Saturday, June 26, 2010

Paper entitled - Is there really an Energy Crisis - Done Spring Term For WR 125

This is an introduction to Alternative energies

Is There Really An Energy Crisis
We hear all this panic about peak oil but with all types of alternative energy options out there, is there really an energy crisis? Our lives are flooded with messages about pollution, the energy crisis, and energy problems. We watch the news and environmental documentaries that show us the world crisis of global warming and worse yet the pollution caused by mishaps of drilling for oil.  We watch as prices go up at the gas pump month after month and everyone speculates that they might not be able to drive in the future.  With all of this hoopla we are left with a vague guilty feeling and the thought in our minds “Are we really doing everything we can?”  Some people say we can save a ton of electricity by changing a light bulb, yet in a way it seems so futile.  After researching sustainable energy creation I say there is no energy crisis! Now days with technology and basic economic theory, the world is already adapting and sustainable energy is the next natural step.  I think it’s possible to totally convert to clean energy before we run out of oil.   Below is a list of options that are either being developed or already in use: (many of these are have facinating videos on Alternative-energy-news.info)
Ocean thermal Electric Conversion – (OTEC) is Ocean Water energy creation- thermo haline circulation by using the deep water formation - “70 % of the earth is covered by water, 97.4% is ocean water”   the oceans waters store.. more than 300 x the earths electrical needs are in the solar power contained in the tropical ocean. It is stored in the earth by Thermo haline circulation. “  right now in the Atlantic basin  there are areas where 40 degree cold water is  accessible very close to where 80 degree water  is on the surface – one suggested location for this project is the “coast line of Puerto Rico – at Punta Tuna – less than 2 miles from the shore. The changes in temperature are necessary to create the Ocean Thermal Electric Conversion or  OTEC …. This system uses continuing renewing energy to generate electricity – without oil, coal, natural gas or any other fuel.  OTEC only needs the temperature difference between the upper water and cold deep water of the ocean.  Some disadvantages:   there are only certain areas that are close to shore that have the depths and temperatures to achieve this.  Also this still appears experimental in nature.
Wave Power –  The theory behind wave power is to use a device to harness the energy that the waves naturally create.  According to Alternative-energy-news.info  there are several types of machinery being tested to capture wave energy -  one is the Pelamis which looks like a gigantic sea snake.  Alternative Energy news lists several types of wave energy capture devices being developed including but not limited to the buoys, oyster wave, bio wave, and bio stream.   Some disadvantages:  t each type has many parts that would be difficult to service  and the harsh conditions of the ocean could cause them to break down easily.  The devices and their systems and maintenance could potentially upset the delicate balance of the eco system.   The variations of waves could also pose a problem with consistent capture of electricity.  And lastly some of these options are very expensive and make other options of capturing electricity seem more cost effective. 
Solar thermal power  - This is a option that combines solar technology with thermal combustion.  Mirrors  reflect sunlight to a tower that  heats either air or water which runs a  turbine that generates electricity .  The larger plants are cumbersome to manufacture and erect.  Bill Gross of eSolar  said “We want to compete with coal.  We looked at all of the renewable technologies that can be deployed at scale and they were all variations of solar thermal. “ Bill Gross was  also asked with this technology having been around 20 years why is his product different? H e explained that other Solar thermal plants were very large and had to be specially manufactured. Then after the long duration of manufacturing there was also a difficult installation and finally after installation the directions of the mirrors had to be manually changed to reflect light. He has designed a smaller Solar thermal design that can be built in 2 days that is also controlled by a computer program that he has now patented.   (Q&A Bill Gross 1).  Some disadvantages:  The electricity plants must be located in distant locations.  Certain designs of the Solar Thermal may not generate enough electricity to make it cost effective.
Wind  farms –These are giant modern day windmills that  are around 275 feet high and have a blade that the wind pushes around that creates electricity from a turbine.  However,  according to Solaraero.org  they have developed a bladeless  wind turbine that is said to be better for the environment(1).  Wind farms are popping up everywhere and are a great clean energy source.  Some disadvantages:  According to Hal Bernton, wind power is a “roller-coaster “ for generating electricity and “is placing large new strains on efforts to manage regional power grid” here in the Pacific North west(p1).   In the same article by Hal Bernton, Jim Smith said   “It’s not as easy as the wind-power developers would like us to believe”(2).  Bernton also said that “Currently the wind farms don’t have a way to store the power.”  They try to balance slow days of wind out with Hydropower but “There are Limits to hydro-powers ability to balance out the system”(3).
Geo thermal Energy – This option uses heat from the depths of the earth to create energy. According to Agency Group 05In a typical binary geothermal power projects, hot water is drawn from wells as deep as 4,500-6,000 feet below the Earth's surface .. U.S. Geothermal's supercritical binary geothermal cycle is more efficient than other systems”.  Some disadvantages:  are finding good sites to build an energy site as well as this resource being potentially  dangerous and unpredictable(1).
Bio Mass – This form of energy is produced from vegetable, animal or, urban waste, its called the sleeping giant. It has multiple applications.   Can be turned into bio gas. Bio diesel and bio ethanol.  Some disadvantages:   the use of some of the bio diesel and bio gas seem like they would be a pollutant.
Solar  - photo voltaic - On the website http://www.alternative-energy-news.info/   it says that the  sun can create enough energy in one day to power the world for a year. If that is true I think that solar energy is the most viable type of energy available. We need to harvest that energy and take advantage of it “Estimated that over 20 million square  meters of solar panesl  were installed in 2006. Solar energy is also converted into electricity in solar mirror plants or directly using panels of photo voltaic cells.  Either grouped together in plants  or placed on facades of buildings or roofs. Or in isolated sites.  Solar panels are made from photo voltaic (PV) cells – enables the creation of electricity using light.  The UK seems to be ahead of us they’ve come up with incentives on how to get people involved and have already made a commitment to make 20% of all energy creation renewable energy.  The  PR Newswire   writes that the UK has just started a program in April 1, 2010 all people have to do is install  “Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Panels - an investment that could save you money by generating the electricity you need to power your home while also earning you benefits through the Government's Clean Energy Cashback”.  Some disadvantages: areas that don’t get as much light will need to use other energy smart options.  The solar panels produce a limited amount of energy.
Overall it seems we have many options to beat this so called energy crisis.  In the website http://www.alternative-energy-news.info/ - there are fascinating videos about Europe and the middle east with sustainable technologies, wind turbines, and solar panels being used to harvest energy. As long as we strive for sustainability peak oil will become irrelevant .  If any of these new options fall short there is plenty of technology and philosophies out there where we can create our own energy right in our house.  Bicycle generators can be used to power a tv, cell phone charger, and small appliances. Personal  solar panels on your house can take off some of the load.  Maybe one day we can drive algae  or solar fueled cars.  There are even new technologies where the activity of walking creates energy that can be stored in a cell.  Personally, I think there is much more we can do than just changing a light bulb.  Sustainability is about letting go of some of our traditional ideas of how things run and start looking for new technologies.  Not only are there a multitude of new designs for sustainable energy there is also a growing awareness  of how to live more healthy in a neighborhood that has everything you need within walking distance. Maybe  knowledge will be what saves us in combination with solar energy.  

