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The online #spying bill is back - #cispa #stopcispa #cispablackout

The Bill of Rights shouldn???t stop protecting our civil liberties when we go
online. But the House just passed -- for the second session in a row -- the
"Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act" (CISPA), which strips
Americans of their constitutional rights when it comes to communications that
we exchange over the Internet.

CISPA is a dangerous ???cybersecurity??? bill that would give corporations more
power to obtain so-called ???threat??? information (such as from private
communications of users) and to disclose that data to the U.S. government
without a warrant. That means corporations could simply send your online
communications and other data directly to the National Security Agency (NSA)
without court order.

Tell your senators: Say no to online spying bill CISPA. The Bill of Rights
still apply online. Click the link below to sign the petition.


Syndicated 2013-04-22 20:05:00 (Updated 2013-04-22 20:05:35) from proclus

Pressure-Cooker and Cluster Bombs

Pressure-cooker bombs and cluster bombs are both extremely cruel -- shredding human flesh to produce maximum pain, injury and death. We can stop the U.S. government using cluster bombs in our name. http://bit.ly/178rh64

Syndicated 2013-04-22 19:29:00 (Updated 2013-04-22 19:29:39) from proclus

Stop Frankentrees From Invading Southern Forests

A silent threat is facing the forests of the American South. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is considering allowing genetically modified eucalyptus trees for commercial planting in the forests of Texas, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina.

Help prevent these Frankentrees from taking over -- protect the heritage and the future of our forests.

Genetically modified, cold-tolerant eucalyptus plantations would create “green deserts” because these foreign-adapted trees don’t support our native plants and animals. In fact, eucalyptus trees are harmful to native wildlife -- and they’ve already become invasive in California and Florida.

Eucalyptus trees suck up more water than the forests that evolved here, which threatens creeks and rivers and the endangered freshwater species that live in them. Eucalyptus also produce a sticky gum that can asphyxiate songbirds and glue their beaks shut. Naturally toxic, the species hurts beneficial insects that birds depend on for food. Adding insult to injury, eucalyptus trees are explosively flammable and known to increase the risk of forest fires. Converting native forests into eucalyptus plantations for pulp and biofuel will worsen drought and speed climate change.

Please take action now and tell the feds to ban genetically engineered trees and reject the request to deregulate genetically modified eucalyptus.

Take action here: http://action.biologicaldiversity.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY...

Syndicated 2013-04-17 19:44:00 (Updated 2013-04-17 19:44:56) from proclus

Protect the Diamond Darter

A small, shimmery fish from West Virginia urgently needs your help. The diamond darter -- aptly named for the sparkling reflections it casts -- is easily one of the most endangered fish in the world. In the past 30 years, fewer than 20 of these translucent fish have been spotted. And new threats from mountaintop-removal coal mining and fracking could quickly push this very rare fish to extinction.

The diamond darter once swam in the rivers of Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia – but today it survives only in a 22-mile section of the Elk River in West Virginia, where it faces dire threats from the energy industry.

In 2012 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to protect the diamond darter under the Endangered Species Act with critical habitat. Now the energy industry is opposing the darter's protection, even though both federal and state biologists have acknowledged that the diamond darter needs Endangered Species Act protections in order to survive.

West Virginia's coal mining doesn't threaten just this rare fish: Numerous scientific studies have linked pollution from coal mining to increased incidence of disease in nearby human communities. Protecting habitat for the diamond darter will help protect drinking water for people.

Don't let Fish and Wildlife bend for misguided pressures and private interests. Take action now to help protect the diamond darter.

Take action here: http://action.biologicaldiversity.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY...

Syndicated 2013-04-09 19:31:00 (Updated 2013-04-09 19:31:28) from proclus

Do you know about this GMO salmon thing?

AquAdvantage by AquaBounty could become the first brand of genetically modified (GMO) frankenfish coming to your grocery’s seafood case - but opposition from supermarket chains could help us stop it.

Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s have already agreed to boycott the fish, but none of the other supermarket chains like Kroger, Safeway, Target, and Walmart -- which account for the vast majority of supermarkets under various brands -- has commented yet.

