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US WATCH: THE ‘VIRTUAL ECONOMY’ WRECKED UNCLE SAM

Erle Frayne Argonza



So, fellows out there, whatever happened that the once mighty US economy—once contributing to 40% of Gross World Product (GWP)—is now drifting downwards, producing now just 22% of GWP? That the EU would itself catch up with the USA and equally produces 22% of GWP, though EU’s money is bloodily mightier than Uncle Sam’s once mythical Dollar?



As a matter of realistic forecasting, if trends today would continue across the globe, Asia would overshadow both… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on July 30, 2008 at 8:13pm — 1 Comment

FTC Tightens Food-Ad Focus

The FTC called on food and beverage companies to do more self regulation in regards to marketing to children. With the increased number of childhood obesity cases in the US, the FTC required 44 major food and beverage companies to release detailed breakdowns on their 2006 marketing budgets.



Beverage companies spend around $1.6 billion to target children with ads -- a figure roughly comparable to each U.S. ad budget of marketing giants such as General Electric, Toyota Motor and… Continue

Added by Kenneth Westling on July 30, 2008 at 6:50pm — No Comments

Implementation in India, by Cynthia Goitia

It is perplexing to think that in all my time spent in development-focused courses, taken in Sweden, Chile and California in an attempt to derive some comparison, I found repeated emphasis on theories and inflated economic prowess without ever understanding how exactly things get done. Implementation. And yet one week into my internship in India I came to understand the decisive weight of bottom-up community solutions in generating sustainable development. Unlike a mere paragraph in a…

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Added by Mary on July 30, 2008 at 2:55pm — No Comments

Please vote to win $5000 for slavery survivors

The Emancipation Network is a finalist in the Changemakers Ending Slavery competition. If we win we will be using the entire $5000 to buy sewing machines and pay wages to slavery survivors in our new destiny center. You can read our entry and vote at http://www.changemakers.com/en-us/competition/freedom - to learn more about the Destiny program goto http:// www.madebysurvivors.com… Continue

Added by JohnFromTEN on July 30, 2008 at 9:55am — No Comments

US WATCH: IT’S THE ECONOMY!

Erle Frayne Argonza



The US presidential polls are approaching. The Democrat Party nomination was recently concluded, and there goes the polls.



As an observer of ‘US reality’, I’d candidly say that if there’s anything most worrisome in the US right now, it’s the economy. Without the pejorative ‘stupid’ by the way, I leave that to Bill Clinton’s spin doctors.

Whoever wins, and whoever would be vice president, this tandem of statesmen (hopefully) will have to go about… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on July 30, 2008 at 5:54am — No Comments

DEPOPULATION, GENOCIDE: GLOBAL OLIGARCHY’S POPULATION AGENDA

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago



Good morning from Manila!



Those more aware fellows on Earth may be reflecting right now about the long-term agenda of the global oligarchy regarding population. We note the rise of the neo-Malthusians within and outside the UN and international bodies from the 70s onwards, their position buttressing the toxic ‘greenies’ demonization of humans as the cause of the planet’s predicament.



The greenies’ and Malthusian’s causes do… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on July 27, 2008 at 8:07pm — 4 Comments

GOODWILL's Children win at 2008 World Water Day International Poster Contest organised by NV-OC,USA

Goodwill Social work centre, Madurai,India conducted a series of Poster contests for school children on the theme 'WHAT WATER MEANS IN MY LIFE' on 8th March 2008 to celebrate the International Water Day, which falls on 22nd March every year. This is part of the 'Children's Rights through artwork project' being supported by ART VENTURE, Singapore. 366 children in the age group of four to 17 years from 47 schools participated. Of which, Goodwill Social Work Centre had sent as many as 200 posters… Continue

Added by Dr.J. Christopher Daniel,Ph.D on July 25, 2008 at 10:08pm — 1 Comment

OIL PRICES GOING DOWN FOR GOOD? TOO EARLY TO SAY!

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago



Good evening from Manila!



We Manilans were met this morning with the seemingly good news that oil price nose dived to $125 per barrel. As this news was released, we have just three (3) days before Her Excellency, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo or GMA, will deliver her State-of-the-Nation Address or SONA.



With due respect to a fellow economist, the eminent world woman leader GM Arroyo should better not say lies comes Monday… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on July 25, 2008 at 7:44am — No Comments

World Bank Lends in Local Currency for the First Time in Africa

WASHINGTON, July 18, 2008 – "The World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IBRD) for the first time has disbursed a loan in one of Africa’s local currencies. The 58.2 million South African Rand (ZAR) loan is to support the Government of Namibia in its educational improvement program. The South African and Namibian currencies are… Continue

Added by Development Crossing on July 23, 2008 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Las Historias de Warmi (Warmi Stories), by Sarah Connette

For the past 5 weeks I have been working at Centro Integral Warmi, a small non-profit community center in a neighborhood on the outskirts of Cochabamba, Bolivia. In addition to running a day-care center and a library, Warmi operates a soap factory that employs ten mothers in the community. The women take turns cooking, taking care of the kids, and working in the Centro Productivo. In the Centro… Continue

