Saturday, October 17, 2009

Blog Action Day '09: Isabel Rossalini's Green Porno Show on the Sundance Channel

Had to share a few REALLY cool links I've found -

Huffington Post's Game Changers celebrates 100 innovators, visionaries, and leaders in 10 categories who are harnessing the power of new media to reshape their fields and change the world. With readers' help, they are going to pick 10 people who are changing the game in Green. This is a great and FUN way to get to know who the movers and shakers in the green movement are.

So far this is my favorite: Isabella Rossalini's Green Porno show on the Sundance Channel - too funny! I think she can get away with this because she's French.

From Huff Post on Isabella Rossalini:
Current Status: “Green Porno” auteur

Changing The Game By: Bringing fun and a bit of naughtiness to a subject traditionally presented dryly: the reproductive habits of bugs and sea creatures. Her short Web films have become an Internet sensation. In them, the one-time face of Lancôme does tongue-in-cheek reenactments of fish and bug sex, donning simplistic costumes and using oversized paper cutouts. Why she started the series: “I wanted to talk about animals, but I know a lot of people aren't interested in animals. But everybody's interested in sex, so I thought I could do the sex life of animals." Her highly idiosyncratic portrayals are perfectly tailored for online viewing.

Surreal Enough to Make David Lynch Smile: To portray a male whale, Rossellini donned an inflated grey bodysuit and mimicked swimming while explaining the difficulties of having a penis in water.

Explore climate change and more with Google Earth.

United Nations 15th annual Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, December 7-18, 2009
This should be really important. I'm going to let my legislators and elected officials know that I think it should be. Again, you can go to Blog Action Day's Take Action site to let your voice be heard in a variety of easy ways.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Blog Action Day: Climate Change vs those who deny it - what's more scary?

What do I know about climate change? Not much. To my unscientific mind, climate change means the beauty and utility of Mother Earth are in danger. To my ICIE mind, the forces that are causing climate change are ultimately responsible for the autoimmune epidemic we're experiencing now.

There are those who deny the very existence of the climate change phenomenon. If you are so lucky as to not know any of these folks, I can assure you that they do exist, and I know this because I'm surrounded by them in my personal life.

On Tuesday 10/13/09 there were 12,700,000 Google results for the phrase "people who don't believe climate change is happening." On Wednesday there were 57,100,000 Google results for the same phrase... (Could this increase have to do with Blog Action Day being tomorrow?) In any case, lots of results.

Why are there still so many people who don't believe that climate change is happening? WikiAnswers the question quite simply:
For a number of reasons. People think that the climate is just becoming normal again after centuries of cooler weather. Others think that the climate has always been changing since the beginning of time, and life has been adapting with the climate. Some people though, just don't want to believe that change is coming.
People who deny that climate change is happening are sometimes known as "Deniers" and they scare me just as much as the climate change itself does, because I'm afraid that they are going to cause us to wait until it's too late to do anything about the problem.

There's an excellent article on this phenomenon on Economist.com, "Just pretend it's not happening." The article ends like this: "We don't really have any time for people to play around with make-believe numbers anymore." We really don't. Even my unscientific mind knows this.

I might not know much about it, but I know of some who do know about climate change. Here's a round up of some of Those Who Know, that I know of. You know what I mean, right?

Blog Action Day's "Take Action" page

Live Earth's next event, "Run for Water: This is Why We Run" April 18, 2010
ICIE people - we don't have to RUN; we can walk! So don't let that stop you from scheduling an event.

(Live Earth is one of my favorites because it's not ALL about the science to them - "Live Earth was built upon the belief that entertainment has the power to transcend social and cultural barriers to move the world community to action.")

Environmental Working Group (EWG.org)

And last but not least, "Who is the Ultimate Green Game Changer?" by Huffington Post - a good way to see who the movers and shakers currently are in the green movement.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Another update on Whitcomb: Even when it's over, it's not over

Dan Brady, a former chiropractor at Whitcomb's FM Relief Center who testified on Whitcomb's behalf at the hearing to consider revoking his license, has opened the Integrated Wellness Center & Spa. They have a Fibromyalgia Treatment Program; I can't tell if it's related to Whitcomb's technique or not, but others who have experienced Whitcomb's technique seem to think it is.

Whitcomb is now TEACHING the technique that helped get his chiropractic license revoked. It has been renamed Neurologic Relief Center Technique (NRCT). There's an excellent review of the patient portion of a workshop given by Whitcomb, by Dannette Mason Rusnak of FibroHaven blog, "Follow up on Dr. Whitcomb & NRCT."

Dannette was invited to attend the patient portion of the workshop by an acupuncturist who paid for a day and a half training session with Whitcomb. His training session was followed by an hour long lecture by Whitcomb for the patients, after which the patients broke off with the practitioner who invited them to be tested to see if the technique would benefit them. It's very interesting reading, and there has been a spirited discussion going on in the comments section of the FibroHaven blog including many comments by a chiropractor who is currently using and recommending Whitcomb's technique.

Whitcomb has also started a Wordpress blog, Paul Whitcomb, DC.


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