Community FM

It's been six months now since I tossed my head in the ring to wear a few hats for our budding low power FM station, and I must admit things are going better than my fears for the worst, but not exactly as I dreamed.

All in all, it's going pretty well, even if the participation we had hoped would jump on board at the outset.

There is still a lot of excitement among the younger crowd about the idea of having a station for our zip code.

As far as die hard organizers, it'.s pretty much Cory and I so far, and I couldn't have ever dreamed I'd ever be lucky enough to have a media production partner like her. Thank You Cosmic Forces!

Posted on 20 Apr 2014, 16:48 - Category: Activism
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An Open Educational Resource Library - 2013

Things are progressing, the archive is growing, the texts for the California Learning Resource Network Textbooks Collection are uploaded (along with some updates in sciences) and we are eagerly awaiting the college level open textbooks that are projected to be released this year. OpenTexts at high school level was what was available and a dandy cornerstone for the whole project so that's what I went with. Anyone needing a text to study for a GED or any teacher with students at that level who cannot afford to help turn more trees into paper pulp can get it without having to log in or give up ANY info to get what they need. The only ones who log in are the archivists, not the public, just as any public service on the internet should be.

But the meta data still needs a going over with a fine tooth comb and a preening applied if errors or omissions are found.

In other words it needs a real librarian instead of a bibliophile at the helm, but the stuff is openly accessible and there are interesting and useful things to find and I'll keep adding what I can the best I can and keep encouraging others to do the same until the experts show up.

Some collections may only have one item, thereby currently oxymoronizing the concept of just what a collection is, but each of those singular items is the cornerstone for its collection and more stuff will be added before too long and that little LOLWUT? will fade away.

We are still on track to be one little pocket of light where the internet is open and free as it used to be. Being one more little node on the Good Knowledge Network that is the Libraries of Occupy is a fine thing to be, no matter how big (or small) your bookcase is.

Posted on 13 Feb 2013, 24:42 - Category: Activism
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Operation Sons of 1984

The revolution's here? Now?

Quick! Load ALL the internets!

Since we have no monies to send to the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators and it's w-a-a-a-y too far to walk some pizzas and fresh garden stuff over to Liberty Plaza, but I love all those folks and wanna help somehow ... witness the launch of Operation Sons of 1984, based on themes and memes found in that great old tune by Todd Rundgren, lifting a line for the catchphrase:
"I can still see the great panorama of hate / Being cleansed by our loving hands...".

The An Occupy Wallstreet Wiki is like a community bulletin board anywhere. Anybody can not only stick something to it, they can respond to stuff other folks have stuck there, hence the appellation AnoniWikiSpace for the mode for what goes on there, which is manifested as One User One Wall and 1user1wiki to show solidarity with the demonstrators and other supporters.

Then Carl OK'd hosting at and a basic pligg powered OWS News engine was given a sub-domain so the Demonstrators and support groups can report links to News important to them, vote on the articles & comment on them.

Current categories are:

*Resources - for new + developing resources

*OWSNews - OWS general category

*LocalGroups - for local groups to post updates

*OWS Wins - for posting our victories great and small!

*Blogs-OWS- for links to blog posts about or pertaining to the Occupy Wall Street movement.

*OWS Press - OWS in the Press or (official) OWS Press? Stay tuned!

*People - articles about individuals and celebs

*PoliceState - when the State goes over the line

It's nice that tools like this are not only info sharing tools, but ones that give freedom to build consensus about ideas and information by a member base with a focused interest.

And a An Occupy Wall Street Media Wiki has been started in another sub-domain. The media wiki is intended as a place to mirror content created in the open access community wiki for archival in a more formal wiki environment.

So far so good. Up the Occupation!

And I still trust Annie with all my <3. You should, too.

Posted on 3 Oct 2011, 1:12 - Category: Activism
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The Tide

My friend Annie has written a little ditty called The Tide, a protest song inspired by the courage and determination of the protesters in Africa and the Middle East, written with the goal of helping, in some small way, to turn the Arab Spring into a global tide of awareness and solidarity.

"A song of peaceful revolution and empowerment. A song about the growing global movement of citizen awareness and an emerging solidarity."

Annie is a lady that has a lot more going on than one short song. She also has a five part animated satire of American conspiracies called "Conspiracy! The Series" and is an accomplished poet.

She has recently founded The Consumer Party on the concept of changing the world by the way we spend, or, in the case of corporations that do not conform to sustainability standards, how we do not spend.

And she has founded 1world1wage, which is based on the concept of establishing uniform global wage requirements, thereby inhibiting corporate exploitation and abuse of third world nations while helping protect jobs in the Old and New worlds from outsourcing. Annie has started a petition to the U.N. for a Global Labor Treaty. I encourage everyone interested in global nonviolent social change to at least give it a lookover and a signature, but what I would really love to see is every one read it, sign it (with thoughtful, spell-checked comment), and give a shout or holla about it everywhere you can without spamming anybody. Do it for me. Do it for Annie. Do it for yourself. Do it for the World. Do it to piss off the Banksters and Fat Cats. Do it for any reason you can come up with. Do it for no reason at all. Just Do It!

Become the Tide

Posted on 25 Sep 2011, 21:43 - Category: Activism
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