The One Sky One World festival and John McConnell have worldwide attention to their message in common. Around the world, citizens of the world participate in flying kites on the second Sunday in October as a way to celebrate world peace. According to their purpose stated on the website, "One Sky One World promotes annual activities in concurrence with events in hundreds of locations around the world on the Second Sunday of Every October utilizing the multi-cultural symbol of the kite and the ocean of air that we all share."On the front page. They covered One Sky last issue too.
And what a coinkydink: there's a guest editorial by John McConnell. "A Global Call To Action":
Here's one of McConnell's recommendations for action:
We are now in the greatest global crisis in human history. It is imperative the whole human family mobilize for a moral equivalent of World War II.
In our past wars we forgot our differences and joined in heroic efforts to kill our enemies [note sincere tone]. Killing will no longer stop killing. Now we must join in an all-out effort to eliminate the causes of war.
All people who receive this message are urged to quickly choose what they will do. [He thinks he's that silver-suited gink in The Day the Earth Stood Still]. Think about it, talk about it, pray about it--and then act.
Every radio and TV station should program a daily "Minute for Peace." A voice would state, "In this minute for peace let us join our hearts and minds, each in our own way, with faith and commitment to peaceful actions today and every day."
This would be followed by the sound of a Peace Bell and appropriate music.
This week Crime Beat recruits neighborhood snitches in a piece titled, "Nuisance Abatement: The importance of calling police and requesting to see an officer." Biscuit crux:
People in the community have voiced concerns about having police respond to their homes because they are afraid of retaliation.
We damn well better be. But Lt. Donna Starr-Gimeno has the solution:
Officers have cell phones in the police cars and can contact you by phone. Moreover, you can request the police officers meet you at a public place away from your home so there is no connection with police response and the person who called.
Here's a list of the "Public Nuisance Offenses" they want us to call about:
Guess which offenses the Drunkablog personally has committed and win a new car! As soon as the Drunkablog can find a child prostitute to steal one! Which won't take long!
Prostitution, Gambling, Controlled Substances, Theft by Receiving, Drug Paraphernalia, Child Prostitution, Sexual Exploitation of Children, Disturbing the Peace, Weapons, Gang-Related Criminal Activity, Drive-By Crime, Sale of Alcohol Beverage to Minor or Intoxicated Person, Sale of Alcohol Beverage without Valid License, Transportation of Storage of [sic] Stolen Goods, Storage or Concealment of Weapon Used in Criminal Act, Eluding of Police, Speed Contests, Habitual Traffic Offenders, Sexual Assaults or Attempted Sexual Assualts & Indecent Exposure.
Update: The trivia section of the wiki for The Day the Earth Stood Still is pretty interesting:
[Director] Robert Wise once joked in a seminar at the USC film school that he originally wanted to entitle the film "The Day the Electricity Went Off for Half an Hour" (which is a literally accurate description of the story.)