America’s Unjust Justice System ~ Bryan Stevenson’s Ted talk ~ Please Lend Your Ears

Facebook does indeed have merit as an information source when such insightful pieces comes through the news feed. Bill Moyers’ site shared this online via What Matters Today  http://billmoyers.com/2013/03/28/wealth-not-culpability-shapes-outcomes-in-court/    If you’re not sure why you should take the time to listen to Bryan Stevenson, please take a chance and listen for a few minutes before moving on. Give this a chance because Stevenson is good, really good, and well worth twenty-four minutes of your time.

Can’t we create a better world for everyone?

There’s much more on important issues from poverty, prisons, to Keystone XL on Moyers and Comapny http://billmoyers.com/

Explore and engage at will.

 

 

Vigilante Tantrums

H3nry has been chatting about some very interesting items of concern to everyone who loves cyber-surfing–and other things about internet freedom and other freedoms that are of vital concern to the freedom of the imagination. He’s neatly covered a few things simmering in my brain-pan, so I thought I’d like to share his fun little take on those items of concern. Aside: yes, DuckDuckGo is real search engine. It quacks along quite nicely with the clucking hens and cheeky rooster. If you haven’t yet discovered H3nry’s blogcasa, now might be your chance. He has some fun Cool Reads, rants and strolls too. No, not trolls, strolls, as in cyber-strolling. Now where did Mr. Hyde get to?

high-grade discourse

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Friends, Romans, countrymen, and even my fellow psychic explorers who tune in from time to time, I think a chat is somewhat overdue. Today’s controlling archetype seems to be the valiant sentinel chicken and a clucking is in order. Got some stuff on my mind that just might interest you.  In the realm of epidemiology, our friend the sentinel chicken is housed several miles from the outskirts of a population center to indicate potential infectious threats.  Well, it seems to this vagabond toting words, that the infections associated with Consumer Capitalism 2.0 are mental in nature and require identification to facilitate distillation within the crucible of your lives.

Lemme first apologize about the radio silence as every now and again I like to engage my mental cloaking device for a minor reprieve from the information overload. The incessant data delivery is definitely detrimental, even to devotees of the Dewey decimal…

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Catch a view of, “Life Feels Good” ~ Sunday, December 8, 2013, Winner of Golden Teeth of Camera~ Polish Film Festival in America

Screening of LIFE FEELS GOOD directed by Maciej Pieprzyca 

2013 GOLDEN TEETH OF CAMERA FOR THE MOST INTERESTING FEATURE FILM

Screening of LIFE FEELS GOOD by Maciej Pieprzyca will take place on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 4:00 PM. in Muvico Rosemont 18.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8 AT 4:00 PM. 
MUVICO ROSEMONT 18 (9701 Bryn Mawr Ave, Rosemont)

Mental disability? Or just a problem with communication? This dilemma determines the fate of Mateusz, a young man suffering from cerebral palsy. Inspired by true events, “Life Feels Good” is a story which gives hope and sends a positive message. The film shows that the power of a strong will makes it possible to overcome adversity, and go beyond one’s own limits to enjoy life, just the way it is. To find happiness, giving up is never an option.

 

INFO & TICKETS: 773.486.9612  WWW.PFFAMERICA.COM
THE SPACE IS VERY LIMITED

 Polish Film Festival in America | 1112 N. Milwaukee Ave. | Chicago , IL 60642 | tel:773.486.9612

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Shout Out! To KCPT and ALL PBS viewers. Share your mind with KCPT about pulling the film “Citizen Koch” from the air.

Hello KCPT,

We, your viewers,  really want to see “Citizen Koch.” It should not have been pulled off the air. The public has a right to see the documentary and the station should not be fearful of upsetting the Koch brothers.

Public television should be used to inform us; that was the purpose of Independent Lens, was it not?

If you watch PBS, please call for the national showing of this important documentary.

That’s why I signed a petition to KCPT Public Television Station, which says:

“I think the public has a right to view the film “Citizen Koch.” We are requesting you to please show this film. Koch money shouldn’t influence what we can or can’t see aired on our PBS station.”

Will you sign the petition too? Click here to add your name:

http://petitions.moveon.org/workingfamilies/sign/kcpt-kansas-city-air?source=s.fwd&r_by=642703

The people of Wisconsin have not given up. Why should the rest of us?

