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Egypt: Rise to Freedom by Basha Beats and Natacha Atlas

 This is a remix of material from “Mounqaliba”. We were inspired to do this by the news from Tahrir Square.
Here's a translation :
<< Mubarak : “My fellow citizens..A fine line lies between freedom...and chaos.” >>
Natacha :
Let us stand together and awaken ,
Let us question, learn and study;
Listen, understand and think.
Let us understand,
Permit us to know-
Permit us to know freedom.
Let us know there is a land
where words are the purveyors of truth,
heads are held high,
And human will is regarded above all.
Where the world is not split into a thousand fragments,
Under siege, forgotten, or lost -
Let us perceive of it,
Let us know that place.
Let us know our land,
where words are the purveyors of truth.
<< Mubarak : “My fellow citizens..A fine line lies between freedom...and -” >>

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This is now officially one of my favorite pictures of all time, prayers during revolution. Namaste. Have a peaceful joyful day, it's inside you.


Feb. 5th, 2011 02:21 pm
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Today I made the almost final step to switching from Chase Manhattan to a smaller state bank. I feel good about it.

At Chase, the banker who helped me was a younger guy, an Afghani who grew up in Germany, speaks four languages, nice guy, handsome and really interesting. He said his ex-girlfriend had been studying in Cairo, she is Egyptian and German, she just arrived back to the states. She was in a building next to the prison, on the day the Egyptian gov't freed prisoners to go out and beat protesters and paid them as well. The media called them pro Murback supporters for a while. I think most people know better now. She actually saw it happening.

I'm still fighting shadows of the migraine, I think it was all triggered by my congestion and the work the dentist did last week, making the mold of my upper teeth for the cap for the implant. You know how it feels when they pull off the cement filled plate and it feels like all your teeth are coming out? I think it messed with my nerves in that area where they were have been forming new pathways. My teeth have been twinging and feeling weird since then. And that I think triggered feelings about the assault. I've been very emotional and down. Next week the tooth goes on so hopefully that will be a positive charge and the only thing left will be dealing with the insurance company.

I'll start gathering all that paperwork up today, plus I want to start my taxes. I have no idea if I'll owe or they'll owe me. Not my favorite stuff, but they're both a weight on me that needs to to be done.

One more thing, I changed my LJ password and I log out after every session and haven't had spammers commenting on my open posts. It's kind of basic security, but it's working so far.

I'm taking a break now. Enjoy your Saturdays.
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Ground Hog Day! Spring will come that's for sure but I think more about the movie and the cult status it took on. Can you imagine living one day over and over until you get it? Or being able to recognize each moment everyday, as brand new and brimming with possibility for your highest self? And to be able to see the effects and consequences of each action and notice the details of everything and everyone?  That is surely the way to enlightenment. Be here now baby.

It's often so easy to go through each day, numbed by routine, head so full of thoughts that I see through that gauzy veil. Ground Hog Day is a good day to remember that each moment is happening now and has never happened before and I have the power, the ability to shape it and act, say and do what is the best and most compassionate. A great reminder to let go of everything that obstructs and focus on this moment in time.  Can't find your bliss? What is obstructing it? What are you holding on to that needs to be released? 

My tent is nice and dry, in a heap in the corner. I spent two days and nights putting it on and taking it off the shower rod, fan blowing on it. I'll fold it up this weekend. It's very unwieldy, like a heavy enormous fitted bed sheet,  but will be a nice little home in Black Rock City and a good tent to have. Room for friends.

I'm still galvanized by Egypt's revolution and their brave inspiring citizens! I think the best part of my current job is that I'm in the car at 7 am and can hear Democracy Now. It kind of freaked me out this morning, but it really speaks to me.  It is so exciting and thrilling to see people fighting for their rights as humans, as citizens of their country. They just keep coming, they're going to win, they're protesting  and risking their lives for themselves,  not because they were told to by their gov't. Power to the People!

The Middle East is moving towards their own freedoms. I read that since 1979 the US has sent almost $2 billion a year to Egypt which goes primarily to US corporations who make their billions on warfare.

This is an amazing time. Go Egypt!

"They say we're young and we don't know..."

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I went to bed last night after reading about Egypt's lock down of the internet; it really has me thinking. Tunisa ousted it's leader, our "allies" people are revolting and risking it all. I have a friend looking into the Tor network, where you donate your own computer to help channel communications from countries that are shut down, media wise. I want to do it, I'll weigh the risks to my own personal stuff after he gets back to me, it's something he's totally into as well.

True, This! —
Beneath the rule of men entirely great,
The pen is mightier than the sword. Behold
The arch-enchanters wand! — itself a nothing! —
But taking sorcery from the master-hand
To paralyse the Cæsars, and to strike
The loud earth breathless! — Take away the sword —
States can be saved without it!

~English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839 for his play Richelieu; Or the Conspiracy.

All our lives we've heard this. Social media has connected us all, I believe this is where our revolution is occurring. We have the power to know, to ignore it is ignorance.

Last night I found myself wondering how long until the US does the same. How many months or years?  How long will gov't walk the tightrope of keeping us just 'this' far from storming the gates?  Because I do believe they leaders are all in bed together, compromising on how best to keep the people down. But look what the information highway has done, it amazes me.

Maybe working in the biggest hospital network out here is a good place to stick with should all that play out here. I don't have a garden. I see groups on Meet Up and elsewhere forming to discuss co-housing, etc. Above mentioned friend lives in a farming community, they have a plan. It's fascinating. Everywhere we're told to grow our own food, why is Monsanto so interested in poisoning us?  

Gotta get up and go.



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