Sunday, November 23, 2014

"Cancer" is a CURSE disguised as a Diagnosis

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Schuyler Business Coalation members arrested at Seneca Lake

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Yvonne Taylor 
Date: Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 1:08 PM
Subject: For Immediate Release

Watkins Glen, NY – Area business owners and winery owners are among 12 people currently blockading at Texas-based Crestwood Midstream's gas storage facility gates on the shore of Seneca Lake. They are now in their third hour of shutting down both entrances on Route 14.  This action follows eight arrests yesterday and ten on Monday as the 'We Are Seneca Lake' civil disobedience campaign continues a 4th week of blockades to stop the gas storage facility.  All total, 43 arrests have now occurred at the gates of Crestwood since the campaign began on October 23. 

The 12 people blockading today are: Phil Davis, 62, Hector, owner, Damiani Wine Cellars; Will Ouweleen, Conesus, Livingston County, owner, Eagle Crest and O-Neh-Da Vineyards; Peggy Aker, 57, Trumansburg, owner and founder, Marco Mama's; Stefan Senders, 56, Hector, owner, Wide Awake Bakery; Anna Redmond, 30, Trumansburg, Regional Access; Julia Uticone, 40, Cayutaville, Swamp Road Baskets; Jessica Thorpe, 31, Hector, owner and operator, Glen Mountain Market; Scott Signori, 47, Hector, owner and executive chef, Stonecat Cafe; Chris Tate, 52, Hector; ; John Dennis, Lansing; Chuck Geisler, 69, Ithaca; and Asa Redmond, 40, Ithaca, Regional Access. Redmond is also the drummer for The Sim Redmond Band. 

A reporter, Charlie Haeffner of the Odessa File, was covering this morning's activities and was told by the Sheriff's Deputy that he couldn't park on the side of State Rt 14. 

Sheriff Yessman has complained that many of the protesters weren't from Schuyler County and were being "imported". Six of the protesters blockading the gates now are from Schuyler County. including business owners, and the Sheriff has chosen this day to not make any arrests. 


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Fwd: Seneca Lake update: DEC draft permit for LPG

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Sandra Steingraber 
Date: Tue, Nov 11, 2014 at 4:08 PM
Subject: Seneca Lake update: DEC draft permit for LPG

Please distribute widely.  Martha's upside down sign says, "It's Our Obligation."  —Sandra
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Your silence will not protect you. —Audre Lorde

Dear friends of Seneca Lake,

Last night, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation issued a draft permit for the storage of 88 billion gallons of propane and butane (liquefied petroleum gases, LPG) in Seneca Lake's salt caverns.

This is not a surprise, but it is a travesty. It means that Houston-based Crestwood Midstream is now one step closer to realizing its sinister plan to turn our lake into a gas station for the fracking industry.

It means that Governor Cuomo is not protecting us. He's protecting the things that threaten us. He could have told the DEC to deny the permit—and so stand up for the wine and tourism industries that he professes to champion and cherish.

But he didn't.

If there is a silver lining in the black cloud of badness it is that the final approval of this draft permit is not automatic. It hinges on the results of an "issues conference," which is scheduled for February 12. An issues conference is a prelude to a full adjudicatory hearing. At the conference, an administrative law judge will consider arguments by opponents of the project and determine if our concerns warrant a full hearing.

The issues conference is the result of persistent, loud citizen opposition. And also good science. But science alone did not win us the issues conference. And science alone will not stop Crestwood.

So far, the We Are Seneca Lake campaign has focused on methane storage, and we will continue to do so. However, with last night's tragic but long-expected announcement, we now must resist gas storage of all kinds, including LPG, and recommit ourselves to our solemn responsibility to protect this lake—and our climate—for the sake of our children and future generations.

And, of course, it's all connected: while we are defending our own health, safety and access to clean drinking water, we are also defending the economic vitality of our region, which is based on the twin pillars of vineyards and tourists. Here in the Finger Lakes, we know that economic growth, good health, and an unspoiled environment all dance together.

Now is the time for all good people to come to the aid of Seneca Lake.

There is nothing left to wait for. We need you to join us now, and we need you to invite your friends to join us.

Sign the Pledge. Your signature triggers an invitation to attend a non-violent civil disobedience training. We will contact you with details. . (There are two this week.)

