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The first time we tried to do this it hadn't gone too well. We learned some valuable lessons. We learned how important it is to be ready to activate an idea immediately after the energy of the audience is sparked and how quickly momentum is lost. We also realized that we had succeeded in many ways. We learned about how to start an organization. We learned how much work and dedication is involved. We learned that there are things that you just don't have any control over. And we learned what an absolute thrill it is to start with an idea and make it workable, at least from a logical standpoint. We regrouped. We were not ready to throw in the towel.
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Reposted from Seattle & Puget Sound Kos by John Crapper Editor's Note: Hi, Seattle & Puget Sound Kossacks had a great luncheon last Saturday with Rep Joe Fitzgibbon, Chair of the Environment Committee. -- John Crapper
Four days after the mid-term elections Seattle & Puget Sound Kossacks had lunch with Representative Joe Fitzgibbon, WA 34th, Chair of the Environment Committee and serving on the Finance, Transportation and Local Government Committees.  
Special thanks goes to bleeding blue for making this all possible!  
It was not a good mid-term for Democrats nationally, nor was it a good one for Democates in Washington State.
Election Shifts Oregon Closer To Carbon Tax, Not So For Washington

Environmentalists spent more than $1.5 million in Oregon and Washington in bids to secure Democratic majorities in state legislatures — majorities they wanted for approving clean-fuel standards and a tax on carbon emissions.

The plan worked in Oregon. It didn’t in Washington.

The Washington Conservation Voters, with money from California billionaire Tom Steyer, backed Democratic candidates in three conservative-leaning districts in an attempt to give their party control of the state Senate. All three lost to Republicans.

Reality can't be changed.  All one can do is access the situation and plan the best path forward. Having the opportunity to discuss it all with the Washington State House of Representatives Environmental Committee Chair Joe Fitzgibbon was just what the doctor ordered.  
Rep. Joe Fitzgiibbon WA 34th and Chair of the WA St. Environment Committee addressing our group.  
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The American Rock
Please note:  This is the long version (with pictures) of a story I posted as my first diary on Daily KOS entitled: Time is Wasting.
Sometimes there can be a really good idea and for whatever reason it doesn't fly. It was the wrong time, the wrong place or just the wrong atmosphere. Sometimes there isn't a good explanation. It is inexplicable. Shit just happens and the idea turns to shit. That is what happened with the idea of The American Rock.
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A typical commuting  scene witnessed in cities around the world every day.
October 31, 2012:

NEW YORK—New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he would restrict car traffic coming into Manhattan to vehicles carrying three or more passengers until Friday in an attempt to cut down on congestion in the city.

Bloomberg, speaking on Wednesday at a news conference to address the impact of massive storm Sandy, said restrictions would be in place from 6 a.m. to midnight for bridges and tunnels excluding the George Washington Bridge.

“I know it’s an inconvenience for a lot of people, but the bottom line is the streets can only handle so much,” he said.

If this kind of action can be taken during times of emergency it might be time to consider the same for day to day commuting.  It might be time to jump out of the box in our thinking.

Ever notice the number of cars on the road every morning and afternoon going to and from work with only 1 person in them? It's a shitload. With gas prices where they are these days it just might be time to reevaluate how we get to work. It might be time to look at things a little differently.

In doing this we have to realize that light rail access and a huge expansion of bus service in most metropolitan areas is not going to happen anytime soon. People are pretty much stuck with what’s currently available. That leaves most of us just throwing are hands up in the air and saying to ourselves: “I’ve got no choice! I’ve got to keep doing what I’m doing and paying the price.”

As Poop John the First of the Church of the Holy Shitters I'm proclaiming you can have a choice. All it takes is jumping out of the box and applying a little ass-forward thinking. Our current system of commuting is extremely wasteful and becoming increasingly more inconvenient. It is ass-backward. When looked at in an ass-forward way there is a way to change it. It just takes a little thought and a willingness for commuters to do things a little differently. It won't even take huge investments in public transportation or mass transit to accomplish.

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Analysis of data from the American Community Survey, gathered in 2005  found nine out of 10 workers, or 87.7 percent, drive to work with most people, 77 percent, driving alone despite rising fuel costs.

At a nationwide average drive-time of about 24.3 minutes, Americans now spend more than 100 hours a year commuting to work.  That's more than the average two weeks of vacation time (80 hours) taken by many workers during a year.

