education, and home ownership.”




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