Monday, November 29, 2010

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Reminder: Tuesday is Call-In Day to Protect Social Security Join us tomorrow, Nov. 30, in a National Call Congress Day to fight Social Security cut

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Reminder: Tuesday is Call-In Day to Protect Social Security

Join us tomorrow, Nov. 30, in a National Call Congress Day to fight Social Security cuts! Thanks to those of you who have already pledged to call. It's not too late to commit to participating in this important event.

Call your Senators tomorrow (Tuesday) at 1-866-529-7630, toll-free. The operator will identify your senators by asking for your zip code. Call BOTH of your senators if you have time. It only takes a minute each.

If you're having trouble getting through on the toll-free number, you can look up your senators' direct lines on NOW's website.

Here's a sample script:
Hello, I am a constituent in [name of your state]. I am calling Senator [Last Name] to urge [her or him] to say no to Social Security benefit cuts. As a women's rights supporter, I am particularly concerned about the millions of women who depend upon Social Security. Due to unequal pay, time spent out of the workforce for caregiving, and having little to no savings, pensions or investments, women disproportionately rely on Social Security. Please don't cut benefits in any way, including by raising the retirement age. Thank you for your time.

The co-chairs of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform have proposed increasing the retirement age to 69 (making us work longer), deeply cutting benefits for middle-class workers and reducing annual Cost of Living Adjustments. We need your help to stop them!

Social Security is a promise that must not be broken -- we work hard and our payroll taxes pay for it. It belongs to our children, our parents, our neighbors and us. Throughout their lives, women on average are paid less then men, and they often work at part-time jobs or take extended leave from the workforce for raising children and other forms of caregiving. As a result, women are less likely to have pensions, investments or life savings, so they stand to lose the most if these cuts are made.

Help ensure that Social Security will be there, keeping middle-class women out of poverty and not forcing them to work until they are nearly 70.

If you haven't yet, please sign the "Count on Me" pledge promising to participate in the National Call Congress Day on Nov. 30. Then, forward this e-mail and tell your friends, family and co-workers to add their voices, too. Don't let politicians cut OUR Social Security!

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URGENT-AFFECTS US ALL HERE IN THE USA: Tuesday is Call-In Day to Protect Social Security!!!!

Call your Senators tomorrow (Tuesday) at 1-866-529-7630, toll-free. The operator will identify your senators by asking for your zip code. Call BOTH of your senators if you have time. It only takes a minute each. There's a sample script in the email below - but basically, you can say you are calling to ask the Senators not to cut Social Security benefits in any way, including by raising the retirement age.

Note that Social Security was designed to be and still is a self-funding plan. It was Lyndon Johnson who began tapping into Social Security funds for other government operations. We've paid in - counting employer contributions for our work or our own self-employment tax - 13% to 14% of our incomes from birth to now - with the expectation of the nation keeping its side of this bargain.

The purpose of Social Security has always been to make sure that people who work in the US will always have something to live on when we are old. It was created in the depths of the Great Depression in the 1920s, when so many people were homeless and hungry. Let's not let this Great Recession (or maybe it is a Depression) of the 2000s see the breaking of the promise.

Social Security Card getting cut! "Cutting into Social Security"

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Montgomery Woods~Mendocino County~Northern Calif~


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Team of scientists mapping the past, present and future of Montgomery Woods' trees

Mendocino County may no longer be home to the tallest redwood tree, but it still has "one of the most magnificent redwood forests in Northern California."

That forest is tucked away in Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve, and is offering a group of scientists a wealth of information about how the huge trees survived the last century, and how they may survive the next.

"We are asking some pretty simple questions: what has happened in the past, and how can we use that information to inform what we do in the future?" said Ruskin Hartley, executive director of the Save the Redwoods League, which recently launched the Redwoods and Climate Change Initiative.

To collect data for the initiative, scientists from the University of California at Berkeley and Humboldt State University are visiting forests across the state, and on Thursday explained how their work is progressing in Montgomery Woods.

"This place is really kind of a fluke," said Bob Van Pelt, a research scientist at Humboldt State, explaining that not only does the forest's cool, foggy weather create ideal conditions for the trees, but a lake that became a swamp helped them flourish. "It's probably the only really old redwood swamp there is, and is probably the reason why there are so many old redwood trees here."

To begin their research, the scientists mapped out a rectangular, one-hectare plot in the forest that


was free of stumps and human trails. Using high-tech imaging devices from above and more low-tech, hands-on measuring tools from the ground, the group hopes to create comprehensive pictures of 16 permanent plots throughout the state.

"We've collected data from nine plots in Northern California (including Humboldt Redwoods and Jedediah state parks and Redwood National Park), and we are still looking for the resources to collect data from seven plots south of San Francisco," said Bill Kruse of Kruse Imaging, which is mapping the trees from the air.

