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Earth is the bottom ‘star’ in this picture taken on Mars.

With the worldwide economy sluggish at best, crazy people shooting up crowded movie theatres and such, the people of Syria in civil war, a nurse in NH deliberately injecting dozens of patients with Hep C virus, the American presidential elections getting nastier and nastier…this view of our planet taken from Mars looks like the brightest  most miraculous news any earthlings could have this week.

Guess what? IT’S FAKE!!! Check out how this latest Urban Legend hoax was perpetrated by clicking here.

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Installation by Farhard Moshiri

Farhard Moshiri lives and works in Tehran, Iran. That can’t be easy. Look closely at his cutting edge installation and you’ll see that it’s made from knives, albeit beautiful ones. Imagine finding yourself in such a stifled society where creativity is not prized? How would you express yourself as an artist? Would you be afraid of repercussions from the government? Would that stop you from making art? Would you still have the time and luxury and freedom to believe in Feng Shui? See  more of Farhard Moshiri’s work.

"Choc Line" 2007 Installation of 130 small acrylic paint pasteries


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Photo copyright Mike Larder

12 Million people–many of them children–are at risk of death from starvation in Somalia. Mike Larder has captured their plight in his photo essay (be aware that these pictures are quite graphic).  It’s good feng shui to help. Join the United Nations by texting ‘ AID to 27722 ‘ to automatically donate $10 to the UN’s relief efforts in Somalia.

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What price luxury?

There’s a political hotbed issue (pun always intended at Feng Shui By Fishgirl!) taking place in California right now. Housekeepers are hurting themselves. How? By lifting the heavy mattresses in hotels in order to put fresh flat sheets on every day. In order to perform this task, these cleaning women are asked to lift the equivalent of a sack of boulders several times a day and it’s causing shoulder, neck, and back injuries. (Try it next time you stay in a hotel.) The solution–to get hotels to switch to fitted sheets like most of us use at home–is estimated to cost the hospitality industry $15 million in California alone. But the cost to the workers (and probably their healthcare providers) would drop dramatically. Hotels in Hawaii have made the shift apparently. The other issue is the hotels should be supplying long handled tools so that the cleaning women do not have to get on hands and knees to scrub the bathroom floors. Click here to jump to the Huffington Post to find out why at least one hotel removed their mops, making it harder on their housekeeping staff.

Many hotels have notices about reusing your towels to save water and the environment. My guess is that saving money on the water bill and on the staff needed to clean the towels  are the main reasons they are so concerned about the environment but that’s okay, whatever motivates it’s all for a good cause. When you stay in a hotel, you make the choice yourself. The karma is on you. So what’s this got to do with feng shui…Making choices that are for the highest good of all concerned is the responsible and compassionate thing to do. That’s good for your feng shui. Can you sleep easy on a hotel bed if you knew that the people maintaining it go home with disfiguring permanent injuries?

Check the desk next time to see if the hotel you’re in has a form to give feedback. If it does, tell the management you would prefer fitted sheets on the bed and housecleaners off their knees when cleaning. Then tweet all your friends to do the same. If the law passes in California it will no doubt sweep the nation eventually. Then we can all sleep better at night.

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How To Help Japan: Earthquake Relief Options

The aftermath of the 2011 Sendai, Japan Earthquake & Tsunami (AP photo)

A compilation of  relief orgs you can make donations to benefit Japan from Huffington Post:

How To Help Japan: Earthquake Relief Options.

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I’m reading “All We Are Saying: the last Major Interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono” by David Sheff. A must for Beatle fans and art lovers, but more than that it is quite interesting on many levels. Thirty years have passed since both the 3-week long interview (the book is comprised of transcripts from those taped conversations, some of which you can find here on NPR) and John’s tragic death a mere two days after the interview was completed. Yet there are passages in the book where the topics are eerily prophetic (John talks with near clairvoyance about American car manufacturers still designing cars for the 40’s and 50’s instead of what today’s market wants and needs in a way that seems ironic now after last year’s automotive bloodbath) and very relevant to where we are. Time after time both John and Yoko say in the interview that they don’t have the answers, they are merely saying yet again what has been said before by others. The message is love. The message is peace. The message is do not follow leaders, do not follow us: get educated and make up your own minds. Then you will arrive at your own answers.  Yoko Ono was much maligned by Beatles fans back in the day and the rants live on in blog comments being posted every day. The interviewer draws Mr. & Mrs. Lennon out on how painful that personally must have been for Yoko as well as for John. I am only partway into the book and I’m sure I’ll have more to add later on. I am finding the couple’s insights on Love & Relationship to be very meaningful and I think you will, too.


