Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Sustainability Action Newsletter, Jan. 13, 2015

"I don't know if I've ever seen a bill that starts with the name of a particular company that's the beneficiary (TransCanada). We're supposed to be establishing policy, not issuing building permits to individual companies." - Sen. Angus King (I-ME)
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NEBRASKA SUPREME COURT DUMPS KEYSTONE XL DECISION INTO PRES. OBAMA'S LAP
Friday, 9 January 2014

After working its way through the Nebraska court system for more than two years, a landowner lawsuit against the Keystone XL route was dismissed by the Nebraska Supreme Court, essentially on technicalities. Any hope by President Obama that the Court would save him the political anguish of making the permit decision was swept away last Friday. It's his legacy, for what he makes of it. Now the U.S. State Department review process will resume, and because they will most likely recommend in favor of the pipeline permit, Obama will have to make the final decision on the pipeline.

The Nebraska Supreme Court actually ruled 4-3 to uphold a lower court finding that the Nebraska pipeline routing law was unconstitutional, but the decision required a super majority vote of 5-2 to prevail. The other technicality cited was the landowner plaintiffs' claim was deemed invalid, claiming they were injured as taxpayers. The dissenting judges said the plaintiffs should have tried a more traditional theory of standing, by arguing that their private property rights would be infringed by the use of eminent domain. This was an unfortunate legal choice by the plaintiffs, so now they are considering a new lawsuit by any of the other 115 landowners who have refused to sign a contract with TransCanada. Meanwhile, TransCanada will begin legal action against landowners who have refused to let the company purchase easements. Learn more at - With Nebraska Supreme Court ruling, Keystone battle over, but war drags on, and Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders Blast the Keystone Bill.

Today is a national day of protest against the Keystone XL pipeline, with actions in dozens of cities including Kansas City. To learn more of the protest, you can go to -Reject Keystone XL -- Now - The Action Network. Another action devised by the clever people at Bold Nebraska is to - Send a 'Veto' Pen to President Obama from Bold Nebraska. Very elegant scheme, and shows that the (ballpoint) pen is mightier than the sword.
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NONVIOLENT PROTESTS PLANNED IF OBAMA GRANTS KEYSTONE XL PERMIT

Although last Friday's kabuki legislation "granted" a construction permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, it is purely symbolic because they don't have the votes to override a Presidential veto. But a veto is still a big "if". Over 100,000 citizens have signed a "pledge of resistance", having committed to risk arrest if necessary to stop Keystone XL. The pressure is building on Obama. When the Nebraska lawsuit halted the U.S. State Department's permit review process, it was about two thirds done. The permit review now resumes, expected to be complete in about two months. Protectors of the land and air need to be ready when the time comes.

With over 400 volunteer action leaders trained in 25 cities nationwide, the local sit-in actions will be deployed when and if the Obama Administration recommends approval of Keystone XL. Chances are there's one near you. To stop Keystone XL, you can take the next step and sign up with your local pledge action. You can Find your nearest Pledge of Resistance action and sign up to be part of it. The passive resistance actions will be at places like the State Department, EPA and Federal offices, oil industry contractor ERM offices, and branches of TD Bank. If you click the above link and plug in your zip code, you will learn where the nearest action is to you.
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LAWRENCE SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOLS COMMUNITY MEETING
Wednesday, 14 January 2015, 3:30-5:00pm
West Middle School Cafeteria, 2700 Harvard Rd.,Lawrence KS 66049
The public is invited to learn about data collected during the 2014 beginning months of the Lawrence Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program. SRTS is a local movement to create safe opportunities for children to bicycle and walk to and from schools. The goal is to get children moving again and to reverse the growing rate of childhood obesity. In 1969, approximately 50 percent of children in the U.S. walked or biked to school. Today, fewer than 15 percent do. As a result, kids today are less active, less independent and less healthy. This effort was launched in 2014 by the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department in conjunction with the National Center for Safe Routes To School. So far, sixteen local schools are participating in the planning and data gathering, with hopes that all Lawrence public and private schools will join the effort. For more info go to - Lawrence Safe Routes to School.
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KANSAS CITY ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT COMMISSION
Wednesday,
14 January 2015, 4:00-6:00pm
Mid America Regional Council, Rivergate Center 2nd floor, 600 Broadway, KC MO

The Environmental Management Commission promotes environmental awareness and resource efficiency to the City's leaders and staff, to assist the progress of Kansas City toward sustainability. The General public is encouraged to attend and observe meetings and to join and participate in its efforts. More information is at KC Environmental Management Commission.
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LAWRENCE SUSTAINABILITY ADVISORY BOARD
Wednesday, 14 January 2015, 5:30pm
Public Works Conference Room, City Hall ground floor, 6 East 6th St., Lawrence KS 66044

The
January agenda includes: Multi-Modal Plan review, Safe Routes To Schools update, Bike-Ped Town Hall, Non-motorized Transportation Advisory Board, and PACE legislation. The S.A.B. meets monthly to discuss any and all aspects of furthering sustainability policies and practices by the City of Lawrence government and private persons. The public is welcome. Minutes are finalized in about a month after each meeting - http://www.lawrenceks.org/sustainability/sab.
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LAWRENCE PEDESTRIAN COALITION
Wednesday, 14 January 2015, 7:00pm
Carnegie Building Conference Room, 200 West 9th St., Lawrence KS 66044

