Earth Hour update

Here's what we contributed to: In all of Ontario, 900 MW of energy was saved, the equivalent of taking 3,200 cars off the road for one hour. In British Columbia, energy consumption was reduced by 125 MW. The energy saved in Ontario and British Columbia alone is equivalent to turning off 20.5 million lights. Check out the next step to Earth hour...

Well, i removed the earth hour link seeing as it has passed - i must say it was most memorable, earth hour occurred the same night i performed my reading and it was mighty convenient in all actually, given that I didn't relish the thought of bright lights beaming down on me before an audience. It was not hard to convince the conscious, creative crowd, what's better, the evening's luvly hostess blew us all away with her "earth hour appropriate" musical selection. What song you ask? None other than Teddy Pendergrass' "Turn off the lights" - not a joke. So, as we light the tea candles about the space, I see the mood is somewhat heightened by Teddy's crooning (mind you, near then end, Teddy's hushed tone turns impassioned to the point of hoarse until finally the man is screaming heated demands, "TURN 'EM OFF!!" - who wouldn't support earth hour when prompted by Teddy?) Now here's the thing... imagine all of us in the candle light listening to Teddy lose it... I get to thinking, "damn, earth hour is kinda sexy"... Seriously, I predict a slight irregular increase in births across North America nine months from now... I'm going to write a letter to the Earth Hour organization, suggesting this motown tune for the 2009 campaign, "Intimate Earth Hour" - I believe we would see a significant rise in support and action, for real.

MLK jr.

I'm two days late, but here's something in memory of the late MLK jr. from Amy Goodman at which describes how badly we still need revolutionaries -

King made an essential link between poverty at home and war-making abroad. The connection, sadly, is as relevant today as it was the last year of King’s life. A new report from the Institute for Policy Studies, “40 Years Later: The Unrealized American Dream,” lays out key elements of the inequality that African-Americans experience in the United States around education, employment and wealth accumulation.
On education, the IPS report states that African-American college graduation rates will not be on par with white graduation rates for another 80 years. The income gap between blacks and whites will not disappear for more than 500 years at current rates. More than one-third of African-Americans earn less than $20,000 annually, before taxes.
African-Americans are also far behind in the accumulation of wealth. Add to all this higher incarceration, less access to health insurance and shorter life expectancy. King’s Poor People’s Campaign went beyond race, as he reached out to poor whites in places like Appalachia. Today, one in five residents of West Virginia is on food stamps, as is one in 10 Ohioans, and, according Jim Weill, president of the Food Research and Action Center, one in three children in Oklahoma has been on food stamps at some point in the past year. It is clear that Dr. King’s goal of bringing people “to the promised land” is still far off.

Full transcript here


i'm silly, my apologies to the luvly ladies at badgal radio

if you checked my 'for your ears' links, you may have noticed one funny one labeled 'badgal fahwad badgal pull up' (as in the dance by ding dong, all star JA dancer; as in directions to the dj e.g. 'rewind selecta, bring back de tune again star, wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeel and come again") - this link didn't seem to go anywhere interesting at all - my bad. i have fixed the link and i hope you do check it cause these ladies bring the best in reggae podcasts.