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Review: Flow: For Love of Water

Posted in business, Culture, Environment, Media, Movies, Philosophy, politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 14, 2009 by 99ppp

While channel surfing, we had the good fortune to stumble upon a terrific documentary on The Movie Network : Flow: For Love of Water (TMN, DVD) which highlights the importance of our potable water and challenges our preconceptions about its treatment, abundance and accessibility. This documentary also provides a robust critique of privatization and how these huge conglomerates make exorbitant profits while limiting access to the impoverished local populations. When profit reigns supreme, it is unsurprising that control by a few of this precious resource, necessary to sustain human life, jeopardizes and marginilzes the most vulnerable whose welfare depends on it. Corporate control of potable water is not solely a concern for those in the developing world as a legal battle between Michigan citizens and a Nestle bottling plant emerges. The safety of bottled water is also challenged and the perception that is somehow better than tap water.

It isn’t all bad news as the film also presents those communities who’ve applied creative solutions in a local, decentralized, and affordable manner, showing that innovation can come elsewhere than a corporate boardroom and at high infrastructure costs. I highly recommend this enlightening film, and check out this review from the New York Times on this award winning documentary.

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Letter to a friend

Posted in Culture, Love, Philosophy, Poetry, Relationships with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 14, 2008 by 99ppp

Have I met you before?
Do you remember me?


One night,
While I slept
You knocked on that door
The door of my perceived reality
You showed me a beauty
I dare not see.
In a world I thought
could never exist.


The many lives intermixed
from past and present.
We had,
Hope and unity
no conformity,
No identity and no money
This was the beginning
of a new family.


How do we live in such
a place?
I was shown,
A place called
Community.


Ideas were shared
spirituality, philosophy
Technology,sexuality
The energy so bright.


That night
Before I died
You said to me
Do not fear, everything
shall be alright
I had to die to see the light.


When I woke
It was clear to me
Affinity and proximity
will help build this
community.


Have I met you before
?
You do remember me
Because you still
keep knocking on that door.

Revolution

Posted in Culture, Philosophy, Poetry, Relationships with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 3, 2008 by 99ppp

Revolution is change
It starts with ourselves
Do we want it and why are we so afraid?
What do we fear?

With no revolution we just stay the same.

Can we rely on any movement
Or do we stand with community
Stand up for yourself
Have faith in your individuality
Have faith in your creativity

With no revolution we just stay the same.

Speak with conviction
Have strength to do anything
Face the fear, face the anger
Take the risks
See the evolution

With no revolution we just stay the same.

With spiritual anarchy
Chaos meets order and order meets chaos
Lose control over who you are
No one dictates our rising star
Just be free, just be free
Just be who you really are.

With no revolution we just stay the same.