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February 29, 2016

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Dear Friends:

          In this newsletter is:

1. NOON VIGIL FOR PEACE: THIS WEEK, THURSDAY, March 3, 2016
2. ONE FOR SANDERS
3. DRUMPF!
4. THE MISFIT MATHEMATICIAN (Tom's column, http://tomsager.org)
          An Icon Passes

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1. NOON VIGIL FOR PEACE: THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2016

We vigil for peace in front of the Rolla Post Office THIS THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2016, (and all subsequent Thursdays until peace is established) from Noon to 1:00 PM. Please try to join us. The temperature is predicted to be in the 40s. If you do not feel comfortable standing with us in front of the Post Office, please consider driving by and showing your support for our message by honking your horn and flashing a peace sign.

2. ONE FOR SANDERS

Here's a surprise: U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii has resigned as Vice-Chairman of the Democratic National Committee and endorsed Bernie Sanders for President. Her reason? Same as we've been talking about here in the newsletter — a vote for Hillary is a vote for more war. Gabbard is quoted as saying “I think it's most important for us, as we look at our choices as to who our next commander in chief will be, is to recognize the necessity to have a commander in chief who has foresight, who exercises good judgment.”

Even the New York Times, that one would expect to be pro-Clinton, has come out with an article that says basically to look at Clinton's record as Secretary of State and you will see what kind of President she would be.

In spite of the South Carolina result, could it be that the rats are leaving the sinking ship? No offense to Ms. Gabbard — I hope it's a sign of things to come.

3. DRUMPF!

Couldn't resist giving you all an opportunity for laughter — a sense of humor is what's going to keep us sane through these next months. John Oliver spends a hilarious 20 minutes going off on Donald Trump (whose family name really was originally Drumpf — really!). It's funny, but in a way it's really scary that so many people think he's qualified to run this country, given his total lack of consistency, of any platform, of any sense of diplomacy, tact or social aptitude. And, the man's a liar, plain and simple. Still, might as well laugh at what there is to laugh about. You'll enjoy this.

4. THE MISFIT MATHEMATICIAN (Tom's column, http://tomsager.org)

AN ICON PASSES

Last month Concepcion Picciotto passed on. Concepcion held the longest ever demonstration outside the White House. She demonstrated for peace and the end to nuclear madness for 30 years. She held hand-lettered signs saying, “Read My Lips, No New Wars,” “Silence is a War Crime,” and “Live by the Bomb, Die by the Bomb.” She was closest neighbor to five presidents, none of whom, to anyone's recollection, ever smiled at her, said hello, or wished her good health.

Many thought she was crazy. But who, I ask you, is crazy: a woman who demonstrates 30 years for peace or the politicians, generals, businesspeople and journalists who would destroy the world as we know it — and for what?

Here is something you can do for Concepcion: Listen to Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul and Mary) sing The Great Mandala.
"We are free now, we can kill now,
We can hate now, now we can end the world.
We're not guilty, she was crazy,
And it's been going on for ten thousand years!"
And then, listen again and again and again until you become the song and the song is you. Then you will know what you too can do for World Peace.

Requiscas in Pace, Concepcion.
Who now will carry your cross?

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Wage peace,

Helen
helenm (at) fidnet.com

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