Saturday, June 30, 2007

Speed Painting

Quite amazing indeed. Can be found @YouTube.

I was always amazed when watching Bob Ross Joy of Painting too.

To transpose an image from ones mind to canvas, a gift indeed.

But wait, there's more, this time a little humor.

@ YouTube


micki said...

Den, I loved the speed painting video! I'm inspired to get my paints out of storage. (If only I had the talent to create on canvas like that.)

Starving poor people to feed our cars -- global warming is a problem because the way we live is out of sync with nature

DEN said...

Hey, you can paint and don't?

Like all things, practice makes perfect.

We humans have to stop burning stuff for our energy and transportation needs and concentrate on renewable or solar energy sources making electricity and make everything electric.

On TV (RFDTV) I was watching an old trolley running on electricity, quiet, clean and that was the 1930's.

Trolleys efficiently moved people around way back then, with todays technology we could bring them back to urban use and reduce emissions by half by providing more local service.

carey said...

Within the capitalist structure, the revolution required to sustain life comfortably in this climate crisis is neer to nye impossible. Thank you for the article Micki. I'm sure Dr. B appreciates it. I'm sending that off to friends.

It's that zero-sum game model that Lester Thurow, an MIT economist, has termed.

We are starving poor people to feed our cars!

Does this not sound typical? Someone always has to loose in capitalism.

Selfishness is the root of why capitalism doesn't work on it's own. The economic model needs socialistic input. It always comes down to money in capitalism. Sharing, cooperation, that's the ticket when you infuse a little socialism. We may not solve the crisis, that's not looking good anyway. But it sure might make the trip a little more bearable for my kid and yours.

I heard Thom Hartmann say something quite heartwarming yesterday. People ask him why he keeps trying so hard to better the world, he responds, "I want to be all used up when I go." I loved it.

DEN said...

Chairmen Leahy and Conyers Write to Fielding

Painting the administration into a corner.

David B. Benson said...

Except that we are not starving poor people (for that reason) (at least yet).

Today's article summaries on

Bioenergy Pact

claim that many, many of the poorest are welcoming the opportunity to grow a cash crop which does not face the bug-a-boo of overproduction.

For example, jatrofa can be grown under conditions which are impossibly bad for traditonal argiculture. And the article writer does not seem to have heard of biochar.

I'll call this ignorant commentary...

DEN said...

Growing food for our cars.

ò¿óarol said...

Friday, June 29, 2007

Posted by Jim Hightower

In a triumph of marketing over reasoning, the bottled water industry has turned us into conspicuously silly consumers.

Controlled by a handful of global conglomerates (such as Coca Cola and Nestle), the water industry has created the fantasy that if it's in a bottle, it's purer than what comes out of the tap. But wait – the EPA stringently regulates the public water systems, requiring tests several times a day for bacteria and other contaminants, and these test results are public information. The corporate bottlers, on the other hand, are overseen by the more lackadaisical FDA, which requires them to test their water sources only once a week – and the results are kept secret by the corporations.

One group that is beginning to rebel is one you might not expect: upscale restaurants. Such places profit handsomely from offering Perrier, San Pellegrino, Fiji, or other designer waters, paying a dollar or two for each bottle and selling them for eight or ten bucks. Yet, Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California, and Del Posto in New York City are among the pioneers who are foregoing this profit center, substituting free filtered tap water or house-made sparkling water that's also drawn from the tap.

Why would they do this? Because they are part of a growing sustainable food movement that prides itself in using local, seasonal ingredients for their menu items. Think about it: In terms of energy, environment, and sustainability, it makes no sense to load cargo ships with millions of bottles of water, haul them thousands of miles to our shores, truck them hundreds of miles to our restaurants, then chuck the bottles into our overloaded landfills – when the local, public water system supplies perfectly good water available at the turn of a faucet.

Just as it makes economic and environmental sense to "eat local," it also makes sense to "drink local."

"Fighting The Tide, A Few Restaurants Tilt To Tap Water," The New York Times, May 30, 2007.

ò¿óarol said...

Environment: The Bottled-Water Battle

Newsweek July 2-9 2007 issue

Nothing irks Salt Lake City Mayor Ross (Rocky) Anderson more than seeing people tote water in plastic bottles. In fact, he argues, his city has some of the best tap water in the country. Several months ago, Anderson instructed department heads to stop buying bottled water for the city's 2,200 workers and provide coolers and fountains instead. "For a long time, I've viewed [bottled water] as a huge marketing scam," he says.

Considering that Americans chug more than 30 billion single-serving bottles of water a year, Anderson's campaign is at most a drop in the you-know-what. But there are signs of a push to bring back the tap, led by mayors who want to cut down on global warming. Anderson is urging the U.S. Conference of Mayors to promote tap water as a way to limit greenhouse-gas emissions. In San Francisco, residents who sign an online pledge not to buy plastic water bottles get a free stainless-steel water container. Some cities, aware that companies filter and sell municipal tap water under exotic names (Coca-Cola's Dasani, PepsiCo's Aquafina), are looking to bottle it themselves and use the profits for recycling programs.

Most water brands are packaged in a plastic derived from crude oil, polyethylene terephthalate (PET). Those containers are then transported on diesel-burning trucks—or shipped in from exotic destinations like Fiji, generating greenhouse gases. "It's the most environmentally egregious way to distribute water," says Jennifer Gitlitz of the Container Recycling Institute, which found that only 14 percent of single-serving PET water bottles were recycled nationwide in 2004.

