Pope Benedict XVI attacked gay marriage during a Christmas speech Friday, calling heterosexual marriage an “essential” part of the human experience.
Benedict’s remarks came during his greeting to the Roman Curia (the papal court), Italy’s ANSA news agency reported.
The pope said God’s natural design of family was founded on the marriage of a man and a woman, without whom “figures fundamental to human existence disappear: the father, the mother, the child,” and without whom “essential dimensions of the experience of being a person fall.”
Benedict’s comments came just about a week after he said publicly he believes gay marriage could cause “serious harm to justice and peace.”
The catholic church has soon forgotten pedophiles were pretty common during the fifthties and sixties, i was one of the victims, but in this case nuns took advantage of me, during the 7 months i was in a orphan-house lead by nuns, i was only 5 years.
So the pope thinks he knows it all and the church still silences about all the bad vibes they spread around during ages, misuse of power, loyalty, money, children, faith and conscious ppl.
But i think somehow the end of this is near, as is the end of misuse of they way money has been pushed upon us, banks will have to change their systems, or money is on its way out, ppl now already are more aware of using each others talent, time, help, knowledge and so on, i could give u tremendous examples, but that’s not the point now.
2013 that’s the point, the first year where more honesty will pay off instead lead to victimizing, firing, losing all, because u told the truth about businesses, means of dealing, politics, fabrication, safety, education, or anything which will open eyes, ofcourse this will take longtime, but as time goes faster so will getting the truth on top, the real value, more right views, but most of all towards a more environmental aware society.
The pope is not important after all, if u dont consider that, so is nobody except u and only if u are not egoistic, selfish, and prepared to widen ur window on the world, u will find out that its more important to be more for another, in be more present, in what u do or say and it will make u feel more part of the world we should have around us and the only way is, start with urself, u will see how soon others will either be content with that and make u feel more content, then there will not be a halt to it, its like a domino-string, one after another they make the other go.
Woman in many countries will be free of dominance because of religion believes and rules, like money all gets less important… why,? well because we have to get wiser, time is running out, earth will slowly take back what we took, nature will not be healthy enough, if we dont act, get aware and actually it does not matter where we start, because it will be like domino, one after the other items will come up and fall.
But 2013 is the first year, so it may well be or look like things are getting worse and for many it will, because first things will have to get to the bottom, that’s the way we live, the only way we know.
This indicates too that every year after that will somehow be better, but it will take 50 years before we will all know that and air, earth, water, insects and many natural issues will be at their lowest, helas.
Just be happy it finally will start, the beginning of a new mankind, more aware, better and in the end easier living, with attention for life as it is, love, power, money, health, on regular basis, leveled up to each other, if u want to see/witness this, just act towards this and do lots urself, u will meet others doing the same.
This is a very interesting story i copied, so see for urself…
Recent polling data shows 74 percent of Americans now believe in climate change, and 68 percent view it as dangerous. The problem environmental activists are facing is in converting those favorable polling numbers into grassroots action.
The math, McKibben explained, works like this. Global leaders recently came to an international agreement based on the scientific understanding that a global temperature raise of 2°C would have “catastrophic” consequences for the future of humanity. In order to raise global temperatures tothis is an interesting issue, ….. this catastrophic threshold, the world would have to release 565 gigatons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Here’s the problem: Fossil fuel companies currently have 2,795 gigatons of carbon dioxide in their fuel reserves—and their business model depends on that fuel being sold and burned. At current rates of consumption, the world will have blown through its 565-gigaton threshold in 16 years.
To prevent the end of the world as we know it, it will require no less than the death of the most profitable industry in the history of humankind.
“As of tonight,” McKibben said, “we’re going after the fossil fuel industry.”
Obviously no easy task. The oil industry commands annual profits of $137 billion and the political power to match. As McKibben noted, “Oil companies follow the laws because they get to write them.”
However, there are some numbers on McKibben’s side. Recent polling data shows 74 percent of Americans now believe in climate change, and 68 percent view it as dangerous. The problem environmental activists are facing is in converting those favorable polling numbers into grassroots action.
Enter “Do the Math.”
Using McKibben’s popularity as an author, organizers are turning what would otherwise be a lecture circuit into a political machine. Before rolling into town, Do the Mat smartly organizes with local environmental groups. Prior to McKibben’s lecture, these groups are allowed to take the stage and talk about local initiatives that need fighting. Contact information is gathered to keep the audience updated on those efforts. Instead of simply listening to McKibben, as they perhaps intended, the audience has suddenly become part of their local environmental movement.
It’s a smart strategy, and an essential one—because the problem of climate change is almost exclusively a political in nature. Between renewable energy and more efficient engineering, the technology already exists to stave off catastrophic global warming. Though its application is lagging in the United States, it is being employed on a mass scale in other countries. In socially-stratified China, with its billion-plus population and tremendous wealth inequalities, 25 percent of the country still manages to use solar arrays to heat its water. Germany—Europe’s economic powerhouse—in less than a decade, has managed to get upwards of half of its energy from sustainable sources.
