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Bless Me Now With Your Fierce Tears X

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Freedom 55
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François Cyr, a leading member of Québec solidaire and prominent activist and theoretician of the Québec left. 


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Ernest Callenbach, author of the classic environmental novel Ecotopia among other works, founded and edited the internationally known journal Film Quarterly. He died at 83 on April 16th, leaving behind this document on his computer.

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Ecotopia is a novel, and secession was its dominant metaphor: how would a relatively rational part of the country save itself ecologically if it was on its own? As Ecotopia Emerging puts it, Ecotopia aspired to be a beacon for the rest of the world. And so it may prove, in the very, very long run, because the general outlines of Ecotopia are those of any possible future sustainable society.

The "ecology in one country" argument was an echo of an actual early Soviet argument, as to whether "socialism in one country" was possible. In both cases, it now seems to me, the answer must be no. We are now fatally interconnected, in climate change, ocean impoverishment, agricultural soil loss, etc., etc., etc. International consumer capitalism is a self-destroying machine, and as long as it remains the dominant social form, we are headed for catastrophe; indeed, like rafters first entering the "tongue" of a great rapid, we are already embarked on it.


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Freedom 55 wrote:

Maurice Sendak

Oh, no - "where the wild things are" - progressive, brilliant, what a loss. Here was an interview I saw a few months ago.

 

 


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Peace, Maurice.


lagatta
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I knew François Cyr very well.

!Presente!

 


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Vidal Sassoon, age 84.


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Caissa
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Disco legend Donna Summer died Thursday at age 63, reportedly after a battle with breast cancer.

http://todayentertainment.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/17/11745326-...


6079_Smith_W
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It has been a couple of days, but:

http://arts.nationalpost.com/2012/05/30/blink-folk-musician-doc-watson-d...

Aside from being a a great musician, Watson supported the fight against AIDS by being part of the "Red Hot + Country" album. 

He also played on "Will the Circle Be Unbroken", the first album to feature traditional bluegrass and country with contemporary rock and folk.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_the_Circle_Be_Unbroken


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Closing for length ...


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