December 2008 Blog Posts (21)

Let It Flow - Tears Detoxify Us | The Daily Om

How wonderful it feels to give in and let tears flow when we are overwhelmed with emotions, whether we are happy or sad. Tears come from the soul, from our well of feelings rising from deep down. When we give in to the prickling behind our eyes and the lump in our throat to let teardrops fall from our eyes, we allow our feelings to surface so they can be set free.

Proud parents shed tears of pride in a child’s accomplishments, a baby’s… Continue

Added by Ashland Source Center on December 30, 2008 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Green Economy | Center for American Progress

A recent report report by the Center for American Progress estimates that investing just $100 billion in the green economy (one-seventh the amount contemplated in the administration's proposed Wall Street bailout) would create 2 million new jobs, with a significant percentage of those coming in the struggling manufacturing and construction sectors. In contrast, investing that much money in the financial services sector would generate just 1.1 million… Continue

Added by Ashland Source Center on December 30, 2008 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Compressed Air Car is Coming | Alternatives Magazine

For more than a century the automobile has been burning vast quantities of petroleum based fuel, polluting the air, creating greed and wars over oil. Electric cars have zero emissions where they are being driven, but coal, hydro or nuclear power plants produce the electricity on which they run and themselves cause pollution and problems for our planet. So, what’s the solution to gas guzzling, carbon emitting… Continue

Added by GBDS.US on December 28, 2008 at 8:30pm — No Comments

It's still a good question (TIDINGS column, 12/27)

Do you remember Rodney King, the guy in LA who was videotaped as cops used him as a pinata? There was a riot in LA when the cops were acquitted of all charges, and Rodney was famously quoted as saying "Can't we just all get along?"

A lot of my columns ask more or less the same thing. Haven't really heard much in the way of answers. In… Continue

Added by Jeff Golden on December 27, 2008 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

Group pushes for Transition Town status | Daily Tidings

A group of Ashlanders will apply in the coming month to make Ashland a Transition Town, a step that will provide the framework for citizens to form groups to strategize for sustainability in energy, food, water, finance and other areas.

At the same time, Ashland has just gotten its first trainer - one of only 22 in the nation - to educate participants in sustainability initiatives, meaning a community actively working toward energy and resource… Continue

Added by Ashland Source Center on December 22, 2008 at 10:30am — No Comments

SHTIPOOF #1: Pushing empty steel boxes around with blood-oil.

There are lots of ways, actually, and they're all around us. I'm calling them SHTIPOOFs. A lot of them have to do with cars, so that's where I chose to start the inquiry in this week's column.…

Added by Jeff Golden on December 20, 2008 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Welcome To The Web-Connect Future

Added by ken becker on December 20, 2008 at 2:23pm — 1 Comment

The New Anti-Semitism by Rabbi David Zaslow

The New Anti-Semitism

by Rabbi David Zaslow

The other day Linda Cotrufello posted an article on this site. The article has been going around the internet and was also posted on another community bulletin board here in Ashland. My response here is strictly to the author of the article and not to Linda. I assume her motives are good and based on her care for our society. But the actual article is by a controversial conspiracy theorist named Victor Thorn. He describes himself in… Continue

Added by Havurah Shir Hadash on December 18, 2008 at 11:24pm — 3 Comments

Survival Podcast

Don't get too comfortable. The economy is still falling. Here's some things to think about from a great source.

* The Auto Makers will be bailed out, whether the people want it or not

* The stock market may or may not have bottomed but that doesn’t mean the economy has

* If you think the sub prime loans were bad wait until you see what is waiting with Alt-A and Option ARMs

* Putting ARM loans in perspective 5.5% isn’t good a “good rate” if you can’t afford it

*… Continue

Added by Linda Cotrufello on December 16, 2008 at 5:30pm — No Comments

David Foster Wallace's inspiring, insightful words - EnJoy!

Below I copy from Jon Carroll's column in the SF Chronicle published today, 9-16-08. Worth the read.

David Foster Wallace gave the commencement address at Kenyon College in 2005. A transcription has been running around the Internet, and quotations from it have been used in many places. Here's my favorite bit:

"Worship power, you will end up feeling weak and afraid, and you will need ever more power over others to numb you to your own fear. Worship your intellect, being… Continue

Added by ken becker on December 15, 2008 at 10:09am — No Comments

Guns make us crazy

You may not know about Barack Obama's agenda to take everyone's guns away. The Oregonians who are hip to this have been flooding gun shops to stock their arsenals before he takes the oath of office.
Where's this headed? And can we even talk about it without foaming at the mouth?
I'm trying to find out…

Added by Jeff Golden on December 13, 2008 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

The Song Of The Reed

Listen to the reed and the tale it tells,

how it sings of separation:

Ever since they cut me from the reed bed,

my wail has caused men and women to weep.

I want a heart that is torn open with longing

so that I might share the pain of this love.

Whoever has been parted from his source

longs to return to state of union.

When the rose is gone and the garden faded,

you will no longer hear the nightingale’s song.

The Beloved is all; the lover… Continue

Added by ken becker on December 10, 2008 at 10:17am — No Comments

Prairie Dog Prayers

"I watched prairie dogs every day, rise before the sun, stand with their paws pressed together facing the rising sun in total stillness for up to 30 minutes," says Williams.