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Hey all you Republicans - whattya think about your buddies now

Ok so I'm going to make a generalization but I think it is a fair generalization.  Take a look at the 2004 Kerry-democratic vs. Bush-Republican Political party map.

Go Watch Gasland - its on HBO I saw it the other night - or see if you can rent it.
Here is the trailer: When you get to the map - pause the trailer and compare to the  republican map. Almost all of the areas where there is the natural gas drilling is republican areas - where they are creating extremely hazardous conditions while they harness the natural gas.


Trailer


If you care about our water - watch it.
If you care about the Human Race - you should watch it
If you care about the environment - you should watch it

The areas affected by the natural gas environmental epic that is literally poisoning our lands and killing our people seems to be almost the same map as the republican party - hmmm coincidence?

The other thing is - I think we all need to start thinking about sustainable energy.  I know - many people want to keep their same routines and not even bother, but we have got to stop buying what the oil companies are selling. There are hundreds of new energy options out there - My favorite is Solar
Energy. 

If you are a republican - you should watch it and think about it. What has your party really done for you?

Take our jobs campaign

Have you seen this in the news? The United Farm Workers launched a campaign - "Take our jobs"
http://causaoregon.blogspot.com/2010/06/united-farm-workers-launch-take-our.html - here is Causa's article about it.  I love this - lets see what happens.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Glamour a wealth of info: Online casual sex hookups and 2 Wives and a pregnancy

One Glamour down woo hooo 50 other magazines to go.

Here are a few things I found interesting from the September 2009 issue of Glamour:

First thing there is an article about how there really are girls hooking up fast and easy and free on the online dating sites one girl did a blog  http://craigslistwhore.blogspot.com/  this blog seems interesting and entertaining but for me it is just more reasons for women to be paranoid about with men, because they really can hook up that easy... that sucks. I was hoping to spread peace here and this isn't.  What is a wife to think when their husband says, "Honey, I'm going to the store."

 "Are you really? Weren't you just on craigslist?"