"For so many years, this research was just collected from about six feet off the ground," said Hartley, meaning that the scientists worked from where they stood. "This is the first time that people started collecting data from the top down."

But some of the work is still done from the ground, including what may be the most important of all: gathering samples from the tree's core. Because while a tree's height, girth, bark, branches and foliage all give the scientists clues about its health, what the group was really excited about Thursday were isotopes.

"Isotopes are the key to unlocking the tree's secrets," said Todd Dawson, a UC Berkeley professor and board member for Save the Redwoods, explaining that the tree's rings tell scientists how much a tree grew in a year, but the oxygen, carbon and hydrogen isotopes can tell them why.

"The isotopes can not only tell you how much moisture the tree got that year, but whether the moisture was rain or fog," Dawson said, adding that isotopes are collected via the same process as the core samples -- by drilling into the tree with an extractor.

"It doesn't really hurt the tree," he said. "They've seen a lot worse than an incremental borer."

Armed with all that data, Dawson said the scientists can then build climate models, and "predict what the trees will do in response to climate changes and whether they will be endangered."

Another innovation the group is using are probes that can measure how much water each tree drinks.

"No one (now) can give you an accurate measure of how much water a 300-foot tree uses," said Anthony Ambrose, a UC Berkeley scientist.

According to the league, the goal of the initiative is to "create a comprehensive climate adaptation strategy for the redwoods, (focusing) the league's efforts on where to protect and restore redwood forestland according to climate change predictions."

Still recovering from a major fire in 2008, the forest now has "more redwood seedlings than hikers have seen in 40 years, and has gone through a reproductive frenzy," said Steve Sillet of Humboldt State. "The fire created a massive cone crop."

The forest's tallest tree, which is over 112 meters, is not being analyzed by the group, but the second tallest, which stands at 111.6 meters, is. The 112-meter tree was considered the tallest redwood until 2006, when a 115-meter tree was discovered in Redwood National Park.

Justine Frederiksen can be reached at or 468-3521.

Day of Thanks....A different perspective~ Compilation~

Photo by Robin Carneen©2010

Welcome to Club Red!

a comedy program starring
comedian Charlie Hill & the Club Red Players.

"it's like Monty Python...with moccasins!"

"Club Red", starring Oneida comedian Charlie Hill, is a comedy show unlike any other on public radio. It's a fast-paced mix of skits, running gags, guest musicians and lots of Charlie being himself. Playing on public radio stations that dare, somewhere.

Each program spoofs and satirizes contemporary life. We offer poetry slams, film festivals, wannabe Indians and just sheer nonsense.

Braiding Native American Heritage Month with Thanksgiving: A Native American Mother’s Perspective

Terra Trevor, of Cherokee, Delaware, Seneca ancestry

The Watcher....Padilla Bay ~Photo and quote by Robin Carneen...All Rights Reserved Nov2010~

We never know who is watching and taking note of our actions....Creator
for sure....but others who may want to follow your example, or offer
you a lesson...if you lead w/ego vs Spirit, you will lose ground in
this life! My thought for the day as I look into this mirror called life~

Friday, November 19, 2010

Cranberry Relish with Orange Zest Recipe for Weight Loss and Immunity Boost!

Cranberry Relish with Orange Zest Recipe for Weight Loss and Immunity Boost
Written by Irina Wardas on November 20th, 2010

Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving!!!

Did you know that cranberry is one of the healthiest winter foods? We buy cranberries for Thanksgiving Dinner but we need them more than once a year.

** Cranberries are rich in vitamin C and fiber as well as numerous phytonutrients with anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. Studies show that cranberries might help us boost our immunity and deal with urinary infection, colds, high blood pressure, heart disease, etc.

** Orange zest is rich in Vitamin C, pectin - natural fiber, and flavonoid called hesperidin to lower cholesterol, high blood pressure, control blood sugar, promote healthy bacteria in the intestines. Natural Pectin also helps get rid of constipation and suppress our appetit for a successful weight loss or weight management.

Here is a nice alternative to traditional cranberry sauces, which can be overly sweet from The Real Food Daily Cookbook by Ann Gentry.

Cranberry Relish with Orange Zest


2 pounds fresh or frozen cranberries

1 tsp sea salt

1 cup maple syrup

2 tbsp finely grated orange zest


Stir the cranberries and salt in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring often for about 12 minutes, or until the cranberries release their juices, become soft and have mostly fallen apart. Stir in the maple syrup and zest. Transfer to a bowl, cool and then cover and refrigerate until cold. The relish will keep for 5 days, covered and refrigerated.

Bon Appetit!

Breathe, smile and be happy,

© Irina Wardas, HHC

Women’s Holistic Health, Nutrition and Relationship Expert