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Thursday, December 1st, 2005
2:39 pm - Is Wal-mart Going Green?

rocket_hamster
Story from MSNBC.com

It'd be great if this turns out to be true. It doesn't really help with how they treat female and minority employees, destroy communities, drive out small business or exploit overseas workers...but it'd be a nice start.

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Thursday, July 21st, 2005
12:16 am - John Roberts

rocket_hamster
If any Americans here have not yet written a letter to thier state Senators about Bush nomiation of John Roberts for the Supreme Court, I hope you plan on doing so very soon.

I live in NY, and I already know that Clinton and Schumer will most likely oppose the nomination. They're usally on top of that sort of thing, plus I've already sent them e-mails. But what I think I should do is also send some to senators outside of my own state, ones that pose certain concern. And I will specify to them that I do not seek a "librel" candidate, but one who is fair and will interpret the laws in an intelligent and just fashion. One who seeks to deal with contemporary issues, not just she how many old rulings s/he can help overturn.

I don't think it's too much to ask.

current mood: nervous

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Monday, July 18th, 2005
5:31 pm - Good news for not killing the enviroment with your car

rocket_hamster
Hydrogen Cars May Hit Showrooms by 2005

Make your own biodiesel (Maybe the next car I'll get will be diesel? Who knew it might actually be a good thing!)

Hybrid cars info (or, "I wish I were rich, so I can be a good person too...")

current mood: tired

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Tuesday, July 12th, 2005
6:10 pm - ONE

rocket_hamster
I guess the ONE campaign is kind of working, huh? G8 doubled it's aid for African and wiped out all of thier debt.

Woo!

current mood: happy

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Wednesday, July 6th, 2005
8:12 pm - If I can get out of work, I'll be here:

rocket_hamster
Patriot Act-SHUN Rally
Tuesday, July 12 @ 12 PM
New York Public Library, 41st Street & 5th Avenue

Join us on Tuesday, July 12 for a Patriot Act-SHUN Rally calling on
Congress to reform the Patriot Act and to support corrective
legislation such as the SAFE Act and Civil Liberties Restoration Act,
which would restore meaningful checks and balances to Patriot Act
powers.

Congressional lawmakers will meet this month to vote on legislation to
expand the Patriot Act. We need your help to stop them!

Make your voice heard on July 12! Tell Congress it's time to fix the
Patriot Act!

Rally sponsored by the New York City Bill of Rights Defense Campaign,
New York Civil Liberties Union and People for the American Way.

For more information, visit www.nycbordc.org

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Tuesday, June 28th, 2005
12:27 am

rocket_hamster
Dear Mister President,

For decades the United States of America has identified itself to the world as the unfettering defender of freedom and protector of the innocent. We pretend to be concerned only with justice, yet we only aid the people who offer us something to gain in return. Whether it is oil, money or simply power, the US seldom leaps to the assistance of the truly needy; the destitute, the starving, the homeless and even the victims of genocide.

Mr. Bush, you insisted over and over again that the invasion of Iraq was based around only the liberty of its people and of concern for their future. Meanwhile, the genocide in Sudan has remained a constant source of pain and misery for its people, and the United States does nothing to help them. The “conflict” (as it is so carefully named) has been called the “world’s worst humanitarian crisis”. These are people that are actually asking, pleading for American intervention, and it is a topic that you intentionally side-step at every opportunity, while invading and devastating another nation, uninvited. Sudan, through 21 years of civil war, has become one of the poorest nations in the region, though donations from the world’s wealthiest nations amounts to only a fraction of what was promised for the reconstruction of Iraq in the wake of its “saviors”.

Though a peace treaty was signed over two years ago, attacks still happen with great frequency, especially in the Darfur area. Not only are these people constantly subject to violence, rape and murder, but they are also victims of disease, starvation and malnutrition. So many people of the world still naively think that America is a compassionate and powerful guardian who will come to help them in their darkest hour. At one time in life, we all must have thought that. But why is it that when Africa cries out in pain, the US ignores it or treats it like a spoiled child who demands too much?

