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To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

19 September - Mailbox

Tue, 18 Sep 2012
  Earlier today, the latest attempt by Conservative MPs to derail legal proceedings on applications to overturn election results in seven ridings was argued before the Federal Court.

Their motion on "security for costs" seeks to force the nine Canadian voters who launched legal applications back in March to post an outrageous deposit of $260,409 to cover the MPs' costs as a condition of the hearings proceeding this December.

The Canada Elections Act, which empowers Canadian voters with the legal right to contest election results if "there were irregularities, fraud or corrupt or illegal practices that affected the result of the election", sets the security for costs for any applicant at $1,000; an amount that can be increased at the court's discretion.

"Modest" is the term Conservative Party lawyer Arthur Hamilton used in court today to characterize the 3600% increase being sought in their motion.

Beyond outrageous, their motion is patently unjust. The right Canadians are granted to defend their democratic franchise must not be conditional upon their ability to pay such an exorbitant cost. As Steven Shrybman, lawyer for the nine applicants, noted to the court, "It would be unjust and deny the applicants access to justice by imposing an onerous financial burden that only the wealthiest individuals in our society could afford."

What consistently seems to be lost on the seven Conservative MPs is that the applicants are not accusing them of wrongdoing. Instead, the applicants are arguing that there is evidence pointing to a widespread, centrally-managed and effective campaign of voter suppression that targeted non-Conservative supporters. And it is this indefensible violation of our democracy that has compelled them to step forward.

The nine brave applicants have nothing to personally gain from this beyond restoring the democratic rights of all the electors in their respective ridings.

But rather than allowing these cases to be judged on their merits, the MPs and their lawyers continue their relentless obstructionist and adversarial tactics at every opportunity � significantly driving up costs and further delaying the proceedings along the way.

Today's motion hearing also provided Conservative Party lawyer Hamilton with yet another platform on which to disparage the Council of Canadians and supporters like you. In an off-hand remark to the court, Hamilton attempted to debase the Council's involvement by alleging it is motivated only by the refusal to accept the outcome of 2011 federal election.

This prompted Madam Prothonotary Roza Aronovitch to correct Hamilton, clarifying that "The Council of Canadians is not a party in these proceedings". Hamilton's response was simply, "fair enough."

As a valued supporter, I wanted to personally send you this latest update. A ruling on today's motion is expected shortly and we will continue to keep you informed.

With hope and resolve,


Maude Barlow
National Chairperson, The Council of Canadians

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Congress is starting to look into EPA’s failure to protect honey bees from pesticides. A few senators recently sent a letter to Lisa Jackson urging the Agency to take swift action, asking for a “more finite and expedited timeline” than 2018.
The bad news is that EPA is still stalling.
Last March — alongside partners and beekeepers, and with your support — we filed an “emergency citizen petition” on behalf of bees. In June, we submitted tens of thousands of your signatures to the Agency in support of that petition. We urged them to take seriously the unprecedented decline of pollinators, and the contribution of neonicotinoid pesticides to that decline, by declaring that these losses constitute an “imminent hazard.” They declined to do so.
Join us in telling EPA that, in fact:
  • Bee die-offs are an emergency requiring immediate action — and 2018 is much too late!
  • Keeping a bee-toxic pesticide (clothianidin) on the market illegally — despite the absence of valid science supporting its registration — is unacceptable.
Between now and September 25, decisionmakers are legally required to listen. Please help us make our collective voices heard and send a clear message to EPA: stop stalling.
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September 14, 2012

Dear Friends,

Thank you to everyone who wrote their Representative in opposition to the No More Solyndras (More Nukes, Less Solar) Act. Unfortunately, the bill passed the House this afternoon by a vote of 245-161.

The good news is, as The Hill newspaper describes it, the Senate is "expected to ignore it completely."

As we stated in our Alert earlier this week, this was nothing more than an effort by House leadership to score some cheap political points, not to enact substantive legislation, and this bill is going nowhere.

We should also note that the House Rules Committee refused to allow a vote on an amendment to end the DOE taxpayer loan program entirely. Perhaps they were concerned that amendment might actually pass. Because this was never about protecting taxpayer dollars, it was about protecting the nuclear and coal industries.

Next week in Washington: Make the change you want to see.

Here in DC, we're looking forward to seeing everyone--and we hope that includes you!--coming to town for the Coalition Against Nuke's rallies and events September 20-22.

