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Another Reason To Support Markey: Stop the KXL.

Canadian crude spilling in America Exxon’s Pegasus pipeline delivers Canadian tar sands to Texas for processing.  It has sprung a leak in a nice little neighborhood called Mayflower, south of Conway, Arkansas.  Noxious fumes make the neighborhood unbearable and black oil bubbles down the street and into the storm drain.  Now this pipeline has created some jobs (they will need to hire people to clean it up), but I worry that the men and women with those jobs will inhale benzene and other cancer-causing fumes. Exxon, like BP, does not care that much about safety or the people they hire–and you can tell that because of the preventable accidents that occur under their watch. Ed Markey is opposed to building the Keystone XL pipeline, which will carry even more Canadian tar sands–800,000 barrels per day–into America, risking further damage to people’s property and health, and guaranteeing excessive carbon pollution in the atmosphere for us all.  There are cleaner ways to get our energy than the dirtiest tar in the ground.  If we are going to give the next generation a world that is liveable, we have to start electing real environmental leaders like Ed Markey.

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Just wanted to leave a quick note to all those celebrating this weekend to have a happy Easter and Passover.

Ready for The Red Sox?

I know I am.

Napalm: Live on WBUR’s Radio Boston Monday 3-4 PM

I’ll be live on WBUR’s Radio Boston Monday 1 April from 3-4 PM to talk about my new book Napalm, An American Biography with host Meghna Chakrabarti. This is the US national publication date for the book, published by the Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. You can read reviews here (“meticulously researched and vitally important,” “brilliant”) and order it from the Harvard Book Store by clicking on the picture above, or from Amazon here. This is the first comprehensive history of the weapon. Napalm is an incendiary gel that sticks to skin and burns to the bone. It was invented at Harvard in a top-secret 1942 war research program and used in Europe, and to incinerate 64 of Japan’s largest cities in WWII. It has fought in most major military conflicts since its invention, from the Greek civil war to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq. Opponents of the Vietnam War, led by America’s youth, branded it a symbol of all that was wrong about that war in the 1960s. Hollywood, popular culture and politicians, in the context of America’s defeat in Indochina and the development of alternate weapons, made it the pariah weapon it is today. WBUR has made an […]

How Fossil Fuels Have Greened The Planet

With the warm weather upon us, I officially shut down my coal insert until October.  After cleaning the glass, polishing the brass handles and knobs, and cleaning out all of the coal ash for the final time, I still ask myself if I am doing the right thing.  I don’t mean for my wallet, obviously, burning anthracite coal for heat has left more green in my checking account.  Besides the benefit to mankind, is burning fossil fuel helpful to mother earth? To my surprise, I watch John Stossel last night and he discussed global warming/climate change with experts on both sides.  For those who don’t recall, John Stossel is the guy who approached WWF wrestler Dr. “D” David Schultz back in the 1980′s, saying to his face “I think wresting is fake”.  Dr. “D” slapped Mr. Stossel twice across his ear, damaging his hearing. Anyway, Dr. Matt Ridley was touting the benefits of burning fossil fuels.  Can you image that?  How can this be possible true?  Below are some facts I would like to share with my friends on BMG.  Basically, with the increase in CO2 into the earths atmosphere, the greener the earth has become. “The latest and most detailed satellite data, which is […]

Want to win your next election? ORGANIZE!

Here in the sleepy little town of Milford, MA, we have a giant bearing down on us with promises of an increased tax base and a robust business presence in what is currently zoned as a residential neighborhood. Who is this giant? David Nunes, of Crossroads Massachusetts, together with Foxwoods Casino, want to compete for a casino license recently authorized by our legislature. They’ve convnced some of my town’s leaders to listen to them, and so far, the Board of Selectmen hasn’t shut down the discussions. Promises of an increased commercial tax base are getting a listen, while the voices of those who say a casino will forever change our town are in danger of being drowned out. Many, many town residents don’t want a casino in town, and especially the folks who live near the proposed site. There are basically three spots where we can stop this: – The Board of Selectmen can say they are no longer interested, and that would end things right there. – If the BOS approves the plan, it will be put to a referendum vote within the town – If the casino wins the referendum, town meeting will have to approve the zoning […]

