Go to FOX and vote NO on banning the American flag in America VOTE !!! This is disgusting, to put it mildly. Your voice needs to be heard.
This is just sickening. Only 76.15% have voted on the FOX poll to NOT ban the flag in school and something like 18.0% voted YES, to ban it. What is going on in this country??
Fox is running a poll about whether the flag should be banned in schools in order not to inflame Hispanic students. The poll is being sandbagged by SEIU and we should mount a counter action if you agree with me that the flag should be taken down for no one.
Moveon.org, funded by George Soros, Organizing for America , and SEIU, "Service Employee International UNION", have been twittering today to go to Fox Poll and vote to BAN the American Flag and right now it is still working (18%).
Tell Chancellor Kent Hance to fire Alberto Gonzales immediately.
Texas Tech University recently announced it is hiring disgraced former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to teach classes and help with student recruitment.
In response, 45 faculty members have sent a letter to the Chancellor calling Gonzales' hiring "objectionable." In the letter they reject the idea that there's a place at the university for a man who enabled some of the worst abuses of the Bush administration.
The faculty letter to Chancellor Hance reminds us that Alberto Gonzales:
Frequently misled or lied to Congress and the American people;
Rejected the Geneva Conventions;
Denied the Constitutional right of habeas corpus; and
Appeared to be more loyal to the President than to the Constitution.
Despite this horrible record, Chancellor Hance has hired Alberto Gonzales -- a man the Chancellor describes as a "good friend"-- for $100,000 a year. What's more, Texas Tech has announced that Alberto Gonzales will teach a class called "Contemporary Issues in the Executive Branch" where he will talk about the "accomplishments" of his tenure at the Department of Justice.
Alberto Gonzales should be disbarred and put on trial for torture, not given a fat salary, a professor's title and a soap box.
Texas AgriLife Extension economists reported last week that this year’s crop losses in Texas are already estimated at $2.6 billion, and livestock losses are close to $1 billion since November 2008. The U.S. Drought Monitor indicated Texas has the most land in the worst stage of drought in nearly a decade.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, demanding to know why the $3 billion in emergency drought relief funding, which was approved and signed into law more than one year ago as part of the 2008 Farm Bill, has yet to be released.
In some parts of central Texas, half of the cotton, corn and sorghum crops—Texas’s primary exports—have already been wiped out by the drought. Grazing pastures are too dry for livestock, and many Texas ranchers are being forced to sell their cattle because they cannot feed them.
Alert of the Week
Don't Let Obama Put Monsanto Cheerleaders in Charge of Food Safety
The Obama Administration is putting two notorious biotech bullies in charge of food safety. Former Monsanto lobbyist Michael Taylor has been appointed as a senior advisor to the Food and Drug Administration Commissioner on food safety. And, rBGH-using dairy farmer and Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff, is rumored to be President Obama's choice for Under-Secretary of Agriculture for Food Safety. Wolfe spearheaded anti-consumer legislation in Pennsylvania that would have taken away the rights of consumers to know whether their milk and dairy products were contaminated with Monsanto's (now Eli Lilly's) genetically engineered Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH).
Alert Update of the Week
Why OCA and Fair Trade Advocates Are Pressuring Whole Foods and UNFI
In response to OCA's recent alerts on Whole Foods Market (WFM) and United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI), WFM posted out a form letter to many of our readers. Below is a summary of OCA's response, which you can read in greater detail here http://organicconsumers.org/unfi.cfm
OCA Finds WFM and UNFI Guilty of the Following:
* Corporate takeovers and monopolistic practices undermining organics. * Pushing so-called "natural" foods at the expense of organic. * Excluding small and family-scale organic farms. * Marginalizing local and regional producers and brands. * Organic monopolies and the "Whole Paycheck" phenomena. * Selling personal care products misleadingly labeled as "organic." * Selling vitamins and supplements spiked with synthetic chemicals as "natural," "all natural" or "Whole Foods." * Violating labor rights and Domestic Fair Trade principles.
Organic News of the Week
Organic Dairy Farmers Tell Vilsack to Crack Down on Aurora & Horizon's Factory Farm Dairy Feedlots
Last week, USDA Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack spoke at the La Crosse, Wisconsin County Fair. Nearly 200 organic farmers showed up to protest. The farmers, organized by the Cornucopia Institute, rallied to convince Vilsack to take action against factory farms that are saturating the market with fake organic milk, like Aurora and Horizon (Dean Foods). One farmer shouted a question to the Agriculture Secretary, asking when the USDA will take action against organic lawbreakers. "I commit to you that we will enforce the rules," Vilsack responded. The OCA is working hard to make sure this is true.
Related Quote of the Week
Senator Calls for Investigation of Dean Foods/Horizon Monopoly Practices
"Farmers have seen the price for their milk drop from $19.50 per hundred pounds a year ago to less than $11 in June. Meanwhile, Dean Foods' profits climbed from $30 million in the first quarter of 2008 to $76.2 million for the first quarter of 2009."
