It Don’t Mean A Thing–Days Of The Week

Tuesday

This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.‘Though the art world has remained the group’s main focus, challenging sexism and racism in films, mass and popular culture, and politics has also been part of the Guerrilla Girl‘s agenda.’

Clouds By Axel Rouvin--The copyright holder of this file allows anyone to use it for any purpose, provided that the copyright holder is properly attributed. Redistribution, derivative work, commercial use, and all other use is permitted.Michael Ranney, psychologist, created how global warming works.org to demystify this important yet barely understood issue.

Raft-Gataga-Kaska---W-Sawchuk• 2014-01-07–we watched great canadian rivers (gataga) , rmr, 22, and the future of food.

.

Wednesday

By Nick Risinger [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsThis file by ESO is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.By NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Wisconsin [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsAn infra-red portrait of dust and stars in the inner Milky Way. Green is mostly dust; yellow and red are stars. With visible light, the foreground dust renders this area nearly dark.

Copyleft: This work of art is free; you can redistribute it and/or modify it according to terms of the Free Art License. You will find a specimen of this license on the Copyleft Attitude site as well as on other sites. When it comes to language, ‘research has shown that, in comparison to unbiased terms such as “he or she” and “humankind,” masculine terms lead to male-biased mental imagery in the mind of both the listener and the communicator.’ Anthropologist Sally Slocum argues that ‘all too often the word “man” is used in such an ambiguous fashion that it is impossible to decide whether it refers to males or just the human species in general’. (Pictured is the Bliss symbol for ‘language’.)

By Follix (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsHumane Society International reports that ‘just two months after the U.S. destroyed several tons of ivory, the Chinese government has done the same — an indicator of its new resolve to combat the illegal trafficking of this substance.’ However, ‘the Dallas Safari Club auctioned off an opportunity to hunt and kill one of the world’s last remaining black rhinos’. OMG/S.

By Jeff the quiet (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons• 2014-01-08–after shovelling, sue watched nova with me (how researchers find earth-like planets capable of life as we know it), then went for a long soak.

.

.

Thursday

15ReasonsChild-from-tvoFifteen Reasons To Live is the journey of Alan Zweig ‘to find out what makes life worth living…, a thoughtful and searching examination on the nature of human happiness, and the profound events in life that can unexpectedly change the course of a person’s destiny.’

motherload_1280-from-cbc• 2014-01-09–we watched the nature of things’ how to be a wild elephant (the raising and re-introduction to the wild of orphaned elephants) and the doczone’s motherload (working mothers in canada and america). after, i read about This file by Loura Conerney is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license. simone de beauvoir, whose birthday it is.

Friday

This file is in the public domain because it was created by NASA and ESA.The article The Epic Of Evolution refers to things I’ve blogged about before–Big History, Deep Time, The Great Work, The Universe Story. What’s good about this piece is the overview. Some are more spiritual, others are more atheist–from the position of those like Michael Dowd (eco-theologian), who views evolution ‘as a spiritual process that it is not meaningless blind chance’–to people such as Eric Chaisson (physicist), who ‘sees no purpose, plan, or design in evolution, which he regards as unceasing, uncaring, and unpredictable.’ Regardless, By Jim Harrison (PLoS) [CC-BY-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], via Wikimedia CommonsEO Wilson (pictured) ‘believes the evolutionary epic can be as inherently noble as any religious epic when it is expressed in a poetic way.’

baffinisland_640b-5th-estate-from-cbc• 2014-01-10–we watched ‘wrap rage‘, caught a bit about history on the agenda, and were scared by ‘silence of the labs‘ (pictured) because ‘scientists across the country are expressing growing alarm that federal cutbacks to research programs monitoring areas that range from climate change and ocean habitats to public health will deprive Canadians of crucial information…. [Recently,] the federal government has dismissed more than 2,000 scientists, and hundreds of programs and world-renowned research facilities have lost their funding. Programs that monitored things such as smoke stack emissions, food inspections, oil spills, water quality and climate change have been drastically cut or shut down.’

Saturday

By Guy Mendes (Guy Mendes) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsAmerican environmental activist, cultural critic, and farmer Wendell Berry writes that:
Since ‘we will always
be supposing, let us suppose
that Nature gave the world flowers
and birdsong as a language, by which
it might speak to discerning humans.
And what must we say back? Not
just thanks or praise, but acts
of kindness bespeaking kinship
with creatures and with Nature, acts
faithful as the woods that dwells in place
time out of mind, self-denying
as the parenthood of the birds, and like
the flowers humble and beautiful.’
(This Day, 383)

By Atchoo420 (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons• 2014-01-11–after more shovelling, sue saw the hobbit with ap while i explored chronozoom. when sue got home, we watched first comes love, about deciding at 41 to become a single mom.

Sunday

TElias Gottlob Haussmann [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commonshe interviews are good. The music is lovely. The faces are wonderful. Bach: A Passionate Life.

david-suzuki-fom-nationalpost.comDavid Suzuki maintains his optimism: ‘We pride ourselves on our democratic traditions, but in Canada, women couldn’t vote until 1918, Asians until 1948 and First Nations people living on reserves until 1960. We’ve come a long way…. Trees2[Yes, there are] discrimination and many other problems, but these examples show change is possible…. World events viewed in isolation may make it appear as though humanity is moving backward. We still suffer wars, unimaginable violence, prejudice, environmental devastation, foolish politicians, greedy industrialists and selfish individuals. But we also have new ways to communicate widely at lightning speed, wisdom acquired from millennia of experience and people everywhere reaching out to encourage respect and kindness for each other and all life sharing our planet. Rosa-Parks-bus-from-mygospeltoday.com‘Change is never easy and it often creates discord, but when people come together for the good of humanity and the Earth, we can accomplish great things. Those are the lessons from Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks and all those who refuse to give up in the face of adversity when the cause they pursue is just and necessary.’

By Mitch 41079 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons• 2014-01-12–we watched ‘amazing planet: born of fire’.

Monday

Star Trek’s surprising musical origins include Brahms and Beethoven, and others…. (thanks to ta).

sa-lutes-from-songzaHere are some lutes sounding very South American.

By Patrick Huss [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsHope you like Cowboy Junkies live. (Sue does).

NY-and-Chief_Mark-Blinch_Can-Press_0112040138535_16x9_620x350-from-cbcNeil Young says ‘Canada is trading integrity for money‘ as he lashes out against the tar sands. Here‘s more Neil.

Sophisticated-Lady-by-Peter-Appleyard-featuring-Molly-Johnson_7x4_140x80-from-cbcPeter Appleyard plays ‘It Don’t Mean A Thing‘ featuring Jackie Richardson, Heather Bambrick, Sophie Milman, and Jill Barber (thanks to gb).

By JORGE A. RAMOS C. (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons• 2014-01-13–we watched the bridges that built london.

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s