May 30, 2001
Miscellaneous Subjects 86: 1. Action Letter on LFAS needed now + 2. It's not an "energy crisis", its a "Bush crisis" + 3. A WAR going on, just not the obvious kind! + 4. Fidelity Must Divest From Slave Stock Now! + 5. Call for Submissions for Project Joy
I was not expecting to be able to prepare a compilation this week (I'm *very* busy) but the following is too urgent and compelling NOT to pass it on...
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
Read Senator Jeffords' statement at http://www.nrdc.org/wildlife/marine/nlfa.asp
There you will find an article about LFAS. To the right of the photo of a dolphin, you will find a link called "ACT NOW to protect whales and other marine life." Click on this link and you will go to a page with an action letter:
You can modify or personalized the existing letter, if you like, using points from the "Additional Points to Make" list at the end of this message. Then add your name and personal information, click on the "Send This Message" button, and it will be faxed to NMFS.
4) Additional Points to Make, to customize your letters
Feel free to use your own words. Here are some good points to add. There is no need to use all of them, pick and chose the ones you like.
* The Navy should not be issue a small take permit for deployment of LFA sonar, as it cannot say with any degree of reliability what the size of the take from use of LFAS is likely to be, nor determine a specified area in which a potential take would occur.
* The Navy's data on potential take of sea turtles and fish by LFAS transmissions is virtually nonexistent. The data the Navy has amassed on potential effects of LFAS on cetaceans is severely deficient.
* LFAS was tested at low levels on only four species of whales for about one month each. Consequently, we know virtually nothing about what impact the higher deployment level sonar will have on marine life and humans over the long term.
* The Navy's research has focused on LFAS damaging hearing in cetaceans. This is not the main problem. Evidence now indicates that the damage from high intensity sonar is due to resonance phenomena in the whales' cranial airspaces that tear apart delicate tissues around their brains and ears causing hemorrhaging and death. Necropsies show that this is what caused the death of the whales in the Bahamas stranding in March 2000. The Navy has known about the resonance phenomena issue since 1998.
* A recent Smithsonian analysis determined that, of the seven known mixed-species mass strandings involving beaked whales, all seven occurred over the last 30 years while naval maneuvers were conducted nearby.
* Strategically, LFAS is not an effective system. It highlights the location of our own ships and submarines, compromising our own security and placing our own personnel in jeopardy.
* The Navy has attempted to dismiss the relevance of the stranding of beaked whales in Greece during NATO LFAS exercises in 1996. Faced with a research report's conclusion that there was a less than one percent probability that the cause of the stranding could have been anything other than LFAS, the Navy has attacked the methodology of the researcher who studied the incident and attempted to affirm that the timing of the LFAS transmissions and the unprecedented stranding event could have been a coincidence. The Navy is evidently unaware of the precautionary principle, sufficient grounds to deny the applicant a small take permit.
* The Navy has further denied the relevance of the sonar- incriminating necropsy results from the stranding of beaked whales in the Bahamas in March 2000 during an LWAD sonar exercise on the grounds that LWAD deploys a mid-range, not a low-frequency, sonar. In this arbitrary focus on frequency range, the applicant further demonstrates the unacceptably narrow scope of its testing to determine levels of take. The Navy has given insufficient consideration to the phenomenon of resonance, produced at varying frequencies, causing tissue shear in whales' cranial air spaces. The insufficient consideration of resonance is sufficient cause to the deny the applicant a permit on the grounds that it has not evaluated a likely cause of lethal take of marine mammals in the deployment of high-intensity active sonar systems.
* Were the Navy to admit that the Greece and Bahamas strandings were likely to have been caused by high-intensity sonar, and revise its requested take numbers upward accordingly, the resulting estimate of take would still be likely to be too low, as only a small number of cetaceans that are injured or die at sea strand or wash up on a shoreline. The majority of marine mammals that die as a result of LFAS deployment would sink to the bottom, and thus would remain unknown.
* The Navy dismissed as insignificant the exodus of humpback whales from their accustomed breeding grounds in the LFAS test area off Hawaii, clustering on the opposite side of the island; the cessation of vocalizing among several species; and the observation of abandoned calves in the area during the Phase III test period. While the Service should note in this an obvious predisposition to find test results that would favor deployment, it is equally noteworthy that the Navy has defined "harm" as a phenomenon that can be determined by immediate observation. Though the observed take of humpback whales during Phase III should have been sufficient cause to abandon both the test and the LFAS program and begin serious evaluation of safe alternatives, the Navy also has given no consideration to the probability of long-term harm done to whales that do not leave the areas of LFAS deployment. This deficient definition of harm is sufficient cause to deny the Navy's application for a small take permit, as the applicant on this basis essentially cannot define what would constitute a take by deployment of LFAS.