Seen every workday of the year.
Census 2000 observed a national average commuting travel time of 25.5 minutes.  This represented a 3-minute increase in travel times over those measured in 1990.  This is a substantial change given that the change from 1980 - 1990 was only an increase of 40 seconds.

These are some of the latest statistics I could find on commuting.   Most of us are going to work using our privately owned cars, driving alone and wasting a lot of fuel and time in the process.  And this waste is increasing.  This is ass-backward.

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Thu Oct 16, 2014 at 11:26 AM PDT

Unsustainable Sustainability

by John Crapper


1. To keep in existence; maintain.
2. To supply with necessities or nourishment; provide for.
3. To support from below; keep from falling or sinking;
4. To support the spirits, vitality, or resolution of; encourage.
5. To bear up under; withstand: can’t sustain the blistering heat.
6. To experience or suffer: sustained a fatal injury.
7. To affirm the validity of: The judge has sustained the prosecutor’s objection.
8. To prove or corroborate; confirm.
9. To keep up (a joke or assumed role, for example) competently.

1. Capable of being sustained.
2. Capable of being continued with minimal long-term effect on the environment: sustainable agriculture.

Sustainable developments are those which fulfill present and future needs (WECD, 1987) while [only] using and not harming renewable resources and unique human-environmental systems of a site: [air], water, land, energy, and human ecology and/or those of other [off-site] sustainable systems (Rosenbaum 1993 and Vieria 1993).

Let’s take a Holy Shitters look at the word sustainable.

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Thu Oct 09, 2014 at 11:45 AM PDT

$h*t - Help Me Find Him!

by John Crapper

Sometimes I just like to unplug from all the problems. Humor is where I go.  This week that's where I want to be.  Life has been throwing a lot of shit my way lately.  If your like me and want a break from dealing with all the shit in your life too for a couple of minutes please read below the fold. Otherwise keep plugging away.  


Do you know Shit?

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Reposted from Laurence Lewis by John Crapper Editor's Note: This is fabulous news! -- John Crapper
he Gilbert Scott Building at the University of Glasgow
The Gilbert Scott Building at the University of Glasgow
From The Guardian:
Glasgow University has become the first academic institution in Europe to divest from the fossil fuel industry, in a turning point for the British arm of the student-led global divestment movement.

After 12 months of campaigning, led by the Glasgow University Climate Action Society and involving over 1,300 students, the university court on Wednesday voted to begin divesting £18m from the fossil fuel industry and freeze new investments across its entire endowment of £128m.

An elated Bill McKibben tweets:
With Glasgow news, divestment now firmly established in Aust., N.Am, and Europe. Hard to overstate how hard folks have worked--such thanks!
In the article from The Guardian, McKibben points to the symbolism of this coming from a university in a city that has as much claim as any to having given birth to the Industrial Revolution. A new revolution is building.
As of last month, more than 800 global investors – including foundations such as the Rockefeller Brothers, religious groups, healthcare organisations, universities and local governments – have pledged to withdraw a total of $50bn (£31bn) from fossil fuel investments over the next five years as a result of the campaign which began on college campuses in the United States three years ago.
That includes the World Council of Churches. Thirteen universities in the United States, including Stanford, have joined the movement, while the University of Edinburgh's consultation with staff and students found wide support, and Oxford is consulting with staff after nearly 2,000 staff and students called for the UK's wealthiest university to do the same. Students at London's Imperial College and University College also are demanding action. At Harvard, university President Drew Faust has rejected similar calls while cracking down on protesters.

A new revolution is building, and there's no time to waste. As Joe Romm wrote, earlier this week:

A major new study finds that “scientists may have hugely underestimated the extent of global warming because temperature readings from southern hemisphere seas were inaccurate.” In short, as New Scientist puts it, “it’s worse than we thought.”
Reposted from Seattle & Puget Sound Kos by John Crapper Editor's Note: I'm republishing here because of this: On the eve of the historic People's Climate March, authors Chris Hedges, Naomi Klein, founder Bill McKibben, and Seattle councilperson Kshama Sawant discussed the urgency of radical action on climate change. The event was moderated by WNYC's Brian Lehrer, and Senator Bernie Sanders was the keynote speaker. -- John Crapper
On Saturday 10/4/14 Seattle and Puget Sound Kossacks had the chance to have  lunch with Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant.
Seattle City  Council member Kshama Sawant
Council position 2,  In office since 2014.
From her biography:  
Kshama Sawant is not a career politician. She is an activist who brings a passion for social justice to her work as a public servant. As a member of the City Council, Kshama pledges to be a voice for workers, youth, the oppressed and the voiceless. She only accepts the average workers' wage and donates the rest of her six-figure salary to building social justice movements...

