New blog! New address! New residency!

The husband and I seized the opportunity to relocate back to his hometown of Abu Dhabi. I’m officially an expat of the UAE and will be documenting my experiences abroad at my new blog. Check it out 😉 http://www.amirainabudhabi.com

If you are not registered to vote…

…Die!

Jk jk! But, register, damnit!

And if you are, and know people who are not yet registered, tell them to vote using this great website: www.ivoteyouvote.com.

And, according to Rick Wade, African-American vote director for the Obama for America presidential campaign, EIGHT MILLION AFRICAN-AMERICANS ARE STILL NOT REGISTERD TO VOTE! Read more in this article shared with me.

And then after that, check out Wyclef’s beautiful and ever-relevant song:

“…at war with the universe.”

Art by Jourdon Gullet

Art by Jourdon Gullet

It’s Hurricane season. And as a girl born and raised in New Jersey, hurricanes were always a distant threat, if a threat at all, to my life. That is, until Hurricane Katrina came in 2005 and forced the world take notice as thousands of people, b.k.a. “refugees”, still go without an appropriate, sustainable, and adequate response from the Bush Administration.

Today, New Orleans residents face another threat: Gustav. Already leaving 22 dead in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, the storm poses a serious threat to the Gulf Region. And Florida? I’m sure you’ve caught news of Hurricane Fay, causing flash flooding, isolated tornadoes, and forced evacuations. These hurricanes won’t be the last.

So is Lil’ Wayne right when he starts off his song “Tie My Hands” ft. Robin Thicke stating “we’re at war with the universe“?

“And if you come from under that water, then there’s fresh air
Just breathe baby, God’s got a blessing to spare
Yes, I know the process has so much stress
But its the progress that feels the best”

-Lil Wayne

Maybe he’s wrong. But, he used his art/music to beautifully tell his story (after a bunch of foolery club tunes), and hopefully, his words will give a little bit more hope to his fellow New Orleanians.

But, maybe he’s right.

Professors Peter Webcaster and Judith Flurryfury of the Georgia Institute of Technophobia, and Dr. Greg Hallmonitor of the Colorado Association for Research and Modeling of the Atmosphere (CARMA) might agree with him. In their research, to be published soon in the The Journal of Irreproducible Results, argue that that global warming has increased Atlantic named storms by 57-67% over the past century. The Pew Center on Global Climate Change presents a similar assertion.

What do I think?

Just one more reason to at least start being informed about the environmental justice movement of our generation and to THINK GREEN. No, not money green, more like forest green. Hell, sign up for an email newsletter at least.

And if you’d like to see what looks like is going be a great film on Hurricane Katrina and this country, check out Trouble the Water film. And, let me know how it was because I can’t make any of the dates 😦

Laters!

Dream GREEN, World!

With all the political babble and debate at the center of public discourse in America, it’s easy to loose sight of other issues. Great, Hillary supports Obama. But, for many of us, more important issues such as where are our children’s children are going to live and what type of air will they breathe. How healthy will their diets be? Where oh where is all the energy going to come from?

An interesting case study on the struggles of industrial development and wealth accumulation vs. sustainable green energy and environmental justice is…Ukraine? Yes. Random, I know. But this country has something that no others do: Ruslana Stepanivna Lyzhychko.

The pop singer celebrity is getting another claim to fame- actively putting Ukraine’s and the rest of the world’s energy consumption into her lyrics and her work. Learn more.Ruslana is using her art to contribute to the “mental shift” necessary for ordinary people, a.k.a. insurgents, to care about the environmental costs of fossil fuels, over-consumption, and the global climate change. In her Wild Energy Project, she vividly juxtaposes a woman dependent on fossil fuel energy (in a really scary, crack addict kind of way, fyi)

Ruslanas depiction of a woman dependent on fossil fuels for energy. Courtesy Ruslana

Ruslana's depiction of a woman dependent on fossil fuels for energy. Courtesy Ruslana

with a woman independent, relying on energy from within and from “the wild” sun and wind. The synthetic woman is Ukraine, and in my opinion, many other developed/developing nations. The Wild Energy Xena-like woman? That is YOU and anyone else who decides to be! As a believer in personal and natural energy sources, I’m finding Ruslana’s Wild Energy Project to be as interesting as it is urgent.

Aside from being a UNICEF ambassador fighting against human trafficking and being a member of parliament, what’s next?

I’d like to see Ruslana reach out to indigenous peoples.

Peoples, populating all over the Earth, who have been sustaining civilizations that affirm the earth well before capitalism was conceived.

Crazy thought?

Nah.

In the meantime, she even has a video out with T-Pain! Lol…enjoy!

Peace,

adr