Friday, August 21, 2015

Gary Goff of “Brooklyn For Peace” spoke at a forum on the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Thursday evening, August 20th in Park Slope.  Below is what Gary had to say on TPP……..

How will the TPP impact the world’s political and military situation? This is the question the anti-war movement must ask.

Like all free trade agreements, the TPP will create more inequality – both within and between nations. Only the very richest in the affected countries will actually benefit. The rest of us will lose financially and politically. The off-shoring of production will increase unemployment and under-employment at home. And as income becomes more concentrated at the top, so does political power.

More free trade = more inequality = less democracy

The TPP allows corporations to override local and national laws. Significantly, this includes environmental regulations. The climate crisis will worsen. We will lose arable land and potable water. Pollution will increase and climate change will accelerate. There will be more droughts, floods, and food shortages.

There is already a global refugee crisis – people fleeing their homelands to escape political, economic, and environmental chaos. The TPP will inevitably exacerbate this situation.

We cannot afford to think of the TPP as a discrete phenomenon. At the very least, we must think of it in relation to its twin, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, a proposed free trade agreement between the US and the European Union. All of the negative consequences of the TPP that we have discussed apply to the TTIP as well.

In terms of geopolitics, one of the main objectives of the TPP is containment of China. Similarly, the TTIP in intended to contain Russia.  The Trans-Pacific Partnership is the economic arm of the US’s Asia Pivot. We need to understand that the Asia Pivot is not simply a political and economic plan. It is military as well. At the same time the US is negotiating new treaties in the area, it is building additional army bases and opening new naval ports. And similarly, the US is expanding its military presence in Europe via NATO.

If we are to understand the TPP and the TTIP, we have to recognize that they are major aspects of American imperialism.  In the early 1950s, two economic historians, John Gallager and Ronald Robinson, published a paper called The Imperialism of Free Trade. In it they showed that imperialism is a continuous system of economic expansion. Its inner logic is the same whether it takes the form of fighting a war or negotiating a treaty.

We need to defeat the TPP and the TTIP. Because of all the reasons everyone else has mentioned – jobs and food security and so forth. But also because the world will be a safer, more peaceful, more livable place.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

 Samples from my
August Photo Challenge
in B&W format

Monday, August 10, 2015

 "Cosplay 101"
event was held on
Sunday, August 9th
hosted by
NYC Friends of Tolkien

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

 August Photo Challenge
B&W Mode

Monday, August 03, 2015

 More Entries from the
July Photo Challenge
"It Caught My Eye"

July 2nd, I had an appt with Dr Tan for acupuncture treatment, and then the BFP board meeting afterwards.

July 3rd to 6th, I visited the parents, plus my brother and his wife, in upstate NY for the long holiday weekend.  Did work around the house and yard, plus took the parents out to breakfast several times.  Weather was cool and wet on the 4th in upstate NY.

July 6th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt.

July 7th, I had to purchase a new a/c unit, as my old one of 10 years died on me.

July 9th, I joined other EY FSO employees in heading up to Travers Island for the annual summer outing at the NY Athletes Club.  In the evening I joined my friends Gail and Rob in going to dinner at Jungle Café in our hood.  The food is delicious and fresh vegan goodies.

July 11th, I headed up to the upper Westside to visit with Cas and Lauren at their apt.  They were selling some of their vintage items and having a summer tea gathering.  It was enjoyable.  Afterwards I headed down to Wall Street to jump on the East River ferry boat back to my hood in Brooklyn.  Before heading home, once off the ferry, I had a tasty dinner at Jungle Café.  Then at 8pm I had my private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt.

July 12th, I joined my friend Margaret and her Mom for an afternoon outing to Ellis Island to see this history site regarding turn-of-the-century immigration [1880 to 1924] from around the world.  It was a warm, humid day, but being on the boat with the harbor air keeps one cool.  It was fascinating being on Ellis Island and seeing many sites, plus exhibits around the main building.  We had a late lunch out in the shaded picnic area, while admiring the views.  Took the 5:30pm boat back to Battery Park, were we strolled around checking many sites on display.  Both Margaret and I took lots of photos of a fun day.

July 14th, I attended the productive monthly BFP Fundraising committee meeting at Ken’s apt, and while there I had one of my “lung issue” episodes.  Fortunately, I had my meds on me to counter it, and I spoke with my lung doctor briefly on cellphone.

July 16th, I attended the monthly “NYC Friends of Tolkien” meetup this evening at the Rail Line Diner.  Few in attendance, but the discussion was lively on assorted topics.  The discussion was mostly about 5th season of “Game of Thrones” TV series.

July 17th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt.

July 18th, after Dana cleaned my apt, I headed out to do assorted errands and chores.  Then back indoors for remainder of the day away from the humidity and enjoy the a/c.

July 19th, after a much needed acupuncture treatment with Dr Tan, I joined friends to see the see the new Sir Ian McKellen film called “Mr. Holmes”.  It was a good film, excellent acting and lovely scenery.  Afterwards we jumped into a taxi to head over to 8th Avenue for a delicious dinner at SongKran.  Tasty Thai food and our conversation was on assorted topics.

July 21st, I attended the productive monthly BFP A&C committee meeting.