Photo of John and Yoko... from the book cover at


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What’s wrong with this picture? Since it was taken by reknowned photographer Annie Leibovitz there’s nothing that could possibly be technically wrong with it. But even an old white chick like me is more than slightly embarrassed that Vanity Fair couldn’t come up with even ONE young starlet of color to spice up this lineup of young Hollywood talent. Young and very talented Gabourey Sidibe is up for an Oscar for her breakthrough performance as “Precious” but had too much butt & belly to make this box of beautiful toothpicks. But if skinny’s the rule, and talent the topic, where’s Zoe Saldana, the actress that played Neytiri in only the biggest movie in history (James Cameron’s AVATAR)? Listen up, VF: you’re feng shui is in trouble if you can’t do better than this. We don’t accept this viewpoint of America any more. We want the full rainbow of talent represented else we’re going to stop reading your rag.


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Photo courtesy of BBC News. A building in Port-au-Prince devastated, a chair still standing.

If you need a reason to open your hearts and your wallets to help the survivors of the 7.0 earthquake in Haiti here it is: it’s good for your karma and your feng shui. The photos of the devastation are heartbreaking.

If you are an artist, you can contribute the income from some of your t-shirt designs by sending your graphic design images directly to is setting up a special shop where all proceeds will go to UNICEF‘s Haiti Relief Fund.

Musicmaker Wyclef Jean has been involved with helping the people of Haiti for awhile now and has enlisted other celebrities such as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to work with his Yele Foundation. Now of course Yele will be targeting the survivors and the rebuilding that will follow. All you need do to contribute $5 to Wyclef’s org is to use your cell phone to text a message to 501501 and the message you type in is “YELE”. They will text you back a confirmation that you reply “Yes” to in order to collect the funds from your phone company.

These are just two organizations you can donate to. The Red Cross and many others are also good choices.

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Photo from CNN

Isn’t this a gorgeous pic? Check out the story at CNN. Back in 1989 I visited Hiroshima, Japan and was very moved by the piles of colorful origami peace cranes left as handmade offerings throughout the memorial site.

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Subject: An Open Letter to President Obama from Michael Moore
Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2009 03:30:48 -0500

