Boiling Frogs Post Countdown-Week 4 & Still Counting

Updates On Our Annual Fundraising & A Few Notes on my relocation Journey

Let me start with a big personal ‘thank you’ to all of you who have generously donated to keep this site alive - before my other brief updates, and before I run out of my pre-purchased internet minutes. As you know I don’t have one of those ‘automated thank you’ responses set up to go with each payment … partly due to their impersonal robotic nature and partly due to my resistance to (and incompetence with!) technology in general. I would rather do it here, and here it is again: My sincere thanks to all of you who have kindly donated to Boiling Frogs Post.

I run our fundraising campaign only once a year and for 4 weeks. Unfortunately, as far as our modest fundraising objective goes, we are about halfway there, and this, after finishing our third week. Considering the average rate of contributions we’ve been receiving (so far), we need at least 150 more of you to make it. Now, some people ask, ‘why don’t you run the campaign quarterly or bi-annually?’ My answer is not a complicated one: I really don’t like doing this; I would rather run a longer campaign and get it over with for the year. BUT, I try to listen to my friends and members of our irate minority club, so here are my options in need of your two-cents to come to a decision:

1-     Extend the countdown campaign by another two weeks, and keep this as annual fundraising campaign

2-     Bite the bullet and run a fundraiser campaign 2 or 3 times a year

3-     There are other options and methods such as : Explain your idea

As I have said repeatedly, we can’t make it without you. Please help us get there by kindly donating whatever you can. Here is a better articulated call to action by my co-host and partner Peter B Collins:



My relocation preparation journey has gone nicely and much easier than I had expected! I have found a perfect school for my daughter where her curriculum will include vegetable gardening! I know you are scratching your head and wondering about the planet I’ll be relocating to 😉 be patient you’ll have more on that later. I have found a perfect house (cottage) location where my daughter can have a pet sheep or two. You may consider this an attempt for a cute or romantic country life wanna be…but it is more than that. I call it a semi compromise, and here is what I mean: On one hand I want a nice and decent size yard/land for my child and upcoming dog, but on the other hand I have this incredible aversion to lawn mowers (everything about them!! The sound, the sight, the time & effort it takes…you name it!!). In the area where I’ll be relocating to it is not unusual to see people keeping sheep, lamas or both to keep their grass under control… Okay, I won’t go further. I am afraid I’ll be losing some of my readership!!

I guess the harder part of this relocation business is back home waiting for my return: Selling our ‘things,’ transferring a bunch of ‘things,’ canceling ‘things,’ packing, etc. I will be back in 5 days. I should be active and online by Monday, March 28. By the way, the only thing I’ve missed during this period: access to high-speed internet and that at reasonable prices! I have been completely out of touch, and feel so not current as far as world news is concerned…and I am still trying to decide whether I feel ignorance is truly a bliss or not! Really! One minute I am so very content not to know a thing about the status of ‘things’ (wars, the butchering of whatever is leftover of our rights-freedom, ….), then, a few minutes later I feel lost & disoriented, and start feeling the itch-the need to know!

I will have more for you by next week. Meanwhile please help us take care of this website and keep it going. We are counting on you!

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  1. Sibel there are always consequences on relocating. You obviously gave a great deal of thought and time, and weighed the advantages v the disadvantages. You obviously felt it better for you and your family to move away. (It seems you have your daughters interests at heart, which speaks volumes of how good a mother you are)
    Speaking for myself, I’ve learned more and more from you. You take the time to find out matters that are imporatant to you and communicate these thoughts to all of us who take take to come here. (You can’t find this objective analysis from the lame stream media) I wish you the best in your relocation, and may life become easier for you and your family.
    Take good care, PLEASE!!

  2. Fair & Balanced: Viewing cable 08GENEVA256, OIC POWER PLAY DOMINATES HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL \

    Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC)

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    Reference ID
    2008-04-04 15:03
    2011-03-13 00:12
    US Mission Geneva
    Appears in these articles:

