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"What the civil rights movement has revealed is that it is necessary for people concerned with liberty, even if they live in an approximately democratic state, to create a political power which resides outside the regular political establishment. While outside, removed from the enticements of office and close to those sources of human distress which created it, this power can use a thousand different devices to persuade and pressure the official structure into recognizing its needs." Howard Zinn
One of my readers complained that they felt uncomfortable when, on some Mondays, I say that 'you all missed something terrific!' regarding an event over the weekend. Well, I won't today. But I will say that the Arts on the Lake puppet production this past weekend went very well and those who were there enjoyed it immensely. Three sold-out performances and on Sunday, standing-room only. I'll post some pictures to the AotL website in a couple of days. Not that I want you to see what you missed, just as a general informational thing.
The other day someone threw a shoe at George Bush during a press conference in Iraq. Two shoes, actually. I figure by the 4th the Secret Service would have gotten a hold of the guy. They clearly weren't on their toes even though it was their sole responsibility.
Congress is about to bail out the Big Three automakers. Congress could say to the automakers, "Hey, we're happy to help you out of this mess you've gotten yourselves in but here are the rules to tap into the largess of the taxpayers:
And now, the News:
By: Eric Gross , Staff Reporter
Some won't get power back until Wednesday
NEW YORK (AP) — The hunt for the natural gas fields that could help make the U.S. more energy independent has brought developers to the edge of the watershed for one of the world's biggest cities.
Now drilling in the Marcellus shale formation, which some estimate could meet the nation's natural gas needs for the next decade, has raised fears of tainted drinking water in New York City.
"The Marcellus gas shale represents such a threat to the watershed," Albert Appleton, former commissioner of the city's Department of Environmental Protection, said Friday at a city council environmental protection committee meeting. "No risk to drinking water is acceptable."
To extract the gas, well operators blast millions of gallons of water treated with chemicals into horizontal cracks a mile under the earth, a process commonly known as fracking.
EPA Contact: Enesta Jones, (202) 564-7873 or 4355 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Louisiana is the most corrupt state in the nation.
That’s according to an analysis of government data released today by Corporate Crime Reporter.
By Mark Pittman
Sunday, December 14, 2008