November 25, 2005

Russell Shaw: Cell Phone Users- Shut Up and Medidate

Filed under: Huffington Post — Russell Shaw @ 1:22 pm

nOf course I have a cell. I even blog about the stuff.

I take it with me, but only turn it on when I need to. Why?

I like to hear myself thik.

When I am on the bus, or the train, or in the mall, or walking downtown, and I see and hear everyone on their cell, I overhear much of the banter.

95% is not necessary:

"I'm here now," "we're gonna meet at Kirsten's house," "you won't believe what happened in math class, " "did you hear who she's seeing," "did I wake you up, sweetie," "chanterelles or portabellos, hun?"

BFD. It ain't important.

Kid scrapes a knee, "my car broke down and here's my AAA number," "biopsy is back and its only an ovarian cyst.." "the Realtor called and we might have a bid," now that's important.

Face it. Most cell conversations are unnecessary. I wonder, with all of us yacking on the cell all the time, what happens to those quiet moments? Have we forgotten how to think? In solitude?

Why do we always need to stay in communication with others - to the complete exclusion of communicating with ourselves?

There isn't enough quiet reflection in today's world. I know it is an acquired skill, but it is life-affirming for those practiced in it.

Thoreau wouldn't have yacked on a cell phone. Might have had one, but would have only used it in emergencies. Like calling his attorney to fight a greedy REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) who would want to put condos just beyond Walden Pond.

So why do you need to stay on your cell all the time? Rushed? Harried? Well, move back downtown. You'll have so much more time on your ands.

Study Says Shows Sea Levels Rising At Double The Rate Of 150 Years Ago…

Filed under: Huffington Post — The Huffington Post @ 12:41 pm

Sea levels are rising twice as fast as they were 150 years ago and man-made greenhouse emissions are the prime cause, a study by scientists in America has found.

Tide lines worldwide are rising by about 2 millimetres a year, compared to 1 millimetre a year in 1850, said Kenneth Miller, professor of geology at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Killradio: Thursday News / Thanks for the Violations

Filed under: Audio — A-Infos Radio Project @ 10:17 am
Tookie Williams and race baiting, Bush wants to bomb Al Jazeera, an unpopular view of the JFK murder, and a return to the Thursday News by bennett for the holiday. Plus music in mono!

Scan Dot Org

Filed under: Audio — A-Infos Radio Project @ 10:02 am
Last Monday Amanda Vanstone, minister for Immigration, Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs and Kim Beazley, Australias Oppositionleader gave this audio gold to us. mp3 4.2 MB 8.30 mins.

Harry Shearer: The NYT and Ethics, non-Judy Miller Division

Filed under: Huffington Post — Harry Shearer @ 8:12 am

It may be a little dizzying for the non-geeky among us, but the British tech site The Register catches the New York Times at what appears to be another, rather gaping, violation of its ethics policies, in publishing an Op-Ed advocating fot the so-called Web 2.0 by an author in whose company one of the investors is...the New York Times company. No disclosure, no nothing. Jason Blair's gotta be feeling pretty damn good right about now....

Disney Hires Evangelical Publishing Company To Promote Chronicles Of Narnia Across UK Churches…

Filed under: Huffington Post — The Huffington Post @ 8:01 am

CHURCH leaders are encouraging families to see The Chronicles of Narnia over Christmas because of the new Disney film’s Christian message.

The Walt Disney organisation has appointed Christian Publishers and Outreach, an evangelistic publishing company, to promote the Christian message behind the story in churches across Britain.

Relaxed British Drink Laws No Longer Forcing All Pubs To Close At 11 pm…

Filed under: Huffington Post — The Huffington Post @ 7:11 am

LONDON - Like some other Londoners, Chantal Faraut celebrated late Thursday night with a few drinks in one of the many pubs no longer forced to close at 11 p.m.

As far as she's concerned, that early closing time never suited an international city like London. So she welcomes the fact that England and Wales have just relaxed their drinking laws, allowing many pubs to stay open later, some for 24 hours.

outFarpress presents: The SHORTWAVE REPORT 11/25/05 !LISTEN GLOBALLY!

Filed under: Audio — A-Infos Radio Project @ 6:23 am
A weekly 30 minute review of news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio. With times and freqs for listening at home. 2 files- broadcast and slow-modem streaming. Free to rebroadcast. China, Netherlands, Cuba, and Russia.

“Heckuva Job” Brownie Starting Disaster Preparedness Consulting Firm…

Filed under: Huffington Post — The Huffington Post @ 6:04 am

DENVER - Former FEMA Director Michael Brown, heavily criticized for his agency's slow response to Hurricane Katrina, is starting a disaster preparedness consulting firm to help clients avoid the sort of errors that cost him his job.

"If I can help people focus on preparedness, how to be better prepared in their homes and better prepared in their businesses — because that goes straight to the bottom line — then I hope I can help the country in some way," Brown told the Rocky Mountain News for its Thursday editions.

VENEZUELA: Violent Death a Young Man’s Burden

Filed under: IPS Inter Press Service — IPS Inter Press Service @ 5:59 am
CARACAS, Nov 24 (IPS) - A few days before he passed away, Juancho confessed to IPS that he had chosen to die by the age of 25 if that was the price he had to pay to live among his people in Cartanal, a shantytown on the outskirts of the Venezuelan capital named for the houses made from cardboard ("carton" in Spanish) by its first settlers.
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