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Oh beautiful for spacious skies… …Gone with the wind!

Wind energy seems practically free, but what a cost! Gone is the scenic farmland of the American plain, raked for ethanol, fracked for gas, pumped of oil, then plumbed for air, to power transportation. As if leaving the mess was the be-and-end-all of why the pioneers settled the west.

Enbridge Dakota Access Pipeline and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stopped by who else but Standing Rock Sioux

Native American activists have been converging in North Dakota to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline which is encroaching without permission on tribal lands. They've delayed construction though the industry already secured an injunction against them. Their main complaint is that it threatens their water. Fittingly the first step authorities took against the growing protest was to take their water. Purportedly because some campers were allegedly endangering corporate surveillance planes with laser pointers.

The People’s Climate March will move the United Nations if marchers push it

I heard a dispiriting conceit at yesterday's 350.ORG whistestop rally at Denver's Union Station to cheer climate activists bording the Amtrak Zephyr destined for the New York City #S21 People's Climate March. This young, otherwise energetic and charismatic environmentalist told the crowd that she did not expect anything to come of the hoped-to-be-massive demonstration but would attend anyway. Ironically this was addressed to supporters who'd already decided not to join the march based I'm guessing on the same logic. Yet we cheered, chanted about the imperative to act, and applauded a successive speaker who added that if world leaders ignored this people's march, there would follow another and another, ever larger. Hmm. I doubt it. Activism is already showing diminishing returns and drawing numbers to unsuccessful actions doesn't help. I appreciate not wanting to seem to hold foolish expectations, but I'd rather accept defeat having believed it was not inevitable. The antiwar movement laments the election of Barack Obama because he herded the populist anti-Bush groundswell toward supporting the other corporate war party. But I blame Obama for a larger malpractice: innoculating Americans against hope. Extended generations of altruists lost their cherry to the hope-change-artist and while they wise up incrementally, I have yet to see hopefulness normalize the defeatism. This doesn't mean that hopefuls don't keep falling for smooth promises, but the promises are smaller, to be believable. Bill McKibben's 350 march for example doesn't even want to make demands, yet insists that your personal attendence will be the biggest impact you can make against climate change. And if the march doesn't move UN leaders, come back and do it again. Until what? Until world leaders are convinced that the public is serious. Why are we not serious? Should McKibben admit that traveling to New York could be distracting activists from where their bodies really need to be, in front of coal plants, blocking pipelines, and organizing communities against fossil fuel extraction? Pressuring the UN is similarly immediate but we have to apply veritable pressure. If a march is meant to impress, even as a gesture, it must be more than a parade.

Let’s see Keystone stop this pipeline

COMING TO DENVER for a repeat performance: on MAY 17 Keystone XL thugs will run a leaking pipeline through downtown Denver to give everyone a further taste of undemocratic, eminent domain abusing, profit driven, bullying.

BIDDER 70 doc reduces super-activist Tim DeChristopher to a number, lonely

BUMMER. I was thrilled a documentary would tell the world about Tim DeChristopher. You might think his achievement would be more widely know. It's a testament of the power he's up against, added to the meager support he has received, that even here I have to explain who he is and what he did. Tired of the futility of outdoor protests to prevent BLM land sales to the extraction industry, Tim DeChristopher attended an auction of particularly dubious legitimacy and successfully thwarted it by posing as a bidder and buying many of the lots. This happened at the close of Bush's presidency, but Obama's administration pursued a successful prosecution. DeChristopher has just been released after serving two years in federal prison. The documentary "Bidder 70" recounts the ordeal in a manner that provides neither encouragement nor inspiration, and leaves me to question how DeChristopher might have been better represented in court, publicized in actions, and celebrated in film. To say Bidder 70 reduces Tim DeChristopher to a number distorts the idiom. No mere number, DeChristopher is the important but solitary number one, among a casualty count always rising. In the sea of ineffectual activism that prompted his improvisational escalation, DeChristopher emerges more singular than when he started, but that's to judge based on a flawed documentary. Hardly an surprising result. It's certainly armchair quarterbacking to suggest Tim DeChristopher's legal team failed him miserably, likewise his publicity crew, but I can unequivocally conclude that DeChristopher would have served the environmental movement much more successfully had he been free to apply his imagination and energies, literally. Jail time helped Mandela, MLK and Thoreau, but that's because you heard about it. The makers of "Bidder 70" can't be faulted for their subject's obscurity, but they are applying themselves to sealing his fate with coffin nails. "Bidder 70" has major shortcomings: you are left with an informed impression that one, there is nothing to be done, two, you don't want to do it in prison, and three, our collective impotence is inescapable. What's the point then of attending the movie? Of all the questions left for a post-screening Q&A, probably one should not be whether the subject is other than he appears. Explain this, how does a protagonist gain inspiration from being told there's nothing to be done, by a Nobel Prize winner, whom he believes and holds as his mentor? Everyone loves a good challenge, but DeChristopher comes off as a poor listener. Nothing? I'll see your nothing and raise you nothing. Futile? Count me in! Everyone loves an underdog, but he gathers no recruits. Never mind his in-denial heroics, the audience takeaway is that his cause is lost. This is swiftly reinforced with the story of Tim DeChristopher's road less traveled to prison. Offered encouragement by other activists who've served time, who we've also not heard of, it's painted to be a fate of unimaginable awfulness and given an ominous soundtrack. Who could not to admire Tim DeChristopher and respect his dedication and courage? The filmmakers

