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Hartmann: Massive Strike Shuts Down UK – Winter of Discontent?

Ari Berman, The Nation Magazine, joins Thom Hartmann. Massive labor strikes rocked the U.K. today – as public workers took to the streets to protest ongoing austerity measures. Last year – the Conservative government passed a slew of austerity measures – laying off public workers – cutting back on pensions – and ending social welfare programs – claiming it was what needed to happen to get the British economy back on track. A year later – the British economy still hasn’t grown – and now the government is calling for more austerity. In response – over two million civil servants are protesting. Schools, hospitals, airports, courts, and government buildings are all being affected by the strike – which is the largest in over a generation in the U.K. since the “Winter of Discontent.” According to the Guardian – 19,000 out of 21,700 schools in England and Wales are closed or partially closed – and roughly 6,000 non-urgent operations have been cancelled …. Watch the Broadcast

BigOil TransCanada Attempting to Use Eminent Domain to Get Its Way

In Nevada, nothing can get folks riled up faster than messing with their guns, their water rights, or their property rights.   It’s absolutely unconscionable that TransCanada is trying to confiscate land from American citizens for its pipeline that hasn’t yet been approved.  They’re attempting top use eminent domain to sue landowners who don’t want their dirty tar sands sludge pipeline on their property.   The arrogance of TransCanada is shocking, even for an oil company.

Even while the White House has delayed the process for assessing a required permit for the Keystone XL, TransCanada is suing landowners who won’t sell their land in its preferred pipeline path.

That path includes the 600 acre working-farm that Julia Trigg Crawford’s grandfather bought in 1948, along the southern banks of the Red River on the Texas, Oklahoma border; just East of where the Bois d’Arc Creek — which waters the farm — runs into the Red.  Even though TransCanada doesn’t have a presidential permit to build the pipeline, the company has been threatening to confiscate properties like this from people like Julia Trigg; using eminent domain if the landowners don’t immediately accept the foreign corporation’s offer to buy an easement for the path of its pipeline.

It’s wrong for TransCanada to expect landowners to accept permanent damage to their land for the Keystone XL pipeline, or possible oil spills in the rivers and creeks they rely on. It’s doubly wrong to threaten these landowners and force them to comply for a pipeline that the company doesn’t even have permission to build!

Tell TransCanada: Stop using eminent domain to confiscate private property for a pipeline that hasn’t even been approved yet.
Click here to automatically sign the petition.

Under eminent domain, the government can force landowners to accept monetary payment for the use of their land for certain public-good projects like highways and railroads.  This is a FOREIGN corporation who will take its profits at our expense … and that is not in the public interest of the ordinary citizens of this country!

Of course, TransCanada’s massive fuse to the carbon bomb of the tar sands shouldn’t qualify as one of these projects — it does great harm and only helps the profits of a foreign corporation. But regardless, the company doesn’t even have the permit to build it — in fact the White House just put a likely year-long hold on pipeline development after a massive grassroots backlash from environmentalists. But that hasn’t stopped TransCanada.

According to an article last month in The New York Times, the company has at least 34 eminent domain actions against landowners in Texas, and 22 in South Dakota.1 And their threats to landowners in Nebraska2 helped spark massive public opposition and a special legislative session that were key in the decision to consider a different route.

Many of these landowners are being sued by the company, and told that if they don’t take the small monetary offering — sometimes less than $10,000 in exchange for the permanent damage to their land, and huge risk of spills — their land will be condemned and TransCanada will seize the easement.

Many landowners, like Julia Trigg, are fighting back and doing everything they can to oppose TransCanada’s land grab.

Let’s make sure that TransCanada is being called out for these reprehensible tactics, and that landowners who are taking on this foreign corporation know that we’ve got their backs.

Tell TransCanada: It’s beyond arrogant to confiscate land for a pipeline that hasn’t even been approved yet. Stop using eminent domain to sue landowners who don’t want a dirty pipeline on their property. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

Opportunities Available for Minority Students

See the following information on free college opportunities for minority students.

