Friday, October 19, 2007

Clytemnestra's Variety Show

I really miss the variety shows of yore. They were not only a chance to see quality entertainment, but they exposed us to the talents of our neighbors and the world. No competitions, no call in votes, these shows sent out scouts to find the talent to be on the show. Sometimes they missed, but in general there was always something you could enjoy. And with all the "processed" entertainment we have today, there was a good natured spontaneity, devoid of plots, deviousness and triangulation, that you can't find today.

Variety shows stretched beyond ideologies, feelings of war, social problems and for a moment, just for a moment, it would provide commonality, peace and good will. With all the hardness, contention, bitter discord between red and blue state America, maybe we should bring back the entertainment form.

If I could host a variety show, it would be all live. We'd bring the talent to Boston (or wherever), in front of live audience

But since I can't here is my first "variety show" using YouTube with living talent and talent that has passed away.

Monday, October 15, 2007

What do we loose when we remove the tops of mountains for the coal underneath?

Is this a price we are willing to pay. Or are you happy about the decision that has been made for you?

On this Blog Action Day I am reposting a blog entry I made on September, 15, 2007.

I had orginally heard about this on Bill Moyers Journal; Mountian Top Mining Update the other day. It is an eye opening report and I encourage you to click the link above and watch.

As proposed new rules may allow coal companies to expand mountain top removal mining, BILL MOYERS JOURNAL reports on local evangelical Christians who are turning to their faith to help save the earth.

I was curious and went to Google Maps to see of you can see some of the scars from mountain top removal from the satellitete photos. You can.

The 5 part documentary, "Toxic West Virignia," from VBS is a must see:

Parts 1 thru 3 can also be viewed on YouTube
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
3 more videos on this topic can be found at VBS.TV:
a) Cookie Mountain
b) Marky Bias
c) Erik Reece
See also Christians for the Mountains and order their DVD; Mountain Mourning

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