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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
at
 any price.

Running streams.
Catnip on the hills.



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Shares the Tangents philosophy that nothing beats experiencing music at its source.

2016 Trips:

Borneo - Rainforest Festival
July 31-August 8, 2016

Romania - At Home with the Gypsies
September 3-11, 2016

Colombia - Bogotá, Medellín and Cartagena
September 5-19, 2016

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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).

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Report:
Gaza: One Year After 2014 War, Abject Misery Across Gaza and West Bank

(7/8/15)
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)  excerpt:
With the continued blockade and siege of Gaza, it is as if the war had just ended. MSF sees how the suffering wrought by the Israeli occupation has become normalized and how the status quo will only lead to more of the same. Security fears cannot justify the devastating medical and psychological consequences of barriers, checkpoints, bombing campaigns, blockades, and incursions.



Gaza Corner

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Saturdays 11p on Tangents, 91.7 fm SF, webcast at kalw.org

This weekly feature 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.

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Gaza Corner Audio 7/23/16

Gaza Corner discusses mass murder that doesn't make front page headlines


A baby is buried among the 56-160 civilians, mostly women and chilldren killed by US Coalition airstrikes in the village of al-Tukhar just north of the city Manbij in northern Syria earlier this week. (not credited)

related  articles:

International coalition warplanes massacre civilians north of Manbij
US-led international coalition warplanes killed more than 160 civilians (number not verified) on Tuesday, July 19, mostly women and children, in the village of al-Tukhar about 10 miles north of Manbij. The bombardment destroyed more than 50 houses, around 75 percent of the small village. Al-Tukhar is technically in an area of IS control, but there are no soldiers inside, said a resident.
(Syrian Voice, 7/20/16)

BBC report from inside IS-held Manbij

Video from first journalist employed by international media to get inside Manbij


An image from a video showing the U.S.-led coalition's
airstrike on a location 10 miles north of Manbij, Syria, near where civilians mistaken for Islamic State fighters were killed
in a similar strike this week. (not credited)


An airstrike in Syria killed entire families instead of ISIS fighters

US coalition airstrikes pulverized entire families, including young children — families that were fleeing Islamic State but were instead mistaken for being those very fighters. Depending on whom you ask, the number of bodies found in the rubble is 56, 85, 160 or 212.

This is the highest civilian toll from any action by the coalition since it formed in 2014.

The U.S. military announced it is launching an investigation. Iit is probably another internal investigation that will wear on until the public has largely forgotten which airstrikes and which civilians it is talking about. The average time between a strike and the release of a redacted Centcom investigative report is seven months.  in November, Centcom announced that it would stop publicly releasing the results of each and every investigation.
(Max Bearak, Washington Post, 7/21/16)

Dozens Of Civilians Killed In U.S-Led Coalition Strike In Syria

Both the opposition and [Syrian President Bashar] Assad's regime put the death toll above 120 killed.
(Merrit Kennedy , NPR, 7/21/16)

US-led coalition purportedly levels northeast Aleppo school with internally displaced Syrians inside

“That school housed displaced people from neighboring villages,” Abu Omar al-Manbiji, a local citizen journalist, told Syria Direct. “So far we count 124 dead from the attack, and that number could very well increase.”

“These airstrikes hurt civilians more than anyone,” said Sa’ad al-Manbaji, a citizen journalist in the area. What’s more, “IS didn’t even have a military presence in a-Tokhar.”

US-led international coalition bombings have knocked out Manbij city’s infrastructure and municipal facilities, leading to shortages of fuel, food, water and electricity.
(SyriaDirect.org, 7/19/16)

Alarm over reports of high civilian death toll from US-led airstrikes on Manbij

The bombing of al-Tukhar may have resulted in the largest loss of civilian life by coalition operations in Syria. There must be a prompt, independent and transparent investigation to determine what happened, who was responsible, and how to avoid further needless loss of civilian life. Anyone responsible for violations of international humanitarian law must be brought to justice and victims and theirfamilies should receive full reparation.
(Amnesty International, 7/19/16)

Manbij’s public parks turn into graveyards during five-week siege
(SyriaVoice.org, 7/19/16)

At least 200,000 civilians in dire straits as noose tightens in three Syrian towns including Manbij

Approximately 70,000 civilians, are believed to be trapped in Manbij, with the town itself and surrounding areas subjected to near-daily airstrikes and ground strikes since early June. 

“We understand the civilians in Manbij are in a dire position as they are trapped between the warring parties.

“The town has no electricity or water at present, and no medical facilities are known to be operating. "
(Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), 7/15/16)