Fracking protest message at Denver 350 rally cuts through nebulous “Forward on Climate” theme

DENVER, COLORADO- Score another success for Colorado Fractivists who crashed this weekend's climate rally with their unequivocal anti-fracking message. The February 17 event was intended to urge President Obama "Forward on Climate", to borrow his most recent campaign vagarity, but when official speeches began, and the prefab signs were distributed, it became unclear who might be trying to co-opt whom. Gas The 350.ORG sponsored march, coinciding with a rally and civil disobedience in DC, called specifically for a halt to the Keystone XL Pipeline and Tar Sands extraction which climate scientists have dubbed "game over" for hopes of averting climate disaster, but the dominant signage spoke vaguely of "Climate Action" and "It's Time to Cut Carbon" and "Big Coal Makes Us Sick", all of which are slogans used by proponents of natural gas. 350-ORG has been raising awareness of the imperative to reduce carbon emissions, while recognizing that the groundswell driving environmentalists across the country is opposition to oil & gas hydraulic fracturing. It's all the same fight to reduce burning of fossil fuels, but moderate allies like the Sierra Club haven't been prepared to denounce their new-found bed partners urging consumers to get "Beyond Coal." To her credit, local 350-ORG coordinator Micah Parkin incorporated fractivist groups into the Feb 17 rally, but Democratic Party panderers didn't get the memo. A representative read a letter of support from Senator Michael Bennet and was able to sneak past: "I stand with Obama" and even "in favor of US energy independence" although that's code for oil & gas exports, dependent on construction of the XL pipeline. But when Mark Udall's representative referred to "clean burning natural gas" the crowd booed. Even as he pleaded "we're on your side," the crowd wouldn't relent, making sure his takeaway would be that fracking compounded global warming, among its other horrors. The highlight of the rally occurred immediately afterward when the master of ceremonies, a twelve-year-old rapper and member of the Boulder based Earth Guardians, thanked Udall's rep affably but then assured the audience that "of course there's no such thing as clean natural gas!" Occupy A word about Occupy Denver's part in Sunday's march. Occupiers took the black-tie invitation to heart and turned up in black bloc attire with bandanas and balaclavas. OD then pushed the envelope to the consternation of parade marshals, stepping into the street at one point, blocking cars at another, in the spirit of their banner which read "ONLY DIRECT ACTION WILL STOP THE PIPELINE." To what end, creating friction during an event otherwise running smoothly? Who knows. The demonstration was uneventful and garnered scant media attention. Mixing it up might have helped, or not. The turnout was large but not up for a confrontation. Occupy didn't push it. The irony of 350-ORG supporters being upset by the antics of the Occupiers, was that behind the masks were many activists who'd actually gone to Texas to stop the XL pipeline, who'd gotten arrested, some out on $25,000 bond. How unfortunate that those troublemakers weren't recognized

Manitou Indian Center yet Idle No More

MANITOU SPRINGS- Idle No More organizers from Denver and Pueblo woke the sleepy local Native American community with a spirited gathering on Saturday, smack in the middle of Manitou, neath the town clock, only blocks from the CS Indian Center.

