Do This With Me

I’m taking the “where does your money go” challenge today and tracking where my dollars are going: the countries, the corporations, and the people. Of course, it’s not an exact science nor is it meant to be. Some stuff will fall through the cracks: my oatmeal was purchased at Bean & Bean, so I’ll give points to the good old U S of A; the bananas, strawberries and blueberries might not be from here but I’m not getting into that level of detail. I may, however, now thinking about it, be inspired to call B&B to confirm origin of the oats and trail of the fruit. But I’m not gonna go crazy over it.

QUESTION: will you take this challenge with me and post your results? It doesn’t have to be today. It can be any day. Think of it as a Christmas gift to all your countrymen and women whose job you may help save by getting us all to be a little conscientious about where our money goes. Where does your money go? Go ahead … gimme the dirt!

201 and 1 is Growing!

GROWING A GARDEN OF WORDS.  Contribute your word for the year to our revel word garden…

1. Illuminati
2. Zombies
3. Mathy-apolis
4. Anonymous
5. Kardashian
6. “Really?”
7. Irene
8. Scribbling(s)
9. HOT!
10. Frustrating
11. “Like,”
12. Followers
13. Friended
14. Unfriended

15.  Republi-jokes

16.  Awakening

17.  Occupy

18. Occupy

19. Expensive

20.  Penultimate

21.  Bunnies

22.  Demonifying

23.  Prepping

201 and 1 is almost to 20!

1. Illuminati
2. Zombies
3. Mathy-apolis
4. Anonymous
5. Kardashian
6. “Really?”
7. Irene
8. Scribbling(s)
9. HOT!
10. Frustrating
11. “Like,”
12. Followers
13. Friended
14. Unfriended

15.  Republi-jokes

16.  Awakening

17.  Occupy

18. Occupy

19. Expensive

Hey Discovery Channel: AIR OUR MELTING PLANET!

Discovery Channel Doesn’t Want to Air Our Melting Planet: Sign the Petition to See the Horror Show

Go to Change.org to sign the petition.
Why This Is Important

The Discovery Channel has chosen not to air the full final episode of the much anticipated Frozen Planet series, written and produced by the same folks that brought us Blue Planet and Planet Earth, two staggeringly beautiful documentary series on the marvel that is our planet. The subject of the final series is global warming and climate change, and reflects on some effects of human impact on the natural world.

My friend David Baillie of WildCat Films, who worked as a cameraman on Frozen Planet, told me: “Over a 5 year period, I made 5 trips to Antarctica and one to the Arctic. In every location we saw and filmed clear evidence of retreating glaciers, disappearing permanent ice sheets and atypical weather patterns. We also had the privilege of working alongside scientists who now have years of incontrovertible evidence of a growing and catastrophic warming at both poles. Many of these scientists were funded by the US National Science Foundation so it seems perverse that Discovery is effectively censoring scientific research funded by the U.S. taxpayer.”

Discovery Channel prides itself on revealing the mysteries and unseen worlds of our planet. The Climate Change episode has the potential to move a lot of people, from one of the leading nations in global emissions, towards greater stewardship of this precious earth. This move acts in defiance of Discovery Channel’s original aims, which was to inspire the public about the world around them. The American public has a right to be inspired.

Please air the final episode of the Frozen Planet series.

Why People Are Signing
  • 6 days ago
    2 people like this reason

    You made it, show it. We can take it!

  • about 2 hours ago

    the truth from empirical data regarding climate change should not be censored, rather, highlighted!

  • about 2 hours ago

    We count on Discovery Channel to tell the truth and show the beauty of our wonderful world. People need to know the extent of the troubles we face in order to find solutions. Don’t let your U.S. audience down, please!

  • about 1 hour ago

    Please, let us see ALL the good work that’s been done!

  • about 1 hour ago

    To keep the final episode off the air is wholly dishonest. If you stand by your work you have nothing to fear from critics, and you will advance the debate all around.

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Putting Cheer in your Christmas Currency

 

This was forwarded by a wonderful new friend I met this year.  (Thank you, 2011, for new friends and new fearlessness!).  I am a total proponent of this idea, and will be incorporating it into my holidays this year and beyond.  So, let’s gather up our holiday dollars and use them to help out our neighbors this year.  Spread the cheer, and the message ….
Birth of a New Tradition

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply
produced goods — merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor.

This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse
that, at gift-giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands.  Yes there is!

It’s time to think outside the box, people.  Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?

Everyone — yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut.  How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?

Gym membership?  It’s appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.

Who wouldn’t appreciate getting their car detailed?  Small, American-owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a
gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plunking down the Benjamin’s on a Chinese made flat-screen?  Perhaps that
grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local
golf course.

There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants — all offering gift certificates.  And, if your intended isn’t the fancy eatery sort, what
about a half-dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint.  Remember, folks this isn’t about big National chains — this is about supporting
your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.

How many people couldn’t use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom?  Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.

My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.

OK, you were looking for something more personal.  Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves.  They make jewelry,
and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.

Plan your holiday outings at local, owner-operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip.  And, how about going out to see a play
or ballet at your hometown theater.

Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house?  When you buy a five dollar string of
light, about fifty cents stays in the community.  If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a
nice BIG tip.

You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city.  Christmas is now about
caring about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other
Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn’t imagine.

THIS is the new American Christmas tradition. Forward this to everyone on your mailing list — post it to discussion groups — throw up a post on Craigslist in the Rants and Raves section in your city — send it to the editor of your local paper and radio stations,
and TV news departments. This is a revolution of caring about each other.  Isn’t that what Christmas is about?

201 and 1: Day 3 (12/1/11)

Add your word/s for the year. We’re sending 2011 off with a word-capture list/poem all its own. Tell it what it was to you….

1. Illuminati
2. Zombies
3. Mathy-apolis
4. Anonymous
5. Kardashian
6. “Really?”
7. Irene
8. Scribbling(s)
9. HOT!
10. Frustrating
11. “Like,”
12. Followers
13. Friended
14. Unfriended