I’m following the current Occupy Wallstreet movement in the US with great interest. There are so many different individuals, causes and organizations participating, making it difficult to get a clear picture of what this is really about. I will try to update this post with links to articles and other material that explains what is afoot.
It’s becoming increasingly obvious that the real priority of those running the world for the last few decades has not been creating a viable form of capitalism, but rather, convincing us all that the current form of capitalism is the only conceivable economic system, so its flaws are irrelevant. As a result, we’re all sitting around dumbfounded as the whole apparatus falls apart.
After witnessing the devastation caused by a 1971 oil spill in San Francisco Bay, he stopped riding in motorized vehicles, a vow which lasted 22 years from 1972 until 1994. From 1973 until 1990, he also spent 17 years voluntarily silent. During this time he earned a Ph.D. in land management and traveled extensively, walking across the entire width of the lower 48 states of the USA as well as walking to South America.
I heartily recommend this book to everyone who loves our earth, and who loves building communities.
PS: There is one thing that bothers me about Johns story, something I would like to ask him if I get the chance. When he gives in and starts riding in cars again it is because he realizes that he will be a more effective communicator of his environmentally friendly ideas if he uses motorized transportation. But that is the same argument the rest of the world uses for riding in cars, it makes us more effective in what we need to achieve. But that doesn’t mean it’s good for the environment.
I got this idea to create a web page for offering help to people, sort of peer2peer, only real, face to face (face2face?). I suppose it is more than slightly inspired by My name is Earl. Life has been sort of … slow … lately, and I believe good old Karma has something to do with it. Perhaps by doing some good for others will help pick things up a little bit, make life a little brighter.
Anyways, I wanted to see if anyone else was “inspired by My name is Earl” so I did a strict search for it on Google, and only got two hits! I think I’ll keep an eye on that search to see if more people start getting Earl-ish. I’m sure we all have some skeletons hanging over us, big or small. Some we might be able to put on a list and fix, but some are impossible, or just to hard to atone for directly. In those cases it would be great to have some other way of “paying it forward”, or paying for it backwards, or … well, you know what I mean.
I want to tell you two stories, both are real, both are very recent.
1. A collegue of mine slipped on the ice and bruiced her face badly, and had to go to the emergency room . She had to spend the whole night there without sleep, and when she was on her way home she discovered that she didn’t have any money, her glasses was broken so she couldn’t see, and she looked really terrible). So she stood there and completely lost it. So up comes a man, gives her 200 NOK for a cabride home, and when she askes for his adress, he just says “No – just help someone else one day”.
2. A few weeks later another collegue gets a phone call from a former classmate she hasn’t seen in years. She had forgotten all about this, but he remembers: He once borrowed a cd-player from her, and when he returned it it was broken. When she asked him if he broke it, he said “No”. Now, 10 years later, he confesses that he actually DID break it, and sends her an envelope with 1200 NOK (about 200 $). Isn’t that sweet? Perhaps he had seen My name is Earl, written his own list. It really takes guts to do that, even for such a “small” thing like this.
I guess I will have to start my own list.
If you have heard any stories like that, where people might have been inspired by Earl’s list, please drop a comment, okay?
You can write your own scripts too. Mark Pilgrim’s definitive Greasemonkey guide, diveintogreasemonkey.org will show you how.
My new brilliant idea: I haven’t used Greasemonkey that much yet but for years I’ve wanted a solution to get easy information about the ethical and environmental profile of a firm or product when I’m in a store. Unfortunatly this is not really feasible, but it could be done in the web using Greasemonkey (+ a wiki of conserned citizens, and perhaps import of existing data (?) by XML. And then the option to edit the wiki througt a greasemonkey script.)
I think I will check if there are any only databases with this kind of data, I know there used to be one in Norway. If you have any tips, just write a comment.
Quote: “You can’t seperate the people from the environment”.
The documentary film Green Green Water follows U.S. consumer, Dawn Mikkelson, as she traces the source of her ‘green energy’ back to the displacement of the indigenous Cree and Metis in Northern Manitoba.
Interview with filmmaker Dawn Mikkelson, with a few outtakes from the movie.
Green green water started as a vlog and was then edited together as a documentary film about hydroelectric power and its impact on the lives of thousands of Aboriginal people in northern Manitoba. This power is then sold to U.S. utilities companies and passed on to their customers.
This is a story about power…power from hydroelectric dams…the power to destroy an ancient culture…the power of big money…the power of Indigenous people who refuse to be powerless in their struggle to survive…and the power of activism.
Update 25. april 2009:
One interesting aspect of this movie is the fact that Manitoba Hydro, responsible for the dam, launched a countermeasure-campaign after the release of the documentary. You can read about it here and on http://www.greengreenwaterbiased.com/
“A short documentary exploring Italy’s Telestreet phenomena, a network of close to 200 micro pirate TV transmitters that begun in the summer of 2002 to counter the media monopoly of Silvio Berlusconi. Perhaps the most interesting tactical media initiative of recent times, the TeleStreet network combines both old and new media, lo-tech and hi-tech.
The documentary speaks with activists from TeleAut and SpegnilaTV and media theorist Franco Berardi (Bifo). ”