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“According to Professor Slovic, human psychology is such that it may be more useful to show the world a picture of a single Darfuri refugee than dwell on the big numbers. It’s not that we don’t care about Darfur’s hundreds of thousands of displaced and killed – we’re just unable to comprehend the scale of the suffering, he says. The numbers are tragic beyond the scope of imaginable tragedy, and therefore we feel powerless to help.”

What do you think, would it be better to not flood people with how much suffering is really going on, or show only one or two hurting people?

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While clicking links on different sites I came across 70*7 and have fell in love with what this company is doing. Here’s a little bit about them and a plug to check out their site.

“It is our mission at 70 Star 7 to see the world positively impacted by giving to charities and our individual communities using creativity as the platform.”

Our Mission

“In the case of a limited edition shirt, each artist donates a shirt design to be used in a limited edition printing of 70 shirts. Once a individual shirt design has sold out, the profits get distributed like this:

$1050.00 goes to…
a charity of the artists choice.

$70.00 goes to…
someone in need, that the artist knows within their own community.”

Name: Tyler Odom

Band: Cassino

What’s your story for being in a band? How did you come to have a career in music?

I’ve always had a strong interest in music for as long as I can remember. I got my first guitar at about the age of 11 and that’s really when I started playing music. Nick and I met when I was 13 and we started playing in bands together around that time. Eventually it led to the both of us being in Northstar and now Cassino. Though, I’m still not exactly sure if I would call it a career.

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So we mentioned the Playstation 3 was donating some of it’s processor cycles to cure causes such as cancer while not being used to play games. Apparently the PS3 is as powerful of 10 computers doing the same job. The PS3 has just recently jumped into the humanitarian game and is already leading the way. Want more info, check it out here

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Check out this cool website www.alertnet.org

They have the tag line “Alerting Humanitarians to Emergence”

It’s a nice resource, but what are some other ones? What are the ways you find out about things that are going on in this world?

I often find out about charities and organizations and get caught up in it real fast thinking, “Ya this is what we really need to get involved in and change in the world”. I can’t decide which is the most important cause we should be fighting, aren’t all important?

It seems like everyone is fighting for your dollars so they can do something to change the world. I for one never know which one to choose or which one will do the most good. We have a bunch on our “Make a difference” page, so what I would recommend is finding one that tugs at your heart and then focus on that one. Other people will choose other ones and get involved where they feel the need so commit and trust that all these causes will find the support they need from people care about the cause.

Name: Tim McDonald

Band: Broken Poets

What’s your story for being in a band? How did you come to have a career in music?
I think when I started writing songs it was a way for me to vent whatever teenage confusion I had going on at the time. From there it’s morphed into so many different stages of expression, I’ve lost count. Some good, some bad, some very bad, but it’s always been a part of my life for sure. Career? Oh yeah, I’m still working towards that.

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Name: Robb Vallier

Band: Grandville

What’s your story for being in a band?
Well, I’ve been playing with other musicians since I was 11, and when you make a lot of music with someone there becomes this bond, which is tighter than any girlfriend or normal buddy you hang out with. I think after you experience that kind of bond you can feel quite empty without it. I’ll be in a band till I die! We are all very close and it’s nice to have a common goal and be excited about the same things with a group!

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DARE NOT WALK ALONE UNCOVERS THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE “WAR OF IDEAS” IN ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA THAT LED TO THE PASSAGE OF THE FIRST CIVIL RIGHTS BILL ON JULY 2ND 1964…AND THE CONTINUED WAR 40 YEARS LATER WHERE “WE ARE STILL LOSING LIVES EVERYDAY””

Has anyone seen this film? I ran across this and was curious to hear feedback on it. Sounds interesting, I’ll have to check it out.

You can watch the trailer and find out more Here

“El Hierro, one of the smallest of Spain’s Canary Islands, is to receive 100 percent of its electricity supply from renewable energy sources, the Madrid government said Tuesday.

As part of a plan through to 2009, El Hierro will soon be able to rely on a combination of hydroelectricity and wind power to generate its electricity, the industry ministry said.”

This stuff about alternative fuel and power sources is not something we post about regularly but I think it is important. I for one often forget or sometimes just don’t care about pollution because frankly when it’s bad enough to be a real problem I’ll be long gone. I know that sucks to say but I’m sure alot of people think the same way, even though it’s not right.

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