Monday, July 30, 2012

20 Arrested at Historic Shutdown of Mountaintop Removal Site

20 Arrested at Historic Shutdown of Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Site « EcoWatch: Uniting the Voice of the Grassroots Environmental Movement:

Following the historic July 28 shutdown of Patriot Coal’s Hobet mine—Appalachia’s largest mountaintop removal coal mining site—by more than 50 people affiliated with R.A.M.P.S. “Mountain Mobilization” campaign, 20 people were arrested and are being held on trespass and obstruction charges.

Bail is set for $25,000 each at the Western Regional Jail. Multiple arrestees, including 20-year-old Dustin Steele of Matewan, W.V., were reportedly beaten by authorities while in custody.

Hands Across the Sand August 4th 12PM

Hands Across the Sand | A worldwide gathering of people dedicated to a clean energy future and ending our dependence on filthy fuels: A Message To The World

One week left! Thank you Egypt, Jordan, Ireland, Portugal, Cambodia, Greece, New Zealand, Netherlands, Australia, Belgium, Brazil Canada, Germany and 32 states for posting events so far! It is time to say NO to filthy fuels and YES to clean energy. It is time to draw a line in the sand, on the land, around our capitols with the powerful image of people joining hands in solidarity to say NO more drilling off our shores! Thousands of people will be joining hands around the globe on August 4th, 2012 at noon in your timezone. Click on your state to see where there are events or click on “Join Hands” on our web page and post an event.

Coal Mining Damaged 1,700 Miles Of Streams

Coal Mining May Have Damaged Up To 22% Of Streams In Southern W. Virginia - 1,700 Miles Of Streams - Democratic Underground: Using satellite images taken by NASA between 1976 and 2005, Bernhardt and her coauthors created maps of mountaintop mining in a 12,000-square-mile region of southern West Virginia. They found that companies had converted 5% of the land to mines during this period.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Mark Twain

Life does not consist mainly, or even largely, of facts and happenings. It consists mainly of the storm of thoughts that is forever blowing through one's head.

~ Mark Twain

Joseph Campbell

It is the preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.

Joseph Campbell

BBC News - Protected tropical forests' biodiversity 'declining'

BBC News - Protected tropical forests' biodiversity 'declining': Habitat disruption, hunting and timber exploitation have been seen as signs of future decline

Teenagers shunning drugs for healthier lifestyle

BBC News - Teenagers shunning drugs for healthier lifestyle

 Stupid is out healthy is in - finally!

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

"My twin sister was a terrible pessimist, she died when she was not yet 70 because she never laughed, never. Laughing is beautiful though," says 108-year-old Alice Herz-Sommer. "I'm an optimist, for me it's only the good things, never a bad thought," she says.

Born in 1903, Mrs Herz-Sommer has managed to retain a positive outlook despite a horrific start to life. The oldest living survivor of the Holocaust, she was imprisoned in Terezin (also known as Theresienstadt) concentration camp, near Prague, with her young son Raphael.