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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Chandra Leigh Brown, brain injury survivor, is interviewed by Fran Briggs

Chandra, a contributor to this website was recently interviewed by Club Drug about her struggle with her physical limitations imposed on her by a drunk driver and the drug-pushers that masquerade as physicians.

Visit http://clubdrug.thedruginfo.com/ for the full uplifting interview.

Chandra Leigh Brown is a woman who lives a life of dedication and perseverance as she fights for the rights of the disabled, and differently-abled. Following a horrendous car accident where she was ejected through her car’s window, Brown suffered multiple fractures and a severe brain injury. Left on life support, she was not expected to live. But it was while she was still unconscious that Brown says that she was determined to “go back” because she still had things to do. Chandra eventually completed three years of physical and cognitive therapy (which included relearning the alphabet and how to tie her shoes). While it’s true that she has not fully recovered from the extent of her injuries,

She speaks with a clear, calm, and upbeat voice, and enjoys working out three days a week. Her personal nature includes a heightened sense of humor, and an infectious smile and laugh.

Passionate and determinedly inspirational, Chandra Brown is devoted to serving disadvantage youth and women. She is also an advocate for social change having adopted a resolve to help disabled individuals worldwide with their plight for living in a more equitable society.

I sat down with the Chandra Leigh Brown and interviewed her as part of the OnTheMove Interview series. We talked about her accident, her road to recovery, how she became the International Chairperson for Disabled Individuals for the Oprah Winfrey for Nobel Peace Prize Fan club, and

Fran Briggs: Good morning, Chandra. Thank you for taking the time to speak with us today.

Chandra Brown: You are welcome. And, thank you for inviting me.

FB: May 3, 2002. Would you briefly describe the events of that day just prior to your accident?

CB: I woke up with the idea of going to visit my mother. I was living in Jonesboro, Georgia and my mother lived in Mableton, Georgia; it’s about a 40 minute drive. I went to the gas station to fill up my car and proceeded out of the parking lot after I filled the tank. And, that’s all I remember.

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Posted by SPN on 08/25 at 03:02 PM in BloggingReligion / SpritualityPersonal
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Friday, August 24, 2007

iPhone unlocked by teen hacker to work on other carrier’s networks

NEW YORK - A 17-year-old hacker has broken the lock that ties Apple’s iPhone to AT&T’s wireless network, freeing the most hyped cell phone ever for use on the networks of other carriers, including overseas ones.

George Hotz of Glen Rock, N.J., confirmed Friday that he had unlocked an iPhone and was using it on T-Mobile’s network, the only major U.S. carrier apart from AT&T that is compatible with the iPhone’s cellular technology. In a video posted to his blog, he holds an iPhone that displays “T-Mobile” as the carrier.

While the possibility of switching from AT&T to T-Mobile may not be a major development for U.S. consumers, it opens up the iPhone for use on the networks of overseas carriers.

“That’s the big thing,” said Hotz, in a phone interview from his home.

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Posted by SPN on 08/24 at 08:49 PM in NewsScience / Technology
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The jury has been selected if Michael Vick goes to trial.

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Posted by SPN on 08/24 at 09:28 AM in Justice / InjusticeFunny StuffPet People
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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

For those who still believe “shrub” deserves to be president

Sic ‘em With the Rally Squad
And other tips for dealing with demonstrators from the Presidential Advance Manual.
By Dahlia Lithwick in Slate Magazine
Posted Monday, Aug. 20, 2007, at 6:36 PM ET

Late last week, the federal government settled a lawsuit with a pair of Texans who were arrested in 2004 for wearing anti-Bush T-shirts at a Fourth of July event in Charleston, W.Va. That’s right, friends, $80,000 (of your taxpayer dollars) will be paid out to Jeff and Nicole Rank, whose suit against Gregory J. Jenkins—former deputy assistant to the president and director of the White House Office of Presidential Advance—has been dismissed.