* The Navy has asserted that the LFAS testing program was not designed to evaluate "worst-case scenarios" and thereby justifies its extrapolation from harassment effects at RL 140 dB to effects at RL 180 dB. However, the Navy's definition of "employment" of the system does not include the actual use of the system for the purpose for which it was created. Outside of war games, at any time of declared "heightened threat conditions" the Navy will claim exemption from environmental laws for reasons of national security and all proposed mitigations will be abandoned, meaning LFAS is likely to be operated in near-shore areas, at full 240 dB source levels, and whether or not cetaceans are sighted within 1 km of the deployment vessel. As the Navy intends to exempt itself from NEPA whenever it deems it necessary -- inevitably creating thereby the "worst-case scenario" for which they admit they have not conducted tests -- all the more reason for the Navy to seriously pursue an alternative that has not already proven to generate high levels of harassment at low levels of deployment, as has LFAS.
* On June 27, 2000 Rear Admirals Fages and Davis spoke before a subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee saying the Navy now has two new passive listening systems -- SURTASS Twin Line and Advanced Deployable System (ADS) -- that can detect quiet submarines at considerable distances where previously they were thought to be undetectable. These passive systems will not harm marine life and appear to be a safe alternative to LFAS. The use of safe, passive listening systems was not addressed in the EIS. By using the safe, passive detection systems and shutting down LFAS, the Navy can fulfill its mission for national security and be stewards of the seas. Passive submarine detection systems developed since the introduction of the 1980s-era technology on which LFAS is based, also include TB-29 towed array with Acoustic Rapid Insertion Sonar (ARCI). These passive sonars provide safe and viable alternatives to SURTASS LFA. So why risk the lives of marine mammals when these safe alternatives exist?
* We concur with the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Resources in their expression of concern to the Secretary of Defense in October 2000 and its request that the Navy "postpone proceeding with the NMFS to obtain a Letter of Authorization for incidental take under the Marine Mammal Protection Act to operate LFA sonar worldwide until such time that NMFS can properly establish scientifically-based noise standards for marine animals."
* We also concur with the Staff of the California Coastal Commission, which, in its Nov. 8, 2000, "no" vote recommendation on the determination of the consistency of the operation of LFAS with the policies of the California Coastal Management Program, noted that the Navy and NMFS are a long way from establishing such standards.
[The preceding comments were submitted by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and the Ocean Mammal Institute regarding the proposed rule granting the U.S. Navys request for a small take exemption under section 101(a)(5)(A) of the MMPA in the deployment of Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System Low Frequency Active Sonar. These comments have been modified slightly by Ocean Sanctity.]
5) Websites and an Email list for more information
Ocean Mammal Institute http://www.oceanmammalinst.org
National Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society http://www.seashepherd.org
Stop LFAS Worldwide Network http://listen.to/lfas
Quiet Sea Coalition http://www.maui.net/~mailbot/quietsea.html
New York Times Article
Cetacean Nation http://www.cetacean-nation.com
CNN Report: http://www.cnn.com/NATURE/9906/30/sea.noise.part1
Official Navy Site / EIS for SURTASS LFA http://www.surtass-lfa-eis.com
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From: "Jerry Rothstein" <email@example.com>
Subject: It's not an "energy crisis", its a "Bush crisis"
Date: Tue, 29 May 2001
WHO'S RUNNING THE SHOW?
Here is a list of some of the biggest energy industry donors to the Republican party during Bush's campaign:
ENRON - $1,800,000.00
EXXON - $1,200,000.00
KOCH INDUSTRIES - $970,000.00
SOUTHERN POWER - $900,000.00
BP AMOCO - $800,000.00
LEHMAN BROTHERS - $808,000.00
EL PASO ENERGY - $787,000.00
CHEVRON OIL CORP - $780,000.00
RELIANT ENERGY - $642,000.00
TEXAS UTILITIES TXU - $635,000.00
Ever hear of Enron Corporation? They're America's Number One power trading team and they know you can't win the power game unless you play the political game and they're the champs. No one's given more money to the political campaigns of George W. Bush than Enron - let's go see if we can find their HQ... Oops! Houston, Texas!
