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Barak Obama —I’ll have Mine Well Done Thankyou! With the Democratic Push for President growing more intense, backing for Barak OBama from the Kennedy Camp! Wow! That truly IS newsworthy!

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The last time I wrote about Barak Obama I told you that I do not know enough about him to really make a good clean decision on him.  But I am in shock right now.

 The Kennedy Family is standing behind him!???!?!  Wow!  That is admirable….but it also scares me a little! 

 Why?  I am not completely sure as to why the political backing of the Eternal Flame at Arlington that flickers over the grave of one of the Kennedy Presidents,  and the family that has reigned over politics in this country since I was born in 1961– kind of unnerves me but it does. 

 It is not a bad thing,  it is an awe inspiring thing. 

I feel a bit shakey inside when I think of the Kennedy’s placing their political UMP! behind Obama.  They usually do not speak out too much….but when they do…it is powerful, and needs to be considered on all fronts. 

 Also, until this political twist I was unaware that my favorite action flick star, turned governor of California Arnold Swartzenegger (sorry about the spelling)  was a republican, while his Kennedy ancestry wife Maria Shriver was still a staunch democrat.  What must be the conversation over dinner be like?

  Maria Shriver was also present at the backing and speech making campaign for Barak Obama.  The Kennedy Mantel has even been placed on Obama’s Shoulders.   They stated that he is like a Kennedy in his attitude and stance in politics.  

They like him and are standing behind to give him the political push.  If I was undecided before,  now I really do not know how to vote.

  Previously,  I had stated that I knew more about Hillary Clinton than I knew about Barak Obama….whether he is “BLACK OF SKIN” like me or not. 

I have been in my job for about 20 years,  I have not had people who were of my race like me, just because I am the same race as them!  Most people do not like me because of the role I maintain on my job.  So,  race has nothing to do with it for me. 

Politics aside,  Obama was a family background that is not anything like mine.  His father was a native of Africa, and his mother was European…My grandparents and their grandparents were slaves!

  So what am I to tell you are that I have in common in  ancestry with Obama?  Nothing…absolutely nothing. 

But when it comes to politics,  I want to know how he will change my child’s future for the better!  How will my health care improve?

  How will my single parent status improve. 

 How will being a care giver to my mother improve? 

 How about the high price of rent/ mortgage improve?  

 How can attending college become more affordable for myself and my child? 

When will my job receive the much needed economic raises needed to help meet the food bill,  electric bills, gas bills, health care, car insurances,  medication and perscription prices? 

  I heard on 1010 wins “ROAD TO THE WHITE HOUSE UPDATE”  that Obama made a speech in which he promised to” increase minimum wage not once every ten years, but EVERY YEAR!  

Obama even stated that if  “You work in this country you should not be poor!”

  That statement was very powerful, but also frightening! 

 How would increaseing minimum wage yearly affect cost of food in the fast food industry which barely pays its’ workers minimum wage earnings? 

How would rasing the  minimum wage yearly affect home attendant prices for those who need the home attendant? 

 How would raising minimum wage affect the industries that make their living from  the backs of LOW WAGE EARNERS WHO CANNOT AFFORD A DENTAL PLAN/MEDICAL PLAN with the low wages that they earn in MCDonalds,  Wendys,or  BurgerKing?

  What about the dry  cleaning industry? 

 What about the malls, and stores like Macys? 

 How will constantly increasing the minimum wage impact on such industries

 Will clothes, shoes,  and the basic neccesities begin to raise beyond normal levels, in order to accomplish the “everyone one starting off at the same fair rate?” 

 Is it possible that what ever  the wage increase is….the economy will have to make adjustments in order to find the money to PAY THE WAGE INCREASES TO THE WORKERS!  

 Look,  I want atleast a an unrealistic raise of atleast $30, 000.00 per year.  Will I get it?  Of course not.  But if you give me at least a 30% increase in raise I would see a difference in my  paycheck,  more than that small 3% raise I keep getting every two or three years. 

