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On recent scouting trip to Greece, Dore was entertained by Cretan cats in Chania, Crete - one of the stops on the Oct 2017 Tangents Greece Music  Tour.
Photo by Donna Ludlow

My cat Klimey digs Scoop Away cat litter made from clay that clumps. But it sickens me that it all gets dumped into landfill and does not decompose.

I recently asked in a Tangents mass email if anyone can recommend a biodegradable cat litter? And how long did it take for your cat to get accustomed to it?

The Tangents community is filled with cat lovers and the response was quick and thorough.

You can read the replies here.

Add your thoughts by sending an em to
tangentsradio(at) gmail dot com.

I did find this link but owner testimonials from Tangents folks are more convincing. Thanks.

Rescued from a kill shelter in Manteca, Petey Pumpkinhead III entered our lives 7 years ago. Abused by a previous owner he was skittish and nippish. That changed with love, affection and attention.

He was a majestic furry orange tabby. His coat emitted a perpetually lovely fragrance. He had the sexiest strut with an ever present erect tail and endearing behind.

Petey had simple needs. Belly rubs topped the list. He loved resting in his backyard igloo. He would prance out when I entered the yard and open wide for belly rubs and rolly polly.

He bonded with Klimey who also was rescued from a shelter. Klimey loved licking Petey and taught Petey how to love back. They were inseparable.

Petey-Weedy (as we called him) evolved into the sweetest and most gentle of companions. When hungry, he would jump into bed and delicately place his paw on my face. No histrionics, just a love tap and breakfast was on.

He loved sleeping inside the space between my legs or alongside the curve of Clara's thigh. His body language suggested the most delicious of dreams. He also had the squeakiest yawn when awakened.

Petey had a ravenous appetite and wore his weight well. That changed last October when he dropped 2 pounds in short order and was diagnosed with congestive heart failure.

He continued to lose weight but his sweet demeanor never changed. Although not a lap cat during his youth, lately I would place him in my lap in the back yard and we would stay together for long periods. These were cherished moments. Klimey would join us and stay by Petey's side.

Strong medication was required every 8 hours to dissipate the fluid in his lungs. No matter how much lasix was dosed, it could not stay on top of the progression of his heart disease.

Last week Petey hit a low point and could hardly breath. He hadn't eaten for 2+ days. We upped the lasix and he recovered miraculously. His breathing appeared normal and he started eating - but only food fresh out of the can. He ate more than he had in months. He had playful sparring sessions with Klimey, tons of rolly polly and belly rubs, his tail was erect and he slept next to my face the other day.

Today he had a good appetite in the early afternoon. I didn't see him the rest of the day. When the thunder rumbled and the rain came pouring down I went outside.

He was in the igloo. I tipped it and he ran inside. But something was wrong.

His breathing was labored. Petey could not catch his breath. He had breathing attacks before and I had feared the worst, yet Petey always persevered.

An hour or so later when Clara came home, Petey's condition had worsened. When he walked from under a table to lie down in the litter box that was an alarming signal. I picked him up and he let out a cry. Petey went under the bed where Klimey was and continued to make anguished yelps.

We left him alone. Petey soon emerged and we put him in a blanket by the heater.

He wanted to be left alone.

Petey-Weedy barely could walk and stumbled out the bedroom and down a few steps to the cat door. Somehow he pushed himself through. The igloo was two feet from the door.

We let him be.

An hour later Clara checked on Petey.

His fur was gorgeous. His body still warm.

But Petey had passed.

He never made it to the igloo.

Moti has been missing since Sept 2014.  On Jan 23, 2015 while walking in McClaren Park a cat resembling Moti emerged on a tree branch above a thicket of bushes. This brightened our hearts as Clara and I imagine Moti as a feline Tarzan.  Clara wrote the below poem before we confirmed the cat was not Moti.

Moti Sighting
by Clara Hsu

Who sits on a branch
above a field of thorns?
My cat. My cat.

Who listens to his names
and twitches his ears?
My cat. My cat.

His looks have changed since autumn
from living wild and eating mice.
We’re trespassing his kingdom
that can’t be bought
 any price.

Running streams.
Catnip on the hills.

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2017 Trips:

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March 15-29, 2017

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March 25-April 3, 2017

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May 27-June 4, 2017

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June 27-July 3, 2017

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August 2017

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September 2-10, 2017

Colombia - Bogota, Medellin and Cartagena
September 11-22, 2017

India - Rajasthan Musical Adventure
September 29-October 10, 2017

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November 19-28, 2017

Gaza Facts

Click link above to get facts about Gaza, a collaborative project by Jewish Voice for Peace Bay Area (JVP-BA) and the Council on American-Islamic Relations San Francisco Bay Area (CAIR-SFBA).

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Gaza Corner includes news and opinion from the Middle East (and beyond) often ignored by the mainstream media followed by music from the relevant country or culture.

Gaza Corner was originally conceived to focus attention on relieving the humanitarian crisis in Gaza which has been under a severe blockade imposed by Israel since 2006.  Gaza Corner has evolved to include the Middle East, Magreb, Kurdistan and Turkey.

 Click headlines below for full stories. Headlines are sometimes retitled to more accurately reflect content.

Gaza Corner Audio 2/25/17

Israel's racist double standard judicial system was on full display this week when a soldier who executed an incapacitated Palestinian was given a slap on the wrist.

Gaza Corner audio is usually uploaded within 48 hours of broadcast.

Israeli soldier who executed incapacitated Palestinian gets slap on the wrist

“The sentence he received is less than a
Palestinian child gets for throwing stones.”


At the time of the verdict, Human Rights Watch said that senior Israeli officials have been “encouraging Israeli soldiers and police to kill Palestinians they suspect of attacking Israelis even when they are no longer a threat.”

Rebecca Vilkomerson, executive director of
Jewish Voice for Peace, similarly called the sentence a “slap on the wrist.” She said that this is “another example of the way in which the Israeli justice system is based on completely different standards depending on whether the victim and perpetrator are Jewish or Palestinian” – a reality she labeled “apartheid.”

Highlighting the double standard, journalist Ben White contrasted Azarya’s light sentence with the case of Ahmad Yasser Baraghithi, a Palestinian youth sentenced last year to eight years in prison on accusations of
throwing stones and injuring an Israeli police officer in occupied East Jerusalem.
(Michael F. Brown, Electronic Intifada, 2/21/17)

Video of Soldier executing Palestinian lying injured on ground


In video footage captured by Hebron resident ‘Imad Abu Shamsiyeh, who sent it to B'Tselem, he is seen lying on the road injured, with none of the soldiers or medics present giving him first aid or paying him any attention at all. At a certain point, a soldier is seen aiming his weapon at a-Sharif and shooting him in the head from close range, killing him. Although this occurs in the plain view of other soldiers and officers, they do not seem to take any notice.
(B'Tselem, 3/24/16)

Relatives of Abd al-Fattah Yusri al-Sharif, who was shot dead as he lay on the ground by Israeli soldier Elor Azarya, watch television coverage of the sentencing of Azarya, at their Hebron home, 21 February. An Israeli court sentenced Azarya, an army medic, to 18 months in prison after he was convicted of manslaughter for the March 2016 executiion style killing of al-Sharif. 
credit: Mamoun Wazwaz Xinhua

AmnestyInternationalVerified account‏@amnesty Feb 21

"The 18 month sentence for Israeli soldier Azaria who shot dead a Palestinian suggests those who commit violations 'protected by the system'"

Israeli pop legend sings for “hero” who executed injured Palestinian


This stanza appears to give religious justification to Azarya’s act and to incite more such killings:

Your war is a holy war
Now is not the time to moan and cry
Do not fear
See straight
Operate under the rules of religion and morality
And any person who has a bit of sense in their head:‎
If anyone acts to kill you – be first to kill them.‎
There is such a terrible stench coming from the court,
Elor Azarya, we are here with you.

(Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada, 2/22/17)

Elor Azaria: Israeli soldier sentenced to 18 months in jail for shooting dead wounded Palestinian attacker


In a damning January verdict, Justice Maya Heller said that Azaria had been aware that his actions in shooting the wounded Palestinian assailant would result in loss of life, and that “the terrorist did not pose a threat”.

In the past 18 months, 36 Israelis have been killed in mostly stabbing and shooting incidents carried out by Palestinian assailants. At least 244 Palestinians – including unarmed bystanders and demonstrators – have been killed by IDF forces in the same period.  

(Bethan McKernan, Independent UK, 2/21/17)

Right-wing politicians call for Hebron shooter Azaria
to be pardoned

Netanyahu and many coalition MKs urge clemency while left-wing MK says lenient term sends message that Arab blood is worthless


“The security of the citizens of Israel requires an immediate pardon for Elor Azaria, who was sent to protect us. It is forbidden for Elor to sit in jail because we will all pay the price,” Education Minister Naftali Bennett of the right-wing Jewish Home party posted on Twitter.

Likud Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz wrote on Facebook that “the court said its piece, the legal process is done. Now is the time for clemency, to return Elor to his home.”

Youssef Jabareen of the Joint (Arab) List said, “The sentence does not reflect the severity of the act and it sends the harsh message that Palestinian blood is worthless. The case of Azaria is not an isolated incident but part of a widespread manifestation of the army, supported by the politicians, and nourished by not prosecuting soldiers.”

Former Peace Now head Yariv Oppenheim wrote on Twitter that the sentence was “embarrassing in its leniency, and even more embarrassing is the conduct of politicians who still demand pardon for a man who shot a terrorist in the head, because he ‘deserved’ it.”

(Times of Israel, 2/21/17)

Conviction of Israeli soldier must pave the way for justice for unlawful killings


For a soldier to carry out the deliberate killing of someone who had been captured and posed no imminent threat to life would amount to an extrajudicial execution and is a crime under international law.
(Amnesty International, 1/4/17)

Palestinian who filmed Israeli soldier shooting disarmed man dead in Hebron receives death threats


Mr Abushamsiya said he was shocked at the level of reaction to his video, claiming that similar incidents happen on a “daily basis” in Hebron.

“It is a surprise to us that people care now,” he added. “What would have happened if I was not there to film?”

Palestinians have flooded Mr Abushamsiya with messages of support, but Israeli settlers have also allegedly distributed his photo on posters calling for his death.

( Lizzie Dearden, Independent UK, 4/16/16)