Tuesday, September 28, 2004

The Great Forgetting by Daniel Quinn

(excerpt from the Story of B)"there are many among you who are burning to know why not a single one of you has ever heard a word about the Great Forgetting (by any name whatsoever) in any class you have ever attended at any school at any level, from kindergarten to graduate school. If you have this question, be assured that it's not an academic one by any means. It's a vital question, and I don't hesitate to say that our species' future on this planet depends on it."

Easter's End by Jared Diamond

In just a few centuries, the people of Easter Island wiped out their forest, drove their plants and animals to extinction, and saw their complex society spiral into chaos and cannibalism. Are we about to follow their lead?


Flood of New Voters Signing Up

NEW YORK - New voters are flooding local election offices with paperwork, registering in significantly higher numbers than four years ago as attention to the presidential election runs high and an array of activist groups recruit would-be voters who could prove critical come Nov. 2.

Greenlanders Mystified by Incredible Shrinking Glacier

"The glacier has receded a lot since 2002, which is very surprising and new since it had been relatively stable, almost unchanged since the 1950s,"

Friday, September 10, 2004

Always on the Job, Employees Pay With Health

American workers are stressed out, and in an unforgiving economy, they are becoming more so every day.Sixty-two percent say their workload has increased over the last six months; 53 percent say work leaves them "overtired and overwhelmed."

Warming Trend Will Decimate Arctic Peoples, Report Warns

Climate change will soon make the Arctic regions of the world nearly unrecognisable, dramatically disrupting traditional Inuit and other northern native peoples' way of life, according to a new report that has yet to be publicly released.

Tues 9/21 Howard Zinn - Castleton Fine Arts Center

"The Uses of History". Historian and writer, Howard Zinn has been active the civil rights movement, and in the movement against the Vietnam War. 7 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center. Free If you are unfamiliar with Howard, check out this site for more information http://www.geocities.com/howardzinnfans/. Howard offers intriguing information and perspectives on important matters of the day. The Rutland Community is lucky to have a teacher and writer of his magnitude here. Not to be missed.

MA legislature gives students a pass on dissection rite.

Students squeamish about dissecting frogs and worms in biology class would be allowed to opt out of the well known rite of passage and instead learn about the anatomy of animals on computer software programs under a measure approved by the Massachusetts Legislature last night.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

Everything Must Go!

Harry Segil designs a future with less stuff and more room for fresh ideas. Is downsizing easy? No way. (LA Times, you must register to read.)

12 Myths of Hunger

Why so much hunger? What can we do about it?
To answer these questions we must unlearn much of what we have been taught.
Only by freeing ourselves from the grip of widely held myths can we grasp the roots of hunger and see what we can do to end it.

No. 1 in sports, but not in health or education

We spend more money per person on health care than every other country. Why then are we willing to accept a ranking of 48th in life expectancy, behind others including Macau, Israel and Jordan?

What We Work For Now by Jerome Segal

This is an op-ed piece from the NY times (you have to sign up if you are not a member). A short overview of what we bought then and what we can buy now.

Changing Household Consumption Patterns

What We Work For Now: Changing Household Consumption Patterns in the 20th Centery"Despite all our concerns with self-fulfillment, most Americans work to earn money, just as their forebears did 100 years ago. The relative costs of necessities have changed, and so has a fair definition of what is necessary. But even with all our economic growth, and even with some items much cheaper than they once were, families still spend about four-fifths of their budgets for core needs, just as their counterparts did a century ago. Perhaps there should be some national introspection about how much we have really gained."

Saturday, September 04, 2004

BUY LOCAL - Rutland County Farmer's Market

A source for products that are made in Vermont! Support your community buy purchasing locally made and grown products. Why immediately send your hard earned cash out of state when purchasing items at out of state chain stores? Local products reduce the impact on our environment and helps to stenghten our local community by supporting our neighbors and helps build a higher quality life for us and our children. It's also fun!

Natural and Organic Buying Clubs in Vermont

Have you ever thought about how much useless packaging goes into the products you purchase at the grocery store? A good percentage of the total purchase price goes into packaging for that item. If you are concerned about where all of that trash goes and how much petrochemicals it has taken to produce it, a buying club might help reduce your contribution to this stream of trash by buying bulk items. At the United Buying Clubs Webpage, you find all kinds of information about how to join a local club or start one yourself. Small groups of people pool their orders and receive shipments of natural and organic foods at a predetermined time and location.