The January agenda includes: 6th & Rockledge child injury, Bike-Ped Town Hall, and Non-motorized Transportation Task Force. The Lawrence Pedestrian Coalition is a joint effort of the Lawrence Association of Neighborhoods and the League of Women Voters. Monthly meetings are open to the public. For more info go to Lawrence Pedestrian Coalition, or contact Erin Paden .
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KKFI COMMUNITY RADIO - ECOLOGICAL SHOWS THIS WEEK
Listen at KKFI-FM 90.1, or web-streaming at http://www.kkfi.org/
(courtesy Mike Murphy, KKFI Programming Committee)

Friday, 16 January 2015, 9:30am - Bioneers Radio Series
Bioneers presents "Busting the Drug War: The Dawn of Drug Policy Reform". Ethan Nadelmann, founder/director of the Drug Policy Alliance, the nation's leading drug policy reform organization, traces the hidden history of drugs laws, which are intimately connected with racism and the political exploitation of people's fears. He offers a set of practical and effective policy reforms that are now being advocated by a rising tide of former drug warriors.

Monday, 19 January 2015, 5:00am - Exploration with Dr. Michio Kaku
This week on Exploration, is "Green, Greener, Greenest", with Lori Bongiorno. She's the author of the book by the same name which is a practical guide to making eco-smart choices a part of everyday life.

Monday, 19 January 2015, 6:00pm - locally produced Eco-Radio KC
The EcoRadioKC gang takes off for the holidays and we present the syndicated program, Radio Ecoshock.
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RESPONSIBLE ENERGY VS. FUKUSHIMA DAI-ICHI

Brownback's 2016 Kansas budget short-sheets water in favor of nukes
 
While claiming that his drastic tax cuts to Kansas wealthy will boost the state's economy, Gov. Brownback is really enacting Grover Norquist's neocon maxim of "shrinking government to the size where he can drown it in the bathtub". It's not good for the economy to plunge the state coffers into a $648 million deficit, 11% of general revenues. Standard & Poors reduced Kansas' bond status, jeopardizing the state's ability to borrow. So Brownback's solution? Why, take it out on the poor and elderly, cutting social services, rejecting Obamacare support, and threatening to cut Medicaid and Kansas employee retirement funds.

His other strategy is to short change some Kansas programs and plans in favor of others, and even terminate some programs. For example, the newly updated Kansas Water Plan will be cut from $25 million to $15 million. But Brownback still plans on dredging the John Redmond Reservoir, which is silting up like all Kansas reservoirs. In contrast, all other reservoirs will have to be dredged by municipalities. Why favor John Redmond? It's not for irrigation or drinking water, that's for sure, because the John Redmond Reservoir is the back-up cooling water for the Wolf Creek Nuclear Plant. A couple years ago, it was 95% empty, endangering the ability of Wolf Creek to operate safely. But Brownback is a caring family man, and he'll never let down his Wolf Creek nuclear family.

We suggest readers avail themselves of the following sources for news on the nuclear demise: Japan for Sustainability - http://www.japanfs.org/; Japan Focus - http://japanfocus.org/;Fukushima Update - http://fukushimaupdate.com/; and Fairewinds Energy Education - http://www.fairewinds.com/.
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LEAVE FOSSIL FUELS BURIED - NATURE JOURNAL OF SCIENCE

For the first time, a research team has quantified which fossil fuel reserves cannot be burned if the world is to keep atmospheric global warming below 2 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels. From the report by Christophe McGlade and Paul Ekins, "To have at least a 50 percent chance of keeping warming below 2 degrees C, carbon emissions between 2011 and 2050 need to be limited to around 1,100 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide. However, the greenhouse gas emissions contained in present estimates of global fossil fuel reserves are around three times higher than this. We show that development of resources in the Arctic, and any increase in unconventional oil production [tar sands, fracking] are incommensurate with efforts to limit average global warming to 2 degrees C. We now have tangible figures of the quantities and locations of fossil fuels that should remain unused in trying to keep within the 2 degrees C temperature limit" said Christophe McGlade, at the University College London.

 
The research shows that 82 percent of coal reserves, 49 percent of gas reserves, and 33 percent of petroleum reserves must stay in the ground. This is energy conservation in its truest form - don't use it, rather than use it efficiently. The challenging question is "How can corporations that "own" these reserves be convinced, incentivized, or forced to not capitalize on their "energy property"? This is the essence of what nations are faced with when negotiating at the U.N. Climate Conference. If an effective climate pact is enacted, major fossil fuel companies face the risk that significant parts of their reserves will become worthless. Though socially justifiable or not, corporations have claimed "ownership" over large swaths of the public commons, and they will surely sue for compensation in "property takings" proceedings. If compensation is deemed appropriate, this Editor thinks it should be for no more than their initial lease purchase price of exploration rights or extraction rights, and not for the presumed value of the energy reserves on the open market. A U.N. treaty should rightly decree that these fuels no longer have value on the open market. Read more at - Leave fossil fuels buried to prevent climate change.
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SEED SAVERS KC WINTER SEED EXCHANGE - 3RD ANNUAL
Saturday, 17 January 2015, 11:00am-2:00pm - FREE, but bring seeds to barter
Missouri Department of Conservation Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave., Kansas City MO 64110
(courtesy Star Jordan)