...In 2012, Kshama ran as a Socialist Alternative candidate for WA State Legislature and surprised everyone by winning 29% of the vote. The momentum continued in her campaign for Seattle City Council where she boldly ran on a platform of fighting for a $15/hr minimum wage, rent control and taxing the super-rich to fund mass transit and education. In November she defeated a 16-year incumbent Democrat to become the first socialist elected in a major US city in decades.

Kshama Sawant now chairs Seattle City Council's Energy Committee with covers Seattle City Light, alternative energy sources, energy policies and air pollution regulations.  
Kshama arrived early.  As it turned out she still entered a sold out packed room of Kossacks plus members of Progressive Radio Northwest and Seattle Environmental Activists all eager to engage.
From the moment she arrived she dove into lively conversations with all displaying boundless enthusiasm, energy and incredible depth of knowledge on numerous issues of interest within the group.  

One of the first things I was personally interested in hearing about was this:

On the eve of the historic People's Climate March, authors Chris Hedges, Naomi Klein, founder Bill McKibben, and Seattle councilperson Kshama Sawant discussed the urgency of radical action on climate change. The event was moderated by WNYC's Brian Lehrer, and Senator Bernie Sanders was the keynote speaker.  (emphasis mine)
(Recap here.)

The conversation was so lively I finally had to interrupt to allow her time to order food.  The conversations continued without pause throughout lunch.

At about 1:45 I clicked the glass to quiet things down, conducted about five minutes of business then formally introduced Kshama Sawant to the crowd.  

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Reposted from Climate Change SOS by John Crapper
Life is precious.  Our time on this Earth is precious.  Now is the time for me to post my diary in this blogathon.  Tomorrow will be the time for tens of thousands of people in New York City, across the country and the world to march!  I live in Seattle and tomorrow will be the time for people here to be in the streets too.  I will not be one of those people.  

Tomorrow will be my time to board a plane and head to Kansas City to begin the process of moving my wife's parents, both in their mid-nineties, into assisted living.  For the past ten years we've been trying to persuade them to make some changes in their living situation without success.  "We'll make some changes when the time comes.", they said.  "We'll make changes when something changes."  

So by some weird oddity of cosmic circumstance, I, who have spent a good part of my time during  the last ten years trying to awaken people to the perils of climate change will not have the time to march in the streets tomorrow.  

But I'm really not that upset about it all. After all time marches on.   I know tomorrow is really just another day.  Oh it's an important day for sure.  But each and every day is imortant isn't it?  So what if I won't have the time to be in the streets tomorrow.  

I can only do the best I can with the cards I'm dealt in the moment I have now.  The past is gone never to be altered. There is no guarantee of a future.  The only time one has is anchored in the now.  

Now has always been the time for me to take climate change seriously.  Now has always been the time to do something about it.   And now, because of Daily KOS, I have a chance to share.  

My Washington State Governor, Jay Inslee, is putting climate change at the top of his political agenda now.  I intend to help him as best I can and thanks to Daily KOS I now have a chance.  

Governor Inslee was featured in episode five in the recently aired Showtime series entitled "Years of Living Dangerously  and touted as being the "greenest Governor in America".  He has formed  

A Carbon Emissions Reduction Taskforce (CERT)  composed of 21 leaders from business, labor, health and public interest organizations, that will provide recommendations to him on design and implementation of a market-based carbon pollution program.
Governor Jay Inslee recently said:  
“We’re already seeing the impacts and bearing the costs of climate change in our state. I’ve met with shellfish growers in Shelton who are working hard to deal with increased ocean acidification and the resulting difficulty to grow shellfish. Because of reduced snowpack in our mountains and longer drought periods in central and eastern Washington, we’re seeing water resource challenges requiring significant investments in places like the Yakima River Basin. And I’m meeting with local officials who must rebuild water treatment facilities to anticipate more severe flooding, including recently in Anacortes and later today at Discovery Park in Seattle, with King County Executive Dow Constantine.

