Vegetarian Ideal

Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth
as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.
- Albert Einstein

Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world. - Howard Zinn


Affirmation of life is the spiritual act by which man ceases to live thoughtlessly and begins to devote himself to his life
with reverence in order to give it true value.
— Albert Schweitzer


This Pit Bul Wouldn't Leave The Shelter Without The Chihuahua He Was Pro...

Merrill is a three-year-old Pitbull and Taco is an 8-year-old Chihuahua and they lived together at Rocket Dog Rescue.

Senate Procedure in Practice (Canada)

Senate Procedure in Practice

Senate Procedure in Practice provides an accessible guide on the work of Senate. It explains the Rules of the Senate, as well as forms and conventions followed during proceedings and in committees. Further details about the Rules can be found by consulting the Companion to the Rules of the Senate and the collections of Speaker’s rulings.

This first edition of Senate Procedure in Practice takes into account developments until late May 2015.

The initial chapter deals with the constitutional basis of the Senate, its composition and the appointment of its members on the basis of regional equality, as well as the criteria to determine eligibility.

The second chapter explains the internal organization of the Senate, while

the third chapter reviews the role of the Crown in various events involving the Senate.

The following chapter then describes the structure of a sitting and the documents that either assist or record those sittings.

The remainder of the manual explains the details of the Senate’s work, including the rules of debate, voting, proceedings on public and private bills, committees, and, finally, points of order and questions of privilege.

A pdf version of Senate Procedure in Practice is available here. While it has been prepared as a tool to help understand the Senate’s work, it does not replace the Rules of the Senate, Speaker’s rulings and the decisions of the Senate itself. All of these must be taken into account, and other works on parliamentary procedure also consulted, for the fullest possible understanding of Senate procedure.

Senate Procedure in Practice PDF

The following document contains only the index. PDF


Salli Terri - discography

Salli Terri - discography

Tracks from some of the albums below are now available on iTunes.
Search on title or artist at  iTunes Instant  


Salli C Terri  was born September 3, 1922
and died May 5, 1996.

One of North America's finest singers, Salli
appeared as solo artist and arranger with
the Roger Wagner Chorale on many of
their recordings. She was with them when
they performed at the Coronation Festivities
of Queen Elizabeth II in London in 1953.

As well as recording many popular US folk
songs, she also sang on a highly regarded
series of albums by the Brazilian guitarist
Laurindo Almeida, including the Grammy
winning "Conversations with the Guitar".

discography + tracks / liner notes etc

some memories of those who knew her

Grammy nominations and awards
       Salli Terri (1952)

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Salli Terri

autographed photo
click on pic for full size image
       drwg of Salli Terri - from CWTG album cover
from "Conversations..." LP cover

      Salli Terri brochure pic

Reflections on Salli Terri's recording of the Villa Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras No 5
by Gloria Grace (GG) Prosper, a singer who traveled with Salli in the John Biggs Consort

"I believe, as a singer, that our souls are reflected in our voices. I have heard some talented singers, with voices that surpass average in quality, that simply don't touch me, because they have not invested themselves in what they sing. Often, that is because they have developed little to invest. Salli's personality was unique. She experienced a childhood that gave her opportunity for personal growth. She knew what it was to experience emotional pain. She had a deep faith and love of God. She had a huge capacity for loving others. She had strong emotions and, most of the time, celebrated them. Her personality was richly developed, in many facets. Her intelligence, talent and sensitivity wove a rich tapestry. She invested all of that in everything that she sang... everything that she did. She was not a "half-way" sort of person. Musically, she saw beneath the notes to the soul of the composition, and of the composer. She took that insight and infused it with her own creativity, raising it to another level. Personally, she lived whatever part of her life applied to that song as she sang it. Vocally, she had the ability (at the time of the Villa Lobos recording) to produce what she felt. That is what you are blessed to experience when you listen to it. It "stops you in your tracks"; you are listening to her soul... and your soul resonates in harmony with hers.

