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A Little bit of Light Activism.. [10 Jan 2009|10:13pm]

Written to Lowes:

Dear Lowes Representative,

Please pass this email up the line.

I'm a long-time Customer of Lowes. I notice, however, that you have no items under the keywords "Solar Inverter," no items under "Solar Module," and only four items under "Solar Panel."

I completely understand your not stocking these items in all of your stores, but online availability only makes sense, considering the potential future growth in this market*.

I also notice that you have no books on Solar, or Energy Efficiency in your bookshelves. This kind of information will be in increasing demand in the near-term, and should be available ASAP!


* As of 1/1/09, a 30% investment tax credit with no cap has gone into effect for purchases of Solar Systems, and by the end of January, the Federal Government will have passed a bill with particular stimulus of the Solar Industry in mind.

Lowes stands to benefit by these programs, and likewise, Lowes Customers across the country will benefit by access to Solar Equipment from a trusted and convenient Vendor.
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War of Georgia [11 Aug 2008|02:50pm]

Hi, this video is directed to an American public and the rest of civilized Western world. I am a Russian citizen, I live in United States for a long time, for over 10 years. I happened to be in Russia now and I caught all this "action" that's taking place in South Ossetia, a region in Georgia. I never posted on youtube, but I couldn't hold myself from doing it now. I had to do this.
My message to American public is meant as a wake up call. American and other Western media especially CNN is feeding you complete horse shit! Russia did not invade and did not attack Georgia. It was a response to a horrible war crime committed by Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili, this irresponsible man who just can't stand Russia, hates us, and will kiss America's and Europe's ass just to get a chance to join NATO and European Union. America has always supported Georgian "democracy" and I suspect actually that it was America who instigated Georgia to commit this crime.... on the first day of Olympics! How ironic is that? But please don't take this allegation too close heartedly, my point is not about whether or not U.S. government had any role in this, my point is to give you truth about what really happened Thursday night

So again, Russia did not invade or attack Georgia, as your media outlets are saying.

A brief geography and history lesson. South Ossetia is a very small region about 40 miles by 40 miles in the northern Georgia. It's population is around 70000 people. It borders with Russia. Today, many of the residents of South Ossetia are Russian citizens holding Russian passports, it's our people. South Ossetia had claimed independence from Georgia in 1992. Obviously it was never recognized by any international organizations. In 2006, they held an election where 99% of the voters supported independence from Georgia, and the turn out rate was 95%, it was monitored by a team of 34 international observers from the West. It still was not recognized by the world. As an analogy I would like to bring Kosovo situation, Serbian region in the south that was illegally snatched from Serbia and made into an independent country. Please look it up on Wikipedia and see how similar this situation is. How ironic is that America never supported Southern Ossetia same way it supported Kosovo. Obviously, it was made to show Russia how unfriendly the rest of the world is towards us.

Thursday night, Georgian military started an attack against South Ossetia. It was yesterday. They shelled the main city of Tshinkvali. They killed over a 1000 people. The excuse was to "restore the constitutional order in the region". BULLSHIT! This attack was an attempt to commit "ethnic cleansing", it was an act of genocide. They shelled civilian houses, schools, hospitals, without any warning. They also captured several villages near Tshinkvali. Reports say that they attempt to kill anyone of the Ossetian nationality. It was a pure act of Genocide. Wake up!

Russia couldn't watch this atrocity happening to its own citizens. We had no choice but to bring in our military into the region and protect our people. Whatever happens next the world needs to know, that the cause of this conflict is Georgia and its president. Before you accept what your media tells you, before you get fired up by McCains irresponsible allegations and comments, try remember all the lies that American media had always fed you, try to read news from other media outlets, not russian, but other parts of the world, other than U.S. or U.K.'s media.

America needs to wake up and stop doing what it's doing. Stop seeing an enemy in Russia. Stop using countries like Georgia, Ukraine, Poland, Latvia, Estonia who are basically acting like prostitutes of U.S. government in their public acts of hatred towards Russia.

And finally need to say, Mr. SSHAshvili that's how we like to call him. S.SH.A stands for U.S.A in Russian. Mr. SSHAshvili will pay for what happened yesterday.

