Thursday, February 02, 2006

More for Poor not War

"Angelina is living proof of the power we all have -- every one of us -- to make a difference," said a woman close to the actress' effort. At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were among the luminaries who met with international officials to talk about the struggle against world poverty and disease. Since 2001, Jolie has traveled to impoverished and war-torn countries as a U.N. goodwill ambassador.(Anja Niedringhaus/ AP )

Maybe the lack of action of any sort of real global movement to help is
because people don't really know how bad it truly is. Our media certainly
with their 24/7 news channels- do not spend one minute of one day covering
it. So, super infinitely small as it is- I'm just trying to do something and hope
you'll do the same. Because I'd like to think we start speaking up as we emerge
into the New World. Thanks for listening. I promise, for those of you who
are detatched from it all, I will stick mostly to energy changes but please
allow me this vent today:

When I saw the US budget proposal on defense spending I
was stunned.

How come we don't use the billions and billions and
billions to help the millions and millions of children dying every day of starvation?
How come we don't do more? Is it because there is no oil there?

What difference does it truly make if we don't do everything in our power
to save lives that can easily be saved not end more lives? That what you do
to the LEAST of my brothers you do unto me.

And yes, I know thousands of people are
still suffering in the aftermath of Katrina. It upsets me and I pray for them.
Especially the poor who had nothing to begin with. And I know many will say
take care of them first before we help starving children or refugees on another
continent. But we DID give them unprecedented emergency aid. And I WOULD
rather see this war money go to helping them- the poor-restart... certainly that
would be much easier to take.

But I also say to all Americans, horrific as it was, Katrina is just a daily, if not
hourly occurance in other countries. 10,000+ died in poor areas of Afghanistan.
Yes=KATRINA TIMES TEN. Thousands of babies die hourly in their mothers arms.
From lack of food. Hard for any mother pr father to barely pause to comprehend.
Bill Gates calls it the worlds greatest challenge. Vaccines and empowerment and food
for 3rd world countries not new software or the latest Windows
product. He is awakened enough to know we should do everything we can to help.

120 billion for Iraq? !!!
For one year?

Total defense budget almost half a trillion?!!!
WASHINGTON - yahoo news feb 2 2006

President next week will request a $439.3 billion Defense Department budget for 2007, a nearly 5 percent increase over this year, according to senior
Pentagon'officials and documents obtained Thursday by The Associated Press.

The spending plan would include $84.2 billion for weapons programs, a nearly 8 percent increase, including billions of dollars for fighter jets, Navy ships, helicopters and unmanned aircraft. The total includes a substantial increase in weapons spending for the Army, which will get $16.8 billion in the 2007 budget, compared with $11 billion this year.
Senior defense officials provided the totals on condition of anonymity because the defense budget will not be publicly released until Monday. The figures did not include spending for wars in Iraq and which the Bush administration said Thursday would total $120 billion this year

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