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We Can Solve It

Sign the Petition

I wanted to share with you the story of Jerry Hammerschmidt and Ken Runge. They work at Hodge Foundry in Greenville, PA, building components for wind turbines. Wind power is critical to reducing America’s dependence on dirty fossil fuels — but the jobs of thousands of people like Jerry and Ken are at risk unless Congress takes action this week to renew clean energy incentives.

Please click here to support Jerry, Ken and thousands of others who work in the clean energy economy.

Jerry and Ken know jobs like theirs are providing clean, affordable energy, but these jobs are also important for growing our economy. In fact, the number of employees working on wind power equipment at Hodge Foundry has doubled in the last five years. New job growth that helps the climate? America needs jobs like this! If Congress fails to act, more than 100,000 of these jobs could be at risk in 2009.

Congress has the opportunity to support these important jobs and we need them to make the right decision. Please sign our petition urging Congress to renew tax incentives for clean energy.

We’ll deliver the petition to Congress and demonstrate the overwhelming support for clean energy jobs. More than 50,000 have signed so far. Add your voice now. Jobs like Jerry’s and Ken’s could depend on it.


Cathy Zoi

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Monday, 9 June, 2008 at 8:20 pm Leave a comment

Save The Internet!

Net Neutrality 101

When we log onto the Internet, we take lots of things for granted. We assume that we’ll be able to access whatever Web site we want, whenever we want to go there. We assume that we can use any feature we like — watching online video, listening to podcasts, searching, emailing, and instant messaging — anytime we choose. We assume that we can attach devices like wireless routers, game controllers, or extra hard drives to make our online experience better.

What makes all these assumptions possible is “Network Neutrality,” the guiding principle that ensures the Internet remains free and unrestricted. Net Neutrality prevents the companies that control the wires bringing you the Internet from discriminating against content based on its ownership or source. But that could all change.

The biggest cable and telephone companies would like to charge money for smooth access to Web sites, speed to run applications, and permission to plug in devices. These network giants believe they should be able to charge Web site operators, application providers, and device manufacturers for the right to use the network. Those who don’t make a deal and pay up will experience discrimination: Their sites won’t load as quickly, their applications and devices won’t work as well. Without legal protection, consumers could find that a network operator has blocked the Web site of a competitor, or slowed it down so much that it’s unusable.

The network owners say they want a “tiered” Internet. If you pay to get in the top tier, your site and your service will run fast. If you don’t, you’ll be in the slow lane.

What’s the problem here?

Discrimination: The Internet was designed as an open medium. The fundamental idea on the Internet since its inception is that every Web site, every feature, and every service should be treated without discrimination. That’s how bloggers can compete with the CNN or USA Today for readers. That’s how up-and-coming musicians can build underground audiences before they get their first top-40 single. That’s why when you use a search engine, you see a hit list of the sites that are the closest match to your request — not those who paid the most to reach you. Discrimination endangers our basic Internet freedoms.

Double-dipping: Traditionally, network owners have built a business model by charging consumers for access. Now they want to charge you for access to the network, and then charge you again for the things you do while you’re online. They may not charge you directly via pay-per-view Web sites. But they will charge all the service providers you use — who will pass those costs along to you in the form of price hikes or new charges to view content.

Stifling innovation: Net Neutrality ensures that innovators can start small and dream big about being the next EBay or Google without facing insurmountable hurdles. Unless we preserve Net Neutrality, startups and entrepreneurs will be muscled out of the marketplace by big corporations that pay for a top spot on the Web. On a tiered Internet controlled by the phone and cable companies, only their own content and services — or those offered by corporate partners who pony up enough “protection money” — will enjoy life in the fast lane.

The End of the Internet?

Make no mistake: The freewheeling Internet as we know it could very well become history.

What does that mean? It means we could be heading toward a pay-per-view Internet where Web sites have fees. It means we may have to pay a network tax to run voice-over-the-Internet phones, use an advanced search engine, or chat via Instant Messenger. The next generation of magical new inventions will be shut out of the top-tier service level. Meanwhile the network owners will rake in even greater profits.

