yannaki wrote a new post, Why Trump just killed a rule restricting coal companies from dumping waste in streams, on the site 1 week, 3 days ago
In light of Trump’s newest measure signed on Thursday yesterday to remove the regulations on coal mining industries dumping toxic coal debris and mining waste products into the waterways. (which is extremely […]
yannaki wrote a new post, Bill Moyers: Scott Pruitt Will Make America Great Again for Polluters, on the site 3 weeks, 4 days ago
A must watch – Bill Moyers discussing the current cabinet nomination of Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency and its implications.
Scott Pruitt has been a vocal adversary “public enemy […]
yannaki wrote a new post, Here’s How You Can Help Stop the Dakota Access and Keystone XL Pipeline, on the site 3 weeks, 4 days ago
Recently the controversial Dakota Access and the Keystone XL pipeline projects have been reintroduced into the news with now-president Trump signing into executive order the re-approval, revival and relaunch of […]
yannaki wrote a new post, Things to know about the warming Arctic – clip from “Before the Flood”, on the site 3 weeks, 4 days ago
Here is a good vid clip i came across – discussing the effects of anthropogenic-caused climate change and it’s gradual detrimental threats it poses on our planet’s environment…narrated by Dr. Eric Sala, a […]
yannaki wrote a new post, Earth Is On The Cusp Of A Sixth Mass Extinction – (OH OH!), on the site 2 years, 7 months ago
WOW! – im so glad i saw this one here…THANKS FOR SHARIN CORALINNI!!! –
As anyone would know about me, that my loves are bread and U GUESSED IT, “HUMMUS”!! — a traditional “meze” appetizer that’s very well-known across the Mediterranean and the Middle East, which has also spread into the Western world as a popular spread or dip. It’s one of…[Read more]
Here’s a little something special I felt like sharing as it carries a message that must be heard by the world…
The latest single from one of my favorite Sicilian musical groups, “Agricantus” – a group based from Palermo, Sicily that performs modern Sicilian music with World/Ethnic rhythms, including a strong North African influence that is well preserved in Sicily’s unique culture (especially in the West coast, which has a large North African [Tunisian] minority)
The song is entitled, “Nsunnai”, which means “I Dreamt” in the Sicilian language…and the song shares an inspirational story: about the burning desire for world peace and being free from the wrongful injustices and cruelties of humanity…a deep and powerfully inspirational song that speaks volumes – about the human condition. – *lyrics are translated below* –
Words from one of the band members:
“This is “Nsunnai”, last single published in spring, 2014 march 21. Dedicated to our dream for which we fight every day in the hope that they can achieve.” –
“Agricantus” – is a group that is comprised of musicians hailing from all places in the world and a project spanning across many years…promoting a message of love, world peace and humanity –
mani nuri nsunnai
mani nuri pi canziarimi ‘i guai
mani nuri nsunnai
pi fari li cosi p’un fari chjanciri mai
peri nuri nsunnai
peri nuri pi ju curriri assai
peri nuri nsunnai
pi ghiri luntanu e nun firmarimi mai
Mi nsunnai ri stari n paci
‘mmenzu a omini ca nun ghjettanu vuci
mi nsunnai a taci e maci
runni nuddu veni cchjù misu n cruci
e tuttu chistu mi ccunta
com’u rumani sara
R’ntra u sonnu veni ‘i stari
ca vivennu ‘a virità
funnu niuvuru a tuccari
sulu ‘a sorti pi campa’
si mi chiamanu cumpari
ma ‘u cutieddu m’azziccaru
sunnu genti ‘i malaffari
c’u surrisu marinaru
nascivi cu picca xelu
‘mmenzu a quarteri ‘i xittà
agghjuttuti r’u ximentu
rina, asfaittu, favusità
mi custrincinu a ammuttari
aria e fumu ch’i vastuni
mentri ‘u munnu sta a firriari
nenti c’è ca mi ‘nni veni
Bare hands, I dreamt of bare hands.
Bare hands to keep me far from trouble.
Bare hands, I dreamt of bare hands
to get things done, never to make anyone cry.
Bare feet, I dreamt of bare feet.
Bare feet for running far.
Bare feet, I dreamt of bare feet
to travel far and never return.
I dreamt of living in peace
in the midst of men who never cry out.
I dreamt privately,
of a place where no one is ever crucified,
and all of this speaks to me
of what tomorrow brings.
I want to stay in this dream,
because in the real world
the deepest black is always within reach
and I am left with only good fortune to survive.
He who calls me best friend
and then stabs me in the back
is a dishonest person
wearing an ambiguous smile.
