save the internet

Thursday, 11 May 2006

Save the Net Now

Fellow bloggers, help keep the internet free!

"If companies like AT&T have their way, Web sites ranging from Google to eBay to iTunes either pay protection money to get into the "fast lane" or risk opening slowly on your computer. We can't let the Internet–this incredible medium which has been such a revolutionary force for democratic participation, economic innovation, and free speech–become captive to large corporations."


you guys rock!

Saturday, 6 May 2006

Safe from the Shade WalkathonMANY MANY thanks to generous friends and family who contributed towards my participation in today's Safe from the SunWalkathon sponsored by the Melanoma International Foundation. You guys rock!!!

Together, we raised money towards melanoma awareness and education… and also won the Mark J. Scharke Memorial Award for Top Circle of Friends Fundraising Team!




For more information on why I participated, click here. Today's event included free skin checks, a 3K walk, freebies (sunscreen, hats, etc) and awards. (Click for larger images.)

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There was even knitting time as we waited for the closing ceremonies.

Sure, you were raised to think a tanned body looks better than a pasty white one. But once you learn the facts, you realize there is no healthy tan. I hope you'll help spread the word.

(sad) rabbits

Tuesday, 2 May 2006

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There is a large park in our Seattle neighborhood called Woodland Park. It has a zoo… but in the regular park section, rabbits are living in the "wild."

But they aren't actually wild animals; rather, they are abandoned pets and their descendants. This was going to be my urban safari part 3, but after reading up on this issue, I'm too sad to make light of it.

People are abandoning domestic rabbits to the "wild." Once there, the animals are ill-equipped to survive. Earlier this year, volunteers started rounding up animals to take them to the Rabbit Meadows Sanctuary. Eight days later, they were forced to stop the round-up. Too many animals were already pregnant; but, even more importantly, the temporary housing for the rabbits at Magnuson Park failed. As the Seattle Times reported, "Part of the building where rabbits have been held for medical care has been rented to the Drug Enforcement Administration. Gun noise from the agency's training practices is scaring the rabbits and unnerving volunteers." The Parks department apparently is angry with the volunteer organization for releasing this latter information to the news.

A not-so-funny bunny life: Some humans adopt you for Easter. After the Easter fun has faded and they realize you need loving (and time-consuming) care, these humans abandon you in a park. Dogs and other predators chase you and you almost get hit by a car. Finally, you're rounded up by loving humans. They are taking care of you when other humans start shooting guns next door.

More about the Woodland Park rabbits in the news.

These photos were taken April 1, one month after the roundup began.

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independence from junk mail?

Thursday, 13 April 2006

Declare your independence from junk mail is a new campaign sponsored by the Center for the New American Dream. On their site, you can send an e-mail to your elected officials asking them to support the creation of a junk mail opt-out registry similar to the Do Not Call telemarketer registry.

The production and disposal of unsolicited mail wastes trees, pollutes our water, and consumes more energy than 2.8 million cars at a time when energy security is more important than ever. Worst of all, it forces citizens and local governments spend more than $370 million per year to collect and dispose of unsolicited waste and it violates the privacy of our homes.

The Center for the New American Dream helps Americans consume responsibly to protect the environment, enhance quality of life, and promote social justice.