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2011 Big Green Clear Cutter's Award
May 18, 2011 07:42 AM PDT
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For the second year in a row, our Annual Enviro Show Big Green Clearcutters Award goes to..(TADA!!)....Elisa Campbell! Again!! For two years running, Mass Sierra Club's Board of Directors member Elisa Campbell, the pro-nuke, pro-development, pro-clearcutting "environmentalist" proves her worth....lessness. She even undercuts the Sierra Club! That's right, the MA Sierra Club representative in charge of Public Lands and Forestry is trying to subvert her group's own principals! Checkout Campbell's comment at last November's Forest Forum: "I'm still trying to plug away at subverting the usual paradigm at the Sierra Club" What? like advocating CLEARCUTTING! Someone get the hook!

Dr. