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Serial dreams anyone?

I’ve been looking for information about something I call “serial dreams (or nightmares)”. I usually experience this phenomenon in the form of a nightmare but the basic thing is this:
You are having a dream . You wake up. You go back to sleep and the dream continues just as if it hadn’t been interrupted.
Does anybody else experience these? I can’t find anything about it.
Typically, for me, this comes in the shape of a nightmare. Usually it’s hard to wake from. When you finally manage to pull yourself out and wake up, the nightmare starts right back up as soon as you fall asleep. Eventually I (you?) give up and force myself to stay awake because I know I can’t get any peace. The series can have 3 to 7 or more iterations depending on when I give up.
This morning I had a dream. It wasn’t scary- it was even kind of pleasant from the start. In the dream my wife Julie had given me a birthday present that was a train trip to the Canadial Rockies (from southeast Oregon- weird since we live in Portland, the northwest section of the state). I was traveling alone. At least at the beginning. (It was a great birthday ptresent, though I usually ask for either socks or 3-way sex with another woman.)


By the way- the inside of the train was huge. It was more like a cruise ship than a train. From the outside it looked like a regular train.
Another passenger I was talking to asked me about my kids. I told them that my oldest had just turned 23 (which happened yesterday). I woke up.
“That’s interesting”, I thought. “Kind of pleasant.”
I went back to sleep. I was back on the train. Same deal- big place. But now I wasn’t traveling alone. My traveling companion was my daughter Erin who died many years ago. She would be 28 now. I was really happy to see her. We talked and she mostly griped about the food. I went looking for the person who I had told that my oldest was 23 to correct myself. I woke up.


I felt pretty happy. I was glad to see Erin, even though she was kind of a snot.
I went back to sleep. I was on the train with Erin again. I was still really happy to see her. She was still grumpy. I had to get off the train to mail a letter home. I woke up.
I couldn’t wait to fall back asleep. I was awake but I felt certain that I needed to hurry up and get back on the train.


I fell asleep. I was thumbing a ride to meet the train at the next town. I got a ride, got back on the train. Hung out with Erin. Ate shrimp cocktail. It was great. Then I woke up.


I don’t know how many times this happened but it finally got to be 5:15 am and I had to get to take my son Andrew to the airport (PDX) because he had an early flight back to San Francisco.


The one thing I know for sure is that if I could, I would havbe spent all day dreaming about being on that train. I was so happy to see her. I wasn’t depressed about waking up, though. I felt like I had enjoyed a very special time and was grateful even when it was over.

This is a picture of Erin holding my son who just turned 23:

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Revolution in mental health services

Some stuff from Street Roots and the Oregon Consumer/ Survivor Coalition:

Published in _Street Roots_ newspaper, Portland, Oregon, USA:

4 April 4 2008 — News

New mental health coalition organizes survivors for reform

By Mara Grunbaum, Staff Writer

As far as David Oaks is concerned, it’s no coincidence that “One Flew
Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” Ken Kesey’s novel about the dark side of the
psychiatric system, takes place in Oregon. Forty-six years after the
book’s publication, Oaks – who was himself institutionalized and
involuntarily medicated in the 1970s – has serious reservations about
Oregon’s public mental health system. He isn’t the only one with
concerns, but the state, he says, isn’t listening.

Oaks heads up MindFreedom Oregon, a Eugene-based advocacy group whose
several hundred members are mostly “mental health consumers and
psychiatric survivors” – people who partake in mental health
services, and people who feel the psychiatric system has harmed them.

“We are an extremely disempowered constituency,” Oaks said, despite
the fact that more people now have psychiatric diagnoses than ever
before. Oaks contends that decisions affecting mental health
consumers are made without adequate input from those who will be
affected most. For example, he said, instead of letting politicians
argue over how to best help the homeless population, “Let’s hear from
homeless and ex-homeless people who’ve been through the mental health
system about what helps them.”

In 2007, the McKenzie River Foundation granted MindFreedom $8,000 to
set up the Oregon Consumer/Survivor Coalition. The coalition, which
officially kicks off April 22, will unite 14 consumer/survivor groups
statewide. Oaks and other members of the coalition’s steering
committee hope that by banding together, they can consult with
thousands of mental health consumers across Oregon and push for
reforms that people using the system actually want.

The Oregon Department of Human Services treats between 70,000 and
75,000 people with mental health issues each year, and they’re
currently meeting less than half the need for publicly-funded
services, according Addictions and Mental Health Division Deputy
Assistant Director Madeline Olson.

The state used to fund an Office of Consumer/Survivor Technical
Assistance (OCTA), whose small staff served as a liaison between
mental health consumers and the government, kept track of programs
statewide, and provided technical assistance to consumer/survivor
groups looking to expand their services. The office’s director,
Rollin Shelton – who says he received public psychiatric services in
California in the 1980s – advised state committees on consumer
concerns and regularly helped inform decisions on mental health
programs. When a revenue shortfall forced the state to make budget
cutbacks in 2003, OCTA was one casualty, and Oregon has not paid for
a comparable entity since.

The consumer perspective is important, Olson said, and DHS has
supported several attempts to reestablish an office like OCTA, but
each failed to win funding from the legislature.

“There are never sufficient revenues in this state to fund everything
that people need, let alone everything that people would like,” Olson
said. She cited the $458 million project to replace the aging Oregon
State Hospital as one thing that has taken precedence over funding a
consumer affairs office. “There’s a lot of value in a dedicated
office, but if I had to trade between continuing to treat people in a
building that was built in 1883 or building that office, I would
elect to have a safer treatment space for those people.”

Oaks isn’t convinced. If the state can find nearly half a billion
dollars to build new institutions, he said, they should be able to
devote some money to an organized consumer voice.

Shelton, the former OCTA director, is now the executive director of
Mental Health America of Oregon/PeerLinc Oregon, which provides
training and technical assistance to people with mental health issues
and consumer/survivor groups. He is also on the new coalition’s
steering committee.

Without statewide coordination, Shelton said, the mental health
system operates in many “different little fiefdoms.” While some
counties improve mental health services, others are still “in the
dark ages,” and little information is shared between them. “As a
result, folks all over the state are again and again and again in the
position of having to reinvent a wheel that someone else has already
invented,” he said.

The Oregon Consumer/Survivor Coalition will represent a wide variety
of viewpoints, Shelton explained, from those who vehemently oppose
chemical treatment of mental health issues to “folks who believe with
equal strength of conviction that without their psychiatric
medication, they’d be lost.”

Oregon has taken some steps to include the mental health consumer
perspective in its decision making. A senate bill passed in 2007
requires at least one fifth of the members of any government-formed
mental health advisory group to be consumers of mental health
services. Olson also said that DHS has added staff at the state
hospitals who are trained to respond to consumer concerns. “I think
we’ve tried to compensate,” she said, athough “it’s not quite the
same thing as having an everyday voice at the state,” which OCTA
provided.

The level of consumer representation at the state is “still sort of a
token,” said Amy Zulich of Empowerment Initiatives, another Portland
group involved in the coalition. Empowerment Initiatives gives 25
individuals a year grants of $3000, which they use as part of a self-
directed mental health plan. Grant recipients might spend the money
on clothes, art supplies, or a personal skills coach, depending on
what they determine would help them reach their goals.

Zulich hopes the coalition can give mental health consumers wider
access to these “brokerage” programs and other community tools.
Shelton would like to expand peer-delivered services, where people
who have experienced mental health issues are paid to assist others
facing similar challenges. Oaks wants to put an end to involuntary
psychiatric treatment, which is court-ordered for about 800 adults
every year. All three advocates emphasize that what they really want
is to hear from as wide a range as possible of mental health
consumers and to bring those voices into the public process.

“Nothing about us without us,” Oaks stressed. “If we’re talking about
mental health.. Let’s have people who’ve been at the sharp end of the
needle. Let’s have them at the table.”

My 2 cents:

A little while ago I had a chance to talk with Karl R. at my house- he’s semi-retired from Oregon AMH- and brought up the hospital issue. He said, “Well, this seems to have way too much momentum for us to do anything about it at this point.” I said,”You and I both know better. There is no possible excuse for this- the state has learned this lesson before.” (Karl was instrumental in the downsizing and eventual closure of the state’s large DD institution- “Fairview Hospital and Training Center”. The same arguments were made. Some people just had to be kept in such a place. The court mandates require it. We can’t serve these people in the community. You know the drill- it’s the same now as then. Both Karl and I had a lot to do with proving all of these things wrong.) I said, “What did you think of when you heard about the Federal inspection fiasco at the Sate Hospital- Deja-Vu?” (the beginning of the end of Fairview was a federal inspection that ended up de-funding the institution for nearly a year, creating a major state funding crisis. I was at Fairview the week of the inspection and was sitting in a resident cafe building when Karl came in with the federal report and a big grin on his face.) Karl said, “Well, there may be some things creeping forward through the attorney general’s office that could create a similar scenario soon.”

A few things happened as a result of the Fairview closure other than the elimination of a great evil (believe me, Fairview was a great evil):

  • The people who came out into the community were served at rates far and above those available to people who had not been institutionalized. A back-log waitlist of 5000 disabled people (folks who had stayed in the community, many at least as disabled as those leaving Fairview were outraged. The waitlist was a dead end. The rate of people being added far outstripped the number of people leaving the list. The only way you could get new services was if every family member who could care for you died. Even then you couldn’t get the level of services being given to the former Fairview residents.
  • The waitlist people sued the state- called the “Staley Lawsuit”- and won; resulting in the “Staley Settlement”. (I was instrumental in implementing the Staley Settlement when I created the first new self-directed supports brokerage to meet the demand for services- Inclusion Inc.)
  • The settlement demanded that everyone be served- no exceptions- and that the mode of service was to be self-directed supports. (I’m sure that Karl had a hand in that, too- he’s a really great guy). The waitlist was abolished. Down the road the bureaucracy found ways to limit the the self-directed elements of the program but it’s still a national model for best practice. Real self-determination throws pies in the face of any and all bureaucracies. It is the true revolution that is needed in all social services. Still, it is now a fact that everyone in the state with a developmental disability has access to $9000 or more per year for services that they select through person centered planning. (No coincidence that Karl was a big part of creating Oregon’s Mental Health Brokerage- Empowerment Initiatives- still the only program of it’s kind in the country. But EI is extremely small, can only serve a small handful of people annually, the funding is precarious and amounts to a token gesture on the part of the state.)


Maybe the state’s real nightmare is- what if the same thing happens in mental health? What if we demand self-directed services for all? What if we demand real parity?

A more important question in my mind is, “Why are we still so far behind as a consumer movement? Why are we still licking the crumbs from the table of social services?”

One answer is that we have a history of not working together effectively. Tell me if I’m wrong. I can see no other reason for us to be in the pathetic situation of being at least 20 years behind developmental disabilities advocates. (Oh, you can bring up stigma- certainly we are not seen in as warm and fuzzy a light as someone with a developmental disability- but again- how long are we going to blame others for where we’re at. The challenge is not just at the doorstep of the State. The challenge is and has been at our own doorstep. We need to stop our petty squabbles and unite to demand self-determination and substantial access to support for everyone that has a mental health diagnosis. And we have to actively and aggressively work to change our public face. There is no excuse.

Years ago when I was first in therapy I learned and remembered the damage that was done to me in childhood and how that has effected my life. But I am 53 years old now and I am so past blaming my poor, ancient, 88 year old mom for my problems. I am responsible for making my life into what I want it to be. To the extent that I ruminate on my childhood as the cause of all my problems today I can not move forward. Responsibility, intention and determination are what I need to move forward.

Here we are stuck in a decrepit throw-back system that crumbles even as it tries to provide meager services to a few in need. It doesn’t need fixing- it needs to be burned to the ground. In a recent meeting David Oaks used the term non-violent revolution. A revolution does not “tinker” with the old system.

What are we going to do to change the status-quo? This is our fight. The outcome is on our shoulders.

We know what we need to do.

Our path is the path of liberation.

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Scouting for frog habitat/ spawning grounds

Unintended findings-

(Typical local tree-frog that spawns around Powell Butte- they range in color from green, striped to mud-brown)

Today I went exploring the south side of Powell Butte- near the Springwater Corridor- to look for alternate access to the nature preserve. What I found was some excellent swamp/wetlands/ ponds already, in some cases, filled with frog-egg-scum. Nearby there was a sign announcing that the area had been part of the Kelly Creek Restoration and Flood Mitigation Project.

The area is around where Kelly Creek flows into Johnson Creek. I have know since I was a kid that this was a neighborhood plagued by floods. In fact, from looking at the surroundings of Kelly Creek and it’s larger friend, Johnson, you can see that part of the trouble is that wetland, swamps and ponds have been filled in order to build homes and yards. Our forefathers in their “wisdom” thought that they could replace the natural wetlands with houses and get away with it by building concrete walls around the creeks and/ or shunting them into underground pipes. The nearly annual flooding of these areas is nature’s response.

And, of course, elimination of salmon and other aquatic life is the result as well.

Somebody a couple years ago got the idea that they might be able to move this particular clock backward. This is from an article written by “Interfluve”- a company that conducts habitat restoration in wetlands:

More than 70 years ago, the confluence
of Kelley Creek and Johnson
Creek in Southeast Portland was a natural
habitat that thrived. A project in the
1930s to move flood waters through the
basin more quickly straightened and
lined the creeks with rock walls and
severely degraded the habitat and water
quality in both creeks.

So the project aimed to restore creek-fed swamps and ponds while taking out the concrete barriers and re-building the creek-beds. Also:

Crews also create(d) two backwater
channels along Johnson Creek and one
along Kelley Creek. These channels will
provide wetland habitat, more high and
fast flow refuge for fish and floodwater
storage.
“Old channel scars fill up during storm
events like a bathtub and drain as flow
decreases,” said Corsale.“This creates more
of a refuge (for fish) from high flows and
fast flows.”
Crews (have) also (placed) a lot of large,
woody debris into the channels to create
pools and cover for fish, and they are optimizing
the slope of the creek for a spawning
channel. At the same time, Greenworks
PC is working on a watershed re-vegetation
program and will create four different plant
communities.

Since the project is completed (as far as current funds allow) a good deal of improvement is already visible. I didn’t have my camera today but I saw many areas where aquatic habitat is flourishing. The following pictures are archival.

I rescue tadpoles from drying puddles every year and raise them into frogs and set them loose. This is an attempted scan of a tadpole about halfway turned into a frog (poor quality):

Better picture of tadpoles typical of the ones I find in the Powell Butte drainage ditches:

Sometimes we find newt tadpoles- they start out a little bigger, are more colorful and quickly develop these gills you see in the picture below:

Then they grow stubby legs and don’t look at all like frogs.

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Miscellaneous Nonsense

Drinky Crow (not my work)

Something I made- but I’m not proud of it

(it’s an argoyle sock)

My favorite Jaguar

Remember Hal?

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A Goopy animation:

What I think about the stupid paperclip:

Some pictures (click for full size)

Oh- and this:

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Today- The tree at Erin’s Rest

Includes (not necessarily in this order):
the path I cut through blackberries yesterday
the trunk of the tree
the view from the tree today (overcast)
a look up through the branches
stuff we left there today
(click for full size)

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What I Did Today

The trail to the big tree, Erin’s Rest, on Powell Butte has been cut off by the caretaker with downed trees (to prevent erosion from off-trail hikers). Today I went up with a pair of pruners and found a back way that with some work provides access.
Years ago when we found this place we knew we had found the right spot. We used it as a burial ground for ashes and other offerings. Every year (or more often) we bring things like shells, rocks, coins, flowers.
Google Earth gives a very unsatisfactory view of the the place- the tree there is old, tall and gnarly. Just below the trail is a drainage ditch that is a breeding ground for frogs in spring. Unfortunately it isn’t a very good one- most of the tadpoles die when the ditch dries up just after Portland’s Rose Festival. Every year I grab as many of the live ones I can before they can become bird snacks, raise them up and set them loose.
A new home this year- I’ll put a fish tank on the balcony in back and when they are ready they can just climb out.
The bottom picture is from when Erin was little- about 6. I was a single dad then with her and her little brother, Andrew (he was 1 year old).
I am covered with scratches from blackberry thorns. My pants are trashed. But the way is made for a visit tomorrow. This year will be #15. She’s been dead longer than she lived. You would think that it would stop hurting.
This coming week is Andrew’s birthday- we are flying him home from the Bay Area. I really can’t wait to see him.

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Just pictures

From my son’s blog- Better Bees than Bears

From Better Bees than Bears

Click this one for full size (1st page of 13- if you want the whole thing, just ask)

1st part (of 13) of Rubik’s solution

Titanic

TV Still Life

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Have you seen this owl?

Have you seen this owl?

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Forced Electroshock in Oregon + other stuff

Reprinted from OCSC:

Hi MindFreedom Oregon TALK list:

I asked for and receive statistics about State of Oregon electroshock
(that is, electroshock by State of Oregon “Hospital”).

Definitely, at least one individual received electroshock over their
expressed wishes, using involuntary electroshock.

What suggestions do you have for us to all do something about that?

Below is e-mail I received (in addition to the involuntary shock…
two are considered ‘voluntary’ though they received via guardian).

~~~~~

From: Robert.E.Nikkel@state.or.us
Date: March 6, 2008 12:30:53 PM PST
Subject: SPAM-LOW: Information on Electro-Convulsive Shock Therapy
(ECT)
To: oaks@mindfreedom.org
Cc: Robert.E.Nikkel@state.or.us, Madeline.M.Olson@state.or.us

David,

The following are ECT statistics for calendar year 2007 and 2008 to
date:

3 voluntary consents for ECT; 1 by patient and 2 by guardian
1 involuntary ECT plus 2 who had override consents but did not
receive ETC.
All ECT sessions are conducted by and at OHSU.
Maynard E. Hammer
Deputy Superintendent
Oregon State Hospital
Oregon Department of Human Services
503-945-2866
Fax: 503-945-9429
e-mail: maynard.e.hammer@state.or.us
Bob Nikkel, MSW
Assistant Director, DHS
Addictions and Mental Health Division (AMH)
500 Summer St NE, E-86
Salem, OR 97301-1118
503-945-9704
fax: 503-373-7327

Also,if you want, see and listen to the latest news conference by the Dalai Lama regarding the current uprising in Tibet:

http://www.filepile.org/file/view/537144/Press%20conference-%20Dalai%20Lama.html?show=true

And a silly animated gif:

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Causes of Poverty- reprinted- url below

Causes of Poverty

http://www.globalissues.org/TradeRelated/Poverty.asp

  • by Anup Shah
  • This Page Last Updated Tuesday, March 04, 2008
  • Half the world — nearly three billion people — live on less than two dollars a day.
  • The GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of the 41 Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (567 million people) is less than the wealth of the world’s 7 richest people combined.
  • Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names.
  • Less than one per cent of what the world spent every year on weapons was needed to put every child into school by the year 2000 and yet it didn’t happen.
  • 1 billion children live in poverty (1 in 2 children in the world). 640 million live without adequate shelter, 400 million have no access to safe water, 270 million have no access to health services. 10.6 million died in 2003 before they reached the age of 5 (or roughly 29,000 children per day).

More Facts (and Sources) »

Poverty is the state for the majority of the world’s people and nations. Why is this? Is it enough to blame poor people for their own predicament? Have they been lazy, made poor decisions, and been solely responsible for their plight? What about their governments? Have they pursued policies that actually harm successful development? Such causes of poverty and inequality are no doubt real. But deeper and more global causes of poverty are often less discussed.

Behind the increasing interconnectedness promised by globalization are global decisions, policies, and practices. These are typically influenced, driven, or formulated by the rich and powerful. These can be leaders of rich countries or other global actors such as multinational corporations, institutions, and influential people.

In the face of such enormous external influence, the governments of poor nations and their people are often powerless. As a result, in the global context, a few get wealthy while the majority struggle.

These next few articles and sections explore various poverty issues in more depth:

Structural Adjustment—a Major Cause of Poverty

Cutbacks in health, education and other vital social services around the world have resulted from structural adjustment policies prescribed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank as conditions for loans and repayment. In addition, developing nation governments are required to open their economies to compete with each other and with more powerful and established industrialized nations. To attract investment, poor countries enter a spiraling race to the bottom to see who can provide lower standards, reduced wages and cheaper resources. This has increased poverty and inequality for most people. It also forms a backbone to what we today call globalization. As a result, it maintains the historic unequal rules of trade. Last updated Monday, July 02, 2007.

Read article: Structural Adjustment—a Major Cause of Poverty

Poverty Around The World

Inequality is increasing around the world while the world appears to globalize. Even the wealthiest nation has the largest gap between rich and poor compared to other developed nations. In many cases, international politics and various interests have led to a diversion of available resources from domestic needs to western markets. Historically, politics and power play by the elite leaders and rulers have increased poverty and dependency. These have often manifested themselves in wars, hot and cold, which have often been trade- and resource-related. Mercantilist practices, while presented as free trade, still happen today. Poverty is therefore not just an economic issue, it is also an issue of political economics. Last updated Thursday, February 15, 2007.

Read article: Poverty Around The World

Today, over 26,500 children died around the world

Around the world, 27–30,000 children die every day. That is equivalent to 1 child dying every 3 seconds, 20 children dying every minute, a 2004 Asian Tsunami occurring almost every week, or 10–11 million children dying every year. Over 50 million children died between 2000 and 2005. The silent killers are poverty, easily preventable diseases and illnesses, and other related causes. In spite of the scale of this daily/ongoing catastrophe, it rarely manages to achieve, much less sustain, prime-time, headline coverage. Last updated Thursday, January 31, 2008.

Read article: Today, over 26,500 children died around the world

Economic Democracy

This next page is a reposting of a flyer about a new book from J.W. Smith and the Institute for Economic Democracy, whom I thank for their kind permission. The book is called Economic Democracy: The Political Struggle Of The 21st Century. Typically on this site, I do not advertise books etc, (although I will cite from and link to some, where relevant). However, in this case, I found that the text in the flyer provides an excellent summary of poverty’s historic roots, as well as of the multitude of issues that cause poverty. (Please also note that I do not make any proceeds from the sale of this book in any way.) Posted Sunday, November 26, 2000.

Read article: Economic Democracy

World Hunger and Poverty

People are hungry not because of lack of availability of food, or “over” population, but because they are too poor to afford the food. Politics and economic conditions have led to poverty and dependency around the world. Addressing world hunger therefore implies addressing world poverty as well. If food production is further increased and provided to more people while the underlying causes of poverty are not addressed, hunger will still continue because people will not be able to purchase food. Last updated Thursday, February 15, 2007.

Read article: World Hunger and Poverty

Food Dumping [Aid] Maintains Poverty

Even non-emergency food aid, which seems a noble cause, is destructive, as it under-sells local farmers and can ultimately affect the entire economy of a poor nation. If the poorer nations are not given the sufficient means to produce their own food and other items then poverty and dependency may continue. In this section you will also find a chapter from the book World Hunger: 12 Myths, by Lappé et al., which describes the situation in detail and looks at the myth that food aid helps the hungry. A must read! Last updated Monday, December 10, 2007.

Read article: Food Dumping [Aid] Maintains Poverty

Corruption

We often hear leaders from rich countries telling poor countries that aid and loans will only be given when they show they are stamping out corruption. While that definitely needs to happen, the rich countries themselves are often active in the largest forms of corruption in those poor countries, and many economic policies they prescribe have exacerbated the problem. Corruption in developing countries definitely must be high on the priority lists, but so too must it be on the priority lists of rich countries. Last updated Sunday, September 23, 2007.

Read article: Corruption

United Nations World Summit 2005

The UN World Summit for September 2005 is supposed to review progress since the Millennium Declaration, adopted by all Member States in 2000. However, the US has proposed enormous changes to an outcome document that is to be signed by all members. There are changes on almost all accounts, including striking any mention of the Millennium Development Goals, that aim for example, to halve poverty and world hunger by 2015. This has led to concerns that the outcome document will be weakened. Developing countries are also worried about stronger text on human rights and about giving the UN Security Council more powers. Last updated Sunday, September 18, 2005.

Read article: United Nations World Summit 2005

IMF & World Bank Protests, Washington D.C.

To complement the public protests in Seattle, the week leading up to April 16th/17th 2000 saw the other two global institutions, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank, as the focus of renewed protests and criticisms in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the mass demonstrations was to protest against the current form of globalization, which is seen as unaccountable, corporate-led, and non-democratic, and to show the link between poverty and the various policies of the IMF and the World Bank. Last updated Friday, July 13, 2001.

Read article: IMF & World Bank Protests, Washington D.C.

Poverty Facts and Stats

While the world is globalizing and the mainstream media in many developed nations point out that economies are booming (or, in periods of downturns, that the current forms of “development” and economic policies are the only ways for people to prosper), there is an increasing number of poor people who are missing out on this apparent boom, while increasingly fewer people are becoming far wealthier. Some of these facts and figures are an eye-opener, to say the least. Last updated Tuesday, March 04, 2008.

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Size Matters

Sometimes it’s big

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Sometimes small

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Always immense

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Every once in a while it’s Julia Fractal Zoom

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It is always just what it is

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(From http://www.audiodharma.org/talks-gil.html)

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