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Sunday, September 5th, 2010
7:14 pm
Researching Social Networking Sites

My name is Dr. Dustin Harp, a professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas, and I’m inviting people to take a quick survey about how individuals use social networking sites, including for civic and political activism. By completing the survey you will be helping improve understanding of the uses and significance of social media. The survey should take approximately 15 minutes. 


If you have questions, email dustinharp@mail.utexas.edu and please repost this message. Thanks! ;)

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
8:44 am
Good news for Progressives! Bad news for Blue Dogs!
Hurray for Joe Sestak!  At last, the real Progressives are being given a chance!  And goodbye to Magic-Bullet, New World Order Arlen Specter!  If it were for his trashing of Anita Hill, we prolly would never have had a Supreme Court willing to install an ass like George Bush into office.  I'd like to think that Obama only supported Specter because the NWO had a gun to his head, but, no...

Hurray for Rand Paul!  Yes, a Tea-Partier wins in Kentucky.  He wants to reign in the Fed - but the bad news is that he also wants to end SSI.  But in red States, it's good to have Tea-Partiers elected in the Primaries, because it makes it easier for Democrats to win in the actual fall elections.  And that's true for populist progressives as well as for blue dogs.  So, progressive democrats should be targetting the Tea Bagger Belt, which runs from SC, through KY, Arkansas, OK/KS, and down to AZ - but also includes VA, TN, AL, FL, LA, TX, MO, MN, and NV.  So - I've got an idea: We all add LJ friends in those states, especially to our communities, and we try to influence those states though LJ!  Serious!  Can't hurt!

The news could have been a little better in Arkansas, where a runoff is resulting from the race between Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln and progressive challenger Bill Halter - but still, it's an improvement.  Halter could still win - and should, if Destiny reads like a Horatio Alger novel.

Through out Connecticut Democratic candidate for Senator, Richard Blumenthal! He lied about serving in Vietnam. That's a big-time lie, when he's running against a Vietnam Vet - for the seat being vacated by Chris Dodd, who has severely disappointed all progressives and most Dems in the state. I have also lost all respect for Dodd. I don't know what it is about politicians in Connecticut - they are such sleezes in powdered wigs. It's prolly because they are controlled by big money and the Yale wing of the NWO.

But the best news comes from the other race in Western Pennsylvania - where Mark Critz won a Congressional race, suggesting that the Dems, not the Cons, will be winning Congress in the next election, provided fingers are crossed... http://www.startribune.com/politics/94218974.html

And hurray for Miss Oklahoma for, on FOX, not accepting the right-wing talking point that she lost because she supported the anti-immigration law in Az.

And hurray for two other people - but I forgot who they are!
Sunday, February 7th, 2010
6:28 pm
Anne & Michael & Cindy & Meghan
Ann & Michael Hathaway
Actress Anne Hathaway (of Brokeback Mountain and The Devil Wears Prada) has revealed that, after her brother, Michael, came out as gay, her family basically excommunicated themselves from the Catholic Church, and most of them have since taken up with the Episcopalians.

Anne, who is a longtime GLBTQI rights supporter, said basically that she cannot support a church that cannot support her "beloved brother" (Anne's words).

Anne and the rest of the Hathaway clan may have ditched Catholicism but Anne, herself, apparently is in no hurry to find a pew with a more gay-friendly view, saying that--where faith is concerned--she is ...a work in progress.

I know whereof you speak, my sister!

Cindy & Megan behind the cutCollapse )
Thursday, January 7th, 2010
6:51 pm
Watch Out! Here Come The Chickens!

This is my first (and hopefully not last) post to the LJ community. From what I can see, it looks like I might feel at home here! :-)

I don't get to use the word schadenfreude anywhere near enough, because I just don't usually get my kicks out of someone else's misfortune, but I can genuinely say that this bit of news made me giggle like a schoolgirl! It really couldn't happen to a more deserving guy than John McCain's BFF!

I believe this is what farmers would call a case of chickens coming home to roost!
Thursday, October 22nd, 2009
10:24 am
Environmental Event
Hi all! I just wanted to give people in the central Florida area a heads up about a cool event that's going to be happening at the University of Central Florida. If this violates any of this community's guidelines, please feel free to let me know. Thanks!

