Wednesday, April 11, 2012

All That Glitters

Isn’t Always Gold

There was an article in the Christian Science Monitor, (Swiss Village), that provoked me to write in the comment section below the story. I felt that enough is enough, as well all the other feelings that must be present to provoke me to respond.

So, I wrote this comment about the villages that turned down a pile of money that was offered by a mining corporation in exchange for the destruction of their irreplaceable, pristine environment;

Good for the people of the village. Too many towns, states and nations have sold out the places that gave them a quality life, and turned them into toxic ruins for a fist full of dollars.

Many of the world greatest treasures and cultures have been trampled to dust in the stampede for gold. Money cannot buy back the things that are destroyed by greed. It's good to see these people stand up against this mindless quest for more money.

I hope that the villagers can withstand the juggernaut of corporate greed.

It can be tough to turn down money when you live with the illusion that being rich will make you happy. However, I suppose if people didn’t believe money could solve their problems, there would be no suckers for crooks to swindle.

Today, I had reason to do some research on The Ugly American. Not the movie, (which was so watered down it missed the point), but the 1958 novel by William Lederer and Eugene Burdick.

If you never read the book, “The Ugly American”, you would be among the legion of Military Strategists and Ambassadors who have continued making the same American foreign policy blunders that were being made in 1950’s Vietnam. (Essay)

It was the result of reading “The Ugly American” that inspired President John F. Kennedy to create the Peace Corps. He also sent copies to all the Ambassadors in the hope that they would get the message.

The images you have seen, so far, are from Monday.

It has been steadily raining all Tuesday. I did get one new ‘flower in the rain’ picture that I like. It is growing in the planter near the front of the office sign.

Today’s video is the third in a series of learning events using the iPod Touch as a video camera. It is in two parts; The equipment set up, for which I used a time lapse App, and a song from The Treehouse Monday cabaret and Poetry Hour. I hope you enjoy it.

Today’s Relative Video;

The Language Of Music

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