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Amnesty Writeathon, San Mateo [30 Nov 2007|01:07pm]

Announcing that I'm hosting a local Amnesty Writeathon event - a group letter and petition and holiday card-writing day tentatively scheduled for Saturday, December 8th from 12-4 (drop-in) in the Laurel Meeting Room of the San Mateo Library. 55 Third Street, in the downtown, off of South El Camino.


Designed to coincide with International Human Rights Day, the event involves writing letters, signing petitions, and sending holiday cards to forgotten political prisoners around the world who are persecuted for nonviolently expressing their political or religious or cultural viewpoints. In the past Amnesty has supported democracy activists, environmentalists, ethnic minorities, religious minorities, women's rights activists, and many others. Amnesty is nonpolitical and nonreligious in itself and simply advocates for freedom of expression and against torture, arbitrary jail sentences, the death penalty, etc.

I'll bring cookies, tea, stamps, international Putumayo music, preaddressed envelopes, and some stationery my supervisor gave me today at work to donate to this event.

This is listed on the Amnesty Writeathon web page - already received a couple emails from interested people. All are welcome and we may go out to dinner as a group afterwards if people would like.

In addition to supporting human rights, this event is a great way to network with intelligent, successful professionals! One never knows whose company may be hiring, or who may know of awesome events happening in the SF Bay Area, or who may have great ideas to assist your university's student organization, or who may know someone who knows someone who...etc.

For those unable to make the event in person I can post links in my journal to the letters and petitions we're writing so you can sign on or mail letters of your own (as well as YouTube links of some musical highlights supporting human rights).

Please comment here (or email me) if you are interested and I will keep you posted.

Would be appreciated if some people here helped promote this on Facebook or elsewhere on LJ :)
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Rough version of this went to all of the Presidential Campaigns. :) [06 Jun 2007|10:20pm]


I just wanted to say that I appreciate Senator Brownback's service to America throughout his life.

I do think that he's not talking about many of the most significant problems that this nation must solve.

For one, the next Administration must deal with the corrupting influence of this Bush Administration. I recommend an immediate independent review of the Administrative Branch, upon taking office, in order to identify points where policy and procedures have gone astray.

If Senator Brownback has not yet read the book "An Assault on Reason," by Al Gore, I highly recommend it. Though Brownback may disagree on points, there is much that he might appreciate.

Thanks and good luck,
Don Pickard

Owner: http://www.AmericanSolarEconomy.com
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Written to Sens Cantwell / Murray [29 May 2007|11:41pm]

Feel free to copy / paste / send

Dear Senator Murray,

Reading the New York Times today, I stumbled across the article "Lawmakers Push for Big Subsidies for Coal Process."

What a frightening possibility it brings up; the possibility of a multibillion dollar giveaway to the "clean coal" industry.

As one who is deeply concerned about America's future energy supply, I have to say, this lobbying effort risks pushing us in the wrong direction, and the Congress must act with strength to make sure that it does not succeed.

Coal is not, and never will be clean. Though technology may succeed in removing particulates from emissions, coal still remains an emitter of Greenhouse gasses. While sequestration of Carbon Dioxide is possible in applications such as coal power plants, sequestration offers no solution to CO2 emissions from vehicles that would be burning liquified coal fuels. I support sequestration technologies, but they are not a magic bullet, they have limited applications.

With an upfront cost (per the article) of $3 Billion per plant (subsidized by the Taxpayer) I don't believe that the end result can possibly be cost-efficient over the long run. For one thing, the cost of sequestration is not yet clear. Let the Coal industry move towards sequestration of today's coal powerplant emissions before we promise them 20 Billion Dollars for expanded coal processes.

There are many solutions available to Americans if they keep their eyes open, and it's important that we do not dump a large sum of taxpayer dollars into a losing technology, over the long term, as Global Warming will increasingly become a major issue. The replacement of Oil will require many solutions in many niches. It's important that we do not tip the market balance towards a short-term technology at the expense of long-term solutions. We need smart energy reform, not just a division of pie set to appease the industry's power players.


