This is one of these questions that requires a higher level of self-scrutiny than is really good for me. In general I have difficulty answering any question that includes the word "process," partly because I'm not that self-aware, and partly because there is no process.
Follow the money to find some of the most critical struggles over water around the world. European-based, multinational corporations that specialize in privatizing municipal water systems, such as Suez and Thames, and beverage companies like Coca-Cola and Nestle, which owns 70 brands of bottled water in North American, have enormous amounts of money at stake in tapping into free water for their own use while selling expensive water back to their consumers. As the race to find clean water is nearing its peak, poor communities in Asia, Africa and Latin America are arriving at their communal pumps or wells to find, quite literally, that corporations have locked up their water supply. Dams, privatization, and pollution have immense ramifications on all forms of water on every continent. If you think wars over oil are tragically absurd, wait until you see citizens arming themselves for a sip of water.
I've said for a while that I think the next great war will be over water, and I've heard it said that this is already true for some current conflicts - the wars in Sudan and the Congo, if I recall correctly, started because of people migrating into different territories due to droughts.
"Flow" is playing in San Francisco Sunday and Monday. I'm still out of town, so I won't be able to catch it then. I hope I'll be able to see it later - if not at the theatre, maybe on television or DVD.
This one may not have groove, and have rhythm, but it's certainly got grease. Being in England, I had to have fish and chips, and we picked up some on the way home at the Something Something Fish Bar, and wuddaya know! they had battered Mars bars too, so what was I to do? Now I've got my fill of grease, and I don't think I'll need a refill for another week or three.
Just got back from seeing Eddie Izzard, and I'm still chuckling inwardly. What a great show! Beautiful old theatre, nice stage set-up, and Eddie looking very manly wearing a goatee and a gorgeous black swallowtail coat with burgundy red lining - I just wanted to lick that thing, it looked so delightful!
He said he was going to talk about everything, and he did - dinosaur poetry, jazz chickens with trumpets tied to their beaks, intelligent design, with which he had two problems: the "intelligent" part and the "design" part, the greatness of Wikipedia which was founded by Mr. and Mrs. Wikipedia, and how having a Macintosh makes you sexy. And he even pulled his iPhone out of his back pocket and demonstrated his light saber app.
And he kept quoting a Roman messenger seeking clarification, "Quod the fuck?" I'm not doing it justice, obviously - if I could, I would be up on stage myself. I'm just here to tell you it was great, and you're missing out.
* Why did I pick this line from George Michael's "Freedom 90" for the title? It was playing during intermission, and is still playing in my head.
We went to see the Uffington White Horse today. This is not my picture - you have to be in the air above it to capture it this well, and it wasn't quite as green. Still, it was a great expedition, we had a good walk up the hill, and nice enough weather. I am fascinated by this figure, which may or may not be a horse (some say it's a depiction of the dragon slain by St. George here), and it's apparently the oldest chalk hillside figure in all of Britain, dating back about 3000 years.
This column is dedicated to the top managers of American business whose policies and practices helped ensure Barack Obama's victory. The mandate for change that sounded across this country is not limited to our new President and Congress. That bell also tolls for you. Obama's triumph was ignited in part by your failure to understand and respect your own consumers, customers, employees, and end users. The despair that fueled America's yearning for change and hope grew to maturity in your garden.
Millions of Americans heard President-elect Obama painfully recall his sense of frustration, powerlessness, and outrage when his mother's health insurer refused to cover her cancer treatments. Worse still, every one of them knew exactly how he felt. That long-simmering indignation is by now the defining experience of every consumer of health care, mortgages, insurance, travel, and financial services—the list goes on.
Obama was elected not only because many Americans feel betrayed and abandoned by their government but because those feelings finally converged with their sense of betrayal at the hands of Corporate America. Their experiences as consumers and as citizens joined to create a wave of revolt against the status quo—as occurred in the American Revolution. Be wary of those who counsel business as usual. This post-election period is a turning point for the business community. It demands an attitude of sober reappraisal and a disposition toward fundamental reinvention. If you don't do it, someone else will.