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SHFT Sampler 7-22-10

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Your weekly assemblage of links from around the web.

Running on empty: Jean-Francois Theriault's eerie photos of deserted parks at night. Causing major waves on the film fest circuit, WASTE LAND reveals the dignity and despair of recyclable material pickers in the world's largest garbage dump. Perhaps guided by the ancient Chinese proverb, "Each generation will reap what the former generation has sown," the world's most......read more

Red Drops of Life

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A story of the senses told through grape-growers and the wine they produce

In "Red Drops of Life," filmmaker Caspar Diederik takes a trip to southern Italy to uncover Aglianico, a unique grape cultivated on the volcanic soils of the Basilicata region. Part of the StoryTravelers series of tourism videos, Diederik's clip focuses on the stories behind the wine and the region it comes from:  With “Red drops of life” I wanted to visualize the story behind......read more

The Real Happy Meal

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Travel to Valsugana, Italy to enjoy homegrown food in the open mountain air

The StoryTravelers, a group of filmmakers dedicated to documenting "genuine travel experiences," continue their mission with The Real Happy Meal, in which the intrepid filmmakers take us to Valsugana, a fertile valley in northern Italy dotted with vineyards and surrounded by mountains. The clip asks us to rethink the meaning of "happy meal," a term which for most of us is synonymous with a......read more

Criticism Mounts For Obama's Oil Drilling Plan

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Proposal to open coastlines to drilling draws ire from both sides of the political debate.

Aurora Robson's glimmering reputation was built on Plastic bottles are utterly detestable Notcot recently reminded us about the Aurora Robson's most recent exhibit, Be Like Water, just finished showing at 2424 in Philadelphia. For more Robson, visit her site. (via Notcot)...read more

The Schwitchinator

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Schwarzenegger ends backing for offshore drilling.

Even though expanded drilling operations off the Santa Barbara coastline could have created $100 million dollars in California revenue, Governor Schwarzenegger has switched positions and no longer supports drilling expansion. This is one of the more positive responses to the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which is shaping up to be the worst in American history. If a Republican......read more

How to Reduce Your Oil Footprint

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A few simple ways to effect change.

In the wake of last week's catastrophic oil spill, still growing in the Gulf of Mexico, many people are feeling helpless as to what they can do in their personal lives to stop supporting offshore oil drilling and the use of oil in general. Fortunately, our everyday lifestyle and purchasing decisions matter. We as individuals have the power to help reduce our country's reliance on oil,......read more

Obama Orders Freeze on Offshore Drilling

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President concedes neither oil companies nor government were prepared for worst-case scenario.

In Washington on Thursday, President Obama addressed widening public anger over the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, ordering a moratorium on offshore drilling in U.S. waters. The announcement reverses a previous decision to expand offshore drilling off American coastlines. At the White House press conference, the President also said there was too much complacency in goverment prior......read more

Obama Issues New Offshore Drilling Ban

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But will the latest moratorium survive?

In Washington Monday, the Obama administration took another stab at halting offshore drilling in U.S. waters, announcing a six-month moratorium that's no longer based on water depth. The goverment's previous two moratorium orders were rejected by the courts. Echoing the sentiments of environmentalists, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar argued that the order is necessary because of......read more

U.S. Strengthens Offshore Drilling Laws

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New measures aim to improve worker and environmental safety.

NPR reports that the Obama administration released a new set of rules for offshore drilling operators that create tougher requirements for well design, cementing practices, blowout preventers, and employee training. In effect, the rules will improve the safety of drilling operators and lessen the chance of another disaster like the one in the Gulf. With the federal ban on offshore drilling in......read more

SHFT Sampler 11-12-10

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Weekly links: Pimped-out bikes, phone book sculptures, and a renewed push for offshore drilling in the Arctic.

Freewheelers is a series of video portraits of tricked-out bikes and the people who ride them – from self-build fixies and coveted vintage steeds to bikes as art or manifestations of style. Two bipartisan senators have proposed a sensible idea that most people are going to hate. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and George Voinovich (R-Ohio) wrote to President Obama’s National Commission on......read more

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