Greetings Earthlings. We will be your server this evening. We have an exceptional selection of disasters for you tonight on our menu. First, we have a melange of melted Vermont fuel rods, highly radioactive, spewed over a gorgeous landscape of locally sourced organic flora and fauna, blended with a variety of intriguing house dressings. Leslie Sullivan Sachs of Safe & Green will be doing the presentation. Also on the menu this evening, a fabulous selection of tar sands piped into a vibrant bed of earthen textures, lending an irresistible atmosphere of……well…..doom, actually. In addition, we offer some selections that are surprisingly good for you! As always, for your listening enjoyment, we offer today’s special family-sized portion of The-Fool-on-the-Hill as well as The New Boss to aid in your….er…digestion, or maybe not, but first it’s time for………Revenge of the Critters! “Snowball” the goat gets even.
Back to our disastrous menu in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber. We rewind Think Progress’ piece on the U.S. State Department serving up a tasteless word salad to go with a heaping pile of steaming Keystone XL. They also presented us with a side dish chocolate ordure! Of course, it’s up to the Chef whether or not to serve this dish to everyone on the planet and we’ll get to that when we Meet the New Boss. Also on the menu: a seared medley of regionally sourced coastal flavors we call Pilgrim’s Fry! There’s “No Escape from the Cape” with this dish. Finally, we go off-menu to advise everyone that wolf hunts are truly stupid. Did someone say stupid? How about Great Moments in Stupid!
[Last night during the show we broke the news about that ruling in Vermont on a proposed biomass plant. Here’s a news link on that]
We Meet the New Boss, along with other Corporate Dems, hyping disastrous trade deals for their corporate masters. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) always reminds us of toilet paper for some reason. We are not alone in that association: Flush the TPP! Interestingly, some Dems and even some Repugnicans are saying no deal (or at least no fast tracking the deal). In our E-Valley-uation segment you should find some news on the local stop the TPP action in front of Rep. Richie Neil’s office in Springfield but instead we put it HERE! Now, on to that Keystone XL pipeline entree: it looks like The Boss may be looking for some way to dodge this bullet (the one in the……House Chamber?). You can lean on Secretary of State John Kerry concerning Keystone HERE if you like. Maybe remind him how concerned he once was about the CLIMATE CRISIS!! Will science and common sense prevail? What? In Washington?? Ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha………
We’ve gone plural in the past in our Fool-on-the-Hill segment but this time it’s a virtual feast! Are you ready? Make sure you have plenty of napkins on hand, maybe even some…um…hot air sickness bags? OK, prepare to cast off with the entire ship of fools! Ahoy, mateys! (sorry about the mixed metaphors….would you like something to drink with that?). If however you want avoid any unpleasantness with hot air sickness might we recommend something less overwhelming? How about just one fool? Say Doc Hastings? He just released a proposal to dismantle key portions of the Endangered Species Act. What’s up with that, Doc!
In our E-Valley-uation segment we first turn to the Stop Keystone XL vigil we co-sponsored with a host of other Valley groups on the Amherst Town Common on February 3rd. During the event it was reported that “Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, a representative of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts, asked those in attendance to ‘fight for a habitable planet’ “. Yes! This is what we’ve been saying: it’s the fight of your life! Fight for life on Earth and future generations! AND, part of that fight involves protecting our community from the frightening number of old decaying radioactive fuel rods improperly stored just up the river at Entergy’s Vermont Yankee nuke. Leslie will get into that before we ship off to the Bus Stop Billboard:
Wednesday, February 12, 3:30 to 4:30pm. Next meeting of Transportation Justice Franklin County at The Brick House, 24 3rd Street, Turners Falls, MA
Friday, February 14, 7:30pm. Love in the Time of Surveillance with Tom Neilson & Lynn Waldron. Music & song to start the year out. Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College St (Routes 116 & 47), in the Village Commons, S Hadley. Cover charge. http://www.odysseybks.com
Friday February 14, 7pm. Special Showing of “Students and Goliath”, with local film-maker Alex Leff. It is fitting that this will be the last film shown in the Frances Crowe Community Room of the Media Education Foundation, as the film’s purpose is to educate, empower, and promote action on the most important issue of our time– climate change. Students & Goliath follows the divestment campaigns of five schools: Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mt. Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts, capturing a burgeoning movement that now engulfs colleges nationwide. Come see this film, engage in discussion with the local film-maker, and pay tribute to the Northampton Committee to Stop War which has sponsored films like this one over the past ten years, in the community room donated by the Media Education Foundation. The Frances Crowe Community Room of the Media Education Foundation is located at 60 Masonic Street, Northampton (behind Woodstar Café).
