Wednesday, April 30, 2008

In India, Even Gods Are Going Hungry

By Emily Wax
Washington Post Foreign Service
Wednesday, April 30, 2008; Page A10

Poor Struggle to Donate to Temples as Food Prices Skyrocket....

NEW DELHI -- Every morning, Hindu devotees haul buckets of fresh, creamy milk into this neighborhood temple, then close their eyes and bow in prayer as the milk is used to bathe a Hindu deity. At the foot of the statue, they leave small baskets of bananas, coconuts, incense sticks and marigolds.
But recently, Ram Gopal Atrey, the head priest at Prachin Hanuman Mandir, noticed donations thinning for the morning prayers. He knew exactly why: inflation.

With prices soaring for staples such as cooking oils, wheat, lentils, milk and rice across the globe, priests like Atrey say they are seeing the consequences in their neighborhood temples, where even the poorest of the poor have long made donations to honor their faith.

"But today the common man is tortured by the increases in prices," Atrey lamented during one early morning prayer, or puja, adding that donations of milk were down by as much as 50 percent. He had recently met with colleagues from other temples, along with imams from local mosques, who reported similar experiences. "If poor people don't even have enough for bread, how will they donate milk to the gods?" he said. "This is very serious."

From Haiti to Senegal to Thailand, prices for basic food supplies have skyrocketed in recent months. The increases have been attributed to a confluence of factors including sharply rising fuel prices, droughts in food-producing countries and the diversion of some crops to produce biofuels. In India, milk prices rose because of increases in gasoline prices, which made it more expensive to transport the product from dairy farms to cities.

The U.N. World Food Program has said that more than 100 million people are being driven deeper into poverty by sharply rising food prices, which have sparked riots and protests from Bangladesh to Egypt. The crisis is serious in India, where nearly half the children younger than 3 are undernourished, a higher rate than in sub-Saharan Africa, according to UNICEF, the U.N. agency for children.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Food Shortage and Rationing- The World In Crisis

Have you watched the news lately? Or are you so preoccupied with the oohs and aahs of scrouging for living....or existing, shall we say....that you've scarcely noticed the groaning of the sons of men...

Well I have been...somewhat...

What you see here is the search results I got when I "googled".....I love that name google....the word "food crisis"...
I got over 3 million hits..........................................................3 MILLION!!!!................

You may want to click....and then read.....the horror stories........

Tick, tock, tick, tock.....!!!!! Beloved it is countdown to His 2ND coming.....

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Shout to the Lord on American Idol

Last night was "Idol gives back" night on American Idol.....yes, some of us watch American Idol religiously week after week....anyhow, as many of you might be, I was pleasantly surprised that the show closed with a rendition of Darlene Zschech's "Shout to the Lord"...all the idol contestants were dressed in white, and together with the choir did a beautiful performance of the song....however, I noticed the name of Jesus was carefully removed from the song....but still, it was nice to see that a gospel song was sung boldly with millions of people watching all over the brought tears to my eyes I tell you....
There is a fellow blogger who has uploaded a video of the performance on his/her blog, and I'm putting the link to it below for those who missed the show last night....Mariah Carey also did a beautiful rendition of "Fly Like a Bird"...