The First Weekend
• 2013-11-30 sue went to toronto to help her mom move; d picked up oscar; i listened to cbc tapestry and richard rohr; sue came back, oscar came home, i stopped listening to podcasts, and we watched docs about jerusalem and alexandria.
Dec 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to obey the bus driver’s order that ‘she give up her seat in the colored section to a white passenger, after the white section was filled’, sparking the Montgomery Bus Boycott and culminating in the US Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Tattooed minister and former stand-up comic Nadia Bolz-Weber says, ‘If you were to gather all the world’s comics and then remove all the alcoholics, cocaine addicts, and manic depressives you’d have left, well, Carrot Top, basically. There’s something about courting the darkness that makes some people see the truth in raw, twisted ways, as though they were shining a black light on life to illuminate the absurdity of it all. Comics tell a truth you can see only from the underside of the psyche. At its best, comedy is prophesy and societal dream interpretation. At its worst it’s just dick jokes.’
The First Monday
Rick Mercer: Either Harper Is Psychotic Or He Was In On It (thanks to cm)
‘Bullfrog Power helped launch a solar roof installation atop the Main Hall of the Deanery Project, a Nova Scotia non-profit co-op for youth that cultivates environmental, artistic and culinary learning.’ (thanks to sh)
350 Campaigns alert us that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (involving twelve national governments, including Canada) ‘will massively boost corporate power at the expense of our climate and environment, human and workers’ rights, sovereignty and democracy.’
Today is Giving Tuesday (http://community.givingtuesday.org/News).
Did some research for a friend on bran. Did you know that there are two kinds, both indigestible,
- but insoluble fibres (wheat bran, All Bran, most beans, lentils, Shredded Wheat, most whole grains, vegetables) ‘promote regular bowel movement and prevent constipation, remove toxic waste through colon in less time, and help prevent colon cancer’
- whereas soluble fibres (oat bran, some beans, soy [pictured], vegetables, dried figs, oranges, fruit with skin) ‘lower total cholesterol…, therefore reducing the risk of heart disease and regulate blood sugar for people with diabetes’?
Even without an oil spill on Canada’s Pacific coast, reports the David Suzuki Foundation, ‘tankers can kill and injure whales by hitting them, polluting their habitat and disrupting their communication with excessive noise. Yet the shipping industry has stepped away from the marine planning table.’ Should ‘tankers, LNG [liquid natural gas] terminals, pipelines and shipping lanes that would accommodate higher volumes … be located on our rugged coastline’?
• 2013-12-03 we watched rmr, 22, and the truth about exercise. the truth is shocking, but remember, the chair is a killer. problem is, though i used to walk everywhere in town, now i’m in this wheelchair.
Richard Rohr proposes ‘we need apocalyptic literature‘
• 2013-12-04 we watched, online on the agenda, ontario minister of energy bob chiarelli present his government’s new energy plan and then a panel, ‘re-energizing ontario‘, discussed that plan; afterwards, on the tv, episode one of the secret caribbean.
2013-12-07 Pearl Harbour
Joe Clark doesn’t like Harper’s vision of Canada, and not surprisingly neither does Elizabeth May, who writes that ‘what I see daily as an MP is routine contempt for all our parliamentary institutions’, and she details how. She wants to replace our archaic way of voting that’s called First-Past-The-Post. ‘In future elections, Canadians would not need to fear the notion of “splitting the vote.” ‘ With better voting, ‘we can restore Canadians’ sense of trust in the very idea of an elected person who serves the best interests of our country and our planet, rather than narrowly advancing short-term partisan interests.’ (thanks to sh)
• we watched the start of a new doc series, if walls could talk. the first set of walls are found in the living room, where the smoky, blinding, open hearth became the fireplace, transforming the space and the way we live.
2013-12-08 John Lennon–what do the montreal massacre, pearl harbour, and lennon’s death have in common, besides murder by gun? big or small, they are expressions of patriarchy’s insanity; they also happened during the dark days of december.
The Second Monday
‘Ahead of her time: the bold music of 20 women pioneers’–I’ve heard of a few of these women but not most. Warner’s write-ups are informative, though the audio is variable. Some videos are amazing!
Joni Mitchell: The Shadows And Light Tour, live, 1980, with an all-star band.
I am who I am in part because of Mandela. I grew up in a household boycotting apartheid South African products. In my twenties I engaged in anti-apartheid activities. When Amandla! toured, we danced to their gumboot rhythms. However, the first time I heard South African music was Ladysmith Black Mambazo on Diamonds On The Souls Of Her Shoes. Here’s more music that celebrates Mandela’s life. The best song is the last song.
Laura Mvula sings in a Green Garden