Diane Greenwood

Thinking about…

The Corporation

While we were away with some friends we watched this movie and there were some questions that I was researching and I found the ‘official website’ and it had some discussion questions that I thought got me thinking well. So I thought I would share. Enjoy!

Discussion Questions:

1. In what context can this film have the maximum impact?
a. Does the film have a polarizing effect?
b. Can it affect legislation and government regulations of business? How?

2. In a poll on our website, a majority of people suggest that the film convinces
them that corporate charters need to be revoked and the system rebuilt. Is
this plausible?
a. Can individuals within an organization overcome its inherent flaws?
b. Do you envision a return to earlier forms of business ownership and
management, or something entirely new?

3. Can capitalism and democracy co-exist?
a. How has the internet reshaped our democracy? How can it?
b. How can corporations be obliged to have a stake in the sharing of their
power, and in the social quality of their services?

4. In the film, the town of Arcata, CA (pop. 15,000) holds a forum on corporate
influence in their community, and they vote to keep all new chain restaurants
out. Can this happen in a major city?
a. What sacrifices does this action force the town to make?
b. What does it mean when a town votes not to recognize a corporation
as a “legal person”, and what are the implications of this vote?

5. The film depicts advertising companies focusing on efficient ways to
manipulate children into nagging their parents into buying their products, in a
study called “the nag factor”. How can parents shield their children from this
manipulation?
a. What are the potential dangers of a tv-free household?

Apple Pollination

So who knew apple pollination could be so involved. Firstly I was not aware of how many apple species there were. You only see the commercial stuff sitting on our produce shelves – Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Red Delicious!

Sometimes I love to remember and talk about “taking the apple” from the tree in Genesis, and maybe how we are given choices each day about temptations. How many of us take the ‘fruit’ each day?

Apples appear in many religious traditions, often as a mystical or forbidden fruit. One of the problems identifying apples in religion, mythology and folktales is that the word “apple” was used as a generic term for all (foreign) fruit, other than berries, but including nuts, as late as the 17th century.[11] 

Well, there is a lot more to the apple world and this is only a very small introduction to it. So the basics are that apples pollinate each other. They cannot pollinate themselves! Some species can pollinate to others and some can’t. Usually in a small environment i.e, the suburbs have enough trees between them that if you had an apple tree it could be pollinated by a neighbours one (who loves community?) The main source of this pollination are our little friends called bees (more about bees later). Some places introduce a pollinator if there are not enough bees present.

This explanation of pollination groups is the easiest to understand:

There are four to seven pollination groups in apples, depending on climate:

  • Group A – Early flowering, May 1 to 3 in England (Gravenstein, Red Astrachan)
  • Group B – May 4 to 7 (Idared, McIntosh)
  • Group C – Mid-season flowering, May 8 to 11 (Granny Smith, Cox’s Orange Pippin)
  • Group D – Mid/late season flowering, May 12 to 15 (Golden Delicious, Calville blanc d’hiver)
  • Group E – Late flowering, May 16 to 18 (Braeburn, Reinette d’Orléans)
  • Group F – May 19 to 23 (Suntan)
  • Group H – May 24 to 28 (Court-Pendu Gris) (also called Court-Pendu plat)

There are always heaps more information on the internet and in good books at the library. It is just good to know that the everything has a reason and a purpose, creation was designed to support itself, and how clever is that? Some of us are too busy with other man made problems to miss the beauty of natural design. Well done creator!