November 2008 Blog Posts (21)

What is Linux and what can I use it for?


What is Linux?

Linux is an alternative operating system that is 100% free and open-source. It can be applied in a variety of environments: Laptops, Servers, Desktops, and thin-client machines. Linux can run on a PC or Macintosh computer, and even be run side-by-side, or simultaneously on your existing hardware.

What Can Linux do?

Linux can be used as your primary computer. It can organize and play… Continue

Added by Zachary Krebs on November 30, 2008 at 7:18pm — 1 Comment

Almost time for the 7th Annual Abundance Swap! (11/29 Tidings Column)

A couple of days ago, people all over America crawled into sleeping bags in mall parking lots in order to be first in line when big-box stores open at 5am on the morning after Thanksgiving. I am, of course, not making this up.
You know what? There's another…

Added by Jeff Golden on November 29, 2008 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Yeah, we can... but will we?

The clearest thing Barack Obama said election night was "This victory alone is not the change we seek. It is only the chance for us to make that change."
If you want this election to be more that an isolated feel-good moment, spend 3-plus minutes with this insightful Youtube video. Then visit the…

Added by Jeff Golden on November 28, 2008 at 2:04pm — No Comments

From Grandma Aggie Baker Pilgrim - Thirteen Grandmother Council

“Handed down from my people was a story that the only duty left to us from the ancient ones was the duty of prayer, so, I became a prayer person.”

Agnes Pilgrim, From the Great Forests of the American Northwest

Joining Prayers

It is exciting to be making history by venturing into the world praying to make a difference. Yet there are still many things that I don’t talk about as I’m afraid the… Continue

Added by Ashland Source Center on November 27, 2008 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Listen if you can--Weds, 11am

Unafraid: A Novel of the Possible gets a boost tomorrow: I'll be talking about it with Thom Hatmann on his national Air America show at 11 am Weds, November 26. Listen if you can, on air if you're somewhere that has Air America on the dial, or anyplace at all online at

If you can't listen, get a taste of what we'll be talking about from the excerpts at


Added by Jeff Golden on November 25, 2008 at 11:13pm — 2 Comments

Blogathon Rex de Verde (testing the blog paradigm)

Zo ynathang ez pussible; Dunt ye thinks?

If molecules and mice can evolve over eons into the bounteous beauty we all see around us; then the responsible response to these blessed blessings, is the cycling and cyling, enhancing and further enhancing our precious surroundings, our fragile and exquisite biosphere. Biospheric beings unite in harmony, for the possiblity of a vibrant thriving future is now!

What is the buddha nature of a blog? Answer: BLAH!

Added by Jonathan Lee Frank on November 23, 2008 at 9:38pm — No Comments

So, IS it our business? And if so... (Tidings 11/22)

We're hungry. Where I live, and increasingly around America. We're getting hungrier.
Nobody paying attention to the big picture right now can be too surprised. What I asked this week was this: Is mushrooming hunger any of our business? And if so, how do we plan to take care of…

Added by Jeff Golden on November 19, 2008 at 5:41pm — No Comments

On Obama's Victory by Marianne Williamson

America has had a non-violent revolution.

As long as there are historians writing about the United States, this moment of fundamental re-alignment of our national purpose will be remembered, pored over and analyzed. It will be seen as one of the shining points along the evolutionary arc of the American story. Yet it will never submit itself to being summed up in a nice little package that reason alone can… Continue

Added by Linda Cotrufello on November 17, 2008 at 9:30am — No Comments

Ashland Food Bank needs new digs

By Kira Rubenthaler for the Mail Tribune

The Ashland Emergency Food Bank is looking for a new home as Coming Attractions Theatres readies to build a corporate headquarters at the food bank's current site.

Coming Attractions owns the building and property where the food bank is located, at 2200 Ashland St. The city Planning Commission on Wednesday approved the company's proposal to construct an 18,791-square-foot, three-story office building at… Continue

Added by Ashland Source Center on November 14, 2008 at 11:30am — No Comments

Here's part of the Big Chance we won last week (Tidings column)

Obama's reminded us every way he can that he's not Superman. Hearing the bliss of the last week, I'm not sure we've fully heard him. He aptly pointed out last week that what we've won is not change, but the chance to create change.
Here's what…

Added by Jeff Golden on November 12, 2008 at 5:29pm — No Comments

What is Open Source Software and Why It Matters

Open source software is free to use, redistribute, and modify as you see fit.

Open source software is about community working together to achieve a common goal

Open source software is sustainable

Open source software is used in eco-friendly PC's to reduce energy usage

Open source software matters in a community because it can be found easily, used in creative and positive ways, and can be redistributed to share our sense of community with others.

There is… Continue

Added by Zachary Krebs on November 12, 2008 at 2:18pm — No Comments

The EarthTeach Forest Park Experience....

Please share about your adventures to EarthTeach Forest Park (just nine miles SE of Ashland)~

"At EarthTeach, winter days are both radiant and stark. There is a fragile, luminous beauty present throughout the Park unlike during any other season: the landscape is defined in contrasting hues of dark or light, barren rock glows under frigid blue-toned air, sentinel trees wear cloaks of mist and snow, and the sleepy illusion of… Continue

Added by EarthTeach Forest Park on November 12, 2008 at 10:19am — No Comments

Companion Planting and Green Manures

Our gardening series continues now that the election is over. Here is some info on companion planting and also green manures.


ALFALFA: Perennial that roots deeply. Fixes the soil with nitrogen, accumulates iron, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium. Withstands droughts with it's long taproot and can improve just about any soil! Alfalfa has the ability to break up hard clay soil and can even send its' roots through… Continue

Added by Linda Cotrufello on November 10, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Got Wisdom?

