Author Archives: Alison O'neil

The New York Times just hired a climate denier.

On Feb. 23, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers cleared out Oceti Sakowin, an encampment of activists attempting to block construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Police had arrested over 50 people. But the Freshet Collective, an organization that connects demonstrators with legal resources, was ready.

From August to February, Tara Houska made Morton County, North Dakota, her home base. She’s stood on the frontlines and worked with the Freshet Collective to connect Dakota Access demonstrators facing charges with the legal support they need. A citizen of the Couchiching First Nation, Houska has engaged in activism around the country to fight alongside indigenous communities and advocates through her organization, Honor the Earth. Her work has also brought her to the halls of Congress to lobby for indigenous rights, to divestment rallies, and to the Bernie Sanders campaign, where she worked as an adviser on Native American affairs.

For Houska, progress will only come from working all of these channels, and then some. “It’s the ground fight, it’s the court fight,” she says. “We have to do everything we can.”

Meet all the fixers on this year’s Grist 50.

See the article here:  

The New York Times just hired a climate denier.

Posted in alo, Anchor, Citizen, FF, G & F, GE, LG, ONA, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on The New York Times just hired a climate denier.

Upbeat and High Lonesome With Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones

Mother Jones

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC “-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN” “”>

Teddy Thompson & Kelly Jones
Little Windows
Cooking Vinyl

Missing Piece Group

George and Tammy…Porter and Dolly…Teddy and Kelly? Teddy Thompson (son of Richard and Linda) and Kelly Jones have a ways to go before they’re recognized as the next great male-female duo, but this winning twosome is off to a fine start with Little Windows. Blending their plaintive voices in seamless, high-lonesome harmonies that would do the Everly Brothers proud, they explore love’s many complications in memorable country-pop tunes both jaunty (“Wondering”) and mournful (“I Thought That We Said Goodbye”). Long on atmosphere and short on pandering nostalgia, despite an old-school vibe, songs like the dreamy 3:00 a.m. ballad “Don’t Remind Me” would inspire goosebumps in any era. Here’s to a long partnership!

Continue at source:  

Upbeat and High Lonesome With Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones

Posted in Anchor, FF, GE, LAI, LG, ONA, Radius, Uncategorized, Venta | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Upbeat and High Lonesome With Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones

From Russia With Love: Photos of Brave Gay Activists Fighting Homophobia

Mother Jones

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC “-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN” “”>

On June 28, 2013, five couples in wedding finery piled into a white limo and pulled up to a municipal office in St. Petersburg, Russia. The same-sex pairs come to apply for marriage licenses they knew they were unlikely to get, but they wanted to make a statement. A video of the day shows confounded clerks unsuccessfully trying to keep the beaming lovers out as they head to a waiting room where they kiss in protest. “They didn’t even want to give us the blank applications,” says Yana Petrova, who tried to marry her partner, Elena Davydova. “But there wasn’t much they could do—we’d already downloaded them.”

Just two days earlier, the nation’s upper house of parliament had unanimously passed a bill banning “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors” and imposing fines between $120 and $30,000 for offenders. The bill was understood to prohibit all open expression of gay identity, from parades and rainbow flags to same-sex couples holding hands in public. President Vladimir Putin signed the bill into law on June 30.

The new law, which has drawn worldwide criticism and inspired calls to boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, further codified Russia’s widespread homophobia: 12 cities, including St. Petersburg, had already passed similar measures, and surveys suggest more than 70 percent of Russians believe LGBT people should remain closeted. Last year, Moscow enacted a century-long ban on gay-pride events.

Since the gay-propaganda law passed, activists have noted a sharp uptick in antigay violence. Yet some also say the law has bolstered their cause. “Before, it wasn’t accepted to talk about this,” Petrova says. “Now, there are no neutral people left. Everyone wants to express their opinion. That’s good. Debate is the only thing that can lead to any battle or change.”

Danish photographer Mads Nissen was in Russia teaching a photography workshop when Article 6.21 passed. A student tipped him off to the wedding registry attempt. The activists he met were suspicious at first, asking him to share his website and other information to test his intentions. (Antigay activists have attempted to infiltrate Russia’s LGBT community.) But soon, they were bringing him to underground clubs and spaces where the community gathers, and sharing their stories of being assaulted and arrested. At one gay pride rally, Nissen witnessed a brutal attack on Kirill Fedorov, a young gay man and activist he’d been following for several days. “An antigay activist just came up to him and punched him in the face,” Nissen recalls. “In that moment, this wasn’t a theoretical thing anymore. It was real. It was happening. It was worse than I imagined.”

“Sometimes you do a story—you think it’s a big topic, and then when you get into it, it doesn’t seem so bad,” Nissen says. “This was absolutely the opposite. The more I got into it, the worse it was.”

Yaroslav Yevtushenko with his boyfriend Dmitry Chunosov. On June 30, 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed Article 6.21 of the Code of the Russian Federation on Administrative Offenses into law. The law had passed Russia’s lower and upper chambers of parliament with unanimous approval.

Ultra-nationalists, wearing Cossack-style hats and holding whips, shout abuse at participants in a Gay Pride rally in June 2013 in St. Petersburg. Anti-gay protestors later violently assaulted some of the people taking part in the rally. Attacks on the gay community have become the norm: Since the law’s passage, Moscow’s main gay club, Central Station, has seen at least five attacks—including a shooting, a poison gas attack, and a raid in which equipment was stolen and the roof was damaged.

LGBT activist Kirill Fedorov was violently assaulted by anti-gay protestors during the St. Petersburg gay pride rally in June. He was later arrested.

Yana Petrova, 28, appears in court after being arrested at the June gay pride rally. A few years ago, Petrova probably would not have ended up in court—or have been at a pride event. “These laws are terrible, but thanks to them, so to speak, many people are actually coming out,” she says. “Before this, many gay people in Russia believed that if this isn’t being discussed, no one’s beating us, so great, all is fine, we can live. We can’t marry, but we can live. So, okay. Leave it at that.”

Natali Zamanskix, right, and her girlfriend, Ludmila Gorbatova, meet after work near their home on St. Petersburg’s outskirts.

Ilmira Shayhraznova, left, and Elena Yakovleva, on their way to the St. Petersburg municipal office where they and four other gay couples attempted to file applications for marriage. When they arrived, the clerks gave the couples a copy of the Russian code to read, which de facto defines marriage as being between a man and a woman.

Pavel Lebedev, right, with his boyfriend Kirill Kalugin. Lebedev says that he has been violently attacked six times in the previous year. In spite of the danger, he insists on his right to be open about his sexuality and to choose whom he loves.

Taken from:  

From Russia With Love: Photos of Brave Gay Activists Fighting Homophobia

Posted in FF, GE, LG, Mop, ONA, Uncategorized, Venta | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on From Russia With Love: Photos of Brave Gay Activists Fighting Homophobia

Emilíana​ Torrini’s "Tookah" Will Sweep You Away—Gently

Mother Jones

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC “-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN” “”>

Emilíanaâ&#128;&#139; Torrini
Rough Trade

The daughter of an Italian father and Icelandic mother, Emilíanaâ&#128;&#139; â&#128;&#139;Torrini has quietly compiled a lengthy and varied resume. Formerly a member of Iceland’s GusGus, she recorded “Gollum’s Song” for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, co-wrote tunes for diva Kylie Minogue, worked with Thievery Corporation and has released mind-stretching solo albums that suggest a more-grounded counterpart to space queen Bjork, including Love in the Time of Science, co-produced by Tears for Fears’ Roland Orzabal.

Tookah, Torrini’s first outing in five years, blends a host of influences into a single hypnotic pulse that sounds like nothing but herself, encompassing folk, soft pop, trance music, New Age and electronica. Many of the nine tracks are engagingly understated confections, but “Fever Breaks,” the woozy closing song, is a deceptively brash, seven-minute tour de force that feels alternately sinister and reassuring. Prepare to be swept away, gently.

Visit site:  

Emilíana​ Torrini’s "Tookah" Will Sweep You Away—Gently

Posted in FF, GE, LG, ONA, Uncategorized, Venta | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Emilíana​ Torrini’s "Tookah" Will Sweep You Away—Gently

Nation’s biggest uranium mine planned in New Mexico

Nation’s biggest uranium mine planned in New Mexico

Mike Fisher

The uranium mine is proposed on terrain such as this, near Mount Taylor, seen in the distance.

Two foreign-owned mining companies, betting that the world will quickly forget the horrors of Fukushima, plan to sink a pair of shafts into the rugged New Mexico landscape near near Mt. Taylor and begin 0perating the nation’s biggest uranium mine.