You don't have to go to jail. You don't have to get arrested. But you do need to find the courage of your convictions, and, in return, you'll have the chance to tell your grandkids, "See that lake? I once worked with many brave people, and we helped to save it."

because blue is the color of faithfulness,


p.s. Here's a photo from last week's blockade. Martha Ferber is 90 years old. She was placed in handcuffs for defending water. I think she wants you to follow her.


Friday, October 31, 2014

The English word LOVE is 100% pure confusion

I am convinced one reason why Western Civilization is so confused, is due to our language. This only became fully realized when I studied Sanskrit.

One cluster of the Sanskrit words which can translate into English "Love" are better defined as
  • Sense Pleasure (5 senses + imagination)
  • Satisfying a Craving or Thirst
  • Sex
  • Wealth, Commodity Fetishism
  • Attachment (many kinds)
  • Ego (Pride in the Story of Self)
  • Special Love: for your life partner. Love for your children, siblings, parents
  • Pride in Family, Clan, Tribe, State, Nation, Flag, Team
    (These are all forms of "Special Love" Conditional Love, non-universal love)

The above meanings of LOVE are offensive to what we generally consider to be TRUE LOVE, which are roughly defined by a constellation of Sanskrit words which are better translated as:
  • Ecstasy, Bliss (emotion) -- emotions can be largely sensed in the body, although originate in a pure mind-state
  • Compassion - may all beings be free from suffering
  • Universal Love / Unconditional Love -- all beings deserve happiness
  • Sympathetic Joy -- Radiate and reflect the joy of others (This is the antidote to jealousy)
  • Loving-Kindness -- radiate it to the world!
  • Equanimity (non-attachment, calm, patience, gratitude)

Here is a table:

English word "Love" has many meanings.

When translated into Sanskrit, some

Kleshas are  not necessarily bad things!

Ego and Material Wealth are useful for householder living.

Sense pleasure craving is
to some degree necessary for Householders to live in the world!

The point about Kleshas is this:

Kleshas are not ultimate Truth.
Kleshas will bind you to Samsara.

Which is fine,
if that's what YOU want!

When I say "you"
I mean the ultimate, singular
Divine God Conscious
of the Universe

The Higher Truth is
that all of these things
are born of the delusion
of separation.

Kleshas bring a temporary happiness,
but soon you want more.

The bowl has a hole.
It can never be filled up,
for long.

Kleshas, Hinderances
I love my chocolate
sense pleasure, craving
tanha, raga
Make Love
sex, craving, sense pleasure
Love my Cadillac
wealth, commodity fetishism, craving
I love the story of me!!
ego, pride,
craving for either
life or death,

craving satisfaction
in the realm of story.

Love my kids, family, clan, nation.
Because We're special!!!

special love,
attachment, pride

mana, asmita
I love being outdoors! / Love God / Love Life,  Love is Happiness Ecstatic emotion
sat chit ananda,

 True Universal Love
I love all beings, and wish their suffering would cease
I love it when others are happy!
Sympathetic Joy mudita
I radiate love to all. and wish them happiness. Loving kindness
I love by releasing, "observe and allow".  non-attachment.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Sandra w/Red armband, signifying "arrestable"

My Panasonic camera says I've shot 758 hours.
This is about 82 million frames of video.
Yet sometimes, I get captivated by a single frame.

I love the above photo... 
It reminds me of how much I adore Sandra,
and all of you, too! All who are engaged in this struggle.

I feel so privileged to be a witness to this moment.
It's happening all over. Do you feel it?
From Cove Point MD to Searsport ME.

The people are starting to
"Just Say No" to toxic industrial invasion.

It is hard for me to express
how much gratitude I have
for all of you in this movement.
I now have hope.

While it is fabulous we have great leaders like Sandra,
it is also true that this needed change cannot occur
due to the actions of a single person.

This will take everyone's skilled engagement.
We need a "really big tent" and focus on shared values.

Shanti OM!

May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hawkins HUGE LEAD in post debate poll!!


  • Hawkins: 84%!!!
  • Astorino 11%
  • McDermott 3%
  • Cuomo 1%


Fwd: NY Gov. Debate tonight tonight w/HOWIE!!


Debate Tonight! 8pm on your local PBS station, or online at Buffalo News.
(link below) DONATE: Howie Hawkins for NY Governor

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Howie is polling at 9% (Quinnipiac Poll) and RISING!!!
Assuming 4.5 million voters, this means 400,000 votes!
He just needs 1.5 Million TO WIN!
WE CAN DO IT, New York!!

