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Archive for April, 2011

Connect the Dots: Action Links April 16, 2011

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Connect the Dots: Actions Links
After covering toxic chemicals, the Gulf Oil spill, GMOs, and gas drilling and its impact on the water, food, environment, economic, and political structures of the regions it invades, I really could never have imagined that something even worse would come along. Now it has.

A year ago, I wrote in my ezine, “It seems incredible to us that politicians would allow billion dollar industries to pollute our region. But with certain exceptions, overall community activism for public health is notable by its absence.

Where industries focus on cutting corners rather than assuring safety and limiting health risk, there’s a shadow side to technology and product development– Read More→

Saving the Free Internet, PBS, and NPR from Media Monopoly

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

What will it take to Save a free internet, PBS, and NPR from Media Monopoly?
First, believing that Congress is yet again trying to eliminate access to a free internet and a free press. I attended the National Conference for Media Reform, hosted by Free Press, a 10 year old organization to whom we owe thanks that the internet, thriving with creativity, connection, and diversity, does not resemble television. Although in a few days, that could change thanks to the latest from the 2011 Congress.

Remember Television?
I remember it well from the days of Ed Bradley, with whom I worked at CBS. Read More→

Helen Caldicott on Connect the Dots

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Tune into the Connect the Dots on Saturday, April 2nd at Noon ET to hear my conversation with Helen Caldicott, MD who will discuss the health risks and misunderstandings about radiation and nuclear power. Dr. Caldicott has devoted the last 35 years to an international campaign to educate the public about the medical hazards of the nuclear age and the necessary changes in human behavior to stop environmental destruction. Dr. Caldicott’s website is: http://www.nuclearfreeplanet.org

Last week’s show, a conversation on radiation and our disconnect from our environment with writer, Susan Griffin can be heard here.

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“Today is Independence Day for America. Monsanto’s threats and abuse of family farmers stops here.  Monsanto’s genetic contamination of organic seed and organic crops ends now.” Declared Jim Gerritsen, a Maine family farmer, who is President of the lead plaintiff Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association. “Americans have the right to choice in the marketplace — to decide what kind of food they will feed their families — and we are taking this action on their behalf to protect that right to choose.”

To support the organic growers who are fighting for our food supply, go to selected links for Food Democracy Now, the Cornucopia Institute,and Organic Seed Growers.

Our second action this week is curbing the nuclear threat here in the U.S. There are two featured actions. First, tell President Obama not to use taxpayer dollars to fund nuclear power. Second, let’s close down all GE Mark nuclear reactors here in the U.S. Third, while we’re at it, let’s ask GE to pay their taxes. That’s right, they’re not paying any. Hey, how could that be? I thought corporations are people?