Surf’s Up!–Days Of The Week

Tuesday

taxes-from-wcJust in time for tax season. The Responsible Investment Association has tons of on-line info. Its members ‘believe that RI is a valuable investment tool to enhance returns, reduce risk, and catalyze positive social change.’

Rosa_Parks_(detail).tiff-FROM-WP• 2014-02-04–today is the birthday of rosa parks (1913-2005), which follows last week’s research about another civil rights activist, pete seeger.

brian-cox-from-bbc-co-ukafter supper it’s tubey tuesdays, including wonders of life (what is life?) in which brian cox explores how the evolving universe overcomes disorder–entropy–to create order–life.

Wednesday

rebeccas-wild-farm• 2014-02-05–maureen found my house and cut my hair. tvo showed rebecca’s wild farm (also known as the future of farming). the documentary (about fifty minutes, which you can watch here), writes jessica crabtree, presents ‘practical, ingenious solutions from forward-thinking problem solvers. As a bonus, the cinematography,’ she adds, ‘is breathtaking. I strongly urge you to see this film–you will never think of the food you eat, our environment, or our modern lifestyle in the same way again.’ [more…] By Janine from Mililani, Hawaii, United States (closeup  Uploaded by Fæ) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commonslocally, although it’s winter, we’re growing things to eat: sprouts and shoots, an idea we got from our community gardens group. and our favourite eatery, grounded coffee, is making a green wall.

Thursday

mick-dodge-from-theeathgym-comThis guy, Mick Dodge, lives totally from the earth in the Washington state forest. Consider these pictures, where ‘each element [mountain, highway] has a place’. We’re familiar with the urban environment, but not the wild. To that end, Dodge runs the Earth Gym. Parkour au naturel! (thanks to sh)

Rembrandt_Harmensz_van_Rijn_-_Return_of_the_Prodigal_Son_-_Google_Art_Project-from-wp• 2014-02-06–the power of art to inspire religious feeling is awesome. rev barley and i discussed the parable of the prodigal son (luke 15:11-32); she recommended rembrandt’s painting (pictured), which inspired henri nowen. later, sue and i learned that it was another rembrandt that brought the art of russia out of the forest. centuries before, following the mongol invasion, isolation from east (byzantium) and west (europe) fostered ‘the great age of the icon, when russia was at its most intense and inward looking.’ peter the great’s acquisition of rembrandt paintings changed all that.

Friday

2014-winter-olympics-5710368030588928-hp-from-google-02• 2014-02-07–we were reading in the star how the olympic games are in reality an extension of national politics, not really athletics. i want go even further: they’re competitive ultimately in different values. sure, a bobsledder or curler is totally focused on his or her event, regardless of his or her sexual politics or values or creed. but that bobsledder or curler has values, things to strive for, to achieve and excel. please read the quote from the olympic charter. isn’t excelling, even athletically, really about your values? (thanks to cm)

Saturday

Joshua Sherurcij [Attribution], via Wikimedia CommonsDavid Suzuki writes, ‘Like me, [Pete Seeger] was inspired by Rachel Carson’s 1962 book Silent Spring to become a strong defender of the environment as well as human rights. By Fred Palumbo, World Telegram staff photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsIn both social justice and environmental causes, he believed in the strength of grassroots efforts. As he told the CBC Radio program Ideas, “The powers that be can break up any big thing they want. They can attack it from the outside. They can infiltrate it and corrupt it from the inside – or co-opt it. But what are they going to do about 10 million little things? They don’t know where to start.” ‘

ecojustice-bnLara Tessaro and Dr. Elaine MacDonald of Ecojustice write that after of a lawsuit, ‘the Minister of Health has agreed to do special reviews of harmful pesticides banned in Europe but still used in Canada…. Thanks to you, we’re hopeful the Canadian government will cast a critical eye on these dangerous substances, which are known to pollute our waterways; kills bees, birds and fish; and trigger neurological disorders and cause cancer in humans.’

FossilFuelDay-from-wearepowershift.caCam Fenton of 350.org declares ‘April 1st Fossil Fools day in (dis)honour of those corporations setting us up for more toxic pollution, extreme weather, and worse. It’s time that these Fossil Fools are sent the way of the Dodo.’

Bandwagonman at en.wikipedia [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons• 2014-02-08–seeds arrived from sprout master. some of them are from china :( –if you’d rather source them locally, stay tuned. more telly! ants (ants not only out-number us, they out-weigh us. do they rule?) and coast.

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Sunday

surfing-hippo-from-surfblogspot.com• 2014-02-09–what’s a hippo doing in the surf? mike fey and his megatransect through africa from forest deep to coastal surf inspired gabon to set up thirteen parks (as we saw in gabon: triumph of the wild) and defy ‘conventional wisdom that insists oil, mining and logging are the best way to bring prosperity.’ what’s a hippo doing in the surf? loving it, i bet.

Monday

By Grzegorz Wysocki (File:Exhibition in Viking Ship Museum, Oslo 01.jpg) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons• 2014-02-10–the vikings traveled far, even establishing territories in far-off lands.

billy-joel-and-michael-pollack-from-cbcDo you like Billy Joel? Not only can he sing, he can really play piano. But not this time…

By Cgadavies at en.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia CommonsRemember last week’s post on Pete Seeger? Here is I Don’t Want Your Millions Mister, sung by his grandson, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger. (thanks to tp)

beatles-1964-from-cbcBeatles game: Which of the Fab Four said what? I scored 2/8. (thanks to sh)

By Kentofthenorth at en.wikipedia (Transferred from en.wikipedia) [Public domain], from Wikimedia CommonsJames Gordon of Tamarack, singing the haunting Frobisher Bay. But today I heard an a capella, female-only version much like this. (thanks to ta)

Alejandra-Ribera_01_0130020540584_16x9_620x350-from-cbcAlejandra Ribera performs her new album, La Boca, live. This’ll be on the CBC, 7pm, next Monday (February 17th).

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By Bryan Rosengrant at Flickr, modified by SpinningSpark [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsDave Matthews and Tim Reynolds–All Along The Watchtower (thanks to db)

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By Janet Spinas Dancer [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsBruce Cockburn’s Pacing The Cage (thanks to jc)

The budget-choices-from-dsfDavid Suzuki Foundation writes, ‘These budget choices paint a picture, and it doesn’t look good for the health of our communities and the people and places we love. Tomorrow’s federal budget will represent another set of choices about what kind of Canada we’re leaving for our children and generations of children to come.’

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