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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Don't Blame the Brits -- Follow their lead

The news from the gulf is devastating, and the absence of genuine leadership in this crisis is pathetic. Pray? Really? I'm still mulling over that one.

Okay, that's off my chest.

Now here's my point: Don't blame the British people due to corporate malfeasance (CM). We've got plenty of our own CM right here in the USA, and as I've pointed out before, we've got a huge energy-corporations-induced drinking water problem brewing right now thanks to the natural gas extraction industry.

We in the theater ought to take a look at two stories about our British counterparts and realize that those folks are light years ahead of us.

Here's a story about the Arcola Theatre in London, which powers its lighting grid with a hydrogen fuel cell. You remember fuel cells, right? Those thingies that the corporate media and energy industry perception managers tell us won't work, and if they do it would be decades before the technology would have practical applications. So much for that line of bovine excrement. And this story is 2 and a half years old!

Here's a story about a theater that being built in London entirely out of recycled materials. Okay, it's a temporary structure, apparently, but so what. How often do you hear about these sorts of initiatives in the New York theater scene, or elsewhere in America. Mainly what you hear about is not-for-profit theater admins kissing corporate butt to get money.

Bravo for the Brits! And Boycott BP!

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