Investigations are proceeding into profiteering by power traders during the California energy crisis and black-outs. The State of California has accused El Paso Corporation and Dynegy (both subsidaries of Enron Corp) of deliberately restricting the flow of natural gas through the pipeline from Texas CREATING an artificial shortage which caused prices to go up ten fold.
Who stands to profit from the artificially created "energy crisis" in the USA? Why has this "crisis" only occured since G W Bush took office? On December 14, 2000, President Clinton ordered an end to speculation in energy prices in California - which bit into the profits of El Paso and Dynegy... and Enron and Reliant too. But they were betting on another horse. Between them they gave $3.5 million to Bush and the Republicans.
Reliant told us "Frankly, we feel some candidate's philosophies will benefit the company, its stockholders, and its customers more than will others." Three days after his inauguation Bush swept away Clinton's anti-speculation orders. After Bush lifted controls Enron's profits jumped up by 87 million... not a bad return on political contributions of 1.8 million dollars.
Alcoa was facing a demand to cut emissions by 50%, that would have meant replacing the cheap and dirty lignite (the filthiest fuel you can burn) with clean but expensive natural gas. But within a month of passage of Bush's 'voluntary' pollution law, attorneys with the law firm pleading Alcoa's case to the regulators gave $170,000 to the Republican campaign.
Coincidence? Alcoa deny any link they told us they "exert no control over the legal and lobbying firms" they retain. According to Alcoa's own figures not switching to gas saved them $100 million.
Newsnight has discovered, deep in Bush's new budget, the million-dollar fund for civil enforcement to deter pollution will be axed. Law enforcement will be left to locals - and in Texas, the weak State watchdog is letting Alcoa open a new lignite pit 20 miles away.
Alcoa's former CEO Paul O'Neill is making new friends - Bush named him Secretary of the US Treasury - so O'Neill has to sell off his Alcoa shares - he'll get about $100 million. Alcoa made a $100,000 contribution to the Bush Cheney inaugural. They told us this was in honor of Paul O'Neill. He's also on Vice President Dick Cheney's "Energy Group."
Apart from Paul O'Neill, the committee includes Bush's Commerce Secretary Don Evans - he was CEO of Tom Brown Inc. a billion dollar oil and gas company, and Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham, a motor industry favorite - they gave him $700,000 last year... and of course Dick Cheney, the Vice President, former boss of Halliburton which builds nuclear power plants and is the world's largest oil services company. And what a coincidence.Today, the Cheney group recommended building more nukes, drilling more oil and burning more coal.
One of the first major pieces of legislation to go through Congress under President Bush is a bankruptcy bill that protects MBNA the largest manufacturer and seller of credit cards, citizens in this country can no longer write off credit card debt when they file for bankruptcy it was a key priority of Mr Cawley and his bank and he bet early and he bet often on our Governor would some day be in the White House and would some day be able to deliver on this favour. Wall Street analysts put MBNA's gain at $75 million PER YEAR!
I don't know what else to say. We'll keep digging, but this has to get out.
VERY DISTURBING STUFF ON GMOs!
Date: Wed, 30 May 2001
From: Chere Rae <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: A WAR going on, just not the obvious kind!
This article summarizes 8 years of the research I have done, I found it powerful and motivating. Hopefully you will as well. There are Solutions, understanding the magnitude is essential in my opinion.
Health and Wellness,
This article is from the May 2001 issue of TOTAL WELLNESS, a monthly Newsletter by Dr. Sherry Rogers, M.D.
THE WORLDS MOST VICIOUS MACC ATTACK
I started out nearly 30 years ago being poisoned by formaldehyde myself when we foam insulated the interior walls of our office. Little did I know how following recommendations for the latest advances in construction, superimposed on a lifetime of allergies and bad eating habits, would lead to the indescribable years of misery before I learned how to conquer and cure the resulting chemical sensitivities. Surprised to see that we were not alone, entire families who had been forced out of their homes into tents on their lawns in order to survive were coming in for treatment. Even household pets had rashes and vomiting. Because we were the first generation to suffer from urea foam formaldehyde insulation sensitivity, our ideas were often ostracized. Two decades later just about everybody knew that formaldehyde can mimic nearly every symptom as well as be a trigger for cancers. And by using up and depleting important detox nutrients, it and other chemicals potentiate the most common diseases like arteriosclerosis, cancer and premature aging. Now the only folks who deny the thousands of published scientific reports documenting the nightmare that chemicals have caused are those with a vested interest. The Gulf War veterans and those exposed to agent orange, and folks poisoned at work by pesticides and volatile hydrocarbons have been given a raw deal by those responsible who do not want to pay up. Even Government studies confirm that at least 90% of cancers are caused by diet and environment, and this statistic holds for all disease.
