To all people and friends in the United States,
In light of the serious recent hurricane threats set for the North-East Coast, we are sending out prayers, hoping for the slightest damage possible in those regions. ... Stay together and heed all indications and instructions necessary regarding evacuation and other safety measures that will ultimately save your life. We are being concerned with you, praying that Irene will not prove as merciless as it is announced. ...
May God be with you all.
August 13, 2011: Michael Jackson Justice: Media Lies Corrected
- Target: All Media Domains, everyone worldwide
- Sponsored by: MJ fans
* Please note: whether you are a MJ fan or not, please consider the content with humanity in mind. Many people have been victimized by media bias and sensationalism. Please, support us for the greater good of humanity. Just simply imagine if this were you.
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TO ALL MEDIA GROUPS
[…] I am writing you to appeal to your sense of fairness and justice. For over 20 years, Mr. Jackson has been the victim of a systematic character assassination by the mass media and I am requested that his name be cleared. (…) The Huffington Post website presented an excellent article written by Mr. Charles Thomson, a British journalist, entitled 'One of the Most Shameful Episodes in Journalistic History". He details 'the sheer amount of propaganda, bias, distortion and misinformation" that the press presented during the 2005 trial of Mr. Jackson as being "almost beyond comprehension."
It is beyond my understanding why, none of the other media outlets have picked up this story. Why is this investigative and thorough research by Mr. Thomson being purposely ignored? Is it so difficult for the powers that be to face the truth and admit that due to laziness and a total lack of journalistic integrity, they led the public to believe unfounded lies about Mr. Jackson? It is beyond disgusting to believe that increased audience ratings were the impetus to assassinate this gentle man's reputation. For years, the media maintained a relentless barrage of lies and distortions against him and with an unparallel unevenness and inequality unseen ever before against a single person. Was he so evil that there was nothing good to report about this man? On the contrary, he was an earthbound angel and helped humankind immensely.
Jackson donated his $1.5 million settlement from Pepsi, after he was severely burned during a commercial filming for the product to the Brotman Medical Center in Culver City, California, which now has a "Michael Jackson Burn Center" in honor of his donation. Over his lifetime, he contributed a reported 300 million dollars to various charities, and since a lot of his philanthropic mission was underreported, the amount could actually be substantially higher. President Reagan presented him an award for his charitable work to help people with addiction to drug(s) and alcohol. All of his earnings from his Victory tour were donated to charity, his We Are The World (song) sold 30 million copies and all the money was donated to famine relief in Africa. While in Budapest in 1994, Michael became attached to Bela Farkas, a Hungarian boy in need of a Liver Transplant. Not only did Mr. Jackson agree to pay all the cost of the care needed, he actively pursued different leads to find the little boy the organ he so desperately needed for the transplant.
Read more about this campaign and sign petition for correction of media deception here: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/23/michael-jackson-just. The signature goal is 10, 000, and, so far, 3, 605 signatures were collected. .
Courtesy of MJJC: "We support the establishment of a full public inquiry into phone hacking and other forms of illegal intrusion by the press."
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The Silenced Truth Team
August 26, 2011: The Kids Are Not All Right
By Joel Bakan
August 22, 2011
WHEN I sit with my two teenagers, and they are a million miles away, absorbed by the titillating roil of online social life, the addictive pull of video games and virtual worlds, as they stare endlessly at video clips and digital pictures of themselves and their friends, it feels like something is wrong.
No doubt my parents felt similarly about the things I did as a kid, as did my grandparents about my parents’ childhood activities. But the issues confronting parents today can’t be dismissed as mere generational prejudices. There is reason to believe that childhood itself is now in crisis.
Throughout history, societies have struggled with how to deal with children and childhood. In the United States and elsewhere, a broad-based “child saving” movement emerged in the late 19th century to combat widespread child abuse in mines, mills and factories. By the early 20th century, the “century of the child,” as a prescient book published in 1909 called it, was in full throttle. Most modern states embraced the general idea that government had a duty to protect the health, education and welfare of children. Child labor was outlawed, as were the sale and marketing of tobacco, alcohol and pornography to children. Consumer protection laws were enacted to regulate product safety and advertising aimed at children.
By the middle of the century, childhood was a robustly protected legal category. In 1959, the United Nations issued its Declaration of the Rights of the Child. Children were now legal persons; the “best interests of the child” became a touchstone for legal reform.
But the 20th century also witnessed another momentous shift, one that would ultimately threaten the welfare of children: the rise of the for-profit corporation. Lawyers, policy makers and business lobbied successfully for various rights and entitlements traditionally connected, legally, with personhood. New laws recognized corporations as legal — albeit artificial — “persons,” granting them many of the same legal rights and privileges as human beings. In an eerie parallel with the child-protective efforts, “the best interests of the corporation” was soon introduced as a legal precept.