In her later years, she was unable, for many reasons, to replicate the extreme limits of her vocal range. That caused her much angst. For myself, I didn't mind, because of all the other things (some of which I mentioned above) that I experienced when I listened to her sing."

(July 2008)


    Los Angeles Times

    The Choral Journal  


ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM (1970) - Stone Flower (Full Album)

Recorded in 1970 at Rudy Van Gelder's studio in New Jersey under the production auspices of Creed Taylor, the arrangement and conducting skills of Deodato, and the engineering expertise of Van Gelder himself, Jobim's Stone Flower is Quite Simply One of his Most Quietly Stunning works —and certainly the high point of his time at Columbia. 
Nearly a decade after the paint peeled from the shine of BOSSA NOVA'S domination of both the pop and JAZZ Charts in the early '60s, Creed Taylor brought Jobim's tender hush of the bossa sound back into the limelight. 
With a band that included both Jobim and Deodato on guitars (Jobim also plays piano and sings in a couple of spots), Ron Carter on bass, João Palma on drums, Airto Moreira and Everaldo Ferreira on percussion, Urbie Green on trombone, Joe Farrell on soprano saxophone, and Harry Lookofsky laying down a soulful violin solo on the title track, Jobim created his own version of "Kind of Blue".
Stone Flower is the Fifth album by Antonio Carlos Jobim ("JOBIM"). Recorded in March, April, and May 1970 by Rudy Van Gelder at "Van Gelder Studios" and was produced by Creed Taylor. 
The album was released an published in 1970 by CTI Records. 
Track list "Tereza my Love" - 0:00 "Children's Games" - 4:24 "Choro" - 7:55 "Brazil"(Ary Barroso) - 10:04 "Stone Flower" - 17:31 "Amparo" - 20:53 "Andorinha" - 24:35 "God and the Devil in the Land of the Sun" - 28:06 "Sabia" - 30:29

Have faith in better days ahead

Have faith and start a new tomorrow.

Iinflatable chicken that resembles Trump

Feb 17

At about noon in San Francisco, a team of protesters pushed off of Fisherman’s Wharf in a boat with a 33-foot inflatable chicken that resembled Trump fastened to it.

Who knows where the time goes - Fairport Convention





It's not just gunmakers that are funding the NRA's political battles

The list of complicity. 

Florida shooting: 276 lawmakers who 'take NRA money and block gun control' named in massive advert

Double-page New York Times ad lists 276 members of Congress, their telephone numbers and how much they are thought to have received from the NRA, alongside a quote from Florida school shooting survivor: 'We're the children.  You guys are the adults … Get something done.'

The advert shows children escaping the Florida school shooting and the words of survivor David Hogg: 'We're the children. You guys are the adults … Get something done.'
276 lawmakers who 'take NRA money and block gun control' named in massive advert

The list of complicity.

It's not just gun makers that are funding the NRA's political battles
via @CNNMoney

The money powering the NRA

By Blake Ellis and Melanie Hicken @CNNMoney

From a small-town pharmacist to a commercial pilot, it's not just gunmakers that are funding the National Rifle Association’s political battles.
The organization's overall revenue, which includes membership dues, program fees and other contributions, has boomed in recent years – rising to nearly $350 million in 2013. The majority of this money funds NRA initiatives like member newsletters, sporting events and gun safety education and training programs.
These help the NRA recruit new members and spread its pro-gun message. But to influence laws and keep its chosen leaders in power, it has a separate pool of money to use.
A CNNMoney analysis of federal campaign finance records shows that much of this money comes from everyday Americans. And these contributions, which the NRA uses to keep pro-gun lawmakers in office, are on the rise.

