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dispatches from occupy love

A very special filmmaker and group of producers are making a documentary called Occupy Love that I’ve been tracking with anticipation. The film investigates the Occupy movement as a global revolution of the heart that’s just about to find its true voice and explode. I get chills watching the updates they’ve been posting (see below).

Personally, I’ve been fascinated by how the media continues to perpetuate various ‘memes’ about the occupy movement that completely misrepresent not only what’s really happening on the street (locally and around the world), but what lies at the core of the movement. Once you move past the propaganda perpetuated by those who want to co-opt the movement (or see it fail), the fact is that occupy has the guidance of some wonderfully intelligent, compassionate and brilliant visionaries who want to Occupy survive as a community-owned revolution that can’t be pinned to a specific political movement, ideology or philosophy.

Many of them are focused on the idea that occupy is about remembering certain inalienable rights and taking back the “public square” where people can question, discuss and create solutions to problems that really aren’t much of a problem when you step outside of the boundaries that have been created for us.

The occupy blog is a great way to stay in touch with what’s going on inside of Occupy.

And their periodic dispatches and interview snippets are really inspiring!

Posted at 10pm on 5/19/12 | no comments; | Filed Under: documentaries, film, the shift (of ages) | read on


ashley judd slaps media in the face

Bravo. The changes she talks about are going to start when women stop brutally critiquing other woman.

Posted at 11am on 4/13/12 | 1 comment | Filed Under: the shift (of ages) | read on



Pinterest has pretty much replaced Cherry in terms of where I’m collecting lots and lots of images. Here are my pins. Here are my boards. Come play.


life after death

Harvard neurosurgeon has near death experience due to a rare form of bacterial meningitis. Says his profound memories of the experience cannot be attributed to the brain as his neocortex was completely shut down and he has the images to prove it. Watch interview here.

Okay, now that’s settled :-)

Posted at 12am on 12/9/11 | no comments; | Filed Under: the shift (of ages) | read on


the veils are thinning…

This doc is fantastic! Went to a screening of Wake Up with a group of friends at my local indie bookstore. Afterward, there was a Q&A with Jonas Elrod (the subject and director.) He was charming and hilarious and completely down to earth. The doc recently had its TV premiere on OWN and has screened at fests like SXSW. You can watch online or buy the DVD. *Recommended for skeptics and believers alike.

Posted at 6pm on 11/13/11 | no comments; | Filed Under: documentaries, film, the shift (of ages), trailers | read on


decoding propaganda and the control system

“And just by the way, replacing the word “despite” with the phrase “because of” is — in general — one of the most valuable tools for translating Washington propaganda into reality; here is an excellent example showing how that works, from the first paragraph of a New York Times article two weeks ago:

Documents found at the abandoned office of Libya’s former spymaster appear to provide new details of the close relations the Central Intelligence Agency shared with the Libyan intelligence service — most notably suggesting that the Americans sent terrorism suspects at least eight times for questioning in Libya despite that country’s reputation for torture.

Note how the paragraph instantly transforms from misleading nonsense into obvious truth simply by changing “despite” to “because of”; this repeatedly is an effective instrument for deciphering propaganda — e.g., the U.S. continues to brutalize people in the Muslim world “despite” the fact that doing so produces more Terrorism and thus ensures Endless War.)”

—Read more in this piece by Glenn Greenwald of Salon.

Posted at 11am on 9/19/11 | no comments; | Filed Under: the shift (of ages) | read on


the most important war on the planet today…

Oooo, this really burns me up. ONLY PUBLIC PRESSURE from you and me will shift this frightening trend. Please please please do everything you can to support local farmers!

Americans’ right to access fresh, healthy foods of their choice is under attack. Farmageddon tells the story of small, family farms that were providing safe, healthy foods to their communities and were forced to stop, sometimes through violent action, by agents of misguided government bureaucracies, and seeks to figure out why.

Filmmaker Kristin Canty’s quest to find healthy food for her four children turned into an educational journey to discover why access to these foods was being threatened. What she found were policies that favor agribusiness and factory farms over small family-operated farms selling fresh foods to their communities. Instead of focusing on the source of food safety problems — most often the industrial food chain — policymakers and regulators implement and enforce solutions that target and often drive out of business small farms that have proven themselves more than capable of producing safe, healthy food, but buckle under the crushing weight of government regulations and excessive enforcement actions.

Farmageddon highlights the urgency of food freedom, encouraging farmers and consumers alike to take action to preserve individuals’ rights to access food of their choice and farmers’ rights to produce these foods safely and free from unreasonably burdensome regulations. The film serves to put policymakers and regulators on notice that there is a growing movement of people aware that their freedom to choose the foods they want is in danger, a movement that is taking action with its dollars and its voting power to protect and preserve the dwindling number of family farms that are struggling to survive.

Posted at 11am on 9/16/11 | no comments; | Filed Under: do something!, environment, health & healing, the shift (of ages) | read on



“The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlyn, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That is the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting.”

– T. H. White, The Once and Future King

Posted at 9pm on 8/16/11 | 4 comments | Filed Under: books & writing, the shift (of ages) | read on


a 1000 words…

Check out DARK STORES, Brian Ulrich’s haunting, yet kind of of uplifting (at least for me) photograph series of abandoned and decaying malls and shops. Powerful stuff. Like a photographic obituary of what is soon to come.

Also worth a look, his more recent series, RETAIL (which Flavorpill aptly calls a Brightly Colored Consumerist Hell.) There are some real gems in this series. (Brian also has the THRIFT series.)

Remarkable how a few photographs can represent the consumer psychosis/hypnosis that drives our society better than any book or article ever could.

Posted at 5pm on 8/13/11 | no comments; | Filed Under: photography, the shift (of ages) | read on


5 ways to listen better

7 minutes and 50 seconds of profound wisdom. Here’s to bringing back the art of conversation.

Posted at 12pm on 8/3/11 | 2 comments | Filed Under: do something!, the shift (of ages) | read on

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