If approved by the U.S. Forest Service and state agencies, the mine would be the first of its kind to operate in the state in more than a decade, extracting as much as 28 million pounds of the radioactive heavy metal and desecrating as many as 70 acres of land sacred to Native Americans that’s designated by the federal government as traditional cultural property.

Previous uranium mining left the state’s landscape scarred and workers sickened. But the Roca Honda joint venture of Canadian and Japanese companies says the industry has learned from past mistakes and now has the whole safe-isotope-extraction thing sorted out. From the Albuquerque Journal:

[Roca Honda Manager John] DeJoia said he would be the “first to admit there are legacy issues,” but that much has been learned in the industry.

“Were cars less safe 60 years ago? Of course they were … Do we know more about food? We certainly do, and that’s the case with uranium, coal, copper,” DeJoia said. “It is an evolving process and just because it wasn’t done properly 40 or 50 years ago doesn’t mean we can’t do it properly today.” …

He concedes that for now, neither spot market nor long-term sales market prices “support fervent development.”

“However, the nuclear-power situation in the world — in our country — indicates a true shortage and that the price will go up once the fervor over Fukushima and everything gets past us,” he said, noting that the U.S. itself produces only 7 or 8 percent of the 55 million to 60 million pounds of uranium used a year by the nation’s nuclear plants. “We will have to realize nuclear power is probably the most viable, cleanest power source we have.”

Needless to say, DeJoia’s glee is not shared by all of the neighbors of the proposed mine. From the same article:

[A] coalition of community organizations, including several Native American groups and an organization of former uranium miners, contends a mining operation would imperil the area’s water supply and quality. The group also believes it would severely impact an area designated by the Forest Service as a traditional cultural property that has great spiritual significance for indigenous people across the Southwest.

“It is essentially the same as proposing a huge uranium mine in the middle of the Vatican. There’s just no way to avoid the impacts,” said attorney Eric Jantz of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, which is representing the coalition, the Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment.

Jantz said water pumped from the mine could result in significant drawdowns of surface water and springs. There is also concern waste piles and toxic heavy-metal materials could make their way into ground and surface water, he said.

The Forest Service could issue its approval this year, the newspaper reports, clearing the path for drilling to begin within the next several years. And once that happens, hoo-boy, is New Mexico in for an economic bonanza — the likes of which DeJoia can’t even describe to a reporter:

“I won’t run you through all the economics on that, but you can rest assured there is an awful lot of income tax paid on that,” he said. “There are a lot of New Mexico taxes in there.”

Thanks for sparing us the numbers. Nobody wants to be thinking hard when we could just be mindlessly digging for short-term profits.

John Upton is a science fan and green news boffin who


, posts articles to


, and

blogs about ecology

. He welcomes reader questions, tips, and incoherent rants:


Find this article interesting? Donate now to support our work.Read more: Business & Technology


Climate & Energy

Also in Grist

Please enable JavaScript to see recommended stories


Nation’s biggest uranium mine planned in New Mexico

Posted in Anchor, FF, G & F, GE, LG, ONA, oven, solar, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Nation’s biggest uranium mine planned in New Mexico

Tesla sedan gets best Consumer Reports auto review of all time

Tesla sedan gets best Consumer Reports auto review of all time

Tesla Motors

Tesla’s sexy Model S.

The good news just keeps flowing — like electricity from a renewables-infused grid — for electric-auto maker Tesla Motors.

Consumer Reports just gave the Tesla Model S Sedan its highest-ever score for an automobile. The glowing review and sky-high score of 99 out of 100 came in the same week that the 10-year-old auto manufacturer enjoyed its first profitable quarter.

Some highlights from the breathless review:

This electric luxury sports car, built by a small automaker based in Palo Alto, Calif., is brimming with innovation, delivers world-class performance, and is interwoven throughout with impressive attention to detail. It’s what Marty McFly might have brought back in place of his DeLorean in  “Back to the Future.” The sum total of that effort has earned the Model S the highest score in our Ratings: 99 out of  100. That is far ahead of such direct competitors as the gas-powered Porsche Panamera (84) and the Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid (57).

The Tesla rivets your attention from the start. Simply touching the flush aluminum door handles causes them to slide outward, welcoming you inside. … And as you dip into the throttle, you experience a silent yet potent surge of power that will make many sports cars weep with envy.

Meanwhile, Nissan’s all-electric Leaf recently received a “Top Safety Pick” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. From Green Car Reports:

A host of safety features, including dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt sensors, side air bags, curtain side impact air bags for front and rear passengers, child safety rear door locks, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS) all contributed the the model’s score — and all are standard on the 2013 Leaf.