Friday, September 03, 2004

Elephant Sanctuary

"They Loaded up The Trunks and They Moved to Tennessee". The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.

"If you want to serve the age, betray it." Brendan Kennelly

“There’s a truly great Irish poet; his name is Brendan Kennelly. He has this epic poem called ‘The Book of Judas.’ There’s a line in that poem that never leaves my mind. It says, ‘If you want to serve the age, betray it.’ What does that mean to betray the age? Well, to me betraying the age means exposing its conceits, its foibles, its phony moral certitudes. It means telling the secrets of the age and facing harsher truths. Every age has its massive moral blind spots,” Bono

The Ebert and McCain Show

The Good Soldier and Film Critic Delivers a Broadside

by Michael Moore

We’re Not in Lake Wobegon Anymore

How did the Party of Lincoln and Liberty transmogrify into the Party of Newt Gingrich’s Evil Spawn and their Etch-A-Sketch President, a Dull and Rigid Man, whose Philosophy is a Jumble of badly sutured Body Parts trying to Walk?

by Garrison Keillor

New Dimensions In Mental Health

Check out George Nostrands New Chatauqua Project for information on "The Risk of Normalcy" and "Breaking the Cycle". George presents powerful insights into how people with mental health barriers can overcome them. He has an interesting website discussing his music as well. Worth a tour. The Chatauqua Project

GW Spoof on the Daily Show

For a good laugh about GW's war on words click on the following link for a look at this hilarious clip

Voluntary Simplicity

A Free 8 week course is being offered by the Vermont Earth Institute entitled " Voluntary Simplicity" at the Education and Wellness Center, 78 South Main Street, Rutland Vermont. This discussion group will explore the concept of Voluntary Simplicity in a casual relaxed atmosphere and is open to everyone. The date and time has not been established but will be based on the needs of the participants. To sign up or to obtain more information, please contact Patty Searles at 775-2395, ext.123.
To review more information about the course content, please go to the Vermont Earth Institute

Choices For Sustainable Living

The Vermont Earth Institute is sponsoring a discussion group entitled " Choices For Sustainable Living" at the Education and Wellness Center at 78 South Main Street, Rutland, Vermont beginning at 7:00 P.M.on Tuesday evening September 28th. This discussion group is Free and open to everyone and will meet for 9 weeks from 7:00 to 8:30 PM on Tuesday evenings. For more information contact Mike O'Brien at 775-4340, 104. For discussion group readings go to the Vermont Earth Institute

Thursday, September 02, 2004

Taming The Corporate World

Twenty Eight Words That Could Change The World - Robert Hinckley
http://www.rachel.org/library/getfile.cfm?ID=237

Must See Movie Coming To Rutland: "The Corporation"

Coming to Rutland Cineplex October 29th.

THE CORPORATION -- a film by Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott and Joel Bakan-- is coming to a theater near you. Visithttp://www.TheCorporation.com/usa for more details. Check out thetrailer at http://www.thecorporation.com/trailer/Winner of the AUDIENCE AWARD for DOCUMENTARY in WORLD CINEMA at the 2004SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL and numerous other awards including 7 audiencechoice awards. Based on the book: "The Corporation: The PathologicalPursuit of Profit and Power" by Joel Bakan. Available at the Store.A darkly amusing account of the institution's evolution as a legal"person," THE CORPORATION is a powerful indictment of the roots ofcorporate power. So, what kind of person is it? The filmmakers concludethat a person whose prime directive is to produce ever-increasing profitfor it's shareholders -- regardless of the cost to people or the planet-- fits the diagnostic criteria of a psychopath. Featuring interviewswith CEO's and top-level executives from some of the worlds largestcorporations and critical thinkers: Noam Chomsky, Peter Drucker, MiltonFriedman, Naomi Klein, Vandana Shiva, Steve Wilson, Jane Akre andmuckraking filmmaker Michael Moore. More info atwww.TheCorporation.com. Join us!