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Yoga Korunta

Life & Politics

Location: United States

One learns, as nothing endures but change.

29 November 2007

Woman Fired for Teaching Science

Yes, Bloggers, the Christians have done it again! Turning the clock back 500 years they have determined that science has no place in 2007. Read for yourself here:

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23 November 2007

Buy Nothing Day

Buy Nothing Day is an informal day of protest against consumerism observed by social activists. In 2007, Buy Nothing Day falls on November 23rd in North America and November 24th internationally.[1] It was founded by Vancouver artist Ted Dave and subsequently promoted by the Canadian Adbusters magazine.

The first Buy Nothing Day was organized in Vancouver in September of 1992 "as a day for society to examine the issue of over-consumption."[2] In 1997, it was moved to the Friday after American Thanksgiving, which is one of the top 10 busiest shopping days in the United States. Outside of North America, Buy Nothing Day is celebrated on the following Saturday. Despite controversies, Adbusters managed to advertise Buy Nothing Day on CNN, but many other major television networks declined to air their ads.[3] Soon, campaigns started appearing in United States, the United Kingdom, Israel, Germany, New Zealand, Japan, the Netherlands, and Norway. Participation now includes more than 65 nations.[4]

While critics of the day charge that Buy Nothing Day simply causes participants to buy the next day,[5] Adbusters states that it "isn't just about changing your habits for one day" but "about starting a lasting lifestyle commitment to consuming less and producing less waste."[6]*



22 November 2007

Happy Tofurkey Day!

"In the United States, Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day is an annual one-day holiday to give thanks to God for the things one has at the end of the harvest season. It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. The period from Thanksgiving Day to New Year's Day is often collectively referred to as the 'holiday season', and the holiday itself is often nicknamed Turkey Day.

Thanksgiving is generally considered a secular holiday, and is not directly based in religious canon or dogma."*

As the single remaining reader knows, this is a secular blog. While tolerant of the superstitious, this writer does not proselytize his rudimentary understanding of science. The laws of nature, aka the laws of physics, govern his life.

For those of my generation, which is to say too young to have been drafted for Vietnam, who love politics, one must always hear "Alice's Restaurant" on this day. This is the masterpiece by Arlo Guthrie; you can read the rest here:

"Alice's Restaurant Massacree" (commonly referred to simply as "Alice's Restaurant") is one of singer-songwriter Arlo Guthrie's most prominent works, a musical monologue based on a true story that began on Thanksgiving Day 1965, and which inspired a 1969 movie of the same name.

The song lasts 18 minutes and 20 seconds, occupying the entire A-side of Guthrie's 1967 debut record album, titled Alice's Restaurant (Warner Reprise Records). It is notable as a satirical, first-person account of 1960s counterculture, in addition to being a hit song in its own right. The final part of the song is an encouragement for the listeners to sing along, to resist the draft, and to end war."**

Next post: Buy Nothing Day, tomorrow!



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