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Eyes on the Prize II

Wow, just finished watching episode 14 (the final) of Eyes on the Prize. When I tell people it’s a 14 part doco they think it must be long and tedious. However is it has flown past too quickly, and I’ll be re-watching a few episodes. This series is incredible and I highly recommend it to anyone who has an interest in human rights or the civil rights movement, or social movements in general.

Notable personalities and stories in the series include:

  1. The amazing Fannie Lou Hamer
  2. Medgar Evers, helped the prosecution pursue the murderers of Emmett Till. He also helped desegregate the University of Mississippi, and was murdered by a KKK member outside his house
  3. Huey Newton, charismatic co-founder of the Black Panther Party
  4. Fred Hampton, the young Chicago Black Panther who was murdered by the police
  5. and of course, Dr King
Roseneath, Wellington, Sunday, November 30th, 2008

Keep your eyes on the prize

I’ve been lucky enough to get my hands on a copy of PBS’s incredible Eyes on the Prize documentary series. I remember seeing a couple of episodes as a youngster, and it really helped me get to know what the civil rights movement had been all about. Watching it again 20 years later, it is still just as gut wrenching and powerful. The commitment of the members of the non-violence movement completely astounds me; it makes me feel proud that some people are capable of such great feats. The positive message of the series doesn’t emphasise the hatred of the whites (although for obvious reasons this is inescapable). The level of this hatred equally astounds me and terrifies me. If I had been raised in rural Mississippi and lived there in the mid 1960s, what would my world view have been? I’m prone to denial, so it’s especially hard to accept that I probably would have been the same as the racists that I now find it so easy to judge. It begs the question, how easy is it to know right from wrong?

Roseneath, Wellington, Thursday, November 27th, 2008

Waste = Food

This doco is about William McDonough’s and Michael Braungart’s ‘Cradle to Cradle’ design approach. I hadn’t come across this before and it gives me hope.

Roseneath, Wellington, Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

Evolution to Thunderbird

I’ve used the Evolution mail client for many years now, but always disliked its bland similarity to Microsoft Outlook. I originally settled on it because of its decent calendar and all important task list. The other day I decided to look at Thunderbird again, especially since Lightning/Sunbird is now reasonably mature. I like. I’m also using the Display Mail User Agent add-on which is really just candy, but fun.

Thunderbird with my 2 fav extentions, Lightning and DisplayMUA

Thunderbird with my 2 fav extentions, Lightning and DisplayMUA

Roseneath, Wellington, Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

Patu

Watching the 1983 doco Patu about the Springbok tour on NZ on Screen.

Roseneath, Wellington, Sunday, November 16th, 2008

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Roseneath, Wellington, Saturday, November 15th, 2008

Should I become a vegetable eater of some sort?

After seeing the film Earth I began to think about what I had done to reduce my impact on the environment. The answer disturbed me: I have done sweet FA.

Despite having being aware for at least 10 years that I live in a society that is clearly wasteful and exploits natural resources to the full extent possible, I have not made any serious commitment to alter my lifestyle.

So, for the first time I am thinking of becoming a vegetarian, mostly for environmental reasons, although since I saw cattle stuck in a cattle truck while crossing Cook Straight I have had reservations about where meat comes from and how it is processed and killed. I have not purchased meat at all for two weeks, and we’re slowly using up the meat we have left in the freezer. There are some exceptions to the rule: I will eat fish caught by Tash’s Dad, and meat given to me by hunters (or animals that I’ve hunted if for some unprecedented reason I start hunting).

There is a school of thought that the excessive consumption of meat places great stress on the environment, particularly greenhouse emissions, (for example, this “UN says eat less meat to curb global warming”, “Meat must be rationed to four portions a week, says report on climate change”, “Livestock a major threat to environment”, and so on).

Links:

Is becoming a vegetarian actually going to have the desired effect of reducing my impact on the environment, or am I deluding myself?

Roseneath, Wellington, Saturday, November 15th, 2008

Bird would like some email…

Charlie Bird

Roseneath, Wellington, Saturday, November 15th, 2008

Time is flying

I can’t believe it was a month between posts! Until yesterday I was sure that it was early November.

Roseneath, Wellington, Friday, November 14th, 2008

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