Broomfield Police play rough game of Cowboys & Indians with Idle No More Native Americans, literally

BROOMFIELD, COLO.- Fellow Occupy members and I joined in a "round dance" flash mob at a local mall on Wednesday night, as part of the growing IDLE NO MORE actions whose First Nations grievances include the despoiling of indigenous treaty lands by tar sands extraction and the XL pipeline, and sovereignty issues about which Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence is now on a 22 day hunger strike. Two previous round dances in Colorado had proceeded uneventfully but no sooner had we begun in the Flatirons Crossing Shopping Center, located between Denver and Boulder, that mall security and police began routing the round dancers out the door. It was a rather comical scene, peaceful dancers, many of them children, being blocked and herded straight out into the cold, no warning or explanation being given. Of course the round dance stopped in its tracks, people instead dancing in place, gently waving their signs, as security told them they had to leave or face arrest. Apparently, because we didn't hear it. Drummers were let to finish the first song, after which they packed up to leave. Once the drumming stopped however, we were surprised to hear security and police officers relaying their instructions, that "anyone who looked Native American" should be made to leave. Of course we questioned what we were hearing, and were then threatened with immediate arrest and ushered out the door. At the same time, police officers were running in a continuous line into the mall to conduct sweeps as many flash mob participants were still arriving from all directions. Many got lost on the way, or miscalculated the traffic they'd encounter, so arrived late. In essence however, people without signs, not singing or dancing or drumming or holding their ground, were summarily being ordered to leave the mall immediately, based upon the clue that they looked Native American. If my "Cowboys and Indians" analogy seems kinda flip. Imagine squads of Broomfield and Westminster police, roaming throughout the FlatIrons Mall checking people's faces to see if they qualify to be expelled. The mall wasn't cleared of all shoppers, just those who looked indigenous. A fairly scarey game, considering that many of the Idle No More participants were children. I can tell you part of the thrill for me, of the round dance flash mobs, as a European immigrant, is feeling the surroundings begin to fill with indigenous faces. That is turned around in the hostile atmosphere created by the police, as western law enforcement resumes its traditional role of hunting down those it pretends don't belong. I had invited a friend to bring her young family, part Native American, to join the dance. Thankfully they couldn't make it. What if they'd had, and come late, and were walking through the mall full of shoppers, and were encountered by squads of police who sought them out of the crowd and inexplicably ordered them to leave the premises? What's any American child to think of that? I have a young nephew who just that day I'd

Denver Canadian Consulate closes its doors to IDLE NO MORE round dance and a very polite letter

DENVER, COLORADO- Indigenous activists paused only one day before assembling a second IDLE NO MORE gathering to perform a round dance at the Canadian Consulate in Denver today, to deliver a letter urging the Canadian government and the British Crown (the Queen!) to meet with Chief Theresa Spence and end her hunger strike over recent legislation which gutted First Nation treaty protections. After a rally of dance, song and orations, a delegation sought to enter the consulate but was denied. After filling the downstairs lobby, being told picture-taking was not allowed, and the building's security crew receiving a squad of reinforcements from DPD, the activist were finally sent a representative to accept the letter without comment.

Gazette not only blocks story of local fracking protest, but assigns goon to disrupt it