“Taking action to reduce carbon pollution is not only important for our children, our environment and our health, it is essential for our economy. The costs of inaction are simply too high. Meanwhile, there are enormous opportunities in developing the clean energy technologies that will cleanly fuel our homes and businesses for decades to come. And once again, Washington state is uniquely poised to lead the nation. I applaud Senator Murray and President Obama for their actions today to highlight the economic risks we face if we continue to delay climate action. And I commend the President for his leadership at the federal level to reduce carbon pollution from our nation’s power plants.”

The establishment of this taskforce was part of his Executive Order 14-04 issued in late April of this year which took steps in 7 key areas.

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Reposted from rb137 by John Crapper Editor's Note: A must read! -- John Crapper

Our UN Climate Blogathon starts tomorrow -- and we have a great panel of guests, as well as some Daily Kos writers planning to post. This summit is a big deal. The US has been blocking international progress toward curbing carbon emissions in the past, and is making noises like their tune is changing a bit...

Participation in the march, in letter writing, in making as much noise as possible is really crucial today. Please visit our diaries, but if you do nothing else, please make some noise.

Tomorrow's schedule, all times Pacific:

9:00 am  Sen. Boxer and Sen. Whitehouse

10:00 am  Rep. Barbara Lee

11:00 am  Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva

1:00 pm  Ken Ward and Jay O'Hara lobster boat activists

3:00 pm  Bristol County DA Sam Sutter


NYC Kossacks Meet-up Location for The People’s Climate March

The NYC Kossacks will be meeting at 69th Street and Central Park West. We will have a banner (and some will be wearing orange) so that you can identify us.  Sidnora and joanbrooker will be there at 9:30 a.m. and we encourage anyone who wants to march with us to be there by 10:30 a.m.  There are estimates of 100,000 plus marchers and if people arrive too late, it may be difficult to get through the crowds to our location. After the march, there will be an NYC meet-up at our usual haunt, Spitzer’s Corner @5 p.m. Here is a link to the diary from KathNY, who will also be updating with relevant information regarding the march.

Please check out KathNY's diary for location information.

Please see the guess list and a special thanks to Meteor Blades below the fold:

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Reposted from Seattle & Puget Sound Kos by John Crapper Editor's Note: Let's hope 9/21 is one of those Holy $h*t moments! -- John Crapper
This September 23, world leaders and representatives from big business, finance and civil society are convening in New York City for a landmark one-day Climate Summit. The summit was convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to catalyze action to ensure an agreement is reached at the Paris 2015 UN Climate Talks to keep the global temperature from rising over 2 degrees Celsius.

Tens of thousands of people will be in NYC two days before the summit to participate in the September 21 People's Climate March.  And I am hoping you will join the tens of thousands who are coming. Buses, trains, and ride boards have been established across the country and churches, homes and other spaces are providing numerous housing options

The goals are simple.  Marchers are demanding a world economy which supports all the people and the planet; a world which can begin recovering from the ravages of climate change, with good jobs, clean air and water and healthy communities.

The success of the UN Summit depends a lot more on us than it does on our politicians. If we fail to turn out, if world leaders walk away from that summit without seeing a strong, public demand for action, there’s no chance our so-called “leaders” are going to make real commitments on their own. Register here

Scientists have made it clear that we’re running out of time to avoid catastrophic climate change. Every new report reveals a shorter time frame for action, and every new disaster underlines their words in grim ink.

By joining the march on September 21st, you will no longer just be a witness to climatic history – you will be shaping it.

Sign up For the People's Climate March Now!

New York City, Sunday, September 21

Have you signed up yet to participate in the Peoples' Climate March? The September 21 March is being held two days before the UN Climate Summit, where government and corporate leaders will convene to discuss taking action to address climate change.  

Tens of thousands are expected to march in New York City and over 700 groups and organizations are participating.

Let's make September a game-changer for the climate movement. Sign up now for a bus,  train, or ride shares (or volunteer transport.) Individuals, campuses, churches and organizations are registering to host marchers.

Sign up here!!! --> People's Climate March

The reality for you may be you cannot attend this rally.  There are a myriad of reasons why this might be the case.  But that does not mean you can't participate.  

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