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Thursday, September 13th, 2012
10:18 pm

ruderod
The company Shell must have thought long and hard about this one. Extremely worried about its public image and success in drilling the arctic, it must have taken a large group of people, lawyers, and strategists to come up with this plan. Shell really thought it would be smart to do this, to take away our freedom to protest by a legal injunction.? And people wonder if corporate AMERICA really controls us. Hell yes they do! If we continue to let corporations get away with things like this, what next?

We’ve just heard that a federal judge in Alaska has decided to impose a powerful legal injunction on Greenpeace US which prohibits even legal protests within a certain distance of Shell’s vessels involved in Arctic drilling operations. An injunction is a special type of remedy normally reserved for extreme and immediate threats and could mean really severe penalties for anyone caught breaking it. Even more disturbing is that Shell based much of its complaint on the actions of Lucy Lawless, who boarded a drillship with Greenpeace New Zealand. Xena may be a badass, but she and a handful of Greenpeace New Zealand climbers over 6,000 miles away are hardly a reason for the involvement of U.S. courts and this extraordinary ruling.

The injunction will remain in place until October 31st 2012 – the end of Shell Oil’s ‘drilling window’ in Alaska. After this date the ice gets too thick for support vessels or spill response equipment to even get to the scene, let alone do anything about it. That’s a pretty terrifying prospect.

Under the injunction Greenpeace USA is banned from going within 1 km of Shell’s two main drilling vessels or 500 meters of the other ships they’re planning on taking to the pristine Arctic. Shell wants to hide their drilling program far away from public view, because the reality of industrial drilling in the Arctic is going to be ugly as hell.

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Friday, December 16th, 2011
1:58 am - indefinite detention, and the difficulty of stopping it

foolsguinea


Yeah, it's eleven minutes.

I think he's right. We Yanks need something different from the big two parties. So long as we keep being suckers for the big two, we are treated like the proles in 1984.

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Wednesday, September 21st, 2011
10:47 pm - GE, Y U NO PAY TAXES?!

madman101
Originally posted by lavenderfrost at GE, Y U NO PAY TAXES?!


The (supposedly liberal) mainstream media is barely doing jack squat to cover this, so it's up to us to spread the word.  BOOST THE SIGNAL, PEOPLE.

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1:04 pm

sonof2ravens

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Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
9:54 am - Help feed protesters occupying Wall Street!

sonof2ravens
You can donate funds here, or send them a pizza from here via their website.
Demonstrators are marching on Wall Street today on the third day of a campaign dubbed "Occupy Wall Street," which began on Saturday when thousands gathered in New York City’s Financial District. Inspired by the massive public protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and Madrid’s Puerta del Sol Square, hundreds have slept outside near Wall Street for the past two nights. We play a video report on the protest by Democracy Now!'s Sam Alcoff and get a live update from the streets from Nathan Schneider, editor of the blog "Waging Nonviolence."

We also speak with David Graeber, an anthropologist who participated in the activities. "If you look at who showed up [in Egypt and Spain], it was mostly young people, and most of them were people who had gone through the educational system, who were deeply in debt, and who found it completely impossible to get jobs," says Graeber. "The system has completely failed them... If there's going to be any kind of society worth living in, we’re going to have to create it ourselves."

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Wednesday, August 24th, 2011
11:07 am - Virginia Nuclear Plant Had Quake Sensors Removed Due to Budget Cuts

sonof2ravens
From Crooks & Liars

A nuclear power plant that was shut down after an earthquake struck central Virginia Tuesday had seismographs removed in 1990s due to budget cuts.

U.S. nuclear officials said that the North Anna Power Station, which has two nuclear reactors,had lost offsite power and was using diesel generators to maintain cooling operations after an 5.9 earthquake hit the region.

The North Anna plant, which was near the epicenter of Tuesday's quake, is reportedly located on a fault line.

Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) Senior Scholar Bob Alvarez told the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) that the North Anna plant was built to withstand a 5.9-6.1 quake.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission rates the plant as the seventh most likely to receive core damage from a quake. But they say the chances of that are only 1 in 22,727.

According to the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME), the Virginia Tech Seismological Observatory (VTSO) removed all seismographs from around the plant in the 1990s due to budget cuts.

In February, Dominion Virginia Power confirmed its commitment to add a third reactor to the plant.

"While Dominion has not decided on the schedule to build the unit, the company will continue to move forward with the federal combined operating license process and preliminary site development work," Dominion CEO Thomas F. Farrell II said in a statement.

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Thursday, August 18th, 2011
9:06 am - I try to warn people about the dangers of the media narrative

sonof2ravens
It is a trap lazy reporters & news readers fall into all the time.
It is neither conservative nor liberal as you will soon see.