An Open Letter to President Obama from Michael Moore
Monday, November 30th, 2009
Dear President Obama,
Do you really want to be the new “war president”? If you go to West Point tomorrow night (Tuesday, 8pm) and announce that you are increasing, rather than withdrawing, thetroops in Afghanistan, you are the new war president. Pure and simple. And with that you will do the worst possible thing you could do — destroy the hopes and dreams so many millions have placed in you. With just one speech tomorrow night you will turn a multitude of young people who were the backbone of your campaign into disillusioned cynics. You will teach them what they’ve always heard is true — that all politicians are alike. I simply can’t believe you’re about to do what they say you are going to do. Please say it isn’t so.
It is not your job to do what the generals tell you to do. We are a civilian-run government. WE tell the Joint Chiefs what to do, not the other way around. That’s the way General Washington insisted it must be. That’s what President Truman told General MacArthur when MacArthur wanted to invade China. “You’re fired!,” said Truman, and that was that. And you should have fired Gen. McChrystal when he went to the press to preempt you, telling the press what YOU had to do. Let me be blunt: We love our kids in the armed services, but we f*#&in’ hate these generals, from Westmoreland in Vietnam to, yes, even Colin Powell for lying to the UN with his made-up drawings of WMD (he has since sought redemption).
So now you feel backed into a corner. 30 years ago this past Thursday (Thanksgiving) the Soviet generals had a cool idea — “Let’s invade Afghanistan!” Well, that turned out to be the final nail in the USSR coffin.
There’s a reason they don’t call Afghanistan the “Garden State” (though they probably should, seeing how the corrupt President Karzai, whom we back, has his brother in the heroin trade raising poppies). Afghanistan’s nickname is the “Graveyard of Empires.” If you don’t believe it, give the British a call. I’d have you call Genghis Khan but I lost his number. I do have Gorbachev’s number though. It’s + 41 22 789 1662. I’m sure he could give you an earful about the historic blunder you’re about to commit.
With our economic collapse still in full swing and our precious young men and women being sacrificed on the altar of arrogance and greed, the breakdown of this great civilization we call America will head, full throttle, into oblivion if you become the “war president.” Empires never think the end is near, until the end is here. Empires think that more evil will force the heathens to toe the line — and yet it never works. The heathens usually tear them to shreds.
Choose carefully, President Obama. You of all people know that it doesn’t have to be this way. You still have a few hours to listen to your heart, and your own clear thinking. You know that nothing good can come from sending more troops halfway around the world to a place neither you nor they understand, to achieve an objective that neither you nor they understand, in a country that does not want us there. You can feel it in your bones.
I know you know that there are LESS than a hundred al-Qaeda left in Afghanistan! A hundred thousand troops trying to crush a hundred guys living in caves? Are you serious? Have you drunk Bush’s Kool-Aid? I refuse to believe it.
Your potential decision to expand the war (while saying that you’re doing it so you can “end the war”) will do more to set your legacy in stone than any of the great things you’ve said and done in your first year. One more throwing a bone from you to the Republicans and the coalition of the hopeful and the hopeless may be gone — and this nation will be back in the hands of the haters quicker than you can shout “tea bag!”
Choose carefully, Mr. President. Your corporate backers are going to abandon you as soon as it is clear you are a one-term president and that the nation will be safely back in the hands of the usual idiots who do their bidding. That could be Wednesday morning.
We the people still love you. We the people still have a sliver of hope. But we the people can’t take it anymore. We can’t take your caving in, over and over, when we elected you by a big, wide margin of millions to get in there and get the job done. What part of “landslide victory” don’t you understand?
Don’t be deceived into thinking that sending a few more troops into Afghanistan will make a difference, or earn you the respect of the haters. They will not stop until this country is torn asunder and every last dollar is extracted from the poor and soon-to-be poor. You could send a million troops over there and the crazy Right still wouldn’t be happy. You would still be the victim of their incessant venom on hate radio and television because no matter what you do, you can’t change the one thing about yourself that sends them over the edge.
The haters were not the ones who elected you, and they can’t be won over by abandoning the rest of us.
President Obama, it’s time to come home. Ask your neighbors in Chicago and the parents of the young men and women doing the fighting and dying if they want more billions and more troops sent to Afghanistan. Do you think they will say, “No, we don’t need health care, we don’t need jobs, we don’t need homes. You go on ahead, Mr. President, and send our wealth and our sons and daughters overseas, ’cause we don’t need them, either.”
What would Martin Luther King, Jr. do? What would your grandmother do? Not send more poor people to kill other poor people who pose no threat to them, that’s what they’d do. Not spend billions and trillions to wage war while American children are sleeping on the streets and standing in bread lines.
All of us that voted and prayed for you and cried the night of your victory have endured an Orwellian hell of eight years of crimes committed in our name: torture, rendition, suspension of the bill of rights, invading nations who had not attacked us, blowing up neighborhoods that Saddam “might” be in (but never was), slaughtering wedding parties in Afghanistan. We watched as hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians were slaughtered and tens of thousands of our brave young men and women were killed, maimed, or endured mental anguish — the full terror of which we scarcely know.
When we elected you we didn’t expect miracles. We didn’t even expect much change. But we expected some. We thought you would stop the madness. Stop the killing. Stop the insane idea that men with guns can reorganize a nation that doesn’t even function as a nation and never, ever has.
Stop, stop, stop! For the sake of the lives of young Americans and Afghan civilians, stop. For the sake of your presidency, hope, and the future of our nation, stop. For God’s sake, stop.
Tonight we still have hope.
Tomorrow, we shall see. The ball is in your court. You DON’T have to do this. You can be a profile in courage. You can be your mother’s son.
We’re counting on you.
Michael Moore
P.S. There’s still time to have your voice heard. Call the White House at 202-456-1111 or email the President.


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