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[13 Feb 2007|02:39pm]

An Interior Ministry official provided a higher toll, saying the blasts had killed at least 45 and wounded at least 150.
One of the explosions was caused by a massive car bomb in a marketplace in the Bab al-Sharji commercial district of central Baghdad.

Baghdad marketplaces have been a popular target for insurgents.
The market blast sent a dense black plume of smoke into the midday air and occurred at the end of a 15-minute commemoration marking the year anniversary, on the Islamic calendar, of the February bombing of Askariya Mosque, the revered Shiite shrine in Samarra also known as the Golden Mosque.

The Samarra bombing is blamed for the eruption over the past year of sectarian violence between Shiite and Sunni Arabs.
Monday is the 23rd of Muharram on the Islamic calendar. On the Gregorian calendar, the anniversary takes place on February 22.
Several hours earlier, two people were killed and three wounded when a roadside bomb hit a civilian car in northern Baghdad's Qahira neighborhood, police said...

So do we have some kind of power to pull ropes?
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Amnesty Holiday Invitation! [13 Nov 2006|04:05pm]

Letting everyone know that I'm hosting an Amnesty International Write-A-Thon in my ladycatherina journal, and you're all invited!

The Write-A-Thon is a free event where we write letters to governments on behalf of nonviolent political prisoners around the world, beginning November 28th and continuing through December 10th, International Human Rights Day. Around the 28th a list of actions will be available on the Amnesty webpage (http://www.amnestyusa.org), and I'll download them and post the addresses and information in my journal. Whoever's interested can let me know via comments and we can split the actions up as we go.

I did this last year with a friend and got through the entire list of appeals, Holiday Card actions, etc. To make it more fun, we can all take breaks where we post jokes, stories, recipes, etc as comments to the Writeathon post.
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Uganda's calling - will you answer? [25 Sep 2006|10:53pm]

Answer the call.

Sorry if this is not allowed in the community, I can remove it if asked - but I thought some of you might be interested in this new community.

I'm a board member of ugandacalling, and we exist to raise awareness of and work for the end of the civil war in Northern Uganda, which has victimized many innocent civilians, particularly children, and left many homeless and desperately poor. We're trying to provide resources for local groups working on this issue - collecting petitions for groups to circulate, providing ideas for fundraisers for worthy projects, posting news articles and bulletins about Uganda, and letting activists and interested people get together to learn more and network with each other. And we still need lots of people to help us carry on all these functions and get us off the ground as a nonprofit - as well as community leaders who'd like to start something for Uganda!

If you're interested in learning more or helping out, please check out the community - everyone's very nice and positive, we'd love to see you!
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Is this community still active? [20 Feb 2004|04:38pm]

[ mood | curious ]

This seems like a great idea for a community and I was wondering if people were still active here. With permission, I will probably repost this around to help advertise.


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Sent to reps... is it too much? [13 Nov 2003|06:35pm]

Dear Ms. Dunn / Cantwell / Murray - Mr. Larsen,

I support the families of 9/11 victims.

Please order the Bush Administration to cooperate FULLY with the 9/11 Commission, WITHOUT stipulation.

Thanks in advance,
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A new letter. :) [12 Oct 2003|03:14pm]

Dear Senator Cantwell,

This is a short note to let you know my stance on any Energy Bill to become law under this Administration.


It must not happen. Only from a properly balanced position could such a bill have long-term positive affects in the areas where affects will be felt. A balance must be sought between the interests of business AND consumers, along with environmental impact, national security, and long term energy source stability.

No Bush bill will come close to achieving such a balanced impact. Much better that the bill be passed incrementally as a series of smaller bills. There should be no reason that the benefits of power infrastructure investment needs to be attached to such a debatable program such as ANWR, or unregulated (and more importantly, unstudied) hydraulic fracturing legalization (see http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A13366-2003Oct11.html ). There should be no reason that development of cutting edge renewable energy technologies should be attached to tens of Billions of dollars of subsidies to old technology, and old, already successful companies.