 That three percent raise adds up to about $5.00 more per year.  That gets eaten up by all the life insurance policies, and taxes I pay direct before I even receive my paycheck net. 

 So if Mr. Obama can raise the rate of income for all American’s  who will ultimately pay the cost and price of this increase? 

Do you think the price will cover it?  I highly doubt it.  The rich are the ones paying us poor folk these small wages for fast food, high paced jobs, and they want a surplus….they do not just want to make a small profit either. 

Who would buy a McDonalds’s regular cheese burger for let’s say $3.00 in order to assist in rasing the rate of the minimum wage for the McDonald’s employee behind the cash register? 

I wonder

 What do you think? All I know is that –that hamburger better be good……I LIKE MINE WELL DONE THANKYOU!

***Reflections on the Hot Race for President in the Democratic Party  by

RIVEROFLIFELISAJOY!

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Charles Darwin Lives in Remote Places of the World—Green Jungles still Bring Forth New Animal Speices!!! Hip, Hip Hooray! There is hope for this World!

Sunflower.jpg I drew  this “Sunflower”  with colored pencils during the summer.  It was directly from a real photograph.  I could not resist the natural contours of the flower petals.  I hope I did it a tiny bit of justice.  I am not as talented as some people….but I truly love nature and all of its wonders!

Upon viewing the Black Voice Aol News blogs,  I found one of my favorite interests!  New Animal Species! —And Giant animals too! I love it!  Take a look!

  And I am so happy that there are still people who love being a scientist. 

 I do not always agree with the concepts and theories of all scientists…but I love it when they prove that certain animals will survive if untouched or bothered by the modern world. 

I hope this inspires you and big oil drilling,  gold seeking,  tree killing,  coal mining,  diamond,   and precious stone mining,  resource draining corporations of the fast paced global economy from ignoring the delicate balance of animal,  plant, tree, and human kind on this beautiful earth. 

SAVE THE EARTH AND ITS INHABITANTS TODAY! 

 Look at the simple beauty of even an oversize rat…. or pig-my possum, or the neon colored black and violet frog.  How about the bird that looks like a beautiful suit form BARNEY’S THE MEN’S STORE, or Jones New-York. 

 I do n0t care what you say!!!!! God has had the best FASHION SENSE,  AND DESIGNER before man knew how to sew a piece of fur together to make a coat for the weather and build tee-pees! 

 Animals are engineered without our help. 

 Yes there are people doing bio-engineering….they are going to find out that their methods may do more harm then good in the long run. 

On that note…let me show you the beauties I found on that blog about the New Species! and Giant animals!  Charles Darwin!  Are you hearing this —where ever you are?

Rat

 I know some people would say my chubby little friend here is quite ugly….but really,  he has a face his mommy probably loved!

Pygmy possum Bruce M Beehler, CI

The group also found this pygmy possum, calling it one of the world’s smallest marsupials. The international team has made previous finds in the pristine area, which it calls “the lost world.”

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Photo Gallery: Recent Animal Discoveries

Golden Frog of Supata, Aug. 28, 2007 Conservation Leadership Programme / LiveScience.com

The “golden frog of Supata,” found in a remote region of Colombia, belongs to a group of poison dart frogs, which have toxins embedded in their skin. Scientist announced the discovery of the creature in August.

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 There are also huge animals that need our protection.  They are big but they do not carry harpons,  knives or any weapons but what comes natural to them. 

 It is up to us to maintain nature and the delicate balance between all creatures in the “circle of life”  Look at these animals and realize….no matter how scary they may appear….they have no power over us. 

It is we,  the humans that can control the life or death of these beautiful,  raw natural creatures. 

They cannot jump up out of their natural habitat and start taking pictures of us!  They can not research us and our existence. 

 They cannot place us in boxes and cages and steal us away from our natural environment only to sell us on the black market. 

It is us who must  take care of them.  Let them live un touched by human hands as much as possible and uninterfered with so that nature takes it’s natural course so that these great and majestic creatures can live and die and keep this big old globe alive!

