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Say a few prayers for an amazing woman tonight. Wilma Mankiller. Who has, unfortunately, started upon the path toward the Spirit world far too early.

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"We sell a bunch of Junk" - John Mackey - The Guardian
Yeah...you're right Mr. Mackey. You ARE selling us a bunch of junk.

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being Green. Truly. Even with bills being bandied about on the floors of Congress; even with everyone from Whole Foods to General Mills getting on the "organic" bandwagon; even with everyone from Seventh Generation to Clorox hopping on the clean "green" path.

Those are easy baby steps to "Greenville." But the hardest part is yet to come. The hardest part we might not ever get to...because the hardest part is to view our society in a completely open and honest and brutally direct way.

Yeah...there's more if you're willing.

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Sat Sep 13, 2008 at 09:16 AM PDT

Advertising idea for the Democrats

by jillian

(Cue serious music softly playing in the background. Visual is satellite view of Katrina or Ike)

VOICE OVER: Our very lives depend upon reliable, timely information on the weather coming our way. Information that is available to all. Rich. Poor. Black. White. To all Americans. Information that saves millions of lives.

But what if you had to pay for the "privilege" of information that may save your life? Could you afford it? Republicans want to privatize the Federal Weather Service. Privatize life saving information. In times of weather emergencies, would you be able to afford information that used to be available for free to all? (more below the fold)

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Privatization. Can YOU afford it?

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| 23 votes | Vote | Results

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Sat Aug 16, 2008 at 08:09 PM PDT

The Little Candidate Who Could

by jillian

Here in the Central Coast of California, we are in the target for Republicans and their wet dreams of offshore oil drilling. We have some seriously important races that are getting drown out with the Presidential fervor....one of them is for State Senator for the 15th District. The State Democrats didn't raise a finger to put up a Democratic contender against Abel Maldonado (who tried to get on both the Republican AND Democratic Primary ballots)...but, a determined former UPS worker mortgaged his house and got enough signatures to be on the November ballot. JIM FITZGERALD, you GO boy....

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Sat Jun 21, 2008 at 08:20 AM PDT

Edible Aid

by jillian

Tired of being asked for money by campaigns...take a little break to help out a fellow blogger, a foodie community and farmers being affected by the floods.

Subscribe to Edible San Francisco today and we’ll donate 100%of your subscription to the Iowa Farm Aid fund (valid 6/19/08 - 07/01/08).

And why should you do this you may ask? Well...

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Tue Apr 22, 2008 at 09:25 PM PDT

The Female Mystique

by jillian

of Mother Nature. Forget the candidates for a second this evening...what did you do to show support for the planet on this EARTH DAY 2008? Have you showered the pols with "green" without considering their stances on Mother Nature's natural green? Did you hug a tree today?

Submitted for your perusal....BREAKING!...THE EARTH...ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS TO USE.

Exxon appeal rejected in Louisiana contamination lawsuit. Exxon Mobil Corp. suffered a defeat at the Supreme Court on Monday, as the justices refused to consider an appeal by the oil giant of a $112 million damage award in an environmental lawsuit. Associated Press via Anchorage Daily News

Mississippi River debris spilling into lake. As Mississippi River water hurtles through the Bonnet Carre Spillway and into Lake Pontchartrain, it carries the detritus of the American heartland along for the ride. New Orleans Times-Picayune

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Happy Earth Day...from Santa Barbara, California home of the national disaster that helped Nixon to create the EPA and spark the Environmental Movement and Earth Day Celebrations.

Ecological disaster brought reality check. Crude oil blasted nine stories into the air on Jan. 28, 1969, from a pipeline that blew out in the Santa Barbara channel. For the environmental movement, this disaster was the spark that launched Earth Day. Bridgeport Connecticut Post

The story goes that Earth Day was conceived by Senator Gaylord Nelson after a trip he took to Santa Barbara right after that horrific oil spill off our coast in 1969. He was so outraged by what he saw that he went back to Washington and passed a bill designating April 22 as a national day to celebrate the earth. - CEC

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Are you celebrating Earth Day today?

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Sun Apr 13, 2008 at 09:12 AM PDT

A Lonely Mockingbird sings at Midnight

by jillian

A lonely bird sings a plantive song for help. No. Not titles of the newest spy books nor codes for meeting a furtive informant. I've been thinking about the sing-song sounds I've been hearing outside my window late at night. A single lonely bird hoping to attract a mate. The image of a single lonely bird could possibly open up ears and eyes to the tragedy that is befalling our towns, our cities, our states, our country...the world.

When was the last time you heard the natural music of the songs of the birds? And, if you haven't heard the cacophany that is supposed to be on-going this time of year, have you stopped for a moment and wondered why?

(more below on the lower "branch"....)

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Tired of the political "tit for tat" being thrust upon us via the corporate media? Want some really "meaty" issues to gnaw on and digest? Issues that aren't being highlighted in your news at 10? I submit to you, today's ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS TO USE.

High ammonia levels threaten Des Moines' water. Manure and commercial fertilizers spread on frozen ground contributed to record ammonia levels in water supplies across Iowa this spring, threatening tap water in Des Moines. Des Moines Register

Federal judge blocks uranium company's test near Grand Canyon. A federal judge has blocked a British mining company from exploring for uranium near the Grand Canyon, agreeing with environmental groups which sued the U.S. Forest Service. Associated Press via International Tribune.

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My first diary since being threatened by some hatefilled bloggers. I'm still a little skittish after recieving physical threats...but it's an important day today. EARTH HOUR day. 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - boom, boom...out go the lights tonight. And now...more ECO NEWS TO USE!

Lights off! Sydney supports Earth Hour. Sydney embraced its second Earth Hour tonight, as hundreds of thousands of citizens turned off their lights across the city between 8 and 9pm to make a statement against climate change. Sydney Morning Herald

A movement that spans the world. Fellow electricians Justin McInerney and Tony Bautista have never met, and probably never will, but the pair are playing their part in Earth Hour tonight. Sydney Morning Herald

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Should Clinton and Obama start talking about Environmental Issues?

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It's the day before Texas, Ohio, Rhode Island and Vermont go to the polls. We've all seen the Red Telephone commercials. Our Planet has been trying to contact us as to show us how ill it is becoming. No one is picking up THAT phonecall. I want to know why. Now...Environmental News to use.

West Texas radioactive waste site a hot topic. The executive director of the Texas environmental agency is poised to recommend a radioactive waste dump despite a report from agency scientists who said nearby groundwater makes the site unsuitable. Houston Chronicle

Governor shows guts with green initiatives. The governor's State of the State address showed guts when he called for $250 million to stimulate Ohio's involvement in wind and solar, as well as for cleaner uses of coal and other renewable and advanced energy sources. Toledo Blade

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