To try to win hearts and minds, people, organizers, governments choose words, phrases and images that resonate with the cause and with the audience. It’s not nearly enough to have facts and figures and science as all of those can be and have been manipulated and corrupted. Framing is done subtly so that people often don’t realize what’s happening unless they’re attuned to it, are probably wordmeisters, and can spot it. It’s a bit like Psy Ops (Psychological Operations).
Whether you are looking for an old friend you've lost contact with over the years, or if you just simply need to find someone's phone number or address, there are many ways of acquiring this information via the world wide web. Information on a person that at one time, could only be obtained by hiring a pricey investigator can now be found on the internet in just minutes.
We just wrapped up our Summer Youth Employment Program and have plans to hire a youth assistant during the Fall and Spring. We have begun to erect a smaller hoophouse for storing our transplants and the larger greenhouse will be converted into a more intensive,extended season growing space.
Varick, the portion of land behind Tudor St that we lease from the City of Binghamton, has begun development. Our 2012 summer youth crew built sheet mulched beds and bio-intensive beds that will provide more growing space in the spring.
Our farm stand is growing as well! Every Wednesday from 4-6pm we sell freshly harvested vegetables and get to meet more and more of our neighbors. Some of the produce
Binghamton Pride Coalition, the organizing group for LGBTQ* Pride Month in the City of Binghamton, is pleased to announce its upcoming events, which include our Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser in October, and a new offering of community networking mixers to be held monthly at various local bars and restaurants beginning in August.
The Spaghetti Dinner will take place on Saturday, October 6, 5-8 pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Binghamton, 183 Riverside Drive. Offerings include pasta with fabulous homemade sauce (vegetarian, or with meatballs), salad, bread, beverage, and dessert. Tickets are $8 adults, $5 seniors/college students/kids 12 and up. Children under 12 eat free.
The Binghamton Pride Coalition’s Mix-it-up Monthly events offer an evening out for the community to mingle and support local LGBTQ-friendly establishments. Our first mixer will take place on Tuesday, August 28 at Water Street Brewing Company, 168 Water Street in Binghamton. Please join us for a soft or hard drink, light fare, and get to know your community. Allies welcome! Future gatherings will take place at the Lost Dog Café on Thursday, October 25, and Tranquil Bar and Bistro on Tuesday, November 13. Learn about additional dates and venues by joining our Facebook page or by visiting our website.
According to organizers, “While our primary focus is on producing educational and cultural events during June Pride Month, we are thrilled to expand the chances for the Binghamton community to celebrate the diversity of its local LGBTQ communities. Please visit our website binghamtonpride.org or join us on Facebook for details.”
The Binghamton Pride Coalition is an organization of LGBTQ individuals, groups and allies established in 2005. The Coalition works to end oppression based upon sexuality and gender, promotes pride and visibility, and celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer lives, communities, and cultures in the greater Binghamton area.
For further information on the Binghamton Pride Coalition, please join our Facebook page or visit our website: www.binghamtonpride.org.
*Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer
Large format photographs of these two happy people were spotted in various places in Binghamton. The images were stuck to abandoned building or graffiti scarred walls. If you have information about this guerilla art project, contact email@example.com.
We are at a point now where New York State is deciding whether or not to frack for gas, and if they decide to allow it only the five counties of Broome, Tioga, Chenango, Steuben and Chemung will be drilled. Some people are calling this plan for the area a Demonstration Project, while other people are saying it makes the area a Sacrifice Zone. But while everyone is waiting to see which side will win, depending on whether drilling happens or not, I am starting to think that neither side can really win.
Both sides sincerely want to build an economy with jobs and a bright future but the fact is that neither side can build such an economy without the other side being a part of it. Battles might be won but the war will be lost. Rather than waste any more time on a tug-of-war I have been thinking lately about what both sides really want, to see if there is a way to get the most people pulling the rope in the same direction. On one hand there are people with a lot of land who want to get into the business of creating energy. On the other hand are a lot of people who want to buy energy, but it has to be energy that does no more damage to the planet. It is actually a perfect partnership that is just waiting for an idea to bring them together.
Here’s an idea: the rural landowners of these five counties should get into the energy business and sell the type of energy that the majority of their customers want, in order to maximize profits. That energy, the one that solves the problem of empty land no longer making money and the increasingly real problems of a hot Earth, is solar energy. There is a new phrase being used to describe large areas around the world being devoted to large arrays of solar panels- a solar park.
A date has been set for a discussion of the book Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity--A Community Resilience Guide by Michael Shuman. Peg Johnston put out a call for people to read this book "because the missing piece for development of Binghamton is often the lack of capital--there has to be ways for ordinary people to invest locally."
This will be the kickoff for a new community gathering, the Binghamton Cabaret, styled after the Science Cabaret. Topics relating to Binghamton development will be offered for open discussion, regularly on the Third Tuesday of the month (with changes for holidays) at the Lost Dog Cafe Violet Room. David Sloan Wilson of the Binghamton Neighborhood Project and David Currie of BRSC invite the public to the Binghamton Cabaret.
Participants may have dinner at the Lost Dog ahead of the meeting or just attend the meeting at 7:30pm
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, legislated by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in 2010, has produced a bitter birth control brouhaha. "Diametrically opposed worldviews about the nature and purpose of human sexuality," as activist Gloria Feldt puts it*, have created a battleground out of equitable access to reproductive care, family planning, and thus, women’s bodies. There has been a lot of debate about whether mandating all employers, including religious ones, to provide health insurance that covers contraception is a religious freedom issue, a health care issue, or a women's rights issue. All of these important topics play a role, and how the controversy is framed greatly affects the discussion. In the first few months after this issue became news, another overarching issue was touched on in some articles but I didn't see it actually named. That topic is Reproductive Justice.
Attention Chenango Area Gardeners and Growers,
Late Blight has been confirmed on tomatoes in a garden in the eastern portion of the Town of Norwich.
Late Blight is a disease of tomatoes and potatoes. It moves quickly within and between gardens and can devastate whole crops within days. Dark lesions form on the stems and leaves, and eventually the fruit. These lesions look “watery” and have no yellow margin. Drought stress can look similar. To see images of Late Blight and some look a-like diseases please go to
If you believe you have Late Blight, please submit a sample to the Cornell Plant Diagnostic Clinic. Call or see the website for sample packing and handling.