Here's the info:

In February, Power Shift 09 brought 12,000 young people to Washington to hold our elected officials accountable for rebuilding our economy and reclaiming our future through bold climate and clean energy policy.

As an attendee, I can say it was an amazing experience to see so many young people come together for climate change.

This week, Power Shift '09 is coming to Florida and 5 other regions across the country.

Hundreds of activists from all backgrounds working to bring about a better future will come together to discuss the global environmental challenges we face and the actions we can take to solve these issues.

The conference will engage attendees in two days of workshops, panel discussions, trainings and lobbying activities. The Energy Action Coalition includes 50 leading climate, energy and social justice organizations.

The cost is only 20 bucks.

Here are the details for Florida Power Shift:

Power Shift Florida
Friday October 23 - Sunday October 25

UCF Arena
University of Central Florida
50 North Gemini Blvd
Orlando, FL 32816

Click here to sign up for Power Shift Florida.

If you're no longer in Florida, you can find a Power Shift near you at: http://www.powershift09.org/Regional

Thanks so much!
Wednesday, July 8th, 2009
10:55 pm
Gay Men Face Discrimination Over Kiss in El Paso
A group of gay men are claiming they were subject to unfair treatment at the Chico's Taco's restaurant chain in El Paso, Texas. Two of the men were kissing, and were told to leave by security guards.

Full story and ways to take action: http://queersunited.blogspot.com/2009/07/gay-men-face-discrimination-over-kiss.html
4:12 pm
Mountain Keepers July 4th Celebration Invaded by Thugs

A peaceful 4th of July cookout hosted by the Mountain Keepers was joined by a dozen or so drunken goons who proceeded to threaten women and children on behalf of their beloved mountaintop removal corporation.  Like the Pinkertons of a hundred years ago, these people are proof that too many Americans are happy to turn on their fellow citizens for a few bucks.

Monday, May 25th, 2009
7:02 am
Seventeen Arrested Saturday; Six Remain in Jail for Opposition to Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

MAY 24, 2009
CONTACT: Sludge Watch Collective 304-854-7372

Rep. Hechler: Keep Hellraising!

Seventeen Arrested Saturday; Six Remain in Jail for Opposition to Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining and Coal Sludge Impoundments; $2000 Cash Bail ‘Unprecedented”

COAL RIVER VALLEY, W.Va.— Seventeen volunteers were arrested Saturday in a three-part civil disobedience action in the continuing movement to end mountaintop removal. Six are still in the Southern Regional Jail as their supporters try to raise the $2,000 cash-only bail a Raleigh County magistrate says is needed for their release.

“This is an unprecedented and extremely punitive bail situation,” Mountain Justice volunteer Ivan Stiefel said. “We can’t even use a bondsman. We need $18,000 cash, on a holiday weekend, to get everyone out of jail. We are asking everyone to go to mountainjustice.org and respond to this outrage by donating to our legal fund.”

Allies of those arrested plan to hold vigils outside the magistrate’s office until they are all released.

The civil disobedience actions were carried out by community members, Mountain Justice and Climate Ground Zero volunteers, and others. Former Congressman Ken Hechler, 94, was among those protesting at noon yesterday at the gate to the Massey Energy’s Marfork Coal facility, where the massive Brushy Fork coal sludge dam is built. He tried to cross onto Massey Energy property in solidarity, but the West Virginia State Police refused to arrest him. They did, however, arrest seven others who crossed onto Massey property. Four remain in the Southern Regional Jail.

In the week leading up to these actions, many of the same volunteers helped people in Mingo County clear their homes of debris from the recent floods. In one of the first actions Saturday, before dawn, eight people walked onto the Patriot Coal-owned section of the 12,000-acre-plus Kayford Mountain mountaintop removal site. After hanging a banner reading “Never Again!” on the grill of a giant dump truck, they locked themselves to guardrails and the driveshaft of the truck. State Police took the eight to the Madison County Courthouse, where they were charged with trespass and conspiracy and released for future court appearances.