Take alook:

Colossal Squid

Colossal Squid:In February, New Zealand fishermen grabbed this 990-pound monster in the Antarctic. It was 330 pounds heavier than the next biggest ever found.

Gallery: Huge Creatures

Echizen Jellyfish Yomiuri Shimbun, AFP / Getty Images

Echizen Jellyfish: In recent years, the giant beasts have disrupted fishing industry operations off Japan’s east coast.

Gallery: Huge Creatures

German Giants Patrick Pleul, EPA / Corbis

German Giants:Breeder Karl Szmolinsky, here in January, breeds rabbits like this one weighing more than 20 pounds at his farm in Eberswalde, Germany.

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Photo Gallery: Huge Creatures

Bubba the Lobster Keith Srakocic, AP

Bubba the Lobster: The 23-pound crustacean came from waters off Nantucket, Mass., in March 2005. The Pittsburgh Zoo planned to take him, but he died.

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The following is an excerpt from  the black voice Blog on Animals of the Lost world.

Photo Gallery: Recent Animal Discoveries

six-wired bird of paradise Bruce Beehler, Conservation International / AP

During that trip, scientists took the first known photographs of Berlepsch’s six-wired bird of paradise, which was described by hunters in New Guinea in the 19th century.

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More Coverage: Conservation International

More Coverage: Conservation International – Return to Foja

 

“Unearthing new species of mammals in the 21st century is considered very rare. The discoveries by a team of American and Indonesian scientists are being studied further to confirm their status.

The animals were found in the Foja mountains rainforest in eastern Papua province in a June expedition, said U.S.-based Conservation International, which organized the trip along with the Indonesian Institute of Science.

“The giant rat is about five times the size of a typical city rat,” said Kristofer Helgen, a scientist with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. “With no fear of humans, it apparently came into the camp several times during the trip.”

The possum was described as “one of the worlds smallest marsupials.”

Please think of ways you can contribute to preserving the lives of these animals. 

 Staying informed is one of the best ways. 

 Or try telling people.

  I have no money to donate….but I can blog about it and post these pictures that were taken to get the word out. 

 All of this really involves mankind around the world….not just here in the United States. 

Photo Gallery: Recent Animal Discoveries

Atelopus frog, March 2006 Paul Ouboter, Conservation International / AP

In March 2006, the Atelopus frog was found in the Nassau Mountains in eastern Suriname. It was one of 24 new species of wildlife discovered by scientists in the remote plateaus north of Brazil.

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Photo Gallery: Recent Animal Discoveries

six-wired bird of paradise Bruce Beehler, Conservation International / AP

During that trip, scientists took the first known photographs of Berlepsch’s six-wired bird of paradise, which was described by hunters in New Guinea in the 19th century.

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More Coverage: Conservation International

Think forward,  “PAY IT FORWARD”,  and help keep this global community of humans and animals and fish moving forward toward life and the future, and not backward to extinction!

Riveroflifelisajoy!

What would Charles Darwin SAY about Nature Fighting Back? ( ….. Polution, Ocean Dredging and destruction of the “Circle of Life” and the Lives of Sea Animals and Fish)

I receive bulletins from National Geographic Magazine!  You should too.  That is a back door to the world and its progress and digress depending on the articles that are written.  I have a deep love and concern for the ocean and the creatures that live there. 

 I truly believe that there is a connection between the global econonmy and the status of human population and quality of life for all creatures,  (including human beings.)  Children and animals are usually the first to suffer from the push of productivity in the economic drive to build and promote the future toward technology. 

 For example the oil spills only come from   oil tankers! A recent oil spill has caused problems for the ocean’s animal life…of course including the birds who live off the sea creatures too.   I have not read any recorded information that has blamed oil spills on “so called natural occurences in nature”—have you?  

 Animals like dolphins get caught in nets from fishing boats and die horrible deaths  when those nets are meant for tuna only. 

Consider the circle of life and the impact that it has on the natural order of things in the ocean.  It appears that the fishing industry is only concerned with “catching,  cleaning,  and shipping to the warehouse,   fish market,” or factories! 

