Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Council of Europe

The Council of Europe is an organization of European countries first organized in 1949 with ten members (Belgium, Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom). Now they are numbering 47 and no country has entered the EU without first running this gauntlet. This week they are in the  news for their announcement that a current Prime Minister of Kosovo has a history of illegal organ transplant trafficking. http://www.focus-fen.net/index.php?id=n240450

Golden Gate park started out as an unmanageable stretch of sand dunes, squatters, and argumentative citizens, and as a future public space was labeled as "an impossible task" by Central Park creative giant Frederick Olmstead. But today GG park is an jewel in the SF rec and park crown. Epic for its museums, gardens and large open spaces, GGP is one of the most popular and heavily used public parks in the country. But it is in California. Does this mean there is no money to run it? SF P &R manages much more than just massive GGP, including Candlestick Park, and several community gardens, including Hayes Valley Farm. If you have never seen a freeway destroyed by an earthquake morph into a place of beauty and civic pride click here for more.



Virgina Wolfe's birthday 1898

Writer's Almanac poem from GK is a poem called Tuesday 9:30 AM

Rioting in Egypt
2 hung in Iran for broadcasting YouTube videos of protests
Revolution in Tunisia
Ivory Coast chocolate boycott
Council of Europe points the finger at Kosovo PM for organ trafficking

Gotta go find some good news...CYA

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