Up until now I never dreamed there could be anything worse than the chemical catastrophes we have experienced in this century, but I was wrong, for at least with chemical sensitivity you can find evidence for it's bioacumulation in the body, and get rid of it. On the other hand there is a newer plague that is nearly impossible to detect and it is irreversible. Worse, it causes an unmistakable, inescapable domino effect. GENETIC ENGINEERING is the culprit.
You probably were first aware of genetic engineering when I told you about Monsanto inserting genes from plants of unrelated species into the soybean plant to make it resistant to the potent herbicide, Roundup [glyphosate]. The Roundup resistant soybean seed can now be heavily sprayed with Roundup to kill weeds, and never damage the soybean. However, the beans do pack quite a wallop for those who ingest them because they are heavily contaminated with the toxic herbicide, Roundup. These genetically modified soybean products, which comprise about 80% of the beans available, have been found in most baby formulas including Carnation, Similac, Enfamil, Isomil, and Neocare as well as Doritos, Fritos, vegetable oils, soybean oil, margarine, and much more.
As well, one of the genes is from the petunia plant which is a nightshade.That means folks with nightshade-induced arthritis can now get arthritis from soybean products. When Monsanto inserted the Brazil nut gene into soy,folks allergic to Brazil nuts were suddenly anaphylaxis[serious life threatening reaction where one is not able to breathe] from soybean. They quickly removed the gene because the symptom was so dramatic.
Unfortunately, genetic engineering is not limited to a simple matter o trying to improve upon a few species of plant food. For when a gene from one species is placed in a wholly different animal or plant, you need a vector, or something that will carry that gene into the genetic factory of the unrelated organism. Oftentimes a VIRUS is used, since a virus is merely a piece of genetic material with a protein coat that is so small that it can easily "infect" other genetic material.
CANCER VIRUSES ARE DELIBERATELY INSERTED INTO YOUR FOOD
Cancer in chickens, often results from infection with the Rous Sarcoma virus. Hold your seat, for you'll probably find this as difficult to believe as I did. Scientists who make money for companies through genetic engineering have decided there is no problem with using this chicken cancer virus as a vector or carrier to implant the growth hormone gene into farmed fish so they will grow faster. The problem is that once inside the fish, this virus can persist and infect the next host, you, that eats that fish. Scientists glibly say that there is no danger here and can get away with it because the U.S Government does not require any testing or proof of the safety of genetically engineered foods. And the scary part is far from over.
LEUKEMIA virus in chicken has been used as a vector to carry genes, many of which are human, into developing poultry. In addition, a retrovirus was used as a virus vector in pigs to insert human fetal cells to grow aortas for transplantation into humans. These have led to infections in humans with the pig's retrovirus. Have they lost their minds and all ethics?
These viruses can also combine with one another to create new plant and animal diseases. And more important, foreign genetic material from these viruses can be absorbed through our intestines and become incorporated into the cells of our own bodies creating new diseases in us. Wow! What a sci-fi nightmare! Genes inserted into plants are put there to make them resistant to certain pests, pesticides, herbicides or antibiotics. But these vectors or gene transporters can also infect the bacteria and other organisms in our intestinal tracts. Creating a new antibiotic resistance in them. How would you like to be harboring Klebsiella or Candida in your gut that is resistant to all treatments? If that weren't enough of a problem, one of the most common genes inserted into plants is the Bt gene. Bt stands for Bacillus thuringiensis, a particular bacteria that secretes a toxin that kills many types of pests that infect plants. The problem is that this toxin, once inside some people makes them extremely ill. It can mimic the symptoms of nightshade s where you seemingly overnight have to crawl to the bathroom for days because of such sore body muscles and joints. As with a nightshade attack [November 1999 issue] days or weeks later it can end as precipitously as it began, baffling every physician. The Bt gene has been put in potatoes, corn and not only have soybeans become Roundup resistant but so has the sugar beet from which vitamin C powder can be made.