Look,  I am guilty of eating as much tuna as the next person. 

But my concern here is to discuss and promote the welfare of the entire ocean(s). 

 Realize that we have never been down this road before.  Never in the history of the world have factories,and the drive for productivity had such adverse impact on nature itself.  Look at “global warming.”  The world we live in is driven by technology. 

Most technology from what I have read and come to understand causes polution. Did you know what I learned about DELL COMPUTERS and (probably other computer companies are guilty of this too) –Dell Computer ships all of is RECYCLED COMPUTERS to China!  Are you surprised that the issues of lead in toys, and food, or whatever is coming from China is tainted?  I am not!  I was a student at Nyack College two years ago, and my major was and is  Organizational Management.  We had to do a group project on Dell Computers…Marketing Plan.  My job was to research Dell and its reaction to Enviornment!  I was disgusted when I saw that they sent all of the collected  recylced computers to China and put them in a dump. Look it up yourself.  Look up Dell, and then you will see the Green Peace conflict with Dell.   Elderly people in China were scavening through these dumped computers, and sometimes using the old parts that are filled with toxic chemicals to cook with!  UGH!!!–

   I remember when I was a kid and I heard how dirty the East River in New York City was back then.  Now they have cleaned it up.  How did they do it?  They eliminated most of the factory industry from New York City. 

 There are still factories but  not such a vast amount as in the beginning of the industrical age of this country. The recent blurb I read in the Waldbaums Supermarket regarding  the decline and the interruption of the use of plastic bags for shoppping bags instead said that a well known  magazine on business stated that last year the United States used a billion plastic bags.  Some of these bags end up in the ocean, and rivers. 

 The fish,  or mammals of the ocean swallow these bags and die horrible deaths!   What  is happening now is a push to change that from plastic to a heavy gauge shopping bag with materal  canvas like handles to eliminate the use of plastic bags!  That is great.  But now there is a another new problem.  It is about what a National Geographic Email/Newsletter I recieved called,

 
Sea Lions Photo Gallery: A West Coast Eco-War
A fleet of doe-eyed whip smart sea lions is laying siege to the Pacific Northwest, wreaking havoc on surf breaks, fishing lines, and endangering salmon runs. Photograph by Ami Vitale

http://newsletters.nationalgeographic.com/WBRH016AA685A3F7C21E9379733C00 A fleet of doe-eyed whip smart sea lions is laying siege to the Pacific Northwest, wreaking havoc on surf breaks, fishing lines, and endangering salmon runs. More >>

 This article that can be  found in the National Geographic November issue,  explains that there are sea lions that are attacking another species of weaker, or less in number sea lion. 

 CAN I SAY SOMETHING HERE FOR A HOT MINUTE!!!  Is it safe to say that maybe the reason that the sealions are becoming so AGRESSIVE is that they are HUNGRY???? DO THE FISHING BOAT COMPANIES OF THE WORLD CONTROL HOW MUCH FISH IS BEING TAKEN OUT OF THE OCEAN?  HOW MUCH PER DAY IS CAUGHT IN NETS?  MAYBE THE SEALIONS ARE SMART ENOUGH TO WATCH THE STUPID NETS COME DOWN AND WATCH IT GO BACK UP.  NOW IF YOU WERE HUNGRY AND YOU SAW YOUR FOOD MOVING AWAY FROM YOU…WHAT WOULD YOU DO?  ISN’T IT CALLED DARWINS THEORY OF EVOLUTION IN ACTION?  THE SEALIONS ARE HUNGRY—-LOOK…..MAYBE THEY ARE STARVING AND WE DO NOT KNOW HOW FEW FISH ARE LEFT AFTER THESE FISHING BOATS HAUL IN THEIR CATCH FOR THE DAY!  WHY ARE WE SO IGNORANT ON THE CONDITIONS OF THE SEA AND THE ANIMAL LIFE THAT SURVIVES ONLY ON OTHER FISH?—-WE AS LAND DWELLERS LIVE OFF OF THE VEGATABLES AND LAND MAMMALS FOR EXISTANCE AND NUTRITION…..WHAT ELSE DO THE SEALIONS HAVE TO EAT EXCEPT FOR THE SALMON!?  SO ARE THE SEA LIONS REALLY AS AGGRESSIVE AND “KILLER”  AS WE THINK?  OR ARE THEY JUST MERELY TRYING TO SURVIVE?  THINK ABOUT IT.