What can I do to help?

Sign the petition.

Call your members of Congress today and demand that Net Neutrality be protected.

Encourage groups you’re part of to sign the “Internet Freedom Declaration of 2007”.

Show your support for Internet freedom on your Web site or blog.

Tell your friends about this crucial issue before it’s too late.

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Thursday, 29 May, 2008 at 6:25 pm Leave a comment

Cold, Hard Truths

After venturing into the lifestyles of veganism, environmentalism and anti-consumerism, D and I seem to be travelling down an increasingly empowering path of enlightenment. The more we read, watch and discover for ourselves, the more educated we become and the better the choices we make on what to eat, wear, buy or how we live our lives in general. It’s true what they say; the truth will set you free. Thanks to books like Skinny Bitch, Body & Soul and The Secret, organisations like PETA and Adbusters and documentaries such as Earthlings , An Inconvenient Truth and Super Size Me, we now know so much more about our world and the industries that operate it than ever before.

All of this newfound wisdom sure sheds some much needed light on the misinformation that the general populace so ignorantly devours and genuinely takes as fact. Everybody knows the entire planet is totally fucked up because of our selfish bullshit but far too few of us are aware of why that is. So, rather than just accept the fact that we are inherently the absolute filth of the Earth and continue on down the road of self-destruction, perhaps it’s time we take an eye-opening glimpse into the actual reasons behind that and fucking do something about it for once:

Zeitgeist, The Movie
Enter, Zeitgeist. More along the lines of a two-hour long slap in the face than a documentary, this film has proven to be the biggest reality check of our lives. Released in June 2007, it’s made quite the impact already and I imagine its powerful ripple is still in effect. Granted, it’s mostly surrounding religious and political conspiracy in the US but these are topics that effect our entire species. Zeitgeist offers a grim reminder that there are some real shitty global forces at play and that, perhaps, you should be aware that their dirty tactics do involve you.

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Friday, 23 May, 2008 at 8:13 pm Leave a comment

Compassionate Action For Animals

Outreach And Education
Presented by Compassionate Action For Animals

Wednesday, 19 March, 2008 at 8:19 pm Leave a comment

Shocking Video Shows Puppy Thrown From Cliff

A disturbing video making its way to millions of people online and in the news shows a soldier tossing what appears to be a yelping puppy end-over-end off a cliff in Iraq.

While we thank the Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH) for launching a full investigation into this apparent act of extreme animal abuse, we want to make sure that the punishment reflects the serious nature of this violent act. The MCBH should require that the suspects appear before a court-martial and should seek the most severe penalties under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, including discharge from the Corps, for the suspects if they are convicted. The U.S. Marine Corps should also establish a zero-tolerance policy for cruelty to animals, which would help ensure that this is the last time that the U.S. will suspect any of its brave men and women of abusing a defenseless animal during their service to America.

Click here to see the letter that PETA’s Emergency Response Division sent to the commanding officer at MCBH. Please sign below to add your name in support of investigating and punishing those involved to the fullest extent of the law.

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Cruelty to animals should have no place in the Marine Corps. The recent video footage of a soldier apparently throwing a puppy off a cliff is disturbing both because the act is so cruel and because the act apparently violates the Marines’ code of conduct. If those involved are brought to justice and convicted, the most severe penalties should be sought, including discharge from the Corps.

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Saturday, 15 March, 2008 at 3:53 pm Leave a comment

Misadventures Of A Vagrant T-Girl

There's plenty fun to be had. From the Cayman Islands, to London, to Phoenix and back again, Silky's been there, done that. But life's for the living and I ain't dead yet. Making vegans look cool, trannies sound sexy and delivering shit hot Electro is my deal. Loving my beautiful wife, nurturing my baby boy Phoenix and making my small mark on this jaded world of post-consumerism is my mantra. Friends, welcome. Guests, indulge. There's plenty fun to be had.


Birthdate: 19th February, 1983 Nationality: Caymanian Star Sign: Aquarius/Pisces Orientation: Bisexual Diet: Vegan Occupation: Graphic Designer WiiMail:
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