Getting Away from Mainstream Media and Finding the News That's Relevant

Written by Jesse S. Somer

If youíre anything like me you are really getting tired ofrepparttar mainstream mediaís one-voice-to-many analysis of life on Earth. First of all, itís just too negative! I read a survey recently that stated that fourteen out of fifteen newspaper and TV News stories had negative fear-based stories. I donít know about you, but if I look at my everyday life,repparttar 132360 amount of good and bad I experience seems to be much more balanced. Why doesrepparttar 132361 Ďbigí media think we all love hearingrepparttar 132362 dark side of things so much?

If you look at what news stories truly are in historical terms, it is a person sitting aroundrepparttar 132363 tribal campfire at night telling a tale to informrepparttar 132364 people both in wisdom and knowledge. In any tribe there were many storytellers, so different perspectives were always available torepparttar 132365 masses. Well, if you think todayís media sources are too monopolized in their power of authority overrepparttar 132366 stories we are told, thereís a new option for humanity. The answers and views we are seeking in our daily lives could lie inrepparttar 132367 Internet. This Internet thing really could berepparttar 132368 key for humanity to evolving into a species that thinks independently, leaving this age of fear behind.

Itís time to bypassrepparttar 132369 main media sources. Onrepparttar 132370 Web we can access non-profit news organizations, we can hear personal views of individuals in news forums and blogs, we can even express our own views on world issues as well as sharing our own personal experiences! With this newly accepted technology called RSS Readers we can start to getrepparttar 132371 type of information that we feel is most relevant to ourselves as individuals. It comes straight to us and then we can sort through it and decide which people and sources we want to hear from on a regular basis. This is awesome as it means we donít have to search through a bunch of stories that have little interest to us. It also means if we want to hear more positivism, we can pushrepparttar 132372 negative views out of our perceptions.

Some Villain Thoughts About a Container Village

Written by Iulia Pascanu

Preview: "Shipping containers" have yet nothing to do with "housing" in Romania. Is there any chance that they will soon? Belonging to Eastern European block, released in 1989 from communist oppression, Romania has already experienced 15 years of less and less stunning freedom.


I read a few articles about shipping container housing. It took me about five minutes to realize this subject makes your mind frolic endlessly on an imaginary (however not utopian) land. Those articles belong to some very respectable gentlemen (at least that wasrepparttar impression they made on me, at first reading) Ė that praise living in shipping containers.

Let's go cheap

A 40 foot-long shipping container could reach to $1,500-2,000. I started asking myself questions about how this subject could become a solution for homeless people in Romania (that's where I live), where flats cost (at least) $20,000. And they're not 40 foot-long.

Atrepparttar 132355 same time, Romania has a lot of peripheral categories:repparttar 132356 poor,repparttar 132357 old,repparttar 132358 young,repparttar 132359 unemployed,repparttar 132360 pitman,repparttar 132361 gypsy,repparttar 132362 orphan,repparttar 132363 student.

Could they benefit from this recent discovery that living in some kind of shoe-boxes can be really cool and trendy? I'll try to answer that.

A few advantages from a Romanian point of view: for peripherals it's cheap, for artists it's unconventionalrepparttar 132364 subject is quite green you can "camp" anywhere you want (Romania has not few spectacular landmarks)repparttar 132365 result you get using shipping containers can be anywhere between "plastic" and "platinum", practical and fantasy, serious and ludic - you can move your "house" around. At least that's what LOT/EK people are trying to prove by their "mobile dwelling unit" project. Earthquakes, floods and sliding land are some serious problems in Romania, so being able to leaverepparttar 132366 place at a snail's pace may be useful. - most Romanians live in blocks of flats that pretty much look like overcrowded shipping containers (and usually inadequate to modern standards: water supply, heating, insulation, comfort etc). Could shipping container houses actually mean a reasonable escape? Maybe, if they are properly transformed and adapted to living conditions. - A sad fact is that few Romanians actually haverepparttar 132367 possibility to pay $2,000 cash for a house-to-be. If you are not a Romanian 2007 could be, inrepparttar 132368 optimist version,repparttar 132369 year that Romania will join EU. Compared to Western standards, Romanian land properties are very cheap. Land-purchase conditions arerepparttar 132370 same for both Romanians and foreigners.

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