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Offlineenotake2
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Expect more than others think possible
    #1269518 - 02/01/03 10:21 PM (14 years, 10 months ago)

I received this email today. This might be a good idea for a protest as opposed to the usual petition thing. I am not a christian, but our prime minister John Howard and at least Bush pretend to be. We have it running in Australia at the moment.


1) There is a grassroots campaign underway to protest
war in Iraq in a simple, but potentially powerful way.
It might be more noticeable than yet another petition.

Place 1/2 cup uncooked rice in a small plastic bag (a
snack-size bag or sandwich bag work fine). Squeeze out
excess air and seal the bag. Wrap it in a piece of
paper on which you have written, "If your enemies are
hungry, feed them. Romans 12:20. Please send this rice
to the people of Iraq; do not attack them."

Place the paper and bag of rice in an envelope (either
a letter-sized or padded mailing envelope) and address
them to:

America:
President George Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500


Australia:
Prime Minister John Howard
House of Representatives
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Drop this in the mail. It is important to act NOW so
that they get the letters ASAP.

In order for this protest to be effective, there must
be hundreds of thousands of such rice deliveries .
We can do this if you each copy this message and
send to your friends, family and mailing list.

There is a positive history of this protest! In the
1950s, Fellowship of Reconciliation began a similar
protest, which is credited with
influencing President Eisenhower against attacking
China. Read on:

"In the mid-1950s, the pacifist Fellowship of
Reconciliation, learning of famine in the Chinese
mainland, launched a 'Feed Thine Enemy'
campaign. Members and friends mailed thousands of
little bags of rice to the White House with a tag
quoting the Bible, "If thine enemy hunger, Feed him."

As far as anyone knew for more than ten years, the
campaign was an abject failure. The President did not
acknowledge receipt of the bags publicly; certainly,
no rice was ever sent to China. What nonviolent
activists only learned a decade later was that the
campaign played a significant, perhaps even
determining role in preventing nuclear war. Twice
while the campaign was on, President
Eisenhower met with the Joint Chiefs of Staff to
consider U.S. options in the conflict with China over
two islands, Quemoy and Matsu. The generals twice
recommended the use of nuclear weapons. President
Eisenhower each time turned to his aide and asked how
many little bags of rice had come in. When told they
numbered in the tens of thousands, Eisenhower told the
generals that as long as so many Americans were
expressing active interest in having the U.S. feed the
Chinese, he certainly wasn't going to consider using
nuclear weapons against them."

Aussies: OK EVERYBODY, PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO VOTE ON THIS.
IF ANYBODY CAN MADE A DIFFERENCE TO THOSE THAT DO
MAKE THE FINAL DECISION, IT IS THE MEDIA. This is an
ABC Poll, 2000 votes isn't going to move John Howard
much but a million votes will. Please take a second
to complete this & pass it onto your friends with a
real urgency. please, there is not a lot we can do,
but this is something we can do that will make
a difference if enough people yell loud enough!!!!!
Thanks

Hello Friends~ Cast your vote on this ABC site and
look at the fact that most People - 88% (at 7:00PM PST
on 1-19,) do not think we have any business picking a
fight with Iraq.

After you have cast your vote (which only takes a
second), check out the results in this straw poll.
Amazing!

The question:

Do you believe there is a case for war against Iraq?

http://www.abc.net.au/news/poll1/vote/

CARE MORE THAN OTHERS THINK WISE
RISK MORE THAN OTHERS THINK SAFE
DREAM MORE THAN OTHERS THINK PRACTICAL
EXPECT MORE THAN OTHERS THINK POSSIBLE


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"Being bitter and hateful is like drinking a vial of poison and hoping the other person gets sick" FreakQLibrium

"My motto from here on out is: If someone or something (including me) in my life is conducting themselves in such a way that they can be seen on Jerry Springer, it's time to take out the garbage!!! When you stop taking their behaviour personally and see their antics as a true reflection on their character, it becomes absolutely nauseating." Anon. on abusive relationships.


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Re: Expect more than others think possible [Re: enotake2]
    #1269531 - 02/01/03 10:26 PM (14 years, 10 months ago)

Pointless and asinine.

The US already gives over 60% of the world's food hand-outs as it is.  Not that any of it is appreciated.  We are the big bad ogre trying to take over the world. :smirk:


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Offlineenotake2
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Re: Expect more than others think possible [Re: ]
    #1269584 - 02/01/03 10:47 PM (14 years, 10 months ago)

I don't know, it might be more effective than the boring ol petition... anyway, as a percentage of thier total moneys the United States actually gives much less than many countries.


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Computer games don't affect kids. I mean if Pacman affected our generation as kids, we'd all be running around in a darkened room, munching pills and listening to repetitive electronic music.

"Being bitter and hateful is like drinking a vial of poison and hoping the other person gets sick" FreakQLibrium

"My motto from here on out is: If someone or something (including me) in my life is conducting themselves in such a way that they can be seen on Jerry Springer, it's time to take out the garbage!!! When you stop taking their behaviour personally and see their antics as a true reflection on their character, it becomes absolutely nauseating." Anon. on abusive relationships.


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Re: Expect more than others think possible [Re: enotake2]
    #1269620 - 02/01/03 11:05 PM (14 years, 10 months ago)

I like your protest idea, even if I don't believe that bit about Eisenhower.





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Re: Expect more than others think possible [Re: ]
    #1269633 - 02/01/03 11:11 PM (14 years, 10 months ago)

Quote:

The US already gives over 60% of the world's food hand-outs as it is. Not that any of it is appreciated. We are the big bad ogre trying to take over the world.





A public relations stunt, nothing more.

Your statement, however you meant it, may be the literal truth.


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Edited by carbonhoots (02/01/03 11:14 PM)


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Re: Expect more than others think possible [Re: enotake2]
    #1269752 - 02/02/03 12:29 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

Golly gosh, I know I'd change my plans if I got a bag of rice in the mail.

What a stupid fucking idea.


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You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity. What one person receives without working for another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for that my dear friend is the beginning of the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it. ~ Adrian Rogers


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Re: Expect more than others think possible [Re: luvdemshrooms]
    #1269770 - 02/02/03 12:42 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

Well lets face it luvvie, nothing would make you change your plans would it. Bush has told you what to believe and you'll believe it till he tells you otherwise.


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Re: Expect more than others think possible [Re: Xlea321]
    #1269786 - 02/02/03 12:52 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

Actually I don't recall saying that Alpo. You really should think about your posts before you click continue. Don't you get tired of making an ass of yourself?


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You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity. What one person receives without working for another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for that my dear friend is the beginning of the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it. ~ Adrian Rogers


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Re: Expect more than others think possible [Re: ]
    #1270020 - 02/02/03 06:03 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

"Gifts" from America usually come with a price. We don't do much at all "Out of the goodness of our hearts".  :tongue:


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Re: Expect more than others think possible [Re: enotake2]
    #1270166 - 02/02/03 07:16 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

We're not going to war to feed the Iraqis. Might as well mail a pot leaf and write, "Let's get Iraq high, not bomb them."


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