“We locked down at the Kayford mountaintop removal site with mud from the Mingo County floods on our boots, and now, with the dusty remains of Kayford Mountain on our boots, we stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers still jailed for their actions to oppose mountaintop removal” the Kayford Eight Mountain Justice volunteers said.

Also before dawn Saturday, two women donned hazmat suits and respirators and boated onto the 8-billion-gallon Brushy Fork toxic coal slurry lake to unfurl a 60-foot floating banner reading, “No more toxic sludge!” They were charged with trespass and littering, and both remain in the Southern Regional Jail, with $2000 cash needed for their release.

“This is absurd. How can you litter on a giant toxic waste dump?” asked volunteer Cente Rosa. “Massey Energy has a permit to blast within 100 feet of this impoundment, which sits atop a honeycomb of abandoned deep mines. That’s the criminal activity!”

For more information, photos, or to find out how you can help, please visit the following sites:



Please forward this information widely if you care about these issues.
List serves, mspace, facebook, LJ, and twitter, oh my... :D

Current Mood: annoyed
Monday, March 30th, 2009
1:46 pm
Sundays of Solidarity
Between May 17 and June 28, 2009, groups of LGBT and allied people around the country will attend worship services at a church of their choice - a church that is not welcoming and affirming of openly LGBT members and guests. Each group will wear a lapel button that reads "gay? fine by me." For less formal churches we also have a t-shirt with this message. The lapel button (or t-shirt) serves as a conversation starter - opening dialogue with people in the church about faith, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

When that visible act of courage is paired with adequate training, then transforming hearts and minds becomes a bona fide possibility. That's why we've designed a three-part teleconference course and a resource webpage that covers the essentials of Nonviolent communication, Media talking points, and What both the Bible and science really say about homosexuality. Training teleconferences will be held on April 19, April 26, and May 3 at 4pm CST. To register for the trainings go to http://www.soulforce.org/moodle/login/index.php and enter your information.

We hope you will consider organizing a Sundays of Solidarity project in your area. It simply involves choosing a church in your area that could benefit from an SOS visit, using your contact list to recruit others to join you, attending the teleconference training sessions, and then organizing your group to take action on one of the Sundays between May 17 and June 28, 2009. To purchase a lapel button or t-shirt, please visit http://finebyme.org/sos.html.

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009
8:31 am
Van Jones appointed as new mew white house "green jobs" advisor!
March 10, 2009
Author-activist tapped as White House 'green' jobs adviser

Author and activist Van Jones will serve as a special White House adviser for "green" jobs, enterprise and innovation.

Jones, 40, will work within the Council on Environmental Quality, which coordinates President Obama's climate, energy and other environmental policy initiatives with federal agencies.

"Van Jones has been a strong voice for green jobs, and we look forward to having him work with departments and agencies to advance the president's agenda of creating 21st century jobs that improve energy efficiency and utilize renewable resources," CEQ Chairwoman Nancy Sutley said in a written statement last night.

Jones, a Yale Law School graduate and veteran human rights and environmental activist, participated last month in the first meeting of the White House Task Force on Middle-Class Working Families. The panel, convened by Vice President Joe Biden, focused on how the public sector can create "green-collar" jobs such as installing solar panels and retrofitting inefficient buildings (E&ENews PM, Feb. 27).

Jones urged Biden and other administration officials who participated in the Philadelphia panel to use the $787 billion economic stimulus to provide training for such jobs, which cannot be outsourced. Economically depressed areas should be a priority, he underscored.

"Let's green the ghetto first," Jones said to applause.

Jones will now help shape the administration's energy and climate initiatives, with special emphasis on improvements and economic opportunities in vulnerable communities, CEQ officials said.

Jones, who could not be reached for comment, is the author of the 2008 book "The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems" and the co-founder of the Oakland, Calif.-based Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. Most recently, he served as a senior fellow with the Center for American Progress, an influential think tank in Washington, D.C.

Joe Romm, a current Center for American Progress senior fellow and former assistant energy secretary during the Clinton administration, called Jones a "tireless" advocate for green-collar jobs in inner cities.

