November 6, 2011 at 4:02 pm (culture, education, environment, exploring interconnectedness, history, Indigenous People, journalism, life, Native Americans, random)
Tags: action, culture, education, environment, events, history, Indigenous, Indigenous Environmental Network, journalism, Keystone, life, livestream, March, media, nature, news, Nov. 6, Oakland, Oil, people, Pipeline, politics, protest, random, strike, Tar Sands, Tar Sands Action, video, White House
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It’s November 6, 2011 aka Surround the White House Day to Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline from the Tar Sands. Join the people circling the White House today at 2pm ET by sending a message to President Obama. Apparently our public comments have been LOST. Yep, they’re MIA. Now that’s audacity on the part of whomever “lost” the public’s comments. So don’t wait, use the nifty form on the Tar Sands Action site, call (202) 456-1111, or fax 202456-2461 to lend your voice to this protest of environmental destruction.
Will the mainstream media cover this event? Let’s not hold our breath considering the blackout of Oakland’s General Strike and the march of THOUSANDS of people who shut down the port on Nov. 2. If mainstream media has th gall to ignore that massive turnout they’ve definitely got no problem ignoring this Tar Sands Protest today.
The Indigenous Environmental Network offers great information on the Tar Sands, the pipelines and Indigenous work to save Mother Earth. Connect with their network today. November is Native American Heritage Month and Earth is common ground for all of us. Discover your place in the web of life.
- Visit the Indigenous Environment Network by clicking here.
Tar Sands Action Livestream : http://www.tarsandsaction.org/live-stream/
November 18, 2010 at 10:03 pm (culture, education, entertainment, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, food, humor, life, music, nature, play, politics, random, satire)
Tags: action, bags, business, climate, culture, dance, Earth, economics, education, entertainment, environment, ethics, inspiration, Issues, life, media, music, people, plastic, politics, random, recycle, video
Do you do the plastic or paper bag dance every time you venture into consumer-land America? Even though these little puffs of petroleum have had their toxic pedigrees read again and again they’re still EVERYWHERE. Now–demand influences supply, right? So as I figure it–we can’t make the stores stop offering these death devils but we can stop taking them. Yes, you too can refuse taking another plastic bag –and feel so much better for doing so. It’s a small but important STAND against polluting our one and only environment. If you’ve got a ton of these ghost makers you can reuse them indefinitely. They are indestructible–chemically speaking. You can bring your own cloth, paper or recycled bag–or box– to your favorite foraging haunts. Some stores in some states will reward you for this with a nickel pay credit. Just say no to the Plastic Dance Party—cut the demand and stop the ”supply.” Stop the supply and production will cease due to loss of profit. Yes, even at this level money talks. Money always talks here in the states. So use it to talk back to those folks who aren’t paying any attention. Hit them in the profit margin–it’s the only thing ‘they’ value. By changing what WE do in our daily lives is the main way We will create change we CAN believe in for the future.
December 29, 2009 at 2:06 am (culture, entertainment, history, movies, random)
Tags: action, Asian film, John Woo, love story, movie, Red Cliff, Takeshi Kaneshiro
Love action? Get your thrills with John Woo’s new film Red Cliff. The film is pulling a respectable 88% Fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Lush cinematography with an eye to details even at the most unexpected moments make this a feast for the eyes. The story line involves fundamental themes of love and lust for power. There’s also much of the underdog versus the BIG DOG tension at play in this conflict that raises the question of how does one even the odds when seriously outnumbered. Oh and there’s a lovely love story involving, of all things, a married couple! My favorite human element is the Strategist Zhuge Liange played by Takeshi Kaneshiro (he of the House of Flying Daggers delight). I like the ways in which this mentalist ‘thinks’ amidst the interconnectedness of all things. Besides the action there’s just enough conceptual offerings concerning friendship, love, and the element of surprise to keep this from being entirely a stuntman’s wet dream of a film.
http://redclifffilm.com/ The trailer is such fun!