Genes have been put into tomatoes to change their ripening time, into cotton [used in junk food oil called vegetable oil, as on roasted nuts given out on airlines] to make that plant resistant to pesticides. Canola oil is another product of genetic engineering and should never be ingested.
In 1994 the U.S FDA approved the genetically engineered hormone rBGH which is a growth hormone designed to increase milk production in cows. This growth hormone caused increased mastitis and need for antibiotics [which go into the milk] and as well over 800 farmers using it reported adverse health problems in their cows. Monsanto, the developer, tried to bribe Health Canada Govt. officials with several million dollars to approve this hormone which is used by about a third of U.S. farmers.
The prestigious medical journal, Lancet [May 9,1998], shows that breast cancer is SEVEN times higher in women with tiny increases in growth hormone, Insulin like Growth Factor [IGF-1], which comes from cows injected with BGH. In January 1996 the International Journal of Health Sciences reported that IGF-1 concentrations are ten times higher in BGH milk and can be absorbed through our intestines and increase our risk of cancer. As well there is evidence that it has caused abnormal cysts on the thyroid gland and in the prostate gland and a myriad of other symptoms. There is no turning back. By forcing genes from one species to another entirely unrelated species, we are creating new entities. This is another example of the arrogance and ignorance of man when he thinks that he can one-up God and create an improved organism.
There are so many fallacies with this reasoning that over a dozen books have already been written to begin to collate much of the evidence against genetically modified organisms. The difficulty is that there are not enough people even aware of the problem to make a significant impact. By the time the damage is done it will be to late. It's not like cleaning up a lake from decades of pollution. Once we have  lost thousands of species of plants,  driven all small farmers out of business,  created Frankenstein foods,  super weeds resistant to all herbicides,  plants resistant to pesticides,  new viruses and new illnesses in humans, there will be no turning back.
You might be surprised as I was to find that there is no testing required even after these and many more facts have come to light. Genetically modified foods are already unavoidable and there is absolutely no labeling required. We are already eating genetically modified foods, as 60% of processed foods now contain at least one genetically modified food. A common snack might be chips with firefly gene or potato chips with chicken gene [watch out for leukemia and sarcoma, muscle cancer, virus genes]. Or perhaps you like salsa with tomato having a flounder gene. A common meal might include creamy broccoli soup with a bacteria gene and a salad made with canola oil, vegetable oil or soybean oil, all GMO products.
People like myself who are nightshade sensitive are really out of luck because the tobacco gene is used in lettuce and cucumbers and the petunia gene is used in soybeans and carrots. Folks with celiac disease might be fooled because walnuts can have the barley gene in them. And some foods like strawberries have "undisclosed genes" so all bets are off. Would we expect anything different from an industry that has carte blanche regulation-free control over our total food supply? You might think cheese is a safe food but they've genetically engineered bacterial rennet. Apple juice can have the silkworm gene and grapes can contain a virus gene. Well including trout, salmon, catfish, bass and even shrimp. In May of 1999, three giant multinational food companies announced they would no longer market genetically engineered foods or their ingredients in England, because the Limeys were smart enough to protest, so guess who will get the leftovers? U.S.
Proponents of GMO foods say they will lessen the amount of pesticides that must be used, but that is not true. Didn't we already fall for this line with the promise that new pesticides would reduce the need for others? First of all many of the toxins that plants have been genetically manipulated or forced to produce also kill beneficial things like ladybugs so that even more pesticides are needed to do the job that they would have done.These genes can also spread from the crops to the weeds making the weeds more resistant and stronger than ever, creating an epidemic of super weeds.
Also disturbing is a report that Monsanto's Roundup ready resistant GE soybeans have higher than normal levels of estrogen. Is this something we want for male babies growing up on soybean formula? As well, some of the viruses used as vectors for genes and inserted into plants to make them virus resistant can be combined with genetic material from another invading virus [as from a cold] forming a brand new more virulent virus and creating a new fatal epidemic that has never before been seen.