 

Raise your voice, Tweet, Facebook and reblog at will. Please help fight media control.

Thanks!

Are you slippery when wet? “It’s All About the Water” : Free concert, August 31, Hot Springs, SD.

Yes, the Clean Water Alliance, the Black Hills Wild Horse Sandtuary and local musicians have teamed up once again to get the info out about the threat of Uranium Mining coming to the Black Hill region by –of course–a Canadian company, Powertech.  Canada–what a place–it’s the home of the Tar Sands and birthplace of Idle No More.  If you know the score it’s a chance to get refreshed. If you’re out of the intel loop, it’s time to get clued in. Because you too need water to live.

From Press Release:

WE ARE THE LAND, Uranium Mining in the Black Hills” documentary video short by Christopher Crosby will be presented at IT’S ALL ABOUT THE WATER, a free concert on Saturday, Aug 31 2013 – Red Rock River Resort, 603 N. River Hot Springs, SD. 6:30pm – 9:30pm.
The free concert will feature local musical artists, Gardner Gray, Mike Linderman, Evan Christenson and others.
“We Are The Land, Uranium Mining in the Black Hills” was produced by Karla LaRive, Susan Watt and The Institute of Range and American Mustang in 2011 at the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, Hot Springs South Dakota.

 

Concerned Citizens of the Southern Hills presents IT’S ALL ABOUT THE WATER concert Red Rock River Resort
Hot Springs South Dakota Saturday, August 31 2013 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Dewey-Burdock Uranium Mining in the Black Hills — Just Say No! ~ Community Meeting: 10 January 2013, Hot Springs, South Dakota, American Legion, 6:30 pm.

photo @ Karla LaRive 2012

The letter following my comments  is from the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary pages on Facebook.  Please help spread the news.  I think they could use some major support. They’re fighting uranium mining. This post is my tiny effort to raise awareness. Thanks to Earth Tribe for its support.

Powertech Exposed –and the difficulty of commenting via a malfunctioning website: http://www.powertechexposed.com/  The uranium mining industry is not playing “fair”–because they know their mining is not wanted in the Black Hills -or anywhere else where the population is informed about the dangers of uranium mining and the environmental dangers it produces.  Clearly some people learned nothing from the Fukushima disaster.

Please consider the dangers and consequences of the Dewey-Burdock project – From the desk of IRAM Program Director, Susan Watt

by Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 4:05pm ·

From the desk of IRAM Program Director, Susan Watt

January 1, 2013

 

Please, I would ask all of you to read and understand what is going on in the arena of the Uranium Mining.

 

 

This proposed project affects all of us.  Please support our efforts by joining us and the community on Thursday Night, January 10, 2013 at the American Legion in Hot Springs, So Dakota for a Community Meeting at 6:30 pm. 

 

– SW

 

# # #

 

REPOST – December 30, 2012

 

Cindy Bladey, Chief, Rules, Announcements and Directives Branch

Division of Administrative Services

Office of Administration, Mailstop TWB-05-B01M

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Washington, D.C.  20555-0001

 

Docket NRC-2012-0277, the proposed Dewey-Burdock project, comments on the SEIS

 

Dear Ms. Bladey,

 

Twenty five years ago I founded the Institute of Range and American Mustang (IRAM) a 501 c 3 non-profit corporation. IRAM’s Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary is home to more than 600 wild horses on 13,000 acres of private range in South Dakota.

 

On this location one can find; 60 million year old remains from the Pleistocene era of plants and animals, Ancient Petroglyphs that date back hundreds of years, Native American Ceremonial Sites, Historic Pioneer homesteads, and hundreds of native species of plants and animals. IRAM is supported by the thousands of visitors that come to South Dakota each year to see the natural history of the local area. Besides a Wild Horse Sanctuary the historic significance of this region brings people and scientists from all over the world.

 

For hundreds of years, the Cheyenne River that runs through the Sanctuary was the first source of water for the wildlife that lived on the grassy prairies. Ancient man and the dinosaurs of the past traveled this waterway. Native Americans hunted the buffalo and then held their sacred ceremonies on this land.