    DE RUEHGV #0256/01 0951526
    P 041526Z APR 08
    2008-04-04 15:26:00 08GENEVA256 US Mission Geneva CONFIDENTIAL 07USMISSIONGENEVA2626 VZCZCXYZ0011\
    DE RUEHGV #0256/01 0951526\
    P 041526Z APR 08\
    C O N F I D E N T I A L GENEVA 000256 \
    SIPDIS \
    SIPDIS \
    E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/01/2018 \
    REF: 07 GENEVA 2626 \
    Classified By: Ambassador Warren W. Tichenor. Reasons: 1.4 (b/d). \
    ¶1. (C) SUMMARY: The seventh session of the Human Rights \
    Council, which ran March 3-28 with an April 1 extension, \
    highlighted the power of the Organization of the Islamic \
    Conference (OIC) in that still evolving body. The session’s \
    defining moment came in the closing minutes of its last \
    scheduled day of work, when the OIC and its allies rammed \
    through amendments that subverted the Freedom of Expression \
    resolution. This culminated relentless OIC efforts \
    throughout the session to press its interests, which \
    generally undermine the promotion and protection of human \
    rights. The results included, inter alia, the passage of a \
    resolution on defamation of religions, and the Council’s \
    by-now customarily unbalanced approach to Israel. On the \
    positive side, the Council preserved some important country \
    mandates, and provided the forum for a discussion of China’s \
    behavior in Tibet. The balance sheet, however, continued to \
    favor the OIC and its allies. As several like-minded \
    ambassadors agreed in an April 2 meeting with Ambassador \
    Tichenor, the seventh session raises deep concerns about the \
    Council’s future direction and strongly argues for more \
    active and more effective coordination among like-minded \
    states. END SUMMARY. \
    ————– \
    ¶2. (SBU) OIC efforts to amend — and in effect subvert — the \
    Freedom of Expression resolution had been a dominant subtext \
    throughout the Council’s seventh regular session. With \
    support from the U.S., the EU and others, Canada, as chief \
    sponsor, had sought to fend off an OIC amendment that would \
    instruct the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression to \
    report on “instances in which the abuse of the right of \
    freedom of expression constitutes an act of racial or \
    religious discrimination.” The OIC, taking advantage of its \
    internal discipline, had held firm throughout. China, \
    apparently angered by criticism during the Council’s March 25 \
    meeting of its behavior in Tibet, floated its own killer \
    amendments two days before the vote. Canada rejected these \
    as having been raised too late in the game. \
    ¶3. (U) The decisive action on the freedom of expression \
    resolution and its amendments came on the session’s last day. \
    We had joined Canada and others in efforts to sway moderate \
    OIC members, but these had fallen short. Meanwhile, Canada \
    had sought to find compromise language that would avoid the \
    OIC amendment. When those efforts failed, and with the \
    session having been extended beyond its scheduled 6pm closing \
    time, the OIC called for a vote on its amendment, which \
    passed (27-17-3). The U.S., Canada, the EU and others \
    dropped their co-sponsorship. With the momentum clearly \
    favoring the OIC and its allies, Cuba then pulled an \
    unexpected move, proposing an oral amendment underscoring \
    “the importance for all forms of media to report and to \
    deliver information in a fair and impartial manner.” That \
    amendment passed (29-15-3). Canada and the EU failed in last \
    minute procedural efforts to head off the fully amended \
    resolution, which then passed (32-0-15). \
    ¶4. (C) The Ambassador’s April 2 meeting with like-minded \
    ambassadors to take stock of the session provided additional \
    insights into the dynamics behind the last-minute \
    maneuvering. Canada’s ambassador expressed frustration at \
    the African Group’s solidarity with the OIC. Madagascar and \
    Angola, for instance, had expressed discomfort with the \
    amendment in conversations with the Canadians but had \
    eventually been pressured into voting for it. The OIC had \
    also exerted immense pressure on others during the end game, \
    he reported; Bosnia and Herzegovina, for instance, had been \
    pressed hard, although it had ended up voting against the \
    amendment. Both the Canadian and Danish ambassadors \
    expressed particular resentment toward China: though the \
    Chinese had ostensibly kept their promise, made on the \
    session’s last day, not to put forth an oral amendment, they \
    had clearly struck a deal for Cuba to do so. \
    ¶5. (U) In an April 1 extension of the seventh session to \
    allow for closing statements, several OIC members defended \
    the newly amended resolution. Pakistan argued that the OIC \
    amendment had done nothing beyond providing an “add-on” that \
    made the resolution more “comprehensive and holistic,” in \
    order to protect the stability of multicultural societies. \
    Sri Lanka echoed that theme and expressed hope that the \
    decisions on the freedom of expression mandate would not \
    leave the Council as a “house divided.” The U.S. was among \
    several delegations that sharply criticized the amendments. \
    ¶6. (U) The OIC had scored an earlier victory with adoption of \
    a resolution on defamation of religions (21-10-14). It also \
    succeeded in rescheduling the Item 7 discussion of the \
    Occupied Palestinian Territories to early in the Council \
    session in order more quickly to condemn Israel’s response to \
    rocket attacks from Gaza. In addition to the resolution \
    passed on that occasion, the Council also passed three other \
    anti-Israel resolutions. One of these, on Israeli \
    settlements, passed 46-1-0, with only Canada voting against \
    it. \
    ——————————————— ——— \
    ¶7. (U) In recent months, the OIC and its allies had continued \
    their criticism of country mandates, arguing that they had \
    become unnecessary particularly given the imminent start of \
    the Universal Periodic Review mechanism. The seventh session \
    saw two important casualties: the mandate of the Democratic \