Clearly NAFTA has allowed our illegal "recycled" pesticides access to us, while our FDA and USDA cannot police what they already have on their plates, much less handle the billion dollar graft associated with genetic engineering that is so carefully documented in BEYOND EVOLUTION. The FDA has allowed Olestra into your foods, which has no proven ability to decrease the rampant obesity. But it does decrease you absorption of priceless nutrients like vitamin E, D, and K that are absolutely crucial in inhibiting the top two most common causes of death and disease, arteriosclerosis and cancer.
In the past we have talked about how many people are not "Better Through Chemistry" as DuPont's old motto suggested. Because many have lost loved ones to cancer and other diseases caused by environmental chemicals, they have become "bitter through chemistry". These chemicals are allowed in our air, food and water so that multinational corporations can make huge profits. Now with the wildfire spread of genetic engineering, small farms will fade into extinction as multinational agriculture and chemical corporations [MACC] gain control over all of your food.
Are you ready for the greatest MACC attack in the history of the world? Worse than chemical pollution ever thought of being, genetic pollution has the irreversible potential and probability of changing the very nature of all of or food and even our own genetics. As veterinarian, Michael W Fox, warns in his excellent and highly recommended book, BEYOND EVOLUTION [which details and references the dangers of GMO foods], our only chance to save ourselves and the future is with people power.
But uninformed people are powerless. Multinational corporations are changing our food and animals and they have free reign. They're not accountable to anyone since they do not have to label their foods and they are not required to do any safety testing. It is irreversible, unstoppable and has the capability of snowballing us into a veritable Jurassic Park.
You vote with your shopping basket and can make your voice heard by letting your legislators know that you want all genetically engineered food labeled and all engineering stopped until there are appropriate studies done on the long range human side effects and safety.
Recommended reading: Fox, Michael W BEYOND EVOLUTION, the Lyons Press, 123 W 18th New York, N. Y. - 10011 - Phone 212 620 9580
Cummins R Lilliston B. GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS, A SELF DEFENSE GUIDE FOR CONSUMERS, available from Natural Lifestyles, 1 800 752 2775
Subject: Fidelity Must Divest From Slave Stock Now!
Date: Tue, 29 May 2001
Fidelity's investment in Talisman Energy is fueling slave raids in Sudan. Raise your voice and urge Fidelity to divest.
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I write to protest Fidelity's investment in Talisman Energy--and your company's unwillingness to address the consequences of its investment in Talisman.
Talisman is a major financial partner with the Sudanese government, a regime Congress calls "genocidal." The money you invest in Talisman enables the Sudanese government to launch vicious slave raids against black civilians in southern Sudan. Government forces gang-rape women and girls, and have abducted thousands into bondage.
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But Fidelity has failed to follow suit, and is now one of the largest shareholders in Talisman. This is an outrage. You argue that Fidelity cannot take responsibility for the actions of companies in its portfolio. But surely Fidelity would not have invested in Southern cotton plantations or Nazi munitions factories.
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Date: Tue, 29 May 2001
Subject: Call for Submissions
For Immediate Release
May 28, 2001
Project Joy is the beginning of a series of books to celebrate the human spirit, featuring the work of Larry Jaffe, Michael Levy, and twenty guest writers. Project Joy invites submissions of stories, poetry, and essays that reflect the depth and scope of human experience, in particular the element of joy. The first book in the series will be published in fall 2001.
For L.A. poet Larry Jaffe, Project Joy continues his long-term commitment to fostering a vital, connected artistic community through such projects as the Poetic License reading series, the Poets4Peace web site, the PoHoOne Poetry Hosts Forum and, most recently, as International Readings Coordinator for the March 2001 Dialogue Among Civilizations Through Poetry, sponsored in part by the United Nations. His own work, including the book Jewish Soul Food and a new CD, Unprotected Poetry, is as passionate as the efforts he makes on behalf of others, newcomers and oldtimers alike, as members of an expanding worldwide community.
Michael Levy lives in Fort Lauderdale, FL. His poetry and essays have appeared on more than 1,000 web sites, and he is author of three books of inspirational prose: What Is the Point, Minds of Blue Souls of Gold, and Enjoy Yourself, It's Later Than You Think. A frequent speaker on Finance, Wellness, and Inspiration, Levy has appeared on TV in the United States and United Kingdom, and as a guest on hundreds of radio stations. "Everyone on earth deserves to be happy yet very few folks ever come close to understanding the meaning of true joy," he writes. His challenge to artists around the world? "Become a strategist, not a statistic. Create the world you wish to live in."
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