The Man’s Name is David Margolis, You’ll Be Hearing Much About Him This Summer

By the end of the Whitey Bulger trial Assistant U.S. Attorney David Margolis should be a household name. A real life Keyser Söze, Mr. Wolf, and Yoda rolled into one. He is the man that pulls the strings that cause people like Judge Stearns to throw their career advancement and reputation down the toilet. Men like Fred Wyshak to believe they are working for God as they wreck havoc on the Bill of Rights. Margolis is the man that manipulates the Bureau of Prisons into torturing people through sleep deprivation, isolation, severe temperature, and any else that forces a person to testify in court to what they want. In other words not truthfully.  Or it is to drive them insane so they can’t testify like they are trying yo do to Whitey. How many proffer’s have been rejected and the guy sent back in for some more marinating and come back out with the right story. The record on the Bulger case is clear on that matter. Steve Flemmi came out of solitary a blithering idiot ready to sign on to any narrative the feds wanted. Martarano was forced to change his story a few times before the feds accepted it […]

Weekly Joke Revue: Scalia furious he has to discuss gay couples all week

Borowitz: SCALIA FURIOUS HE HAS TO HEAR ABOUT GAY COUPLES ALL WEEK WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In an outburst that shocked many onlookers at the Supreme Court today, Justice Antonin Scalia said that it made him “angry beyond belief” that he had to listen to people talking about gay couples all week. As Justice Anthony Kennedy questioned whether it was appropriate for the Court to hear a case about same-sex marriage at this time, Mr. Scalia stunned observers with an emotional outburst. “O.K., could we just stop talking about this stuff right now?” Justice Scalia snapped at Justice Kennedy. “I’ve told you all how I feel about this topic, and I don’t understand why we’re going on and on about it unless you all hate me.” As the courtroom froze in dead silence, Justice Scalia seemed to gather steam, shouting, “For two days, it’s been gay this, gay that. You’re all just talking about this stuff as if it’s the most normal thing in the world. Well, it’s not, O.K.? It’s weird and it’s wrong. And just talking about it like it’s O.K. and whatnot is making me angry beyond belief.” As the other justices averted their eyes, Justice Scalia broke […]

Wisconsin Dreaming…

This morning, for reasons I can’t explain, I arose with Scott Walker on my mind. And John Kasich. And Rick Snyder. And Tom Corbett. Well, not really. More precisely, I awoke with their state legislatures on my mind. I thought of what Scott Walker had been able to accomplish by having a Republican legislature.Stripping most of public sector workers’ collective bargaining rights. Cutting state workers’ pay by 8 percent. Requiring public sector unions to be re-certified every single year. Seeking a cut of $900 million from public education while mandating a property tax cut statewide. Bold, decisive action of a GOP activist’s dreams. Oh, but I says, you gotta remember, those GOP majorities were huge. 57-38 in the Assembly, well, that’s 60%. 19-14 in the Senate, that’s a whole 57.6% of the seats. And Michigan. The proud home of the UAW becoming a right-to-work state. They cut education too. To the bone. No more arts programs in urban schools. And just this week they passed a law for state takeover of “failing” school districts, as they define them, that would all but eliminate the union contracts in those districts. And they slashed public university funding to punish the universities for […]

DeLeo’s Fantasy Land

“Fiddle dee dee. War, war, war. This war talk is spoiling the fun at every party this spring. I get so bored I could scream.” –Gone With the Wind Beacon Hill Dems informally caucused at the Parker House today where Bob DeLeo expressed his shock that Gov. Patrick had presented a tax plan that would actually raise enough revenue to deal with the Commonwealth’s structural problems–the shrinking education education aid and rotting infrastructure. Like General Sherman marching through Atlanta, Patrick isn’t taking prisoners, but DeLeo doesn’t seem to want a fight. BOSTON — House Speaker Robert DeLeo called the governor’s request for $1.9 billion in new tax revenue ”fantasy land” during a private political caucus with Democrats on Wednesday, expressing concern about voter backlash in next year’s election cycle, according to multiple sources who attended the meeting. …. after nearly a year of building public recognition of the need to invest in an aging state infrastructure and transportation system, DeLeo told the members he feels that Patrick “changed the atmosphere” with the size of his tax reform proposal, according to several lawmakers who attended. In DeLeo’s estimation, the scope of the tax package – including eliminating popular tax exemptions, taxing candy and […]