Hollywood is finally tackling the deadly drilling process known as fracking in the upcoming drama, “Promised Land”. Gus Van Sant’s latest film highlights a small rural community that is struggling economically, as they fight back against a large corporate gas company intent on poisoning their local farmland with hydraulic fracturing. The timely story not only illustrates the destructive environmental impact of fracking, but also explores our nation at the crossroads where big business and the powerful strength of small-town community converge.
Throughout the 2012 election process, I have been continually asking myself – are we as a people just red or just blue? Are we really this polarized? Or perhaps we are just reacting to compelling and effective extremist propaganda machines, and are victims of an obstructionist conspiracy to divide our country?
The Yes Men are brilliant satirical social activists who are adept at political impersonations, hoax interviews and using humor to highlight the absurdity of entrenched destructive corporate influence. The group is now making a documentary entitled: The Yes Men are Revolting. The movie chronicles some of the group’s clever disruptive actions, focusing on impending climate change disasters in store for our planet if we all continue to do nothing.
Rachel Maddow eloquently described the tremendous impact of our recent election this week, although some clueless conservative politicians still seem determined to continue living in their own clumsily constructed bubble of denial. In this powerful video clip, she clearly explains the extensive national election consequences.
Beautiful Asheville, North Carolina is famous for many things, including its bountiful array of diverse foraged edibles and medicinal plants; our region is now taking eating wild one step further by opening the first entirely wild crafting public market in the US. The upcoming weekly market will include vendors selling edible and medicinal mushrooms, plants.
The Rachel Maddow Show is one of my primary sources for reliable information, and my devotion to the intelligent cable news show appears to be well founded. A new study released by the Pew Research Center, “In Changing News Landscape, Even Television is Vulnerable: Trends in News Consumption: 1991-2012”, has shown that the viewers of the Rachel Maddow Show are the best informed of everyone who participated in their survey.
Last week was the twentieth anniversary of Critical Mass, a spontaneous group bike ride that happens on the last Friday of each month. The popular Critical Mass rides began right here in San Francisco, and have already spread to hundreds of different cities across the globe. Now millions of people participate in these fun free events worldwide, temporarily turning our urban streets and thoroughfares into an endless sea of bikes.
Monsanto is trying to destroy California’s Proposition 37, a piece of legislation that they once supported.
A big thanks to all of Important Media writers and blogs who participated in Women’s Rights Week. Our different websites covered diverse issues related to local economies, hunger, entrepreneurship, health, matriarchies and international philanthropy. The Inspired Economist introduced us to many sustainably oriented female CEOs; we also received an update from the “Nuns on the Bus” and the Democratic convention. Please check out the articles that you may have missed during last week.
The clear healing waters of the Pah Tempe Mineral Hot Springs run through an awe-inspiring desert canyon near Hurricane Utah. Many different First Nations tribes have visited this wondrous pristine site for centuries, and believe it to be most sacred. Unfortunately, this natural wonder may soon be destroyed by threatened development, but you can do something help to save these beautiful springs.
This week the Important Media network is celebrating the varied accomplishments and rights of women; our many diverse blogs will be highlighting different aspects of this topic. To help consolidate all of this week’s featured articles, we will publish all of our eclectic women’s rights related posts on this page. Ecolocalizer has also adopted cartoonist Matt Bors’ comic caped crusader, the fierce Avenging Uterus, as our vagina mascot to help promote this week’s focus upon women and female success stories.
While commenting on the 2012 presidential race in the Maddow Blog recently, Steven Benen suggested that in this election season it now seems that “maybe you can just make stuff up”. From fictional tales of spastic tubes and forcible legitimate rape, many strange lies and bizarre falsehoods have continued to spew out of the Republican Party propaganda machine. In today’s installment of “maybe you can just make stuff up”, we look at an entertainer who appears intent upon dividing our nation.
Ron Paul is one of the rare elected officials who has the integrity to highlight the crippling economic costs of our massive military industrial complex, as well as the need to decriminalize drugs and audit both the Pentagon and the Federal Reserve. His adamant support for personal privacy, Bradley Manning and civil liberties also shows leadership, but unfortunately like most men in his party, Paul still rabidly opposes a woman’s ability to safely terminate a pregnancy. He wants small unobtrusive government, except when it applies to all female bodies?
Want to know if that spinach salad you are about to eat is really organic? Now there is a new app to help you find out.