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.- This past Tuesday saw the largest demonstration yet against oil and gas drilling in Colorado Springs and the ugly practice of hydraulic fracturing. Several dozen fractivists allied with Colorado Springs Citizens for Community Rights (CSCCR) and Occupy were joined on the steps of City Hall by Colorado College students who'd marched from their campus with banners and posters denouncing fracking. You didn't hear about it did you? After the rally everyone filled the council chamber to give 3-minute personal testimonials that ran for two hours. That too went unreported, in particular by the Gazette, who had two reporters in the room, one who'd conducted interviews, and both who took notes during the presentations. But neither produced a story -- an odd dereliction of responsibility you might say. Even more odd was the role played by Gazette editorial page writer Wayne Laugesen who ultimately opined on the city council's decision to postpone their vote, as "caving to anti-energy activists", offering no details. Laugesen actually interjected himself into the rally outside as a lone counter-protester, interrupting interviews being filmed for TV stations KRDO and KKTV. When they asked Laugesen to let them do their job, the goon replied that he was doing his. So the Gazette was not satisfied to blackout reports of the community rally, but aimed to sabotage it as well. Whose job was Wayne Laugesen doing exactly? Was he confusing his publisher for the overseers who hold his tether: the pro-industry PR mill Americans For Prosperity? It could be. But the Gazette is now hardly distinguishable from contract stink-tank corporate profiteering advocacy. When conservative mummies Freedom Communications supervised the Gazette, the pretense was tax-cutting, tax-dodging libertarianism. The Gazette's new owner made his billions in corrupt oil, real estate and privatization schemes, so prospects are looking dim for the region's daily paper to offer authentic news. Having their editorial hit-man on the ground as a pretend grass root weed killer is a disturbing development that must not go unchallenged. Contrast the Gazette blackout and the relatively tepid coverage by the weekly Independent, with the monthly African American Voice which gave the previous anti-fracking rally a front-page, full color, two-page article, whose theme accurately accused the city council of being "out of touch with the community." AAV publisher James Tucker has participated in several of the rallies and understands whose interest he represents. On the other hand, Tuesday was the umpteenth time the Gazette has ignored the rising community effort to oppose the oil and gas lobby. For many months of city council meetings, Gazette correspondent Daniel Chacon has dutifully sat at his stenographer's seat and witnessed testimony after testimony from community voices without reporting a single one. On one particularly contentious council meeting in November, Chacon summarized the council's decision without mentioning the overwhelming community presence. This Tueday's voices were joined by EPA-whistleblower Wes Wilson and environmental activist Phil Doe, who'd come from Denver to testify before the Colorado Springs council. Phil Doe made an earnest plea for council to

NOW: Support the Tar Sands Blockade, includes DIY direct action supply list!

BREAKING: Does effective direct action get more exciting than this? You can support the ongoing action: here's their wish list. At the same time, an excellent inventory of what YOU'LL NEED to scramble a tree-sit if the XL Pipeline is coming your way. To read this list is like being there, and I think, it brings you one step closer. CLIMB GEAR • 91/2-12 mm static kern-mantle/ arborist climb lines • 5/8ths CWC truck rope or Tytan • arborist throw lines and throw bags. • 6mm accessory cord (climb rated) • 1” tubular webbing • rock/tree climbing harnesses all sizes mostly medium • locking climb rated steel and aluminum carabiners • climb rated pulleys (preferably tandem speed) • Petzl steel quick links TECH • gmrs radios with silent and ear bud options • Energizer XP18000s • batteries (AA/AAA/Go Pro Batteries) • GoProHero2?s & extra batteries • Netbooks • small portable solar panels with battery • Pelican cases (large and small) • deer/trail cameras • satellite phones • MacBook Pro’s • MiniDV tapes • 16GB SDcards (Class 10 preferred) • 8GB+ flash drives • Canon VIXIA HF R300?s (and extra batteries & charger deck) • verizon wifi hotspots • ATN PVS7-3A 3rd Gen or similar Night Vision Binocular Goggles • Field watches • car inverters • 1TB USB External Hard Drives (mac&pc compatible) MEDICAL • splints • coband • braces (limb) • disinfectant/antibacterial swabs • compact girny • saline • epsom salt • joint braces • gauze rolls • ace bandage • Benedryl (anti-allergy) • nitrile gloves • trauma shears APPAREL • rain gear • warm clothes (wool or synthetic earth tones) and socks! • tarps/tents • wool blanketss • sleeping bags • camping hammocks • headlamps with blue or green (preferred) or red LED option • work gloves • towels TOOLS & MATERIALS • angle grinder • chopsaws • battery powered drills and impact drivers (makita, delta, bosch) • welder (arc) • handsaws • shovels • pickaxes • rope: seriously, anything • 550 parachute cord • chain • knives • multitools (Leatherman or Gerber) • plywood (3/8”-3/4” – 4?x8? sheets) • 2×4?s • decking screws • 3/8-1/2” bolts and nuts FOOD • coffee (good and strong) • bulk grains • produce • spices • condiments • non-perishables • EmergenC • tea • MRE’s ART • muslin/canvas • paint (buckets and spray) • general art supplies • projector (mac/pc compatible) • gromet kit • paint brushes • paint sticks /mops • supplies for building 15 ft + puppets OTHER • cans of rolling tobacco • vehicles (junk or drivable) • All Terrain Vehicles ATV’s • thermoses • dirt bikes • toilet paper • soap • water filters • backpacks • all-natural cleaning supplies • camelbaks • generator 600watt plus • all-natural mosquito repellant • condoms • tampons • verizon prepaid phone cards