If you -- and all of his supporters
can get just Eight Friends Each
Howie could win by a LANDSLIDE


Auspicious Number (400,000) signifies Rare Opportunity

Share this link:
1:Crisis -- 2:Response -- 3:Opportunity

    400,000 years of climate record

    in the Vostok Ice Core Samples
    signals pending climate catastrophe.
Note: "You are here" is off the charts

The ice layer at the South Pole near Vostok Station is melting at an unprecedented rate.
  • RESPONSE! 400,000:
    Attendance at the People's Climate March

  • And a RARE Opportunity!
    400,000 NYers
    are now polling for
    Howie Hawkins!

    A true progressive in every way.
    Presently polling at 9%
    according to latest Quinipiac Poll 10-8-2014. 

    We can expect 4.5M people to vote.

    Let's Do the Math:
    4,500,000 * 0.9 = ~400,000. 

    If each of us got 8 Friends for Howie(*)
    we could reach 3 Million NYers!

    (* it's the Eight Friends for Howie Challenge!)

    In a 3-way race,
    we only need 1.5M for the win!

    This is unprecedented!
    A miracle opportunity!
We have never had this combination of elements in at least 30 years or more!

  • Friends, This like a planetary alignment!
    An extremely rare moment. Like Hailey's Comet.
    A Once in a Lifetime Door of Opportunity!
Friendly reminder: In Pennsylvania,
they don't have a candidate:

Anti-Frackers in PA:

(Speaking of ONLY the Governor's Race)

In NY --- we DO have a GREAT Candidate!!! 

Howie Hawkins
(Amazing Progressive Candidate for Governor of NY)

People, this is like Hailey's Comet.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime Alignment of Factors.

It's like all the planets in a row.

I have never seen a set-up like this.
GET 8 Friends for Howie!!

Election is Nov 4th 2014!

OM! Shanti Shanti Shanti!
400,000 Signals an Auspicious Time!!

If New York -- a major-ass state in World Affairs --
-- and the ONLY ONE to keep Fracking Away so far...
could elect a Climate Protective Progressive

This would send a wave around the world!

God bless you all and everyone.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

FERC's Illegal abuse of NEPA -- EA Fast Track vs. full EIS

Here is the lowdown on the FERC a priori EA vs EIS decision
made prior to NEPA scoping!
They seem to decide before they have all the facts.

I credit Maya van Rossum of DRN for bringing this issue to my attention.

I think this is extremely damning.

May take a legal challenge, but we would
expect to see a lot of projects presently being
fast-tracked slowed down.

  • Dominion Cove Point LNG Export (CP13-113)
  • Dominion New Markets Project (CP14-497)
  • and the Arlington Gas Storage at Seneca Lake (CP13-83) 
  • ...and likely many others
... are all being fast-tracked with the illegal EA process.

You can actually see this illegal process on FERC's website, in their flowchart.

Note well there is no path to convert an EA into an EIS.

Now read the NEPA Handbook!! You will see that after an EA, there should be a FOSI or FONSI determination. If a FOSI, then there MUST BE an EIS. However, this path is missing from the flowchart.

  • FOSI = Finding of Significant Impact 
  • FONSI = Finding of No Significant Impact
  • EA = Envirionmental Assessment
  • EIS = Environmental Impact Statement (min. 2-3 years)

I do not see  the term "FONSI / FOSI" in the law itself  42 USC Title 15 (NEPA).

It originates in one of these locations:
There does seem to be a path whereby the application
does not need an EA to show a FOSI so as to trigger an EIS.

So the statement "an EA is required in either case" does not appear to be correct.
(I may have got this wrong earlier).

There is a legal fast-track to get to a FULL EIS,
but there is no legal fast track to AVOID a full EIS.

Only an EA can decide that upon the FOSI/FONSI determination.

In typical in-your-face style,
the FERC does not hide this fact they are doing this!!!

The bad news is I see all kinds of ridiculous cases (including one involving Monsanto-- not a FERC case obviously, but still NEPA) where the courts showed a FONSI where clearly a FOSI is indicated.
The full EIS vs. the EA "Fast Track"
Here is JUST ONE WAY that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is violating the law (of many)