"He pushed this issue when no one was interested in it," Romm added.

Jones' candor and talent for firing up audiences will help in his new job, Romm posited.

"A big part of these bully pulpit jobs is selling ideas inside and outside of the administration," he said. "Selling is one of his strong suits."

Jones, who does not need Senate confirmation, will start his new job March 16, a CEQ spokeswoman said.

Copyright 2009 E&E Publishing. All Rights Reserved.

For more news on energy and the environment, visit www.greenwire.com.


Current Mood: THRILLED!
Saturday, February 7th, 2009
3:25 am
Maureen Mullarkey controversy

I have a low opinion of people who lack integrity-- especially artists who lack integrity in regards to their art and the message they convey within it. There is nothing worse than an artist who promotes an idea visually when in reality he or she does not support the message that he or she is conveying to viewers. I learned from Edward Winkleman’s blog that another artist has been exposed for lack of integrity within the context of her art-- that artist is, Maureen Mullarkey. She has made a career as a gay rights advocate and has sold painting after painting involving aspects of the gay community. Turns out she donated $1,000 to Proposition 8 and has since stated that gay marriage is against nature and civilization. As far as I'm concerned her work has lost all validity.

Here is my post about it: http://www.myartspace.com/blog/2009/02/paintings-by-maureen-mullarkey-are.html

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009
3:25 am
press release: FP&L opponents go to jail; FORWARD WIDELY <3
Opponents of Florida Power and Light- GO TO JAIL!
South Florida environmentalist sentenced to 60 days and 30 days in the
Palm Beach County Jail for protesting FPL

Who: Opponents of Florida Power and Light’s West County Energy Center
What: Discuss the excessive sentencing of Lynne Purvis and Panagioti Tsolkas
Where: At the Main Entrance to the Palm Beach County Jail on Gun Club Road
When: 8:30 AM

Palm Beach County, FL- After being found guilty of misdemeanor trespassing, blocking traffic in an act of civil disobedience during the February 2008 protest against Florida Power Light’s West County Energy Center, Lynne Purvis and Panagioti Tsolkas are sentenced to 30 and 60 days in jail.

During their court case, Purvis and Tsolkas argued that the environmental damages caused by FPL’s power plant necessitated non- violent civil disobedience. Scientist

Dr. John van Leer and Dr. Sydney Bachus testified in defense of Purvis and Tsolkas, arguing that the completion of the FPL West County Energy Center could lead to higher levels of Mercury in the Loxahatchee Preserve area and aquifer contamination; in addition to the acceleration of global warming. The State Attorney’s Office contested the environmentalists’ claims, arguing that proposed power plant impact on global warming was not an imminent threat.

Once open, the Florida Power and Light West County Energy Center will be the largest fossil fuel burning power plan in the United States, emitting twelve million tons of potentially toxic carbon emissions and dispensing 13.5 million gallons of contaminated water into Florida’s aquifer every year.

In addition to jail, Judge Johnson sentence restrains Purvis and Tsolkas from coming within 500 feet of FPL property. Both remain committed to protecting Palm Beach County’s natural resources.

Co-defendant Russell McSpadden responded to the Judge’s sentence stating, “The FPL West County Energy Center poses an imminent and severe threat to our quality of life in Palm Beach County. We are dissapointed with the Judge’s decision to jail environmental activists who took action to stop FPL from contaminating the air and water of Palm Beach County. We believe during this time of global climate change that average citizens must step up and take action to address the impacts large corporations are having on our environment. ”

For More Information:

Russell McSpadden

Palm Beach County Environmental Coalition

Friday, January 23rd, 2009
6:48 pm
Thursday, January 22nd, 2009
2:26 pm
Bolivia to Vote on New Consitution With Abortion Rights, and Protections for Sexual Minorities
Bolivia will hold a nationwide referendum this Sunday for its constituents to decide whether to approve or reject a new version of the country's constitution that would provide for abortion rights, religious liberties, and protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender citizens.

