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Cathie Bird, MA, PsyP, is a psychoanalyst, writer and citizen scientist in the Cumberland Mountains of eastern Tennessee. She currently chairs the Strip-mine Issues Committee of SOCM - Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment -- and is also a member of SOCM's Anti-racism Transformation Team.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 30, 2008 Greenpeace Report Tags True Price of Coal
For many years, Appalachian coalfield citizens have insisted that coal energy is not cheap. A new Greenpeace report may give us the numbers to prove it.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 18, 2008 Poisoning Headwaters Is Not "An Act of God"
When the National Coal Corporation took over the Zeb Mountain mine and argued that serious pollution of Dan Branch, a headwater stream of the Cumberland River, was an act of God-not an act of incompetence by the previous operator-we knew we were in trouble.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 30, 2007 MIA: America's Sense of Humor
When the United States of America unleashed its shock and awe campaign against the people of Iraq, my sense of humor went missing. I suppose it might have been good news if everyone's sense of humor had gone missing, because there was nothing funny about any of that stuff. In another sense-another sense of humor-it's the worst thing that could have happened. Let me explain:
SHARE Sunday, September 3, 2006 Fighting Like Cats and Dogs
My pets have some of the same beefs with each other that humans have with other humans--but animal diplomacy seems to work a lot better. Maybe it's time for some human soul searching...
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, June 19, 2006 The Road to Peace in a World of Rattlesnakes
What a Tennessee timber rattler reminded me about holding to a steady course of peaceful relations among people and nations to bring about personal and planetary peace and transformation...