Daily Archives: February 18, 2014

Net Neutrality and the Future of Your Internet

A Panel Discussion organized by Somerville Community Access Television at Tisch Library, Tufts University, room 304.

In order to address these very important questions, a free and public Panel Discussion with experts has been organized by Somerville Community Access Television on Tuesday, March 25 from 7:00-9:00pm at Tisch Library, Tufts University, in room 304.

This gist is this, on January 14, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. struck down the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet …See More

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TPP: Fracking, Nestle, GMOs- What’s Maine got to do with it?


Martha Spiess

Published on Nov 24, 2013

Trade Impact on Maine talk given by Representative Treat explains how specific Maine laws are impacted by trade agreements, including the TPP and TAFTA currently under negotiation. You can help by attending and or providing testimony at the Public Hearing Thursday Dec 12 UMS Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Avenue (rt3) Belfast, Maine 4-8.

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How Dark Money Flows Through the Koch Network

By Al Shaw, Theodoric Meyer and Kim Barker, ProPublica
Feb. 14, 2014

Fundraising by the libertarian billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch supports a tangle of nonprofits, sometimes referred to as the Kochtopus, all aimed at advancing conservative causes. Two groups, the Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce and TC4 Trust, handed out almost $264 million from mid-2011 to October 2012 to 30 other nonprofits. Almost half of that went to the Center to Protect Patient Rights, which then funneled millions to a constellation of dark money groups, some of which also received money from Freedom Partners and TC4 Trust. Groups that got significant amounts of money from the Center, Freedom Partners and TC4 Trust reported political spending of more than $75 million in 2012. Much of the money flowed through what are known as “disregarded entities” — limited liability companies, or LLCs, that some of the groups have set up. TC4 Trust has folded and the Center to Protect Patient Rights no longer plays a central role in the Koch network, but many of these groups will be active in the 2014 election.

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The Dark Money Man: How Sean Noble Moved the Kochs’ Cash into Politics a nd Made Millions

Buying Your Vote    Dark Money and Big Data

Sean Noble (dclondon.com)

by Kim Barker and Theodoric Meyer
ProPublica, Feb. 14, 2014, 12:30 p.m.

For a brief, giddy moment, Sean Noble—a little-known former aide to an Arizona congressman—became one of the most important people in American politics.

Plucked from obscurity by libertarian billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, Noble was tasked with distributing a torrent of political money raised by the Koch network, a complex web of nonprofits nicknamed the Kochtopus, into conservative causes in the 2010 and 2012 elections.

Noble handed out almost $137 million in 2012 alone — all of it so-called dark money from unnamed donors — from his perch atop the Center to Protect Patient Rights, a group run out of an Arizona post office box.

Much of it was channeled to obvious destinations: Groups supporting Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, for example.

But with Noble as ringmaster, Koch money also poured into efforts that didn’t surface until long after Election Day: To a political committee backing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker against a recall attempt; to a group blaming President Obama for high gas prices; even to a legal challenge to Arizona’s redistricting plan.

“I must tell you that Sean Noble from your group has been immensely helpful in our efforts,” a California multimillionaire wrote to Charles Koch in October 2012, asking Koch to give several million to support an anti-union initiative in the state. “Thanks for any consideration.”

Noble appears to have lost his central position in the Koch empire, undone by poor election results and a California investigation that shined an unwelcome light on some of the Center’s inner workings, insiders say.

But his story shows how the Supreme Court’s landmark 2010 Citizens United ruling has given rise to a new breed of power brokers who control a growing pool of money raised in secret and spent to influence politics in ways that voters can’t always trace.

Much of Noble’s work in 2012 remained invisible to the public until the Center and dozens of other Koch-backed nonprofits released their tax returns late last year.

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Richard Heinberg

Senior Fellow-in-Residence, Board Secretary

Climate, Communities, Economics, Energy, Food & Agriculture

Richard Heinberg is the author of eleven books including :

  • Snake Oil (July 2013)
  • The End of Growth (August 2011)
  • The Post Carbon Reader (2010) (editor)
  • Blackout: Coal, Climate, and the Last Energy Crisis (2009)
  • Peak Everything: Waking Up to the Century of Declines (2007)
  • The Oil Depletion Protocol: A Plan to Avert Oil Wars, Terrorism & Economic Collapse (2006)
  • Powerdown: Options & Actions for a Post-Carbon World (2004)
  • The Party’s Over: Oil, War & the Fate of Industrial Societies (2003)

Richard is a Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute and is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost Peak Oil educators. He has authored scores of essays and articles that have appeared in such journals as Nature, The American Prospect, Public Policy Research, Quarterly Review, The Ecologist, Resurgence, The Futurist, European Business Review, Earth Island Journal, Yes!, and The Sun; and on web sites such as Resilience.org, TheOilDrum.com, Alternet.org, ProjectCensored.com, and Counterpunch.com.

He has been quoted in Time Magazine and has spoken to hundreds of audiences in 14 countries, including members of the European Parliament. He has appeared in many film and television documentaries, including Leonardo DiCaprio’s 11th Hour, is a recipient of the M. King Hubbert Award for Excellence in Energy Education, and in 2012 was appointed to His Majesty the King of Bhutan’s International Expert Working Group for the New Development Paradigm initiative.

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Richard Heinberg | Author. Educator. Speaker.

Richard Heinberg is the author of eleven books including :

  • Snake Oil (July 2013)
  • The End of Growth (August 2011)
  • The Post Carbon Reader (2010) (editor)
  • Blackout: Coal, Climate, and the Last Energy Crisis (2009)
  • Peak Everything: Waking Up to the Century of Declines (2007)
  • The Oil Depletion Protocol: A Plan to Avert Oil Wars, Terrorism & Economic Collapse (2006)
  • Powerdown: Options & Actions for a Post-Carbon World (2004)
  • The Party’s Over: Oil, War & the Fate of Industrial Societies (2003)

Richard is a Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute and is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost Peak Oil educators. He has authored scores of essays and articles that have appeared in such journals as Nature, The American Prospect, Public Policy Research, Quarterly Review, The Ecologist, Resurgence, The Futurist, European Business Review, Earth Island Journal, Yes!, and The Sun; and on web sites such as Resilience.org, TheOilDrum.com, Alternet.org, ProjectCensored.com, and Counterpunch.com.

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Who Killed Economic Growth – Richard Heinberg

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Excerpted from: http://www.endofgrowth.com
Richard Heinberg propose a startling diagnosis: humanity has reached a fundamental turning point in its economic history. The expansionary trajectory of industrial civilization is colliding with non-negotiable natural limits.

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“Why have mainstream economists ignored environmental limits for so long? If Heinberg is right, they will have much explaining to do.” — LESTER BROWN, Founder Earth Policy Institute

“Heinberg shows how peak oil, peak water, peak food, etc. lead not only to the end of growth, but to the beginning of a new era of progress without growth.” — HERMAN E. DALY, Professor Emeritus, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland

“By the time you finish Heinberg’s book, you will have 2 conclusions: This is the end of economic growth and it is our problem, not our childrens’. It’s time to get ready. This book is the place to start.” –PAUL GILDING — Former head of Greenpeace International

“Richard has rung the bell on the limits to growth. Our shift from quantity of consumption to quality of life is the great challenge of our generation. Frightening…but ultimately freeing.” –JOHN FULLERTON – President and Founder, Capital Institute

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