 

Along with IRAM’s Board of Directors, I am greatly concerned over the proposed Powertech Dewey-Burdock project that is located within twenty miles of the Sanctuary. We feel that the SEIS was issued before all the relevant information was available.

 

The Cultural and Historic impact that will result from this proposed project have not been considered properly. The relevant information is still not available.  The SEIS should not have been issued until a thorough study of the cultural and historical sites on the proposed project area was completed.

 

The SEIS “dilutes” impacts by saying that the impacts are “small” because only part of the project area is involved.  The impacts are large to the affected areas, and that is what should be considered. The Cheyenne River and its water shed are within a few miles from the proposed mining area. Our house wells and livestock wells all share the same aquifer that is to be used to inject the waste water from the project.

 

The SEIS only includes the impacts of a 100-year flood, and some facilities are allowed within the 100-year flood boundaries.  A 500-year flood should be considered.  No facilities should be allowed within the 100-year flood boundaries.  Vigorous, overland and stream flooding is common in the Black Hills.

 

The SEIS says that impacts are “small” in a number of instances because Powertech Uranium has said it will do certain things if problems develop.  The SEIS should not consider only the “best case” impacts, but should consider impacts if the problems found at other ISL projects develop.  The public and the environment should be protected from worst case impacts.

 

Besides over 600 wild horses, IRAM also has a herd of Red Angus Cattle and over 100 domestic horses, chickens, turkeys, and peacocks. We are greatly concerned over the potential exposure to radiation for all of these animals.

 

The SEIS lists a number of things that Powertech should do before it starts its operation, such as air dispersion modeling, livestock radiation sampling, pump testing, creating well field operational plans, and setting up emergency procedures for truck accidents.  These activities should be completed before a SEIS is issued, so that the public can have full information on which to base its comments, and so that the NRC can have full information on which to base its ratings of various impacts.

 

Due to the high desert environment, this area is very susceptible to lightning strikes and wild fires. This summer alone there were months of fires in the local area of the proposed mining.

 

The environmental impacts of wildfires, which are common in the immediate area of the proposed project, should be considered, including potential impacts if a fire strikes mining, pipelines, overhead power lines, and processing buildings.

 

The SEIS does not acknowledge environmental justice, cultural, and historical concerns that include Lakota treaty rights to the proposed project area and the fact that a number of Native American tribes consider the Black Hills to be sacred.

 

Bald eagles, sage-grouse, whooping cranes, and black-footed ferrets are all threatened or endangered wildlife species that could be negatively impacted by the proposed project.  Wildlife is simply expected to disperse and go elsewhere.  This creates undue hardship on sensitive species.

 

All ponds, including radium settling ponds, and areas where wastewater is applied to the land are threats to wildlife, particularly birds.

 

Public hearings should be held after full information is available on the proposed project.  Hearings held elsewhere during the writing of the NRC’s Generic Environmental Impact Statement are not adequate to this specific project.

 

Because the state no longer has regulatory authority over ISL mining, the federal government’s plans for monitoring the project should be clearly explained in detail, so that the public can determine whether monitoring will be adequate.

 

All data provided by Powertech Uranium should be independently verified.  It is not in the public interest to have the proposed project’s benefits and problems judged based almost entirely on data provided by the company seeking a permit.

 

The applicant has never mined uranium.  They do not have anything close to the resources necessary to create a mine.  The inexperience of the company and its lack of funding are important variables in the company’s ability to manage the environmental aspects of the proposed project and should be discussed in the SEIS.

 

The SEIS indicates that 30% of the water treated through the reverse osmosis process will become waste.  The impacts of the removal of this water from local aquifers should be discussed much more clearly.

 

All of the above facts about the Dewey Burdock project and the SEIS clearly affect the Institute of Range and American Mustang Programs and Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary. The Uranium Mining would endanger the wildlife, the mustangs, the water supplies, the land and all the people that are on the land.

 

This matter of allowing Uranium Mining and using the water from an already delicate ecosystem must be considered and analyzed from all dangers and risks. Science tells us what a situation is but it is up to the humans involved to make the decisions. Once this area is exposed the Uranium Mining there is no turning back the clock to undo the mistakes.