As a little inspiration, we thought we'd link to a song from our friend Graham Nash. Just substitute "Washington" for "Chicago" and you'll get the idea...

I'll be speaking at the Congressional Briefing on Thursday, September 20, and at various other events, as will others from NIRS. And there is a great speaker line-up for every one of the events. You can get a full list of events, as well as use an online rideboard if you need or can offer a ride, at CAN's website here.

Note: for people in the New York City area, Shut Down Indian Point is arranging for bus transportation from Union Square to the NRC in Rockville, MD, for the September 21 rally at NRC. Call Tom Siracuse at 212-874-2154 or 646-457-8367 to reserve a seat. Round trip fare is only $20, or whatever you can afford.

Washington is beautiful this time of year, and the early weather forecast for Sept 20-22 is looking beautiful too: highs around 80 and zero chance of rain...We hope to see you here.

Finally, our grateful appreciation to everyone who has contributed financially this month. This week, we've been asking people to contribute a cup of coffee to NIRS--or at least to skip a cup this week and send us the savings--$3, $5, or more if you can. If you haven't yet, we hope you can donate now.

Thanks for all you do,

Michael Mariotte
Executive Director
Nuclear Information and Resource Service

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The Peel Youth Alliance + over 5,000 Change.org members have now successfully kept mining companies out of the Yukon's stunning Peel Watershed!
Protection of the Peel has been a hot environmental issue for years, but most groups have focused on pressuring the Government to create a land use plan that will protect most of the watershed and the rare ecosystems and species it is home to. 
In August, the Peel Youth Alliance realized the Government might quietly allow a moratorium on staking mining claims to expire -- opening up the watershed and allowing mining companies to claim land. Because no land use plan exists, this could have destroyed any attempt to protect the Watershed ever.
Malkolm, Cassy & Graeme, leaders of the Peel Youth Alliance, acted fast and created a petition on Change.org demanding the Yukon Government extend the staking moratorium. 
5000 signatures, and three weeks later, the Government agreed to extend the ban until May 2013, leaving enough time to finish developing the land use plan.
This is an incredible victory for the environmental movement, and it proves what three youth activists can accomplish when thousands of Change.org members stand behind them.
Thanks for making this victory possible, and we look forward to seeing the petitions you start.
Lauryn & the Change.org team
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Matt Taibbi | A Rare Look At Why the Government Won't Fight Wall Street
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Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone Magazine
Intro: "The great mystery story in American politics these days is why, over the course of two presidential administrations (one from each party), there's been no serious federal criminal investigation of Wall Street during a period of what appears to be epic corruption."
Full Secret Video of Private Romney Fundraiser
David Corn, Mother Jones
Intro: "Romney is not the only one who has called for the release of the full 49-minute video. And we're more than happy to oblige. The complete video demonstrates that Romney was not snippetized and that he was captured raw and uncut. Here it is, in two parts."
William Boardman | Occupy and Black Bloc Tactics Debated
William Boardman, Reader Supported News
William Boardman writes, "In the immediacy of mass protest and non-violent civil disobedience, how can one differentiate between the disruptive violence of Black Bloc anarchists and the disruptive violence of undercover police agent provocateurs?"
No DNA Link to Assange in Condom Central to Sex Assault Case
Intro: "A ripped condom given to Swedish police by one of Julian Assange's accusers does not contain the WikiLeaks founder's DNA, forensic scientists have reportedly found."
Massive Cover-Up of Risks from Flooding to US Nuclear Facilities
Washington's Blog
Richard Perkins, an NRC reliability and risk engineer has said,that the NRC "intentionally mischaracterized relevant and noteworthy safety information as sensitive, security information in an effort to conceal the information from the public."
Live Coverage: Occupy Worldwide
Reader Supported News Special Coverage
The seed planted on September 17, 2011, in New York City has grown into a national and international movement. Occupy Wall Street has branched out with hundreds of groups organizing Occupy protests in their own communities. Reader Supported News highlights some of the more significant actions from around the country here. Share this page with your friends and associates and check back often for the latest developments.

