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A Radical Monday Morning

2012/07/16

Today is the first cool and rainy day in quite a while, so I’ll be spending the morning the way other “radicals” the world over are, in the kitchen and the garden reclaiming democracy and occupying the food supply. I’ll be  cooking up strawberry & rhubarb jam with organic local fruit,  and possibly making jelly out of our nanking cherries,which – for the first time – we have a prolific crop of this year. Here’s what the beauties look like (and remember, I live in northern Ontario, not a fruit belt by any stretch of the imagination):

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ripe nanking cherries

Ripe Nanking Cherries

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Last night I watched Thrive: The Movie. Thrive bills itself as:

an unconventional documentary that lifts the veil on what’s REALLY going on in our world by following the money upstream — uncovering the global consolidation of power in nearly every aspect of our lives. Weaving together breakthroughs in science, consciousness and activism, THRIVE offers real solutions, empowering us with unprecedented and bold strategies for reclaiming our lives and our future.

I confess to being a bit surprised that early in the movie it ventures into the territory of crop circles and UFOs. I found the discussion of the U.S, and global, monetary system informative as well as alarming. But when the movie ventured into climate change territory, and referred to a carbon tax as a tool of global repression it lost some credibility, as it did when it offered a vision of no taxation as part of an idyllic future. I don’t mind paying taxes to contribute to a healthy society (with healthcare, libraries, roads, public transportation, etc).  But I’m not sorry I watched it; I think it might inform and “wake up” some people to the need to participate in shaping a better future for all of humanity, not just the 1% who are thriving right now off of the misery of the majority.  If you’ve seen it, I’d be curious to hear what you have to say. Here’s the trailer:

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More links:

Thrive: The Movie

Thrive The Movie Isn’t About Thriving At All

Nanking Cherry Jelly

Nanking Cherry Pancake Syrup

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 2012/07/16 10:36 am

    I made some strawberry and rhubarb jam yesterday as well, and also have a crop of nanking cherries in our yard! Ours are not nearly as prolific though, and not quite ripe either… I have not seen that movie, but the trailer looks really inspirational, especially near the end.

  2. 2012/07/16 7:40 pm

    We northerners, whether in Ontario or Alberta, are on similar local food schedules, I guess.
    As it turns out, I didn’t get around to the pincherries, they’ll keep for a few more days. I remembered a box of organic Washington peaches that I got last Thursday. They were hard as rocks, so I put them in our crawl space for the weekend and today when I went to check them half of them were moldy already. Yuck – that’s expensive compost! Anyway, I had to cook up the rest of them really quickly, so I made some peach orange jam and a strawberry peach pie (which I haven’t tasted yet but looks quite yummy :).

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