Oil and Gas Lies

From Lotus: The oil & gas industry is similar to the tobacco industry – almost everything it tells us is a lie. It has even hired the same PR firm as the tobacco industry used. The biggest lie, and one that the Colorado Springs City Council has accepted, is that local governments cannot legally stop oil and gas drilling. Pittsburg Pennsylvania and eight other local governments across the US have successfully stopped oil and gas drilling by the use of a rights ordinance. Rather than challenging a state statute, a rights based ordinance is based on our basic rights to things like health, clean water, air and soil. Our basic rights are higher law than the laws passed by the State of Colorado. It is easy to prove that this rights based ordinance approach works. Just go to CELDF, then to Resources, then ordinances. Or contact the mayor of Pittsburgh, or watch the movie The Sky Is Pink. Because our City Council was given bad legal advice, the City Oil & Gas Committee it created did not focus much attention on the dangerous practice of fracking, nor evaluate its effect on our health, ground water, air and soil. Based on comments made by Councilors Val Snider and Scott Hente it seems unlikely that when the Committee’s recommendations are considered by the City Council on July 10 that discussion about fracking will be allowed. Comments about fracking will be allowed during Citizen Discussion. Many within our City only see dollar signs, but the facts are that France, Germany, Bulgaria and Vermont have banned fracking; South African professor Tonder says contamination from fracking well casings will be one of the biggest water pollution disasters in the world, Cornell professor Ingraffea says 60% of well casings leak after 20 years, eventually 100% will leak; Dr. Tom Myers says fluid migration into aquifers will occur even without casing failures, and faster than almost anyone thought; a health study of Garfield County says people living within less than half a mile of fracked wells have a 66 percent greater chance of developing cancer, and the dangers to people are moderate to high.

This Is Nuts: Colorado Springs Public Input Gagged On Gas and Oil Fracking

Just in from Lotus: This is nuts. Not only is it nuts to allow a mostly unregulated, major polluting industry inside a city of half a million people, but also citizens are being largely gagged on this issue. Oil and gas drilling is dangerous! 60% of well casings in Pennsylvania leaked over a 20 year time span. A new study indicates that fluid migration into aquifers will occur, and faster than almost anyone thought. An increasing number of scientists are now coming forward with similar warnings. The Health Impact Assessment for Battlement Mesa, Garfield County Colorado concluded that people living within half a mile of fracked wells have a 66 percent greater chance of developing cancer. A presentation by the Sierra Club called Fracking in Colorado What are the impacts? says that the dangerous chemicals used pose a long term health risk to workers and local communities. The oil and gas industry has been exempted from most of the Safe Drinking Water Act and is not typically covered under the Clean Air Act. See Affirming Gasland. The Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission is understaffed and very weak on regulation. Public officials are often afraid to pass strong regulations for fear of a law suit. However, whatever has been used to regulate the oil and gas companies previously is legal now, and at least two important Colorado court cases were won by local governments. An example of a local Colorado government with very strong regulations is Saguache County; and Saguache has NO oil and gas drilling! Another local government with strong regulations located in Texas is Flower Mound. City Council’s Oil and Gas Committee during its 13 meetings allowed no public input. The May 24 “town hall meeting” was very controlled except toward the end of the meeting. There will be NO hearing on what may be the most important decision this community will ever face. Council President Scott Hente said in an email recently in reference to the June 26 Council Meeting, “I plan to limit comments to 3 minutes.” It also appears that comments will only be allowed on what the Committee has recommended. At the May 24 meeting when a member of the audience said he was tired of hearing people say we cannot regulate this or that or we might be sued, and that he thought our health, water, air, and soil are worth suing over, there was a very loud ovation far louder than any other. At least 7 communities across the US, including Pittsburgh, have avoided a court battle and yet prevented oil and gas drilling by the use of an ordinance based on civil and community rights to health, clean water, air, soil etc. See CELDF, Ben Price. A C S Gazzette poll on 5-25-12 asked: Will windmills, solar gadgets and other non-traditional energy sources wean us off fossil fuels in the next 30

Creepy Congressman Doug Lamborn knows his pornography when he sees it

The image was one frame of a photo essay by photojournalist Katie Falkenberg illustrating the human toll of mountaintop removal mining, but Colorado's own Congressman Doug "Tar-Baby" Lamborn called it child pornography and disallowed the evidence from being seen by his energy subcommittee. The creepy unapologetic Lamborn has so far weathered local fallout from his ceaseless racist outrages, but will this porn slip prove terminally Freudian? Obscenity is in the eye of the beholder: where everyone else see a pitiable child of indeterminate sex suffering polluted bathwater that passes for indoor plumbing in locales around mountaintop removal, US Representative Lamborn gets an erection. Is this picture obscene? It depicts a humanitarian obscenity, but Doug Lamborn doesn't see it that way.

Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline

Want to protest our corporate government's determination to foist the catastrophic Keystone XL Pipeline unto our precariously climate? Here's a great slogan: TAR SANDS = DIRTIEST OIL ON EARTH. More below: TAR SANDS KILL, PIPELINES SPILL. And the definitive: THE XL PIPELINE IS "GAME OVER" FOR OUR CLIMATE & COMMUNITIES.

Stubby the tractor warns animal pals: move out now, Stubby’s ready to plow

  My new favorite children's book is a 1963 story by Marion Borden, about a little red tractor named Stubby who delays plowing the meadow until all of his wild animal friends have resettled to safety. It's a comprehensive list, considering the reading level, of the biodiversity displaced by agriculture. How unwitting is the portrayal of man's clueless arrogance? It's suggested by the story's presentation of farming as inherently natural as Manifest Destiny. "Listen, all! Move out now! Stubby's here, ready to plow!" Mr. Rabbit poped out of his burrow. "Thank you, Stubby. I'll tell my family," he said. And Mr. Rabbit, and his wife and four bunnies, seek another meadow in which to burrow. The gentle relocation is joined by a woodchuck, a pair of song sparrows, a butterfly, two meadow mice, a chipmunk, a grass snake, grasshoppers, crickets, a grass spider, a long parade of ants, a box turtle, and a toad. But when Mrs. Meadowlark tells Stubby that her four babies have yet to learn to fly, the tractor delays his duties until they do. Naturally Farmer Turnipseed fails to understand Stubby's hesitation. He has the tractor checked for malfunctions. Fortunately the little meadowlarks grow strong enough to fly before the farmer becomes angry, and work resumes on the farm. You wonder if children asked in 1963 whether all farmers have tractors as considerate as Stubby. Or whether man need depend on technology to show a requisite respect for nature.

Local cyclists shred Garden of the Gods

GARDEN OF THE GODS, COLORADO SPRINGS-- Mountain bike X-tremists and thrillcraft eco-vandals Jason Memmelaar and Chris Heath weren't apprehended by the El Paso County Sheriff or the CSPD, but interrupted by off-duty park ranger Stephanie Stover, who saw them cutting tree limbs to expand an illegal downhill run. When she scattered the limbs across the trail to ameliorate erosion, she later found a note which warned: “Why would you do that? You will hurt my friends. If I see you do this I will hurt you and no one will hear you scream.” Reached by the Gazette via Facebook, Heath denied he left the note, or that he'd built the mile-long trail across protected park land, though he did brag about using the trail "a bunch." So there it is, CSPD, let the citations fly. Trail repairs won't begin until May, so there's still time if you want to make their downhill track a surprise obstacle course. Will screams go unheard? We can test that hypothesis. I don't really recommend leaving malicious booby traps like tire spikes, barbed-wire, or a chest high bailing wire strung with tensioners because that could injure others, for example children on bikes however errant, and then too, wildlife. Branches across the path are enough to interrupt the course and can be seen and avoided by hikers. Best of course to safeguard the vicinity by hiking nearby with a camera and cellphone and report the offenders directly to park authorities. Curious to see what the bikers would do if they came upon YOU scattering branches, if you're not a woman alone on that stretch of the Garden of the Gods. In the case of Messrs. Memmelaar and Heath, they're not just asshole despoilers of nature, they're pro-racers for some kind of circuit for environment-scarring sports. Probably the exposure in Barry Noreen's column is the last thing their sponsors want. It will be interesting to see how much they care about a public outcry. I should think they might want to orchestrate a public apology for their "rogue" bikers. Maybe the white Dodge Spirit van with New York plates mentioned in the Gazette is already ferrying friends to the site where they are volunteering to repair the damage before official efforts begin. If not, keep a lookout for the two elsewhere around town. Perhaps with the heat on Rampart Range Road, they'll now be looking to foul fresh topsoil of other open spaces, like that of Red Rock canyon. Have a look at this photographic confession offered at Memmelaar's website:

Can you manage a World Car-Free Day?

The publishers of Car Busters have proclaimed every September 22 to be WORLD CAR-FREE DAY. Consider taking the bus, riding a bike or walking to work today. Where possible, the World Carfree Network suggests you walk in the middle of the street where the automobile-dependent will get the point. It's not your fault the MSM hasn't told everyone we have a chance today to rethink the sustainability of how to get around. Apropos to how to get people out of their cars, Vancouver scholar Patrick Condon has released a text about Design Strategies for a Post Carbon World, titled Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities, published by the University of British Columbia Press. The table of contents offers talking points enough: SEVEN RULES FOR SUSTAINABLE, LOW-CARBON COMMUNITIES 1. Restore the Streetcar City The Streetcar City as a Unifying Principle Urban Form and the Pattern of Walkin and Riding Continuous Linear Corridors, Not Stand-alone Nodes Buses, Streetcars, Light Rail Transit, and Subways Streetcar as an Urban Investment Cars, Buses, Streetcar, or Heavy Rail? Case Study of the Broadway Corridor in Vancouver What Is the Optimal Transit System? 2. Design an Interconnected Street System Challenges of the Denritic Street System Four Types of Interconnected Street Systems Ideal Block and Parcel Size Road Width, Fire Access, Queuing Streets The Corner, Lanes and Alleys Greenhouse Gas and Street Pattern 3. Locate Commercial Services, Frequent Transit, and Schools within a Five-minute Walk Sense of Place in Corridors Transit, Density, and the Five-minute Walk Designing for the Bus or Streetcar The Walk to School 4. Locate Good Jobs Close to Affordable Homes The Historic Relationship between Work and Home Metropolitan and Community Scale 5. Provide a Diversity of Housing Types The Influence of Building Type on GHG Production The Sustainable Single-family Home Build and Adapt Neighborhoods for all Ages and Incomes Buildings with a Friendly Face to the Street 6. Create a Linked System of Natural Areas and Parks Fredrick Law Olmsted and Linked Natural Areas and Parks Ian McHarg and the Greenway Revival Case Study at the Regional Scale: The Damascus Design Workshop Case Study at the Neighborhood Scale: Sustainable Fairview and the Pringle Creek Community, Salem, Oregon 7. Invest in Lighter, Greener, Cheaper, Smarter Infrastructure Watershed Function Four Rules for Infiltration Green Infrastructure for Parcels Impervious Paved Infiltration Streets

BP strikes again.