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Bill Moyers and Craig Unger | The Continuing Power of Karl Rove
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Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company
Bill Moyers: "But then the five conservatives on the Supreme Court - three of whom had been appointed by Rove's two Bush patrons, Bush the First and Bush the Second - came down with the Citizens United decision, giving Karl Rove a second lease on life as a bagman - the biggest in town."
Frances Fox Piven | Occupy's Protest Is Not Over. It Has Barely Begun
Frances Fox Piven, Guardian UK
Fox Piven writes : "It's mistaken to write Occupy's obituary this first anniversary: the lesson of history is that movements for justice are irrepressible."
Will Durst | Spinning the Zero Bounce
Will Durst, Humor Times
Durst writes: "Some polls actually suggested the GOP ticket received less than Zero Bounce from their convention. Less than zero. On the wrong side of the ledger. Red ink. A negative Bounce; which could be referred to as a Plunge. Might need to christen a new buzzword: the Convention Dip. But that would involve stripping Chris Christie of his own personal Tampa catalogue description."
Another Romney Video: 'There's Just No Way' to Achieve Middle East Peace
Ben Armbruster, ThinkProgress
Armbruster writes: "Romney has previously said he supports a two-state solution but in the video uncovered by Mother Jones, the GOP presidential nominee indicates he has no interest in actively pursuing peace."
Battle Over Mining in Ancient Forest Goes to Sweden's Highest Court
Sylvia Rowley, Guardian UK
Rowley reports: "Environmentalists have warned that a damaging precedent will be set if Finnish company Nordkalk is allowed to carry out large-scale limestone mining in an ancient, biodiverse habitat on the northern Swedish island of Gotland."
Live Coverage: Occupy Worldwide
Reader Supported News Special Coverage
The seed planted on September 17, 2011, in New York City has grown into a national and international movement. Occupy Wall Street has branched out with hundreds of groups organizing Occupy protests in their own communities. Reader Supported News highlights some of the more significant actions from around the country here. Share this page with your friends and associates and check back often for the latest developments.
Tom Engelhardt | US Troops to Guatemala?
200 US Marines have been deployed to Guatemala. (photo: Getty Images)
Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch
Engelhardt writes: "Washington may be mobilized for permanent war. Special operations forces may be operating in up to 120 countries. Drone bases may be proliferating across the planet. We may be building up forces in the Persian Gulf and 'pivoting' to Asia, no one here notices; no one here cares."
Alan Grayson | Moody's: Living in Cloud Cuckoo Land
Alan Grayson, Reader Supported News
Grayson writes: "Here is what I think. Moody's, like the rest of Wall Street, very much wants the Bush tax breaks for the rich extended. If we do jump off the so-called 'fiscal cliff,' then the Bush tax breaks end. So Moody's is playing the downgrade card, fear-mongering, to try to prevent that. That's actually the generous interpretation. It's either that, or Moody's is living in what Aristophanes called 'Cloud Cuckoo Land.'"
Occupy Begins 'Year II' With Three-Day Convergence
Yates McKee, Waging Nonviolence
McKee reports: "September 17 (S17) is of course the one-year anniversary of the occupation of Zuccotti Park, a reclaiming of public space that galvanized the political imagination of the country and the world with its proclaimed opposition between the 99 percent and the 1 percent."
Lynne Buske | Bush Era Organic Scandal Ends in $7.5 Million Settlement
Lynne Buske, Cornucopia Institute
Buske writes: "What has been billed the largest scandal in the history of the organic industry has now resulted in a court settlement on behalf of consumers against Aurora Dairy, a giant factory farm operator with industrial-scale operations in Colorado and Texas."
Alzheimer's Could Be the Most Catastrophic Impact of Junk Food
George Monbiot, Guardian UK
Monbiot reports: "There is evidence that poor diet is one cause of Alzheimer's. If ever there was a case for the precautionary principle, this is it."

