Sunday, August 30, 2015

Help prevent planetary "I can't breathe" -- Power a game-changer to save the Amazon

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/save_the_amazon_mix_nd1/?dty 

This is the best idea ever.

You know the Amazon - provides 20% of the planet's oxygen, 10% of our biodiversity, our best defense against climate change and home to unique indigenous peoples?

They're cutting it down, at the rate of over 16 football fields *in the time it takes to read this*. No joke.

How do we stop it? Here's the idea -- the world's first, international, fully protected, incredibly massive, reserve park!! A million of us have already backed this idea -- and the Colombian government supports it! Now we just need to win Brazil. President Dilma's popularity is in the toilet right now, and she needs a crowd pleaser - Brazilians love the Amazon, so insiders say she could go for it!

This park will be twice the size of *France*. It sounds like a dream, but we are within striking distance of winning -- one of the best things we ever did. But as soon as it gets close to a win, the ranching and mining lobbies will come hard at it with fistfuls of corrupt money. We need a full bells and whistles publicity campaign to get President Dilma behind this and quickly! If 50,000 of us donate the cost of a drink or meal in the next 24 hours we can do it.

Chip in to help make the Amazon into the world's largest park! 

"Let's live on the planet as if we intend to stay."


Monday, August 24, 2015

Sounds freaking terrific to me --NYT Cohen on Sanders

If this is supposed to show how absurd Sanders is, I think we need a lot more of it.

"Let's live on the planet as if we intend to stay."

On both sides of the Atlantic, grumpy is good in politics. Outsider is good. Plain talk is good. Trump's "Deal with it," is the phrase du jour.

Sanders wants to expand Social Security, take America to a single-payer European-style national health system, invest massively to restore America's crumbling infrastructure, make public college tuition free, get rid of "starvation wages" for workers, tax Wall Street trading, end America's wars, and break up banks that are too big to fail.

DC helping finance solar via property tax bills

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Reply-To: info@ases.org

Want Solar Panels on Your Property? D.C. Will Help You Pay for Them.
The administration of Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) announced Friday that the city's Property Assessed Energy Act program is officially open for business - and Nikolaev's soon-to-be-retrofitted gas station is its first client. The PACE program, which is tied to legislation the District approved in 2012, allows the city to finance energy upgrades through property tax bills.
"The solar-panel system always made financial sense, but the absence of financing was a big reason why I couldn't do it before," Nikolaev said. "It's definitely saving me money, and it's beautifying the station." More

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Tell the feds: Don't make elders more vulnerable to abuse in nursing homes!

Arbitration clauses make elders more vulnerable to abuse and reward nursing home operators who allow abuse and neglect of residents. Tell CMS to prohibit binding arb clauses in nursing home admissions contracts!

CMS is still making rules and could prohibit predispute arb clauses in nursing home contracts.
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/editorials/2015/08/19/editorial-nursing-homes-take-away-right-sue/32033361/


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Monday, August 17, 2015

Great stuff -- Salem Harvest garden party fundraiser

"Let's live on the planet as if we intend to stay."
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> I hope you're having a great summer. Salem Harvest is, we even harvested strawberries this season, over 3,500 pounds donated. We're already up to 47,000 pounds total donated in 2015.
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> Salem Harvest is hosting a fundraiser party, it's at a classic estate up in Fairmount area. Wine, small plates, Willamette University opera singers! Should be awesome.
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> There's an invitation attached. If you would be so kind, please also pass it along to others you know who may be interested or post it on social media.
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> Best,
> Rob
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> To feed the hungry by harvesting food that would go to waste
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> Robert Easton
> 503.400.6618 x3
> reaston@salemharvest.org
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> PO Box 483
> Salem, OR 97308

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Just One Backyard: One Man’s Search for Food [feedly]

Just One Backyard: One Man's Search for Food
// City Farmer News

onebNew book.

"We have all of the pieces of the puzzle that are needed to create sustainable food systems … we just need to put them together. It isn't a matter of choice, it is a matter of survival."

By Dr. Zahina-Ramos (Dr. Z)
He holds a M.S. degree in the biological sciences and a Ph.D. in geosciences.
Published Jan 2015

Sustainability is an entertaining and enlightening tale of how Dr. Zahina-Ramos turned his urban residential backyard into a research study to measure the many benefits of urban agriculture. This is no dry lecture based on puffed-up rhetoric. Dr. Z has skillfully accomplished one of the most difficult challenges- weaving heartwarming storytelling and scientific facts together in a way that even a novice can appreciate and enjoy.

The first half of the book takes the reader on a thoughtfully told journey through the history of food growing, from ancient times through the 21st century, carefully describing how our food supply has become dominated by an industrialized production system that is dependent on unsustainable practices and harms the environment.

By drawing upon historical fact, his family's experiences and stories told to him by food gardeners around the world, its eloquent message remains fresh right up to the end. The second half of the book gets down to the nitty-gritty of what sustainable urban food growing is and the numerous benefits it can give. Several chapters describe the social, environmental, ecological and economic benefits of urban agriculture in a way that has never been possible before- with hard numbers, rather than broad generalizations.

Even though the current unsustainable food system is fraught with problems, Dr. Z lays out solutions that can provide for the needs of the 21st century. The result is inspirational and empowering. This timeless work is destined to become the foremost book on the benefits from and necessity of urban food growing.

See the book.


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What did JK Rowling tell two aspiring authors on Twitter? - CSMonitor.com [feedly]



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What did JK Rowling tell two aspiring authors on Twitter? - CSMonitor.com
http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/2015/0816/What-did-JK-Rowling-tell-two-aspiring-authors-on-Twitter
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The GOP as the progressive party

For the last forty years, mind you, America has been moving steadily along an easily defined trajectory. We've moved step by step toward more political and economic inequality, more political corruption, more impoverishment for those outside the narrowing circles of wealth and privilege, more malign neglect toward the national infrastructure, and more environmental disruption, along with a steady decline in literacy and a rolling collapse in public health, among other grim trends. These are the ways in which we've been progressing, and that's the sense in which the GOP counts as America's current progressive party: the policies being proposed by GOP candidates will push those same changes even further than they've already gone, resulting in more inequality, corruption, impoverishment, and so on.

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The Archdruid Report
http://thearchdruidreport.blogspot.it/
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