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont spoke out on the dairy crisis this week. He has called on the Justice Department to investigate the dairy giant Dean Foods as a monopolist.
Consumer Tip of the Week
Food Toxins 101: An Intro to Hexane
At seven cents per pound, hexane is currently the dominant extraction solvent for soy products. Whether you're eating Boca burgers, firm tofu, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, granola crumbs for texture, or Silk soy milk, hexane likely played a role in the extraction process. Hexane was formerly used as a cleaning agent for removing grease in the printing industry as well as a solvent for rubber cement, but now it's showing up in many so-called "natural" and even "made with organic" soy foods.
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1) Book of the Week: Recipe for America "Americans are more obese than ever, our current agriculture system is dependent on oil, our waterways and air are polluted by factory farming, and sustainable agriculture continues to be marginalized. But change is possible, as Jill Richardson writes in her new book, which breaks down many of the issues facing the food system and provides approximately 70 pages of solutions..." Learn more
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Call on Interior Secretary Salazar to reverse his decision to kick wolves off the endangered species list.
This is absolutely the wrong time to rip away federal protections from these struggling wolves. Over the past year, the wolf population in Yellowstone National Park has declined by 27 percent, with more than 70 percent of wolf pups succumbing to disease.
One pack alone lost all 24 of its pups!
With federal protections lifted, wolf pups and their mothers traveling outside national parks will be in the line of fire.
That's why NRDC and our partners filed suit in federal court to block this disastrous policy. But we must do more: we must raise a nationwide outcry that the Obama Administration cannot ignore.
Please call on the Interior Department to go back to the drawing board and submit this cruel plan to the kind of rigorous scientific review the Obama Administration has promised.
Because you have always stood up for wildlife, I'm contacting you now to take part in "The Big Howl" campaign.
After you send your own message, I will let you know about an easy way to spread the word to your friends and family. We need at least one million messages to save the wolves -- so get ready to rally your friends and family to add their own voices to "The Big Howl."
Frances Beinecke President Natural Resources Defense Council
P.S. Hearing the wolf howl after you take action is a poignant reminder of why we must act swiftly to save these treasured icons of the American West. So please speak out today, and then tell everyone you know to take part in "The Big Howl."
Governor Sarah Palin’s announcement last Friday that she will resign within the coming weeks took the world by surprise. In her speech, she directly implied that “heat” from "outside interests" about her predator control practices contributed to her decision.
I can only say that if Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund’s efforts to spotlight Palin’s outrageous aerial slaughter of wolves helped encourage her to resign, we're darned proud of it! And since you helped, you should be proud too.
But now that Palin's out of the governorship, what's next for Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund’s fight to protect Alaska’s wildlife and end the state’s brutal and unfounded aerial wolf killing programs?
Together, we’ve spent the better part of the last two and a half years fighting Sarah Palin’s disastrous mismanagement of Alaska’s wolves, polar bears and other wildlife. And when Senator John McCain tapped Palin as his running mate, no one was more effective than Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund at educating voters about her terrible environmental record.
Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund’s goal has always been to ensure that Alaska’s wolves, bears and other wildlife will be around for future generations to enjoy… and it remains so today.
Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund and our sister organization Defenders of Wildlife are already crafting a new plan to make good use of this opportunity to protect Alaska’s polar bears and beluga whales and to finally end the brutal and unfounded aerial wolf killing programs.
We’ll need your help to protect Alaska’s wildlife in the months ahead, and I hope that we can count on your continued support.
Rodger Schlickeisen President Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund P.S. Palin’s resignation offers an exciting new opportunity to end her administration’s war on wolves. Please watch your email next week for big news about our Campaign to End the Alaska Wolf Massacre.
Comment period ends today - July 6th at 11:59pm PST - Please send your comment now!
The biotechnology firm ArborGen has asked the USDA for permission to conduct 29 field trials of genetically engineered "cold tolerant" eucalyptus trees in the U.S. For the first time in history, this massive experiment, which is on the verge of being green-lighted, will literally be using nature as the laboratory to test more than 260,000 genetically engineered trees. Scientists across the U.S. are voicing concerns over this proposal.
As it did with GE alfalfa, USDA failed to conduct and prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EI to comprehensively address all the relevant issues related to the proposed eucalyptus field trials. Scientists at Duke University in North Carolina have created pollen models that show tree pollen traveling from a forest in North Carolina for over 1,000 kilometers northward into eastern Canada. A study published in the New Physiologist found pine pollen 600 kilometers from the nearest pines. Scientists researching sterility in trees have admitted that 100 percent guaranteed sterility in GE trees is impossible. This evidence implies that if GE trees are released into the environment, widespread and irreversible contamination of native forests cannot be prevented.
Contamination of natural trees by GE eucalyptus could pose a severe environmental threat. Eucalyptus grow well in warm climates, so engineering them to tolerate cold temperatures removes the only barrier to their unrestricted spread. In some places where eucalyptus have been introduced, they are well known for escaping and colonizing native ecosystems. For example, eucalyptus is listed as an invasive species and a costly plant pest in California. The spread of these plants into the wild through seeds and plant matter is highly likely, and the impacts on native ecosystems from this invader are largely unknown. Additionally, one of the experimental GE tree varieties is a known host for cryptococcus gatti, a fatal fungal pathogen whose spores cause meningitis in people and animals.
