Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Climate denial is immoral, says head of US Episcopal church [feedly]

Climate denial is immoral, says head of US Episcopal church
// The Guardian

Climate change is a moral challenge threatening the rights of the world's poorest people and those who deny it are not using God's gift of knowledge, says presiding bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

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Monday, March 23, 2015

New Gardener Classes for Low-Income Adults

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Seed to Supper/Siembra la Cena


Learn to grow your own food during a five-session introduction to gardening course offered by Marion-Polk Food Share, the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation, and OSU Extension Master Gardeners. The program highlights practical, low-cost gardening techniques for building, planning, planting, maintaining, and harvesting a successful vegetable garden. This class is open to low-income adults (defined as earning an income of $1945 or less per month for one individual).



Two English Courses and Two Spanish Courses:


McKinley Elementary School, 466 McGilchrist Street SE, Salem

Tuesdays from 6-7:30 PM starting March 31st

(in English, childcare and food provided)

* Filling up quickly, limited spaces still available!

Grant Community School, 725 Market Street NE, Salem

Wednesdays from 6-7:30 PM starting April 1st

(in Spanish, childcare and food provided)


Northgate Community Church, 3193 Silverton Road NE, Salem

Saturdays from 10:30-noon starting April 11th

(in Spanish, food provided)


John Knox Presbyterian Church, 452 Cummings Lane N, Keizer

Thursdays from 6-7:30 PM starting April 16th

(in English, snack provided)



Please sign up here: Click Here to Register 



For more information, contact Ingrid at 503-798-0457 or ievjenelias@marionpolkfoodshare.org.










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Sunday, March 22, 2015

WORD: Low-carbon fuel standard is 'phony green symbolism' (Letters to the Editor)

I wish this were not absolutely correct in every respect but, alas, it is.

People who disdain anti-vaccination hysteria as anti-scientific but then turn around and support agrofuels are like the cop who uses a powerful flashlight as a club to smash heads of protestors, making it a weapon rather than a tool of enlightenment.

Low-carbon fuel standard is 'phony green symbolism' (Letters to the Editor) | OregonLive.com
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Why Oregon should leave the death penalty in the Dark Ages where it belongs

If any other industry -- hospitals, transportation, aviation, medicine, food processing -- so regularly got their basic work task so seriously wrong with such lethal consequences, they would be stopped and the parties responsible for the problems held liable for gross recklessness at the least - and that doesn't even address the instances of intentional corruptions of proceedings with perjured testimony and failures to disclose exculpatory evidence.

The basic arrogance the law is shown not just in the hubris of prosecutors but the complete unwillingness of the key players who run the show to subject themselves to it. That prosecutors and capital trial judges have complete immunity for breakdowns and misconduct committed in prosecutions is a ringing testament to their actual views about whether the system is trustworthy and reliable:

They have absolute faith in the system, so long as they are not themselves subject to it.

‘It was fundamentally unfair.’ A prosecutor apologizes for his role in putting an innocent man on death row - The Washington Post


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Child laborers poisoned -- in the US?!

I've just signed this important petition at Avaaz demanding the US stop allowing tobacco companies to hire children to work the fields.

Join me here: https://secure.avaaz.org/en/us_ban_child_labor_full_/?kiMcPdb

Great opportunity to do important paid work in Salem: Open Position at MPFS

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Hello gardeners, 


I wanted to alert you all of an open job posting here at the Food Share.  Applications are being accepted now; see below for full details.




Jared Hibbard-Swanson

Farm and Garden Program Manager



Summary of role - Agency Relations Coordinator

MPFS supports a network of over 100 partner charities that directory distribute food to the local community. The Agency Relations Coordinator is responsible for supporting our partnering food pantries and meal sites through monitoring, data tracking and other agency network coordination efforts.


Statement of Purpose:

Maximize the impact of Marion-Polk Food Share by fostering positive relationships with Partner Agencies and supporting an effective Partner Agency network.

