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VIDEO: Reverend Billy On September 11th, Grief And Humidity Controlled Peace

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On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the Reverend asks “What happened to peace?”

As a person who was in Manhattan when the planes struck the World Trade Center and a person who had a missing family member in that area at the time I feel like the September 11th spectacles and the orgy of retrospectives is something to avoid at all costs. It doesn’t make any sense to me. It’s disconnected from what actually happened, how people really felt. It’s a political celebration and an on que outpouring of emotion that cheapens us all. Far from healing since it’s so far from the truth or that moment.

I saw this video though of Reverend Billy (whom we introduced to you here if you don’t know him) and finally I saw something 9/11 related that made sense to me. Here the good Reverend talks about one of the things we forget was talking place at the time- a genuine human desire for peace, a peace movement.

If you’re in town you can join him this Sunday on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. “Bring flowers & candles and let’s pause together remember when there was still hope for Peace in the time after the towers crashed down.” More info: revbilly.com

Why Are People So Mad About Hurricane Irene?

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Hurricane Irene of 2011 hit the Caribbean, the East Coast of the United States and Canada with extensive flooding, high wind damage and heavy rain. On August 20th Irene began to form and by the time she dissipated on August 29th the death toll in the US rose to 40 across 7 states. So why are people so mad? Continue reading

Dear BP, You Got Oil On My Khakis- That Is All, Love, Obama

The adventures of Obama continue and this week they included a very long press conference, all kinds of stern words in every direction and a trip to the Gulf in khakis (or are those slacks? I’m thinking maybe a lightweight bedford cotton blend? Well, for this post they’re darkly colored khakis damnit!).

Look, it may not seem important but what the president wears is a big deal. There are persons whose job it is, not only to make sure the president is fresh, dressed like a million bucks, but also to make sure his outfit conveys the message he wants to convey at any given photo op.

Obama’s handling of the massive oil spill doesn’t readily remind me of President Bush’s handling of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, but his outfit does. Continue reading

Ground Zero Workers Reach A Settlement

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A settlement of up to $657.5 million has been reached for the workers who helped in the rescue and cleanup after September 11th. That’s a lot of cheddar but you can’t buy good health. The workers eventually sued the city over the numerous health problems, “most commonly asthma and other respiratory illnesses”, they claimed they got working in the heart of the World Trade Center debris.

10,000 plaintiffs will be compensated according to how severe their illnesses got and their level of exposure to the contaminants at the World Trade Center site.

What about all the other people who were exposed that Continue reading

Green Jobs Promoter Van Jones Resigns Amidst Controversy


Van Jones, Special Adviser at the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and green jobs and Founder & President, Green For All, resigned from his position over the weekend.

While President Obama endures accusations of being a socialist, Van Jones endured accusations of being a communist. Statements he made in the past about having “radical” ideas or being a communist have surfaced due to right wing efforts. Jones “apologized on Thursday after videotape surfaced of him using a crude epithet to describe Republicans and amid revelations he had signed a petition suggesting U.S. government involvement in the 2001 attacks in New York and Washington.” ~reuters.com

Green Jobs: Hope or Hype? An interview with Van Jones

Check out this video of Van Jones on NOW with David Brancaccio on the episode Green Jobs: Hope or Hype? explaining what green jobs are and how they might help lift the U.S. out of this economic downturn. He also explains he was never a “czar”.

Jones’ resignation letter was released to the media. In it he said: “On the eve of historic fights for Continue reading