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Redistricting Olympics

Common Cause Massachusetts is hosting a Redistricting Olympics this summer. We will be taking citizen drawn Congressional, State House, and State Senate maps all summer, evaluating them, declaring a winner, giving out prizes and submitting the winning maps to the MA Legislative Redistricting Committee for consideration.

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Combat Zone

I loved dancing in and around Boston. I am looking for all of the girls I danced with. They include: Alice in Wonderland from the Teddybear. Loved working with her!! Dusty, Cookie - She was beautiful and funny! Bucky - the real Boss of all of us and a good friend to me. I will never forget him. Sonny from Squire. What happened to him?? Christina Fox - her St Bernard used to come up the back stairs at the end of the night, and if I was on stage, I let him come out and he loved it!! What a ham! The Band from about 1975-76 with Jo Ann singing. They were wonderful to dance to.

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2010:Our Hideous Future:The Musical! at Oberon

The biggest. most raucous production of this show yet.

"2010: Our Hideous Future," is coming to Oberon, and excitement is high. Have you seen that place? It's pretty much the future right there.

THE WAY, FAR DISTANT FUTURE, A.D. 2010, EAST COAST METRO ZONE A, NEW MALDEN: a time of techno-studded blechhiness. Lonely human freedom fighter Kate Brick plans a last stand against the oppressive Artas, artificial life forms who control humankind through torture, brainwashing, and Facebook. But judging by the complacence of her lover Dehnise Compuserve and the general apathy of her fellow humans, it may be too late.

This near futuristic dystopian cyberpunk musical comedy returns to the stage featuring its original cast of local artists: Kamela Dolinova, Katie Drexel, Julia Lunetta, Timothy Hoover, John Deschene, Kay Coughlin, Ginger Lazarus, Emily Taradash and Will Todisco.

Inspired by the performance space at Oberon, The Unreliable Narrator Theater Group and The Pluto Tapes will update this fan favorite with new songs, staging, and interactive elements known as the MC’s Hall of Interactive Hideousity.

This production will feature the FAC2010: Post-Show Dance Party featuring the DJ stylings of The Pluto Tapes. Music and Lyrics are still by Andy Hicks, Book still by Carl Danielson and now featuring Choreography by Alex Nemiroski.

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Short film: "Jumbo in a Jar"

Local filmmaker Chelsea Spear has made a short film, "Jumbo in a Jar", involving Tufts University, sports and the cremains of the most famous elephant who ever lived.

Synopsis: When the Barnum Building at Tufts University burned to the ground in 1975, it took with it the taxidermied remains of Barnum's favorite elephant, Jumbo. The sports department was able to step in and save Jumbo's ashes for future generations of Tuftonians. In this documentary, Sports Director Emiretus Rocky Carzo talks about Jumbo's life and legacy."

Plus, it introduced the word "Tuftonian" to my vocabulary.

The film is in a competition to be featured at the Palo Alto International Film Festival. I know many UHubbers favor the quirkier bits of Boston-area lore. Wouldn't it be cool to vote "Jumbo in a Jar" into an International Film Festival?

The voting link is here.

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ACLU: Simon Glik did nothing wrong

No one should get arrested for this.

[float=right]IMAGE(http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk143/nfsagan/glik_160x240.jpg)[/float]Boston police arrested Simon Glik, a young attorney, on charges that sound pretty serious at first: illegal wiretapping, aiding the escape of a prisoner, and disturbing the peace. But all Simon did was hold up his cell phone and openly record Boston police officers making a rough arrest on Boston Common.

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Mayor Menino

Mayor Mumbles is so afraid of major events in "his" city. Loves that the Red Sox and Celtics won their recent titles on the road. No worry about the Pats as the Super Bowl will never come to Mass. Remember the great job he did with the Democratic Convention a few years back? He closed the city, businesses went broke and Dems vowed never again to hold the event in Boston.

The last big Red Sox game in Boston, his police panicked and shot and killed a collage kid with a "non lethal" weapon.

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A Near Futuristic Dystopian CD Release brunch lands at the Burren on Sunday, May 22

The Unreliable Narrator Theater Group and The Pluto Tapes are hosting a CD release party for the cast album of 2010: Our Hideous Future: The Musical! on Sunday, May 22 at The Burren, located at 247 Elm St, Somerville, MA at 3 PM.

Featuring local artists Kamela Dolinova, Emily Taradash, Julia Lunetta, Timothy Hoover, John Deschene, Kay Coughlin, Katie Drexel, Ginger Lazarus, and Will Todisco, the cast album features all of the songs from the hit cyberpunk musical comedy 2010: Our Hideous Future: The Musical!, ranging from whimsical (“Doing The Best That I Can”), to the grooving (“Bangor Boogie”) to the memorable and uplifting (“The Future’s Not What It Used To Be”). Joining them are local artists electronic violinist Mei Ohara (fresh from performing at the Unreliable Narrator Showcase), the cyberpunk band Br1ght Pr1mate, and the Pluto Tapes.

The cast of 2010: Our Hideous Future: The Musical! will also perform songs from the album.

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Boycott Sponsors of The Apprentice on NBC until Donald Trump is fired: Obama is American

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Donald Trump’s racist birther accusations have been debunked, again, the White House has released the president’s “long form” birth certificate.

As the president said, “We do not have time for this kind of silliness.” Thank you, Mr. President, for being, once again, the adult in this national conversation.

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mystery in Bridgewater

Authorities are investigating the burning of a track-repair car on an MBTA Commuter Rail track in Bridgewater, police said.

Bridgewater authorities said the fire occurred between Plymouth and Broad streets about 5:30 p.m.

From a nearby backyard barbecue, Justin Fuller, 22, said he saw the flames engulf the MBTA vehicle. He said it appeared a propane tank was attached to the machinery.

The MBTA did not immediately respond to calls.

“All of a sudden, we saw flames,” the Bridgewater State University student said in a telephone interview.

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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.

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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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