“Driver and passenger safety are top priorities for Nissan and the ‘Top Safety Pick’ designation by IIHS reflects the design and innovation that have gone into this car to make it a practical, no-compromise electric vehicle,” explained Erik Gottfried, Nissan’s director of electric vehicle sales and marketing.

It’s clear that electric-car makers aren’t just swapping out internal combustion engines for batteries — they’re putting in the extra effort to truly reimagine a new generation of American automobiles.

John Upton is a science aficionado and green news junkie who


, posts articles to


, and

blogs about ecology

. He welcomes reader questions, tips, and incoherent rants:


Find this article interesting? Donate now to support our work.Read more: Business & Technology


Climate & Energy



Also in Grist

Please enable JavaScript to see recommended stories

Credit – 

Tesla sedan gets best Consumer Reports auto review of all time

Posted in alo, Anchor, FF, G & F, GE, LG, Nissan, ONA, oven, Pines, solar, solar power, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Tesla sedan gets best Consumer Reports auto review of all time

Richie Havens’ Passion for Peace, Justice, and Damn Fine Music

Mother Jones

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC “-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN” “”>

On Monday, celebrated folk singer Richie Havens died of a heart attack at his Jersey City home at the age of 72. The Brooklyn-born musician was famous for his distinctive, husky baritone, and was a skilled and tough guitar player who could turn strummed rhythms into rhapsodies. He recorded and performed some of the best acoustic covers of the ’60s and ’70s, including renditions of Bob Dylan’s “Just Like a Woman” and (my personal favorite) George Harrison’s “Here Comes the Sun.”

Havens dabbled in cinema, including acting alongside comic giant Richard Pryor in 1977’s Greased Lightning, a film about Wendell Scott, the first African-American to get a NASCAR racing license. Quentin Tarantino used his signature song “Freedom” in a pivotal shootout sequence in Django Unchained. Havens toured tirelessly for nearly five decades. But since history has a nasty habit of reducing notable lives into single episodes, Havens will forever be remembered as the man who opened Woodstock ’69 with a mesmerizing three-hour set.

Through all this, he maintained his passion for liberal politics, environmental action, and education. Though he wasn’t the most fiercely political or ideological of his generation of entertainers, his dedication and interest were impressive nonetheless. In 1976, Havens cofounded the North Wind Undersea Institute, an oceanographic children’s museum in the Bronx that reportedly “has a history of rescuing marine animals.” He also formed the Natural Guard, an international organization created to promote hands-on activities that teach children about ecology and the environment. Here he is talking about it in the early ’90s:

“I’m not in show business; I’m in the communications business,” Havens told the Denver Post. “That’s what it’s about for me.” You could feel this in virtually everything he recorded or sang on stage, most evidently in “Handsome Johnny,” a song he cowrote that became a civil rights and anti-Vietnam War anthem. In 1978, his song “Shalom, Salam Alaikum,” written after watching Egyptian President Anwar El Sadat’s visit to Jerusalem, was a huge hit in Israel. And on a lesser note, Havens performed at Bill Clinton’s presidential inauguration in 1993.

To the very end, he was a gentle soul pushing for peace, justice, and damn fine music.

I’ll leave you with footage of the Transcendent Nation Foundation interviewing Havens in 2008 about “how to save the world”:


Richie Havens’ Passion for Peace, Justice, and Damn Fine Music

Posted in alo, FF, GE, ONA, Uncategorized, Venta | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Richie Havens’ Passion for Peace, Justice, and Damn Fine Music

Why commercial businesses Should Think About Solar Energy Panels?

With the huge increases in utility costs today, business owners are searching for further ways to reduce costs. One way to reduce these expenses is to make an investment in solar panels.

When a company chooses to invest in solar energy panels, they can expect certain benefits. Listed below are two most important benefits that companies can take advantage of.

Some business owners are cautious about investing money into solar panels as a result of the initial costs.

Nevertheless due to numerous motivations, the owner can recover the cost in a fraction of the time. Specifically , when the owner combines countless refunds from the utility firm, and government tax credits (i.e. Thirty p.c tax break for those who purchase and install solar cells).

Making the original investment is always the largest concern for many business owners. Even if they have the cash to invest, they’d like to know if they’re making a profitable investment or when are they going to get their money back.

