Link Karma

“Who in the hell d’you think you are
A super star?
Well, right you are
Well, we all shine on
Like the moon and the stars and the sun
Well, we all shine on
Evryone come on”

–Instant Karma–John Lennon

Things that tripped me up on the blogosphere this week:

What do you need to bring a major United States city to a standstill? Weapons, pollution, disease? No, an embittered IT guy named Maggot617

Maybe the thirsty hordes out west will keep their hands off our Great Lakes water after all. Their secret water stash? From toilet to tap.

Next book to pick up–Thomas Frank’s “The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule.” Interesting tidbits in this interview with Frank about how Jack Abramoff started out fighting state bottle bills and then supporting the apartheid regime in South Africa.

Miriam Axel-Lute writes an interesting column in Albany’s Metroland newspaper (their New Times) about getting beyond spite and retribution in order to craft intelligent ways to stem the destruction that vacant houses and foreclosures are wreaking on our neighborhoods. Also, check out her blog The Big Questions on development and housing issues in Albany.

Hot trend in organizing? Small, hyper-local circles of folks connected by shared values and a disdain for authoritative control. Of course, this new trend has been around for ages: think abolitionists and the civil rights movement, first and second wave feminists and has been updated recently by the house church movement and even rock bands building a fan base through touring and social networking media.


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