 

Our policy at IRAM is that man is the caregiver of the Earth and all of its beings and no one has the right to contaminate or pollute the environment. There are no second chances at life if the water, land, wildlife, people and history of an area are destroyed by Corporate Greed.

 

There is something very great at stake here in the Black Hills of South Dakota and we ask you please to consider the dangers and consequences of the Dewey-Burdock project of what it can and might to do to the very water we drink and the land we live on.

Sometimes in life the risk is just not worth taking. Please help us keep our land and water safe.

 

Sincerely,

Dayton O. Hyde

IRAM President / Founder

January 1 2013

 

 

 

What’s coming to the West Coast? No, not Santa’s reindeer. Port Shutdown from Icey Anchorage to Lovely LA.

Yes, folks this is for real. Port Shutdown is coming all along the entire West Coast of the USA. The mainstream media may decline to cover it. The city mayors may try to prevent it.  No talking heads will announce it on your local news stations. But Occupy Oakland’s action in Solidarity with the Longshoremen  has been agreed upon from Anchorage  to LA and beyond. This major mic check direct action fully intends to  fly.   

Check Occupy Oakland’s livestream for coverage on Dec. 12.    http://www.livestream.com/occupyoakland

 

 

 

 

 

Plastic Pollutes Perpetually

 

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OOPS! What the *&^! ??? OOPS Our Way

OOPS! Another example of inaccurate information from the news source famous for misinformation, misrepresentation and–now-mis-location. OOPS! Who needs social studies classes? Where in the world IS Egypt???? Not “here”…..OOOPS!

Where in the world?

These are serious times, deadly serious times and yet–yet there are moments of sublime humor. Though the degree of sublimity depends upon your own individual subjective  sense of humor. Btw, if anyone is interested, there is a little town called Sublimity in Oregon. Really, I’ve been there. Sublimity has a beautiful park of OLD trees, a post office built in 1890 and a few cemeteries for your touring pleasure. Now back to the main menu:  

 Oh lordy, lordy, lordy! I first heard about Fox’s inability to find Egypt via KKFI radio–but I thought they were being sarcastic and facetious–until a friend shared the image. I just could not keep it all to myself. Have to share it with everyone else who missed this priceless piece of world news coverage.  

Where’s a geography teacher when Fox News desperately needs one? Mapquest anyone? Got a 3D globe? Rand McNally wall map? Hey, they only report “news”, right? What do we expect from journalists? Who needs geographic accuracy? Might be useful for a “smart bomb” programmer—or not. Just send out the drones.

Oh hey, ABC is on the ball–or the “CAN” as in this case.  Yes, if you haven’t had the dubious pleasure of tear gas in person, this is its package. complete with Made in the USA.   Click the can to read more news coverage–American style. OOPS! WE make this stuff? Export it? Our economy needs some  serious greening from the looks of things.

ABC: Made in America

OOPS! And a major OOOOUCH! to everyone enjoying unemployment in America.  What can one billion American dollars buy? Depends on where you’re spending it. It could house a few people made homeless by the ongoing foreclosure crisis.  It  would buy A LOT of propane for folks on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota –which, btw,  contains  THE POOREST county in the USA–Ziebach. What would you spend a BILLION dollars on? According to Democracy Now! the American government has been “donating” at least a billion dollars a year to the Egyptian government for the last 30 years.  Click on the bundled buckeroos to learn more about this artwork–and view other visual aids.  You can visit Democracy Now! for more about what H. Clinton did and didn’t say about Egypt at http://www.democracynow.org/2011/1/27/egyptian_american_activist_hillary_clinton_forget

Visual Aid: One Billion American Dollars

Come on, don’t be shy–what would you do with a BILLION dollars every year?

Bioneers–streaming now!

Bioneers–Revolution From the Heart of Nature.

Streaming online now at www.kkfi.org  around the world. KKFI airs Bioneers every Friday at 9:30 am CST. 

http://www.bioneers.org/

Bioneers is a wonderful informative program about our world’s state of being and the interaction of people and Earth. Discover it if you care about Nature.  It’s about the interconnectedness of everything–people, planet, economics, et al,  for example, green collar justice.

Clicking on the logo will take you to Bioneers’ site. I encourage you to take the journey if you haven’t yet.

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