Black Oil, Blue Water and Green Festivals

Holy Waters: The Batman movie currently shooting in Hong Kong, “The Dark Knight” scrapped a scene in Victoria Harbor when the waters were determined too toxic for even the masked crusader (played by Christian Bale) to jump into. With salmonella and tuberculosis floating among the hazardous residential runoff and industrial pollution, perhaps the next Batman installment could have Bruce Wayne’s alter-ego battle a nefarious pollutocrat instead of the Joker… 

This past weekend’s Artivist Awards honored Ted Danson, Alyssa Milano and Claes Nobel at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, as a “shining example of one person’s ability to change the world for the better.” Though the organization paid tribute to Daryl Hannah in 2006, the activist/actress boycotted the November 12 event because Artivist accepted sponsorship from Petrobas, Brazil’s oil company, under scrutiny for drilling in the Yasuni National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Joining Hannah, Martin O’Brien, director of the documentary “Justice Now,” about the Chevron/Texaco toxic dump in the Ecuadorian rainforest, pulled his film from premiering at the organization’s film festival. Funding is tricky business for a cause merging art and activism…  

Music to My Ears: Linkin Park’s “Music for Relief” efforts with American Forests’ tree-planting gathered over 60 items for an online auction to benefit those affected by the Southern California wildfires. The eBay listings, open through Wednesday, 11/15, boast autographed instruments, concert tickets and stuff from Dave Matthews, Van Halen, Rob Zombie, Aerosmith, and Maroon 5. So why is Josh Groban’s cymbal going for more than $1K with signed Stratocasters only getting bids of a couple hundred? Linkin Park’s initiative started out raising $2 million for tsunami victims and continued with Hurricane Katrina…  

Also helping out the needy devastated by the wildfires, soccer star David Beckham and the Galaxy raising funds in a game with “Hollywood United FC,” a team of actors (including Australia’s Anthony LaPaglia) and former World Cup players… 

Now who will join efforts to clean up the Bay area’s dreadful oil spill which fouled up beaches and drenched seabirds in thick goo – ironically days before the city’s Green Festival…or the latest disaster during a Black Sea storm, when a cargo ship dumped 1.3 million gallons of oil off the Ukrainian coast? 

On a Lighter Note: Radiohead’s new album In Rainbows has been self-released and is downloadable - without record label or packaging. Check out frontman Thom Yorke’s blog for some interesting eco-oriented links… 

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To the question of why a cymbal belonging to Josh Groban is going for 10 times more than other celebs' guitars.......Josh's fans (Grobanites) have a positive reputation of lovingly supporting any charity that Josh names.

People continue to be surprised that Josh has such a huge and loyal fan base. But why not...he's an incredibly talented man who comes by his press without a trail of garbage and trash. He's earned his reputation with class!

Long after the flash and bling of the latest less-than-talented entertainers have wasted their money and youth on self-indulgent ways, Josh will be still be singing, acting and giving his best as an entertainer and philanthropist.

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