Trump's Budget Assault on the Environment Packs a Wallop
The administration's budget cuts $2.4 billion from the EPA's operating funds -- roughly 31 percent -- taking the agency's annual budget from $8.1 billion to $5.7 billion, the smallest since it was formed in 1970. These cuts will cripple regulation of air and water quality, strip oversight of a wide range of land management programs, and loosen restrictions on chemical emissions from industrial facilities.
Sunday, January 22, 2017
We Are Mourning -- But We Are Marching and Organizing for Democracy and the Earth
Trump has brought home the infection: imperial, greedy, misogynist, incompetent, uncaring, egomaniacal, sociopathic, a destroyer of the Earth. This is what we've been imposing on the rest of the world for so many decades. He is part of the price we pay for corrupting other countries and wrecking the lives of so many innocents within them.
Bonnie Raitt Just Keeps Getting Better
I continue to be amazed by the level of professionalism, heart and freshness Bonnie Raitt brings to the halls. There is never a dull moment in her shows, never a lag or a lapse. She is humble, conscientious and committed to her audiences. She laughs, she banters, she is on top of things.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
The Iconic Peace Ship Golden Rule Is Hit by a Police Boat!
Some 58 years after its maiden voyage, this legendary little boat is once again at center stage in the global struggle against the nuclear madness. In a nation bristling with atomic weapons and reactors, where innocent civilians are regularly gunned down en masse, this graceful vessel represents an ark of civility, nonviolence and hope.
Monday, June 6, 2016(5 comments)
What Will Finally Shut Down Diablo Canyon Nukes? Could a Bernie Win Help?
Since the Diablo license is soon up for renewal, and its operations depend on federal subsidies (most importantly for liability insurance), a Sanders victory in Tuesday's California primary might mark a step toward shutting Diablo. But far more important is that Sanders' supporters stick with the issue. To make a real difference, Sanders voters in California and elsewhere must escalate their activism after they vote.
New Hampshire is the Birthplace of Electronic Election Theft
As the New Hampshire primary lurches toward the finish line, the reality of electronic election theft looms over the vote count. This year in New Hampshire, we have Bernie Sanders rolling into Election Day with a very strong lead. Barack Obama did much the same (though with far smaller margins) in 2008, and emerged the loser. Could a similar outcome follow for Bernie?
Wednesday, November 25, 2015(2 comments)
Nuclear Reactors Make Isis an Apocalyptic Threat
As you read this, a terror attack has put atomic reactors in Ukraine at the brink of another Chernobyl-scale apocalypse.
Transmission lines have been blown up. Power to at least two major nuclear power stations has been "dangerously" cut. Without emergency backup, those nukes could lose coolant to their radioactive cores and spent fuel pools. They could then melt or explode, as at Fukushima.
Monday, November 2, 2015(1 comments)
Will Ohio Legalize Pot on Tuesday?
By all accounts the Drug War has had little impact on drug consumption in the US, except to make it more profitable for drug dealers. It's spawned a multi-billion-dollar industry in prison construction, policing, prison guards, lawyers, judges and more, all of them invested in prolonging the drug war despite its negative impacts on public health.
How Ohio's Energy Economy Became a Radioactive 19th Century Relic
Today Ohio's fossil-fueled, landlocked capital city is the western world's largest with neither internal commuter light rail nor access by passenger train service from anywhere else.
After being at the cusp of major solar & wind power advances, the state has all but killed the prospects for any large new green energy projects. The state may now miss one of history's biggest and most profitable technological transformations
Sunday, March 29, 2015(4 comments)
36 Years of Three Mile Island's Lethal Lies ...and Still Counting
The lies that killed people at Three Mile Island 36 years ago on March 28, 1979 are still being told at Chernobyl, Fukushima, Diablo Canyon, Davis-Besse " and at TMI itself. As the first major reactor accident that was made known to the public is sadly commemorated, and as the global nuclear industry collapses, let's count just 36 tip-of-the iceberg ways the nuclear industry's radioactive legacy continues to fester:
Activists Permanently Shut Down Vermont Yankee Nuke Plant Today
Throughout the world, nukes once sold as generating juice "too cheap to meter" comprise a global financial disaster. Even with their capital costs long-ago stuck to the public, these radioactive junk heaps have no place in today's economy--except as illegitimate magnets for massive handouts.
Corporate Personhood Is the Ebola Virus of Climate Chaos
But nothing truly lasting will happen until we eradicate the virus that's killing us all--the unrestrained corporate power over our lives and planet.
The core engine of our economy must at last be made directly accountable to humankind and our Mother Earth.
