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May 16, 2012 5:09 pm

f="http://leftish.tumblr.com/post/23195928281/a-plea-to-the-occupy-movement">A Plea To The Occupy Movement

May 4, 2012

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Stopping global warming is the signature issue of our time. If we do not reverse global warming, nothing else will matter. Not bringing the Wall Street crooks to justice or closing down the corrupt banks or stopping our government from spying on us.

A vital step is closing down our nukes. Nuclear power is not a legitimate alternative to the burning of fossil fuels because it is far more dangerous albeit in a distinctly different way. The risk of further contamination of our earth on which we depend for our survival cannot be tolerated.

In spite of the risks, powerful corporate executives are looking to use profitable nuclear plants to address problems associated with stopping global warming.

Even if CEOs refuse to do so, we have to recognize this stark fact: nuclear radiation knows no boundaries. It is incumbent on us to join other countries in ending nuclear power for it is immoral that by keeping ours running we would be putting at risk countless others around the world.

The disaster in Japan reminds us again of how dangerous this form of energy is. A molten mass of radioactive material lies at the bottom of the three reactors that experienced meltdowns shortly after the earthquake and tsunami hit northern Japan on March 11, 2011.

Structural remains of the containment vessels serve the short-term purpose of preventing radiation from leaking out into the atmosphere and contaminating not only Japan, but also much of the world. A second earthquake, predicted by seismologists to take place within the immediate future, has the potential to bring those structures tumbling down.

A hundred thousand Japanese have already been relocated within the country. There are recent reports that during negotiations over ownership of the Kuril Islands, Japanese officials told their Russian counterparts that due to Fukushima they are looking at evacuating roughly forty million people to one or more sites overseas. (See   HYPERLINK “click here“ click here)

Continued use of nuclear energy is being seen as part of a mix of alternatives to fossil fuels. A recent rebroadcast of a PBS program (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/nuclear-aftershocks/) featured several interviews with energy experts who proclaimed that our future energy needs couldn’t possibly be met without nuclear power. For this reason plans are being made to replace the ones that will be phased out.

Since there was no indication to the contrary, one can assume that this calculation about future energy needs was based on a continuation of the present way of life in industrialized countries. In other words, as economic growth, a core requirement of the capitalist system, continues, even anemically, additional power will be needed for new factories, office buildings, shopping centers, businesses, homes, schools, sports arenas, and transportation of all kinds as well as for waging war.

Even James Hansen, the premiere climate change expert, fears that closing down nukes would bring about a greater reliance on coal, increasing global warming. It’s either/or. But is it, really? The Entergy-owned Indian Point reactor on Long Island, for example, provides a quarter of the electricity used by New York City (click here). Conservation alone could easily eliminate the need for this plant.

Why not begin now to work toward making our energy-consumption commensurate with the energy that we can produce from alternative sources? Those who have run the capitalist system for the last hundred years have extravagantly and exploitively ravaged the planet’s resources for their personal gain. It has to stop.

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May 11, 2012 5:22 pm

“Hi, I’m Paul McCartney.  I’ve often said, ‘if slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian.’  Animals raised on modern factory farms and killed in slaughterhouses endure almost unimaginable suffering.

I hope that once you see the routine cruelty involved in raising, transporting and killing animals for food, you’ll join the millions of people who’ve decided to leave meat off their plates for good.

Chickens & Turkeys are arguably the most abused animals on the face of the planet. They’re crowded into filthy  sheds by the tens of thousands and forced to live in their own excrement. They are selectively bred to grow so large, so fast, that many become crippled under their own weight. 

Workers in slaughterhouses and on mechanized farms are poorly paid, and their work often goes unmonitored.  Many nvestigations into [these slaughterhouses] have revealed shocking cruelty that goes beyond the standard abuses.

Hens used by the egg industry are crammed into cages so small that they can’t do anything that is natural or important to them, not even spread a single wing.  The ends of their sensitive beaks are cut off with a hot blade causing chronic pain that studies have shown lasts for more than a month.

Chickens are intelligent animals whose ability to reason, in some instances, is greater than that of dogs and children.  Chickens are also very social animals with an elaborate pecking order or social ranking system.

Yet hens used by the egg industry are confined to tiny cages for their entire lives. This causes their muscles to waste away, and their bones to deteriorate and break from lack of use.  Their feet become lacerated and their bodies bruised and cut from standing on wire for 18 months before they’re sent to the slaughterhouse.

At the end of their miserable lives, chickens and turkeys are forcefully packed into crowded cages and transported for hours through all types of weather conditions, without food or water.  At the slaughterhouse, these birds legs are forced into shackles, and their throats are cut - many while they’re still completely conscious.

Pledge to Be Veg for 30 Days!