Take action to urge the President and Vice-President to vocally support the referendum publicly.
Wednesday, January 14th, 2009
7:16 am
It's Your Money
I recall in 2001, when Bush swept into office with a 50.01% "mandate", that one of hos first acts of largesse was the tax refund sweep. This cost the gov't several hundreds of billions of dollars, an amount that today seems routine, and then was little discussed. Hell, I don;t know the amount, but t was certainly above $100 bn.

2001: His refrain, his rousing phrase was, "Its your money"

In the following years, Bush's policies on creating insurgency in Iraq, recruiting for Al Quaeda, strengthening Iran, and giving our money to China drove the price of oil up fourfold over its 2000 price through increased instability and demand. Between the summers of 2002, 2003, and 2004 to pretty much all of the first three quarters of 2008, gas was more expensive than Americans had seen in a generation. The 1981 price was surpassed in 2005, and it only got worse in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Since America's way of life and landscape was founded on using their car to go everywhere and get everything, the cost of living went up precipitously.

Slowly, because of Bush's foreign policies and free trade attitude with anybody who'll sell it to us in bulk and on the cheap, we had less pocket money.

2002-2008 Bush let us keep our money, particularly the rich, but he made us spend it more on the cost of living

"It's Your Money"

Because big government republicans would prefer to borrow and spend rather than tax and spend, the value of the dollar began a slow slide towards devaluation. Only because China and Japan depended for the time on a vigorous export market to the US did they not switch to Euros or cash out all their trillions of dollars in bonds. The full faith and credit of the US became a lot less potent when we were borrowing so much to sustain our "way of life", but mostly just our wars and our roads. The value of the dollar sank almost twofold against the Euro, and for a time, a Canadian dollar was worth more than an American one. I dreamt of living in Buffalo and buying American books to smuggle across the border for resale.

2005-2008 Bush policies of big-government Republicanism and putting America into hock cause the currency to devalue nearly twofold. So he keeps taxes low, but he makes the currency cheaper, meaning that all of our hard-earned cash buys less.

The only saving grace in all this was the housing equity bubble. I am not going to place blame at Bush's feet for that one.

Fast-forward to 2008, when the wings come off the housing market and the investment and retail banking sector. All the protections put in 70 years ago to prevent overleverage had been removed by zealous republicans or circumvented by clever MBAs. And what does Bush (via his appointees Paulson and Bernanke) do? Starts shovelling cash to the banks in a desperate attempt to prop up their way of life. No strings attached , no documentation required. I'm sure the paperwork required to keep track of even ten billion dollars would make Sarbanes-Oxley blush, but having no accountability for that much money definitely plays to Bush constituency: "the haves and the have mores".

Now, because the economy's such a shambling wreck the price of oil is down, and the unitary dollar is less weak against the Euro and the Canadian dollar. But we've injected billions, perhaps a trillion dollars of M3 (virtual) debt into the system. The minute the economy improves, that cash s going to flood back into the market, driving inflation to levels not seen since Ford. Our weakly rising cash will be eaten by Inflation.

But hey, its your money.

What's even better is that Bush and Cheney have steadfastly defended the status quo when it comes to energy policy, instead of providing vision for a new way of living that requires less energy while creating communities and jobs. Maybe they don;t think that this is the government's place, but we are still living under the vision of the highway system, conceived in the 20's and consummated in the 50's. That America you're living in right now is an artifact of the notion that the only way to get anyone or anything anywhere in America is in a car, on an impervious and impeccably designed road. A "sewer for cars", if you will.

when peak oil hits in under a decade, the cost of living in America will double again.

"It's your money"
Thursday, January 1st, 2009
5:33 am
TVA Coal Ash Spill .. on the ground updates.
Everyone was told to boil their water (as if this was merely a sewer line break) but boiling the water destroys the pots and they can’t be used anymore. The residents and the cats and dogs are throwing up because of the water. People are getting burned just by taking a shower. TVA publicly states they’re delivering water but the residents aren’t receiving any bottled water. UMD volunteers delivering hundreds of gallons of bottled water were getting arrested and told that we’re not allowed to pass out free water to the public.