Obviously the United States cannot save the world on its own; but when is the last time it truly tried to save anyone at all with out expecting something in return?

What is America doing for the situation in Sudan?

Most Sincerely,

[concerned US citizen]

current mood: distressed

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Thursday, June 23rd, 2005
1:59 pm - Hide under your desks! It's a politically ambitious woman!

rocket_hamster
Detractors divided over Hillary book

By Clare Murphy
BBC News

"Those keen to avert a second Clinton presidency hope The Truth About Hillary, a collection of old and new claims about the former First Lady's marriage, sexuality and burning ambition, by veteran journalist Edward Klein, will do for the senator for New York what "Unfit for Command" did for Mr Kerry."

More from BBC News

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Sunday, June 19th, 2005
10:02 pm - "'Bewitched' Statue Bothers Some In Salem"

rocket_hamster
"Executives at TV Land surely expected gracious applause when they announced plans for a bronze statue of Samantha Stephens in "Bewitched."...

But the plans for the salute to "Bewitched" didn't go over well. That's because TV Land decided the place for this nine-foot tribute to America's most beloved housewife witch is in the middle of Salem, Mass., a town best known for hanging 19 citizens accused of witchcraft. Okay, it happened a long time ago -- in 1692 to be exact -- but it's still a sore subject. Capitalizing on that history with a statue of a broom-riding TV witch struck some locals as in really bad taste.

"It's like TV Land going to Auschwitz and proposing to erect a statue of Colonel Klink," says John Carr, a former member of the Salem Historic District Commission. "Putting this statue in the park near the church where this all happened, it trivializes the execution of 19 people.""

More from the Washington Post

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9:53 pm - Whaling meeting 'may relax rules'

rocket_hamster
Pro-whaling nations seem set to command a majority of votes at the meeting of the International Whaling Commission which opens in South Korea on Monday.

more from BBC news

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Tuesday, May 31st, 2005
1:03 pm - John Conyers

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Thursday, May 26th, 2005
10:36 pm - The One campaign

rocket_hamster
"WE BELIEVE that in the best American tradition of helping others help themselves, now is the time to join with other countries in a historic pact for compassion and justice to help the poorest people of the world overcome AIDS and extreme poverty. WE RECOGNIZE that a pact including such measures as fair trade, debt relief, fighting corruption and directing additional resources for basic needs - education, health, clean water, food, and care for orphans - would transform the futures and hopes of an entire generation in the poorest countries, at a cost equal to just one percent more of the US budget. WE COMMIT ourselves - one person, one voice, one vote at a time - to make a better, safer world for all."

ONE

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Sunday, May 22nd, 2005
6:27 pm - Please sign emergency petition to save our courts

rocket_hamster
Hi!

I just signed MoveOn PAC's emergency petition to stop the "nuclear option" the far right wing's plan to seize absolute power to stack our courts -– and I hope you will sign too.

Starting Monday, the petition will be delivered straight to Congress every three hours until the final vote, and many of our comments will be read aloud on the Senate floor.

Please sign right now at:

http://www.moveonpac.org/nuclear

Why is this an emergency?

This Tuesday, the Senate will vote on Republican Leader Bill Frist's "nuclear option" to break the rules of the Senate and give the Republican Party absolute control over appointing federal judges.

For 200 years the minority's right to filibuster has kept our courts fair, by making sure that federal judges needed to get at least some support from both sides of the aisle before they were given life time appointments.

If Frist eliminates the filibuster, his next step would be to force far right partisan judges onto the powerful U.S. Courts of Appeals. The real targets, however, are the four seats on the Supreme Court likely to become vacant in the next four years.

With that much power on the Supreme Court, the far right could strike down decades of progress on labor rights, environmental protections, reproductive rights, and privacy.

The "nuclear option" will live or die by a final vote, probably on Tuesday, and the vote is still way too close to call. There are at least 6 moderate Republicans still on the fence and only 3 more votes needed to win. If we can get enough of our voices into congress and into the streets in the next 72 hours, we can still save our courts.