Tell national supermarket chains: No frankenfish for me. Join the campaign for GMO-free seafood and refuse to sell genetically engineered salmon. Click the link below to sign the petition.


Syndicated 2013-04-09 19:05:00 (Updated 2013-04-09 19:05:49) from proclus

Tell Congress: Defend Social Security or Else

Send an unambiguous message to your representative and senators: If you vote to cut Social Security or Medicare benefits, I will oppose your re-election.


Syndicated 2013-04-08 17:31:00 (Updated 2013-04-08 17:31:24) from proclus

Tell President Obama: Don't cut Social Security and Medicare benefits

Dear Friend,

According to the New York Times, President Obama is poised to propose
cuts to Social Security and Medicare benefits in the budget he’ll
unveil on Wednesday.

It’s really hard to fathom why the president is working so hard to
preemptively cave on these core issues. There is nothing smart, tough
or pragmatic about proposing policies that will push more seniors into
poverty. And this is especially the case when the proposed policies
are deeply, deeply unpopular.

Cutting benefits is opposed by an overwhelming majority of Americans.
And if the American people really wanted a president who would start
to dismantle our Social Security system or cut Medicare benefits, it’d
be Mitt Romney in office, not Barack Obama.

Tell President Obama: Benefit cuts are wrong, and they’re not what we
voted for. Click the link below to sign the petition.


Syndicated 2013-04-07 13:39:00 (Updated 2013-04-07 13:39:05) from proclus

Keystone Pipeline Threatens Songbirds

Dear Friend,

I just sent comments to the Obama Administration urging a more thorough
review of the environmental impacts of the Keystone XL pipeline. I hope
you will read the alert from the National Audubon Society below and
join me in taking action.


The State Department recently released a draft environmental review of
the Keystone XL pipeline plan, citing little environmental impact.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The review is woefully inadequate, ignoring the massive
impacts from tar sands operations in Canada that are destroying
millions of acres of boreal forest so important to many of our
songbirds. The report further finds that building the pipeline will
have little impact on climate change--even though the pipeline
would increase emissions so much it would be like adding 4.6 million
cars to the roads.

Now, alarming reports are coming from Arkansas on a pipeline break
that is releasing thousands of barrels of this same kind of thick,
dirty oil into waterways that feed nearby Lake Conway and the town of
Mayflower, AR. Oiled birds and other wildlife in the area are being
treated, with many more expected to succumb to the toxic oil. The
Arkansas incident is the second spill of Canadian tar sands oil in a
week. On March 27, a mile-long Canadian Pacific train hauling Canadian
crude derailed in Minnesota, spilling 30,000 gallons about 150 miles
northwest of Minneapolis. These two incidents are a stark
reminder that transporting this oil across the U.S. is just asking for

**Take Action**

Submit your comments now on this draft environmental review. Comments
are due April 22. It's critical that we challenge the weaknesses in
this draft with respect to impacts on wildlife, habitat, water quality,
and climate change:


The Keystone XL pipeline would drive the expansion of tar
sands development in Canada, which is turning vital bird habitat in
the boreal forests into an industrial wasteland of open-pit mines,
smokestacks, and toxic waste ponds.

In addition, Keystone would accelerate the global climate
crisis. In a May 2012 op-ed in The New York Times, NASA climate
scientist James Hansen wrote regarding Alberta oil sands extraction,
"If Canada proceeds, and we do nothing, it will be game over for
the climate." He argued, "We need to start reducing
emissions significantly, not create new ways to increase them."


Fortunately, the environmental review is still in draft
form. We have an opportunity right now to make sure the harmful
effects from tar sands development on birds, habitat, and climate
change are included in the final review, before President Obama makes
his ultimate decision on whether to allow the Keystone XL pipeline to
be built. Comments are due by April 22.

**Take Action**
Send in your comments today. We need to be sure this environmental
review tells the whole story of the Keystone XL pipeline and the great
damage it will cause to birds, wildlife and habitat, and our efforts
to curb climate change:


Mike Daulton
Vice President, Government Relations
1200 18th Street, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036

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Syndicated 2013-04-06 05:37:00 (Updated 2013-04-06 05:37:16) from proclus

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