There is no phone service in the worst areas and UMD volunteers are the only way of communicating with the outside for some of them. The ash is in the air and looks like it’s snowing. TVA is turning the Emory River into a new coal slurry impoundment by creating two new earthen dams on it. TVA is building new pond slurry impoundment and is spraying asbestos into this new pond which is illegal. While the land, wildlife and people are being destroyed, TVA is rebuilding the railway ASAP so they can bring in more coal to burn at the Kingston Coal Plant. They don’t care and they can’t stop.

UMD has been at the coal ash disaster site since the beginning. We need money and we need volunteers. We have a temporary donated condo in Kingston and are looking for a more permanent office in Harriman closer to the site. We’re doing water & soil testing, going door to door listening to the locals’ problems & needs, passing out bottled water, arranging flyovers for politicians reporters and locals and to get fresh video & pics cause the stuff keeps moving, nonstop media relations, connecting with local organizations, bringing in people from PA who’ve been through this before, organizing a locals-only community meeting so people can speak openly, and soon legal work will need to start.

- United Mountain Defense

Footage from an attempt to canoe down the Emory River in order to collect samples of soil and water.

Interview with a local resident who describes the before / after of his back yard, which is now a sludge filled mess.

For more photos, footage, and links, visit the following websites:





The last link is an ongoing compilation of all relevant news articles.

Current Mood: anxious
Wednesday, September 24th, 2008
8:38 pm
Too Big to Fail and Too Small to Matter
Jacob Holdt

Too Big to Fail and Too Small to Matter

These times provide a crash course on the corporate state:

If a company like AIG is too big to fail, the government will rescue it. Mere people -- too small to matter -- are expendable.

The insurance industry is too big to fail. A person's health is too small to matter, so -- when it fails due to the absence or loopholes of insurance coverage -- that's tough luck.

The Defense Department is too big to fail. The people it's killing in Iraq and Afghanistan are too small to matter.

The U.S. nuclear arsenal is too big to fail. The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, undermined by Washington, is too small to matter.

Overall, the warfare state is too big to fail. The virtues of peace are too small to matter.

Agribusiness is too big to fail. Family farmers are too dirt-small to matter.

The leverage for the U.S. Treasury to subsidize Wall Street is too big to fail. The leverage to subsidize mothers and children kicked off welfare is too small to matter.

The political momentum for bailing out corporate America is too big to fail. The political momentum for funding adequate payment rates from Medicaid to reimburse healthcare providers is too small to matter.

The oil conglomerates are too big to fail. Global warming is too small to matter.

The prison industry is too big to fail. The need for preschool is too small to matter.

Corporate power is too big to fail. The ordeals of working people and want-to-be-working people are too small to matter.

Human worth as maximized by dollars: too big to fail. Human worth as affirmed by humanistic values: too small to matter.

The current odds of pumping at least several hundred billion taxpayer dollars into corporate America: too big to fail. The current odds of launching a massive federal jobs program: too small to matter.

(Normon Solomon)

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Wednesday, September 17th, 2008
1:03 pm
U.S-centric - call in day TODAY, 9/17/08
Hey everyone - I am just passing this message along for some friends.   Sorry if we're in several of the same groups and you see this a couple of times because I cross-posted it all over the place.  This is pretty important though. . .
If even 1/3 of the members of this group convinced 2 other people to call in, that would be a significant enough number of phone calls to stall this horrible bill in its tracks.  Please please please pass it on - post it in your journal, other communities, and email it to all of your list serves.

The nuclear industry in the U.S is proposing more than 30 new reactors - with an estimated cost of 6.2-12 BILLION USD per reactor. (SOURCE: nirs.org/neconomics/nuclearsubsidies2008.pdf )
Not only is Nuclear power is a FALSE solution to the issue of global climate change, but it's intrinsically tied to the nuclear arms industry. 
For inspiration on viable solutions, check out www.kilowattours.org/

As a resident of a gulf state, I also hope that folks will oppose off-shore drilling.  BUT... the mainstream media is devoting NO attention to the nuclear aspect of this bill, which is quite frankly frightening.  Not too much of a surprise, though - considering that many of the more common outlets are owned by General Electric, which is the most profitable nuclear arms manufacturer in the world. 
(SOURCES: www.commondreams.org/views05/0403-25.htm , www.corpwatch.org/article.php , and www.freepress.net/ownership/chart/main )

Thanks! <3
 ** From the Nuclear Information and Resource Service... **

This is it. In the mainstream media, the Gang of 10 (actually, now it's the Gang of 20) energy bill is all about offshore oil drilling. And, to be sure, there's lots of that in the bill, which is expected to come up in the Senate late next week. But the bill would also be the biggest giveaway to the nuclear power industry ever.