 Also the article states that these sea lions are also attacking the nets or salmon fishing boats….thereby affecting the fishing industry!

  Hey,  look.  These animals are not doing anything wrong…based on the fact that they are animals!  They are not breaking any laws.  They are the victim here.  Obviously they  cannot find enough to eat in their natural habitat. 

This is a hazzardous condition…not just for them….but possibly for the rest of the world.  What do you think?  Are there any scientists reading this blog?  If so please reply and I want your opinion too,  if you are a GREEN and SAVE THE WORLD  FROM GLOBAL WARMING type of scientist. 

Please give an educated insite to my little blog.   I do not believe that animals ever do anything wrong.  We have to share the world with animals.  They have natural instinct and cannot do anything but what comes natural to them. 

So how can you call an animal a “killer?”  Even Darwin (who I do not completely agree with in regards to “Natural Selection,”  and all that)  did have theories on life and death and the destruction or the elimination of a specific spesices based on genetic predispostion. 

 But what would Darwin say now in 2007/2008?  How would Darwin explain the polution and economic drive that is possibly destroying our health,  the enviornment, and the ocean?  I truly wonder what would Charles Darwin say? 

Because he had written a bit of his own theory and some people took that theory and used it to promote slave ownership….the ownership of one human over another.  Strange isn’t it…..Have you ever seen a lion in the wild make a slave out of another lion?  Or how about “cross species dominating another species “like a monkey dominating and enslaving  wildebeast for example?  Yet somehow people used Darwin’s theory of evolution to promote slavery.  —Sorry  I digress. 

Let us return to the original topic.  Is nature fighting back?  What will happen to nature and human beings?   How much damage will be done in the next five years if the polution, over fishing,are not addressed.  Is it the sea lions that are the “real killers”  here….or is it something else that we are not monitoring  or caring about. 

 I feel very worried about the future of the health of our planet over all.  I am very concerned about the well being of my son’s future.  Please respond maybe we cannot not solve all of the problems,  but atleast  dialogue  can ease some of  concerns of our fellow bloggers.

Riveroflifelisajoy 

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Sea Lions Photo Gallery: A West Coast Eco-War
A fleet of doe-eyed whip smart sea lions is laying siege to the Pacific Northwest, wreaking havoc on surf breaks, fishing lines, and endangering salmon runs. Photograph by Ami Vitale

Sea lion in a box

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The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Army Corp of
Engineers capture and mark sea lions in the Bonneville Dam area and relocate them to Astoria, Oregon, to monitor their abundance and movements in the lower Columbia River and its tributaries.  
These efforts are part of a study to examine sea lion foraging activities in the inland waters and to evaluate any impact they might have on salmonids in the Columbia River Basin. The sea lions were branded and equipped with a combination of flipper tags, numbered visual patches, VHF radio tags, and satellite-linked transmitters.
Photographer Ami Vitale
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Gasoline and the Threat from Venezuela!! Here comes that Sudden Fear of $4.00 Gas Price and Above!!! Hold on “its Gonna be a Bumpy Ride!”

FRUSTRATION.jpg (This picture is titled:  “FRUSTRATION” this was painted by me during the summer  of 2007. ) 

 This picture reminds of the continuous struggle of the gasoline prices in the United States today!    Update 12/02/07 –         I feel that the recent gasoline prices are some what stable between $3.19 per gallon for regular and $3.45 per gallon for regular.  I have seen the cheap prices in  Long Island.

  I have seen expensive prices closer to the Long Island Expressway.  I have a gas station right on Jamacia Avenue in Queens Village that  stays between $3.19  and $3.25 so far.  But sometimes I wait to the last minute to get gas and then I end up waisting money and paying $3.45 for gasoline per gallon.  That is bad because I only have $5.00 on me sometimes!  $5.00 per fill up is like putting a 1/2 cup of water into the gas tank!  I am being priced out of car driving! 

