Forever Under Construction

The Story of Stuff

Posted in Environment, Stuff, Things by homeyra on June 24, 2008

Many friends have already posted The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard, a must see “… 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns…”                   Click picture

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To quote someone I didn’t know until recently: A house is just a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get more stuff.

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Just received the following – Thanks Ann 🙂

From The Joy of Ageing: I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape, so I got my doctor’s permission to join a fitness club and start exercising I decided to take an aerobics class for seniors. I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down, and perspired for an hour. By the time I got my leotards on, the class was over!

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بررسی گرایشهای ایرانیان نسبت به هویت ایرانی و آینده ایران: چکیده همه رسی

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  1. Pedestrian said, on June 24, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    I took a course this semester called: Science and Technology Education in the Global Economy.

    Annie Leonard was a friend of my prof’s and we spent a great deal of time discussing how this discourse has to fit into the science curriculum today. And how, STSE is helping the neoliberal agenda move forward.

    What worries me is that many in Iran are worried that our problem is that we have yet to catch up to this level of consumerism. That in their mind’s eye, this is the ideal.

  2. homeyra said, on June 24, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    That’s exactly why I am interested in this issue. Despite all the ongoing rhetoric we see over here what I could call the “global consumerist agenda”.
    Haven’t gone yet through all the links in Leonard informative website and blog, I am very impressed by her work and what a great way to increasing general awareness. We should have a Persian translation of the video!

  3. Pedestrian said, on June 24, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    If I knew someone at Iranian TV I would definitely suggest it to them!

    She is dressed modestly and the rest of the actors are stick men … So – I would hope – that they’d give it the go-ahead 😉

  4. homeyra said, on June 24, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    That would be – for a change -a useful program!
    Have you seen this?

  5. Pedestrian said, on June 24, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    I did! I did!

    I am not a foreign policy buff at all because I really don’t get it!

    Not the most significant detail, but who would they employ there?

    I have a hunch that not to many Americans would volunteer … on the other hand, they could hire Iranian/Americans for 0.1 of the pay …

  6. homeyra said, on June 24, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    The whole thing is presented in a strange way, as if it was designed to be refused, or an “offer you cannot accept!”
    According to a US official:
    It’s not a softening. It does allow us to reach out to youth groups, to talk to dissidents. It’s something the regime wouldn’t like.”

    !!!

  7. Pedestrian said, on June 24, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    I think they give out these offers so that they can scream: “We are trying our best! The Iranians refuse everything we throw at them!”

    Why else would someone say something like this?

    Why would Bush dis the Iranians badly for being non-compliant on the same day they offer the “new” incentives?


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