Molly Crabapple Reminds Us A Different Way of Life is Possible

Molly Crabapple created a series of paintings and drawings about the Occupy movement and the financial crisis. Some of her posters were based on articles written by Matt Taibbi for Rolling Stone Magazine. She has a new show opening in New York called “Shell Game: A Love Letter to 2011.”

Called “a downtown phenomenon” by the New York Times; “equal parts Hieronymus Bosch, William S. Burroughs and Cirque du Soleil,” by The Guardian; and “a brilliant and principled artist” by BoingBoing, Crabapple has also hosted documentaries for France’s ARTE television channel.

Check out her wonderful Shell Game images here: Shell Game | The Art of Molly Crabapple.

“The Occupy movement may be fading in the minds of some, but this show is a reminder that what happened in 2011 awakened people all around the globe to the possibilities of a different way of life. There was something beautiful about it, just for a moment, and these paintings capture that.”

Sierra Club Online Tool to Protest San Onofre Restart

Deutsch: Das Kernkraftwerk San Onofre südlich ...

Deutsch: Das Kernkraftwerk San Onofre südlich der Stadt. Das Kernkraftwerk San Onofre. Français : Centrale nucléaire de San Onofre. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 The following email from Martha Sullivan gives information regarding the lastest on the San Onofre proposed restart, along with an online tool from the Sierra Club to register your opposition to that restart.

 From Martha:
I used the form to email AND fax my comment to all 5 of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commissioners — more ways to tell the NRC how UNACCEPTABLE a finding of “No Significant Hazard” is for SoCal Edison restarting an admittedly defective nuclear reactor at San Onofre are coming, but in the meantime this easy online tool from the Sierra Club’s Angeles Chapter will do quite nicely! Please join me –
On Apr 16, 2013, at 6:59 PM, Martha Sullivan wrote:

Federal Register Notice published today:

On Apr 16, 2013, at 4:00 PM, Joe Holtzman wrote:

Next Steps

The NRC will continue its independent oversight of the issues at SONGS. The NRC will not allow the plant to restart until we are satisfied that the licensee can operate the plant without undue risk to public health and safety. The NRC will take the time needed to determine the appropriate actions to ensure adequate protection of the public, and will continue efforts to communicate the status of its actions and the determination regarding the restart of SONGS, Units 2 and 3.

The NRC is evaluating the licensee’s CAL response for Unit 2, and will fully assess the actions the licensee has taken to evaluate and correct the SG problems prior to making a restart determination for Unit 2. This assessment includes inspection of the adequacy of the actions the licensee has taken in response to the CAL, and an evaluation of whether the licensee’s corrective actions to ensure that SG tube integrity is maintained, and protocol of inspections and/or operational limits for the planned operating interval, provide reasonable assurance that Unit 2 can be operated safely. Currently, the licensee has not completed the CAL actions for Unit 3, and has stated publicly that it will be “some time” before Unit 3 is ready for restart.

The NRC is also reviewing a license amendment request for SONGS Unit 2 submitted by SCE on April 5, 2013, as supplemented on April 9, 2013. The proposed license amendment would restrict Unit 2 operation to no more than 70 percent of the maximum authorized power level and would revise the Technical Specification requirements for steam generator tube integrity to reflect this change. SCE proposed that these changes remain in effect for the duration of Unit 2, Cycle 17; a period of roughly 18 to 24 months of plant operation.

The NRC has accepted SCE’s amendment request for review, and proposed a No Significant Hazards Consideration (NSHC) determination, which was forwarded to the Federal Register on April 10, 2013, for publication on or about April 16, 2013. The Federal Register notice describes the process for the public to comment on the proposed NSHC determination, and provides an opportunity to request a hearing on the proposed amendment.

The NRC will not issue an amendment unless it concludes that reasonable assurance has been provided that the public health and safety will not be endangered and that the action will not be inimical to the common defense and security, and that the request meets all applicable regulatory requirements. The staff’s review of the amendment request is a separate action from the ongoing review of the CAL response. Because SCE must still meet the terms of the CAL before returning either SONGS unit to service, issuance of the requested license amendment will not itself allow SCE to restart SONGS Unit 2.