On a good note - The other thing that I thought was cool was a series on happy marriages.   One couple they showed was a female gay couple with 2 children and one on the way. What I liked about it is this:  Each woman carried the other womans egg. I had vaguely contemplated this issue with gay couple pregnancies before and was curious if it would be different for a gay female couple having a baby and whether both women would feel the same connection to the baby that I felt while pregnant with my husbands children.  I guess I was worried that if one woman was pregnant by artificial semination and their own egg I worried if the other woman would  feel really involved. And this solves it. So I am happy. I like this idea for all those female couples out there. I think it's cool. 

Thats me evidently - randomly worrying about things that have nothing to do with me. Oh well. I think it is a good way to bond over the baby. 

Ok, more reading to do. I also have a short film I shot awhile ago which is a R rated it is a  fake public service announcement which needs to be edited. But that can wait. 

Some day I'll rock some fashion EVERDAY

A soft cool breeze comes in through the  open window I hear children playing in the distance, birds are chirping and I am sitting on the bed with (let me count) ok 10 stacks of magazines.  I keep subscribing to magazines with my US Airways miles from when I was doing all that traveling around. Now there is no money to travel, but there are airline miles. However, not enough to use to travel.  Other than the airline miles subscriptions I have 2 other publications to read, Movie Maker Magazine which is the Art of Business and Making Movies, Then there is the OMPA monthly newsletter, and on top of that there are the countless parenting and film resource and various newspapers I pick up and plan to read at some point, then there are the subscriptions I got with the air miles, Glamour, Lucky, Fast Company, Wired, Entertainment Weekly, and This Old House.

On a daily basis I spend a lot of time reading and writing blogs and checking emails. Then when I have class I am always busy with that, so I never get a chance to keep up on the magazines, but I keep getting more? What?

Tonight I came home from my sister in laws - the children are staying over night over there, and I am home and I sit down with these stacks.  It feels so good to read with no interruptions from anyone yet at first I still couldn't  concentrate because I'm not used to it.  So I put all the magazines in stacks by type and I put them in date order with the oldest on the top. I found one Glamour from September 2009.  I start reading into it and I see all these awesome fashions and ideas that I would love to do. But in reality I actually spend a lot of time in my Nike running shoes and comfortable jeans. Ewwww. How mom is that? I've gotten a little more chubby since I started college and I'm so busy who has time to tinker around in heels and sexy dresses. There was a time when I would wear heels with dresses,  skirts, and suits every day.  But that all ended with my last Executive Assistant Position.

However, I still would like to dress attractive. You know what? I'll even go as far to say that someday I'd like to work out a few times a week again (I can't wait till I have time and space). Right now I walk a lot, but usually to get to and from somewhere, or to entertain the children. I have a plan, one day when I am making money in my career and I have A "manny" and maid. as well as my mercedes. Once again (or technically finally) I will have fashionable clothes that I wear everyday.  And, I'll even have my hair done, and I'll have my nails and toe nails done, all the time - not false but done.   That stuff all takes money and time.  But for now its jeans and shorts and thongs and nikes.  PS - I used to have 55 pairs of heels. Back in the day.

Back to my reading.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Breaking news - has anyone seen this? - Obama to change immigration law?

Change in U.S. immigration policy rumored 
Rumors swirled that President Barack Obama might issue an executive order allowing millions of undocumented immigrants to stay. 
By Alfonso Chardy 
The Miami Herald, June 24, 2010 
http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/06/24/1697263/immigration-policy-change-rumored.html 

Eight Republican senators sent a letter to President Barack Obama this week asking for confirmation that the White House is planning to defer deportations or grant parole to millions of undocumented immigrants, pending congressional debate on immigration reform. 

An aide to Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, told El Nuevo Herald on Wednesday that the White House has not replied to the senators' letter. Moira Mack, a White House spokeswoman, said the administration was not aware of the letter. ``We have not yet received the letter,'' said Mack in an e-mail message. ``We will review it upon receipt.'' She did not answer whether Obama was contemplating such a plan. 

The senators' query is confirmation of widespread rumors swirling in recent weeks in the U.S. capital that Obama could be planning a surprise executive action to prohibit the continuing deportations of undocumented immigrants who have no criminal convictions. 

Priorities 

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials have been saying for months that their priority is detention and deportation of foreign nationals who have been convicted of crimes in the United States. But officials have also said they are still detaining and removing non-criminal undocumented immigrants, though these are now described as ``low priority.'' 

Figures released by ICE last week for the Oct. 1-June 7 period indicate a downward trend in the number of deportations of non-criminal undocumented immigrants compared to removals during fiscal years 2008 and 2009. But immigrant-rights advocates expressed skepticism about the statistics and blamed Congress for the lack of immigration reform. 

``The senators acknowledge that immigration laws need to be fixed,'' said Cheryl Little, executive director of Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center, referring to the senators' letter to Obama. ``Yet it is Congress that clearly has failed to approve desperately needed comprehensive immigration reforms, reforms that these very senators have blocked.'' 

