I guess the message here is :
Don`t be a " dumbfuck " .....LOL
Much research indicates that social media and other mediated communication actually has widened, deepened and varied our interpersonal relationships and communication. Though I would intensely agree we share too much and are often inappropriate, used responsibly and in a focused manner it can make and maintain relationships that might otherwise not be possible. All things in moderation perhaps instead of such a decisive condemnation would be the way to go.
When the Google sidebar ad thing happened to me for the first time a while back, it was disquieting, disturbing...full of disses basically.
However, as a musician I have never and would never buy into that elitist Ayn Rand rubbish....amatuers and professionals, pshah. Yes, there are narcissistic individuals who think they are smarter than everyone else and love nothing more than to profit on what you give away for free. And yes, we are essentially social animals and we like to share. But I am more confident that we will find new and better ways to deal with this than what Keen recommends.
And for the record, I stopped visiting both the NYtimes and the Pressdemo sites after they started charging. Ever hear of What.CD, Keen? The war over paying for content is already over.
Basically what Keen is saying is that we are sharing too much on social media and paying too high a price without realizing it. I really don't think charging customers like the two leading newspapers are doing is the answer, but Keen makes some valid points.
Bravo to those involved in this peaceful protest. Rachel painted well the dark brush strokes of what aging refineries look like.
In addition to those living near the refinery, Gary Pace and his children deserve much gratitude, a local Sonoma County healh professional who is able to project out what the near/long term might look like without intervention.
I grew up in and then worked for a brief period in the petrochemical industry. Another career took me away for a long time but I found myself recently creating a natural gas production reporting system (Exxon/Mobile) and software for oil/gas pipeline inspection equipment (GE)
My observations are that the "Separate Oil and State" mantra is crucial now to open up space for not just renewables but also energy efficiency across the consumption/conservation spectrum.
Too much of our financial, R&D, public health, and opportunity resources are still devoted to, and supporting forms of energy that without doubt have become problematic in many ways.
It will take longer to create localized distributed energy systems than it did to create the smartphone ecosystem, but it's happening. The evidence is everywhere and indisputable.
There is no shame in having the US become a prime mover in this energy transition, much less so than having been one of the worlds highest per capita consumers.
With the emerging electric car market, the increased use of residential high efficient hvac systems, solar installations, energy audits, changes in local government land use and energy policy, etc. change can be fun and without sacrificing anything except an old way of doing business.
Thank you Rachel for your courage to cover this topic.
Interesting article, and some good points. Also interesting that now the liberal left and Sarah Palin essentially agree that the US should not become more involved in this ... "Let Allah sort it out." While I understand the resistance to military action, it is clear that more discussion doesn't get anywhere: we simply have to stop assuming that everyone on the world thinks and reasons the same as we do. Our logic and arguments don't work with many of the leaders in other countries. But military action generally includes innocent civilians (and children) who become "collateral damage", which is little different than their killing by corrupt regimes. Clearly this is not an easy choice, and people will not agree on whatever outcome is finally implemented. And another sad result is that we will never know which option is the path to quickest solution (end to the innocent deaths of people who happen to live in harms way.) Do you believe that the rebels/resistance would massacre their own people and their own children with poison gas? Do you believe that lower level military people in Assad's forces has the ability to launch an attack without Assad's knowledge? Do you believe that anyone else in the free world would assume the responsibility for responding to the situation instead of the United States? If no one responded, what do you think will happen? These are not meant to be flippant questions, but serious long-term thought about options and alternatives. What alternatives are there that would engage ALL the parties in this fiasco?
The article has a HUGE flaw, which - when exposed- renders its conclusions irrelevant. None of the proposed actions to address GW address ANY of the major causes of atmospheric CO2. Worse, no proposals even address the major cause of anthropogenic CO2, Third World homefires, per the revised IPCC report. So even if everything about the magnitude and imminence of the problem as stated in the article is true, none of the proposals to date could make meaningful changes in CO2 levels; the proposals amount to rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.
