Friday, September 29
It's Banned Books Week. Take a look at the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990–1999 while you're there. See a few you've read? Now try to imagine growing up without those books existing in your world.
Wednesday, September 27
What do you think? Check this out.
Monday, September 25
Here in the Bay Area it is common to hear that artists, musicians and dancers are losing the leases to their practice spaces so that high-paying dot commers can move in. Last weekend musicians all over San Francisco participated in Rock Out SF to raise awareness of the loss of Downtown Rehearsal Space which was home to hundreds of local bands. It's too soon to tell if the effort will have any affect, but it was wonderful to see so many come together to fight for a common cause.
I've been thinking about Pablo Neruda all day today for some reason. If you don't know his poetry, or anything about his life, take the time to read about him.
Saturday, September 23
At Opensewer, we're always ranting about the problems we see in the world. However, we realize that in all of our ranting, we must act as well. Acting toward a sustainable future can be personal, or collective. ISEE, ISF, CSE, and CEB are some organizations that are encouraging a balance between traditional business capitalism and an improved economic paradigm for growth. These organizations focus on sustainability, ethics and new ways of attaching value to both the things we produce and the elements of the natural world.
Friday, September 22
Sweet! (And we aren't talking about taste...) Europe continues to wake up to big bad American companies, and cracks the whip! Coca-cola does this in schools all over America, so why not continue similar corporate domination practices abroad? Check out CokeSpotlight.org for more information on corporate accountability.
Thursday, September 21
Encouraging - Excess Access matches the computer and furniture needs of non-profits with the donations of corporations and households.
Wednesday, September 20
Is it just a knee-jerk reaction, by people who are against progress? Or are these protests a reflection of a true danger- the danger that we're fooling around with things that we don't understand.
Tuesday, September 19
Hurrah for Bove, nicknamed "Robin Hood," who has become a folk hero in France and abroad since his attack on McDonald's, which he said was ultimately against the "McDomination" of the world. Hurrah also for the Slow Food Movement, which we here at Opensewer think you ought to check out!
Monday, September 18
Small factoid: One rainforest tree soaks up about 50 pounds of carbon dioxide in one year. This is the same amount of exhaust your car releases in one hour. Have a nice drive!
Sunday, September 17
A good discussion about the role of environmental issues in contemporary politics can be found here. (Or maybe we should talk about the lack of discussion about the environment in politics.)
We must keep pounding these fat cats until they give in. The issue: exemption from the "gas-guzzler" tax that lets automakers avoid paying the penalty for manufacturing low-milage SUVs. Read the original report.
Saturday, September 16
We guess there's more than one way to get Catholics to go to church.
Here's our take on the Olympic coverage. Sniff, sniff.
Friday, September 15
I don't know, maybe it's me. I'm thinking America's just a little bit too soft. I'm talking about the entire Wan Ho Lee/Los Alamos case. I mean, is ANYONE out there concerned about any threats to our nation's national security? I feel bad for the guy and all, but why couldn't he offer any explanation as to why he transferred the tapes? Instead, America seeks apologies. Plus, you just gotta love Janet Reno for her balls.
Wednesday, September 13
Isn't it sad when someone who knows they're wrong tries to defend their stance on an issue? The big machine is trying to maintain the status quo, and they'll probably succeed for quite a while. But the big machine's worst enemy is an educated public.
Tuesday, September 12
Stories like this one reinforce my disappointment with how our political system works. Does this give me information that will help decide my vote? Nope - it just makes me want to vote for the party which does less finger pointing.
Monday, September 11
Hook'em while they're young... It's a strategy adopted by just about every dominant corporate entity.
Sunday, September 10
Ha! Wal-Mart, you fools. You can't keeping tricking everyone into believing that your "always lower prices" are for the good of the people. We're on to you... we know that you're just trying to put all of your competition out of business- at the cost of society. In the end, your selfish ways will not prevail. Bad things happen to bad people.
Saturday, September 9
The Long Now Foundation seeks to promote "slower/better" thinking and to focus our collective creativity on the next 10,000 years. I had the opportunity to hear Stewart Brand speak about this foundation and it's goals, the site is worth checking out. Read about the 10,000 Year Clock and the Library (look for the Rosetta Disk).
Friday, September 8
Following up on Jason's previous post about the ozone layer (8/30/2000), do you know that it's been discovered that the ozone hole is three times larger than the entire land mass of the U.S?
Thursday, September 7
A follow-up to Megan's blog yesterday... here is yet another sad situation in the local news, giving us more and more reason to work toward ending the era of the automobile.
Wednesday, September 6
Critical Mass is bringing "various populations together in a festive re-claiming of public space" - a group of bicyclists traveling together which ultimately make a statement about our auto-centric use of urban space. Learn how to form your own Critical Mass here, or look up events happening in your city at their unofficial site. Also, take a look at the Bicycle Civil Liberties Union is up to.
Tuesday, September 5
Well, I suppose this helps point to where we're heading as a society. No judgements here... it's really just supply and demand. If there's a real market need, why not fill it? Right?
Monday, September 4
Sunday, September 3
So much for "it can't happen in my neighborhood..." Suburbanites, you can't hide from the world's problems forever!
Friday, September 1
Okay, I'm really, really scared about this. Is this for real? Trauma: Life in the E.R. "brings you riveting, real-life action from emergency rooms around the country. Get inside the intricate workings of a trauma center. Get to know the doctors and nurses who treat the injured. Feel the impact on the patient and their families. This season we highlight trauma centers in San Diego, San Antonio..." Oh my...
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