Monthly Archives: March 2002

“High Noon” Independent Media Summit

It may not have compared in terms of sheer drama and suspense, and certainly not in terms of violence, to the classic Gary Cooper film of the same name. But a recent “High Noon” summit on Main Street in Urbana, … Continue reading

Posted in Media | Leave a comment

WELCOME TO SECURITY CHECKPOINT #63702

PLEASE REMOVE ALL VISUAL OR TEXTUAL PRINTED MATTER, ALL RECORDED AUDIO AND/OR VIDEO MEDIA, ALL WRITING IMPLEMENTS, AND ALL RECORDING DEVICES FROM YOUR PERSON AND LUGGAGE. PLACE ALL SUCH OBJECTS ON THE CONVEYOR BELT TO YOUR LEFT. PLEASE BE PREPARED … Continue reading

Posted in Arts | Leave a comment

Axes of Evil

Axes like chop chop felling old growth? Or Axis like Hitler (when we can’t say “Hitler”)? And Evil like Knievil? Or Evil Empire evil? Maybe evil like an apple full of tacks or a river full of PCB’s. Maybe we … Continue reading

Posted in Arts | Leave a comment

NICE THINGS

The nice thing about family values is it makes us feel good when we go off and have babies so politicians can send them to war to protect family values.† Checks and balances. The nice thing about compassionate conservatives is … Continue reading

Posted in Arts | Leave a comment

Open Cabaret: A New Venue for Creativity and Community

As they move their base of creative operations to a larger space, the facilitators of the Friday Night Open Cabaret are hoping to simultaneously expand the eventís presence in the community. Held every Friday night from 8 to 10pm at … Continue reading

Posted in Arts | Leave a comment

Enron the Symptom, Not the Disease

Has anyone in America not heard of the Enron scandal? For some reason it seems to have already received more media coverage than the savings and loan debacle of the 1980s, and the end is seemingly not yet in sight. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hybrid Car Inspires Cleaner, Greener Government

In the wake of last year’s rollbacks for theallowable limit of arsenic in drinking water initiated by President Bush (whom Christie Todd Whitman, head of the EPA, called the “best environmental President we have ever had”), many ecologically-minded citizens are … Continue reading

Posted in Environment | Leave a comment

A SMATTERING OF WOMEN’S HISTORY

1597 Linen condom invented. Previous condoms had been made of animal membranes. 1869 The electric vibrator makes its debut with the invention of a steam-powered massager, patented by an American doctor and designed as a medical tool for treating “female … Continue reading

Posted in Human Rights, Women | Leave a comment

A Victory for the Living Wage and Local Democracy in Champaign County

On February 25, 2002, two important things happened in Champaign County. First, after four and a half years of research, community education, and organizational networking, the Champaign County Living Wage Association (CCLWA) achieved a significant goal when the Champaign County … Continue reading

Posted in Labor/Economics | Leave a comment

Fighting for Civil Liberties in the Land of the Free

In the Beginning In the dicey spring and summer of 1788, with the fate of the Constitution hanging by a thread and this land engulfed in bitter political feuding between Federalists and anti-Federalists, the anti-Federalist “Brutus” published a series of … Continue reading

Posted in Human Rights | Leave a comment