I was born without seeing much of the sky,
in the quarters of the city
swallowed by concrete,
sand, asphalt, deceitfulness.
They force me to push away
air and smoke with my cane,
as the world continues to turn
and nothing comes to me.
Interesting Northern African influence – Wikipedia says of the music of Sicily also includes the following – “Sicily’s historical connections lie not primarily with mainland Italy, but with the ancient Greeks and Spanish cultures, with later Arabic influences. The result has been a diverse and unique fusion of musical elements on the island.” Thanks Yannaki for sharing this beautiful song!
yannaki wrote a new post, The US is not a democracy but an oligarchy, study concludes, on the site 2 years, 10 months ago
“The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence.”
By JC Sevcik | April 16, 2014 at 5:47 PM
The American Flag seen behind a sign for Wall Street near the New York Stock Exchange. UPI/John Angelillo
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WASHINGTON, April 16 (UPI) — Oligarchy is a form of government in which power is vested in a dominant class and a small group exercises control over the general population.A new study from Princeton and Northwestern Universities concluded that the U.S. government represents not the interests of the majority of citizens but those of the rich and powerful.
“Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens” analyzed extensive data, comparing nearly 1,800 U.S. policies enacted between 1981 and 2002 with the expressed preferences of average and affluent Americans as well as special interest groups.
The resulting data empirically verifies that U.S. policies are determined by the economic elite.
“The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence,” says the peer-reviewed study.
The 42-page study analyzes U.S. politics through the framework of four major theoretical traditions — Majoritarian Electoral Democracy, Economic Elite Domination, Majoritarian Pluralism and Biased Pluralism — concluding that U.S. political policies rarely align with the majority of citizens.
What do our findings say about democracy in America? They certainly constitute troubling news for advocates of “populistic” democracy, who want governments to respond primarily or exclusively to the policy preferences of their citizens. In the United States, our findings indicate, the majority does not rule — at least not in the causal sense of actually determining policy outcomes. When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organized interests, they generally lose. Moreover, because of the strong status quo bias built into the U.S. political system, even when fairly large majorities of Americans favor policy change, they generally do not get it.
The report consoles that “Americans do enjoy many features
central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association” but goes on to warn that “we believe that if policymaking is dominated
by powerful business organizations and a small number of affluent Americans, then America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened.”
It’s a sad state of affairs for Americans. Citizens when they unite for a common goal or purpose have power to change the direction of the government. However, the citizenry is fragmented and divided, and will thus remain essentially impotent and voiceless, until they come together under one banner for peace and justice for all.
It is sad that the profits of large corporations, for example, appear to have more influence on our lawmakers than the well being of the majority of its citizens ~ For example it is disheartening that the U.S. has not yet banned GMO food products yet Europe has banned GMO foods because of the harmful and dangerous effects GMO foods have on our health ~ Studies show that many of the major U.S. food companies/corporations hide GMO ingredients in their popular food products ~ Some of these products use words like “healthy” in their labels ~ Government/our lawmakers can do so much more to protect the majority in this case rather than protecting the interest of the few(the corporations)~
yannaki commented on the post, Most effective way in fighting global warming – cut Meat consumption ~ , on the site 3 years, 5 months ago
WOW! – good stuff coralinni!!!!!!!
If we could little by little, gradually cut our consumption of meat products by half or more (especially those like red meats that come from bovine – which uses considerably […]
yannaki wrote a new post, John Pisciotta’s Life in Palermo (Sicily) – “A true story”, on the site 3 years, 7 months ago
HERE IS A “MUST WATCH” VID – that i wanted to share – in response to the still growing conditions of poverty and human rights violations in the land of my paternal heritage – the island of “Sicily” – Sicilia. […]
The many inspirational quotes from Buddha always continue to make one ponder and reflect on the more deeper things in life ~ This one is definitely no exception!
Thanks for sharing Coralinni! – I got one that […]
yannaki commented on the post, The mantra was the great gift Deva’s father & mother gave her ~ , on the site 3 years, 9 months ago
Wow – thank u Coralinni for sharin’ such heartfelt vids ~ Deva & Miten definitely know how to touch the heart with their beautiful music ~
That last one depicting the devastating scenes from the Japan quake, […]
~ Magnificent words by multi-instrumentalist, composer, artist and peacelover – “Chris Spheeris” –
A true inspiration – words of truth that radiate within our inner being – “We […]
yannaki wrote a new post, Pandit Ravi Shankar wins two posthumous Grammys, accepted by daughters , on the site 4 years ago
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