    Republic of the Congo was eliminated, to be replaced with a \
    far weaker arrangement for monitoring the situation on the \
    ground in the DRC, and the Council passed a weak resolution \
    on Sudan. Nonetheless, two important country mandates, on \
    Burma and the DPRK, were adopted (the former by consensus and \
    the latter by a vote of 27-7-18). \
    ¶8. (SBU) At the session, new appointments were made to fill a \
    number of special procedures mandates. This followed a \
    difficult and highly politicized process that drew complaints \
    from many delegations about lack of transparency. In the \
    end, two AmCits were selected, both of whose records suggest \
    they will not address their mandate responsibilities \
    even-handedly; none of the USG nominees for mandates was \
    selected. In the April 1 session, Egypt, Russia, Algeria and \
    others sought to undercut the principle under which mandate \
    holders are extended, with little review, for a second \
    three-year term if they perform well in their first term; the \
    EU and others resisted this effort, seeing it as a ploy to \
    impose pressure on mandate holders who prove overly \
    independent. \
    ¶9. (SBU) Meanwhile, a resolution criticizing the Office of \
    the High Commissioner for Human Rights for failing to ensure \
    balance in its hiring of staff was adopted 34-10-3, playing \
    into the hands of those seeking to whittle away at the \
    independence of the OHCHR. By most accounts, we are likely \
    to see more such resolutions criticizing the OHCHR in future \
    sessions. High Commissioner Louise Arbour also came under \
    attack at various points throughout the session, including in \
    the aftermath of the report she presented to the Council, \
    during which she also announced that she would step down from \
    that post at the end of her term in June. \
    ——————- \
    ¶10. (C) On the positive side, the Council session proved an \
    opportunity to shed light on China’s reaction to protests in \
    Tibet. Slovenia (on behalf of the EU), Switzerland and \
    Australia joined the U.S. in raising concerns about the \
    issue, as did a number of NGOs, generally in harsher terms. \
    China’s delegation, supported by a few others, repeatedly \
    raised procedural objections on the grounds that the \
    discussion was taking place under Item 8 (Vienna \
    Declaration), which should not address country situations. \
    In response to the objections, Council President Costea took \
    a middle ground, urging speakers to address the Vienna \
    Declaration and its implementation but allowing all but one \
    NGO speaker to speak about Tibet. Switzerland is among \
    several countries planning to write Costea to underscore its \
    view that country situations may be addressed under Item 8. \
    In the view of many, China’s repeated objections only played \
    into the hands of those criticizing it for seeking to squash \
    dialogue on the subject. \
    ——————————————– \
    ¶11. (C) As noted reftel, the Council’s last session, in \
    December, had been plagued by a reluctance of the Portuguese \
    EU presidency to coordinate with potential allies, including \
    the U.S. Prior to the seventh session, Ambassador Tichenor, \
    supported by other ambassadors, had highlighted to the \
    incoming Slovenian presidency in the Council the importance \
    of better coordination, and the Slovenians appeared genuinely \
    committed to improving matters. In practice, the EU’s record \
    in the seventh session proved mixed. In a number of cases, \
    including on coordination with the Latin American regional \
    group (GRULAC) on a resolution on the rights of the child, \
    the EU continued its weak coordination with other interested \
    delegations, and on a number of resolutions, it often failed \
    to keep the U.S. and other allied delegations properly \
    informed. In other instances, however, it communicated and \
    coordinated well, both through direct contact between \
    Slovenian delegates and their counterparts and through EU \
    burden-sharing of those responsibilities. In perhaps the \
    best example of coordination, the EU brought the U.S. and \
    Australian delegations into its last-minute negotiations with \
    ASEAN on the Burma resolution, and later acknowledged that \
    this had strengthened its position. \
    ——- \
    ¶12. (C) Burma was among a number of issues where U.S. \
    engagement proved important. Another was Mexico’s resolution \
    on counter-terrorism: while Mexico sought to be \
    accommodating, it did so at least in part because the U.S. \
    made clear its desire to be actively involved in hammering \
    out acceptable language. Similarly, U.S. engagement both in \
    the run-up to the session and during the session itself \
    shaped the Maldives’ resolution on climate change. In these \
    cases and others, the primary sponsors’ willingness to \
    cooperate with the U.S. proved fundamental — and \
    encouraging. \
    ¶13. (C) Despite a few bright spots, however, the seventh \
    session has been deeply troubling. The OIC appears to have \
    further strengthened its internal discipline, and the \
    statements of its leading delegations, notably Pakistan and \
    Egypt, became more aggressive. We also have been \
    particularly struck by the increasing aggressiveness of the \
    Sri Lankan PermRep. The OIC and its allies also appear to \
    have coordinated well in their lobbying on the floor of the \
    Council. Meanwhile, the EU and its allies are not only \
    outnumbered but have at times been reluctant to challenge the \
    OIC directly. Several ambassadors expressed deep concern in \
    our April 2 stock-taking session, stressing that U.S. \
    membership in the Council could be pivotal and arguing that a \
    new long-term strategic approach might be needed; Slovenia’s \
    ambassador said his delegation was drafting a concept paper, \
    initially for EU consideration. From our perspective, it \
    will be difficult to reverse the dynamic of an ascendant OIC \
    in the Council, making cooperation among states that share \
    our human rights goals all the more essential. \