The latest victim? Ron Paul. There are some things greens agree with Paul on.
Many we do not. But he is a thoughtful candidate trying to take part in our body politic.
Only to be snubbed in favor of Sarah Palin? Who many believe is just illegally using campaign contributions to give her family a vacation. How did Ron Paul become the 13th floor of politics? This is an issue that affects all 3rd party candidates and limits our political choices.



current mood: annoyed

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Tuesday, August 16th, 2011
4:50 pm - Ways You Can Show Solidarity With Striking Verizon Workers

sonof2ravens

For those who are following along with the Verizon strike and want to do what you can do to get involved, there are a bunch of ways for you to get directly involved or show your solidarity. Forty-five thousand Verizon workers are on strike because the massively profitable company, which pays no taxes, is demanding major cuts in employee compensation and refuses to negotiate fairly with workers. The Communications Workers of America filed a unfair labor practice grievance again Verizon on Friday.


One creative way to get involved is the "What Verizon's Name Means" contest sponsored by the CWA. The union is asking creative supporters to come up with a translation that reveals what Verizon's name really means.


If you are in the area, you can use this tool to find a picket line anywhere from Virginia to New York. If you are joining the strike, you can print leaflets before you go.


You can also send a letter to Verizon asking them to negotiate fairly. Daily Kos also has a petition in support of the striking workers. Organizations interested in supporting the strike should contact CWA directly.


Other ways to keep up with the latest on the strike is to sign up for text messages from CWA, support the strike on Facebook, and by changing your Facebook and Twitter status to show your solidarity.

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Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011
1:46 pm - GPUS Annual National Meeting and Green Fest workshops start this Friday August 5.

sonof2ravens
http://livestre.am/CTT

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Sunday, July 10th, 2011
5:13 pm - Israel blocks airborne protest, questions dozens

sonof2ravens
By JEREMY LAST, Associated Press – 2 days ago
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Aided by Facebook, Israel on Friday prevented scores of pro-Palestinian activists from boarding Tel Aviv-bound flights in Europe, questioned dozens more upon arrival at its main airport and denied entry to 69, disrupting their attempts to reach the West Bank on a solidarity mission with the Palestinians.

Israel had tracked the activists on social media sites, compiled a blacklist of more than 300 names and asked airlines to keep those on the list off flights to Israel. Read more...Collapse )

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Tuesday, June 14th, 2011
9:48 am - 9/11 and Who Rules Saudi Arabia

sonof2ravens

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Tuesday, June 7th, 2011
11:53 am - Did you catch this? We almost lost Norther Japan1

sonof2ravens
school kids getting 25 times the rad of an atomic worker. nice touch.
Industry response "we've gotten better."

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Saturday, June 4th, 2011
1:30 pm - Introducing DISCLOSE 2012: Holding Big-Money Accountable

jaymatthewjr


We are proud to announce the launch of DISCLOSE 2012:

The campaign to hold big-money special interests accountable.


The Supreme Court's "Citizens United" decision unleashed unlimited, anonymous corporate spending on campaigns nationwide. The California DISCLOSE Act shines a light on the major funders of all political advertisements. It requires the top funders to clearly identify themselves as supporters of the campaign's message.

Do you want to know who is really behind those commercials during election season?

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION!

Read about how DISCLOSE 2012 will change political ads...Collapse )

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Monday, May 23rd, 2011
11:09 am

sonof2ravens

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9:31 am - Swiss energy minister to back nuclear exit -papers

sonof2ravens
ZURICH, May 22 (Reuters) - Energy minister Doris Leuthard is set to propose Switzerland gradually exits nuclear power, two Swiss newspapers reported on Sunday, citing sources close to the government.

The multi-party Swiss government was expected to make an announcement on nuclear policy on Wednesday and may recommend an exit.

The NZZ am Sonntag and the SonntagsZeitung both reported Leuthard favoured an approach similar to that of economy minister Johann Schneider-Ammann. [ID:nLDE73N061]

"She wants to set a clear signal for the exit," the NZZ am Sonntag quoted a source as saying.

The damage to the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan has revived debate about energy policy in Switzerland, where the approvals process for three new nuclear power stations was suspended in March pending a review of safety standards. [ID:nLDE72D1EJ]

The two papers reported Leuthard backed continuing to use current nuclear plants until the end of their lifespans, not building any new ones, and expanding alternative energy sources such as water power.

Switzerland's five nuclear reactors generate about 40 percent of the country's electricity. Decisions on sites for new plants were due to be made in mid-2012.

