Are We Either Red or Blue, or Are We All Just Purple?

Throughout the 2012 election process, I have been continually asking myself – are we as a people just red or just blue? Are we really this polarized? Or perhaps we are just reacting to compelling and effective extremist propaganda machines, and are victims of an obstructionist conspiracy to divide our country?

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Rachel Maddow’s New Book Tackles the Military Industrial Complex

Rhodes Scholar and former AIDS activist Dr. Rachel Maddow’s greatly anticipated first book deals with how the bloated expanding military budget has highjacked our nation. “Drift” will be released by Random House on March 27th of this year. The publication analyzes the unsustainability of the distorted over-militarization of our culture, and what we must do to change course.

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Banktransferlujah!! Money Transfer Action Day!

This Saturday thousands of people around the country are transferring their money from large corporate banks, into small financial institutions, community-oriented cooperatives and credit unions. We’ve been doing this for some time, check out our own Dragonfly’s amazing stealth video during our successful campaign against JP Morgan Chase and their financing of Mountaintop Removal.

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Peak Oil is a Comin’, WikiLeaks Confirms

As if it wasn’t already completely self-evident, WikiLeaks has released a number of cables showing that Saudi Arabia is probably going to run out of oil a lot sooner than they’ve been claiming, and that, of course, their ability to keep oil prices down at a “reasonable level” isn’t going to last much longer. (Why didn’t we listen to those crackpot hippies who were talking about peak oil back in the ’90s?…) “The cables, released by WikiLeaks, urge Washington to take…

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West Virginia Coal Miners Moving to Solar Industry

West Virginia coal miners have always taken pride in supplying energy to the world. Although their work hours are long and the hazards of the job are many. They reluctantly dig coal to support their families, because there are no other opportunities for these hard working individuals. In a state that is politically controlled by the coal industry, politicians are bought and paid for every election. The campaign funds provided insure that clean energy will not find its way into…

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Why Republicans Try to Kill Public Transport (Despite its Economic Benefits)

  Republicans, many of them, would have public transportation funding cut despite the clear economic, financial (for citizens), quality of life, and environmental benefits. Why? Yonah Freemark of the Transport Politic finds some answers and shares them in Understanding the Republican Party’s Reluctance to Invest in Transit Infrastructure. Here’s a key piece of that article: As shown in the chart above (in Log scale), there was a relatively strong positive correlation between density of congressional districts and the vote share…

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Obama State of the Union Address 2011 [VIDEO]

  Obama’s 2011 State of the Union address (full text) is important to us all because it is not only a critical reflection on where we stand today, but also on where we’re going, where we need to go, and how we can succeed as a nation (all according to our President and his team, the people with the most power concerning this matter… or who should have the most power concerning this matter). Here are my reflections (and the…

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New Republican House Rules a Disgrace to Democracy

  This week, the new Republican majority in the House of Representatives adopted a new set of rules for the way the House runs – rules which threaten to undermine funding for our nation’s critical infrastructure needs. Under these rules, the new Republican majority will enact a draconian budget without a single hearing, without any input from the Budget Committee, without any outreach to Congressional Democrats, and without a direct vote by the House of Representatives. Merely by entering a…

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EcoLocalizer Link Drop

New Transit Projects for 2011   A comprehensive list of transit projects scheduled to start construction or open in 2011. “Streetcar lines dominate the nation’s new transit construction landscape, but this year only light and commuter rail lines will open for service.” NYC Tries ‘Rapid’ Buses in Bid to Cut Transit Costs   The city’s much-maligned bus system is getting a face-lift. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) surprised commuters on Manhattan’s East Side last fall by launching shiny stretch coaches…

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4 Childhood Lessons & Climate Change

There is so much complexity in the politics of climate change right now, but as the Copenhagen climate negotiations heat up, I think there are a few simple childhood lessons to review or keep in mind. Of course, action to stop climate change is not only about the politicians and international treaties. It is also largely about the individual actions, needs and demands of each person these politicians represent. So, given that you are not likely to be directly involved…

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Mahatma Gandhi, A Sustainable Development Pioneer

This article is part of EcoWorldly’s week-long spotlight on Politicians You Can Believe In. To read more, subscribe to our RSS feed, or view our posts about politics. “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed” – Mahatma Gandhi (1869 to 1948) More popularly known for his non-violent struggle for India’s independence, so much so that his birth anniversary is now also the International Day for Non-Violence, Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi – who led India to her freedom, was also an environmentalist. And…

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