Archive for April 2nd, 2011

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by lizard

I ran across this very disconcerting story in The Tennessean: Group Warns EPA Ready to Increase Radioactive Release Guidelines.

The EPA is preparing to dramatically increase permissible radioactive releases in drinking water, food and soil after “radiological incidents,” according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

What is termed a guidance that EPA is considering – as opposed to a regulation – does not require public airing before it’s decided upon.

The nuclear catastrophe in Japan just keeps getting worse, with the now almost inevitable likelihood of being worse than Chernobyl, which had roughly 180 tons of fissile material versus the over 1,100 tons of material at the Japanese facility.

A phenomenal blogger from Germany has been one of the best sources of information I’ve found. Check it out (you might have to scroll up to get to the top of the post).

With this kind of disaster involving a powerful industry, why should we believe anything from industry cheerleaders, like our president? His performance during BP’s gulf disaster, not to mention his administration subsequently resuming issuing permits for more deep sea drilling despite the fundamental design flaw of the blowout protectors, (covered superbly by Rachel Maddow) seems to indicate Obama is more concerned with protecting corporations and their profits (read campaign donations) than he is about protecting Americans.

At least we have a new war to keep our mental terrain occupied, because this slow-motion nuclear catastrophe is a real bummer.

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by Pete Talbot

It was one of the broadest coalitions I’ve seen in years.

But it was hard to get crowd estimates in the rolling front yard of the Capitol — over a thousand for sure.  Folks kept pouring in from around Montana, connecting with friends and sharing the wrath.

The rally literally took off at the end: a march around the Capitol grounds with all the signs and fired-up people, just as the sun was breaking through the clouds, and to the PA playing “We’re Not Going to Take It” by Twisted Sister.

This followed the speeches which were many, but short and to the point: a Billings firefighter, a Bozeman pastor, a Missoula small business owner, a veteran, a Blackfeet Indian, to name a few.

The themes were “Courage, Not Cuts,” “These Cuts Hurt,”  “We Have the Money, Reverse the Cuts,” and “Work That Matters.”

It was an eclectic mix: ironworkers and teachers, environmentalists and health care activists, Crow and Blackfeet, emergency service workers and the disabled … and kids.

(More photos and copy below the fold.)

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By JC

Well, let’s knock another $15 million out of the Montana economy, and beat up on the poor some more while doing it.

“You can go to school, collect your Pell Grants, get food stamps, low-income energy assistance, section 8 housing, and all of a sudden we find ourselves subsidizing people that don’t have to graduate from college. And there ought to be some kind of commitment and endgame”…

But in Montana, Rehberg has been taking some heat for voting for the House GOP budget resolution, which would reduce the maximum Pell Grant from $5,500 to $4,705 and narrow the eligibility of applicants. Financial aid officials at the University of Montana and Carroll College in Rehberg’s home state recently told reporters that they were disappointed in his vote and urged Montana’s two U.S. senators to preserve funding.

In Montana, 24,000 students are scheduled to receive a Pell Grant next year. If the House budget bill becomes law, the state would lose $15 million in funding for the program.”

Gotta pay for them tax breaks for himself, er, the rich somehow.

bozo the drunk




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