Oil and Dispersant filled crabs showing up on the Gulf seafood market. BP is playing the jobs card here the same as they do on the Gulf. They're wanting to re-open "extraction" of the oil shale beds near Guffey and Florissant CO.. Park County... near the non-fiction town of Southpark. To do it they'll be basically mining the oil, taking rocks, crushing them and boiling the oil out. Using the really scarce water resources, every drop of which is claimed by people as far east as the Mississippi and all the way to the West Coast, Brownsville, and Mexico. The watersheds from here flow to everyplace lower than here, which means, everyplace in the Western two thirds of the United States. Which was why the Shale Oil enterprises were shut down before they could even get started back in 1974. We've got at least 8 candidates on the ballot who say that cost Colorado jobs. They neglect to mention the jobs which will be destroyed when the ecosystem is destroyed, when more water than is actually available is used for cooking the shale, and the runoff from it is going to be Toxic. BP and Exxon-Mobil are the biggest contractors wanting to do this. The ones who say their little Ooopsie Moments aren't destroying every non-Oil job in the gulf either, the ones Sarah Palin "Stood up to" in Alaska, the ones who the Government of Alaska "negotiated a tough settlement" with over Exxon Valdez, real tough, about a penny on the dollar worth of tough. Spill, baby, Spill. The same kind of "Tough Negotiations" that Tancredo, or Maes, perhaps, would do. Maybe have a bankrupt and imprisoned for life ex-Exxon employee held responsible for the rest of the money. Real tough... tough on the Non-Oil Corporation workers who will be displaced by such a disaster. Speculative? Until late this spring the Oil Spill in the gulf from Deepwater drilling was "speculation". Nothing to see, citizens, keep moving, nothing to see... Oh, and they've got Halliburton involved. Not surprising, Halliburton is the largest Oil Facility construction company in the world. Halliburton which cut loose its subsidiary Industrial Labor Services just before they broke my feet up. Neat little idea, subsidiaries. The CEO of ILS was taking out Social Security employee payments, the FICA tax, but not paying it to Social Security, nor of course the Employer Contribution. And got busted. So rather than the whole corporate umbrella, who were also beneficiaries of the scam, walked away from it unscathed. A very few financial officers of ILS actually did "hard time" -- three years at Club Fed, for their theft. Compare that to comment 15 about a person getting a Life Sentence for a different money fraud, a $750 hot check also perpetrated in Texas. Rich folks get all the breaks because they own the courts and the cops. Just like they own the Colorado judges, prosecutors and cops who will be responsible for deciding their liability when they do an Oopsie-moment in our water

James J. Lee, caricature eco-vigilante, assails Discovery Channel offices, puts his money and life where his Malthus

The plus side of eco-vigilante James Lee's Falling Down routine at the Discovery Channel headquarters is that viewers might be prompted to wonder what's there to protest. Will the media paint the 43-year-old Lee as a kook, without addressing to what in particular the would- be superhero took offense? Maybe that the cable propagandists purport to inform as they dumb their national audiences to adolescence? No, it turns out Lee's message is even less palatable, but made to order. Why did James Lee want to task the Discovery Channel to "save the planet" instead of the major networks? Why Discovery, other than the peculiarity that some of their programs glorify large families, obviously a root cause of overpopulation and thus mankind's disastrous impact on nature. So far the reporting has avoided that line of question because it turns out James Lee's crusade centers on a Malthusian epistemology not off limits to the MSM, in fact it's right up Bilderberg Alley. Cries Lee:"All human procreation and farming must cease!" as he cites My Ishmael author Daniel Quinn for ideas of how to cut back food production to effect such a strategy. Quinn's 1992 "novel" received a one-of-a-kind 1/2 million dollar grant from Ted Turner, for its fearless anti-human prognosis. Which dovetails with the interests of another oligarch eugenicist of the Club of Rome ilk, Bill Gates, proponent of sterilization. Cutting back on agriculture is no new idea. Genghis Khan had no use for agriculture. It supported city populations which threatened the open range. Modern times have restored the ultra rich who now seek to reestablish hunting grounds void of their subjects. No time like the present to prep the common man on the necessity of sacrificing oneself so that the sustainable few can survive. What a golden opportunity to have a kook broach the subject, float the balloon so to speak, to set environmental do-gooders on the thought-path of rationalizing having to do themselves in. The failed hostage-taker left a web page where he explained My Demands. My guess is that James Lee's exclamation-point-ridden protestations remain unadulterated, a match for his ill-conceived and unpromising armed assault. Instead of elevating the debate, Lee has given America's security agencies further excuse to demonize environmental activists as "terrorists" under the theme of The Green Scare. The web page at savetheplanetprotest.com is reprinted below: "the demands and sayings of Lee." The Discovery Channel MUST broadcast to the world their commitment to save the planet and to do the following IMMEDIATELY: 1. The Discovery Channel and it's affiliate channels MUST have daily television programs at prime time slots based on Daniel Quinn's "My Ishmael" pages 207-212 where solutions to save the planet would be done in the same way as the Industrial Revolution was done, by people building on each other's inventive ideas. Focus must be given on how people can live WITHOUT giving birth to more filthy human children since those new additions continue pollution and are pollution. A game show format contest would be in order. Perhaps also forums of

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