This is Kansas City's 3rd annual organic, non-GE seed exchange. This is a place to bring something and get something. Items featured in this event include: organic, heirloom, non-GE vegetable, herb & flower seeds, starter plants, shrubs, vines, bulbs, fermentation starters like kombucha, kefir grains, food grade essential oils, skin products, soaps, free range eggs, honey, bread starters, seed jewelry and much MUCH more - door prizes and free samples too. Please bring a little, take a little, bring a lot, take a lot. Items brought to share must be packaged, labeled and dated. All are welcome, come learn about our expanding Seed Library, proper seed harvesting, saving and planting. Join the revolution and promote organic biodiversity in your community, your yard and your home. For more information go to - Seed Savers Kansas City, or contact Dana McDaniel at .
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EARTH-ECOSPHERE CARE FORUMS
Sundays, 18 January 2015 (and beyond), 9:40-10:45am - FREE
First Presbyterian Church 2415 Clinton Parkway, Fireside Room, Lawrence KS 66047

18 January - The Demise of Pollinators: The Importance of Butterflies and Bees
25 January - One Thing Leads to Another - Even to a Slow Money Network in Northeast Kansas
1 February - What Would the Construction of the Keystone Pipeline have to do with Kansas Interfaith Power and Light?
Series coordinated by the Eco-Team of First Presbyterian Church. For more info contact Thad Holcombe .
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LAWRENCE COMMON GROUND URBAN FOOD PROGRAM ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2015

The Common Ground Program provides opportunities for individuals and groups to lease idle land owned by the City of Lawrence, and use it for growing food. Proposals can be for a community garden or a market garden, can be not-for-profit or for profit, and can be a group endeavor of by and individual. Sites vary in size, but the lease is for $1 per year, and runs for three years with an option to extend it longer. The purpose of the program is to encourage local food production, serve population members who have limited access to fresh produce, be a form of agriculture business incubator, as well as promote agri-tourism. Two of the available sites are up-and-running community gardens that Sustainability Action developed, ready for growers to sign on to. For more information and to learn how to apply, go to -Common Ground Request for Applications_2015.pdf.
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DOUGLAS COUNTY FOOD POLICY COUNCIL
Monday, 19 January 2015, 7:00pm
location TBA, Lawrence KS 66047
 
The Food Policy Council seeks to identify the benefits, challenges and opportunities for a successful, sustainable local food system. By advising the Douglas County Commission on public policies that will support local producers, preserve local agricultural resources and land, and create more local jobs, the F.P.C. hopes to improve the community's access to a local food supply and distribution networks. For more info go to Dg County Food Policy Council.
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BICYCLE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Tuesday, 20 January 2015, 5:00pm
Parks & Recreation Conference Room, 1141 Massachusetts St., Lawrence KS 66044

The January agenda is not yet available. The Bicycle Advisory Committee works to improve bicycle safety and awareness through education of motorists and non-motorists, develops bicycle plans and maps, and advises the City and County Commission on bicycle priorities and needs. The agenda and information can be downloaded at Bicycle Advisory Committee.
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SUSTAINABILITY ACTION - ANNUAL MEMBER PARTY & MEETING
Friday, 23 January 2015, 5:00pm-9:00pm
Lawrence Creates Makerspace, 512 East 9th St. (9th & NJ), Lawrence KS 66044
Local Solutions for Transition to a Sustainable Economy

Please join us to celebrate our seventh birthday featuring a potluck dinner at 5:00pm, a talk by Kris Adair, and conviviality!

After the potluck, we will recap our 2014 achievements in bicycle transportation,community gardens, food sovereignty, and more. Following that we will elect our Directors for the coming year. Our highlight of the evening will be a keynote talk by Kris Adair, urban sustainability advocate and member of the Lawrence School Board. She has interests in the Safe Routes To Schools program, curtailing urban sprawl, walkable neighborhoods, and non-motorized transportation. Following Ms. Adair's talk, we will have small group envisioning to share ideas for our 2015 activities. Since forming in late 2007, Sustainability Action has been bringing to our community local solutions for transition to a sustainable economy.Everyone is welcome, non-members and members alike. We hope to see you there!
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MASTER GARDENER COMPOSTING PRESENTATION
Saturday, 24 January 2015, 10:00am-12:00pm
Lawrence Public Library Auditorium, 7th & Vermont St., Lawrence KS 66044
(courtesy Michael Morley, Pearl Clark Community Garden)

Billed as "Don't settle for dirt when you can have living soil", this presentation will be given by Kathy Hoggard, a Master Gardener from Kansas City. Shade trees and fruit trees produce an annual leaf bonanza that can replenish our soil's organic matter and make unnecessary most other amendments for soil fertility or structure. These leaves feed the legions of soil microbes that nourish plants and manage soil structure to benefit plant growth. The program will delve deeply into nutrient cycles and why harvesting the leaves from your trees will be the primary ingredient you will need to produce living soil. Several informative handouts will be available. For more info contact Michael Morley .
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NO-TILL ON THE PLAINS 2015 CONFERENCE
Tuesday-Thursday, 27-29 January 2015 - $$$
Bicentennial Center, 800 The Midway, Salina KS 67401

