Train of thought before I got up this morning included the guy who did graffiti by scrubbing letters on dirty walls. Could he be arrested for cleaning? And the students who WERE arrested when they went over the fence around the UC tree-sitters to take out their trash. And Greenpeace, which is now sinking boulders in the ocean in prime bottom-trawling spots to snag the nets that destroy the deep-sea coral and other innocent bystanders. It’s against the law for a boat to offload plastic trash in the ocean (of course they do it anyway) but is it against the law to dump rocks? Surely not. And where would you draw the line? No stone-skipping? And then there are these AT&T employees who were suspended for a day for wearing t-shirts saying “Prisoners of AT$T” with the suspensions neatly proving the truth of the t-shirts. And no dress code in place. Communication Workers punished by a “communications giant” for communicating.
Today, 9/11:
A good article by Rebecca Solnit on the response of New Yorkers to the destruction of the towers.
And in this morning’s email, a note from Sam Hinton’s daughter that Sam has passed away. He lived a long and generous life and leaves behind lots of love and songs. I learned "Whoever Shall Have Some Good Peanuts" from his record of the same name and have used it to show children how to write parodies by putting their favorite foods in the song—they write about what they know! Here’s one of the parodies he sang:
It's a long way from Amphioxus
It's a long way to us,
It's a long way from
To the meanest human cuss.
Well, it's good-bye to fins and gill slits,
And it's welcome lungs and hair,
It's a long, long way from
But we all came from there.
Sung to the tune of "It's a Long Way to Tipperary "
Besides knowing a zillion songs, he was Director of the Aquarium-Museum at the Scripp's Institution of Oceanography.
Here’s a couple of gems from the net:
Nifty pocket guide tells you how green your paper source is (if you use as many reams of paper as we do, you need this).
Article on Ted Kennedy and the deregulation of transport—should be of interest to every airline customer.
*Quote from Sally Rogers’ song “We’ll Pass Them On”
©2009 by Nancy Schimmel
Sam Hinton’s gone, but you can get CDs of his albums at Folkways.'phrase'
Friday, September 11, 2009