Daily Archives: February 18, 2014

Dr. James E. Hansen

Public Figure
Director of Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions program -The Earth Institute at Columbia University

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Fracking the Eagle Ford Shale – Big Oil and Bad Air on the Texas Prairie

The Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas is the site of one of the biggest energy booms in America, with oil and gas wells sprouting at an unprecedented rate. But local residents fear for their health – not from the water, but from the air they breathe. Our eight-month investigation reveals the dangers that come with releasing a toxic soup of chemicals into the air and just how little the government of Texas knows – or wants to know – about it.
See: http://stories.weather.com/fracking

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Cultural Humility: People, Principles and Practices

Vivian Chavez

Published on Aug 2, 2012

“Cultural Humility: People, Principles and Practices,” is a new 30-minute documentary by San Francisco State Professor Vivian Chávez, that mixes poetry with music, interviews, archival footage, images of community, nature and dance to explain what “Cultural Humility” is and why we need it. To see the full documentary

The film describes a set of principles that guide the thinking, behavior and actions of individuals and institutions influencing interpersonal relationships as well as systems change. These principles are:
• Lifelong learning and critical self-reflection
• Recognize and change power imbalances
• Institutional accountability
More than a concept, Cultural Humility is a communal reflection to analyze the root causes of suffering and create a broader, more inclusive view of the world. Originally developed by Doctors Melanie Tervalon and Jann Murray-Garcia (1998) to address health disparities and institutional inequities in medicine, Cultural Humility is now used in public health, social work, education, and non-profit management. It is a daily practice for people to deal with hierarchical relationships, changing organizational policy and building relationships based on trust. The film tells stories of successes and challenges, and the road in between, when it comes to develop partnerships between community members, practitioners and academics. It encourages us to realize their own power, privilege and prejudices, and be willing to accept that acquired education and credentials alone are insufficient to address social inequality. Potential audiences are health and social service professionals, students, providers, organizers and policy makers in public health, social work, medicine, psychology, nursing and education.

M. Tervalon, J. Murray-Garcia (1998). Cultural humility versus cultural competence: a critical distinction in defining physician training outcomes in multicultural education, Journal of health care for the poor and underserved, Vol. 9, No. 2. (May 1998), pp. 117-125.

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Show This Chart to Anyone Who Thinks the Koch Brothers’ Political Influence is Overstated

By Jessica Huseman January 9, 2014

We all know that Charles and David Koch have their hands in all things Republican, but did you know it went this far?

An amazing graphic by The Washington Post has mapped all of the organizations that are directly and indirectly funded by a political network set up by the conservative brothers, and it’s either terrifying or really impressive (or both), depending on your perspective.

While we know exactly where the money is going, the funders remain almost completely anonymous. The network operates outside the campaign finance system, using a complicated system of tax-exempt groups and limited-liability companies to shield the network’s financiers from disclosure requirements.

So how far is their reach, exactly? Take a look at the graphic:

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Rachel Maddow ~ Elaborates network obscures Koch influence (1/28/14)


Published on Jan 28, 2014

Jan 27, 2014
Rachel Maddow traces part of the vast network of Koch-funded groups and initiatives to show their influence on conservative politics.

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Koch-backed political network, built to shield donors, raised $400 million in 2012 elections – The Washington Post

AP – Bloomberg News – Conservative billionaires Charles, left, and David Koch have built a massive political network that shields the identities of its donors through a maze of organizations, according to an analysis of new tax returns and other documents.

By Matea Gold, Published: January 5

The political network spearheaded by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch has expanded into a far-reaching operation of unrivaled complexity, built around a maze of groups that cloaks its donors, according to an analysis of new tax returns and other documents.

The filings show that the network of politically active nonprofit groups backed by the Kochs and fellow donors in the 2012 elections financially outpaced other independent groups on the right and, on its own, matched the long-established national coalition of labor unions that serves as one of the biggest sources of support for Democrats.


Inside the Koch-backed political donor network

More on this story:

Read the Koch statement to The Post

Matea Gold JAN 5

A spokesman for Koch Industries and Charles and David Koch, on their ties to a wide network of political donors.

Who is in the Koch-backed network? Here are the players.

Matea Gold JAN 5

The makeup of the coalition of conservative groups, as of 2012.

The resources and the breadth of the organization make it singular in American politics: an operation conducted outside the campaign finance system, employing an array of groups aimed at stopping what its financiers view as government overreach. Members of the coalition target different constituencies but together have mounted attacks on the new health-care law, federal spending and environmental regulations.

Key players in the Koch-backed network have already begun engaging in the 2014 midterm elections, hiring new staff members to expand operations and strafing House and Senate Democrats with hard-hitting ads over their support for the Affordable Care Act.

Its funders remain largely unknown; the coalition was carefully constructed with extensive legal barriers to shield its donors.

But they have substantial firepower. Together, the 17 conservative groups that made up the network raised at least $407 million during the 2012 campaign, according to the analysis of tax returns by The Washington Post and the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan group that tracks money in politics.

A labyrinth of tax-exempt groups and limited-liability companies helps mask the sources of the money, much of which went to voter mobilization and television ads attacking President Obama and congressional Democrats, according to tax filings and campaign finance reports.

The coalition’s revenue surpassed that of the Crossroads organizations, a super PAC and non­profit group co-founded by GOP strategist Karl Rove that together brought in $325 million in the last cycle.

…(read more).

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Inside the $400-million political network backed by the Kochs

Inside the $400-million political network backed by the Kochs

In an analysis of 2011 and 2012 tax filings, The Washington Post and the Center for Responsive Politics found that a coalition of nonprofit groups backed by a donor network organized by the billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch raised more than $400 million in the last election cycle. Much of the money was distributed to a maze of limited-liability companies affiliated with the nonprofits, which used some of their resources to turn out conservative voters and run ads against President Obama and congressional Democrats.

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