Industrial agriculture considers the soil as inert and dead, being there only to hold up the crops, so loss of nutrients or tilth, or loss of the soil itself is inconsequential. Just throw chemicals at it! While no-till agriculture still uses heavy machinery, no-till farmers minimize the equipment and the number of passes over the land. But there two schools of no-till farmers - those who avoid plowing under weeds and weed seeds by killing weeds with herbicides (granted less than used in conventional till farming), and those who avoid weed growth entirely by planting a combination cover crop after harvest. The No-Till on the Plains farmers are the cover crop type. They have developed sophisticated mixes of cover crops and rotational schedules that not only avoid soil erosion, but boost crop production. At this year's conference, Dr. Fred Provenza from Utah State University will deliver the keynote address. The other featured speaker will be Joshua Dukart, a certified educator of wholistic management from Bismark, North Dakota. For more info and to register, go to - No-till on the Plains 2015 Winter Conference.
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SMART GROWTH CONFERENCE - COUNTERACTING URBAN SPRAWL
Thursday-Saturday, 29-31 January 2015 - $$$
Hilton Baltimore Hotel, 401 West Pratt Street, Baltimore MD 21201

Smart growth is an urban planning and transportation design method emphasizing compact walkable urban centers to avoid urban sprawl into farmland. It also advocates bicycle friendly complete streets and compatibly mixed land use. However, smart growth tends to neglect urban green space such as community gardens and urban agriculture, whereas the related movement of New Urbanism embraces open space and even permaculture as part of the mix.

The annual conferences began in 1997, and this year in Baltimore is the 14th annual. A significant portion of the conference focuses on environmental justice, and this year will feature three-hour interactive sessions designed to increase understanding of the poverty through "poverty simulation experiences". For more conference info go to - Smart Growth Conference Registration.
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K.C. URBAN FARMERS 10th ANNUAL MEETING - CULTIVATE KANSAS CITY
Saturday, 31 January 2015, from 8:00am-3:00pm
2nd Presbyterian Church, 318 East 55th St., Kansas City MO 64113
(courtesy Ami Freeberg, Cultivate K.C.)

Come meet other growers and supporters and learn about Cultivate Kansas City's projects over the past year. We'll have pie, coffee, conversation, and learning together (and, if you'd like to bring a pie or two, it would be much appreciated!). They're hosting a potluck lunch in addition to the famous pie potluck. Please bring a homemade (and preferably homegrown or locally sourced) dish to share. The event will have a "Dreamers and Doers" panel, and some group visioning activities that are fun and creative. Founded in 2004, Cultivate Kansas City operates the Kansas City Community Farm, and trains folks as urban growers. Their vision is for urban areas of small community farms, providing a livelihood for growers, and local healthy food for the community. For more info go to - Cultivate Kansas City Annual Farmers & Friends Meeting.
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MISSOURI ORGANIC ASSOCIATION 2015 CONFERENCE
Thursday - Saturday, 5 - 7 February 2015 $$$
University Plaza Hotel, 333 S. John Hammons Pkwy, Springfield, MO 65806

This year's conference presenters include
Dr. Jaime Pinero, Gary Zimmer, andJoseph Simcox known as the Botanical Explorer. There will be the M.O.A. Poultry Symposium, a film about genetically engineered crops called "GMO-OMG", followed by a GE food plenary led by Robyn O'Brien. Speakers will be presenting throughout the conference including David Yarrow on Carbon Smart Farming. There also will be numerous workshops, a trade show, an organic cooking competition, and an auction. More info and registration form available at - Missouri Organic Association Annual Conference.
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SIXTH ANNUAL KAW VALLEY SEED FAIR
Saturday, 14 February 2015, 9:00am-3:00pm - FREE
Douglas County Fairgrounds, Building 21, 2110 Harper St., Lawrence KS 66046

The annual Kaw Valley Seed Fair is a pre-spring celebration where people can share seeds, information and other resources. The fair features a free seed exchange that includes books, catalogs and other gardening and seed-saving materials, plus exhibits, local producers and food for sale. Information on the fair, including a list of vendors, will be updated on the fair's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/kawvalleyseeds. The Kaw Valley Seed Fair is a not-for-profit organization.






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Sustainability Action Programs include:
1) Food Sovereignty & Permaculture -local control of food, permaculture workshops, tours, and crop mobs.

2) Bicycles & Alternative Transportation - promoting bicycles, complete streets, ride sharing, and electric vehicles, including infrastructure and pro-active regulations - Bicycle Transportation Funding: Lawrence 2015 Budget

3) Local Community Currency- fostering money literacy, and implementing a local currency, either cash or electronic or both, that will transition to a sustainable local economy and weather global economic instability.

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5) Energy Conservation & Renewables - reducing our carbon footprint by promoting a carbon diet, an energy diet, conservation, and decentralized renewable energy.
6) Prime Farmland Preservation - protecting Capability I & II farmland from urban development and industrial land uses.

7) Water Rights and Watersheds - protecting the water commons from privatization and contamination, and restoring watersheds.
8) Collaboration with sister organizations - building synergy with the combined talents and creativity of like-minded groups to achieve a transition to sustainable local economies. Groups such as: Films for Action; The Light Center eco-village; churches and civic groups; Kaw River Valley Food System farm-based economic development; Cultivate Kansas City; Kansas River Valley Growers fighting for local water rights; the National Sustainable Energy Network; the Kansas City Food Circle, and more.

