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Vote Fender Bender!

Peace, it is rare that we endorse online fund-raisers these days, but we just adore Fender Bender and appreciate their support of our work so much that we can’t help but ask that you take a moment and support them by voting. Thanks and Respect, ~Gregg & Anjela

 

VOTE FENDER BENDER!

Website

http://www.facebook.com/FenderBenderDetroit?ref=hl

The Idea

Fender Bender is a women and gender nonconforming collaborative bike shop and mechanic training experience in Detroit. We learn intensive bike repair skills, safe riding practices, ride together weekly, and explore ways we can heal and grow from within our communities, using the bicycle to empower.

The Specifics: What will the $2,500 fund?

Bicycles are a key agent to creating accessible and reliable mobility for people in a city that has almost 140 square miles, a dismantled public transportation system, unaffordable car insurance rates, and a high population of formerly incarcerated people. Fender Bender is a transformational agent to provide access to fair, stable, empowering transportation.

We would use the money from Empower Women and Girls for the materials and equipment for our mechanic training course. This includes:

Bike repair tools
Bulk inner tubes
Bulk tires
Bulk patch kits
10 bike maintenance manuals
10 bike light sets
10 helmets

http://detroitjetaime.com/2012/05/20/detroits-real-bike-chicks/#.UHTEJBjgLZs

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VOTE FENDER BENDER!

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October 18, 2012   No Comments

How Roger Zelazny’s Lord of Light transformed into the CIA’s Argo covert op – Boing Boing

Peace all, Roger Zelazny is one of the most influential writers in my realm. While I read Lord of Light after discovering the Amber Series and it helped to open me up to some more ‘eastern’ expressions of thought. Though I doubt I’ll check out this movie (I swore off Ben Affleck after Daredevil), the off camera CIA subplot with the book and theme park fascinates me. More supposed ‘fictions’ shaping reality. Respect, ~Gregg

Argo, a thriller directed by and starring Ben Affleck, dramatizes the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Tehran, Iran, during the 1979 hostage crisis. To infiltrate the country and facilitate the diplomats’ return, CIA technician Tony Mendez concocts an incredible cover story: they’re part of a film crew, scouting out locations in the Islamic republic for an epic science fiction movie. One core prop: a convincing, ready-to-shoot screenplay.

The movie obscures its real-life origins, but it started with one of the 1960s most cutting-edge novels, Roger Zelazny’s Lord of Light. Winner of the 1968 Hugo Award, Lord of Light was inspired by Buddhist and Hindu texts and chronicles the lives of people who who have mastered mind-uploading, genetic engineering and bodily transmigration. Zelazny’s novel, like many of Philip K. Dick’s most hallucinatory narratives, anticipated many of cyberpunk’s thematic concerns. via How Roger Zelazny’s Lord of Light transformed into the CIA’s Argo covert op – Boing Boing.

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October 18, 2012   No Comments

“Food Sickens Millions” from Bloomberg

Peace all, I recently shared some thoughts on Big Food and land grabbing practices globally and locally with Michigan Citizen readers. Here’s another reason why we need to support local growers and micro-economies that encourage greater accountability. Why are these profit-over-people companies allowed to self-regulate? Respect, ~Gregg

Food sickens 48 million Americans a year, with 128,000 hospitalized and 3,000 killed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates. The rate of infections linked to foodborne salmonella, which causes the most illnesses and deaths, rose 10 percent from 2006 to 2010.

via Food Sickens Millions as Company-Paid Checks Find It Safe – Bloomberg.

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