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re: rainwater tanks for firefighting in canberra?
10 feb 2003
a.p.  wrote:

>| my us toilet takes about an hour to fill with a 4' head...
>thats because you yanks (or are you a canute?) are full of it (ask dubya)

some of us yanks are trying to make him fuller... 

|there is a grassroots campaign underway to protest war in iraq in a
|simple, but potentially powerful way.  please pass this along to anyone
|who might be willing to participate!
|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--both are the same cost to mail) and
|address them to:
|president george bush
|white house, 1600 pennsylvania ave. nw
|washington, dc 20500
|attach $1.06 in postage.  (three 37-cent stamps equal $1.11.)
|if you are using american flag stamps...put them upside down....a sign
|of distress. 
|drop this in the mail today.  it is important to act now so that
|president bush gets the letters asap.
|in order for this protest to be effective, there must be hundreds of
|thousands of such rice deliveries to the white house.  we can do this if
|you each forward this message to your friends and family.
|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."
|from:  people power:  applying nonviolence theory
|by david h. albert,
|p.43, new society, 19.

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