Saturday, September 13, 2014(2 comments)
Let's Bury King C.O.N.G. at People's Climate March
The corporate beast that's killing us all draws its power from a lethal mutation with no basis in law or sanity. Without a free and open internet to bring it down, our struggle to survive is in serious jeopardy. We can win.
But to do so we must preserve net neutrality, transform the corporation and bury King C.O.N.G. in the Solartopian compost heap.
Monday, July 21, 2014(4 comments)
Fukushima's Children are Dying
Some 39 months after the multiple explosions at Fukushima, thyroid cancer rates among nearby children have skyrocketed to more than forty times (40x) normal.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014(3 comments)
News Flash: Fukushima Is Still a Disaster
The corporate media silence on Fukushima has been deafening even though the melted-down nuclear power plant's seaborne radiation is now washing up on American beaches.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Fighting Our Fossil-Nuke Extinction
Our choice is not between nuclear power and fossil fuels. Either is sufficient to kill us outright or strand us alone on a dead planet. We can no more survive on a planet burned and poisoned by fossil fuels than we can on one mutated and heated by atomic energy. Time is short and the two movements must make their peace. We have the means. Now we need the will.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014(5 comments)
The Nuclear Omnicide
Burning coal spews still more radiation into our air, along with mercury and other lethal pollutants. Fracking for gas draws toxins up from the earth's crust. Industry apologists say reactors can moderate the climate chaos caused by burning those fossil fuels. But fighting global weirding with atomic power is like trying to cure a fever with a lethal dose of X-ray. The larger biospheric clock is ticking. We need to act.
Thursday, March 6, 2014(2 comments)
The USS Reagan Is Fukushima’s Unlucky Dragon
Fifty-seven years before the USS Ronald Reagan was swept with radiation from the Fukushima meltdown, a similar, terrible fate befell the crew of a small Japanese fishing boat called the “Lucky Dragon.”
Obama’s Nuke-Powered Drone Strike on America’s Fiscal Sanity
So the "all the above" energy strategy now deems we dump another $6.5 billion in bogus loan guarantees down the atomic drain. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has announced finalization of hotly contested taxpayer handouts for the two Vogtle reactors being built in Georgia. Another $1.8 billion waits to be pulled out of your pocket and poured down the radioactive sink hole.
A nuke-powered drone strike on fiscal sanity.
Monday, February 3, 2014(8 comments)
50 Reasons We Should Fear the Worst from Fukushima
This “see no evil, pay no damages” mindset dates from the Bombing of Hiroshima to Fukushima to the disaster coming next … which could be happening as you read this.
Here are 50 preliminary reasons why this radioactive legacy demands we prepare for the worst for our oceans, our planet, our economy … ourselves.
Pro-Nuke Scientists Should Go To Fukushima
The four scientists who have advocated more nuclear power as a solution to global warming should go to Fukushima. Atomic energy is a failed technology & the radiation now constantly gushing from that stricken site is already harming us all.
The Tokyo Electric Power Company is incapable of handling this worsening crisis. The Japanese government must turn the site over to a global task force of the world's best scientists
Thousands of Nuclear Regulators Sent Home During Shutdown
All of this has hurt the nuclear industry. A long, drawn-out shutdown would have gone further, killing the re-licensing process and the endless flow of rubber-stamped regulatory exceptions on which the industry thrives. An unmanageable accident in the midst of this shorthanded mess would have been another chime in a chorus of death knells.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013(3 comments)
The demand for a global take-over at Fukushima has hit critical mass
The petitions circulating through the Internet ask that the United Nations take over. They ask the world scientific and engineering communities to step in. The signatures are pouring in from all over the world. By November, they will be delivered to the United Nations. The corporate media has blacked out meaningful coverage of the most critical threat to global health and safety in decades. The Rootsaction petition also ask
Five Ways a Wider Syrian War Could Go Nuclear
Should DU weaponry be used yet again, this time in Syria, the contamination would be widespread and irreversible. Many thousands of innocent people -- including the countless unborn -- would suffer greatly. As with all radioactive fallout, the lethal effects will stretch through the generations.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013(2 comments)
Dr. Hansen, We Need You at Fukushima and Diablo Canyon
When you draw a line from Three Mile Island through Chernobyl and Fukushima, what comes next? At the very least -- before anyone spends time and money on still more atomic pipe dreams -- we need a unified global scientific community to put an end to the escalating radioactive horror that's with us now.
Grassroots Activism Brings San Onofre to the No Nukes Brink
In January, it seemed the restart of San Onofre Unit 2 would be a corporate cake walk.
With its massive money & clout, Southern California Edison was ready to ram through a license exception for a reactor whose botched $770 million steam generator fix had kept it shut for a year.
