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Bail out your mind

Making the Mind Matter

There is another aspect to the bail out jargon.

The phenomenal changes occurring are doing so outside of us. We should be astutely aware that these changes are happening outside of us and we have the responsibility to determine how we respond to them.

It is easy to say that we have choices…but it is difficult to tell someone who has just been laid off, or who has no health insurance, or who has just seen the 401k reduced to rubble, or whose pension is being affected, or…fill in the blanks.

There is a lot coming at us with blinding force and velocity, not only from what is happening at the individual level, but what the pundits and journalists are feeding into our minds, making us become more deeply affected and at a loss for what to do.

This is somewhat like a movie – we can determine if it is a horror movie, a serial docudrama, a thriller…we can decide what iit is. However, it could just be a movie that we did not pay to see, did not get paid to participate in, but which is occurring despite all of us.

Thus, if we do view the economy as a movie, we can begin to see that we do have choices, and the choices are entirely up to us.

To help us determine how to make these choices Muriella’s Corner is giving you this gift – one which we hope will guide your inner steering in the direction it should. Thus the bail out we should be concerned with is how do we bail our minds and thoughts away from all the negative, limitating, conversations hovering all around us.

Enjoy the gift…



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Iraqi Blacks become visible

A call for support to African-Iraqis as they participate seriously for the first time in elections. 31 January is D-Day for them.

The recent election to highest office in the United States was not uneventful…given the tsunami of interest and support seen around the world…

A black man assuming this position has not only stunned the planet, but has mobilized all those underpressed and overlooked to begin to stand tall and to assume their rightful place in their societies.

One of the places where this has happened is in Iraq. Basra has been in the news over these years,but most of what made the airwaves and the punditications was the war and its effects. But, I believe, that nowhere has it been revealed or even acknowledged the diversity (ethnic, yes) of the Iraqis – that there are real black – African-Iraqis – living there.

Below is a report and video from The Guardian on this phenomenon

Black Iraqis make their political debut in provincial polls
Inspired by Obama, persecuted minority hopes for breakthrough in elections

* Martin Chulov in Basra
* guardian.co.uk, Monday 26 January 2009 16.47 GMT

Black people stand for election in forthcoming Basra polls

In Iraq’s deep south another American-led revolution is stirring. But this time it is being sparked by popular voice, not bombs.

The country’s 1m-plus black citizens have tapped into Obama-mania like few other groups across the Arab world. For them Obama’s inauguration was the dawn of a civil rights movement that they never had the impetus to strive for.

Black Iraqis will this week stand for the first time as an electoral bloc in provincial polls that will help shape Iraq in its slow transition to full sovereignty and possibly help shake off the stereotype that places them near the top of the heap in a nation of persecuted minorities.

Like the marsh Arabs to the north of their relative stronghold in Basra, black Iraqis are an underclass who find it near impossible to rise above their time-worn status of hard-labourers and peasants. Up to 50% of black Iraqis migrated to the Arabian Peninsula after the birth of Islam 1,500 years ago.

The rest have come steadily in the centuries since, some trafficked as slaves and others lured by broken promises of riches. All have been typecast, “just as the blacks of America were”, said Jalal Dhiyab, number two on the electoral list of the Secretary of the Free Movement of Iraqis.

“We joined this election because we felt we could break the wall surrounding Iraqi society and the climate of fear we have felt for generations,” he said.

“Black people have been treated very poorly throughout Iraqi history. The oppression has stopped us from joining many levels of society. It has restricted our education. We have become a social underclass. We are taking part in the new elections to give black Iraqis a new purpose in Iraq.”

Obama’s victory was a milestone in the history of democracy throughout the world, said Dhiyab.

“It is a victory for freedom. He has experienced suffering and seen serious challenges in his life. And yet he has reached the White House where decisions are made that affect all the people in the world. We hope that Obama’s policy in Iraq differs from Bush’s policy here. The Bush regime destroyed lives and infrastructure and fractured the whole of Iraqi society.”

The Free Movement of Iraqis is putting forward eight candidates in the provincial poll, in which 1,272 candidates are standing for 35 seats in the Basra province. Around 30% of the nominated candidates are women.

The polls will be held on 31 January, ahead of national elections later in the year.


http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2009/jan/26/basra-obama

Miracles and History in America

Miracles on the Hudson and in the White House

We thought that this coming week, on 20 January, we will see an event never before thought of as possible – the inauguration of the first Black president in the United States. Barack Husein Obama will take the oath of office that day, a day when history will be made, when the predictions of those gone before will come to pass – I have a Dream…will have been realised.= the Miracle in the White House.

But a miracle was to have been realized as a precursor to the Miracle in the White House – the Miracle on the Hudson, when a plane, not a bird, landed on water and people were saved on wings and prayers, thanks to the skill of the pilots, yes there were two, one seen and one unseen.