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ustainability Action sponsored organizations:
1) Lawrence Creates - local tool sharing, recycling, and community shared innovation incubator - Lawrence Creates

2) Lawrence Fruit Tree Project - educating and inspiring the community to grow and steward perennial food plants and increase local food sovereignty - Lawrence Fruit Tree Project

3) Moving Forward Network - Diesel Health Project - promoting eco-justice in neighborhoods subject to industrial air and water pollution, by monitoring the pollution and changing policies and enforcement. -Moving Forward Network


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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

[Daily Bleed]: 11/25 BA JIN

The river I have under my tongue,   
    Unimaginable water, my little boat,   
    And curtains lowered, let's speak.

   
    — Paul Eluard 1895-1952, "The River"

Daily Bleed web page,
http://recollectionbooks.com/bleed/1125.htm

NOVEMBER 25
BA JIN
Leading Chinese novelist of 20th-century independence, lifelong
revolutionist, anarchist.

Purged during the Cultural Revolution.
Nominated for the 1975 & 2001 Nobel Prize in Literature.

        The 2001 nomination letter notes,

        "Ba Jin has made great efforts in fighting for man's freedom,
        democracy,   man's psychic liberation; his in-depth exploration
        about human nature & man's esteem has been recorded in the
        history of Chinese culture."

        http://dwardmac.pitzer.edu/Anarchist_Archives/bright/bajin/bajinarchive.html

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        BUY NOTHING DAY.

        England: CATHERNING DAY: traditionally, young women make merry today.
   
        FESTIVAL OF SHADOW ECONOMIES.   
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 1871 -- Japanese socialist, writer & historian Toshihiko Sakai lives (d.1933). Best
known for his translation work with Shūsui Kōtoku, with whom he co-founded Heimin
Shimbun
(Common Peoples' Newspaper). They were the first to translate The
Communist Manifesto
into Japanese before Kōtoku became an anarchist.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toshihiko_Sakai

1904 -- Ba Jin (aka Pa Chin [pseud. of Li Feigan]) lives (1904-2005).
Chinese novelist, discovered anarchism with the reading of Peter Kropotkin
& Emma Goldman & created his pseudonym Ba (from Bakunin ) & Jin (from
Kropotkin). Cruelly persecuted, but finally, in the decade of Deng Xiao-ping's
reforms, he was elected honorary chairman of Chinese Writers' Association.
Elected a contender for the 2001 Nobel Prize.

     Ba Jin was constantly harassed by the Communists, & in 1949, was forced
     to rewrite his stories, removing or replacing all anarchist references with
     Communist ones.

     & in 1966 he was again in disgrace, branded

      "A great poisonous weed"

      & his writings condemned as seditious.

      http://recollectionbooks.com/bleed/11ref.htm#25/1904a

1921 -- Novelist & radical Nathanael West flunks out of Tufts, where
he got in by falsifying his high school transcripts. Befriended many
struggling writers & artists as a hotel clerk. Wrote Day of the Locust,Miss Lonelyhearts, A Cool Million.
http://www.literarytraveler.com/articles/nathanaelwestcaliforni/

1947 -- US: The Hollywood Ten is blacklisted.

1957 -- Radical Mexican muralist Diego Rivera dies, México City, Mexico.
http://www.DiegoRivera.com/

1968 -- US: American socialist, novelist, politician, Upton Sinclair dies.

1974 -- England: Nick Drake is no longer a stranger among us, dies
after eating his corn flakes, a possible suicide.

     “Fame is but a fruit tree —
     So very unsound.
     It can never flourish
     Till its stalk is in the ground.
     So men of fame
     Can never find a way
     Till time has flown
     Far from their dying day.”

2001 -- US: No anarchy club in Kanawha County Schools! Katie Sierra,
a 15-year-old tenth grader at Sissonville High School in Charleston, West
Virginia is suspended for anti-war sentiments & her desire to start a
student anarchist club.
http://www.zpub.com/notes/noanarchyclub.html

2005 -- France: Colloque d'Histoire, « la Charte d’Amiens a 100 ans » lieu
de naissance de Victor Griffuelhes, secrétaire général de la CGT en 1906
et rédacteur de la Charte avec Émile Pouget. (November 25-26).

 
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“We can comprehend this world only by contesting it as a whole ...

The root of the prevailing lack of imagination cannot be grasped unless
one is able to imagine what is lacking, that is, what is missing, hidden,
forbidden, & yet possible, in modern life.”


                                                  — Situationist International


---auntie copyright 1997-2014

WEEKLY NEWSLETTER, Sustainability Action Network, 25 November 2014

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FOSSIL FUELED REPUBLICANISM - BY MICHAEL KLARE

The mid-term elections means party time for Big Energy. Republicans and the Tea Party want to remove all restraints from tapping North American fossil fuels. Approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline will be among the first measures "we're very likely to be voting on", said soon-to-be Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell. But Keystone XL is only one of their plans to exploit oil, coal, and natural gas reserves. They want to remove any "obstacles" to the construction of any border-crossing pipelines, prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from placing carbon restrictions on coal, ban federal oversight of fracking, open up more off-shore drilling, and promote oil and liquefied natural gas exports.

There are apparently two major motives for the fossil Republicans, that of bolstering national power and prestige, and that of maximizing resource through-put to maximize profits for their billionaire benefactors. Klare points out that "The giant energy firms are among the leading sources of campaign financing. Most of their money has, in recent years, gone to Republicans who espouse a pro-carbon agenda".