But a funny thing has happened: a No Nukes groundswell has turned this routine rubber stamping into an epic battle the grassroots might win
Monday, April 29, 2013(1 comments)
Los Angeles to San Onofre: 'Not So Fast!'
There is a deep-rooted public opposition to resumed operations at reactors perched in a tsunami zone near earthquake faults that threaten all of southern California & much of the Southwest.
Sunday, March 10, 2013(12 comments)
Fukushima is already harming our children
Thyroid abnormalities have now been confirmed among tens of thousands of children downwind from Fukushima. They are the first clear sign of an unfolding radioactive tragedy that demands this industry be buried forever.
Friday, February 15, 2013(2 comments)
Our Atomic Dominoes Are Falling
Every promise the nuclear energy industry has made---from "too cheap to meter" to "reactors don't explode" to "radiation is good for you"---has turned toxic. Green technology can save us from all this.
Monday, November 12, 2012(1 comments)
An Election Protection Agenda for 2016
Winning all this will require the usual blood, sweat and tears of a long, hard national grassroots campaign. Since Florida 2000 and Ohio 2004, this movement has made great strides in exposing the corrupt nature of an all-too-vulnerable electoral system.
But the hard work has just begun. If we are to live in a democracy, we have no choice but to win.
So let's do it!
Friday, November 9, 2012(1 comments)
Romney would have won if it had all come down to Ohio
Had this election been closer,your media days would now be filled with breathless bloviators perched here in Columbus,searching for hanging electronic chads.We would be in the throes of yet another losing Constitutional crisis,courtesy of an Electoral College whose roots are in slavery,and electronic registration and voting systems that should have been abolished long ago.If any of that is still in place in 2016,shame on us.
Saturday, November 3, 2012(2 comments)
Will America's 2012 Election Be Stolen? National Press Club, Monday, November 5
Press conference will focus on the ownership, programming, operation and management of America's electronic vote count, an on-going threat to the verifiability of our national vote count. Lisagor Room, National Press Club, 12:00 PM on Monday, November 5, 2012. With Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein and authors of WILL THE GOP STEAL AMERICA'S 2012 ELECTION, Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman
Thursday, November 1, 2012(3 comments)
Why we fight to prevent stolen elections in 2012 and beyond
Pay very close attention to what happens in this election, following with a powerful social movement that will deliver real democracy to this country.Which candidate gets your vote is not our concern here.As Americans,we agree on one thing: all citizens must have their right to a ballot and to have it counted.In the long run,our one best hope for a sustainable future is the power of a fully enfranchised people.
Monday, September 24, 2012(3 comments)
Will 9 GOP governors put Romney in the White House?
Republican governors of the nine key swing states above have the power to flip the election without significant public recourse. Except for exit polls there is no established way to check how the official electronic vote count might square with the actual intent of the electorate. And there is no legal method by which an electronic vote count can be effectively challenged.
Thursday, September 6, 2012(5 comments)
Will the GOP steal America's 2012 election?
For those working on the 2012 election, and for democracy in general, it will take an extraordinary commitment to protecting the registered status of millions of Americans, getting them to the polls, guaranteeing their right to vote once there, and making sure there is an accurate vote count -- electronic and otherwise -- once those votes are cast.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012(3 comments)
Murdoch's Journal pushes tragic Fukushima flim-flam
No verbal contortions can ever cleanse what Forbes Magazine long ago branded "the largest managerial disaster in American history." No error-filled whitewash will ever convince our bodies that radiation is good for us. While Rupert Murdoch helps paint a happy face on a dying industry, we continue to pay with our money and our lives.
Friday, August 24, 2012(28 comments)
Four Ways Ohio Republicans are Already Stealing the 2012 Election
By purging registration lists, limiting voting times, messing with voter ID requirements and controlling electronic voting machines, the GOP has a huge leg up on winning what has often been America's key swing state.
Clearly the Ohio GOP is once again geared up to deny the vote -- and vote count -- to as many Democrats as it can. If it succeeds, as it did in 2004, Barack Obama stands little chance of being re-elected.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012(1 comments)
The devil STILL has us death dancing at Fukushima
Our lives still hang by a Devil's thread at Fukushima.
The molten cores at Units 1, 2 & 3 have threatened all life on Earth. The flood of liquid radiation has poisoned the Pacific. Fukushima's cesium and other airborne emissions have already dwarfed Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and all nuclear explosions including Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012(2 comments)
A Transcendant CSN (Crosby Stills and Nash)
The power of music is one of the great unknowns in the human saga. For reasons we don't quite understand (yet) its vibrations can lift us to great heights, drop us down into deep depression, liberate us, make us joyous, help us grieve, and so much more.
Thus its practitioners---the best of them---can rise to shaman status. They can speak to higher realities, lead us on political issues, arouse our spirits, calm our souls.