According to the United Nations, close to a million species of plants and animals could disappear from the face of the earth in the next 50 years as a result of greenhouse gases being released primarily from motor vehicles. On 10 June 2006 over 53 cities across the world experience the naked joy of the world's largest naked protest against oil dependency and car culture in the history of humanity.
Worried about the dress code? Wonder if you can wear shoes?
Do not fear! The World Naked Bike Ride dress code is "As Bare As You Dare"... How bare is that? How dare is that? It's all up to you. You decide what you are comfortable with. No one is excluded or discriminated against based on levels of clothing, bodypaint, or anything else for that matter!
To learn more and find out if there's a ride near you (or to organize one), see worldnakedbikeride.org.
The Clothed: If you've had your head under a rock, or live in the USA, you might not know that the World Cup starts tomorrow. Most of the spectators and all of the players are expected to be clothed (though not this guy [caution: link leads to unabashed nudity] in Munich's English Gardens). The world's most global sporting even kicks off with host Germany playing Costa Rica. So all we can say is Viva Costa Rica! Viva Los Ticos! If Costa Rica (ranked #26) can pull off an upset against the big bad hosts (ranked #19), it's gonna be a wild ride!
You can find the full World Cup schedule at fifaworldcup.yahoo.com -- here in the US, all games will be on ABC, ESPN, or ESPN2. The better the USA does, the more games we can expect on ABC. Tomorrow's Christian Science Monitor has an article about American optimism in the World Cup. I'm not convinced that the US is ready to win it all, and they may even have a tough time getting through the first round against the Czech Republic, Italy, and Ghana (which the Monitor, backing off of the overused "Group of Death" label, is calling the "Group of Extreme Discomfort").
SoundRoots gets hits from all over the planet, so let's hear who is your favorite to win this World Cup. Brazil is an obvious favorite for obvious reasons. But only once has a non-European team won a World Cup hosted in Europe (that was Brazil, of course, in 1958). Could someone else pull that off, say Mexico? Will the Czechs live up to their #2 ranking? Someone we know (yes Andy, we're talking about you) is convinced that England will rise to the occasion this year. Yeah, right.
I'll be on the radio tomorrow morning, and will miss the opener. But SoundRoots will surely have more cultural observations as the World Cup progresses.
By the way, here in the Northwest we've got our own little soccer tournament to tout. The All Nations Cup is back for a fourth year, and it's bigger than ever, with teams representing 37 countries, and, new for this year, women's games organized by region. The tournament opens July 14 and concludes July 28. And it's not only soccer games; they've also organized cultural presentations and music concerts. Read all about it at allnationscup.org, or watch SoundRoots for more details.