  • Wake Forest University has an opportunity for minority students to attend its MBA program for FREE, and so far, the response has been very poor.  Please pass along this opportunity to your friends, families. This is a great school and a tremendous opportunity to attend a top graduate school.  See the details below, the contact person is: Derrick S. Boone, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Marketing, Rm. 3139 Worrell Professional Center , Babcock Graduate School of Management  Wake Forest University_ WINSTON_SALEM  N.C 27109-8738 email:derrick.boone@mba.wfu.edu or visit www.wfu.edu phone# toll free (866) 925-3622
  • Black Male Teachers needed. Do you know any Black Males who are seniors in high school who want to go to college out of state for FREE? The CALL ME MISTER program offered by 4 historical black colleges in South Carolina, Benedict College, Chaflin University, Morris College and South Carolina State University ? visit the www.callmemister.clemson.edu/index.htl details online application or call 1.800.640.2657
  • Harvard University is offering free tuition to HONOR STUDENTS with family incomes less than $125,000 per year.  Visit www.fao.fas.harvard.edc  or call 617.495.1581 for more info.
  • Syracuse University School of Architecture is desperately seeking young women and men of color interested in pursuing a 5 yr. professional degree in Architecture. Contact:  Mark Robbins, Dean School of Architecture, 201 Slocum Hall, Syracuse , NY 13244-1250  (315) 443-256 www.soa.syr.edu/indes.php

Christmas 2011 — Birth of a New Tradition

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide North Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods — merchandise that has been produced at the expense of North American labor. This year could be different. This year we could give the gift of genuine concern for our countrymen. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by North American hands. Yes there is!

It’s time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?

Everyone — yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local hair salon or barber?

Gym membership? It’s appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.

Who wouldn’t appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, privately-owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plunking down your dollars on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.

There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants — all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn’t the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this isn’t about big National chains — this is about supporting your home town friends and neighbours with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.

How many people couldn’t use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the neighbourhood working guy?

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services  of a local cleaning lady for a day.

My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.

OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.

Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre.

Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, hair stylist or babysitter a nice BIG tip.

You see, Christmas is no longer about draining North American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US, encouraging local small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other our neighbours, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn’t imagine.

THIS could be the new North American Christmas tradition.

Workshop: Proposed Regulation to Implement SB417 re: Recycling

Notice of Workshop for Proposed Regulation for Implementing SB417
Concerning MunicipalRecycling at Apartments & Condominiums:
NAC 444A.120 and NAC 444A.130

The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) is proposing to modify state recycling regulations. The amended regulations are revising the standards for municipal recycling programs by adding provisions for recycling services at apartment complexes and condominiums; and providing other matters properly relating thereto. The following workshop, described below, has been scheduled to solicit comments from persons interested in the amendments. The workshop agenda is on the reverse side of this announcement.

9:00 am Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Bryan State Office Bldg
Tahoe Hearing Room
901 S. Stewart Street
Carson City, Nevada 89701
Desert Research Inst
Room 182
755 East Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
Great Basin College
Greenhaw Technical Arts 118
1500 College Parkway
Elko, Nevada 89801

The additions to regulations and related materials are available on the NDEP website at:
http://ndep.nv.gov/admin/public.htm. A copy of materials relating to the proposed regulations may also be obtained at the workshop or from Jasmine Vittori at NDEP, 901 S. Stewart Street, Suite 4001, Carson City, NV 89701-5249; or by calling (775) 687-9466; or email to jvittori@ndep.nv.gov.

Members of the public who are disabled and require special accommodations or assistance at the workshop are requested to notify Jasmine Vittori no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 22, 2011.

FACT SHEET

For proposed regulation of the State Environmental Commission R049-11 implementing SB417 concerning Municipal recycling at apartments and condominiums.

This FACT SHEET summarizes the basis for the proposed amended regulations revising the standards for municipal recycling programs. The changes to these regulations are required by statutes that were amended by the Nevada Legislature during the 2011 session.

A.     DESCRIPTION

The State of Nevada is authorized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to enforce federal Solid Waste regulations. On April 22, 2011, the 2011 State Senate passed Senate Bill (SB) 417. The Bill subsequently passed the Assembly on May 28, 2011 and was approved by the Governor on June 4, 2011.

Existing law requires the State Environmental Commission (SEC) to adopt regulations establishing minimum standards for separating, at the source, recyclable material from other solid waste originating from residential premises and public buildings where services for the collection of solid waste are provided.
(NRS 444A.020)

Existing law requires the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) of the State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to adopt, by regulation, a model plan for that purpose. (NRS 444A.030)

Existing law imposes a similar requirement upon the board of county commissioners in a county whose population is 100,000 or more (currently Clark and Washoe Counties) by requiring those boards to make available for use in those counties a program for the separation at the source of recyclable material from other solid waste originating from residential premises and public buildings where services for the collection of solid waste are provided. (NRS 444A.040)

However, unlike the requirement imposed upon the SEC and the NDEP concerning recyclable material, the requirement imposed upon those boards of county commissioners specifically set forth a requirement that the recycling program of the board include provisions for the placement of recycling containers on the premises of apartment complexes and condominiums where those services are provided.

