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Saturday, September 14th, 2002

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 Saturday, September 14th, 20022002-09-14 15:24
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  • Future-Raft is gathering positive projects and products and messages to the future. The "future-raft" itself is a floating symbol of the transformation process from problems into solutions. See the Project Database and do the Message in a Bottle poll.

  • In Europe powerful forces are trying to stop the easy availability of vitamins and herbal supplements. The pharmaceutical industry wants to sell you drugs, rather than letting you pick out your own supplements in the healthfood store, and they're good at bribing and lobbying politicians into passing laws that suit them. At least when nobody is paying attention. In the U.S., when the same thing was happening, public protest forced a change of direction, and since 1994 the US has had a statute that guarantees both free availability of supplements and information about how they work.

  • Don't Be Fooled: America's Ten Worst Greenwashers. Big corporations are falling on top of each other to try to sound the most environmentally conscious. It is unfortunately often just pretense. Genetic engineering, anti-biotics and artificial colors are just not gonna be "all natural", no matter how pretty the ads are.

  • Apple has put out a new free calendar program for OSX called iCal. A possibly important thing about it is that there is a standard way of sharing calendar information that is now likely to be used widely, and before there wasn't. And they have a library of calendar content one can subscribe to. I think I'll figure out how to put the NCN calendar into that format. The calendar format is called iCalendar and is already used by Nescape Calendar Server and various other programs.



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