Sunday, February 16, 7:00-9:30pm. Pete Seeger Celebration. First Congregational Church, 165 Main Street, Amherst. Free & open to all. Songleaders will include: Karen Brandow & Charlie King, Sarah Pirtle, Paul Kaplan, Annie Patterson & Peter Blood, Lorre Wyatt, Jay Mankita, Tom Neilson & Lynn Waldron, & more. We will share songs, stories, and memories of Pete. Please bring a copy of Rise Up Singing if you have one.
Sunday, February 23, 9:30 AM. Local Pledge of Resistance training, to prepare for protest of the Keystone XL tarsand oil pipeline: We will from 9:30 to a little after noon (focussing on protest preparation), break for lunch, and then continue from 1:30 to 3:30pm (focussing on organization and planning). Pledge of Resistance Brattleboro Community Room, Brattleboro Food CoOp, 7 Canal St. Brattleboro, VT . Email: email@example.com
Wednesday, Wed. Feb. 26, 6:30 pm. Screening of “Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us?”. A fresh look at the global bee crisis, from multiple angles, and offers proactive life-affirming solutions. Certain pesticides called neonicotinoids have been identified as having a particularly devastating impact on bee health and survival by weakening the bee’s immune system. There will be a discussion after the film led by Dan Conlon of Warm Colors Apiary in South Deerfield Massachusetts. Saint James Church Parish Hall, Corner of Church & Federal in Greenfield. Enter via parking lot side door. Call: 413-773-5165
Wednesday, February 26, 6:30-8:30 pm. The Native Bee and Native Plant Connection at Nasami Farm, Whately, MA. With the decline of the European honeybee, pollination crisis awareness is on the rise but the most bio-diverse pollinators in New England are native bees. Learn the basic needs of native bees, their nesting strategies, and native flower resources attracting high numbers of native bees to your landscape by creating beautiful pesticide-free restored habitat. Registration & fee required. Hitchcock Center for the Environment. Call: (413) 256-6006 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, March 2, 2014, all day. XL Dissent! On March 2nd, throngs of young people from around the country will converge at Georgetown University to demand of President Obama that he follow through on the promise he made there during his speech. From Georgetown, we will march to the White House. When we get there we will have a huge rally featuring speakers from communities that are at the frontlines of the fight against tar sands oil. We will proceed to engage in an act of peaceful and principled civil disobedience at the White House gate. We hope that this action will set the record for the largest single-day act of civil disobedience at the White House in American history. This is a student-led action. Go to: http://xldissent.org/
Wednesday, March 5, 7pm. Organizing meeting on resistance to the proposed Kinder Morgan/TPG Fracked Gas Pipeline slated for the Berks & Franklin County. The meeting will be in Northampton (place TBA). Go to: http://www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/
March: Help out with the Henry Street Salamander Tunnel Maintenance on some weekend in March determined by the weather and snow cover. As the snows of winter melt and the ground gradually warms, spotted salamanders are cued to initiate their annual breeding migration. [Of course, if the proposed “Retreat” is built in the woodlands of Cushman where the salamanders live all your work might be in vain!] Call or email Hitchcock Center to volunteer your help cleaning out the sands of winter and repairing the drift fences that guide the animals to the tunnel entrances. We’ll also have a brief talk on these wonderful animals, their adaptations and life cycle [Will they adapt to heavy machinery ripping up their habitat? Will they adapt to drunken students throwing toxic trash in what’s left of the woods? Let’s not find out!]. The Center will email you when they have scheduled the work day, either a weekend or weekday late afternoon. All are welcome! Bring work gloves and a shovel. Call 413-256-6006 or email email@example.com and leave us your contact information.
And with that we say……….listen to your Mother!