Veterans for Peace Santa Barbara

increasing public awareness of the costs of war

Close the SOA/WHINSEC

There is one Roman Catholic priest that was doing the most to close the School of the Americas, now called WHINSEC but he has been excommunicated and laicized: http://bridgetmarys.blogspot.com/2011/04/maryknoll-priest-roy-bourgeois-letter.html It would be great to hear some support for his reinstatement by Pope Francis!   http://canonlawmadeeasy.com/2013/06/13/womens-ordination-and-the-case-of-roy-bourgeois/ http://enlightenedcatholicism-colkoch.blogspot.com/2013/03/two-popes-with-two-styles-that.html http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michele-somerville/the-door-has-always-been-_b_4654678.html

Israel betrays the USA and everyone again!!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/israel-proposes-taking-more-west-bank-land-for-jewish-settlers/2014/08/31/97260a8a-1bc7-4406-ba57-c6493dfdf865_story.html Really! In the past I have encouraged a middle way: http://www.vfpsb.org/2014/08/finding-a-middle-way-for-vfp/ Killing two thousand Palestinians was not enough revenge for three teenagers? There should now be a massive movement to halt all US aid to Israel until they return to the borders agreed upon in 1947: https://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/United_Nations_Partition_ Plan_for_Palestine https:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_ Mandate_for_Palestine_(legal_ instrument)

The Military Industrial Congressional Complex MICC

The Military Industrial Congressional Complex (MICC) has long been the driving force of defense spending( http://www.vfpsb.org/2014/08/evolution-of-the-terrorist-threat/ ). Because of the control over congress they exert (every district profits through jobs), the only hope of change is to find things other than offensive weaponry to spend taxpayer money on. Global climate change and the threat it represents makes this possible. http://www.rtcc.org/2014/05/28/pentagon-clear-climate-change-is-a-national-security-issue/     http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/14/us/politics/climate-change-deemed-growing-security-threat-by-military-researchers.html?_r=0 Currently the MICC is using the “threat of terrorism” as the.. Read More

Rice duck story

For about two years I tried to spread the word and technology for a better way for small farmers to grow rice. The SVD order of the Roman Catholic Church, IRRI and PARFUND provided me support and contacts:   http://www.noozhawk.com/article/122210_letter_to_the_editor_christians_and_activism  When I attempted integrated rice duck (IRD) what was missing was clean water.  Where I was (Gloria, Mindoro Oriental) we had an artesian well but it was not producing enough water for IRD: http://www.vfpsb.org/2011/04/preaching-the-gospel-of-rice-duck/.. Read More

Transforming Militarism

Transforming Militarism to Humanitarianism for the future! This will be our best recruiting tool, and therefore our best fund raising tool. It is something I have already tried out on active duty military at Arlington West, on veterans at VFW meetings and on the public during my campaign….it is something that can unite us with the active duty military and the environmentalists. Even if the transformation of our military from empire to global.. Read More

The Cost of One Hundred Million

The Philippines recently celebrated exceeding one hundred million population.  With a land mass about half the size of the US state of Montana (population one million), it has the fastest growing population in Asia. When I first arrived in the Philippines about four years ago it was to assist Father Ben Beltran as a missionary with the SVD.  http://www.noozhawk.com/briefs/article/122210_letter_to_the_editor_christians_and_activism/ As I traveled the country pitching integrated rice duck farming  (IRDF) to priests, educators.. Read More

Video games that teach?

Ducks are funny and loveable, one of the reasons that I have always thought that they would make a good basis for a cyber game that teaches integrated rice duck farming. As you well know there is a big need for video games that teach something besides crime and violence. When I was at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI ) I met Father Francis Lucas, a Catholic priest that uses computer labs.. Read More

Opinion vs information

Because my opinion often misleads me I read a lot to get facts.  As you may recall, the important reads for me have been about us humans and aggression and territorial imperative.  Books and authors include “Sex and War” by Malcolm Potts  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/06/AR2009030602021.html  , “Blood Rites” by Barbara Ehrenreich     http://www.nytimes.com/books/97/05/25/reviews/970525.25sherryt.html and old reads by authors such as Robert Ardrey and Desmond Morris  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Ardrey You may wonder why I do not have any posts.. Read More