The same can happen here in America—provided we have the will to make it happen. McKibben says the key to realizing that goal is to battle the lifeblood of the fossil fuel industry—its bottom line.
To start, he’s calling for an immediate global divestment from fossil fuel companies. “We’re asking that people who believe in the problem of climate change to stop profiting from it. Just like with divestment movement in South Africa over apartheid, we need to eliminate the oil companies veneer of respectability.”
In conjunction with the divestment regimen, continued protests against unsustainable energy projects will also be crucial. McKibben will be in Washington, D.C. on November 18 to lead a mass rally against climate change and the Keystone Pipeline. “We can no longer just assume that President Obama is going to do everything he promised during his campaign. We need to push him.”
“I don’t know if we’re going to win. But I do know we’re going to fight.”
Do you think that Bill McKibben’s strategy to “divestment” in fossil fuels will work to stop climate change? Discuss in the COMMENTS below.
Matthew Fleischer is a former LA Weekly staff writer and an award-winning social justice reporter in Los Angeles. Email Matt
Please ask any Brasil friend to participate in this, it is important for the future of this earth!! READ THIS it is a copy i made from the article u will see if u use the url, but please don’t forget to ask all Brazilians u know to act now!!!!!
Brazil’s powerful farmers’ lobby argues that the changes will promote sustainable food production. But environmentalists say the new forest code will be a disaster and lead to further destruction of the Amazon.The bill now goes to President Dilma Rousseff, who may use her veto to remove some clauses. Wednesday’s 247-184 vote in favour of the new forest code capped a year of political wrangling. Brazil’s farmers have long pushed for changes, arguing that uncertainty over the current legislation has undermined investment in the agriculture sector, which accounts for more than 5% of GDP. Severe environmental restrictions have also forced many smaller farmers off their land, they argue.
Missed targets?Rural producers would have “more stability and political support,” said Deputy Paulo Piau, who drew up the Chamber’s version of the bill.
“Production and the environment will only benefit from that. With a confused law there is no benefit,” he said.
But opponents said the new law was a step back.
“Over the years, we have slowed deforestation and intensified production. Now we are going to modify all the things that resulted in the decrease of deforestation by changing the legislation,” said Deputy Sarney Filho.
Greenpeace urged President Rousseff to veto the changes, saying: “It is unbelievable that the forest code is being eroded weeks before Brazil hosts the Rio summit (on sustainable development).”
Several former environment ministers had warned that Brazil would miss its emissions targets if the code were weakened, Greenpeace noted. Deforestation of the Amazon has slowed in recent years, as a result of better law enforcement, with authorities using satellite images to track clearance. Under the Forest Code, which dates back to 1965, landowners must conserve a percentage of their terrain forested, ranging from 20% in some regions to 80% in the Amazon.
This provision remains, but environmentalists say other changes to the code will erode key protections.
Under the new bill, farmers will be able to cultivate land closer to hilltops and riverbanks, which are especially vulnerable to erosion if trees are chopped down. The bill also provides an amnesty from fines for illegally clearing trees before July 2008, although larger landholders would have to replant most of the cleared area or preserve the same amount of land elsewhere.
President Rousseff faces a political dilemma, correspondents say, as she seeks to combine support for economic development, but also uphold environmental pledges made during her election campaign in 2010
Here u see the map, it is already bad, but if we cannot help it now, Brasil will keep on disforesting and the whole world will get less air, water and so on, this is major important!!!!
Owned & Operated is a mosaic of the world through the lens of the internet. Showing our lives as consumers, under the thumbs of privileged individuals and their methods of control. But the world is awakening, and the experience is something outside the normal rules of social interaction, causing excitement in those who are not served by the current system… and fear in those who are pampered by it.
A country of aggressively ignorant fucking cowards. Yes. That’s America. Don’t watch this 2 hour movie. It might cause you pain. Go buy something instead. (but if you do watch it be sure to share it)
Shit. Might have to try and watch this tomorrow, but I know I won’t like it….
This is what makes me feel bad, it is known hunger is not an issue actualy, it does not have to be, why are we not organized enough to take care for all, where is money more important then humans…………… and ofcourse i could look the other way, or do something about it, well, maybe if more ppl would care and act something would happen, that goes for all we should like better then it is now, so who is the first to really do something about this.
Well this moment the crisis is important, but only because everybody is making the moneydance……….anyway, there are organisations trying to do something about this hunger tread, better would be an consisting different behavior towards all foodsystems, moneysystems and how we share all what grows on earth, i know, i know, easy to say………..
Care2 : The Petition Site : My PetitionSite
Shell, bad boys!!!!
Quote Ok, please read and sign, make the differnce for the poor.