Areas of Responsibility and Tasks:

  • Provide excellent customer service to our network of food pantry and meal site managers and volunteers.  
  • Conduct biyearly monitoring and occasional extra assessments of pantries and meal sites. Ensure adherence to network, state and federal standards and regulations.
  • Collect and compile agency network statistics.
  • Assist partners in becoming interconnected with neighborhood and regional resources to provide client referrals.
  • Assist in implementation of client-focused agency best practices, education and programming in the MPFS partner agency network.
  • Understand partner agency financial support needs and coordinate requests to obtain funding.  
  • Analyze and compile reports of client service data. Produce reports for Agency Relations Manager and other Marion-Polk Food Share Departments.
  • Proactively build positive relationships with partners that encourage a culture of trust, collaboration and philanthropy.
  • Assist with coordination of Spring Break Lunch and nutrition education programming.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Position Proficiency Requirements:


  • High School diploma or equivalent; college degree or some college preferred.
  • Comfortable working with individuals from diverse backgrounds, including families in crisis, non-English speakers, seniors and faith-based organizations.
  • Able to keep up with a work environment of frequent interruptions and tight schedule while maintaining a high level of organization and communication.
  • Good oral and written communication skills required.
  • Proficient at Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel) and comfortable learning new computer programs.
  • One year minimum experience in customer service or social service related position preferred.
  • Experience with data entry or data collection a plus.
  • Fluency in Spanish desired.
  • Must support the mission of Marion-Polk Food Share.


Posting Details:

Start Date: As soon as possible.

Wage: Starts at $13.00 - $15.00/hour. DOE.


Status:This is a .75 FTE, temporary position, with the duration of at least 1 year. Continuation of position after 1 year is possible. As a temporary position, this position does not include health benefits. Prorated sick, vacation and holiday leave are included with this position.


How to apply:


Send 1) MPFS completed general application, 2) resume and 3) cover letter to careers@marionpolkfoodshare.org or deliver to 1660 Salem Industrial Dr. NE, Salem, OR 97301. 

Emailed applications preferred.


Download the MPFS general application at http://www.marionpolkfoodshare.org/ContactUs/Careers.aspxs.


For questions about the position contact Megan Rivera, Agency Relations Manager, at mrivera@marionpolkfoodshare.org.  


Deadline to apply: Friday March 27, 2015, 5pm.



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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Global warming rates are about to hit the gas, researchers find

Global warming rates are about to hit the gas, researchers find -- science roundup (photos, videos) | OregonLive.com
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Saturday, March 14, 2015

The One Comic That Explains Just How Screwed America Is

Oh, and add Germany to the list of sane countries too. While the GOP and war profiteers try to start a war with Iran, sane countries gape with astonishment at the U.S.: The Empire That Couldn't Be Beaten and So Decided to Destroy Itself Instead


Monday, March 9, 2015

Letter from witness casts further doubt on 2004 Texas execution - The Washington Post [feedly]

Reminder 28476 about "How the death penalty actually works," or "why prosecutors and judges should have no immunity in capital trials."

(Anyone who thinks the system is so good that it is reliable enough to kill with can surely have no objection to not having personal immunity from prosecution for putting a thumb on the scale to ensure the "right" result, right?)

Letter from witness casts further doubt on 2004 Texas execution - The Washington Post
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Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Empire Striking Back: Utilities wage campaign against rooftop solar

An obscene campaign that puts electric utility execs and revolving door regulators on the same level as tobacco execs who claimed not to know smoking was hazardous or addictive.

Utilities wage campaign against rooftop solar - The Washington Post
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Friday, March 6, 2015

Stream TEDxManhattan Sat. 3/7: Changing the Way We Eat

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Socially Responsible Agricultural Project

TEDxManhattan: "Changing the Way We Eat"  streaming live this Saturday, March 7, 2015


Kendra Kimbirauskas (Farmer and Chief Executive Officer of SRAP) and Michele Merkel (​Co-Director of the ​Food & Water Watch Justice Project ​and President of SRAP's Board of ​Directors) are going to be giving talks about factory farms this Saturday at TEDxManhattan: Changing the Way We Eat.

Kendra and Michele will be joining amazing food and farming experts from across the country. You can learn more about the other speakers here.

You can tune into the live stream from the event this Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 10:30AM - 6:00PM EST by going to http://www.tedxmanhattan.org/webcast/.

To view the schedule of the speakers and the speaker times, please go here. We encourage you to attend this event and spread the word by telling your family and friends and posting it on your Facebook page. You can also join the Twitter conversation at #TEDxMan and @TEDxManhattan.

We appreciate your support! 

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Rally against Haste and Waste in Siting new Salem Police HQ Facility

Salem City Watch Members, 

The Police Facility Task Force will be meeting at the Broadway Commons next week on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, from 6 pm to 8 pm to further discuss the best location for a new police facility. The public is invited and encouraged to attend so you can lend your support for an appropriate location.  A new Police Force Facility is sorely needed and members of the community who serve on the task force are particularly anxious [sic -- eager] that it be built economically, with expediency, and in a carefully thought out way that can best serve the needs of the police and the community. After all 56% of the City of Salem's general fund is spent on Police and Fire every year.  