Most of the world along with the U.N. recognize the need to cut back dramatically on burning fossil fuels. And President Obama may take executive action on climate issues such as the recent climate deal with China. But Klare is concerned that "for each modest step forward on climate stabilization, the latest election ensures that Americans are destined to march several steps backward when it comes to reliance on climate-altering fossil fuels". Learn more at -Fossil-Fueled Republicanism : Michael Klare.
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NONVIOLENT PROTESTS PLANNED IF OBAMA AND CONGRESS PASS KEYSTONE XL

Between the release dates of the Supplementary Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) and the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), it became clear that the State Department and their hired contractor had gamed the system with flawed conclusions by the consultant, ERM, Inc. Over 100,000 citizens have signed a "pledge of resistance". Each person committed to risk arrest if necessary to stop Keystone XL, and President Obama has felt pressure in a way he never had before. It is thought his decision may occur unannounced, so protectors of the land and air need to be ready when the time comes.

With over 400 volunteer action leaders trained in 25 cities nationwide, the local sit-in actions will be deployed when and if the Obama Administration recommends approval of Keystone XL. Chances are there's one near you. To stop Keystone XL, you can take the next step and sign up with your local pledge action. You can Find your nearest Pledge of Resistance action and sign up to be part of it. The passive resistance actions will be at places like the State Department, EPA and Federal offices, oil industry contractor ERM offices, and branches of TD Bank. If you click the above link and plug in your zip code, you will learn where the nearest action is to you.
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KKFI COMMUNITY RADIO - ECOLOGICAL SHOWS THIS WEEK
Listen at KKFI-FM 90.1, or web-streaming at http://www.kkfi.org/
(courtesy Mike Murphy, KKFI Programming Committee)

Friday, 28 November 2014, 9:30am - Bioneers Radio Series
Bioneers presents "Why the World Doesn't End: Recreation Myths of Nature and Culture". "When the culture collapses, what's left are the the people that kept close to the Earth who continue to tell the stories. I call them the recreation stories." Mythologist, author and storyteller, Michael Meade, reminds us that the word "apocalypse" (epoc-collapse) actually means an unveiling, not an end. It's the beginning of a new story, a new beginning to the old story.

Monday, 1 December 2014, 6:00pm - locally produced Eco-Radio KC
This week's EcoRadioKC will have have another of their ecologically minded shows.
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"BUY NOTHING DAY" - THE FRIDAY AFTER THANKSGIVING
Friday, 28 November 2014

For more than 20 years, Adbusters have admonished us through Buy Nothing Day to consume less - for the sake of our ecological life-support base, our fiscal solvency, our community health, and the hole in our soul that we try to fill with stuff. Adbusters advocate that on "Black Friday" 28 November, we stop buying for 24 hours, and shut off our lights, televisions and other nonessential appliances, park our cars, turn off our phones and log off of our computers for the day. Adbusters was the initial inspiration for Occupy Wall Street.
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HOLIDAY SHOPPING - BUY FAIR-TRADE AND LOCAL
In Lawrence there are several opportunities to take your money from the big box consumer mills that are undermining our local economy, and instead buy from local producers and craftspersons, and fair-trade providers.

BIZARRE BAZAAR
Friday-Saturday, 28-29 November 2014, 5:00-9:00pm Fri., 9:00am-5:00pm Sat.
Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St., Lawrence KS 66044

Hundreds of local artists of unusual stripes will be selling their unique creations in this annual art fair. Types of items range from clothing to painting and sculpture to toys to household, and more. There will be local food and performances by local musicians. Bizarre Bazarre.

ADORNMENT SHOW, SALE, & PARTY
Saturday, 29 November 2014, 6:45-10:00pm
Van Go Arts, 715 New Jersey St., Lawrence KS 66044

Van Go, Inc. is an arts-based social service agency that provides year-round after-school and summer job-training programs to high-needs and under-served youth. The Adornment Show is one of their fund raisers that offers personal adornment art made locally by their program participants. For more info go to - http://www.van-go.org/

WINTERLIGHT HOLIDAY FAIRE
Saturday, 6 December 2014, 12noon-4:00pm
Prairie Moon Waldorf School, 1853 E. 1600 Road, Lawrence KS 66044 (1/2 mile E. of airport)
This is a delightful annual sale of lovingly crafted toys and crafts made entirely from natural materials. A silent auction will feature special items in the faire. There also will be hard to find books on Waldorf education, child rearing, biodynamic agriculture, Anthroposophy, and Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Waldorf education. There will be local food and performances by local musicians. Prairie Moon Waldorf School.

HOLIDAY ART FAIR - LAWRENCE ART GUILD
Saturday, 6 December 2014, 10:00am-5:00pm
Lawrence Art Center, 940 New Hampshire St., Lawrence KS 66044

A local tradition for over 30 years, the Lawrence Art Guild's annual Holiday Art Fair is a good place to find unique creative gifts this holiday season. This year's fair features over 30 Kansas artists, and live music from area musicians.