July 24th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt.

July 25th, I joined the Crunch gym in my hood  J

July 26th, I worked out at the gym for the first time in 3.5 years.  Also got a much needed manicure and pedicure  J

July 27th, I did volunteer work [ie: computer data] at the WCW national office.

July 28th, I took my friend Debbie out for belated birthday tea / dessert at the Cocoa Bar in Park Slope.

July 30th, I stopped by the Halloween shop near Union Square to see Wendy about starting work on a Steampunk style vest.  Chatted with TJ that evening about prep work for the August 9th Cosplay 101 event.

July 31st, I attended TGTSNBNs fun event at Professor Thom’s to celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday.  Got to see and chat with friends and acquaintances I haven’t seen for some time.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Still posting The Daily Smoothie Report on Facebook and here is today's entry.

Brought to you by the Cinnamon Snail “Street Vegan” recipe for “Raw Chocolate Pudding”, which, I might add, is soooo rich and decadently delicious.  This recipe is easy to make.  But first, the smoothie blast of this morning; created with water, pineapple kale, celery, flax seeds, ginger and cinnamon.  And now for the recipe………….

2 cups raw cashews, soaked in warm water for 30 minutes
2/3 cup pure maple syrup
¼ cup organic cacao powder
¼ teaspoon sea salt

Drain the soaked cashews and rinse them under cold water.  Place the cashews, maple syrup, cacao powder, and sea salt with 2/3 cup water in a high speed blender or Vitamix and blend on high until completely smooth, about 90 seconds.  Portion the pudding into 4 ramekins, half-pint glass jars or champagne glasses.  Chill the puddings for at least 2 hours before serving.  If storing for longer, cover the puddings, and keep under refrigeration for up to 5 days.

Bon Appetite!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Share the TRUTH! From "Myth: The Iran deal is abject surrender and will make it easier for Iran to get a nuclear bomb.
This is probably the most common talking point about the Iran deal, and certainly the most common one against it: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been making it for months, as have some Republicans.
This is total nonsense and is, in fact, the exact opposite of what is happening. Iran has accepted enormous cuts to its nuclear program, not to mention invasive and politically humiliating inspections.

The US won on every major issue that was really important, and the upshot is that Iran is surrendering most of its nuclear program. Here are the bullet points:

-Iran will give up about 14,000 of its 20,000 centrifuges.

-Iran will give up 97 percent of its enriched uranium; it will hold on to only 300 kilograms' worth.
-Iran will be forbidden from enriching uranium beyond energy-grade fuel, or 3.67 percent enrichment. (Weapons-grade uranium is 90 percent enriched.)
-Iran will destroy or export the core of its plutonium plant at Arak, and replace it with a new core that cannot produce weapons-grade plutonium. It will ship out all spent nuclear fuel."
Read more here:
Image by Occupy Democrats.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

 More Entries in the
"It Caught My Eye"
Photo Challenge

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

 Traveling on East River Ferry
Saturday, July 11th
Looking up at the Brooklyn Bridge

Williamsburg Bridge

 Visit to Ellis Island
with Friends
Sunday, July 12th

 Me and Margaret
in the Registry Room

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

 Long July 4th Holiday Weekend
Visit to Upstate NY

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

 1st Annual Peace & Justice Fair
Fort Greene - Brooklyn
June 27th

 More Experimentation
with New Cellphone

June 2nd, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt.  Weather was wet, windy and chilly outdoors.

June 4th, I participated in the monthly BFP board members meeting after work which was very productive.

June 7th, I joined other members of “NYC Friends of Tolkien” at Stone Creek lounge to enjoy refreshment and watch the extended edition of LOTR “Fellowship of the Ring”.  It was great fun.

June 8th, I had an appt with my lung doctor, and afterwards I had a private yoga class with Fabrice.

June 9th I participated, via conference call, in the productive monthly BFP Fundraising committee meeting.

June 10th, I attended the informative Fuchsberg law firm compensation fund reception for us 9/11 survivors who lived or worked in that Wall Street area.

June 12th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva at the studio.

June 13th, I volunteered with other members of BFP to table at the annual Brooklyn Pride event in Park Slope.  Later on I joined my friend Margaret for dinner and conversation at a nice Japanese restaurant called Tenzan on upper Westside of Manhattan.

June 16th, I had an appt with Dr Tan for much needed acupuncture treatment.

June 19th, I had to take a sick day from work due to lung issues and on antibiotics.

June 20th, after Dana cleaned the apt for me, I attended to many chores and errands around the hood.

June 21st, early in the afternoon I traded in my old cellphone for a new one with more “features”.  Later in the afternoon I had a private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva at the studio.

June 22nd, I had a follow up appt with my lung specialist regarding the recent lung situation.

June 23rd, I participated in the productive and informative monthly BFP A&C committee conference call.

June 26th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva at my apt.

June 27th, I volunteered at the BFP Peace & Justice Fair in Fort Greene hood of Brooklyn.

June 28th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva at my apt.

June 30th, I had an excellent vegan dinner, as well as interesting conversation, at Candle Café West with Pete and Nadine.

Friday, June 26, 2015

 More Experimentation
with new Cellphone
[Photos from Office Window]