Know + reduce your carbon footprint! Earth Month 2015 Actions: It’s Our Turn To Lead

Gwendolyn Alley aka Art Predator:

extra credit activities? make-up absences? research materials for papers?

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Throughout the world, communities everywhere are celebrating April’s Earth Month, Global Citizen Day April 18, Climate Education Week April 20-25, and the 45th Earth Day (Weds April 22) with thousands of activities.

Today being TAX DAY in the US, perhaps it’s time to pay a tax to the environment? It doesn’t have to be cash: it can be an action as simple as picking up someone else’s litter or making a change in your lifestyle. Can you bring your own cup next time you buy coffee? Can you use a glass or stainless steel bottle for your water or other beverage? Can you bring your own bags to the store? Can you cut back on how much meat or processed foods you eat?

One focus of Earth Month this year is ACTION and CLIMATE;

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Rick Lupert On Poetry Super HWY 101

Gwendolyn Alley aka Art Predator:

“Rules for Poetry” a poem by Rick Lupert who reads in Ventura Th. April 9, 2015 7:30pm.

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It’s National Poetry Month!
Which means it’s time to get YOUR POETRY ON! And no better time than this Thurs. April 9, 2015 at 7:30pm, when Los Angeleno poet and long time Cobalt Cafe host Rick Lupert features at  the EP Foster Library in the Topping Room located at 651 E. Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001 (across from Winchesters; free parking behind the library.) Regular host Phil Taggart has stepped away from the podium leaving it in the capable hands of poet Dane Baylis. Open mic follows the featured reading; get there at 7:15pm to sign-up.

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John Twelve Hawks: “New surveillance states have placed us in an invisible prison”

John Twelve Hawks: “New surveillance states have placed us in an invisible prison”


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Surveillance States Place Us In Prison

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information and links about the text that my Ventura College English 2 students will be writing about for their midterm on Wednesday

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“Humans can be manipulated to obey. As information and communications technology creates a surveillance state, I’m worried that fear of terrorism will create a system where police officers and soldiers will obey the computer-generated decisions that appear on their optical head-mounted displays,” writes John Twelve Hawks in his essay “New surveillance states have placed us in an invisible prison”

In “New surveillance states have placed us in an invisible prison,” John Twelve Hawks discusses Edward Snowden’s terrifying revelations about how the National Security Agency and Great Britain’s GCHQ use spy technology on all citizens and how various corporations monitor our activities as well in order to market more efficiently to us.


Edward Snowden’s story has been told effectively in the Oscar winning documentary CitizenFour (reviewed here; watch here.

“Anyone who steps back for a minute and observes our modern digital world might conclude that we have…

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5 Memoirs to Spring For: Anzaldua, Bag, Muzyka, Strayed, Rodriguez

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If you are looking for a few good books to read this spring, books where the authors are exploring issues of identity, crossing borders,  overcoming obstacles, and living living sin fronteras, and look no further than these:

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National Adjunct Action Week Feb 23-27 2015 Calls Attention to Equity Issues

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I’m wearing my A for Adjunct sticker –are you?

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With middle-class wages stagnating and the rich getting richer, income inequality has

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become a rallying cry for Democrats and Republicans alike. Reviving opportunity for all resonates with Americans who feel left out as growth picks up and the stock market reaches record highs, writes Keith Naughton, Lynn Doan, and Jeff Green.

More and more people are realizing the extent to which part-time, temporary workers are exploited at colleges and universities across the nation. The National Adjunct Action Day planned for February 25 is an effort by part-time (adjunct) faculty members to raise awareness of the rise of contingent (part-time) labor in academia.

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Don’t Forget The Databases: Librarians Go Gaga

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Going Gaga in the Library

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While library research can be intimidating, it doesn’t have to be. Students and faculty from the University of Washington’s Information School get their groove on in this 2010 parody video directed, edited, and produced by Sarah Wachter with lyrics by Sarah Wachter (compare to the original Lady Gaga song “Poker Face”).

Yes, librarians

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Staples Discussion Questions

1. Staples’ essay was published in the mid-1980s and has since been widely anthologized. How do you account for its popularity? In your response, consider the way it is written, the points Staples has to make, and the essay’s relevance to today. Do you think this popularity is justified? Why or why not?

2. Rather than confront the fears and prejudices of the strangers he encounters, Staples explains that he goes out of his way to accommodate them. How does he do so? Why does he do so? How do you respond to his actions and motives?

3. Write about any times that you have made a stranger uncomfortable because of the way you “alter space.” How did you respond? Alternatively, write about any times you have judged others as threatening solely because of their appearance. Were your responses justified? Do you think people tend to mistrust one another based too much on appearance?