  3. 9-11 report by a credible scientist is included within the video link below:

    Independent scientist Leuren Moret, whose 2004 landmark article in the Japan Times unmasked lies and distortions by government and company officials that led to the construction of nuclear power plants in seismically dangerous areas, has declared in an exclusive 65-minute video interview with Alfred Lambremont Webre that the “Japan earthquake and “accidents” at the Fukushima’s 6 nuclear power plant units starting March 11, 2011 are in fact deliberate acts of tectonic nuclear warfare, carried out against the populations ecology of Japan and the nations of the Northern Hemisphere, including the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

  4. I love the fact that you picked a school for your daughter that includes gardening and pet sheep!
    I have been planning a future that includes agriculture and farming, since going back to basics, for me at least = long term sustainability.
    I don’t plan to do this in the states, since I find I’m often hard pressed to find suitable land that isn’t with in a certain proximity to hazmat, nuke plants et al.
    I do appreciate the time and effort you have shared with your readers. I’ve suggested to many people to check out your site and podcasts.
    In many cases it’s like leading a horse to water… I can’t make them drink it.
    That’s about all I can do, since some people are perpetual dwellers of negativity. They would rather put energy into some far out bizarre theories, then actual fact.
    I’ve been a rabid activist for the last decade. I need to move forward and put time and energy into other things. My thoughts feelings and beliefs are the same. The powers that be are making desperate measures to deny the truth (that screams guilt) I believe all the facts will eventually comeout, and some will still deny it.
    Be safe in your journey, and thank you for your invaluable contributions.

  5. Frog Fable Brought to a Boil

    The name ‘Boiling Frogs’ should in no way detract from the good, and informative news that Sibel and her friends offer. That said, I was reading in the magazine ‘Conservation’ Spring 2011 an article titled as above by Dr. Kruszelnicki.
    “A frog would notice the water getting hot.” Dr. Hutchison, a herpetologist at the University of Oklahoma, has dealt with frogs throughout his professional life. One of his current research interests is “the physiological ecology of thermal relations of amphibians and reptiles. The critical thermal maxima of many species of frogs have been determined by several investigators. In this procedure, the water in which a frog is submerged is heated gradually at about 2 degrees F per minute. As the temperature of the water is increased, the frog will eventually become more and more active in attempts to escape the heated water.”
    This inconvenient truth illustrates how our need for a parable sometimes distracts us from seeking out the truth. In medical science, there is a phenomena called the placebo effect. I can tell you that you will sit still as the water is heated and 60% of you will believe me. That however is not the truth. The water has now reached the point that Sibel hopped out of the pot and gone to New Zealand. How about the rest of us?

  6. If Sibel has abandoned the beltway for NZ in hopes of a sane life, for her and her family, who could criticize that? I suppose for someone who cares as much about us and Sibel does she needs to be connected to the rest of the mad world and her friends via the internet. I don’t think she would escape totally and leave us behind. She’s that kind of person. Raising her daughter in a rich environment is what parenting is about. Good on her.

    I am waiting for my SO to give me to go ahead and we sail out of this madness. We have to leave culture behind and hopefully not connection to the world because of “technology”. But even the www seems to be something which we now take for granted like air and water and I fear it will be controlled or turned off as it’s way too democratic in a neo feudal world. Can’t have that sort of thing. When that goes dark, we’re isolated and essentially will be living in feudal times.

    The worst is yet to come… unless…

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