Immigrants were cautiously optimistic about a possible deferral of deportations, but they were not overly enthusiastic since their hopes for legalization have been dashed repeatedly before. 

``If it happens, it would be good because it would lessen the fears that now exist in the community,'' said Alberto Pérez, a 26-year-old Guatemalan landscaper who was watching the U.S.-Algeria World Cup soccer match at a WeCount! Community Worker Center in South Miami-Dade on Wednesday. 

Neither Obama nor any of his principal immigration advisors have made any public reference to suspending removals of non-criminal undocumented immigrants. But many immigration advocates have been urging Obama to take executive action to defer deportation in light of congressional reluctance to deal with immigration reform which could lead to legalization. 

Demonstration 

Nora Sándigo, executive director of American Fraternity, is planning a July 28 demonstration by U.S.-born children of undocumented parents in front of the White House to demand an end to deportations of undocumented immigrants who have no criminal records. 

The letter to Obama was signed by Grassley and seven other Republican senators: Orrin Hatch of Utah, Jim Bunning of Kentucky, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson of Georgia, Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, Thad Cochran of Mississippi and David Vitter of Louisiana. 

``We understand that there's a push for your administration to develop a plan to unilaterally extend either deferred action or parole to millions of illegal aliens in the United States,'' the letter reads. ``While deferred action and parole are Executive Branch authorities, they should not be used to circumvent Congress' constitutional authority to legislate immigration policy, particularly as it relates to the illegal population in the United States.'' 

Things you can do for your family to cut down on the risk of cancers

I think everyone should take a few minutes and read this. I am still working on my chemical overload documentary - Meanwhile - take a few minutes and read the article at the link below.

9 Cancer prevention tips

Extreme ironing

http://www.flatrock.org.nz/topics/odds_and_oddities/mountainbikers.htmby the way check out these pics its about extreme ironing

So .... I'm sitting at the community center pool and watching my two little ones doing their free 1 week trial swimming lessons and I start talking to a really nice Caucasian lady.  Turns out she is married to a Mexican man also. A Blue eyed Blonde haired Mexican of Spanish decent from Guererro. That was yesterday. Today she had her sister-in-law with her a really nice lady. Somehow we got chatting about how I used to live in Mexico and then I was talking about el pueblo de mi esposo, cerca de Morelia, and how it was bien rancho alli. So for what ever reason I had to mention that they would judge me on little things, such as sewing, cooking, how I do my daughters hair, or ..... Ironing.  Lisa the American wife, said she doesn't like ironing either and we both agreed it is better to put our  clothes in the dryer and fold it.

The sister-in-law said she liked ironing.

I said "But you hang your clothes on the line and need to iron it right?"

 She said "no, I iron tshirts, pants, skirts, shorts" essentially everything, the reason is because she likes the line it leaves.

I must say that is a huge cultural/generation difference from me.  My grandmother ironed, but not me.  From my point of view everyone in Mexico loves ironing. So if you are planning to move to Mexico be prepared.  If you don't care about what people think, like me, you will be fine with no lines.  But if you are sensitive to those types of pressures you might break out that iron and you will surely win the respect of many people that you are mexicana. Mi suegra... actually ironed my husbands underwear. What?

You know one day I asked her "Do you iron your own underwear?"

 She said "No." However, for some reason she ironed his.

Seriously.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The concept that everyone just wants to be loved an accepted

I felt a little off and I have found what keeps me centered is to practice "A Course in Miracles"  Basically The Course in Miracles is putting everything to an energy celular basis and then tying in a lot of principles that the bible teaches, but in a different way.  If you don't have someone teaching it to you to start, it really does seem like a bunch of mumbo jumbo.  But now I am able to read it and find the true meaning of the messages.  Which like the bible the true goal is to get everyone to be a better person.

Really isn't that what we ALL really want deep down. Don't we all want everyone to be kind and accepting. 

Once about 10 years ago I was creative visualizing and trying to be the best person I could be. I was working hard on being a good spiritual person, with hopes to be some type of spiritual leader. One day I had this epiphany or vision, not sure how to explain it. I had this idea to rush out and make a bumper sticker that said:

"All Anyone Really Wants 
Is To Be Loved and Accepted"

At the time I felt I needed to print these bumper stickers up and distribute or sell them.  And I checked around on prices and tried to figure out how to do it, but I didn't follow through, due to various financial reasons at the time. I wish I had done it. It was some kind of glorious mission, I should have followed. 

If we  could look at every single person we see 
regardless of color, 
or belief system, 
sexual orientation, 
or economic class, 
and know that deep down all that person really wants is to be loved and accepted - 
would that change how you see the world? 