The effect of these historical and miraculous moments will forever change the course of the United States, as going forward, young children will no longer have a ceiling to stop them from accomplishing anything, whatever their color. Pilots, presidents, whatever…it is possible in this country.

The narrative is changing in America – the new President will be reaching for dialogue, reaching out so that others can join in the debate whether they voted for him or not, for, as he says, this is our America, and each of us has the right to share and voice our opinions, to disagree without being disagreeable.

One narrative that President Obama will be changing is the narrative on smoking. He has promised to stop smoking when he assumes the presidence. The Last Butt Founder, Mr Philippe Valy is ready to assist him in this momentous task by giving him the First Last Butt Award, an award to the highest office in the land, an award which reminds all of us that no matter what the stature or race or position held, each of us grapples at some time or the other with a challenge. Stopping smoking is the challenge facing the 44th President.

This month on Change the Narrative we are looking into resolutions made in the New Year on Smoking.

The Obama Ten

President Obama has taken on Parenting big time. So much so that a special session on Meet the Press has been created on challenges and leadership in the African American Community, and the first session was on Parenting.

Muriella’s Corner has characterized President Obama’s suggestions during a discussion in February in the presidential campaign when he discussed Parenting.

Here they are

THE OBAMA TEN on Parenting:

President Obama gives some tips for Parents and Parenting when YOUR child comes home from school:

1. Turn off radio/TV/Video games

2. Get some books/reading material in the home – parents must read; children must read

3. Buy a desk or clear a space on the kitchen table for the child to do homework

4. Help them do homework

5. If necessary call the teacher if you cannot help

6. Get them to bed at an appropriate time, after they have had dinner

7. Keep them off the streets when they do not have to be there

8. Get them breakfast before they leave for school or for them to have at school

9. When you are told that they have misbehaved – do not cuss out the teacher

10. DO SOMETHING TO HELP YOUR CHILD LEARN AND TO HELP YOU LEARN HOW TO PARENT – IN OTHER WORDS, SHOW THEM SOME LOVE

Read more on Muriella’s Corner For Parents and also see Bill Cosby’s Video on Meet the Press, 11 January.

The Last Butt

Immortalizing Your Last Butt

Quitting smoking, losing weight, reducing debt – three of the most popular resolutions of 2009. Among the celebrities wanting to quit smoking are Whoopi Goldberg, Cameron Diaz (to stop smoking, start wearing a bra, stop shopping) and none other than President Elect Obama who is making a gigantic effort to stop smoking. He even promised America, on a recent episode of Meet the Press, that he will not smoke in the White House – See Press Release on this

We had the honor of talking on Blog Talk Radio with Philippe Valy, creator of the Last Butt Movement, who is committed to helping the President-elect stop smoking. Listen to Philippe Valy talk about his efforts to quit smoking and how he has taken his effort to make a movement to support quitters –The Last Butt Movement

Philippe Valy on Quitting Smoking
Note:

Patrick, you are inspiring and a beacon of hope in sharing with us how you faced one, if not the, most important challenge life threw at you. Your strategy of Mind over Cancer is one to learn from – you continued your normal life, acting, dancing horseback riding, loving, sharing – while you were and are suffering from the internal ravages of this deadly disease. Moreover, you are clear in your choices of battles to fight, of where to place your energy. In response to your smoking habits, your answer was to the point – mind over cancer before mind over smoking. In other words, you are dealing totally with getting well from cancer,and will stop smoking, as you said, in a heartbeat when that happens.

Kudos Patrick, you deserve a Last Butt Award.

Immortalizing Your Last Butt

Quitting smoking, losing weight, reducing debt – three of the most popular resolutions of 2009. Among the celebrities wanting to quit smoking are Whoopi Goldberg, Cameron Diaz (to stop smoking, start wearing a bra, stop shopping) and none other than President Elect Obama who is making a gigantic effort to stop smoking. He even promised America, on a recent episode of Meet the Press, that he will not smoke in the White House – See Press Release on this

We had the honor of talking on Blog Talk Radio with Philippe Valy, creator of the Last Butt Movement, who is committed to helping the President-elect stop smoking. Listen to Philippe Valy talk about his efforts to quit smoking and how he has taken his effort to make a movement to support quitters –The Last Butt Movement

Philippe Valy on Quitting Smoking
PS Since this blog, Patrick Swayze, during his interview with Barbara Walters on 20/20, spoke of Mind over Cancer…He has been doing his normal activities, acting, dancing, loving, playing despite the ravages of the treatment – His mind is the conqueror…He also said something very interesting = that when he conquers cancer, he will stop smoking in a heartbeat, but is not working on both fronts – cancer and stopping smoking -at the same time,

Patrick Swayze, you deserve a last butt award…Kudos and thank you for your strength of mind.

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