Despite recent federal court decisions that USDA failed to address the risk of contamination and other environmental risks from genetically engineered plants, like GE bentgrass and alfalfa, USDA seems poised to push ahead with this dangerous proposal.
A public comment period is open until July 6th, 2009 - please send your comment to USDA APHIS opposing this risky proposal today!
Send a letter to the following decision maker(s): Docket No. APHIS-2008-0059
Below is the sample letter:
Subject: Oppose Docket No. APHIS-2008-0059
Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],
Docket No. APHIS-2008-0059 Regulatory Analysis and Development PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8 4700 River Road, Unit 118 Riverdale, MD 20737-1238
Re: USDA/ APHIS Docket No. APHIS-2008-0059
I am strongly opposed to ArborGen's proposal to conduct 29 field trials of experimental genetically engineered eucalyptus trees in the U.S. (APHIS-2008-0059) for the following reasons:
As it did with GE alfalfa, USDA failed to conduct and prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EI to comprehensively address all the relevant issues related to the proposed eucalyptus field trials.
Eucalyptus species are introduced organisms into the US and grow well in certain warm climates such as the southern and southeast US regions. The main barrier to Eucalyptus becoming established in this region is that the varieties planted often die in cold temperatures. Genetically engineering them to tolerate those cold temperatures removes that barrier. In other regions, where eucalyptus have been introduced, they are well known for escaping and colonizing native ecosystems. Eucalyptus has become so established in California that it is now listed as an invasive species and a plant pest in the state.
Scientists at Duke University in North Carolina have created pollen models that show tree pollen traveling from a forest in North Carolina for over 1,000 kil ometers northward into eastern Canada. A study published in the New Physiologist found pine pollen 600 kilometers from the nearest pines. Scientists researching sterility in trees have admitted that 100 percent guaranteed sterility in GE trees is impossible. This evidence implies that if GE trees are released into the environment, widespread and irreversible contamination of native forests cannot be prevented.
Contamination of natural trees by GE eucalyptus could pose a severe environmental threat. The spread of these plants into the wild through seeds and plant matter is highly likely, and the impacts on native ecosystems from this invader are largely unknown. Additionally, one of the experimental GE tree varieties is a known host for cryptococcus gatti, a fatal fungal pathogen whose spores cause meningitis in people and animals.
By the agency's own admission, there are several varieties of eucalyptus that are naturally cold-tolerant, at least eight of which could be grown in Southern U.S. states like Alabama. This field trial is not only risky, it is completely unnecessary.
Please deny this request, and require the implementation of a full Environmental Impact Statement.
One thousand chimpanzees in the United States need your help! The Great Ape Protection Act, HR 1326, would finally prohibit invasive research on chimpanzees. But the bill needs more support—and your federal representative has not yet joined the 58 representatives co-sponsoring the bill.
Under the language of HR 1326, which is supported by Democrats and Republicans, chimpanzees could no longer be subjected to “death, bodily injury, pain, distress, fear, injury, or trauma [,]… isolation, social deprivation, or other experimental manipulations…” Chimpanzees owned by the federal government would be released to sanctuaries to live out the remainder of their lives, just as they have been in several other countries.
Chimpanzees suffer from stress and trauma remarkably much like humans. Their needs cannot be met in a laboratory environment. Most chimpanzees in research are kept in isolation, but chimpanzees are naturally social. Their psychological well-being requires group coordination, kinship structure (families being together), and cultural development.
Although chimpanzees are our closest genetic relatives, there are significant differences in how those genes are expressed. And differences between chimpanzees and humans significantly influence responses to drugs and pathogens like viruses and bacteria.
After over two decades of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) research in chimpanzees, there should be no doubt that chimpanzee research has failed to produce an HIV vaccine for humans. Physiological differences between humans and chimpanzees also confound research on human diseases like hepatitis C.
Research funding should be spent on modern testing methods, such as ethical human-centered studies, computer simulation and mathematical modeling, microchip technology, microdosing, in vitro testing, and tissue engineering.
Please call or e-mail your representative and ask her or him to co-sponsor HR 1326!
Hope Ferdowsian, M.D., M.P.H. Director of Research Policy
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In the next day or so, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on the boldest effort in our history to rethink how we produce and use energy in this country.
I recorded a video message to describe what's at stake and how we need your help urgently. Take a moment and please watch it.
Some of the smartest ideas on energy and climate -- ones that have been aired by countless hearings in our Capitol over the last two decades -- are finally getting their due in this bill. And it's deserving of our strongest support.
When people said that we couldn't get a bill out of a House committee with a diverse base of support, we proved them wrong. But it wasn't without the work of many people, including members like you.
Today, we need twice that effort. Please watch the video and call your Representative today:
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