Archive | April, 2011

Hymn of Gratitude

24 Apr

From Charlie’s Facebook page.


Hymn of Gratitude for the Catholic Worker Vol. LXXVII, No. 5 August-September, 2010

price 1 cent (can't find the sign for 'cent' very easily on this computer,
sign of the times)

these front page headlines:

Joseph Takami of Nagasaki                              Our Lady the Hibakusha

Edited by Yuki Tanaka and Marilyn B. Young. The New Press, New York and London, 2009.
Reviewed by Bill Griffin.

who titles his review Bombs Do Not Save Lives

Here it is 2011 and May 1 coming up

Truth & Traditions Party mobilizing people 1 x 1

to bring some sanity each day into politics USA

a tar pit full of failing flailing dinosaurs

desperate on the very brink of extinction

us modest milky warmblooded mammals

nipping at their gigantic achilles heels

I know the blog box is not set up in a way that favors poets who may be fussy about

space, wanting air and the aura of ether around the penumbra of each word, each line,
and especially around each unspoken thot. Plodding traditional prose will have to serve.

Continue reading


No Mind on the Hudson River

23 Apr


We're in Transition!

23 Apr

Not just yet, but in a couple of days.

After thinking about it and talking with some folks, Charlie and I decided that the Transition Party USA needs a new name. As we’ve already explained, our basic idea has been to build on the already flourishing Transition movement, which is intensely local, and to been knitting it into a national party. It has become apparent, however, that these thriving local initiatives flourish best without the stress and strain of a national political conversation. Given that, we felt that our use of the name “Transition Party USA” would led to unhelpful confusion and cross-talk as we grew.

So we have decided on a new name: Truth and Traditions Party. Notice the “s” in “traditions.” The mission and message remain the same, to move forward while conserving what is best in our many legacies. We want sustainable energy and economic policies; local growth, control, and initiative; an end to the wastefulness of war; and an end to corporate profiteering.

In a few days we’ll be relocating to a new blog. We’ll post the move on this blog and this blog will remain on the web, but will be inactive. All new material will go on the blog for the Truth and Traditions Party.

See you there.

Bill and Charlie

Fracking Discussion on Blogging Heads TV

23 Apr

Andrew Revkin and Abrahm Lustgarten discuss fracking (27 minutes). This discussion is going to become more and more intense as fracking itself becomes more intense. Fracking makes more natural gas available than before, but at what cost? Do we even know how to estimate the costs? What about the physician’s oath: Do no harm?

Fracking Fracks Up in Pennsylvania

22 Apr

From The New York Times:

A blowout at a natural gas well in rural northern Pennsylvania spilled thousands of gallons of chemical-laced water on Wednesday, contaminating a stream and forcing the evacuation of seven families who live nearby as crews struggled to stop the gusher.

See Catskill Mountainkeeper for more information and more links.

Nation’s Mood at Lowest Level in Two Years, Poll Shows

22 Apr

So says The New York Times:

Amid rising gas prices, stubborn unemployment and a cacophonous debate in Washington over the federal government’s ability to meet its future obligations, the poll presents stark evidence that the slow, if unsteady, gains in public confidence earlier this year that a recovery was under way are now all but gone.

Capturing what appears to be an abrupt change in attitude, the survey shows that the number of Americans who think the economy is getting worse has jumped 13 percentage points in just one month.

Not surprising. Obama created expectations of change, and then kicked those expectations in the teeth. And there’s this:

Given the choice of cutting military, Social Security or Medicare spending as a way to reduce the overall budget, 45 percent chose military cuts, compared with those to Social Security (17 percent) or Medicare (21 percent.)

Some guy named Eisenhower, a general and a Republican no less, warned us that military spending would eat away at home and hearth. No one listened then. Is anyone listening now?

THEY keep saying things will get better. And they do, for them, but not for the rest of us. They’re getting better on our backs.

4 minute video summarizing Fukushima disaster to date

21 Apr

Nature has uploaded the video:

For more comprehensive and detailed information, see their news special.

All that Stuff Weighing You Down?

21 Apr


19 Apr


Cultural Transmission in Whales

18 Apr

Hannah over at Rplicated Typo:

A new paper in Current Biology, published today has revealed that the songs of Humpbacked Whales are passed through the ocean by mechanisms of cultural transmission.