Thanks in advance for a strong stance on this,
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[10 Apr 2003|02:00pm]

I thought this might be of interest. I signed because I'd love to see the results of such a project. Check it out-

Free State Project
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integrated food for thought [23 Mar 2003|09:45pm]

listen up new community started:


A local hang out for the opinionated suckers.
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Here's a cool site [11 Dec 2002|06:53pm]

[ mood | good ]


It allows you to post several pre-written letters regarding Bush environmental policies.

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[19 Nov 2002|06:01pm]

Dear Senator Warner,

Hello, my name is Elliot [last name], and I'm both a lifelong constituent of the Commonwealth of Virginia and a 1st year student at the University of Virginia. I'm writing to you today to express my grave concerns over an event that broke in the news last week.

On November 15th, it was discovered that at some point between October 2001 and September 2002 (army officials would not give an exact date), 6 expert Arabic translators were discharged from the army as a result of violating the "Don't ask, Don't tell" policy against open homosexuality. I am not going to debate the morality of homosexuality; that discussion is well-tread, steeped in religious values, and not pertinent to my letter. I am severely worried, however, about the ability of the U.S. armed forces to successfully and to the best of their ability carry out their mission to protect myself and this country.

The key to winning the War on Terror, and preventing another horrific event such at September 11th, is intelligence. The sources of this intelligence are almost invariably Arab-speaking. The key to getting this intelligence, then, is to have a plethora of Arab translators. However, this is not the case. As part of the National Commission on Terrorism, Donald R. Hamilton told Congress, "We face a drastic shortage of linguists, and the direct impact of Arabic speakers is a particular problem."

Given that there is a dearth of Arabic translators, I find it absolutely unconscionable and reprehensible that the army would throw out six of them on the basis of their sexuality. Many people might shoot back that "rules are rules, and rules must be enforced or else they have no legitimacy", but I find this argument to be extremely weak. There are countless times when exceptions are made in rules in the name of "national security". Sensitive documents are constantly withheld from the general public by the government in the name of national security, Korematsu v. United States showed us that it's legal to detain people specifically because of their ethnicity in the name of national security, and just recently the Patriot Act has given the Justice Department widespread domestic spying powers, in the name of national security. I see no reason why allowing homosexuals who are crucial to the defense of America to remain in the army should not also fall under the auspices of national security.

The citizenry of the U.S. is told that we should look to the government and the military to feel safe and secure. How can I sleep well at night knowing that the army enforcement of a congressional act is forcing people who are integral to my safety out based on their sexual orientation? It is ludicrous, it is ridiculous, and I feel very strongly that something must be done about it.

I am not asking for a repealment of the "don't ask, don't tell" law, as much as I may want that personally. I am not asking for full homosexual rights, as much as I may want that personally. I am, though, imploring you to take this up in Congress and pass some provision to allow those people who are absolutely necessary in the defense of America to perform their duties, regardless of their homosexuality. The "don't ask, don't tell" policy was initiated under the rationale of keeping up military morale and efficiency so that the armed forces could carry out their duty to protect America. I am asking that you allow the armed forces to do just that.

We live in the United States of America. Supposedly the greatest country on the face of this planet. Reportedly the paragon of freedom, equality, liberty, and justice. And, as the last year has shown, a country that is willing to take whatever measures necessary to protect itself.

When are we going to start acting like it?

Elliot [last name]
[contact info]
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Stop Poindexter and the Information Awareness Office. [15 Nov 2002|08:27pm]

Dear Reps,

The following is how the New York Times describes the direction headed by the “Information Awareness Office" under the leadership of John Poindexter of Iran-Contra fame:

"Every purchase you make with a credit card, every magazine subscription you buy and medical prescription you fill, every Web site you visit and e-mail you send or receive, every academic grade you receive, every bank deposit you make, every trip you book and every event you attend — all these transactions and communications will go into what the Defense Department describes as "a virtual, centralized grand database."

See: http://www.nytimes.com/2002/11/14/opinion/14SAFI.html.

This is clearly a massive violation of the people’s reasonable expectation of privacy and must not be allowed to stand as authorized by Homeland Defense legislation.

Neither Democrats, nor Republicans benefit from such a program. Please work to convince others in the Senate of this. It would be another major failure for the Democratic Party if this passes as written.

Thanks in advance,
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