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Every great civilizations demise

At the very end of "The Senators Bargain"  a man speaks, I am not sure if he is a senator or who it is. But he says that every great civilizations demise is when they cannot solve their own problems.  Katrina and this are mentioned and then he goes on to basically say that when a civilization cannot solve its problems they get stuck on the lowest common denominator and because they are stuck bickering and becoming more ignorant and less accepting, ultimately everything falls apart.

I agree, a great nation must be united. However, I am damned if I am going to be united in Hate.  I loved that documentary.  I really recommend it. Look for it. "The Senators Bargain" really good info for xenophobes as well as pro immigration advocates. That is why I keep saying we should all be humanitarians so we can have a better future not a future full of hate and ultimately a country that falls apart. It does feel like that doesn't it. Like our country is falling apart?

Emma Lazarus poem about the statue of liberty

this is reposted from http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6359435



The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset fates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

HBO - The Senators Bargain - introducing the word "xenophobe" if you don't already know it.

I love HBO. Someday I want to work for them. I have so many ideas. I've liked HBO since I was a kid in early 80's I think they played the movie "My left foot". I liked Sex in the city when everyone was saying that it was too risque - first few shows of the first season I knew it was awesome. I know now days I am basically obsessed with immigration.  This blog really started because I wanted to reach out to people about what it was like to be forced to move to Mexico, when all we really wanted to do was visit.  But Because I believe in the law of attraction, and how I am so focused on Immigration It is all I see and read about.

Here is some recommended viewing.  Senator Kennedy's attempt at getting comprehensive immigration reform passed. It was June 2007. I prayed so hard at that time for this. But it failed. Some of the politicians really understand the family unity issues. The predicted that everything was just going to get worse for Hispanics. They were so right.



Its running right now on HBO it is really great seeing how the legislature works.   I think everyone who wonders "why should I contact my legislator?" and see a glimpse of what it is like. It is a huge dance of compromises on the way to getting legislation passed. And they predicted exactly what is going on right now. The federal government didn't do the job of passing immigration reform and so the states would take things into their own hands. And now look at Arizona.

It also used the word - xenaphobe - which I did not know. But seems so appropriate. according to dictionary.com -




xen·o·phobe

  [zen-uh-fohb, zee-nuh-]  Show IPA
–noun
a person who fears or hates foreigners, strange customs, etc.
Origin: 
1910–15; xeno-  + -phobe

Monday, June 21, 2010

Poll about Arizona's new law

I just created my own poll

In my culture - this hatred doesn't belong

Investing in our children by teaching them to be ashamed of the way they look. Does this sound familiar?  Growing up I was always fascinated with the diversity of African Americans. I yearned for the soul and drive, and the will they have.  I always cried when I saw shows about racism and slavery. It was always so awful and difficult for me to imagine some people live with those issues every day.  It is so heartbreaking that our country was even in THAT place. I am not proud of it. I am not proud that these hate issues keep coming up. Hatred for people based on their sexual orientation.  And even counter attack racism. I know it is real. In my little Caucasian bubble that shielded me from experiencing much racism I grew up thinking it was over and that it was something from the past.  I remember a big deal was the Rodney King - and riots in LA in 1992.  But I continued to move up in secretarial positions and became more and more exposed to the Politically correct culture.  But racism is still there.

Recently I've read some articles about "White" people. The premise is basically that "White" doesn't really mean anything to anyone.  As a generalized "white person" I have no history really, just this sad american history with persecution to other races here in the US. I mean what legacy does "white" have?  White has lost its culture lost the meat to our culture. White is a culture of technology and money, of capitol society. That brings to mind "Wall-street?" republicans. Cut throat politics?  Retirees in Arizona - white racists. Nationalists (a new term to me). I don't want to be associated with those things, but now all this racism against brown people has made me sometimes feel embarrassed of being white, in certain situations. Sometimes when I sit on the train and there are several different ethnicities around I want to tell everyone I like all people the same.
But that wouldn't work anyway. I often feel the urge to burst out in spanish to people I don't know and say some kind words.   I know that sounds dumb but with all the crapity crap going on I don't want anyone to assume I am one of the mean ones.

When I met my husband I learned "What is culture?". But it really took me moving to Mexico to understand my own culture. I guess we are never forced to think about it until we feel really different.  Many youth even think we don't have a culture. It is sort of lost, not really celebrated in a "this is my culture" sense. However, it still has nothing to do with "White" my culture is US culture. I think it doesn't even matter any of those things like White, black, brown, green purple - if I like boys or girls - married or single - religion.