HOLIDAY FARMERS' MARKET
Saturday, 13 December 2014, 9:00am-5:00pm
Lawrence Holidome, McDonald Drive at 2nd Street, Lawrence KS 66044

The Lawrence Farmers Market Annual Holiday Market features local producers and craftspersons, and fair-trade providers. Artisan foods, seasonal produce, holiday crafts, etc. are available at the Holiday Market, a local alternative to the big box consumer mills that are undermining our local economy. Lawrence Holiday Market.
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PEAK OIL TEMPORARILY HELD AT BAY

Peal oil deniers claim that world oil extraction decline has been averted, or else the only real problem worth worrying about is climate disruption. Consider Richard Heinberg's observations: "oil is essential to the functioning of the modern industrial world. We use it for just about all transportation, which is key to trade. It's also the fuel for construction, resource extraction (mining, fishing, forestry), and agriculture. Together, these sectors form the backbone of the real, physical economy of industrialized nations."

Whether or not there's actually an abundance of geological petroleum in some form, the cost of extracting and delivering it is rising ten percent per year, and that's the real problem. The conundrum is: if the price at the pump is too high, it stifles travel and trade and therefore the economy; but without a high retail price, producers can't afford the extreme extraction technologies such as fracked oil, Arctic oil, ultra-deepwater oil, and bitumen.

Meanwhile, climate champions claim the solution is low-carbon energy sources of solar and wind electricity, electric transportation, and energy efficiency. Heinberg responds: "Transitioning the electricity sector is a huge task [involving] soaring costs for energy storage, capacity redundancy, and grid upgrades. Even the most advanced batteries do a poor job of storing energy when compared to oil. That's why we're unlikely ever to see electric airplanes, tractors, ships, 18-wheel trucks, or bulldozers. And at the end of the day, efficiency is subject to the law of diminishing returns. We can't simply unplug a coal plant, plug in a solar panel, and go on expanding population and consumption. Peak oil and climate change are two sides of the same coin. [They both] demand that we reduce our fossil fuel dependency as rapidly as possible."

Again Heinberg: "Oil is stubbornly hard to substitute. This effectively spells the end of the historic period of rapid economic growth that began shortly after World War II. There is no way out. Inevitably, society will become less mobile and - this should be cause for much greater concern - it will either produce less food, or produce it in more labor-intensive ways. The end of growth will almost certainly entail financial and political turbulence with real human casualties. But from the standpoint of diagnosis and treatment, it simplifies everything marvelously. If our impending crises stem from fossil-fueled expansion of population and consumption, their resolution surely starts with a coordinated, planned, and managed program of decarbonization and degrowth.We must reduce population and energy consumption from fossil fuels, while minimizing the human and environmental impacts.

Read Heinberg's Muse Letter #268 in full at - Why Peak Oil Refuses to Die | Heinberg Museletter 268.
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KANSAS AND MISSOURI FARMERS' MARKET DIRECTORIES
(courtesy of Cole Cottin & Linda Cottin)

New season, new markets, new hours - find what's new this year. In order to find any of dozens of farmers' markets in Kansas and Missouri, use these searchable data bases for both states. They are - Kansas Farmers' Market Search by Location, Missouri Farmers' Market Search by Location, and Missouri Farmers' Market Search by Map. Wherever you are, there is probably a market nearby!
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SCREENING OF "BIDDER 70"
Sunday, 7 December 2014, 1:00pm - $
Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence, 1263 North 1100 Rd., Lawrence KS 66047
(courtesy Thad Holcombe)

The film chronicles the climate-change activism of seminary student Tim DeChristopher, who derailed a widely-protested federal oil and gas land sale, bidding millions of dollars to save thousands of pristine acres surrounding U.S. National Parks with no intention of paying. Tim served two years in prison for this act of civil disobedience. Sponsored by the Unitarian Fellowship, Kansas Interfaith Power & Light, and Lawrence Ecological Teams United in Sustainability. For info contact Daniel Bontempo deb193@gmail.com, and watch a trailer at http://www.bidder70film.com/#!trailer/cxbx.
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KANSAS CITY ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT COMMISSION
Wednesday,
10 December 2014, 4:00-6:00pm
Mid America Regional Council, Rivergate Center 2nd floor, 600 Broadway, KC MO

The Environmental Management Commission promotes environmental awareness and resource efficiency to the City's leaders and staff, to assist the progress of Kansas City toward sustainability. The General public is encouraged to attend and observe meetings and to join and participate in its efforts. More information is at KC Environmental Management Commission.
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LAWRENCE SUSTAINABILITY ADVISORY BOARD
Wednesday, 10 December 2014, 5:30pm
Public Works Conference Room, City Hall ground floor, 6 East 6th St., Lawrence KS 66044

The
November agenda is not yet available. The S.A.B. meets monthly to discuss any and all aspects of furthering sustainability policies and practices by the City of Lawrence government and private persons. The public is welcome. Minutes are finalized in about a month after each meeting - http://www.lawrenceks.org/sustainability/sab.
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LAWRENCE PEDESTRIAN COALITION
Wednesday, 10 December 2014, 7:00pm
Carnegie Building Conference Room, 200 West 9th St., Lawrence KS 66044

The December agenda is not yet available. The Lawrence Pedestrian Coalition is a joint effort of the Lawrence Association of Neighborhoods and the League of Women Voters. Monthly meetings are open to the public. For more info go toLawrence Pedestrian Coalition, or contact Mike Dupont com>.
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RESPONSIBLE ENERGY VS. FUKUSHIMA DAI-ICHI

U.S. Wind electricity is tops for October, nuclear is last
According to the latest "Energy Infrastructure Update" report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) Office of Energy Projects, wind power provided over two-thirds (68.41%) of new U.S. electrical generating capacity in October. And of all new installed capacity for 2014, wind accounted for 2,189 MW (22.10%), followed by solar at 1,801 MW (18.19%), 241 MW of biomass (2.43%), 141 MW of hydropower (1.42%), and 32 MW geothermal (0.32%). Also, natural gas provided 5,373 MW (54.26%), and oil 47 MW (0.47%). There has been no new coal capacity added thus far in 2014. New capacity from renewable sources in 2014 is more than 37 times that from oil, coal, and nuclear combined.
 
