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Unreliable Narrator Showcase

The Unreliable Narrator Showcase is coming Tuesday, April 19 to Johnny D’s in Davis Square.
An evening of comedy, music and storytelling to benefit Unreliable Narrator’s summer tour of “2010: Our Hideous Future: The Musical!” which will feature a delightful variety of:

MUSIC!
* Kristen Ford
* Mei Ohara
* Selected songs from “2010: Our Hideous Future: The Musical!”

COMEDY!
* Jenny Zigrino
* Ryan Darmody
* Perfect Monster
* The Unreliable Narrator Podcast Group

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My unprescription for happiness

by Scotland Willis

I was speaking with a good friend this morning who is visiting with me from out of town; she has
been prescribed lots of drugs- eight to my knowledge. These drugs ranged from antidepressants (prescribed as a method to help them sleep) to pain pills.

Thoroughly concerned about the use of prescription medicine as a solution with no end; I shifted into my life coach mode and asked her to do me a favor. I simply requested that she take a moment to go up stairs and write a list of ten things that make her happy.

What we should all know

While she was doing this I decided to do some research about the various drugs- most of it was not positive. The risks associated with taking the prescribed drugs ranged from suicide to further depression- be more depressed... so I can sleep? That didn't wash with me, so I furthered my research, all the time knowing and informing her that I am no doctor and am not offering medical advice. I went a step further.

Collaborative consumption additional insights

Utility optimization

by Scotland Willis

Like the nature of recycling and the concept of cradle to cradle, collaborative consumption looks at the advent of social sharing networks commonly known as peer-to peer (P2P) networks; people buying, selling, borrowing, and renting from one another thereby avoiding a retailer- optimizing the usefulness of products and services among individuals. From Flicker to Facebook, from AirBnB to hundreds of peer-to-peer products and services; this newly defined (compliments of Ray Algar) phenomenon is growing in numerous directions.

Collaborative consumption represents a new element in the economy producing a new consumer base that would exist on a much smaller scale without internet technology- the true fabric of P2P networking. Communication via the internet allows billions of people across vastly different geographies (individuals and groups), the opportunity to connect around the utility of mutually beneficial goods and services. Put simply you have something with excess surplus and I can utilize that excess surplus which will provide additional (or secondary) benefit to the original owner and primary usefulness to me.

Perfect Balance

by Scotland Willis

Balance is something we strive for in our life. We see it in how we try to manage work and our

personal life; balance between consumption and preserving the environment; balancing disruptions and getting tasks done; and in our personal health versus stress. The list is extensive. By and large balance is a very difficult goal to achieve; this assertion could be made anywhere in the world.

So here is something to consider about balance you may not have thought of; 1) the most important balance in our body is pH balance; while that may sound simple, achieving it is like trying to balance yourself on a tightrope (ok perhaps not that difficult but it might seem that way) but certainly as challenging to achieve balance in other areas of our life; 2) alkaline and acids make up these two very important chemical that represent this balance, which also influence many other activities that occur in our body.

A bit more understanding migh make you more conscious about your eating decisions and thereby resulting in a happier healthier you.

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Brookline gets smart, changes arrive at meters near Fenway Park

Parking is a delicate subject, one that our elected officials like to ignore because changes usually result in anger, as few people are rational when it comes to discussing meters. Last year, Brookline commissioned a parking study and are actually going through with the suggestions. New hours, new prices and new meters come into effect on April 1st, 2011.

The problem:
Red Sox fans.

Under the current system, a red sox fan, driving to the stadium has a choice. Pay $30 to stick their car in a lot right by the stadium, and deal with the traffic to arrive and leave.... or pay $1.50 to park in Brookline and not deal with traffic.

The choice is obvious.

Fans arrive at 4pm, insert two hours worth of money in the meter ($1.50) and are free to stay as long as they want (well, not overnight).

Meanwhile, those wanting the spaces to hit the restaurants or supermarkets are out of luck. Those cars wont be moving for four or five hours.

Remember, the parking meter was invented to create turnover. 2 hour limits mean the spaces are for customers and not space-hogs.

