Saturday, November 12, 2011

Via NPR: 'Stairway To Heaven' Turns 40: Celebrate With 7 Covers

"Stairway to Heaven." Those three little words have come to mean so much. Led Zeppelin's eight-minute classic turns 40 this week, and it still sets the bar for headbanging chutzpah, if not sophisticated songcraft.

Robert Plant and Jimmy Page were woodshedding in Wales when they devised their faery-strewn folk-metal psychedelia masterwork. Bassist/arranger John Paul Jones added mood-setting recorders and drummer John Bonham brought his protean thwunk to the game. The song may or may not have borrowed key elements from an instrumental by the American band Spirit, with whom they once toured. But nobody but Zep could have molded those chord progressions into such a masterpiece of excess.

"Stairway to Heaven" set the template for the power ballad and made unwitting J.R.R. Tolkien experts out of listeners who merely intended to get their rocks off. Depending on your view, the song is the greatest achievement of one of history's most important groups ... or rock's ultimate nightmare, incessantly resurrected by awful cover bands, shrieking karaoke singers and your very drunk uncle who grabbed the microphone at your sister's wedding reception.

Led Zeppelin-Stairway to Heaven

Mary J. Blige with Orianthi & Steve Vai Stairway to Heaven Live

Friday, November 11, 2011

Amigos Para Sempre!


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Via JMG: New CBS Poll


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Via JMG: Extinct

Thanks to poaching for its horn.

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Via JMG: Happy Veterans Day From Mitt Romney

Floating the idea of abolishing the VA on Veteran's Day? Smooth, Mittens. Very very smooth.

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Via Climate Progress: Alliance for Climate Education: A Million Students and the Power of Awesome

Climate change is the biggest challenge of our lifetime.

At the Alliance for Climate Education, we use the power of awesome—awesome storytelling, awesome visuals, awesome presenters, awesome carbon-cutting projects—to inspire youth to take action on climate change while building habits for a lifetime and creating the will to change. Doom and gloom scenarios don’t inspire everyone, especially the younger generation.  Accordingly, ACE strives to inject fun and excitement around everything we do, to make beating climate change, gulp, awesome.

This week, we’re celebrating reaching 1,000,000 high school students nationwide with our award-winning assembly on climate science and solutions. It’s an awesome accompishment for an organization that has been around less than 3 years.  Best of all, our assembly works—it contributes to a 58% improvement in climate science understanding, according to 2010 survey with Chicago Public Schools, and 97% of teachers rate the ACE experience better than other high school assembly programs.

Take a look at our short assembly trailer to see how the power of awesome has helped ACE become the national leader in climate science education.

Moreover, the power of awesome has helped us hit some impressive milestones:
  • 150,000 DOTs, or pledges from students to Do One Thing to reduce their personal carbon footprint.
  • 35,000 students working on carbon-cutting projects in their schools. Hundreds of rave reviews from teachers, parents, administrators and students.
  • 1,200 climate leaders trained to better implement projects at their schools. Let’s drill down on those awesome leaders.

ACE leaders Daniela Lapidous and Shreya Indukuri discuss their smart meter project with Secretary Chu and Secretary Vilsack.
Don’t believe that high school students can make a difference today? Tell that to Shreya Indukuri and Daniela Lapidous, two students from San Jose, California, who saw the ACE Assembly, started a green club, applied for a grant and installed smart meters at school. After turning off energy anomalies, like air conditioning on in the gym over the weekend they saved their school $23,000, and went on to form an organization to help other schools do the same. They’ve spoken about their project at the White House, the Clinton Global Initiative and Powershift, to name a few prominent venues, and are poised to launch careers dedicated to stopping climate change.
Now, that’s awesome.
By reaching millions of students nationwide, ACE is filling an essential place in an aging environmental movement of grooming thousands of awesome leaders like Daniela and Shreya today.
Through that Power of Awesome we are seeding the generational shift we need to turn the tide on climate change and build the will to act.
— Pic Walker is the executive director of the Alliance for Climate Education

A Escola serve Pra que ?

A Escola gerando Traumas

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Via Tricycle Daily Dharma:

 November 10, 2011

When We Visit Nature

If we go out into the natural world and just talk about the same things we talk about all the time, we may as well have stayed at home. When we visit nature we should put down everyday small talk, subjective mental activity, judging and discrimination, and just open up and observe nature. Starting from the time of the Buddha, it was almost always the custom for those who had left home life to spend some time practicing in the mountains. Generally the hut they lived in was made so that it could be put up and dismantled very quickly, so that the person could move on to another place. The purpose was to live a life that would not foster a group mentality, but rather cultivate a holistic attitude where one would feel at one with all lives and the universe.
— Master Sheng Yen, "As Spacious as Nature"
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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Via JMG: 100 Things Not To Do If You Hate Taxes

It's now become a familiar anti-Tea Party meme, but this list of evil socialist perks is worth repeating. Hit the link for the rest. (Tipped by JMG reader Will)

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Via JMG: Appeals Court Upholds "Obamacare"

In a case doubtlessly bound for SCOTUS, today the DC Circuit Court Of Appeals ruled that the Affordable Care Act, AKA "Obamacare," is constitutional. The very long list of losing plaintiffs includes dozens of Republican state Attorneys General. At issue, primarily, was the government's right to impose a fine for failing to purchase health insurance. The Court writes:
“We acknowledge some discomfort with the Government’s failure to advance any clear doctrinal principles limiting congressional mandates that any American purchase any product or service in interstate commerce,” the opinion reads. “But to tell the truth, those limits are not apparent to us, either because the power to require the entry into commerce is symmetrical with the power to prohibit or condition commercial behavior, or because we have not yet perceived a qualitative limitation. That difficulty is troubling, but not fatal, not least because we are interpreting the scope of a long-established constitutional power, not recognizing a new constitutional right."

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Via Tricycle Daily Dharma: Greed is like fire

November 8, 2011

Greed is like fire

Like a fire, greed is more a process than a thing. It is the state of combustion, the activity of consumption, the procedure by means of which organic resources are quickly reduced to a heap of ash. It is insatiable by nature, since the moment one desire is gratified another flares up, demanding also to be sated. Greed drives an unquenchable compulsion to consume, and as the guiding hand of our economic system, its reach is rapidly becoming global. As it burns it throws off a compelling light, dazzling us with the pleasure of its shapes and colors. We delight in playing with this fire.

– Andrew Olendzki, "Burning Alive"
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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Via Tricycle Daily Dharma:


November 6, 2011

The Workable Dharma

The dharma's about stepping into the groundlessness of neither right nor wrong. Or not having the security of either right or wrong—that's the major challenge, to think bigger than just in terms of problem-solving. The dharma is not about curing. It's about healing. That's kind of a New Age word. The word that Trungpa Rinpoche used was "workable." All situations are workable. That's the nature of reality—it's workable.
– Pema Chodron: "No Right, No Wrong"
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