Wednesday, May 06, 2009

A family of foxes has set up again on the hill. There appear to be 3 to 5 pups, who spend most of their time wrestling and falling down the hill. A robin also is building a nest just above; about done in one day.

The 'transition' movement introduced a local currency recently. Some big shot in a church flew in to participate in a conference where the currency was introduced---now, that is truly local and sustainable, and legitimizes it. Authorized from on high: 'i'm transitioning, on a jet plane, i'll call, when i get back again".

The market penetration of these alternative currencies seems small, so they are like endangered species.

The NY Times had an article on this transition movement. They seem to combine a common sense 'green' consciousness which I learned about from the Harvard-educated Thoreau, with an apolyptic 'peak oil' type of scenario (which thrives in the era of the Matrix and the WWW), filtered through all the modern tools of MBA and management programs, with a dose of new age psychotherapy/behavior modification and social networking. But, it is a form of activism, so we must be grateful for this mild authoritarianism : "nudge, nudge".

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