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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.

Help feed protesters occupying Wall Street!

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."

Virginia Nuclear Plant Had Quake Sensors Removed Due to Budget Cuts

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.

I try to warn people about the dangers of the media narrative

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.

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Ways You Can Show Solidarity With Striking Verizon Workers

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.