Some political funding comes from big corporations, many within the gun industry, which donate millions to the NRA. But companies are barred from donating to the NRA’s political action committee, which the agency uses to fill campaign coffers, run ads and send out mailers for and against candidates.
That’s where individual donations come in.
Since 2005, the NRA Political Victory Fund has received nearly $85 million in contributions from individual donors. After the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting, donations to this political action committee surged as gun owners worried that their rights to buy and own guns were at risk.
Demonstrators gathered in Washington D.C. in April 2013, just a few months after the Sandy Hook shooting.
The call for stricter gun control laws from leaders like President Obama in the wake of this tragedy fueled these fears and prompted the NRA to rally its members to fight against new regulations.
As a result, gun sales soared, and so did donations.
Donations in the 2014 election cycle were up by more than 50% compared to the prior two years, and nearly doubled from a decade ago.
"Americans look to the NRA to defend their constitutional right to self protection," NRA spokesperson Jennifer Baker told CNNMoney. "When gun control advocates ramp up their efforts to pass gun control people voice their opposition by donating to the NRA."
Contributions came from nearly 30,000 donors, with around 90% of donations made by people who gave less than $200 in a single year. According to the NRA, the average donation is around $35.

Members at a NRA annual meeting.

The NRA's ability to raise so much money from small donations is highly unusual for a special interest group, demonstrating its wide reaching support, said Sarah Bryner, research director at the Center for Responsive Politics.
Only one person has donated even close to the maximum amount allowed by federal law, which is $5,000 per year: a computer programmer from Houston. Since 2005, he has donated $50,050 -- just shy of the $55,000 allowed for the 11-year period (including this year).
"It is a good percentage of my income [5% to 10%], but I want to do everything I can easily do to preserve my freedoms," said the donor, who requested to remain anonymous. "I hope the money will be used to help conservative or libertarian minded candidates win elections."
He said he worries that gun control advocates are trying to prevent the average citizen from owning guns at all. He had previously donated to Republican candidates directly, but since he also wanted to support pro-gun Democrats, he has switched to donating almost exclusively to the NRA -- trusting it to distribute the money effectively.
"It is much easier to fight these bans now with money than to fight laws later with lawyers and evasion," he said. "I think having the average citizen armed is a powerful deterrent to would be abusers."
Another top donor is an Air Force veteran from Texas who ranked as an expert with both the .38 revolver and the 9 millimeter pistol while he was on active duty.
Currently he works as a commercial airline pilot, and he says he supports the NRA’s mission to stand up for the right of self defense. He says he has a concealed weapon permit and regularly carries a handgun.
"I'd like to see my contributions used to help elect solid gun rights supporters where possible, the most electable gun rights supporters where necessary, and the least objectionable candidate if that’s the best we can do," he said.
And they're joined by an eclectic group of other top donors.
These 10 donors all gave more than the former CEO of the oldest family-owned gunmaker in the country. Alan Mossberg, the now-retired CEO of O.F. Mossberg & Sons, donated $12,000 during this same time period. The company claims to be the largest manufacturer of pump-action shotguns in the world.
In addition to its PAC, the NRA also has a powerful lobbying arm, the nonprofit NRA Institute for Legislative Action, which lobbies for new laws and runs issue-based campaign ads of its own.

Wayne LaPierre, chief executive officer of the NRA.
Unlike the PAC, it isn’t able to donate directly to candidates. But it is able to receive millions of dollars in donations from corporations. The group is not required to disclose the names of its contributors or the details of these contributions, though some major gunmakers like Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger & Company have announced large donations in the past (though the NRA says that the vast majority of money comes from individual donors just like the PAC).
The NRA says that both lobbying and campaign funds represent a relatively small chunk of its overall budget and disputes criticism that it speaks only for the gun industry. Instead, it says that it’s the money and support from Americans all over country that make its political efforts so effective.
"Congress isn't necessarily listening to the NRA, they’re listening to our members," said Baker. "They know our members support the Second Amendment and vote and give money."
With the money its PAC receives, the NRA spends the majority on supporting Republican candidates. But there are a few Democrats in the mix as well, including The Blue Dog PAC for conservative Democrats. Here are some of the top recipients of campaign donations in past years:

CNNMoney (New York) October 15, 2015