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We all, each and everyone one of us on the planet, make choices that impact all of us. We really need to think about all the choices, each of us, that we make, or vocally or silently agree to. What do these headlines tell us about the choices we make?

If you prefer other choices, if you have ideas on how to make choices based on cooperation rather than fear, you may click on Feedback, and share them here, or go to The Niquahanam Project: Help to Heal the Wiorld.

From CNN:

Burning 'hell' for Iran aggressor.

Attacks kill at least 21 in Iraqi Shiite areas.

World regrets North Korea's quitting nuke talks.

and Reuters Newly released memo warned of al Qaeda threat.

From ABC, Brian Ross, David Scott, and Rhonda Schwartz U.N. Sex Crimes in Congo

From the AP, Adam Geller, and Common Dreams As Union Nears Win, Wal-Mart Closes Store.

If you are looking for answers, for alternative routes, Peace Psychology Links.

Where do you start when it all seems so overwhelming? A hug to someone you love in the kitchen, a smile for someone at work, patience in a traffic jam, an idea for alternative fuel.Apollo Alliance. You can start just about anywhere with a pro-active and positive attitude.

And this was just sent to me this morning - again some food for thought by the Editor of the Iconoclast from the 1900's. It is called The Measure of a Man. Perhaps in these days, we need to make that home fireside apply to the world.
W.C. Brann wrote a thing called,
A Man’s Real Measure.

It goes like this:

“The place to take the true measure of a man is not in the darkest place or in the amen corner, nor the cornfield, but by his own fireside. There he lays aside his mask and you may learn whether he is an imp or an angel, cur or king, hero or humbug. I care not what the world says of him; whether it crowns him boss or pelts him with bad eggs. I care not a copper what his reputation or religion may be; if his babies dread his homecoming and his better half swallows her heart every time she has to ask him for a five-dollar bill, he is a fraud of the first water, even though he prays night and morning until he is blue in the face and howls hallelujah until he shakes the eternal hills. But if his children rush to the front door to meet him and love’s sunshine illuminates the face of his wife every time she hears his footfall, you can take it for granted that he is pure, for his home is a heaven . . . and the humbug never gets that near the great white throne of God. He may buy votes in blocks of five, and bet on the elections; he may deal ‘em from the bottom of the deck and drink beer until he can’t tell a silver dollar from a circular saw, and still be an infinitely better man than the cowardly little humbug who is all suavity in society but who makes home a hell, who vents upon the helpless heads of his wife and children an ill nature he would inflict on his fellow men but dare not. I can forgive much in that fellow mortal who would rather make men swear than women weep; who would rather have the hate of the whole world than the contempt of his wife; who would rather call anger to the eyes of a king than fear to the face of a child.”


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