Lakoff-Wehling | Romney's Apology Frame
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Lakoff and Wehling write: "Mitt Romney responded to the recent Cairo events with an apology frame. America, he said, must never apologize for its values."
Charles Pierce | Roger Goodell and the 1 Percent's War On Pensions
Charles Pierce, Esquire Magazine
Pierce writes: "Defined-benefits pensions 'don't really exist' anymore because of deliberate acts of politicians that encouraged their wholescale destruction by American business."
Emanuel In Legal Bid to End Chicago Teacher's Strike
Al Jazeera English
Excerpt: "Rahm Emanuel, mayor of Chicago, has turned to the city's courts to end a teacher's strike that has entered its second week."
How the Media Ignore Poverty
Jeff Spross, ThinkProgress
Spross reports: "The bad news is that poverty remains virtually invisible in the media, particularly when it comes to campaign coverage."
Police Roll Out New Tactics for Occupy Anniversary
Matt Taylor, New York Magazine
Taylor reports: "It is September 17, the first anniversary of the somewhat spontaneous occupation of Zuccotti Park, and what else could protesters do but try to disrupt the flow of life for the one percent?"
Live Coverage: Occupy Worldwide
Reader Supported News Special Coverage
The seed planted on September 17, 2011, in New York City has grown into a national and international movement. Occupy Wall Street has branched out with hundreds of groups organizing Occupy protests in their own communities. Reader Supported News highlights some of the more significant actions from around the country here. Share this page with your friends and associates and check back often for the latest developments.

Commenting Enhancements on NPR.org

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In August we sent you a survey to many of you, asking your thoughts and opinions regarding commenting on NPR.org. We had a great response: over 6,000 of you took the time to tell us what you thought. The feedback was very valuable. We've used it to help guide us in some key decisions, as we've been working to update our current commenting tools.
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Sept. 18, 2012: In This Issue
º Polar Bears Trump Big Oil
º Giant Sequoias -- Safe at Last?
º India's Barefoot College
º Drive Green, Save Green
º Sierra Club Holiday Cards

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Priceless Treasure Needs Protection

Southwest Colorado's Chimney Rock Archaeological Area offers visitors an array of enticements: striking geological formations, an ancient observatory, and extraordinary architecture dating back to 850 A.D.

But only two U.S. Forest Service staffers are currently assigned to manage Chimney Rock. Designation as a national monument would give this area the recognition, resources, and protection it deserves.

Write to President Obama and urge him to designate Chimney Rock as a national monument.
Farewell to a Keeper of the Mountains

Larry GibsonWest Virginia environmental hero Larry Gibson died on September 9 while working on his cabin on his beloved Kayford Mountain. He was 66. Larry's homestead was an island of natural beauty amid a moonscape of destruction wrought by mountaintop-removal mining, which Larry fought tooth-and-nail for the past two decades.

Even in the face of death threats and intimidation, "Larry never backed down," says Mary Anne Hitt, director of the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign. On September 13, hundreds of people rallied in Washington, D.C., calling for an end to mountaintop-removal mining. The day was dedicated to Larry Gibson.

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Polar Bears Trump Big Oil

Polar Bears Trump Big OilRoyal Dutch Shell announced yesterday that it will not move forward with plans to drill for oil in the Arctic's Beaufort and Chukchi Seas -- this year. Shell put off drilling after spill containment equipment failed during a test under calm, predictable conditions.

Known as the Polar Bear Seas, the waters where Shell still wants to drill are home to the entire U.S. population of polar bears and serve as a vital migration route for bowhead and beluga whales. More than a million people have spoken out against Shell's drilling plans over the past few months.

Tell President Obama you're thrilled that Shell has decided not to drill this year -- and urge him to protect the Polar Bear Seas next year.

Rooftop Solar

The buzz about clean cars: Move beyond oil with electric vehicles!

Electric Vehicle Plug-In Day Because they turn their back on the pump, oil spills, and tailpipe emissions, a switch to electric vehicles is an important part of our economic future, and an important solution to climate disruption. Fueling one costs the equivalent of 75 cents per gallon of gas, and next to nothing in maintenance!

But as long as our highways are dominated by gas stations rather than EV-charging stations, it will be very hard to move beyond oil.

Write your governor today to support more infrastructure for electric vehicles in your state!

India's Barefoot CollegeMake Light: India's Barefoot College

Rural mothers come to northern India's Barefoot College from villages in Fiji, Peru, Rwanda, and beyond.

They arrive largely unschooled and leave six months later as solar engineers
, ready to electrify their worlds.

Photo: Lana Slezic

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Giant Sequoias -- Safe at Last?

Giant SequoiasThe U.S. Forest Service has released a long-awaited new management plan for Giant Sequoia National Monument in California's Sierra Nevada. President Clinton created the monument to protect groves of giant sequoia located outside of national parks.
But unlike most national monuments, which are managed by the National Park Service, Giant Sequoia is overseen by the Forest Service, which proposed to cut 7.5 million board feet of timber a year in the monument.

