Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Small Personal Victory, Alligations of Large Corporate Crime!

So Blogger has changed its look.  And made itself  a bit harder to work with.  I am trying to find the s pot to type in labels.
 It is Never in the same place with speech or Braille as it is with a rodent.  The screen is read in a different order
by speech or Braille than with sight and a rodent.

Anyway, today I took my first taxi ride solo since Ann's death.  Not a big deal when I could hear better.  Then I took the bus and cabs alone.  But becoming more deaf, combined with being totally blind, added to the fact that I was spoiled and had a partially sighted and hearing partner to ride with for 20 years, I was scared.  But it really was no big deal, even though it Felt like one.  I went to a sighted deaf ASL class.  It's different than TASL to some extent, but we manage to make ourselves understood. 

My TASL teacher is coming to a "Deaf Chat" at a pizza place this Friday night and I will meet her and her sighted deaf boyfriend there.  I am starting to get out a bit.  Taxis are costly, so can't do it much and now have no one to shop with for fun.  But I need to make new friends and that means getting out.  I had been practicing ASL for "I need help going to the ASL. class, please."  (Me need you help me go ASL class please).  But when I encountered a hearing receptionist, I just said it.  In class a guy who had interpreted for me before came up to say hi.  The teacher had a deaf lady who worked at a deaf group home and could speak and read lips interpret for me.  She inntroduced me to one of her young clients but he felt too shy to talk hand to hand.  When she encouraged him to be polite he signed "too bad" to her.  So I signed "turkey" and he laughed.

But there were, as always, times when I had to sit and wait without an idea in hell about what was happening.  Comes with the territory and sucks!

When I am with blind people they may make fun of my needing tem to speak morly or a bit more slowly.  When I'm with deaff sighted people I'm just Lost sometimes, not knowing what is happening.  That is scary.  But I did it.

I cannot verify what is written below.  Unfortunately, I am not surprised.  But since the Supreme Court has ruled that a corporation has the same rights as a person, why isn't someone in Jail if it is true?

Talk about Scary, check it out.

Dole wants corporations to be able to get away with murder. Literally.
Tell Dole to immediately pull its amicus briefing from the
Shell Oil v. Kiobel
Sign the petition.
In five days, one of the
most significant Supreme Court cases
 of our time will decide whether corporations can literally get
away with murder.
In the name of profit and quashing dissent, Shell sanctioned extrajudicial killing,
torture, crimes against humanity, and the murder of outspoken author and playwright
Ken Saro-Wiwa in Nigeria.
Corporations know that this case is precedent-setting, and so
corporations like Dole Foods are filing briefs in support of Shell
 to protect their own interests and make sure they can’t be held accountable for
human rights abuses abroad either.
Will you join us in telling Dole Foods to own up and immediately pull its amicus briefing from the  Kiobel v Shell  case?
Dole is vulnerable to public opinion, so we know they'll listen if enough citizen-consumers
like you weigh in. It knows that the stakes are high in the
 case: It has previously been accused of hiring a paramilitary organization that
was designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. government in 2001 to provide
‘violent services’ for Dole’s banana operations in Colombia. These services include
murdering trade union leaders and intimidating Dole’s banana workers
 so that they would not dare to join unions or demand collective negotiations. The
paramilitaries allegedly also murdered small farmers so that they would flee their
land and permit Dole to plant bananas, and keep profits high.
The landmark Kiobel case could finally hold
Shell Oil accountable for sanctioning extrajudicial killing, torture, crimes against
, and the murder of Ken Saro-Wiwa. But if corporations get their way next week, it
could permanently close a vital check on corporate power that makes sure corporations
are accountable to people.
Dole isn’t counting on a public outcry from members of the community,
but if we raise our voices together now, we can call out Dole for supporting Shell,
and can make it pull its amicus briefing from the court case.
Corporations should not be able to get in the way of justice, and Dole should know
that when it attempts to
protect corporate interests and power at the expense of human rights
, that we’ll come together and hold it accountable.
Sign our petition to Dole Foods now demanding that it immediately pull its amicus briefing from the  Kiobel v Shell  case.
Thanks for fighting for human rights and people over profits,
Emma, Taren, Kaytee and the rest of us
Background Information
In Nicaragua and the Philippines, thousands of banana plantation workers were sterilized
by a toxic that was banned in the 1970s by the US Environmental Protection Agency
The pesticide, produced by Dow Chemical, caused asthma, cancer, miscarriages, and
Dole has also been accused of hiring a paramilitary organization designated a terrorist
organization by the U.S. government to intimidate and murder trade union leaders
and ensure they didn’t join unions or demand collective negotiations. The paramilitaries
allegedly also murdered small farmers so that they would flee their land and permit
Dole to plant bananas, and keep profits high.
What is an Amicus Briefing?
An amicus brief is a document which is filed in a court by someone who is not directly
related to the case under consideration. The most classic example of an amicus brief
is a document filed by an advocacy group such as the American Civil Liberties Union.
The additional information which is found in such a document can be useful for the
judge evaluating the case, and it becomes part of the official case record. Many
nations allow people or entities to file such documents with their courts.
The tradition of accepting amicus briefs comes from a larger concept, the amicus
curiae, or “friend of the court.” A friend of the court may be interested in a case
for various reasons, although he or she is not directly involved.
Who has submitted amicus briefings in the Shell v. Kiobel
 court case?
An extensive list of corporations have filed pro-Shell amicus briefs to the Supreme
Court. This includes Monsanto, Chevron, BP, Rio Tinto, Dow Chemical, Ford, pharmaceutical
giant Glaxosmith Kline, Proctor and Gamble, Honeywell, ConocoPhillips, IBM, General
Electric. It also includes right wing think tank the Cato Institute, and the U.S.
Chamber of Commerce.
Further reading:
Filipino Banana Workers Frustrated in Battle Over Dole’s Pesticides
, In These Times. August 15, 2012.
Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co.
 International Human Rights Clinic.
 SumOfUs is a world-wide movement of people like you, working together to hold corporations
accountable for their actions and forge a new, sustainable path for our global economy.
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Perssonal again:  Trying to correct a spelling mistake in this is like playing "Hang Man."  Neither Braille nor speech will read anything I've posted to me.  Should have typed in Word then here.

And the most fun I had with Ann when we rode taxis was going "doll drewling".

Has anybody got spare Barboid purses they want to ditch?  I am Sick of sewing Tiny horrid purses by hand for the dolls I plan to sell!

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