We suggest readers avail themselves of the following sources for news on the nuclear demise: Japan for Sustainability - http://www.japanfs.org/;Japan Focus - http://japanfocus.org/;Fukushima Update - http://fukushimaupdate.com/; and Fairewinds Energy Education - http://www.fairewinds.com/.
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SUSTAINABILITY ACTION - MEMBER MEETING
Thursday, 11 December 2014, 6:30pm
Lawrence Public Library, Meeting Room A (lower level), 7th & Vermont St.
, Lawrence KS 66044
Local Solutions for Transition to a Sustainable Economy

Possible discussion topics:
  • Sustainability Action 2015 budget
  • Sustainability Action 2015 Annual Meeting
  • 2015 Board officer nominating committee
  • Board member recruitment
Everyone is welcome -http://www.sustainabilityaction.net/
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DOUGLAS COUNTY FOOD POLICY COUNCIL
Monday, 15 December 2014, 7:00pm
location TBA, Lawrence KS 66047

The Food Policy Council seeks to identify the benefits, challenges and opportunities for a successful, sustainable local food system. By advising the Douglas County Commission on public policies that will support local producers, preserve local agricultural resources and land, and create more local jobs, the F.P.C. hopes to improve the community's access to a local food supply and distribution networks. For more info go to Dg County Food Policy Council.
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LAWRENCE BICYCLE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 5:00pm
Parks & Rec Conference Room, 1141 Massachusetts St., Lawrence KS 66044

The December agenda will most likely include the Public Works 2015 street maintenance plans, which often involve modifications for bicycle lanes. The Bicycle Advisory Committee works to improve bicycle safety and awareness through education of motorists and non-motorists, develops bicycle plans and maps, and advises the City and County Commissions on bicycle priorities and needs. The agenda and information can be downloaded atBicycle Advisory Comm | agendas.
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LAWRENCE COMMUNITY ORCHARD - FESTIVE WORK DAY
Saturday, 20 December 2014, 10:00am-3:00pm
838 Garfield St., Lawrence KS 66044
 
The Lawrence Fruit Tree Project will have a work day to smother and sheet-mulch the Bermuda grass with layers of cardboard and wood chips. Grass makes for a mostly bacterial soil which is not conducive to tree growth. Wood chips make for a mostly fungal soil which is what trees thrive in, as in a forest. They ask you to bring corrugated cardboard that is no smaller than 2ft by 3ft. Cardboard can be found in green cardboard recycling dumpsters throughout the city. As always, bring water and sun screen. Walking and bicycling to the orchard are encouraged. Please park cars on Delaware street.





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Join the Sustainability Action Network by clicking this link - Become a Sustainability Action Member - and follow the instructions.The Sustainability Action mission is to bring awareness of the global crisis caused by climate change, energy vulnerability and economic instability to communities in the Kansas River bioregion, and the tools needed to re-skill and re-localize our economy and create a more socially just and ecologically sustainable world.

Sustainability Action Programs include:
1) Food Sovereignty & Permaculture -local control of food, permaculture workshops, tours, and crop mobs.

2) Bicycles & Alternative Transportation - promoting bicycles, complete streets, ride sharing, and electric vehicles, including infrastructure and pro-active regulations - Bicycle Transportation Funding: Lawrence 2015 Budget

3) Local Community Currency- fostering money literacy, and implementing a local currency, either cash or electronic or both, that will transition to a sustainable local economy and weather global economic instability.

4) Sustainability Action Newsletter- informing and encouraging people to be active in the Sustainability Action Network, or other action-driven groups.

5) Energy Conservation & Renewables - reducing our carbon footprint by promoting a carbon diet, an energy diet, conservation, and decentralized renewable energy.
6) Prime Farmland Preservation - protecting Capability I & II farmland from urban development and industrial land uses.

7) Water Rights and Watersheds - protecting the water commons from privatization and contamination, and restoring watersheds.
8) Collaboration with sister organizations - building synergy with the combined talents and creativity of like-minded groups to achieve a transition to sustainable local economies. Groups such as: Films for Action; The Light Center eco-village; churches and civic groups; Kaw River Valley Food System farm-based economic development; Cultivate Kansas City; Kansas River Valley Growers fighting for local water rights; the National Sustainable Energy Network; the Kansas City Food Circle, and more.

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ustainability Action sponsored organizations:
1) Lawrence Creates - local tool sharing, recycling, and community shared innovation incubator - Lawrence Creates

2) Lawrence Fruit Tree Project - educating and inspiring the community to grow and steward perennial food plants and increase local food sovereignty - Lawrence Fruit Tree Project