The NZZ quoted Fulvio Pelli, head of the pro-business Free Democrats, as saying his party would decide its position on nuclear power on May 30 and would likely not insist on replacing the two oldest plants, Beznau and Muehleberg. (Reporting by Catherine Bosley; Editing by Dan Lalor)

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Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011
4:21 pm - when she lowers her eyes......

tipsykitten
When she lowers her eyes she seems to hold all the beauty in the world between her eyelids; when she raises them I see only myself in her gaze. Kate Lesbian Dating blog

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Thursday, April 28th, 2011
9:22 am - Science Channel will have a special about Fukishima tonight!

sonof2ravens
10:00 PM eastern.
http://science.discovery.com/tv-schedules/special.html?paid=48.16351.26383.0.0

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Thursday, April 21st, 2011
9:52 am

sonof2ravens



Climate Pollution Is Killing Pikas, The Mountain Bunnies Of The Rockies


Global warming is driving the American pika, a unique cousin of rabbits that dwells in the snowy peaks of the Rockies, to extinction. Pikas, who spend the summer days collecting alpine plants and flowers for their winter nests, die off when exposed to temperatures above 78 degrees. New research published in Global Change Biology find that local populations of pikas — each isolated on the upper reaches of different mountains — are being extirpated by warming temperatures at an increasingly rapid rate. “Four of ten local pika extinctions have occurred since 1999,” the team of scientists from the American West found. The remaining pikas are being driven to higher and higher altitudes as global warming accelerates:


Local extinction rates of American pikas have increased nearly five-fold in the last 10 years, and the rate at which the climate-sensitive species is moving up mountain slopes has increased 11-fold since the 20th century, according to a study soon to be published in Global Change Biology.


One year ago, the Obama administration denied Endangered Species Act protection to the American pika, following the Bush administration policy of refusing to accept the science of the extinction threat to thousands of species posed by greenhouse pollution from the fossil fuel industry.




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Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011
5:25 pm - Amory Lovins: With Nuclear Power, "No Acts of God Can Be Permitted"

sonof2ravens
As heroic workers and soldiers strive to save stricken Japan from a new horror--radioactive fallout--some truths known for 40 years bear repeating.

An earthquake-and-tsunami zone crowded with 127 million people is an un-wise place for 54 reactors. The 1960s design of five Fukushima-I reactors has the smallest safety margin and probably can't contain 90% of melt-downs. The U.S. has 6 identical and 17 very similar plants.

Every currently operating light-water reactor, if deprived of power and cooling water, can melt down. Fukushima had 8-hour battery reserves, but fuel has melted in three reactors. Most U.S. reactors get in trouble after 4 hours. Some have had shorter blackouts. Much longer ones could happen.Read more...Collapse )


Physicist Amory Lovins consults on energy to business and government leaders worldwide. He's written 31 books and over 450 papers, and received the Blue Planet, Volvo, Onassis, Nissan, Shingo, Zayed, and Mitchell Prizes, MacArthur and Ashoka Fellowships, 11 honorary doctorates, and the Heinz, Lindbergh, Right Livelihood, National Design, and World Technology Awards. He's an honorary U.S. architect, a Swedish engineering academician, and a former Oxford don, and has taught at nine universities, most recently Stanford. His RMI team's autumn 2011 book Reinventing Fire describes business-led pathways for a vibrant U.S. economy that by 2050 needs no oil, coal, or nuclear power to provide clean and resilient energy with superior economics.


Copyright © Rocky Mountain Institute 2011

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Friday, March 18th, 2011
8:52 am - Nuclear Revival? Lessons for Women from the Three Mile Island Accident

sonof2ravens
Three Mile Island is about 15 miles south of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's state capitol. The first reactor, Unit 1, began operation in September 1974, and a second reactor, Unit 2, started up in December 1978. Before dawn on March 28, 1979, a combination of mechanical malfunctions and human errors resulted in a partial meltdown at Unit 2, which destroyed the reactor, terrorized the community, and led to decades-long legal battles and still unresolved death and injury claims of more than 2,000 people in surrounding communities.

The day of the accident, before the public was alerted, hundreds of residents living near Three Mile Island reported having had symptoms of radiation poisoning identical to those described by U.S. service members and down winders of atomic bomb blasts. These symptoms included a metallic taste in their mouths; skin rashes and instant sunburn of exposed skin; vomiting and/or diarrhea, which in some cases continued for months; hair loss; and intense weakness and flu-like symptoms.

Some also reported an eerie blue density in the air that lasted for days; a grayish-white ash that fell to the ground (also reported in the Marshall Islands immediately following atomic bomb tests in the Pacific, where the U.S. exploded 106 atomic bombs between 1946 and 1962); an unnatural orange glow above the reactor site; and rust-colored residue in their sinks and tubs, indicating radioactive contamination of the water supply. Several area residents reported the metallic taste and other physical symptoms over the next few years at times they later learned happened to coincide with the venting of radioactive krypton gas during the cleanup.

Over time, unusually high numbers of both strange and common cancers began showing up among residents, particularly those living in the path of the radiation plumes that crept over nearby communities during the first few days following the accident. Myriad other health problems appeared -- miscarriages, stillbirths, infant deaths, thyroid diseases, various autoimmune disorders, heart problems and the sudden onset of allergies.

Read More Here

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