After years of grassroots pressure, including more than 350,000 comments submitted by Sierra Club members and supporters, the Forest Service has finally released a management plan that doesn't default to cutting down trees.

Drive Green, Save Green

The Hartford InsuranceThe Hartford -- ranked the "#1 Greenest Financial Services Company" in Newsweek's 2011 "Green Rankings" for its environmental performance -- is offering Sierra Club members and supporters special rates on auto insurance, additional discounts for hybrid and electric vehicles, and coverage options that help you rebuild with eco-friendly materials if something happens to your home.

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"Rhode Island's Future"  

While Cranson may feel agreived that it can't violate state law by using the term father-daughter dance, it seems several other Rhode Island communities are doing just fine without it. In fact, one former student says it wasn't so long ago that her Cranston elementary school stopped using the phrase.
GOP congressional candidates in Massachusetts and Connecticut have spoken out against Mitt Romney's troubling comments about the 47 percent, but here in Rhode Island local GOP candidates aren't even answering the question. Should we interpret that to mean they agree with Romney?
Just because Politfact is correcting its error doesn't mean we are correcting our judgment of Brendan Doherty. We still think he's been something less than honest in his attack on David Cicilline. 
And in our daily Progress Report today, we look at failing homeless shelters in Rhode Island as well as the overall plight of the downtrodden, the rising use of food stamps here in the state and much, much more...
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Weird UFO orb Formation in Sunset, Sept 2012
Illuminati Spirit Orb Sighting
What Is In Our Skies, Part 16: Skyfish, Flying Rods, Solar Entities
Sky Bubble And UFO.

Late Afternoon Chemical Attack, Antelope Valley, Ca.
Chemtrails & the Ruling Elite
3D projection & 911 blue beam

This has been going around several sites. I could not find this announcement on the Keshe Foundation...
 Plastic debris in our oceans kills hundreds of thousands of seabirds, endangered sea turtles, rare seals and other marine species every year. Roughly 40 percent of the world's oceans are covered in giant, swirling convergences of garbage, including billions of pounds of plastic that have become semi-permanent floating islands.

More plastic has been produced in the past decade than in the entire 20th century, and much of it ends up in the ocean. For instance, in the Los Angeles area alone 20 tons of plastic fragments -- grocery bags, straws and soda bottles -- are carried into the Pacific every day. All this plastic takes a deadly toll on hundreds of marine animals, from brown boobies to great white sharks.

Please take a moment to sign our petition asking the Environmental Protection Agency to curb plastic pollution on our beaches and in our oceans.

Click here to find out more and take action.
If you have trouble following the link, go to http://action.biologicaldiversity.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=11461.

Please take action by December 31, 2012.
Read more about ocean plastics pollution here.
Photo of brown booby on plastic debris by Naim Manzanilla Rahal/The Clipperton Project.
  Nutritious Food Demonized by the Stanford Study - Don't Be Fooled   Organic vs Conventional Food
Discover the glaring errors and missing data in the "popular new wisdom" advocated in this recent study. And the suspicious timing of their revelations... Bonus: how to slash your toxic load by about 30%, your risk of antibiotic-resistant bacteria by approximately 33%, and more...

Leading Energy Drink Makers Under Investigation for Misleading Consumers
Subpoenas have been issued to three leading energy drink makers to gain information into their potentially illegal marketing and advertising practices. 

Mounting Evidence Suggests Coffee May Actually Have Therapeutic Health Benefits 

Find a Compassionate Doctor to Help You Prevent Vaccine Injuries   Children Vaccine Reactions
Is your pediatrician your partner in helping you make the best health care decisions for your child? If not, it's time to find one who is.  

If Your Vet Suddenly Warns You Away from Raw Pet Food, Here's Why
The AVMA, a professional association of American veterinarians, has just adopted a resolution against raw pet food diets. So if your U.S. vet suddenly has a problem with the raw diet you're feeding Fido or Fluffy, you probably have the AVMA to thank. 

Each of your cells contains the entire history of human evolution, beginning at the dawn of life 3 billion years ago. This week's cover story tells that surprisingly twisty tale. Also on newscientist.com this week (or right now for subscribers): people with an amazing memory for faces are using their superpower to fight crime; ambergris, the rare and prized perfume ingredient found only in one unappealing place; and bold schemes to filter fact from fiction on the web.
Julian Richards, deputy online editor, newscientist.com

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