The bottled-water industry, which saw sales triple to $10.8 billion in 2006 from a decade earlier, argues that its product is being singled out unfairly. "The choice isn't bottled versus tap water," says Stephen Kay of the International Bottled Water Association. "Consumers are choosing bottled water in lieu of beverages that contain sugar, calories and alcohol."

—Karen Breslau

º¿carol said...

I sent the first bottled water article to a friend and she wrote back that she'd never thought of it like that, said she was a bottled water junky and just bought 4 more cases.

So, I sent her the second article. I'm hoping she writes back to say she's given up bottled water. *finger's crossed* Would be nice to know I made a difference, that someone actually listened to me.

Gerald said...

I just received notification from the Detroit Water Department that its water may be unsafe to drink.

Soon we may have to pay a percentage of our net income for safe water to drink. JUST LIKE IN THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES!!!!!

DEN said...

Gerald, I tasted Detroit water back in 1993 and determined it was unsafe to drink, PTOOEY!!

Use bottled water, the 5 gallon jug kind, they reuse the jugs and you use the water.

º¿carol said...

Detroit's water unsafe to drink? What the hey? Jim Hightower clearly said municipal water was checked more than bottled water.

Gerald, my friend lives on Grosse Ile and has Detroit water. She probably got the same mail you did. Good thing she bought 4 more cases!

micki said...

Perhaps the author was attempting to make the point (obliquely) that biofuels are not (directly) starving poor people, rather the capitalist beast, as it has mutated, is starving poor people by failing to develop and implement a sustainable model.

micki said...

Well, I love my tap water but I also admit to an affinity for Pellegrino Mineral Water in green glass bottles WITH A FIZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.

I am all about FIZZ. My drink of choice is Pellegrino Sparkling Natural Mineral Water -- sometimes splashed into a glass of red wine.

I wouldn't spend a dime for Disani or any of those other bottled TAP WATERS.

I know, I know...drinking Pellegrino is not considered eco-friendly because of the cost to the environment to get it from there to here.

I'm not a saint.

º¿carol said...

Saladin isn't here to get on your case about the "there to here" of bottled water:)

Gerald said...

Carol, if I am not mistaken, Grosse Pointe has their own water filtering system. Please check with your friend and let me know if I should stand corrected.

Gerald said...

Kill Sack

"O God, to those who have hunger give bread; and to us who have bread give the hunger for justice." - Latin American proverb.

"In a bid to prevent anti-occupation militia leaders fleeing Baqubah, the US military cordoned off the city, trapping the entire population. At least 8,000 American troops backed by 2,000 Iraqi soldiers and police are systematically sweeping through Baqubah, arbitrarily detaining suspects, destroying pockets of resistance and leveling any building regarded as a potential threat."

The new anti-insurgent tactics may be a preview of the all-pervasive prison camp into which all those who resist the Empire's need for control of Iraqi oil resources will be isolated, tagged and placed under constant surveillance. The New York Times reported that the military intended to 'fingerprint and take biometric data from every resident who seems to be a potential fighter.'" However, they fail to mention that every resident is a potential fighter. Only those who have been tagged can be trusted. This new tactic is described by the corporate media as "winning 'hearts and minds' and 'bonding' the Iraqi forces with the local population." In less delicate language, "Command Sergeant Major Jeff Huggins bluntly declared: 'We are enveloping the enemy in a kill sack.'"

The modern technology of occupation and full spectrum dominance is being forged in Iraq. As an experimental science, there will be set backs and failures and the Empire has presumably factored these into its overarching plan. The Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory has pioneered the strategy that the U.S. is currently refining in Iraq, as Bush now acknowledges. "In Israel, Bush said, "terrorists have taken innocent human life for years in suicide attacks. The difference is that Israel is a functioning democracy and it's not prevented from carrying out its responsibilities. And that's a good indicator of success that we're looking for in Iraq." Isolate unstable elements (i.e. Palestinians, Sunni militants) in the population, cut off their resources, promote sectarian divisions, supply as much weaponry as possible, then reap the results.

Gerald said...

"Command Sergeant Major Jeff Huggins bluntly declared: 'We are enveloping the enemy in a kill sack.'"


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micki said...

Good morning...I guess.

I just read Justice Breyer’s declaration from the bench on Thursday: “It is not often in the law that so few have so quickly changed so much.”

micki said...

Carol, with every bottle of San Pellegrino I open I experience those small pangs of guilt that little Catholic girls are molded to feel. Those heavy green bottles shipped over 5,000 miles to my shore, where my municipal water supply is pretty darned good (so far), wasting resources, wishing I could swear off the fizzy stuff and bid a fond farewell to my eco-excess. But, no! I keep drinking it. I rationalize by buying local organic produce, locally-crafted cheese, eschewing overpackaging, stryfoam, corporate beef and other icky meat, trying to live buying only food products that are grown within 150 miles of home (I can do that at certain times of the year), walking to the market as often as possible, but unable to give up my self-indulgent, wasteful San Pelle!

Then I screw off that bottle cap and take a swig -- straight from the bottle. I'm going straight to hell. And if Saladin shows up to tell me what a hypocrite I am, well I'm fortified. Down the hatch!

DEN said...

Morning it is! Good appearance from Sen Leahy on MTP.

Sunshine and 86 degrees.

I'll post my completed project here in a bit so bear with.