White House spokesman Blair Jones managed to turn lemons into lemonade with the statement last week that “the parties understand that this settlement is a compromise of disputed claims to avoid the expenses and risks of litigation and is not an admission of fault, liability, or wrongful conduct.” This is, of course, vintage Bush, gloriously reminiscent of that Simpsons episode in which Homer arrives late to collect Bart in the pouring rain after soccer practice, then lectures: “I know you’re mad at me right now, and I’m kinda mad, too. I mean, we could sit here and try to figure out who forgot to pick up who till the cows come home. But let’s just say we’re both wrong, and that’ll be that.”

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Posted by Nuttshell on 08/21 at 02:49 PM in Blogging
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Here’s the video of Dick Cheney explaining why it makes no sense invading Iraq.

Posted by SPN on 08/21 at 01:12 PM in PoliticsNews
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Friday, August 10, 2007

Plastic bags are killing us

The most ubiquitous consumer item on Earth, the lowly plastic bag is an environmental scourge like none other, sapping the life out of our oceans and thwarting our attempts to recycle it. I’ve really struggled with this but I guess I need to get off the fence.—Nuttshell

Aug. 10, 2007 | On a foggy Tuesday morning, kids out of school for summer break are learning to sail on the waters of Lake Merritt. A great egret hunts for fish, while dozens of cormorants perch, drying their wings. But we’re not here to bird-watch or go boating. Twice a week volunteers with the Lake Merritt Institute gather on these shores of the nation’s oldest national wildlife refuge to fish trash out of the water, and one of their prime targets is plastic bags. Armed with gloves and nets with long handles, like the kind you’d use to fish leaves out of a backyard swimming pool, we take to the shores to seek our watery prey.

Dr. Richard Bailey, executive director of the institute, is most concerned about the bags that get waterlogged and sink to the bottom. “We have a lot of animals that live on the bottom: shrimp, shellfish, sponges,” he says. “It’s like you’re eating at your dinner table and somebody comes along and throws a plastic tarp over your dinner table and you.”

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Posted by Nuttshell on 08/10 at 06:48 PM in Blogging
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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

The people of Darfur cannot afford another delay.

Last August, when the UN Security Council authorized a
peacekeeping mission for Darfur, we thought the wait for
peacekeepers had finally come to an end.

A year later, stalled by Sudanese objections, that peacekeeping
force has still not been deployed. Never in the history of the
United Nations has it failed to deploy such a mission once
authorized.

Today the UN Security Council authorized another peacekeeping
force: a hybrid United Nations-African Union force mandated to
protect civilians and humanitarian operations in Darfur.

The people of Darfur cannot afford another delay. Click the link
below now to send a message to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
and urge him to press world leaders to contribute to peace in
Darfur, and to stand behind their commitments.
http://ga6.org/campaign/un_resolution/ixxiiskrqxe7km8?

Every nation in the world has something to offer this
peacekeeping mission. Some will need to contribute troops. Some
will need to give funds. Some will need to use diplomatic and
economic pressure to make the Sudanese regime fulfill its
promise to accept this force.

But all nations must work to ensure that this time, the UN
upholds its commitment to the people of Darfur.

Click the link below to sign the petition to Secretary-General
Ban and tell him that the people of Darfur have waited long
enough. It is time to act!
http://ga6.org/campaign/un_resolution/ixxiiskrqxe7km8?

Once you’ve signed the petition, please forward this message to
your friends and family and ask them to join you in taking
action.

As always, thank you for helping urge our world leaders into
action for the people of Darfur.

Colleen Connors
Save Darfur Coalition

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Donate to Help Save Darfur
Help build the political pressure needed to end the crisis in
Darfur by supporting the Save Darfur Coalition’s crucial
awareness and advocacy programs. Click the link below now to
make a secure, tax-deductible online donation.
https://secure.ga6.org/08/savedarfur/nypMjcwp1AFk3?

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The Save Darfur Coalition is an alliance of over 180
faith-based, advocacy and humanitarian organizations whose
mission is to raise public awareness about the ongoing genocide
in Darfur and to mobilize a unified response to the atrocities
that threaten the lives of more than two million people in the
Darfur region. To learn more, please visit
http://ga6.org/ct/D1Mjcwp1Sui6/

Posted by SPN on 08/01 at 10:16 AM in Justice / InjusticeReligion / SpritualityInternationalRacism / Prejudice
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