April 2008 archive

Gore Will Launch a New $300M Climate Change Campaign

Al Gore is about to step forward, back into the news again.  The Washington Post reports

Former vice president Al Gore will launch a three-year, $300 million campaign Wednesday aimed at mobilizing Americans to push for aggressive reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, a move that ranks as one of the most ambitious and costly public advocacy campaigns in U.S. history.

Gore sees a need to educate the public about what is needed to address the climate crisis.  I am quite impressed at the plans for various ways of getting the information out to the public.  The key need is to have real policy changes be enacted.

The Alliance for Climate Protection’s “we” campaign will employ online organizing and television advertisements on shows ranging from “American Idol” to “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” It highlights the extent to which Americans’ growing awareness of global warming has yet to translate into national policy changes, Gore said in an hour-long phone interview last week. He said the campaign, which Gore is helping to fund, was undertaken in large part because of his fear that U.S. lawmakers are unwilling to curb the human-generated emissions linked to climate change.

Stand Down Soldier. Helping our Homeless Vets.

Here is the first paragraph from the official  Overview of Homelessness  page from the United States Department of Veteran Affairs.

About one-third of the adult homeless population have served their country in the Armed Services. Current population estimates suggest that about 154,000 veterans (male and female) are homeless on any given night and perhaps twice as many experience homelessness at some point during the course of a year. Many other veterans are considered near homeless or at risk because of their poverty, lack of support from family and friends, and dismal living conditions in cheap hotels or in overcrowded or substandard housing.

Estimates from other sources vary but the general consensus is between 150,000 and  250,000.

I have noticed that in the last year under the Bush administration they have  steadily lowered the official number. Go figure.

EENR 4 Progress Endorses Jerry Northington for DE (aka our friend possum)

Here at the EENR team, we realize that the key to getting progressive reforms enacted is a progressive Congress. To that end, we continue to seek out and endorse the best progressive candidates. We’ve taken a look at each of our endorsees on the issues, and believe that their platforms are compatible with the comprehensive progressive platform proposed by John Edwards in the presidential primary. For that reason, we call them Edwards Democrats, no matter who they may support now.

Tonight, EENR 4 Progress is proud to endorse Jerry Northington (also known on the blogs as possum) for Delaware’s at-large district!  

This is a cross CROSS post about depleted uranium, Iraqi children, privileged homebirthers and war

Hi all,

This is my first official post at docudharma. Exciting. 🙂

I wrote this post which combined a quick note of thanks I wrote as a self introduction to OOIBC, images I posted for Wordless Wednesday and an older post I wrote about being a privileged north amerikkkan homebirther who can reasonably expect to birth children that are not irradiated and howling in pain, birthing in peace and quiet not amid the sounds of bombs and the screams of the traumatized, dominated and dying.

I just want to offer a quick thank you to Edger for turning me in the direction of this group blogsite. I appreciate the words of encouragement, Edger.



originally posted onWednesday, March 26, 2008

Greetings from darkdaughta…

I'm darkdaughta. My other blog is here.

I'm new here. I was invited over the weekend but I waited. I wanted to bring something useful to the conversation. I wanted to bring something that locates me not just as a war resister, but also as a mama, as a flesh being who is attempting to deal with her lived reality as someone who benefits from the war in Iraq.

So, I thought every day since the first invitation about what would do this space justice and about what I could come bearing that would help to expose what our warlords have brought to the people of Iraq.


The Aliens & the Feuding Clans


The Hatfields and McCoys were rival American clans who feuded in the latter part of the 1800s.  They lived on opposite riverbanks and dealt in moonshine.  

The Shiite clans of South Iraq are having family feuds and the new government and its occupiers have been unable to settle them down. It took negotiation from Iran, because clan ties predate national borders.  

Imagine if aliens from another planet had come to the US in the 1800s to intervene between the Hatfields and McCoys!  Ironically, in 2003 they united against their common enemy, “the perpetrators of 9/11.”  check out their next reunion plan here.

Real News Sources

Where does one get credible news these days.

Here is the list.  Partial of course.

Keith Richards: “Cheese is very wrong.”

I just wanted to alert you all to a wonderful, hilarious interview with Keith Richards, in, of all places, GQ. Read the whole thing, because he’s his usual brilliant, irascible self; but I want to highlight what is my oddly favorite section:

Like your immune system-legendary.

It’s above average, yes.

That’s a fact of medical science?

Yes. They want it so they can study it and figure out how to make other people much better. [laughs] I mean, I eat everything wrong. I shove terrible things inside me.

Yet you won’t eat cheese.

No! Cheese is very wrong.

And then there’s this:

Why do you think some people live and some die?

Lack of breath?

Pony Party: Peeps Research

Got leftover Peeps from Easter? A bit tough to the touch? Your

Peeps got you thinking about hockey? Or perhaps you need a trip to the dentist?

Are you starting to feel animosity toward your Peeps?

Well, perhaps rather than eat your Peeps, you can donate them to a wonderful cause: scientific research.

That’s right! From solubility studies to ultra-high vacuum, Peeps Research is here for you.

Hope y’all have fun torturing your Peeps! Just don’t EVER think of doing the same with Pickles!

As usual, I have a conflict at 3… I’ll pop into the jar later this afternoon.



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