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Unfounded Fears About GMO Labeling

Monday, November 5th, 2012

But the insidiousness of much paid-for-by-vested-interest advertising is that it makes people second guess their own gut level instincts–often by making things more complicated than they really need to be. Take the California Labeling Initiative–Proposition 37–which over a million California’s petitioned to get on the ballot for a statewide vote.

This political season it should come as no surprise to anyone that paid television advertisements don’t necessarily contain (ahem) the truth. Although deep pocketed industries spend millions to win our vote, our loyalties, our buy-in’s to their agendas, more and more people have developed the ability to think critically and avoid succumbing to their influence.

Listen to John Robbins, author Diet for a Small Planet discuss GMO Labeling on Connect the Dots radio.

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Don’t Frack With Mark Ruffalo, Josh Fox (or the Delaware)

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Josh Fox and Mark Ruffalo have a message– the people don’t want fracking. According to a recent Forbes magazine article, Aubrey McClendon, the CEO of Chesapeake Gas, and the chief proponent for fracking, consumes $20,000 bottles of wine. Like many CEO’s, he travels by corporate jet. Yet in an employee memo, McClendon felt himself bested by the citizens calling for water and health protection. He warned his employees that “Our opponents are extremely well-funded.”

But on Monday when hundreds of people from all parts of the Mid-Atlantic region converged on Trenton, N.J. for a rally to protect the Delaware River from fracking, McClendon’s “well-funded” opponents traveled by bus, carrying their signs and their bag lunches with them. And yet in a time of economic crisis, this dedicated citizenry is making itself heard over the better funded corporate P.R. and advertising campaigns.

With a surprise setback to fracking occurring late last week, the rally on the steps of the War Memorial, and the walk to the State legislature was one part cautious victory celebration, one part rededication rally. Read More→

Many urgent social concerns don’t get attention without a star attached to the cause. Fortunately, some celebrity performers are taking the spotlight off themselves and focusing it on crucial matters that affect us all.  Read More→

New York’s Governor Cuomo issued his plan to fracking New York. Politicans cutting deals with powerful multinational companies wishfully believe that you can tell contaminated water to stay put in one place. They believe that if they prohibit fracking in the area surrounding the upstate NYC water reservoir, NYC’s water will be safe. Too bad water and air currents don’t stay within the electoral districts that politicians are accustomed to compromising about. Join the Sierra Club and take action here.

Connect the Dots: Lynne McTaggart and the Bond

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

On the day of the rapture that never happened, I interviewed Lynne McTaggart on my radio show, “Connect the Dots.” The author of the new book, “The Bond: Connecting Through the Space Between Us” (Free Press, 2011 ). McTaggart told me that she wrote “The Bond” because “We’re in crisis and we all know it. We’ve been watching this series of disasters, ecological, economic, terrorist — and while it may or may not be the end of the world, it’s the end of the world as we know it. We’re at the end of a certain mindset that has caused these compounding crises. Understanding and changing that mindset is the path to a viable future.” Read More→

A newly discovered pathogen, visible only under an electron microscope, is destroying plants and undermining the health of livestock, thereby posing a deadly risk to the U.S. food supply, a senior plant pathologist warned USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. In a January 2010 letter to Vilsack, (a former Iowa governor and agribusiness champion, appointed by President Obama), Dr. Don Huber advised caution in introducing additional GMO crops. But just weeks later, the USDA approved expansion of GMO crops to include alfalfa, the most widespread animal feed crop. Read More→

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→