Keeping Carrboro Green

The News&Observer has a story today about the Carrboro Greenspace effort.

A group is trying to raise the down payment on $1.4 million it needs to save a green hillside near downtown from buildings, cars and pollution.

The Carrboro Greenspace Collective is trying to preserve about 10.5 acres off of Old Pittsboro Road, where the “Old Sparrow Pool,” a community swimming spot, used to be….

The collective is giving tours of the property at 2 p.m. Sundays. Meet at 116 Old Pittsboro Road.

The community garden group works in the garden at the corner of Daffodil Lane and Old Pittsboro Road at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays.
N&O: Group aims to buy plot, keep it green, 9/27/06

For more information, call Sammy Slade at 225-3433 or send e-mail to carrborogreenways@riseup.net.

These dedicated citizens are working very hard to preserve a wonderful part of our community. How can we help them raise the money to purchase the land? Any ideas people?

Crossposted at OrangePolitics.org

Triangle Science Blogging Conference

Register and get the most up-to-date info at the Triangle Science Blogging Con Wiki. The event is Free!. WiFi is available for Free!

Saturday, January 20, 2007
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Here is what Anton has to say about the event:

We’ll address a variety of issues and perspectives on science communication, including science literacy, the popularization of science, science in classrooms and in homes, debunking pseudoscience, using blogs as tools for presenting scientific research, writing about science, and health and medicine. This event is for scientists, educators, students, journalists, bloggers and anyone who wants to explore how science is communicated on the Web.

Huge props to Anton and Bora for putting this together. Should be really interesting to see this group of bloggers get together. Belive me there are A LOT of scientist blogging!

Does the media love liberals again?

First it was Keith Olbermann complaining about Rumsfeld then Bush now MSNBC’s Chris Matthews says, ‘I Have Been Against This Bullshit War From The Beginning’. HA!

I think big time main stream media producers read polls and think more Democrats might be in power soon and are correcting their hyperbole appropriately. Its all about the money. Popular people sell. Except Especially caugh with their pants down.

Do you know any other examples of MSM actually becoming critical of the Bush administration? Link to them in the comments. Lets collect them for posterity. In a year I bet they act like they never supported the war in Iraq!

I hope all you Dems out there running for office notice this trend and take advantage of it.

HP may be spying on Media

Hewlett-Packard conducted feasibility studies on planting spies in news bureaus of two major publications as part of an investigation of leaks from its board, an individual briefed on the company’s review of the operation said yesterday.

This on top of getting “the phone records of company directors, employees, journalists and others.”

Via: NYTimes

Audiovisual media expand marketing

This Sunday I was quoted in the newspaper article titled Audiovisual media expand marketing about Podcasting in business that appears in The Bradenton Hearld newspaper. Thanks to Robin Roger for asking for my input. 🙂

One common misconception is that podcasting is complicated, said Brian Russell, organizer of PodcasterCon, a national podcaster conference held in North Carolina.

“The hype around podcasting has people thinking that there is some whole new medium,” he said. “Podcasting is really just a combination of fairly old technology with one or two new twists.”

Some may think it’s a fad, but Russell said podcasting has a future, even if it is under a new name.

“This shouldn’t alarm businesses or dissuade them from podcasting,” he said. “Audiovisual media making isn’t going away.”

Unrelated to the article:
Sadly “The full article will be available on the Web for a limited time.” The decision makers at The Hearld reading this should know that limiting your archive is a big mistake. How can you be the first draft of history if your stories won’t be around for historians to study? What if academics can’t afford access to your database? What if a high school student wants to quote your newspaper in a few months? How do we continue to have accumulative knowledge with the existence of pay walls?

This is one of blogs greatest advantages over newspapers online – persistent archives. Google, a multi-billion dollar business, understands this.

Don't let the Senate let President Bush off the hook for breaking the law

(Bellow is a letter from MoveOn. I think they are doing great work. I’ll elaborate my feelings about this latter. Until then go sign the petition. Our Orwellian future might right around the corner.)

This week, the Senate is planning to quietly hold a vote that would pardon President Bush for breaking the law by illegally wiretapping innocent Americans.

The bill would let the administration off the hook for breaking the law and make it legal to wiretap Americans, in secret, without any oversight whenever they want to.

Democrats and some Republicans are holding strong against it, and if enough of us speak up we can stop it. Can you sign the petition opposing the Republican move to pardon President Bush for breaking the law?

http://pol.moveon.org/dontpardon/

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Local media reports more local news

Local media reports more local news than big corporate broadcast media. Sounds like a no brainer right? Well a report done by the FCC in in January – June 2004 called, Do Local Owners Deliver More Localism? – Some Evidence From Local Broadcast News provides the evidence. [PDF]

It shows locally owned stations produced five-and-a-half minutes more local news in a half-hour newscast than their consolidated competitors — 25% more local news. It also found that Network owned and operated stations (belonging to ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox) aired significantly less local news.

Problem is this report was suppressed by former FCC Chairman Michael Powell. Turns out he ordered the study to show that “consolidated ownership didn’t negatively impact local communities.” When the opposite results were shown in the report he ordered “every last piece” destroyed.

Just recently the above study was leaked to congress and shared with the world. I learned about it from Freepress.net. You can read all about it at the StopBigMedia.com blog. Before you decide not to trust this source think about the quality of your local news recently. Its lack of local relevance sometimes is not entirely local TV stations fault. They work very hard at it. Giant corporate media owners have gone too far!