Therefore , before an owner makes their final decision, they should do an exhaustive job of researching this alternate energy solution.

Some of this research should involve answering questions like, how long will it take for a solar energy panel installation to pay for itself?

This strategy of justifying an investment is commonly called the payback period. As an example, when a company pays $12,000 to install solar energy panels, the entrepreneur is expecting the system to scale back the company’s monthly energy bills.

That means, the solar panels can pay for itself. So , if the solar energy panels cut back the company’s utility bills by $1,000 each month, the owner can expect for the system to pay for itself in twelve months (i.e. $1,000 X twelve months = $12,000).

Consequently, when the solar energy panels reaches the thirteenth month in operation, all the other costs savings can affect the company net position profits.

Reducing the price of utilities is a big issue in many companies today. Therefore , other alternative sources are being considered. One sensible option that ought to be considered thoroughly is the installment of solar panels.

Alison O’Neil writes on a contract basis for EcoSave Insulation Ltd who are solar panel installers in Scotland and providers of other energy saving solutions.

Posted in solar panels | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Why commercial businesses Should Think About Solar Energy Panels?

Could Solar Panels on Your Roof Power Your House?

Many house owners hear stuff about the extensive advantages of solar panels but the main question often turns up about whether solar panels on the roof could basically power a home.

The easy answer’s yes. There are certain conditions that are required for solar panels to effectively power a complete home that is why most homeowners use them to supplement power and save money.

Nonetheless it is possible to use solar panels to power a home with the right conditions.

The major component that has to be in place in order to have solar panels effectively power a home is a roof that is unobstructed, at the correct angle, and facing in the right direction.

There is some flexibleness in terms of what angle or direction the roof can face but ideally it would face south and be angled especially based upon the latitude of the location.

It’s also critical that no trees or other obstructions block the roof from getting acceptable daylight at any point.

The other important part for solar panels to power a home is to have an appreciation of the amount of power that’s mandatory as well as the amount of power that solar panels will realistically provide.

A family of six, as an example, will require more power than a pair and any family might need more power in the winter in order to keep the lights on longer hours.

That’s why it is helpful to talk with a solar cell expert.

Solar panels in Glasgow are highly beneficial when used to power a home but they are also beneficial when used to supplement another power source. They save the householder sizeable sums of cash on their energy bill for one.

This is because once installed , the sun’s energy is free. Additionally, solar panels are favorable for the environment because they don’t use up non-renewable traditional fuels to form power that is required in the home.

Alison O’Neil writes on a contract basis for EcoSave Insulation L.T.D a company specialising in solar pv panels in Glasgow and other energy saving solutions.

Posted in solar panels | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Could Solar Panels on Your Roof Power Your House?

How to Purchase solar pv panels

When thinking about the acquisition of a huge item like solar energy panels it is often clever to perform sufficient research. The reason behind this is down to the fact that you don’t want to finish up with a gizmo which nether meets your needs or supplies the electricity needed.

Many of these devices can cost many thousands of dollars and that’s an investment you definitely do not want to lose.

You should look into the specific model you are buying and read up on the specifications so you know precisely how it can be used.

This sort of energy source comes in a selection of styles from basic flat panel versions that lay across roof tops to high end stand alone models that may be positioned nearly anywhere.

You can sometimes even get these devices leased when you’re tight on money or just don’t want to spend a large amount of money.

They can be installed in most home and commercial buildings, and dependent on your exact needs can be quite reasonable.

If you only need basic backup electricity for your house you can regularly buy versions that sell for a few thousand dollars and sometimes less depending on the condition.

You’ll still need a method to store the power though, and this could either be accomplished through battery storage strategies or more advanced salt based solutions.

Other alternative methods of making electricity exist such as wind power and residential generators, though if you would like trusty long term power this is surely an excellent choice.

Each situation will be different and you must comprehensively research your exact requirements before going on to make such a sizeable buying decision.

Not every circumstance requires solar electricity, and in a few cases alternative strategies are way more viable.

You should always consult a solar panel installation company when attempting to install these as well so you do it safely and to your requirements.

If you would like to economize on electricity costs or need a trustworthy backup solutions solar energy is definitely a choice to think about.

Alison O’Neil writes on a contract foundation for EcoSave Insulation L.T.D, solar energy panel installers in Scotland who provide other energy saving solutions.

Posted in solar panels | Tagged , , | Comments Off on How to Purchase solar pv panels