bottom feedersAre you shocked and appaled to learn that some things in Pro-wrestling are faked? Although the Wilkes Barre Pennsylvania fire department, which was apparently on hand before a stretch limosine exploded at the Watchovia Arena confirmed that there were no bodies in the charred remnants of the limo, and the FBI has warned about misrepesenting them in the ongoing macho soap opera of the WWE, and even WWE has issued a press release to CNBC making a distinction between the stage acted character "Mr. McMahon" and corporate CEO Vince McMahon, the farce continues. Which is too bad for WWE's coffers. The Wall Street Journal has already noted how the McMahon "death story" has resulted in the WWE stock value dropping. One thing is certain, this ludicrous act hasn't shown them to be in any worse taste than pro-wrestling has been in the past. But how will Vince MacMahon come back to life? Just wondering.
consumer cultureKeeping an eye on how much we buy is the goal of The Compact. The group, SF Compact began as an informal meeting of acquaintences in San Francisco [where else, I suppose] dedicated to "...go beyond recycling in trying to counteract... the impacts of disposable consumer culture and to support local businesses, farms... and to "...reduce clutter and waste in our homes [and] simplify our lives." No Marie Antoinette style clothes horses these folks, the goals of the group [and those who emulate their objectives] are that they "...must buy used, or borrow. No new stuff, with the exception of food, necessary medicines and health care items, and -- no joke -- underwear." Recently, free-lance writer and cautious consumer Wendee Holtcamp put herself to the test and attempted to live for one month without buying anything new. It wasn't easy. Lured into a Hallmark Card store with a "75% Off" sign, she took her children in, where they purchased a card with a penguin that pooped! She wrote about her experience, and of some of the challenges faced by eco-conscious shoppers on AlterNet's Environment pages with an essay My 30 Days of Consumer Celibacy. It comes as no surprise to me that some on the idiot fringe of life have already seen fit to blame the collapse of western civilization on frugal spending habits. On a Seattle radio show that aired just after the group formed, the host ripped into John Perry, one of the original Compacting friends, saying, "You people are bad for America and you're bad for the American economy." I don't believe it. On the other hand, I recognize how difficult not buying new can be, even when there are no stores to sate my appetite for shiny new baubles anywhere close to where I live. I find myself duly challenged.
Bernie climbed the tree stand we found on the Moodus Reservoir land the town is looking to purchase as open space. The land is part of a 116 acre tract known as the Sabine property on the south side of the reservoir. The reservoir is regarded by some as one of the best canoeing spots in the state of Connecticut. There is habitat for native plants and animal species listed as threatened, endangered or of special concern. The parcel is adjacent to hundreds more acres of land already under open space protections or agricultural easement. A public hearing was held at the East Haddam Town Hall last week about this land, and another parcel in the Eight Mile River watershed, and those who attended gave the purchase proposal uniform support.
What is "open space"? What is sought to preserve? It is "...land that is left in its natural state or for farming or forestry, and that preserves agriculture, scenic views, water quality, wildlife, passive recreation and archeological sites."
distractions Here's Paris Hilton people. Can't resist kicking a disadvantaged rich person when they are down. There's also a YouTube music video, an embedded links provided below. I'm not trying to be unfair, though it is probably clear I fell on the "rich people have different sense of justice than the rest of us" side of the perspective. ...Or is that inflated sense of entitlement? Was I angry at her early leave taking, even if only temporary? You bet I was. But I'm not su much angry at this deluded child of privilege as I am the entire social system that allows for this and perpetuates it. I can get angrier at and about more relevant things, such as an AT&T tele-serf who refused to explain why I am being billed for unsaked for "service options" like emergency roadside service and the dubious "right" to dial my calls at voice instruction only. He refused to talk with me for "security" reasons, I refused to provide him a list of the most recent phone calls I'd made on the damned earbug telephone I have. Ah well. so it's easier to rant about Paris and her get out of jail free card. It's late at night. I'm going to bed.
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