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Feral Cats in Jacksonville

May 17, 2007

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Thought of this after it came to my attention that someone is bringing kittens that need a home to Bizarre Market.  A feral cat had kittens under their home.

Inertia’s Joe Flowers pulled together this info for you all.

There are thousands of feral cats living and breeding in Jacksonville, thanks to our temperate climate and people who allow their unaltered pets to roam the streets looking for love. These animals generally live short, difficult lives -about 2 years on average- and the traditional model for dealing with feral cat populations has been “Catch and Kill”, which only makes room for more cats to come in and fill the niche left by captured cats.

feralcats31.jpgFortunately, there is an alternative. Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) has been shown to be an effective and humane way to control feral cat populations, and on July 20 and 21 The Humane Society of the United States will be offering a seminar in Jacksonville–Implementing a Communitywide Trap-Neuter-Release Program for Feral Cats.

You should attend this seminar if you are interested in helping out with local feral cat programs, or if you would like to learn how to maintain and protect your own feral colony. The program is sponsored by First Coast No More Homeless Pets and Jacksonville Animal Care and Control. It’s only $15 a day, OR $20 for BOTH days, and scholarships are available.  See the website for more information here.

Also check out Jacksonville’s No More Homeless Pets, and the services they offer for homeless pets and low-income pet owners, by going to fcnmhp.org. The place where they do the cheap or free spay/neutering is on Edison Ave in Riverside.

For more facts about feral cats and information on a city with a more pro-active / progressive Trap-Neuter-Release program go to feralcat.com. Many cities are implementing programs like this with amazing success!

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Patrick Hughes and Jon Resh.

April 12, 2007

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Patrick Hughes and Jon Resh will be at the downtown Jacksonville library next Sunday, April 22nd in a double shot of programming majesty.

Patrick Hughes has previously written for Thrasher, Jazziz and a number of other magazines. Pat will be plugging his soon-to-be released book, “Diary of Indignities.” The book is a collection of his blog writing, entitled Badnewshughes.

diary.jpgLibrary programmer Scott Adams says, “I don’t know what tales he will recreate, but if he tells the one about the bus that kidnapped kids and took ’em to church where he got kicked out for having a retarded kid kiss him, that’s worth coming downtown on a Sunday for, right there.”

After Pat’s talk, Jon will talk about his graphic design work, and will probably be all inspirational and stuff. Jon Resh who designed the book was a founding member of the Gainesville band Spoke, which was detailed in his book Amped. Since then, he’s started his own design company, called Undaunted, and has designed books for Krist Noveselic, Joe Meno, as well as several other books including the No Gods No Masters Anthology on AK Press. And a ton of band flyers and CD covers.

So come downtown to the air conditioning and hear some funny stories from some awesome people.

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Jacksonville’s Step It Up 2007 Events, and more…

April 11, 2007

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Scope this flyer! See you this Saturday.

Well you probably already read the article in Folio this week (which, if not, you should totally read asap! Owen Holmes is rockin!) –  and therefore you know that this Saturday is kind of a big day.

The topic of Global Warming is so big in fact that I saw that it made the cover of Time Magazine recently. (I’m sure it’s been on plenty of newsstands in various forms, I just noticed it while in line at Publix. And no, I didn’t BUY it, the library carries that magazine!)

And global warming is so misunderstood of topic that – a friend of mine recently mentioned how his mom asked him if he “believes” in global warming.  When he told her it’s been a topic he’s heard about for quite some time – like years – she was shocked. So apparently, even ‘yr mom’ may not know what’s up.

There are THREE individual events occurring Saturday, April 14th as part of Jacksonville’s participation in Step It Up 2007’s national day of climate change action.

10am: ALLTEL STADIUM. Step It Up press conference held by the National Wildlife Federation.

2pm: JCNI PANEL AND PUBLIC DIALOGUE ON CLIMATE CHANGE. At Riverside Presbyterian Day School.

5pm: RECEPTION AND CONCERT IN RIVERSIDE PARK. Featuring Teen Vogue Dot Com, Airport Factory, Joe Gaskins, Environmental Youth Crunch and Tubers!

And though not a Step It Up event, a nice way to end the day!…

8pm: AUTHOR/SPEAKER ALEXIS ZIEGLER will be speaking at Inertia. Check out our previous post about him here.

And the Public Library in all it’s wisdom (yes!) has an upcoming program titled “Global Warming: Crisis or Myth.”  From the Libraries website– “Lee McLane, Global Warming Messenger from the Al Gore Training Project, will speak on this timely topic, which is based on Al Gore’s book and movie An Inconvenient Truth.” Sounds awesome.  

That program is…
Monday, April 16 @ 6:00 PM.
Regency Square Branch Library
9900 Regency Square Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32225
(904) 726-5142

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April 14th Guest Speaker, Alexis Zeigler

March 15, 2007

cul.jpgOn April 14th, author and activist Alexis Zeigler will be speaking about activism, bartering, peak oil, global warming, and his new book, “Culture Change.” 

In “Culture Change,” Zeigler examines the political outcomes in the U.S. with the coming oil shortage and identifies the intersections between ecological devastation, the decline of civil liberties and political upheavals. Zeigler works extensively to promote green building and alternative energy systems.

Although nearly a month away, here’s some information on the author and links to some of his works and projects.  Hopefully you can bring some interesting points and questions to the discussion.  We will be posting an interview with Mr. Zeigler shortly.

His main site is here.
His barter site is here.
An audio interview with him is here.
Two articles he’s written are here.

FROM THE BACK COVER OF “CULTURE CHANGE”:
While we are daily witness to the powers of progress manifest in the extraordinary mechanical technologies we have developed in the industrial age, we remain woefully unaware of the most basic causes of social change in our society. Our lack of social awareness does not result from the difficulty of understanding social problems, it results from the active repression of such awareness.

The political resistance movements that developed in the twentieth century were adapted to conditions of economic growth. When an economy is growing, petitioning through political and legal means to assure increasing access to rights and wealth for traditionally
disenfranchised groups met with a measure of success, and that success was the foundation for further movement building. Those movements cannot, as they are currently structured, guide us through the coming age.

logocenter5.jpgMany of the problems that we see as having purely political roots are strongly influenced by economic and ecological factors. Social issues that may seem far apart, such as ecological stress and women’s rights for instance, have common roots. In the modern context, much of the political unraveling that we are witnessing can be understood in terms of the limitations of growth of modern industrialism.

The growth of fundamentalism and militarism, the decline of civil liberty and the environment, all of these problems are going to get worse if we do not find a new means to address them. There are real solutions to these problems, but they are going to involve a quantum leap, both in thought and in action, beyond our current methods of political engagement. The solutions themselves are not even terribly difficult, they are simply well outside of our current range of vision and will.