Weaving a Web-like world

INDEPENDENT MEDIA by Steve Anderson

The other day I decided to visit the site of “Occupy Vancouver.” I found a network of service tents scattered among open spaces, filled with people engaging in what seemed like unending conversations about politics, democracy and the future. An ethos of sharing and collaborating pervaded the space and people seemed to revel in each other’s company.

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Bone, muscle & kidney health

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina

In the September issue of Common Ground, I reviewed research related to acid-base balance and diet. To summarize, meats, dairy products and grains are acid forming, which means that after these foods are digested and metabolized, they influence body fluids to be acidic. This is due to the particular mix of amino acids and minerals such as sulphur and phosphate.

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Food sovereignty

ON THE GARDEN PATH by Carolyn Herriot

Around the world, tens of thousands of people are taking to the streets asking for a better reason to get out of bed in the morning. People are finding their voice because so many things need to change. It’s hard to know where to start, but for me it starts with hunger. When I know that money-hungry traders, having a field day on investment markets, are causing millions to starve, I have to speak up.

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Fate or will?

UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young

Are we the masters of our own fate or is there a destiny unfolding for us? We often hear ourselves and others pondering what we are supposed to be doing in this lifetime. What is our path, what is our purpose? Some just seem to know while others can spend a lifetime trying to figure it out. Then there are those who believe we create our own reality; what we have in our lives is what we have created.

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Finding oneself

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead

Often, when watching a feature film, the shaping hand of the director is barely noticeable. There’s a certain sameness, particularly with Hollywood stuff, in the tone and treatment of the subject, which itself is often a rehashed or plagiarized storyline. The movie could have been made by any number of directors. There’s no chance of that watching The Skin I Live In (La piel que habito), a most bizarre story of twisted obsession, which recently opened VIFF. Mixing myth, melodrama and psycho-thriller, this erotically charged study in transgression has the distinctive imprint of Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar.

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New for your health

Organic Food Bar

Organic Food Bar started the RAW organic movement back in 1997 and launched the very first RAW organic bar in a wrapper. Today, they still lead the industry by making their bars fresh daily in their own GMP-certified facility, which is also organic and kosher-certified and solar powered. They also use FSC-certified paper for their boxes (from sustainable forests). This makes them the “Greenest” bar company; they care for the environment and future generations. 800-246-4685, www.organicfoodbar.com

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A Time-Lapse Map of Every Nuclear Explosion Since 1945 – by Isao Hashimoto

Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has created a beautiful, undeniably scary time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions which have taken place between 1945 and 1998, beginning with the Manhattan Project's "Trinity" test near Los Alamos and concluding with Pakistan's nuclear tests in May of 1998. This leaves out North Korea's two alleged nuclear tests in this past decade (the legitimacy of both of which is not 100% clear).

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