       It is vitally important that everybody come.  This is likely to be the decisive meeting.  It appears from the Agenda that staff and some task force members are attempting to push the location back to Civic Center.  There are many good reasons, including the excessive cost, for not placing the new facility on city hall property or right next to it or across the street.  Your input is needed on these issues.  Please come!  This is the time, there will not be another.

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Re: Big Oil attacks Oregon's clean fuels

That's a load of crap.  Biofuels are fossil fuels plus topsoil depletion, GMOs run wild, and INCREASED climate emissions. That's without even considering the effect on food prices.  Biofuels kill.

It's pathetic that organizations helping Big Oil lock in the liquid fossil fuels paradigm are pretending to do something TO Big Oil when they're really just doing something FOR Big Oil.

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On Mar 4, 2015, at 09:56, NRDC - Joel Reynolds <earthaction@nrdcaction.org> wrote:


Protect Oregon's Clean Energy Future

Protect San Onofre State Beach from disaster!


In Oregon, we are moving quickly on plans to cut carbon pollution, the dangerous stuff that fuels climate change.

But Oregon's inspiring clean energy program is at risk of being polluted by Big Oil. The oil industry is trying to kill the program that has phased in a mix of cleaner fuels for our vehicles while reducing the amount of dirty fuels that pollute our air, water and land.

Protect the law that protects Oregon -- tell your state representative to stand firm against Big Oil's attacks on clean fuels.

The Oregon State Senate voted last month to extend the Clean Fuels Program -- but, true to form, the oil industry is investing big money to lobby the House to block extension of the program.

The Clean Fuels Program is already working by phasing in a mix of cleaner fuels for our cars and trucks since 2009.

And hundreds of innovative companies are now producing cleaner fuels, including sustainable, advanced biofuels, clean electricity and biogas. We're creating clean energy jobs, right here in Oregon, and saving money on fuel at the same time.

The Clean Fuels Program will continue to spur investments in clean energy, cut our oil consumption and introduce more fuel competition to the state. But we can't stop now.

Tell your Oregon representative to stand up for Oregon's Clean Fuels Program.

We cannot afford the oil industry's monopoly over our transportation fuels, economy and health. Don't let profitable polluters take our state backwards -- help protect Oregon's clean energy future.

Thank you,
Joel Reynolds
Western Director, NRDC

Robert Kennedy Jr. to show anti-vaccine film in Salem

This is terrible.

RFK Jr. Has done fine work and his heart is definitely in the right place, but this and support for biofuels on the left are just more evidence that anti-science lunacy is not solely a trait of the GOP.


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I just signed this GMO petition -- will you?

Republicans in Congress obedient to Satan's chosen emissary on Earth (Monsanto) are set to reintroduce a bill to block GMO labeling.

So much for the states rights they're always yammering about. Turns out that only applies to oppressive measures to control people -- they're fine with federal control over state laws when it works for their corporate masters.

That's why I just took action urging Congress to reject this dangerous legislation. I think you should, too.

Sign the petition here: http://act.credoaction.com/sign/stop_dark_act?sp_ref=105551113.4.11640.e.46010.2&referring_akid=.478817.q3iuJc&source=mailto_sp

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Here's the Kickstarter for Salem . . . a cheesemaker's factory in Independence!

These are great people with a great product.  Let's help them get re-established so they can continue to supply awesome cheese for us in Salem (go to Lifesource or Cascade Baking Co. to find it if you haven't tried it).

The Mrs. and I met at the University of Wisconsin
(state motto: "Come and Freeze in the Land of Cheese"), so we tend to feel like we know good cheese. And anyone who looks at me immediately can tell that I still have a thing for great cheese.

And the Full Circle Creamery cheese is EXTRAORDINARY.


Sunday, March 1, 2015

It’s hard to worry about polar bears when Malawi is flooding RIGHT NOW | Grist

Good article with fantastic, lengthy comment from an Aussie appended, discussing why Obama has taken a such a profoundly hypocritical dive on responding to climate disruption. And one commenter has proposed what might be the only way to get elites in America to care about the issue:

"Climate Change to End Spring Break, Scientists Say"

"Scientist say white kids and some kids of color (who aren't too colored to be kind of scary) will not be able to party their asses off in Cancun by 2020 due to coastal beach resorts being submerged. Scientists have had to ask the tough question: "won't someone think of the children (white meritocratic high achieving children, of course)?"

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