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Why Environmentalism Must Be Bottom Up

Trade Battles Buffet Europe’s Green Efforts - NYTimes.com:

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Capitalism in its present cautious form (Braudel) will not embrace environmentalism
It is up to local communities to prove that there is massive profit in an environmental approach
This can only be done by communities because there is no long term profit in individual or household actions
This is because capitalism has caught on to the profit in "green" and will gladly let you pay through the nose to make your house environmentally smart
Only a redensification of population and a commitment to car-free communities will actually dent the environmental problem globally
Densification means populations of 5-10,000 within an area a mile square
Such density makes possible viable local economies
Such density can create a capital base for designing a way to handle all functions cooperatively radically reducing costs
Local communities that organize can design their own cyber-communities and form the cooperatives needed to raise the necessary funds
We are about to witness a revitalization of the best in capitalism by the power of local democracy working in concert to create a new model of how to live

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A Setting for a Poem "Denial" Beloved by the Greek People by the Nobel Prize Winning Poet Giorgos Seferis

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The remarkable video at the link above is of a performance of "Sto perigiali" Mario Frangoulis and Mikis Theodorakis in 2001.

Frangoulis and Theodorakis are joined by musicians, including two bouzouki players, and a very large audience that is completely familiar with the words. The audience joins in at Frangoulis' prompt.

This is my very favorite Theodorakis melody. Those who know Theodorakis only for his "Zorba" music are in for a treat. When I was in Athens in 1966, for a short period of study with Constantinos Doxiadis, I knew nothing of Theodorakis. But about five years later, my friend Irene Vassos sang "Sto perigiali" to us. I have never gotten the tune out of my mind.

Later, when Irene joined our group to form a travelling company performing "New Rain", I learned to pick out a …

Obama Ads Should Be Grass Roots Cinema Verite

ShortFormContent at Blogger: How President Obama Can Win Christian Conservatives:

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To counter the invidious efforts of Karl Rove and the Brothers Koch, simple videos of everyday people expressing gratitude for specific results from specific things that the President has achieved will create a signature response that will turn the tables on the Super PACs.

There could be an intro that flags lies distortions and anonymous attacks as unreal and even criminal and a cut to what is real, recognizable and not anonymous I am (name). I have lived here in (name) for (time). Thanks to (President Obama's (name) Act ... and so forth for ten seconds. Close with a continuation of the story narrated over evocative images and simple acoustic music.

This would be a fantastic way to counter the attacks on the President. For every specific attack, a video that shows the truth. And grass roots people who intend to vote for the President.




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