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Tucson Presentation – Money, Power, Democracy, and War

Join Sustainable Tucson for the second evening of music, food and a thoughful discussion about aspects of sustainability for our community and region.Tuesday, March 13 Tom Greco, economist and author, will talk about “Money, Power, Democracy and War: Finding the Path Toward Global Peace, Harmony, and Prosperity”

The talk will be held at El Ojito Springs Center for Creativity, 452 South Stone Avenue, from 7 to 9 p.m. *Come at 6 pm for music, food and drink.

This presentation will describe how power and wealth have been overly centralized through control of the monetary system, and how local communities can empower themselves by organizing their own exchange mechanisms.

A Couple Humorous Tidbits

According to the Knight-Ridder News Service, the inscription on the metal bands used by the U.S. Department of the Interior to tag migratory birds has been changed. The bands used to bear the address of the Washington Biological Survey, abbreviated:

Wash. Biol. Surv.

until the agency received the following letter from an Arkansas camper:

“Dear Sirs: While camping last week I shot one of your birds. I think it was a crow. I followed the cooking instructions on the leg tag and I want to tell you, it was horrible.”

The bands are now marked Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Best Quote Of 2006?

By Chris Rock
2-28-7

“You know the world is going crazy when the best rapper is a white guy, the best golfer is a black guy, the tallest guy in the NBA is Chinese, the Swiss hold the America’s Cup, France is accusing the U.S. of arrogance, Germany doesn’t want to go to war, and the three most powerful men in America are named Bush, Dick, and Colon.”

– Comedian, Chris Rock

 

Chris Wright’s Latest Book About Sustainability

YOUR WAKE UP CALL – Signposts to Sustainability

 

Most of us just want to live securely and sustainably on our crowded planet, but the omens are not good. Humanity faces many challenges – severe climate change, environmental collapse, mass species extinctions, pandemics caused by increasing poverty worldwide and the ever present threat of terrorism and war – but shows little sign of being able to rise to them; certainly within the timescales that are now being suggested if global catastrophe is to be avoided. We are sleep-walking towards a precipice.

 

Your Wake Up Call is just that, a timely and sober look at the issues we need to address, particularly as individuals, if our children and grandchildren are to enjoy any kind of quality of life. Why, when we have a greater number of people and material resources at our disposal than at any time in history, are we so powerless to act? What are the factors that create and foster change?

 

An alternative is possible if only we would reach out and grasp it. Based on Human Scale values, it is a future in which we can all play our part. Taking the first step is the hardest, but if everyone stepped forward together the world would be changed forever.

 

It really is time to wake up and act…

 

Chris Wright is author of four books (including two novels) that explore the themes of community renewal and personal development. He is a founder member of Action for Sustainable Living.

 

Published by The Community Press ISBN 0 9554580 0 5 (978 0 9554580 0 2)

 

Price £11.99 – including P & P

 

Purchase via Action for Sustainable Living http://www.afsl.org.uk/services/ or send a cheque for £11.99 to Action for Sustainable Living, Unit 7, St Wilfred’s Enterprise Centre, Off Royce Road, Hulme, Manchester, M15 5BJ

Thom Hartman on the Undeclared War Against the Middle Class

“Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle Class—and What You Can Do About It”is the title of Thom Hartmann’s soon-to-be-published book. Reading the Introduction was enough to convince me that this book is likely to provide important guidance in understanding what we’re up against in America and how to counteract the forces that are destroying the socio-economic foundations that have made America great. Due out around Labor Day, from Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc. (www.bkconnection.com).

Where Can You Find Great Literature?

Where can you find great literature these days?

Well juding from my recent experience, it's likely to be a lot closer to you than Barnes & Noble or Borders. The nature of the publishing business is changing drastically, and it seems that creative people are everywhere. Within the past 6 weeks, three people I know personally have handed me books they themselves have written.

Even I, a writer myself, didn't expect much at first, but oddly enough I found that as I began reading, each of the three books was extremely interesting and superbly crafted. I doubt that one could say the same about the majority of books coming out of major publsihing houses these days.

So how does one find these gems? I guess it is likely that people will increasingly rely upon word-of-mouth suggestions from friends and recdommendations from blogs like this one.

So here are the three I'm recommending to you:

Greensleeves by Lindianne Sarno [Available from Music Garden Press, 2509 N. Campbell Ave., Suite 272, Tucson, AZ 85719]

The Endless Search: A Memoire by David Ray  [Available from amazon.com]

Above and Beyond by Derek Stockton Available from amazon.com]

Greensleeves is a compelling tale set against the tragic backdrop of 16th century
Ireland as it struggled against imperial conquest and domination. Skillfully crafted and historically authentic, it is the story of how, in the face of inevitable defeat, a few courageous troubadours sacrificed to preserve the culture of their people and to scatter its seeds far and wide, even amongst their conquerors.

The author’s descriptions of the characters, settings, circumstances, and events are vivid and rich, drawing the reader into the picture and painting scenes that evoke deep emotion. It made me cry, but at the same time buoyed my spirits by showing that despite treachery, betrayal, and injustice, humans are still capable of love, magnanimity, and heroic acts. Anyone who has ever confronted doubts about the meaning of life will find in this story a bit of themselves.

 

The Endless Search is an amazingly moving and riveting story of vulnerability, neglect, and abuse that turns out to have a happier ending than one would expect. I guarantee you'll not want to put this book down until you've gotten to the end.

 

Above and Beyond is a story of two men who have returned from separate wars with deep emotional and psychological wounds. The one, a veteran of the Vietnam war, find himself in Germany where he evetually comes into possession of a set of journals written by an ace German fighter pilot during World War II. The former then sets out to tell the story of the latter, unravelling the mystery of his death. This is as good a bit of modern fiction as I've ever read.