Here's how it works:
1. Volunteer for the Democratic convention (Boston) or the Republican convention (New York.)
2. Attend any and all volunteer sessions. Fill out the volunteer forms. Be polite, dress appropriately, and smile a lot.
3. Don't show up for your volunteer assignment. Don't call in sick, don't give any warning -- just don't show up.
If enough people do this, both parties will be forced to actually pay workers (horror of horrors!) to provide transportation, serve as ushers, and act as tour guides -- just like any other high-priced convention-going tourists in any other big city. Aren't conventions supposed to benefit the local economy? Is there a reason that political delegates should get free labor from local residents?
If you want to stand outside the convention and protest, fantastic! Be sure to join the Shadow Protest as a Phantom Volunteer, and cause trouble on the inside as well! Please click here to Phantom Volunteer now!
The pFARM (powerFARM) klan is a collective of utopian farmers based in Woodstock, New York. Working on a planned community in the heearland of "hippy culture," their practices of alternative organic farming takes on a more fetishized approach to biotechnology methods and culture around food production and personal care products. the structure of the group enacts a tri-subculture:
A. Organic Farming Subculture
B. Sado-Masochistic Subculture
C. Biotech Company Subculture.
Millions of giant Pacific crabs, whose ancestors were brought to Europe by Joseph Stalin in the 1930s, are marching south along Norway's coast, devouring everything in their path.
The monster crabs, which can weigh up to 25lb and have a claw-span of more than three feet, are proving so resilient that scientists fear they could end up as far south as Gibraltar.
Energised by a mysterious population explosion a decade ago, whole armies of the crustaceans - known as the Kamchatka or Red King Crabs - have already advanced about 400 miles along the roof of Europe, overwhelming the ports of northern Norway.
Remember Buckyballs, those molecules of carbon shaped like a geodesic dome? You might have read about them in the 1980s. Yep, they're called nanotechnology now. No robot surgeons, no restoring the environment...in fact, some are worried that geodesic-inspired carbon molecules are themselves a health and environmental hazard. If you liked asbestos, you'll love carbon fiber nanotubes in your lungs.
And since carbon fiber nanotubes might prove useful in making fuel cells--which are supposed to eventually replace the batteries in your cell phone and notebook PC, etc, promising dozens of hours of use before recharging--suddenly nanotech will enable cell phones to rely on portable fuel cells (which themselves look like another bubble ready to burst, or at least explode...if you like carrying around live hand grenades, you'll love keeping a fuel cell in your pocket).
And since some companies are improving their lithium-ion batteries and calling +those+ fuel cells...and obviously, since batteries are made of molecules, and molecules are nano-sized, voila! Next year, expect batteries that are 10% better than this years', and expect them to be hailed as a nanotechnology breakthrough. Any molecules in car paint? Dental fillings? Don't thank me, thank nanotech.
Borges tells a story (originally by Kierkegaard?) of certain Danish clergymen who preach that a trek to the arctic will revive their parishoners' spiritual well-being. Later, realizing that not everyone is capable of travelling in the arctic, they announce that some other cold weather expedition will suffice. And eventually, they decree that any journey--a Sunday ride in a horse-and-buggy, perhaps--qualifies as the spiritual equivalent to travelling in the arctic.
If you don't get the point of that little homily...I have a hot tip on a nanotech investment for you.