Sections 1 and 2 of this bill revise the requirement concerning the adoption of regulations by the SEC and the NDEP for the separation of recyclable material at the source to require those regulations to include provisions for the placement of recycling containers on the premises of apartment complexes and condominiums where those services are provided.

Accordingly, the NDEP plans to incorporate these required changes into state regulation. Chapter 444A of the Nevada Administrative Code (NAC) will be amended to include the above described provisions.

Summary:

The proposed regulation changes would revise the standards for municipal recycling programs by:

  • Adding provisions for recycling services at apartment complexes and condominiums
  • Increasing municipality population threshold from 40,000 to 45,000. (AB545)
  • Providing other matters properly relating thereto

B.     PROCEDURES FOR REACHING A FINAL DECISION

NDEP is making the proposed regulation changes available for public comment for a period of thirty days. The comment period will begin on November 22, 2011 and will end on December 21, 2011. Any person interested in commenting on these proposed regulation changes must do so within the 30 day comment period. Comments should include all reasonable references, factual grounds, and supporting material. A public hearing will be held, if necessary or requested, to further hear comments regarding the proposed regulation.

All persons wishing to request a hearing or comment on any of the proposed regulation changes should do so in writing to:

Nevada Division of Environmental Protection
Bureau of Waste Management
ATTN: Jasmine Vittori
701 S. Stewart Street, Suite 4001
Carson City, Nevada 89701
775-687-9466
jvittori@ndep.nv.gov

Occupy and Nevada Day

On October 31, 1864 Nevada became the 36th state to enter the union, and the phrase “Battle Born” on the state flag reflects the state’s entry during the American Civil War. It has been celebrated officially since 1939.

Nevada Day is observed on the last Friday of October. Because it’s a state holiday, schools, libraries, some banks, and all state offices and institutions are closed. Utilities, the post office and garbage pickup will remain open.

That should make it all that much easier for Nevadans to support the Occupy Movement which is promoting that for one day, October 28, 2011, we shut the system down.

Other News:

Presidential Caucus Dates Change Again — The Nevada Democratic Party will hold its presidential caucus on January 21, 2012. The Republican Party will hold its caucus on February 4, 2012.

The End of the Iraq War is Finally Drawing to a Close —On Friday, President Obama has announced that ALL combat troops in Iraq will be withdrawn by year-end and the war will be over.  As we reflect on how we arrived here, it’s a time to honor the men and women who served in Iraq during the last eight years — and be proud of our president, who kept his commitment to bring this war to an end.

Assemblywoman Irene Bustamante-Adams To Be Honored — Congratulations to Assemblywoman Irene Bustamante-Adams who will be honored this week at an Emerge America fete in San Francisco for being a “Trailblazer.” You go, girl!

Metro Offers Tips for Safe Trick or Treating — The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is offering tips to parents to ensure a safe Halloween for young trick–or–treaters

Police say parents should help kids plan their route ahead of time, utilizing a tool on Metro’s website that identifies homes in your neighborhood which are occupied by known sexual predators. Police say these homes should be avoided. From Metro’s home page, click on the “sex offenders” tab on top of the page and click on “search for offenders in our area.”

Other suggestions include:

  • Go with your children on Halloween night.
  • Ensure your children stick to the route you’ve mapped out ahead of time.
  • Carry a cell phone with you in case help is needed.
  • Know where your children are at all times.
  • When kids walk up to a door, parents should be close enough to hear the conservations that transpire.

Have a great week everyone

Nevada Veterans Council Being Formed

Nevada veterans are invited to participate in an upcoming round table discussion with President Obama. Those who are selected will serve as a member of the Nevada Veterans Council and be able to address any subject such as: Homeland Security; Defense; TRICARE, V.A., Medicare, Education; Housing…any subject concerning our Troops, Veterans or Military Families. This opportunity is open to all Honorably Discharged Veterans and Military Families currently residing in Nevada (and registered to vote in any Nevada County). If you are interested in this opportunity and would like to become a member, please email or call the following information to Johnathan Abbinett:

 Name: (Last Name, First Name, M.I.)
 Primary Telephone Number:
 Secondary Telephone Number:
 E-Mail Address:
 Postal Address:
 Branch of Service:
 Entry Date: (Month/Year)
 ETS Date: (Month/Year)
 Discharge Status: (Honorable/Retired/Disabled)
 Send to:
 Johnathan L. Abbinett, Chair
 Nevada Veterans & Military Families Council
 Email: jlabbinett@cox.net
 Phone: (702) 220-9303