 1010 Wins  (Radio News Station)  said it!  On Saturday night,  after I drove all the way to BayTerrace Tennis Bubble and dropped my child off for practice….I got that jetters in my gut AGAIN!

  The Venezuelian Country,  who along with other oil rich countries  holds the keys to alot of ‘OIL’–natural resources gave a threat to the United States. 

 1010 Wins stated that,  correct me if I am wrong,  Dictator Julio Chavez said, ” If the United States attempts any military action on Venezuela,  or Iran  that “OPEC” will continue to INCREASE  the PRICES OF GASOLINE!!!  

“Oh,  Lord,”  I thought,  my stomach is starting that bumble jumble dance.  I have a weak stomach when I feel any type of frustration,  or fear.  Hey look,  I have faith and all that….but I cannot fill my gas tank with Faith,  Dreams,  or Positive Thoughts! 

I need hard cold Green Backs or A Line of Credit!  I do not have a Visa,  MasterCard,  American Express,  or Even a Discover Card ( due to previous loss of husband,  loss of house,  and Banckruptcy!!)

  I have been attempting to pick my life up from the ashes—but this GLOBAL ECONOMY just will not slow down or get together long enough for me to gather my own resources….which are skimpy to say the least. 

 Look,  I know the being black and having a Bell Curve IQ nonsense has affected my life I guess.  But guess what?  The gas station guy does not care what my IQ is!! 

 All he wants to know is how much Gasoline I want to buy?  How much money to I have in my pocket!  The Gasoline Prices I saw this weekend were staggering! 

 I saw the Super price at an EXXON  station for $3.55 per gallon.  So what is the big deal to raise it another .50 cents?  Look,  I am not some famous singer like Beyonce who juants around the world looking beautiful and creating designer  clothes! 

I am a typical 47 year old woman who lives and breathes according to the prices at the supermarket,  gasoline station, Walmart,  Waldbaums, rent etc. 

I have to know how much of the global economy and wars and rumors of wars will affect my everyday life.  This is not a reality TV program—THIS IS REALITY! 

 OPEC is considering raising  the gas prices….that is squeezing my already triple pinched penny that is in my nearly empty pocket book!

  My church helped me with a “Care Basket for ThanksGiving”  but who will donate a “full” tank of gasoline to me?  Nobody! 

So the fear begins to rise in my throat like bile on an empty sour stomach!  My head has begun to get that throbbing sensation right at the temples!  UGH!!!!! This is going to be a LONG,  LONG,  LONG WINTER!!! 

Just tell me,  what are all of the presidential hopefuls’stating this time?  Are they still fighting each other about a five year war that is basically something in the past ( as far as who signed or voted for it?)

  They need to stop the nonsense and come up with solutions to bring this global economy under control before the little people like me,  you know “the not so beautiful, not so famous, just plain Jane,  challenged,  single parent,  BABY BOOMER, elder care giver go under for the last time. 

 How am I to make it?  I don’t get food stamps cause I ‘MAKE TOO MUCH’ (as compared to people who have more than one child) and I don’t get HEAP ASSISTANCE for the same reason. 

I feel like I am on the brink of destruction here.  “Brother can you spare a dime.”  –Soon to be Brother can you lend me the price of  half a tank of gasoline?”  I hope that Obama,  Clinton,  and Ron  come up with some solutions and stop the nit picking over each other’s records!!! 

 What are you going to do to stop this economic assualt on my dollar at the gasoline pump???!!!! 

 They need a reality check!  People like me need help and I need to put my vote behind the person who has the best solution,  and the right direction to take this global issue and make a change for the better. 

 If things do not improve for me financially I do not know where my family will end up. 

First stop for me is to pray. 

Hope everyone will do the same.—or whatever method you use to increase positive outcomes in your lives!

Remember, Gasoline is the STAPLE of US ALL!