Something to think about ….


~~May 12, 2014~~

If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — for ever.’

-George Orwell-

TomDispatch.com …. By Chase Madar

If all you’ve got is a hammer, then everything starts to look like a nail. And if police and prosecutors are your only tool, sooner or later everything and everyone will be treated as criminal. This is increasingly the American way of life, a path that involves “solving” social problems (and even some non-problems) by throwing cops at them, with generally disastrous results. Wall-to-wall criminal law encroaches ever more on everyday life as police power is applied in ways that would have been unthinkable just a generation ago.

~~Criminalizing Immigration~~

The past decade has also seen immigration policy ingested by criminal law. According to another Human Rights Watch report — their U.S. division is increasingly busy — federal criminal prosecutions of immigrants for illegal entry have surged from 3,000 in 2002 to 48,000 last year. This novel application of police and prosecutors has broken up families and fueled the expansion of for-profit detention centers, even as it has failed to show any stronger deterrent effect on immigration than the civil law system that preceded it. Thanks to Arizona’s SB 1070 bill, police in that state are now licensed to stop and check the papers of anyone suspected of being undocumented — that is, who looks Latino. Meanwhile, significant parts of the US-Mexico border are now militarized (as increasingly is the Canadian border), including what seem to resemble free-fire zones. And if anyone were to leave bottled water for migrants illegally crossing the desert and in danger of death from dehydration, that good Samaritan should expect to face criminal charges, too. Intensified policing with aggressive targets for arrests and deportations are guaranteed to be a part of any future bipartisan deal on immigration reform.

~~Digital Over-Policing~~

As for the Internet, for a time it was terra nova and so relatively free of a steroidal law enforcement presence. Not anymore. The late Aaron Swartz, a young Internet genius and activist affiliated with Harvard University, was caught downloading masses of scholarly articles (all publicly subsidized) from an open network on the MIT campus. Swartz was federally prosecuted under the capacious Computer Fraud and Abuse Act for violating a “terms and services agreement” — a transgression that anyone who has ever disabled a cookie on his or her laptop has also, technically, committed. Swartz committed suicide earlier this year while facing a possible 50-year sentence and up to a million dollars in fines.

~~Full Read/Source~~ 

Read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/policing-america-daily-actions-incrementally-criminalized/#SsqDItWI6XtmB3HM.99

We ALL are ONE!!

“Stitch” …. a post suggested by Sophie Baxter!!


~~May 3, 2014~~ 

Stitch (also known as Experiment 626) is a fictional character in the Lilo & Stitch film series and television series. Originally created to cause chaos across the galaxy, he is marked by his mischievous behavior, traits that endear him to his friend Lilo (who adopted him as her puppy dog).

He is voiced by his creator and the film’s co-director, Chris Sanders.

~~Appearance~~

Stitch is a blue, koala-like, alien genetic creation standing around 3 feet tall. He is referred to as a dog throughout much of the franchise, and was thought in the beginning by Lilo to be a collie hit by a car, and Nani thought it was a koala of a sort before they found out he was a genetic experiment.

He has a limited ability to change his physical appearance, as he can retract a second set of arms, his claws, his antennae and the three spikes on his back into his body.

Stitch
First appearance Lilo & Stitch (2002)
Created by Chris Sanders
Voiced by Chris Sanders (all except anime)
Ben Diskin (English version of anime)
Aliases Experiment 626, an Earth dog, ‘Kenny’, ‘Mutant Koala’, ‘Rabid hedgehog’, ‘little blue wrecking ball’, ‘little monster’

~~History~~

As revealed in Lilo & Stitch, Stitch was created by “evil genius” Dr. Jumba Jookiba, who called him “Experiment 626”. Both Jumba and Stitch were captured and put on trial by the United Galactic Federation.

626 is then sentenced by the Grand Councilwoman to life imprisonment on a desert asteroid and Captain Gantu (who despises him) escorts him. Stitch escapes and crash-lands in Kaua’iHawaii. Disguising himself as a dog to hide from his captors, 626 was adopted by a little girl named Lilo, who names him “Stitch”.

Stitch is trained by Lilo to be good, using Elvis Presley as a model for his behavior. Lilo’s efforts prove to be fruitless at first, as Stitch is unable to suppress his destructive programming. Nevertheless, Lilo enjoys having Stitch as her new “puppy”. Although at first he only wanted to use her as a human shield from Jumba and Agent Pleakley, whose mission was to capture him, Stitch slowly develops feelings for Lilo, to the point where he saves her from Gantu.

After his heroics, the Grand Councilwoman allows Stitch to serve his exile on Earth with Lilo as his warder, citing her dog adoption certificate (subsequently, Lilo seems to have become not only a best friend but also a sister figure to Stitch).

~~Abilities and weaknesses~~

While explaining his creation to the Galactic Council early on in Lilo & Stitch, Dr. Jumba gives the following rundown of Stitch’s powers:

He is bulletproof, fireproof, and can think faster than super computer. He can see in the dark and can move objects 3,000 times his size. His only instinct — to destroy everything he touches!

In the original Lilo & Stitch film, Jumba claimed that Stitch’s “destructive tendency was taking effect and that he would be irresistibly drawn to large cities to “back up sewers, reverse street signs, and steal everyone’s left shoe.” This is shown in Lilo & Stitch: The Series episode 10, where Lilo and Stitch are watching Keoni skateboard, then Stitch looks in Keoni’s rucksac and eats Keoni’s shoe, Keoni replies by saying “Hey, my shoes!” in which Lilo says, “He only eats the left ones!”