Unlimited loan guarantees for construction of new atomic reactors. That's right, unlimited. As much money—hundreds of billions of dollars--as everyone in the nuclear industry wants, when it wants, for as long as it wants.

I'm sure I don't need to tell you how that would absolutely destroy our ability to effectively address the climate crisis and what a disaster that would be for our economy, for our nation, for our planet.

How do these Senators think they can get away with this? Because they're not hearing from enough of us, often enough. They think this is a popular stand. We all need to stand up now and be counted.  That's why NIRS, Physicians for Social Responsibility and other national groups are putting out the word for a National Call-In Day to the Senate on Wednesday, September 17. We need at least 10,000 phone calls to the Senate on Wednesday. We need the phones there to be ringing non-stop from dawn to dusk. Will you help?

Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121

*Please call both of your Senators that day with a very simple message: Take taxpayer loan guarantees for nuclear power out of the Gang of 20 energy bill. (note: the bill does not yet have a number. It's called the New Energy Reform Act of 2008, but everyone will know what you are talking about if you just say 'Gang of 20 energy bill.')
*Please forward this Alert to any and all of your mailing lists.
*Please print this Alert and take it to any public meetings and gather places you go to between now and Wednesday. Post it at food co-ops and other central locations.
*Please talk to your friends and colleagues, congregations this Sunday, PTAs next week. Spread the word.
*If you want to e-mail your Senators, please do (you can do so from this link; NIRS' new e-mail-from- our-Alerts set-up still has some bugs,so we can't quite offer that yet). But also call! It is important to keep those phones ringing all day long!
*Call even if you think your Senator(s) are hopeless. Everyone walking in the halls of the Senate should hear phones ringing everywhere,all day long.

We can't let the nuclear industry get away with this. All that can stop it now are your actions. If we all just sit back and wait for someone else to take action, we will lose. If we all make those two calls—one to each Senator, and ask each of our friends and colleagues to make those two calls, we can show the Senate what the American people really think. And we can win.

It is up to each of us. It's that simple, and that stark.  Please take five minutes to make two phone calls Wednesday. And please drop us an e-mail and let us know you called (we'll be looking for 10,000e-mails in our inbox by Thursday morning!).

Thank you for all that you do.

Michael Mariotte
Executive Director
Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS)

September 12, 2008

P.S. For those who want more information: You can read a Physicians for Social Responsibility analysis of the nuclear provisions in the Gang of 20 energy bill here. The bill includes not just loan guarantees, but also more 'risk insurance' for new nukes, construction of a reprocessing plant, and much more.  You can read a longer article on the issue I wrote for DailyKos here.
Thursday, August 7th, 2008
3:28 pm
Anyone here read Greg Palast?
From http://www.gregpalast.com/ --

The McCain Plan:
Homer Simpson without the Donut

By Greg Palast

I’m guessing it was excessive exposure to either radiation or George Bush, but Senator John McCain’s comments from inside a nuclear power plant in Michigan are so cracked-brained that I fear some loose gamma rays are doing to McCain’s gray matter what they did to Homer Simpson’s.

On Tuesday, the presumptive Republican candidate descended into the colon of a nuke to declare we need to build 45 new nuclear plants - that this is the way out of our energy crisis. Nuclear power, declared the senator, is a “safe, efficient [and] inexpensive” alternative to oil.

(Show me more...)

Current Mood: amused
Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
2:16 pm
Orson Scott Card

Wow, Orson Scott Card is a dick.  Remind me never again to buy any of his books new.

Current Mood: irritated
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