Here is how I see my culture - this is the world I see through my eyes:

  • In my culture - you can celebrate someones life when they die. 
  • In my culture - everyone is important - not just the children and not just the adults.
  • In my culture - everyone has a right to their own religious or non religious views.
  • In my culture - it is ok to disagree and still like each other
  • In my culture - babies are perfect and adorable regardless of color
  • In my culture - we are always trying to figure out how to be better parents. 
  • In my culture - we recognize that everyone makes mistakes
  • In my culture - we try to come from love not hate
  • In my culture - we try to treat others how you would want to be treated
  • In my culture - we value education yet recognize that intelligence is not dependent on education
  • In my culture - EVERYONE has great potential
  • In my culture - we don't talk people out of things they want we say " if you put your mind to it you can do anything"
These are some of the ways that I see my world.  What kind of world do you want? I think it is important to live in the world we want. 


And now with the whole Arizona thing - in a way it is bringing these problems to the surface and that is important. It IS making a higher priority of these issues - BUT in another way it is getting worse before it gets better. Yet the publicity of all of this is creating this problem  where youngsters are starting to internalize the problems of our culture and hate their own color of skin.

I'm such a baby when it comes to this.  I am so terribly heart broken that there is so much ugliness against my family out there. My children are 1/2 mexican and so bright an incredibly beautiful. And the closest people in my life are from mexico.   

Did I ever tell you I too have personally experienced racsim. I am of european decent a few hundred years ago.  My great great great great great(a bunch of them) grandfather was the illegitimate son of the king of holland so the family story goes and he plotted to kill the king and was exiled. And he came to the US.    Truly though we are all muts any of us who have families that are from the US for a few hundred years.  We are not pure - we have mixes of everything. Anyway, I'm rambling... my point is I was walking into a convenience mart with my niece and nephew that had just moved back from Mexico after living there a few years. I was speaking my broken spanish ( at the time)  and another mutt (caucasian woman) walked in and said " Fuckin spanish - They fuckin need to learn english if they want to be in my country" to me.  
The point of this is that what is going on in our society is so sad and that was back in 2005. 


If you are an anti-immigration person - what kind of world do you want to live in. The blending of cultures here in the US is inevitable. There are so many cultures here in Portland you would not even believe it Portland is highly diverse. What kind of world do you want for the children? What kind of values do you really have? 


Shouldn't we all be Humanitarians? 

Friday, June 18, 2010

Mis information is ugly on a beautiful lady

Last night I went to the graduation screening for Spring Term Graduates of  my school The Art Institute of Portland, They hold it at an old theater that screens many artistic and independent films called the Hollywood Theater, it is in an area that is named Hollywood  here in Portland.

I've been to 4 of these and 3 out of 4 of these screenings were great. They are free - or by donation. The donation goes to the students who are graduating. I got there early and didn't see many people that I know or talk to regularly. So I went straight in and sat down next to an older lady that said she was also by herself.  It was a perfect seat in the center and center again.  We started chatting and she was just delightful. I asked if her grand child was showing a film and she said no. She said that she was an actress, an aspiring actress. Being that I went back to college so late in life I really admire her. We joked how we are both trouble makers. I really enjoyed talking to her. During the screening we saw a wonderful recreation of the Portland Japanese internment camps and it brought up the point of how families were thrown in to these camps and even though their children were citizens born on US Soil that they were in these camps and often those same US citizen children were asked to serve in the war.

After all the films were done we talked a bit more. She was saying how wonderful the film was. and I agreed because it brought tears to my eyes.  And I said very simply how "It reminds me of the situation in Arizona and how people are saying that they should take away birthright citizenship."

She said, "Well THAAT I UNDERSTAND".  I paused and waited to see what she was going to say. And somehow god and the universe wanted me stuck in that situation.  The theater was clearing out but on both ends of the isle people were standing and talking so that we could not get out. It was that heightened sense you get with a climax of emotions. We both didn't want to be there but we couldn't stop, we were on polar opposites of the situation. She said, "Its terrible in Arizona, that's different than this".

I said,  "How is that different? Birthright citizen ship is the basis of our society?"

 "Well THOSE Mexicans are just walking across the border down there and they have to do something about it. " She stammered for a moment.  "My husband and I had to come through ellis island and have all the paperwork. We had to come in documented. " I think now about that statement and how wonderful it was that people could just show up at the ocean border (ellis island) and just stand in line and get in. Boat after boat of people just showed up.  They didn't have pre arranged visa's they just bought a ticket and sailed over. People with certain level of tickets and above were inspected on the ship and released.   See history of ellis island http://www.ellisisland.org/genealogy/ellis_island_history.asp

She was trying to make a point that if you came in documented it is much different. I ask how is it so different? Mexicans cannot just walk across the border?  But Ellis island people just walked off a ship answered questions and were now Americans. Then she had children. Should their children not be american citizens?  Someone prove me wrong. What really happened at Ellis island. Did they just show up and answer 26 questions and then get released a few hours later with papers. In mexico there is no way to do anything like that. First off 99% of the time there is no way to even come to visit. Without a job pre arranged, or a close family member there is no way to come. If someone decides to come illegally they have to risk their lives, walk through the desert or be subjected to inhume treatment by human traffickers. and this costs between 2 thousand and 5 thousand dollars that has to be paid before the person will be held captive until released. And still people do it so they can make a better life. Read the ellis island information, why did those people come? because of economic reasons in their own countries, how is that any freakin different?

