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October 2012, Page 2

Exposing the 1%

We hear about the global elite, who live in a transnational world while most folks have to stand in line for a rectal scan just to cross the country. That is, if they are not starving or dying from preventable diseases.  … Read the rest

Secret Space Colonization Revealed in Popular Video

Somehow Hollywood always seems to be making one point … even when they say it is something else. Take, for example, the exemplary sci-fi music video by It’s Always a Good Time‘s Owl City.  It has beautiful cinematography, awesome costumes and is set in a dramatically presented people-free Earth.… Read the rest

Hotel Noir

Dearest Thirsty,

If you like your femmes fatale, your men dangerous, and your dialogue cooler than cool, and all in glorious black and white, have I got an indie neo-noir treat for you – Hotel Noir. Starring the sultry Carla Gugino, the quietly sinister-looking Rufus Sewell and other swank actors, the film was produced by Gato Negro films and directed by Sebastian Gutierrez.… Read the rest

Bhutan Leads the Way to Organic Nationhood

Isolated Bhutan is perhaps best known for espousing Gross National Happiness.  The Buddhist nation is now seeking recognition as the first country to become 100% organic.

Last month at the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, Prime Minister Jigmi Thinley said his government is developing a National Organic Policy because the country’s farmers are increasingly convinced that “by working in harmony with nature, they can help sustain the flow of nature’s bounties.”  Thinley said he wants to make “the ‘raised in Bhutan’ label synonymous with ‘organically grown.'”

“Bhutan has decided to go for a green economy in light of the tremendous pressure we are exerting on the planet,” Bhutan Agriculture Minister Pema Gyamtsho said.… Read the rest

Biomimicry: Cutting Edge Design based on Nature

Biomimicry has been around a while. You might say we’ve been at it since the beginning of our consciousness.

Following animals to water sources, for instance. Shamans wore furs, skulls, bones of the animals whose powers they wished to harness. Once we tasted lightning-roasted nuts and fruits from the struck tree, we could never go back to just eating raw almonds or apples (or walnuts, or hazelnuts, or apricots, take your pick) so we had to figure out how to make that fire on our own.… Read the rest

Permaculture: Picture Essay

Today, we bring you a brief pictorial sampling of the Permaculture web presence. Each of the images links to the website where the cool picture was found. This is not a comprehensive collection of Permaculture sites, but a random sampling from some of the coolest images I found while combing the results of a Google Image search.… Read the rest

Review: Busch Garden’s 13th Annual Howl-O-Scream

Creeping in the Gardens…

Dearest Thirsty,

One thing I noticed about stark terror- adrenaline really does act as an analgesic.

In general, I am not a fan of gory horror, and tend to enjoy suspenseful dread in my entertainment rather than visceral screaming terror.… Read the rest

Review: America’s Civil War exhibit at FMPOA

One of the principal pleasures of visiting a museum, aside from engaging with representative collections on an aesthetic level, is gaining erudition, insight, perspective on the subject displayed. The roots of our nation are planted in difficult soil that bore strange fruit still leaving its bitter tinge at the edges.… Read the rest