"And then I watched them at the end of the day take that same gesture 30 minutes before the sun goes down they would press their palms together in perfect stillness. I don't mean to anthropomorphize, but when you look at a creature that has survived over the… Continue

Added by ken becker on December 9, 2008 at 11:52am — No Comments

Wanting to be sure you know about the Abundance Swap...

If you've been to a past Abundance Swap, you know the magic. If you haven't, come Thursday by 7pm and you will. Be sure to check out first to know what to do.
See you there.

Added by Jeff Golden on December 9, 2008 at 9:30am — No Comments

Isn't our word 'Solstice' a bit "Earth-no-centric"?

Just a thought...
isn't it so 'earthnocentric' that we still call it solstice - cause it's us, the Earth which stops/stice in its tilt for 3 days, not the sun.

I vote we call it Earthstice and Earthrise and Earthset, 'cause that's what they do!

:~) ken

Added by ken becker on December 8, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Unveiling of We' Moon '09: A Special Event in Praise of Food and Possibility for the World

Reviewed by John David Van Hove:

Attended the 'Unveiling of We' Moon" last night at the Belleview Grange to a standing room only audience of women, grandmothers, elders and supporting men. The We 'Moon '09 Calendar was unveiled and excerpts were read from the book by some of the contributing authors and artists. 'Twas great to see so many women artists gathered in conjunction with indigenous elders and presenters Aggie Baker Pilgrim, Betty LaDuke and her… Continue

Added by Ashland Source Center on December 8, 2008 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

"We have come to be danced", by Jewel Mathieson

We have come to be danced

Not the pretty dance

Not the pretty pretty, pick me, pick me dance

But the claw our way back into the belly

Of the sacred, sensual animal dance

The unhinged, unplugged, cat is out of its box dance

The holding the precious moment in the palms

Of our hands and feet dance.

We have come to be danced

Not the jiffy booby, shake your booty for him… Continue

Added by ken becker on December 6, 2008 at 5:15pm — 1 Comment

Body Choir Inspires Medford To Dance!!!

Dearest Flow & Spirit Filled Dancing Friends!

We have come a long way when... black dances white,

race meets grace and holds the space for a soul-filled dance to rise up in Medford!!!






that Carola Marashi's Body Choir Is 'settin' foot' in Medford, Sunday Dec. 7th... Get Ready For Liftoff???

Well, Come Move, Shake, Dance and Celebrate… Continue

Added by ken becker on December 6, 2008 at 4:27pm — No Comments

Whose Problem is Hunger? (Dec 6 Tidings column)

This isn't a theoretical question. The economic meltdown that's worrisome and nerve-wracking for most of us is becoming life-threatening to more and more people in our own country. In an earlier newspaper column I asked readers to be honest about whether or not they think this is their problem.
Most of them answered that they do. They even have some answers that worth…

Added by Jeff Golden on December 6, 2008 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

"It's Never Too Late To Be Here Now!"

A new phrase came thru me a couple of weeks ago. Maybe it resonates with you too :~)
If you wish, please share widely, with attribution. InJoy.

"It's Never Too Late To Be Here Now!"
ken becker 2008

Added by ken becker on December 6, 2008 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

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Ecology News

Norway Becomes World’s First Country to Ban Deforestation | EcoWatch

Norway has become the first country to ban deforestation. The Norwegian Parliament pledged May 26 that the government's public procurement policy will be deforestation-free.

We Have Five Years To Save Ourselves From Climate Change, Harvard Scientist Says | Forbes

The level of carbon now in the atmosphere hasn't been seen in 12 million years, a Harvard scientist said in Chicago Thursday, and this pollution is rapidly pushing the climate back to its state in the Eocene Epoch, more than 33 million years ago, when there was no ice on either pole. "We have exquisite information about what that state is, because we have a paleo record going back millions of years, when the earth had no ice at either pole. There was almost no temperature difference between the equator and the pole," said James Anderson, a Harvard University professor of atmospheric chemistry best known for establishing that chlorofluorocarbons were damaging the Ozone Layer.

Scientists Keep Warning About The Dangers of 5G; Will We Listen? | Gaia

Over 180 scientists and doctors in almost 40 countries are warning the world about 5G health risks. “Resolution 1815 of the Council of Europe” spells it out quite succinctly: “We, the undersigned scientists, recommend a moratorium on the roll-out of the fifth generation, 5G, until potential hazards for human health and the environment have been fully investigated by scientists independent from industry. 5G will substantially increase exposure to radio frequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF)… and has been proven to be harmful for humans and the environment.”

Humans Are Speeding Extinction and Altering the Natural World at an ‘Unprecedented’ Pace | The New York Times

Humans are transforming Earth’s natural landscapes so dramatically that as many as one million plant and animal species are now at risk of extinction, posing a dire threat to ecosystems that people all over the world depend on for their survival, a sweeping new United Nations assessment has concluded. The 1,500-page report, compiled by hundreds of international experts and based on thousands of scientific studies, is the most exhaustive look yet at the decline in biodiversity across the globe and the dangers that creates for human civilization. A summary of its findings, which was approved by representatives from the United States and 131 other countries, was released Monday in Paris. The full report is set to be published this year.

Former President Jimmy Carter Just Made a Solar Farm to Power Half His City | Futurism

The solar farm in Plains is expected to generate 1.3 MW of power per year, which is equal to burning about 3,600 tons of coal. Over time, that will prevent a sizable amount of greenhouse gases from being emitted into our atmosphere.

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