The NRC is committed to ensuring that the public is informed about our oversight activities related to SONGS and our work to assure adequate protection of the public. Numberous public meetings have been held, and others are planned to be held during NRC’s enhanced oversight of SONGS. On June 18, 2012, NRC presented the results of the Augmented Inspection Team inspection. On October 9, 2012, the NRC conducted an open panel discussion to receive and understand the views of the public and other interested local stakeholders. On November 30, 2012, Southern California Edison presented their response to the CAL for Unit 2 to the NRC in a public meeting. On December 18, 2012, the NRC staff held a public meeting with SCE representatives at NRC headquarters to discuss additional information needed to complete the ongoing technical review. On February 12, 2013, the NRC staff held a Category 3 public meeting to update public stakeholders on the status of NRC’s ongoing review. On February 27, 2013 the NRC staff held a public meeting with SCE representatives at NRC headquarters to discuss additional information needed to complete the ongoing technical review. On April 3, 2013, the NRC staff held a public meeting with SCE representatives at NRC headquarters to discuss a proposed license amendment request that would restrict Unit 2 operation to no more than 70% of rated thermal power for a specified time. Links to video archives of these meetings can be found in the Public Meeting Videos section below.

The next public meeting is being planned for mid-to-late May 2013 to discuss the status of the NRC’s ongoing review. NRC public meetings are announced on NRC’s website.

The Martin Richard Pledge, “No More Hurting People; Peace!”

Take the Pledge:  "No More Hurting People; Peace!"

Boston Marathon Eight Years Old Victim Martin Richard’s Message to the World, One Year Before His Death, “No More Hurting People; Peace!”

Honor the Martin Richard Pledge, “No More Hurting People; Peace!”

Open your Heart. Stop the anger. End the violence. Put away the guns. Show your Love.

US Engaged in High Level Officially Sanctioned Torture After 9/11

Constitution Project

Constitution Project (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The “Constitution Project’s Report on Detainee Treatment” following 9/11 concludes that “it is indisputable that the United States engaged in the practice of torture” and that the ultimate responsibility rests on the “highest” officials in the US Government.

Follow the link to the Scott Shane, April 16, 2013,  NYT article, “US engaged in Torture After 9/11,” which discusses this shocking condemnation of US policy of officially sanctioned torture.  In the article, Shane states, “The core of the report, however, may be an appendix: a detailed 22-page legal and historical analysis that explains why the task force concluded that what the United States did was torture. It offers dozens of legal cases in which similar treatment was prosecuted in the United States or denounced as torture by American officials when used by other countries.”

Shane continues, “While the Constitution Project report covers mainly the Bush years, it is critical of some Obama administration policies, especially what it calls excessive secrecy. It says that keeping the details of rendition and torture from the public ‘cannot continue to be justified on the basis of national security’ and urges the administration to stop citing state secrets to block lawsuits by former detainees.”

Follow the link for more information about “US Engaged in Torture After 9/11.”

Tell Scott Peters: Tax Wall Street

When Wall Street greed crashed our economy, it blew a hole in the budget. Government revenue plummeted just as demand for services increased.

And today, even as most of us continue to deal with the fallout of the economic collapse, Wall Street firms continue to be ultra profitable thanks in part to sophisticated systems they use to buy and sell huge volumes of financial securities very rapidly.

While these systems can make Wall Street gamblers rich, the excess financial speculation also distorts the market and can cause more severe fluctuations in the price of securities.

Enough is enough. We can rein in the reckless Wall Street speculation and raise hundreds of billions of dollars a year in government revenue by imposing a small tax on financial transactions.

And this week, Congressman Keith Ellison will introduce a bill called the Inclusive Prosperity Act that would do just that.

Tell your member of Congress, Scott Peters: Co-sponsor the Inclusive Prosperity Act to tax Wall Street.

We are joining our friends at National Nurses United and Progressive Democrats of America in supporting Congressman Ellison’s bill, which would impose a 0.5 percent sales tax on stocks and smaller amounts on the trades of bonds, derivatives and other financial instruments.

Brokers carrying out the trades would be charged the tax, unless carried out directly by investors. Households with adjusted gross incomes under $75,000 would be exempted.

The result would be hundreds of billions of dollars annually in government revenue to pay for things like education, health care and economic stimulus to get more Americans back to work.

Not only that, the financial transaction tax would help rein in Wall Street’s risky behavior by discouraging speculative, high-frequency trading.

Tell your member of Congress, Scott Peters: Tax Wall Street. Click here to automatically sign the petition

Thank you for speaking out.

Matt Lockshin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

“…a financial transactions tax is an idea whose time has come.” –Paul Krugman