While Stitch is never seen shot by a bullet, he can endure being shot by plasma projectiles. He can even catch them in his hands before throwing it back to the shooter, as shown in the original film and Stitch! The Movie. Stitch was shown to be hit by one in the episode “Finder” when Hamsterviel, armed with a self-made plasma cannon, shot him with it, which only made Stitch unconscious (it is assumed that plasma projectiles are deadly to humans as Lilo occasionally is almost shot by one in the franchise).

As he dodges all other plasma projectiles, Jumba did claim that Stitch being hit by one would stun him long enough to be defeated by a foe. He did survive the crash of his spaceship with only a scratch, is only briefly stunned by a fall of several thousand feet, and has to be run over by three tractor-trailers in succession to be knocked out. As for fireproof, in the original film he does drive a tanker truck full of gasoline into a volcano and in the ensuing explosion he is propelled into the air, a move he uses to strike at Gantu’s spaceship to thwart his capture of Lilo.

Thinking faster than a super computer is harder to quantify, but he does escape from captivity fairly ingeniously, builds a model of San Francisco after only glancing at Earth vs. the Spider; grabs a crossword puzzle from the table and finishes it in about 8 seconds; is often seen solving complex mathematic equations; builds a bomb out of a plasma bolt, a doll and a roller skate; builds a “bucking bronco” out of a toaster, a vacuum cleaner, and a lamp; a DNA double helix from only coconuts, hollow sticks and a turntable; is able to understand he can use a human as a shield from Jumba, by Pleakly’s presence; and generally picks up quickly on what is happening around him. He is also fluent in playing the ukulele and driving any sort of vehicle, which can be as simple as riding a tricycle or as complex as piloting inter-galactic spaceships.

His ability to lift objects 3,000 times his own size and weight is seen several times throughout the franchise, including incidents where he picks up a descending blast door, hits Dr. Jumba with a thrown Volkswagen Beetle (shouting gleefully, “blue punch buggy! No punch back!“) and stops an oil tanker. This ability is sometimes joked about in the later series; for example, in Stitch! The Movie, Hämsterviel, while physically restraining Stitch for a cloning experiment, counters Stitch’s strength with restraint devices, that are equal in strength themselves, as Hämsterviel loudly declares, to 3,001 times Stitch’s own weight. Another such example of the limitation of such strength was during Lilo and Stitch: The Series, where Stitch showed his strength off on a television show by holding up two bulldozers on a platform only to have it come crashing down on him when Gantu lets loose a piece of paper which attaches itself to one of the bulldozer, stating he can hold up three thousand times his weight, but not an ounce more.

Pads on Stitch’s hands and feet can secrete a sticky substance allowing him to adhere to almost any surface and scale buildings and walls. His skeletal system is very flexible, allowing him to put his feet into his mouth and become a rolling ball and also to allow him to squeeze through tight spaces. Stitch’s legs are small, but powerful enough to enable him to jump several feet into the air. His eyes can pick up various forms of light and he can filter out one or the other if necessary.

Stitch can see in normal vision (during this mode, his eyes appear black in color), night vision (which is green), infrared (red) and X-ray (bright green). Furthermore, he also can magnify his vision. He also can act as an audio amplifierradio and/or microphone, illustrated when he uses a finger as the needle on a record player, and the music comes out of his open mouth. He has an acute sense of smell and hearing and is also dexterously skilled in hand-to-hand combat, using all four arms or just two.

Stitch can also be noted for his immortality. Although the Lilo & Stitch franchise is set in the current year, he is shown to have no signs of aging as seen in the episode “Skip” for 10–20 years, much to his chagrin (although suggested by an aged Lilo to grow a goatee to make him look older).

Stitch is proven to be ticklish in Lilo and Stitch: The Series.

In Shortstuff stitch is tickled by a ray used to make him bigger.

Stitch’s greatest weakness is his inability to float or swim due to his dense molecular structure, which causes him to sink in water. Another weakness is the fact that his super-sensitive hearing can lead to temporary deafness when exposed to sonic blasts. Stitch originally had an instinctive aquaphobia, but was able to overcome it because of Lilo. In episode 6 of Lilo & Stitch The Series, experiment 300 was activated, which Lilo nicknamed Spooky, it has the ability to transform into people’s worst fear, for Stitch it transformed into water, until Lilo showed Stitch her coping mechanism for when she gets scared, which is how Stitch was able to save her later in the episode.

Lilo’s coping mechanism is singing the chorus of ‘Aloha ‘oe.’ Another of Stitch’s weaknesses, as mentioned earlier, is that he cannot lift things over 3000 times his size and weight.

~~Lilo & Stitch – Trailer~~

~~Published on Apr 13, 2012~~

Get ready for the wildly original story about an independent little girl named Lilo and her adopted alien “puppy,” the mischievous Stitch, a runaway genetic experiment from a faraway planet.

After crash-landing on Earth, Stitch wreaks havoc on the Hawaiian Islands, but he also learns about loyalty, friendship and ‘ohana, the Hawaiian tradition of family. There’s excitement and entertainment for every member of your ‘ohana!

We ALL are connected through FAMILY!!

~~GALLERY~~

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We ALL are ONE!! 

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~~SOPHIA BAXTER~~