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You've probably already heard that John McCain thinks that staying in Iraq for 100 years would be no problem.

Well, now McCain is trying to run away from that quote as fast as he can.  And since he's supposed to be at the helm of the "Straight Talk Express", I thought that there was only one punishment suitable for such a sudden and obvious flip-flop: a rickroll.  (What's a rickroll? Find out here.)

So, without further ado, I give you... IraqRoll'd: The John McCain Rickroll!

Share and enjoy: embed code available here.


As many Kossacks noted over the last few days, there was an important vote coming up in the House yesterday. That vote was on a bill that, if it became law, would cut the heart out of one of the most important American conservation laws -- the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Well, that bill passed the House despite thousands of calls to the Hill and opposition from 78 conservation groups working together.

So you may be wondering -- what now? What's the next stage in the battle to save the ESA?

Read on to find out, and to take part...


Will you join me in fighting the Pombo bill until victory is won?

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Hey Kossacks --

This is a follow up to my diary yesterday warning about the threat the Pombo bill (HR 3824) poses to the Endangered Species Act. If you're not up to speed yet, read that first.

(The short version: if you like letting politicians decide what "science" is and paying wealthy developers to obey the law, you'll love the Pombo bill.)

Full update after the flip...


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Update [2005-9-29 9:35:41 by jalefkowit]: Title updated to reflect the fact that tomorrow is now today...

If you care about protecting endangered species, you should mark tomorrow on your calendar. Because tomorrow is the day the House is voting on HR 3824 -- and if that bill becomes law, you can kiss the protections provided by the Endangered Species Act goodbye.

Details and what you can do about it on the flip.


Endangered Species deserve...

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Hey kids!

Interested in a cool internship that pays, and where you can actually do some honest good work with cutting edge technology too?

You're in luck -- I'm looking for a netroots/e-activism intern to help me out this summer at Oceana.

All the gory details on the flip...

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Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 12:05 PM PST

Is Environmentalism Dead?

by jalefkowit

Here's a topic that we discussed on our blog a while back, but that might be of interest to Kossacks at large...

The November unpleasantness got a lot of people thinking about the general health of the environmental movement.  Is it still an active force in American politics?  Or has it been sidelined into irrelevancy?

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Tue Feb 15, 2005 at 01:02 PM PST

Oceana: Blogging From the High Seas

by jalefkowit

Since people have responded so positively to my diaries about the stuff we're doing at Oceana to protect the oceans, I'm gonna try to post a little more frequently...

One neat thing you might be interested in is a journey that my colleague Sandy Mayson is undertaking right now. Recently we had an incredibly generous gift given to us -- a 71-foot (!) catamaran. (That's a big catamaran.) We fitted her out, christened her Ranger, and launched her at a ceremony in California last month.

Ranger is now in the starting legs of an trip that will eventually cover 11,000 miles -- from California, south through the Panama Canal, north again to Florida and the Sargasso Sea, and then across the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. All along the way her crew will be documenting threats to ocean wildlife and habitat.

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Here's a nice thing my employer is doing those of you who have been wanting to get into one of those neat hybrid cars:

To raise money to support our work, we're raffling off a 2006 Lexus RX 400h hybrid. Tickets only cost $50 and we're only selling 2,500.

(Not to mention that the money goes to help us work to do things like protecting Alaskan coral gardens from destruction, fighting mercury contamination in seafood, stopping marine mammals from becoming "bycatch", and lots of other good stuff as well. So it's kind of an environmental two-fer.)

So anyway, if you've been wanting to go hybrid, here's your chance...


My day job is with Oceana, a non-profit group that works to protect the world's oceans (as you may have guessed from the name).

We have just released a pretty significant report. It concerns the growing problem of mercury contamination -- and identifies a major source of this contamination that you probably have never even heard of.

Poison Plants finds that mercury emissions from nine chlorine plants in the U.S. using an outdated process called "mercury-cell" chlorine production -- a process already abandoned by 90% of U.S. chlorine producers -- may approach the volume of emissions from all the power plants in the United States.

These plants are so bad, in fact, that in seven of the eight states where they operate, they are the number one source of mercury contamination in the state!

If you're interested in safer seafood and a healthier environment -- or just in learning how regulators and industry collude to keep dirty processes from being cleaned up -- you should check it out. We've also opened a thread on our blog where you can discuss the report, and our campaign for safe seafood.


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