Added by ken becker on November 10, 2008 at 4:17pm — 1 Comment

Survival Foods, Seeds, Energy Basics & Tips

Here's a suggestion of goods to have on hand in case of an emergency.

Food, Water and Seeds Checklist:

__ White and/or Brown Rice (50 lbs. for around $20 at Costco)

__ Beans

__ Wheat berries and a grinder or flour

__ Dried Milk or Soy product

__ Alfalfa seed for sprouting

__ Spices, Braggs, baking powder/soda, baking yeast

__ Sugar, honey, or maple syrup

__ Dried Fruit and veggies

__ Dried instant soup… Continue

Added by Linda Cotrufello on November 8, 2008 at 10:30am — No Comments

So...does Joe the Plumber still matter?


Yeah, I think he does. Barack Obama was talking about him the other night, too, though not by name.

So I decided to write Joe a… Continue

Added by Jeff Golden on November 6, 2008 at 6:12pm — 3 Comments

It is Time for us All to Dance Again!

Election night, 2008, we danced to the music of a traveling band from Italy. The band had been performing in Ashland earlier in the week. While they were in town, they commissioned sleeping quarters in the home of a friend of mine. We’d heard that they were very good. “World class musicians” we were told. We invited them to play for us. They agreed, and so it was that on the night of the election of our new American President, an international crowd gathered in Ashland to celebrate the… Continue

Added by Amari Gold on November 6, 2008 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

The Day After the Election


Today we've elected a new President of the United States of America and the tides of change are upon us. After listening to Barack Obama's acceptance speech last night I was touched and inspired by new possibilities. I couldn't remember ever having such a good feeling after an election in my entire lifetime. I was elated at this victory and hopeful.

I witnessed plentiful tears in the eyes of the people… Continue

Added by Ashland Source Center on November 5, 2008 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Video of a really good & timely panel--If I say so myself

Hello--some of you know that I'm using my book UNAFRAID as a soapbox to evangelize about empowered citizenship and civic engagement as a way of life. That's what matters to me. On the eve of electing the best presidential candidate in memory, we have to remember that outstanding leadership is flat impossible without outstanding citizenship behind it.

Last weekend brought a cool opportunity to push this message to a large audience at the… Continue

Added by Jeff Golden on November 3, 2008 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

WebSpirit FUNdraiser, Preview Screening of "What About Me?" and After-Movie Dance Party

PLEASE... Join Us In A Very Spirited Celebration!


SpiritDance & Conspire2Inspire, in assoc. WebSpirit Community Foundation

Presents A: WebSpirit Community FUNdraiser & After-Dance

With Preview Screening of THE ENTIRE TWELVE CHAPTERS OF:

1 Giant Leap’s New Movie: "What About Me?"

”Jubilant, unique, ambitious, epic, dramatic, life-affirming and

positively absorbing… a musical and visual feast.” DVD… Continue

Added by ken becker on November 2, 2008 at 6:30pm — No Comments

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Ecology News

Ecocide Law Would Criminalize Free Enterprise | The Epoch Times

First, it was Pope Francis. Now, it is French President Emmanuel Macron. Both leaders have added their considerable moral heft in support of a radical environmentalist proposal to add the new crime of “ecocide” to the Rome Statute that outlaws genocide, ethnic cleansing, and other crimes against humanity.

Double Victory! Monsanto pesticide and GMOs just got whacked! | Center for Food Safety

We just made history! Center for Food Safety (CFS) just had one of the most important legal victories ever against pesticides and GMO crops.  After years of litigation, a Federal Court just banned Monsanto's toxic pesticide dicamba. This also effectively halts the use of GMO crops designed to tolerate that pesticide. This massive win protects farmers, our health, and hundreds of endangered species. The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that EPA's approval of the pesticide be immediately revoked and its use stopped. This provides relief to thousands of farmers across the country whose crops have been decimated by the drift of this pesticide onto their fields. In ruling the pesticide approval unlawful, the Court cited "enormous and unprecedented damage" caused by dicamba in the last few years, damage that has "torn apart the social fabric of many farming communities." This victory took years of effort by CFS's legal and science teams and we could not have asked for a better result. We are so proud of them, and so incredibly grateful to our members and donors that enable these major victories to happen.

Billionaire Buys 15% of the Planet to Protect It | Return to Now

Since the creation of the world’s first national park, Yellowstone, in 1872, 15 percent of the earth’s lands and 7 percent of its oceans have been protected in a natural state. But some scientists have concluded that at least half the planet needs to be protected to save a large majority of plant and animal species from extinction. A multi-billionaire has pledged $1 billion to get us closer to that goal. The money will be used to “create and expand protected areas” with the goal of protecting 30 percent of the planet’s surface by 2030. The 83-year-old Swiss-born steel magnate Hansjörg Wyss — who’s now an avid outdoorsman living in Wyoming — has already donated $450 million to protect 40 million acres of land and water across the globe since the establishment of the Wyss Foundation in 1998. Wyss has also supported anti-poaching efforts, river restoration projects, African national park improvements, rails-to-trails initiatives and land conversation in his beloved adopted home, the American West.

'This Scares Me,' Says Bill McKibben as Arctic Hits 100.4°F—Hottest Temperature on Record | Common Dreams News

A small Siberian town north of the Arctic Circle reached 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday, a figure that—if verified—would be the highest temperature reading in the region since record-keeping began in 1885. "This scares me, I have to say," environmentalist and co-founder Bill McKibben tweeted in response to news of the record-breaking reading in Verkhoyansk, where the average high temperature in June is 68°F.

New database reveals plants' secret relationships with fungi |

Leiden researchers have compiled information collected by scientists over the past 120 years into a database of plant-fungal interactions. This important biological data is now freely available for researchers and nature conservationists. Publication in New Phytologist.

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