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Take Action Against Unnecessary and Unfair Cuts to Public Services Sat Mar 26

Come watch live performances, participate in a BUNCH of other good stuff we’ve got in the pipeline, and protest the fact that the largest bank in the US doesn’t pay their taxes!
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When: 12pm - 2pm

Where: Bank of America, 540 Commonwealth Ave (Kenmore Square) Boston, MA

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Rally to Defend The American Dream - Tue Mar 15, 5:30 PM

If you oppose the politics of making public sector workers and middle class Americans pay the costs of the fiscal crisis that was born of Wall Street greed and fraud and which caused the great recession, or if you oppose the corporate political agenda for America that wants to cut services for the American people including education, school loans, research, Planned Parenthood, Medicare and Social Security while continuing to pay $40 BILLION in corporate welfare to the most profitable company in the history of the world, ExxonMobil, or if you oppose corporate tax loopholes that allow extreme

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'Tax Evasion 101; lecture by Prof. John Miller at Bank of America on Tremont Street, Sat., March 12

]Bank of America, the largest bank in the US, pockets Billions in profits and bailouts but pays $0 in American taxes. If Bank of America and the 2/3 of US corporations that pay NO taxes here would pay up, just like everyone else, America would not need to cut $100 Billion in college grants. If this one company pays a tax bill, millions of kids could go to college.

The solution is simple: make them pay their fair share so we don’t need to cut this valuable public service.

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Sarah Jessica Parker movie shooting today in Post Office Square

They've blocked off Post Office Square this morning and are shooting a Sarah Jessica Parker movie there. I think I caught a glimpse of her, but I'm not certain. Some photos.

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TAG (Teacher Activists Group) Boston is up and running

The Boston chapter of TAG (Teacher Activist Groups) which is a national coalition of grassroots teacher organizing groups is up and running and their new website recently launched. You can check it out here:

http://tagboston.org/

There are already some interesting posts regarding Boston student assignment and videos about the potential school closings.

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USuncut takes action against Bank of America in Harvard Square


"We won't pay for your crisis"

If you have $3 in your wallet, you have more money than Bank of America paid in corporate taxes last year. On Saturday, USuncut took peaceful action against the Bank of America branch in Harvard Square by protesting the unfair tax code and drawing attention to that fact this ginourmous Bank of America happily profits from taxpayer-funded bailouts and banking business but avoids paying almost anything in Federal taxes.

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Press Pass Tv: Jean Grae

Press Pass Tv is a nonprofit organization that engages youth in advocacy journalism to tell the stories of communities working for change. Jean Grae performed at the 3rd Eye open 11th Hip Hop Festival. Press PassTv was able to catch Jean before her performance. She discussed her record sales and her old school flavor. Jean described how she maintained her own identity and how we all have a responsibilty to ourselves to follow our bliss.

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Massachusetts Solidarity Rally for Wisconsin Unions (video)

The crowd chanted "They say cut back, We say fight back" before the speakers came to the podium.

Congressman Ed Markey addressed the crowd to remind them what caused the financial crisis (and it wasn't public public sector workers.) Next, Congressman Mike Capuano announced, "I am a cheesehead" to communicate his solidarity with the working people of Wisconsin fighting for the right to bargain collectively for wages, benefits and work conditions. Mike foretold of similar attacks on worker rights by Republicans soon to come in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania. He said it was a fight for the middle class.

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Open letter to Mayor Menino about disastrous snow handling this winter

(Simulblogged.)

February 1, 2011

Mayor Thomas M. Menino
1 City Hall Square, Suite 500
Boston, MA 02201-2013
[email protected]

(617) 635-4500

Dear Mayor Menino,

On the brink of yet another major snowstorm, I am writing to complain about how incredibly bad the city's handling of the snow has been this winter.

  1. Neighborhood streets all over the city are overwhelmed with snow. There's no place for residents to put new snow even if they want to do the right thing while shoveling. There's no place for people to park their cars. Other cities in the area, such as Waltham, have recognized the problem and are removing snow from neighborhood streets, not just main arteries. Why isn't Boston? (examples: Foster Street in Brighton between Surrey and Washington Streets; and Leamington Road in Brighton)

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Rick Santorum, who blamed the media and Boston for the Catholic Priest Pedophile Scandal, returns to Gomorrah

[float=right]IMAGE(http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk143/nfsagan/RickSantorumportrait.jpg)[/float]Rick Santorum to speak to Catholic Citizenship Tuesday Feb 1, 2011 at Hotel Indigo,

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