Weekend Reading 11/1/13

Movie night with Sightline, a car-less celeb, and more.
This post is 129 in the series: Weekend Reading

Serena

The award-winning documentary “Elemental” is coming to Seattle November 14—that is, if they can sell 49 more tickets by next Thursday, November 7. The film tells the story of three individuals around the globe fighting three different climate and pollution battles. Check out the trailer, and buy your ticket:

BONUS: Sightline’s own Alan Durning will be introducing the film and moderating a small panel discussion afterward with Bellingham Council Member Cathy Lehman, an inspiring young leader and vocal coal export opponent.

Eric

Roger Annis deserves an audience south of the border. His careful analysis of the Canadian fossil fuel industry is best-in-class. I particularly encourage everyone embroiled in fossil fuel exports to read his recent piece in the Vancouver Observer about oil train derailments and petro-politics north of the 49th parallel.

If you’re in Washington and still deciding how to vote on Initiative 522, check out The Stranger’s excellent depiction of the “yes” and “no” donor lists. What more is there to say about the influence of money in politics?

Evidence that white collar criminals do no worse in prison than other inmates. In fact, they actually do better in some respects.

And last but not least, don’t say I didn’t warn you. Making love to a sea otter isn’t all it’s cracked up to be:

Strange as it may seem, mating is a relatively common cause of death for female sea otters as well. Male sea otters typically grasp the female from behind and bite her face, and this rough behavior was associated with the deaths of about 11 percent of dead sea otters discovered between 2000 and 2003. Still, the attempts to mate with seals requires an explanation.

It get worse—much worse—from there.

Alan

You can now always find the answer to one of life’s more persistent questions: “How many people are in space right now?”

Teen culture moment: as my daughter pointed out to me, “Regina George doesn’t own a car.”

Anna

Here’s some post-Halloween creepiness: What lurks in your average household dust bunny (and, also, the menaces in your grocery receipts, canned goods, bacon and eggs, fruit, pots and pans, drinking water, couch…)?

I wrote this week about how the environmentalist identity is a turn off and I read somewhere else the other day that climate change is considered by most Americans to be a political issue, not a scientific one. Then I tried to get through Naomi Klein’s new piece on how science is telling us all to revolt. I love her and I agree, but it’s hard not to feel a bit defeated by all of it. So, for a bit of relief from the partisanship and division, Treehugger brings you 26 Things We Can All Agree On—mostly in compelling and hilarious images. Well done.

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