Please take a minute to join me and sign the emergency petition today.

http://www.moveonpac.org/nuclear

Thanks!

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12:38 pm - I didn't even realize this was still an issue

rocket_hamster
Rep. Heather Wilson, the only female veteran in Congress, said Friday she will try to kill a provision in a defense bill that would limit the role of women in ground combat zones.

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Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005
5:23 pm - Help Save These Greyhounds!

rocket_hamster
500 Dogs to Die! (posted 5/1/05)

The greyhound track in Plainfield, CT voted on April 26th that they would discontinue greyhound racing. Unfortunately - and heartbreakingly - they've also decided that rescuers have only two weeks to get the dogs out, and any dogs remaining at the track on May 14th will be euthanized. This is a monumental task because there are at least 500 dogs currently at the track. These are all young, healthy dogs, 2-4 years of age, who would make great family pets.

read more here


I really wish I could do something to help, but I'll be at school until then and even if I wasn't, I don't have my own place where I can make the decision to take in some dogs. If you or anyone you know can help, please do! But if you can't, spread the word around!

x-posted in vegetarian

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Monday, April 11th, 2005
8:39 am - Oxfam's Global Action Week

tas007
Oxfam's Global Action Week
http://www.april2005.org/media/events/eventsusa.html

Global Week of Action
Welcome to Oxfam America's Global Week of Action! Just by stopping by, you've shown that you're passionate about social justice and want to make a difference in the lives of poor people around the world.


Join thousands of others just like you. Make a big noise, April 10-16. Click here to learn more about Oxfam's campaigns.

You won't be alone. During the Global Week of Action, communities around the world, from Uganda to the United States to Uruguay, will call on their elected officials to make trade fair and promote policies that improve lives

will xpost

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Monday, March 28th, 2005
1:25 pm

tas007

found this article too about the hudson/houston baby case

http://www.newshounds.us/2005/03/24/oreilly_flipflops_defends_texas_law_that_allows_baby_sun_hudson_to_die.php

 

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1:18 pm - school shooting & bush

tas007

from truthout.org

 

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Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005
9:09 pm - Congress... acting inappropriately?!?!?!

blindsay
And reporters are now raising questions about a right-to-die law Bush signed as Texas governor, contradicting his position in the Schiavo case. Just last week, the law was applied for the first time, allowing doctors to remove a critically ill infant from life support against his mother's wishes. According to the Houston Chronicle, this marks the first time in American history that courts allowed a pediatric patient to die against the wishes of their parent.[7] As the Knight Ridder News service reports:

"The mother down in Texas must be reading the Schiavo case and scratching her head," said Dr. Howard Brody, the director of Michigan State University's Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences. "This does appear to be a contradiction." Brody said that, in taking up the Schiavo case, Bush and Congress had shattered a body of bioethics law and practice."[8]

It's time to speak up about this kind of political posturing, and ask Congress to get back to work. Can you sign our petition to Republican leaders in Congress to stop grandstanding on the Schiavo tragedy?

http://www.moveonpac.org/grandstanding/



So... it's okay to pull the plug on poor infants even when their mothers don't consent in Texas, but in Florida it's murder even if the legal guardian of the patient consents in accordance with the informal wishes of the patient. And both states have come to these conclusions under the steadfast leadership of the Bush family.

current mood: befuddled

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Monday, March 21st, 2005
11:15 pm - Schiavo Case

rocket_hamster
http://www.cnn.com/2005/LAW/03/21/schiavo/index.html

OK, I have to ask what everyone thinks of this.

Frankly, I don't necessarily agree with the situation in which her husband is leaving her, but I REALLY don't agree that the government has any ANY right to get involved.

current mood: concerned

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Thursday, March 10th, 2005
2:09 am - New Community - Delete if this is not okay

orangeclouds115
daily_granola

The purpose of this community is to give liberals one relatively easy change to make in their lives every day. I will add something every day if no one else does, but it is open to everyone.

xposted to a lot of places

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