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Immigration Alert

Call your congressman now - http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml

call their Washington DC office - it just takes like 2 minutes. Tell them that you want Your congressman to co-sponsor the Gutierrez CIR-ASAP bill that was just introduced.






remember how our legislative system works?

do your part

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

the best website for debunking - immigration myths

I recently found the Immigration Policy Center - at http://www.immigrationpolicy.org/They have so much good information - if you run into people rattling off their statistics that come from racist and biased organizations - dish them some of what you can find there. They have a huge amount of resources. First just read this article I received today - flat out saying the new approach of enforcement only in the past 20 years has created a goldmine for drug cartel and human smugglers. As well as the fact that out of 200,000 people caught at the border 200 had criminal histories that's 1% folks. All this hoopla is about 1% people caught at the border.

From: Immigration Policy Center
To: puertovallartagirl@gmail.com
Sent: Tue, June 8, 2010 12:27:12 PM
Subject: Reality at the U.S.-Mexico Border




For Immediate Release

Reality at the U.S.-Mexico Border:
Experts Describe the Real Sources of Violence and How We Can Best Respond

June 8, 2010

Washington D.C. - On Monday, the Immigration Policy Center (IPC) hosted a teleconference with border and national-security experts who dissected the myths linking immigration and border violence. These experts shared their analyses of the reality of crime and violence along the U.S.-Mexico border, what the real sources of violence are, and how the U.S. should respond. They all made the point that nearly twenty years of immigration policy focusing on "securing the border first" has failed to address the underlying issues and criminal cartels that are the real cause of violence along the border. The experts noted that immigration laws and policies of the past two decades have, ironically, made the border less safe and have actually benefitted the traffickers and smugglers who operate at the border.

Benjamin Johnson of the American Immigration Council stressed the need to disentangle unauthorized immigration and border violence as a means for solving both problems, noting that "we are pursuing a lopsided approach of border-enforcement only and placing the highest priority on prosecuting nonviolent border-crossers rather than dangerous criminals. Everyone wants an easy solution to solving our problems at the border, but the reality is a simple solution does not exist for complex problems."

According to David Shirk, Director of the Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego,
"the Border Patrol has doubled to 20,000 agents, there are also more than 3,000 Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents, 300 National Guard troops (with 1,200 more on their way), and a significant surge in the number of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms personnel. However, border security-only advocates say that this is still not enough. Further saturating the border is costly and ineffective. Indeed, the border-centric approach has encouraged drug trafficking organizations to evolve from relatively small-scale, low-level operations in the 1980s into the highly sophisticated, heavily-armed criminal organizations that are today seriously undermining the Mexican state. The flow of drugs and immigrants continues practically unabated, despite these very costly investments in border security."

He added, "the argument that can be made is that we have gone as far as reasonable to secure this part of the comprehensive approach. We have entered into a free trade agreement with Mexico that allows the flow of goods and capital, but we have not figured out how to manage labor. Border security is made difficult by the creation of a haystack of people; 200,000 people were apprehended at the border last year and 200 were found to have criminal histories. In my view, we need to figure out how to get the 99% of people who don't pose a threat out of the way through work-visa programs or other means. This would make the Border Patrol's job much easier by shrinking the size of the haystack."

Jennifer Bernal Garcia of the Center for New American Security explained, "it's true that the U.S. faces a problem of national security relevance at its border. However, focusing on the problem of crime rather than crime and immigration is needed. When you build a fence, you are pushing immigrants straight into the arms of criminal cartels. There hasn't been enough of a focus placed on prosecution and enforcement measures against criminal cartels. Many think that the border is the 'choke point,' but drug cartels are sprawled out. We must think beyond the border. Going after scapegoats at the border does nothing to change or deter the criminal element." She explains, "what is needed along the border is a coordinated strategy among federal agencies and foreign governments, not incremental acts and feel-good deployments. Such a broad strategy would focus on reducing criminal groups' ability to violently contest state authority, both by diminishing the sources of their proceeds (drugs) and their social base (through a mix of regional law enforcement and social programs)."