April 16, 2012 5:27 pm April 1, 2012 8:04 pm
"We were put on this earth as creatures of God, to have dominion over the earth, to use it wisely and steward it wisely, but for OUR benefit, NOT for the Earth’s benefit!"

Rick Santorum

(Welcome to Crazy Town, folks…this guy is certifiable!)

September 1, 2011 5:58 pm
"The planet is running a fever.  There are no Emergency Rooms for planets."
~ Rep Ed Markey (D-MA) 

"The planet is running a fever.  There are no Emergency Rooms for planets."

~ Rep Ed Markey (D-MA) 

August 19, 2011 9:33 pm June 25, 2011 9:39 pm
Am I the only one who is anxious about Climate Change? Politicians need to address this issue at a much faster pace! They are not moving nearly quickly enough to avert the disasters that will assuredly occur in the future, if we don’t make a complete about face on how we create energy, NOW before it is truly too late.
"Climate change allows no room for the compromises that rule the world of elected politics." ~ Climate Expert J Hansen

Am I the only one who is anxious about Climate Change? Politicians need to address this issue at a much faster pace! They are not moving nearly quickly enough to avert the disasters that will assuredly occur in the future, if we don’t make a complete about face on how we create energy, NOW before it is truly too late.

"Climate change allows no room for the compromises that rule the world of elected politics." ~ Climate Expert J Hansen

June 3, 2011 9:46 pm
"You are only as healthy as the soil used in your food products."

sign at Earth Day Climate Change Rally
May 1, 2011 10:15 am
THIS LOOKS LIKE AN AWESOME ALPHABET BOOK!  Start them young!
from the author:
“It’s never too early to teach kids about keeping the earth green. It’s as easy as A is for ATMOSPHERE, B is for BIOME, and C is for COMPOST. I co-authored this book with a friend to introduce young children to “green” words in a simple and entertaining way. I created all of the colorful cut-paper illustrations that reinforce the word with a vivid image. It’s the perfect book for Earth Day or any day. The book can be signed or personalized by the authors, if desired. You won’t find a better price in bookstores or on the internet.
For the next few weeks, I’m including a FREE recycled materials craft kit. It includes everything you need for a squirrel, frog and octopus. These cute critters are made from recycled paper towel holders, brown bags and wallpaper scraps. But wait there’s more… three coloring pages made from illustrations in the book.
This is an easy way to help your children think “green”. HAPPY EARTH DAY!”

THIS LOOKS LIKE AN AWESOME ALPHABET BOOK!  Start them young!

from the author:

It’s never too early to teach kids about keeping the earth green. It’s as easy as A is for ATMOSPHERE, B is for BIOME, and C is for COMPOST. I co-authored this book with a friend to introduce young children to “green” words in a simple and entertaining way. I created all of the colorful cut-paper illustrations that reinforce the word with a vivid image. It’s the perfect book for Earth Day or any day. The book can be signed or personalized by the authors, if desired. You won’t find a better price in bookstores or on the internet.

For the next few weeks, I’m including a FREE recycled materials craft kit. It includes everything you need for a squirrel, frog and octopus. These cute critters are made from recycled paper towel holders, brown bags and wallpaper scraps. But wait there’s more… three coloring pages made from illustrations in the book.

This is an easy way to help your children think “green”. HAPPY EARTH DAY!”

April 22, 2011 6:31 pm
"If all humans disappeared from earth in an instant-the planet would keep spinning & would develop new life forms." ~ Graham Nash

"If all humans disappeared from earth in an instant-the planet would keep spinning & would develop new life forms." ~ Graham Nash

3:26 pm
"The planet is fine. The people are fucked."

George Carlin
10:06 am
"The earth will survive — it’s us humans who might not."

George Carlin

HAPPY EARTH DAY

(although its hard to be “happy” if you look at how we are destroying our earth).

April 19, 2011 12:22 pm
AVEDA WALK FOR WATER
EVERY 21 SECONDS A CHILD DIES FROM LACK OF CLEAN WATER
The Aveda walk for water  happens in cities all over the world during Earth Month to raise  awareness and funds for clean water organizations. The length of each Aveda walk is 6 kilometers  because that’s the average distance women in developing nations have to  walk every day for clean water. source: United Nations Human Development Report, 2008
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AVEDA WALK FOR WATER

EVERY 21 SECONDS A CHILD DIES FROM LACK OF CLEAN WATER

The Aveda walk for water happens in cities all over the world during Earth Month to raise awareness and funds for clean water organizations. The length of each Aveda walk is 6 kilometers because that’s the average distance women in developing nations have to walk every day for clean water. source: United Nations Human Development Report, 2008

JOIN OR LEARN MORE

November 8, 2010 1:09 pm