Added by Mary on July 23, 2008 at 2:26pm — 2 Comments

Let's Have Some Love for Nuclear Power

In the WSJ yesterday an interesting article came up that I thought might strike some strong opinions from some people out there. With the ever constant threat of climate change looming over our heads, the article suggests that nuclear power is the way to go. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has just commissioned eight new reactors, and says there's "no upper limit" to the number Britain will build in the future. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has challenged her country's current program and… Continue

Added by Kenneth Westling on July 22, 2008 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Virgin Mobile Pulls Back Racy Campaign

Known for its risque marketing tactics, Virgin Mobile has had to shut down their recent advertising campaign. Their recent stunt that has caused some trouble encouraged people to disrobe for charity. A few weeks ago, Virgin Mobile launched "Strip2Clothe," inviting people to send videos of themselves undressing. For each video posted, it agreed to donate a new piece of clothing to nonprofit groups that help homeless youth. For every five views that a video gets, another article is donated. Its… Continue

Added by Kenneth Westling on July 21, 2008 at 6:05pm — No Comments

YOGA MEDITATION AND THE ‘PEACE PROJECT’

Erle Frayne Argonza



Among all thought modalities coming from the East that are most valuable for bringing human awareness to its next level—under the rubric of Asian Renaissance— yoga meditation stands out as the most potent. Having studied and practiced this Asiatic science for almost three (3) decades, I can testify to its efficacy for effecting quantum leap in awareness and intelligence.



Following from the foregoing declaration, I would posit that yoga… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on July 19, 2008 at 6:32am — 1 Comment

Making A Difference With Cow Dung, by Lisa Curtis

People always talk about “making a difference.” It’s a catchy phrase to use, “Make a difference, call your Senator” or “Make a difference, recycle your bottle.” Personally, I find it a phrase that is all too easy to say and much, much harder to do. But then today it suddenly hit me that I might actually make a tangible difference in people’s lives.



Okay, so a little background.… Continue

Added by Mary on July 16, 2008 at 11:56am — 6 Comments

ASIAN RENAISSANCE: ANTIDOTE TO NEW DARK AGE

Erle Frayne Argonza



Maganding umaga! Good morning!



A gladdening news for me is the fact that many people in the West (or North) highly appreciate Asian growth and its role as today’s life-breather of the global economy. Without Asia, given the recurrent recession of Western/Northern economies, the global economy would be in a collapsed state today.



The added news that certainly warms the heart is that many Northerners/Westerners look up highly to Asia as the… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on July 16, 2008 at 3:51am — 1 Comment

4TH REICH IS A TRANS-ATLANTIC 2-HEADED TOTALITARIAN MONSTER

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago



Good morning, Fellows across the globe!



Let me continue to write awareness-raising materials about peace, cooperation and development, by focusing on the machinations of the financier oligarchs. The Empire is rising again, the logic being that it is a most fit governance machine for global oligarchic games and forthcoming conflicts.

Guessing gamers have been busy releasing speculations about the next financiers’ great war, and the state… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on July 14, 2008 at 7:11am — No Comments

Global energy needs 'to grow 50%'

In its 2008 world outlook, Opec said that adequate oil reserves and new methods of exploiting them would allow supply to keep up with demand.



The group blamed sky-high oil prices on the weak US dollar and speculators.



But critics say it is Opec's refusal to increase oil supply that is causing sky-rocketing crude prices.



Opec said that years of relatively low oil prices had led to under investment in oil production, leaving the industry unable to meet increased… Continue

Added by Kenneth Westling on July 10, 2008 at 3:56pm — 5 Comments

A third of reef-building corals threatened with extinction: scientists

A third of reef-building corals worldwide are threatened with extinction due to climate change and water pollution, according to the first global assessment on the marine creature by 39 scientists.



Destructive fishing and the degradation of coastal habitats also posed threats, said the study published Thursday involving the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Conservation International.



"The results of this study are very disconcerting," said Kent… Continue

Added by Kenneth Westling on July 10, 2008 at 3:53pm — 1 Comment

In an Iranian Image, a Missile Too Many

As news spread across the world of Iran’s provocative missile tests, so did an image of four missiles heading skyward in unison. Unfortunately, it appeared to contain one too many missiles, a fact that had not emerged before the photo appeared on the front pages of The Los Angeles Times, The Financial Times, The Chicago Tribune and several other newspapers as well as on BBC News, MSNBC, Yahoo! News, NYTimes.com and many other major news Web sites.



Agence France-Presse said that it… Continue

Added by Kenneth Westling on July 10, 2008 at 10:18am — 4 Comments

XENOPHOBIA: SOUTH AFRICA’S DIFFICULTIES IN SHEDDING OFF APARTHEID

Erle Frayne Argonza



Good afternoon from Manila!



This gentleman has a special fondness for Africa, a fondness that now makes me desire to plant my feet in the continent somehow. My own humble contribution there should be, aside from doing project engagements as a development expert, to spread the Teaching (Lightwork, yoga) to our fellows there.



My entry point should be South Africa. Having been reared in the big city-university life-intellectual environments all… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on July 10, 2008 at 9:07am — No Comments

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