Sunday, December 19, 2010
Many centuries ago a group of pioneers left Europe to escape the very conservative and oppressive approach of the time where the Church ruled and the four basic freedoms from/of fear, want, religion and speech were very limited or non-existent. They set foot upon a continent they called The New World and this new world culminated in the signing of the Declaration of Independence many years later by a group of men known as "The Founding Fathers" who were attempting to help their countrymen move away from the conservative way of doing things to a more enlightened way.
It seems like the Palins and the Cheneys and Limbaughs of ancient Europe have caught up though. Americans in general are good big-hearted people by nature and unfortunately in that lies a weakness that can be exploited by those inclined to exploitation for power reasons. These people will stop at nothing to sway the American Spirit to what they want and unfortunately it is the American Public who decides what happens in the world, for now anyway.
As long as there are people about who are intelligent and power-hungry enough to attempt to sway international events their way the world will never know peace. Unless the masses open their minds and their ears and their eyes non-selectively the next Pilgrimage will be to outer space to a new Plymouth Rock.
You can rest-assured though that in a hundred years after that the Bush's and Becks and Ryans will arrive to save the new pilgrims from those who saved them - and they will believe everything they are told as long it is done under the new flag followed by the phrase "God Bless Mars".
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Whoever thought a little South African girl born in the town of Benoni would one day be called the most beautiful woman alive or that she would win an Oscar as best actress?
Charlize Theron has shown that she is not only a beautiful woman on the outside, but one of substance on the inside as well. Charlize is involved in women's rights organisations and has marched for abortion rights.
Charlize is also a supporter of animal rights and active member of PETA. She appeared in a PETA ad for their anti-fur campaign. She is also an active supporter of Democracy Now! and Link TV. She is a supporter of same-sex marriage and attended a march in Fresno, California on 30 May 2009.
In July 2009, it was announced that her Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP) would form a coalition with LAFC Soccer Club to give soccer fields to rural areas in South Africa. LAFC Chelsea, one of the United States's most successful and prominent youth soccer clubs, made a three-year commitment to help build a community-wide soccer programme for the schools in the Umkhanyakude District. This help includes uniforms, cleats, balls and equipment, along with professional training for local coaches, referees and administrators. The soccer league training will also include life-saving health education administered through a CTAOP-funded mobile health program. With the 2010 FIFA World Cup on African soil for the very first time, CTAOP wanted to put a spotlight on the urgent need to provide sustainable health, education and recreational resources to remote areas where HIV/AIDS rates are unacceptably high.