However, despite repeated false statement to the contrary, there is nowhere near consensus in the scientific community on the GW issues, especially among physicists and chemists. That does not mean we should not take action. There are plenty of reasons to take reasonable action to keep air and water clean that do not necessitate a return to the Stone Age. Some of us have been involved in those actions for many years. But we reject the ill-advised kind of panic responses pushed by the doomsayers.
Good article, raises questions many of us have. The current "debate" dramatically illustrates how political, inconsistent, and incoherent the debate has become. E.g., Iraq opponents who have shouted the "no WMDs" for years now criticize Assad for his WMDs/sarin. Of course the irony is that CIA reports suggest strongly that Assad got his sarin from Iraq.
The article is correct that there are too many uncertainties to justify the proposed strike. Iraq exposed the fallability of our intelligence. Finally, even if there is a need for action, is it not about time that someone other than the U.S. takes that action?
The Green Center was wise to bring Rick Bartalini on board. He is a talented, innovative, true professional who will bring a whole new level of excitement to this beautiful venue!
Congratulations, Rick...what a wonderful partnership! The Green Music Center is fortunate to have your passion and expertise!
Rick is the ultimate professional. He is so dedicated to his work. Rick pays every attention to every detail leaving no stone unturned witch equates to a very successful outcome. What he does behind the scenes to create magic is simply amazing! It was truly a pleasure watching him in action exceeding the expectations of the ultimate DIVA ~ MISS ROSS
I had the pleasure of working with Rick at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. He's professional, fun and knows how to treat an artist! He also understands the finer points of working for a non-profit, marketing and balancing it all with the cost of big name celebrities. Congratulations to the Green Music Center--they are lucky to have Rick!
Looking forward to many nights of great programming at GMC and SSU. Rick is a world-class programmer/booker/marketer whose presence is Sonoma County has been missed since WFC decided they didn't need him. It is wonderful that Rick will now have a world-class facility to present world-class talent at.
Rick has an extraordinary talent and attention to detail. His passion for the work he does shows in every single act he books and manages. I worked with Rick for 6 years at the Wells Fargo Center, and I know first hand how exceptional his work is. Rick will excel at the Green Music Center. Congratulations Rick!
Congratulations to Rick, and to the Green Music Center for acquiring this rare gem. Rick's professionalism, dedication, creativity and talent for choosing the right artist for the right venue are insurmountable. I have known Rick for 29 years, he is one of the most giving people I have ever met, truly an inspiration. His work ethic, knowledge of the business and passion for his work aer extraordinary. Without a doubt, the most memorable concerts I have experienced have been Rick's. I am looking forward to many more thanks to him. Bravo!
Congratulations Rick and to the GMC. What a great move for both. I have had the pleasure of working with Rick for over 5 years and love his style. He is dynamic at what he does. His attention to detail is second to none and in the Entertainment Industry it is a necessity. I am excited to see what entertainers come through. Kudos to Rick and great choice for the GMC.
As a person of mixed heretige, white and native american, I can identify with your intervussies.I was raised to be an all white kid, even though I was kinda "Tan".I always believed I was different.I am now 57, and have finaly realized a commitment to mother earth,as my native american people always have. Having to choose between different cultures, espessialy these days, can mess a person up.
I've known Rick for years and seen him work events. He's level-headed and works well under pressure. One can tell he loves what he does because he's impassioned, and shows consistency and drive.
Wow!! Rick at the GMC! Very good move! Rick has a strong, proven track record of attracting mainstream talent and working with them on numerous occasions. He has such a unique way of connecting the performer with their audience, while providing a very detailed but relaxed environment. Being part of Green Music Center is a win-win!!
Rick brings true professionalism to any position he holds--this is great for the Green Music Center and Sonoma County! He treats the artists, the audience and the venue with equal respect.
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