Linda Stirling Unmasked: The Black Whip

: Dragged from her chariot by a mob of fanatical vigilante Christian monks, the revered astronomer was stripped naked, skinned to her bones with sharp oyster shells, stoned and burned alive as possibly the first executed witch in history. A kind of purge that was apparently big business back then.




Water is the Essence of Life

I know about water. I drink only bottled water. I know there is a dramatic shortage of water world wide and the multi-national corporations are buying up water and this is the ever present and growing concern for the survival of our fragile world along with global warming and lack of affordable heat and oil for our all too many cars and the entire agricultural industry's hunger for oil to create their fertilizer that fuels our Corn and Wheat and stuffs our cows with too much fat, illness and premature demise.

So why would I travel two hours to see a 84 minutes documentary on a subject that I already have sufficient knowledge; a film that promises to be just another source of concern and worry that I can do nothing about.


Not just because Flow was selected by the Sundance Film Festival 2008
Not just because the subject is ever pressing but
because everything that I thought I knew about water was just the tip of the iceberg, a tiny fraction of reality that surrounds the process of privitization of Water. Who's water is being bought and by whom?
And what is the relationship between water and chemicals used for medicine, fertilizers and modern day weapons of mass destruction.

This documentary replete with the tragedy of what has happened and continues to happen to our water differs from other must see documentries such as King Corn, because it provides a positive sense of hope, of remedial action.

As with every film compelled by strong emotion and a wealth of supportive detail, Flow doesn't stop haunting us after it is over.

If saving the planet is as simple as seeing a film, there is no convincing reason for not seeing this extraordinary documentary,
even if you live on planet Mars

SEPTEMBER 12, 2008

Linda Z
WBAI Women's Collective

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