Aarti Kohli of the Warren Institute at California State University at Berkeley noted that programs like Operation Streamline, which places all illegal border crossers in federal criminal proceedings in certain regions, are examples of a misdirected policy. "All border crossers regardless of their criminal history are pushed through federal district courts rather than through the civil immigration court. One of the unintended consequences is that resources are taken from prosecuting higher-level offenses. In 2009, federal prosecutors in border districts turned away 1,800 drug prosecutions mostly because they did not have enough investigative and prosecutorial resources. We have created an environment where non-violent border crossers are being prioritized over more dangerous criminals like kidnappers, drug smugglers, and others." In a recent report she found that "between 2002 and 2008, federal magistrate judges along the U.S.-Mexico border saw their misdemeanor immigration caseloads more than quadruple. Criminal prosecutions of petty immigration-related offenses increased by more than 330% in the border district courts, while smuggling and drug trafficking charges were brought less frequently or remained flat."

The panel made the compelling point that "border security first" as a policy choice long ago reached the point of diminishing returns. Reducing illegal immigration will not be accomplished solely by securing the border, but by a coordinated and comprehensive strategy. Creating sensible immigration policies, while simultaneously and comprehensively addressing the criminal issues that are at the heart of border violence, is the only way to provide genuine security along the border and throughout the United States.
To hear a recorded version of the call click here or go to:
http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1103464545580&s=37252&e=001eUkL7sjmAyQ6-UN2Dkvzg8l5h23XHQMIBCi3oSBkTiHTa__X3mMRZZZ0egmwfRk2DxGYHH4GLAaIi70KXget09JsEO_k5kxw17-ZiNey23J7NbsPs8Z9MB5f-oeO-XtdpnY4-is6YodToqRf671EtVQAOSZgGld10kWsn4fq8jg6O7BVMLnQmiS0vq8uDeUnk4XXY15uu8BPuoxsV-TIiw==

To read further information see:
Throwing Good Money After Bad: Immigration Enforcement without Immigration Reform Doesn't Work (IPC Fact Check, May 26, 2010)
U.S. Border Enforcement Prioritizes Non-Violent Migrants Over Dangerous Criminals (IPC Press Release, May 20, 2010)
New Data on Federal Court Prosecutions Reveal Non-Violent Immigration Prosecutions Up (IPC Fact Check, February 4, 2010)

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For more information contact Wendy Sefsaf at 202-507-7524 or wsefsaf@immcouncil.org


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The Immigration Policy Center (IPC) is the research and policy arm of the American Immigration Council. IPC's mission is to shape a rational national conversation on immigration and immigrant integration. Through its research and analysis, IPC provides policymakers, the media, and the general public with accurate information about the role of immigrants and immigration policy on U.S. society. IPC reports and materials are widely disseminated and relied upon by press and policy makers. IPC staff regularly serves as experts to leaders on Capitol Hill, opinion-makers and the media. IPC, formed in 2003 is a non-partisan organization that neither supports nor opposes any political party or candidate for office.

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Visit our website at www.immigrationpolicy.org.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

I was just looking through my youtube videos and thought some people might enjoy this. this is my story with my husband.

Monday, June 7, 2010

trailer chemical overload.mov



Here is one of my latest movie projects - I filmed this yesterday - here is a preview.

Idealism for US government

i·de·al·ism   [ahy-dee-uh-liz-uhm] Show IPA
–noun
1.
the cherishing or pursuit of high or noble principles, purposes, goals, etc.
2.
the practice of idealizing.
3.
something idealized; an ideal representation.
4.
Fine Arts. treatment of subject matter in a work of art in which a mental conception of beauty or form is stressed, characterized usually by the selection of particular features of various models and their combination into a whole according to a standard of perfection. Compare naturalism (def. 2), realism (def. 3a).
5.
Philosophy.
a.
any system or theory that maintains that the real is of the nature of thought or that the object of external perception consists of ideas.
b.
the tendency to represent things in an ideal form, or as they might or should be rather than as they are, with emphasis on values.

I recently ran across someone that tried to infer that being in the US protects you from having to deal with corruption - I say I applaud her idealism. I would have to say her statement is alot like 5b. I applaud her for her noble idea. But I think she may be sheltered on the true workings of how business and government agencies really work. There is corruption every where. Anyone who has ever worked at a government agency of any kind, knows this to be true. We would hope it isn't but thats just pure idealism to say there is not corruption.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Immigration Reform from the Anti's Ironic statement

I just did a search for Oregon Immigration Reform and I came across a group that says which Oregon representatives support ending birthright citizenship and who support legalized racial profiling. I looked around their page a little more and saw how on 4th of July they will march. I'm thinking I might want to be there marching myself, wearing a flag. but carrying signs for American Families united and pro immigration rallying. Because to me being American being proud of our diversity because the USA is a melting pot of all types of people.

Anyway - what I find Ironic is that they say to wear period wear. So they really want to go there huh? I just posted a few days ago how back then, in "the period" if they ended birthright citizenship, that would mean that unless you are Native American you are not American.

What is wrong in their brains. Logically it doesn't make any sense.