July 9, 2009 at 2:41 pm (Uncategorized)
Tags: "wildly entertaining", 28 days later, action, adam beach, adventure, amelie, audrey tautou, Aung San Suu Kyi, battle between good and evil, beyond rangoon, billy elliot, Black Robe, brotherhood of the wolf, Burma, creative writing, culture, economics, edge of america, entertainment, evil, film, Frances McDormand, franke potente, french films, genghis khan, history, horror, humor, Hungarian film, john steel, joyeux noel, Kontroll, life, lotus pond, love story, Michael Clayton, milagro beanfield war, Mongol, movie rental box, movies, Night Watch, off the map, people, photography, random, rangoon, red, reviews, romance, run lola run, Serenity, smoke signals, spalding gray, strictly ballroom, subways, tears of the black tiger, the commitments, the killing fields, the year of living dangerously, war movies, wrist cutters, Writing
Okay I’ve been resisting this impulse for weeks now but I’m giving into it wholeheartedly because all I see is red red red movie rental boxes everywhere and my loathing of them and what they represent has increased to the level of “Sledge-Hammer Now!” I’m not adverse to an appearance of Thor with his hammer at all–hint, hint (we do so adore the Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul…ah Dougie, your imaginative wit is sorely missed). Why do I abhore these vending machines of cheap fast flick fixes? For starters you can’t have a conversation with them. Nope. No one is ever going to discover some deliciously quirky flim like Wristcutters via a big red rental box. Big red boxes are just big red boxes–they do not view movies. They only ‘spew’ forth movies at the behest of a plastic card inserted into their mechanical guts. Big red boxes are incapable of sharing their delight of the visual imagery of a huge lotus pond in Tears of the Black Tiger. Big red boxes do not engage in debates about Michael Clayton being just another lawyer movie or not (I argue most definitely NOT becausse there’s no escaping the mental context of Tom Wilkinson’s incredible line, “I am Shiva the god of death!” and everything that concept entails in the film.) Anyone at a loss for why I consider the big red boxes lurking everywhere as Evil? If so–then try it this way: they’re one more mark of the devil incarnate in philistine mentality. And before anyone gets any ideas about taking moi to task over the word ‘philistine’ as a result of confusing it with an ethnic group–do so please, pretty please with raspberries on top–google the definition of the word before posting any hate mail or ye shall be soundly smoted–yes, I’m going with ‘smoted’ rather than smitten for you grammatical purists–and I will because I can and I can because this is ‘my’ blog post. Now, without any further self repression I offer some films to the sad soul of the blogger who couldn’t stand watching another real downer. I’ve gone about this list of the moment with the thought in mind of supporting the argrument of what the red box cannot and will not do for anyone. So, here are some films that probably will not be featured on the facings of said incarnations of evil(furthermore, they give the color ‘red’ a bad reputation). In no particular order:
Run Lola Run–and Franke Potente as Lola does just that three ways to a screaming climax.
28 Days Later–there are worse thngs than zombies to run from–as this film conveys when it turns into an entirely different sort of horror genre about midway.
The Killing Fields–Do tell if this kills your appetite for war movies after viewing. It certainly did squash mine for years. True story of Din Pran’s struggle to survive.
Billy Elliot–Let’s dance away from the dark side for a moment, shall we?
Off the Map–Hmm…This lifestyle might offer suggestions for everyone feeling the economic squeeze.
Black Robe–1634, Hurons, Quebec, Jesuits, need I say more?
The Commitments–Oh yes, indeed, the Irish have SOUL.
Amelie–And the French have Audrey Tautou who can beat the acting the pants off anyone at will when she’s at the top of her game–which is quite ofen. She’s got quality control under her belt.
Joyeux Noel—Something else from the French–1914 Christmas trench war–and not just the obvious battleground as the Irish priest discovers much to his dismay.
Kontroll–Another aspect of control–Hungarian style. Oh yeah, subways as hell? purgatory? redemption grounds? Totally cool.
Smoke Signals–Storytelling, storytelling, and more storytelling–and a young Adam Beach does listen listen listen to his friend’s stories as they road trip in search of some anwers.
Edge of America–A true story for the basketball fans among you. Wes Studi is the magic working mechanic in this Utah setting.
Strictly Ballroom–The movie one critic deemed much much better than Moulin Rouge. Dancing on the wrong side of the tracks in the land down under.
The Milagro Beanfield War–Because we do so love magical realism–and Joe Mondragon is so damn ‘cute’ even when dodging bullets.
Mongol–More epic history–Genghis Khan falls in love and what a love story it is. View on the largest screen availabe to you because the scenery is KILLER Beautiful and a character in its own right.
Brotherhood of the Wolf–”Wildly Entertaining!” The only movie screening I’ve attended where the entire audience stood up cheering and clapping at the end. I kid not.
The Host–Do NOT watch this dubbed the first time because it destroys the sound atmosphere. Go with the subtitles–you can read this therefore you sure as hell can read subtitles. The BEST monster movie ever–well so far. I mean who knows what these folks might dish up next!
Zero Effect–Quirky, quirky, quirky for fans of Bill Pullman (as this film shows the man really can act, he’s got more than a pretty face), detective mysteries, and eccentricity.
Night Watch–Ah the eternal battle between good and evil, light and dark, Russian style. Break out the vodka!
Bagdad Cafe–Magic in the middle of absolutely nowhere. Jack Palance as an artist, imagine that.
The Year of Living Dangerously–That actress from Alien and the Lethal Weapon guy before both of those lesser films.
Serenity—Because I can watch it, and the Firefly series, again and again and again and it NEVER gets old! True delights of dialogue, performance, substance, and fun and on and on and on.
Lastly, for now, Beyond Rangoon–for the acting of Patricia Arquette, Frances McDormand, Spalding Gray–John Steele’s photography–and for Burma and the ongoing insanity of Aung San Suu Kyi’s situation as the elected leader currently on trial for the apparent idiocy of an American man.