A clash between these two newly created legal entities — children and corporations — was, perhaps, inevitable. Century-of-the-child reformers sought to resolve conflicts in favor of children. But over the last 30 years there has been a dramatic reversal: corporate interests now prevail. Deregulation, privatization, weak enforcement of existing regulations and legal and political resistance to new regulations have eroded our ability, as a society, to protect children.
Childhood obesity mounts as junk food purveyors bombard children with advertising, even at school. A recent Kaiser Family Foundation study reports that children spend more hours engaging with various electronic media — TV, games, videos and other online entertainments — than they spend in school. Much of what children watch involves violent, sexual imagery, and yet children’s media remain largely unregulated. Attempts to curb excesses — like California’s ban on the sale or rental of violent video games to minors — have been struck down by courts as free speech violations.
Another area of concern: we medicate increasing numbers of children with potentially harmful psychotropic drugs, a trend fueled in part by questionable and under-regulated pharmaceutical industry practices. In the early 2000s, for example, drug companies withheld data suggesting that such drugs were more dangerous and less effective for children and teenagers than parents had been led to believe. The law now requires “black box” warnings on those drugs’ labels, but regulators have done little more to protect children from sometimes unneeded and dangerous drug treatments.
Children today are also exposed to increasing quantities of toxic chemicals. We know that children, because their biological systems are still developing, are uniquely vulnerable to the dangers posed by many common chemical compounds. We also know that corporations often use such chemicals as key ingredients in children’s products, saturating their environments. Yet these chemicals remain in circulation, as current federal laws demand unreasonably high proof of harm before curbing a chemical’s use.
The challenge before us is to reignite the guiding ethos and practices of the century of the child. As Nelson Mandela has said, “there can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” By that measure, our current failure to provide stronger protection of children in the face of corporate-caused harm reveals a sickness in our societal soul. The good news is that we can — and should — work as citizens, through democratic channels and institutions, to bring about change.
Joel Bakan, a law professor at the University of British Columbia, is the author of "Childhood Under Siege: How Big Business Targets Children."
Sources: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/22/opinion/corporate-interests.., CCFC (The Campaign For A Commercial-Free Childhood)
The Silenced Truth Team
August 11, 2011: Michael Jackson Fans United For Famine Relief
We ask that all of you do what could be considered the greatest tribute to a humanitarian like Michael Jackson:
Donate to help famine relief in the Horn of Africa.
In the spirit of Michael Jackson and the effort, that he and a group of artists started 26 years ago with We Are the World, we encourage you all to go the extra mile and donate.
We think this is one tribute, Michael Jackson, without a doubt, would be very proud of.
You can give a tribute donation in Memory of Michael Jackson or in the Spirit of We Are The World!
To donate, join the Team at the left of the page and follow the links! Thanks!
UNICEF has called the situation across the Horn of Africa the "most severe humanitarian emergency in the world." Nearly 720,000 children are at risk of death without urgent assistance in the Horn of Africa. In total, 2.23 million children in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are estimated to be acutely malnourished.
Funds raised will help UNICEF provide:
- Emergency relief supplies;
- Therapeutic treatment for children and women with severe malnutrition;
- Access to clean drinking water;
- Vaccinations to prevent deadly diseases like measles and polio, as malnourished children are at increased risk of deadly disease.
Children - the most vulnerable population in any disaster - as is too often the case, are most likely to suffer the consequences.
In all emergencies, UNICEF focuses first on the survival of the children - which means providing health care, water and sanitation, and adequate nutrition.
UNICEF is also there to bring immediate protection to children who have been abandoned or separated from their families. And UNICEF works to get children back to school as soon as possible, to help them recover from the psychological distress associated with emergencies.
Millions of children suffer each year, victims of natural disasters and conflict emergencies. Humanitarian aid is crucial to support children. But with the number of people affected by disaster growing every year, more emergency relief funding is needed to help vulnerable communities prepare for disasters before they occur and to protect children when disasters do occur.
Please, donate now…
We need your support to save lives in East Africa where millions of children are facing starvation.
Bob Marley & The Wailers' 1973 track, High Tide or Low Tide, has been released as a download together with a powerful film – to raise awareness and much needed funds for the desperate situation in East Africa where millions of lives are threatened through starvation and lack of water. Bob's music has always conveyed a message of hope, unity and love. And this is a message needed now more than ever.
We must act now. Please, help us save lives. Please, be a friend.
How you can help:
- Please share this message with your friends on Facebook and/or Twitter and ask them to be a friend too;
- Make a donation;
- Download High Tide or Low Tide now.
Find out more about this campaign.
Paris, Michael’s daughter, shared two world-conscious videos this past July - tributes to her father and the suffering children and animals worldwide – that very much correspond with the relevance of the latest posts on TST. Hearken to their essence and take even a slightest action in your own small way to better a life. ..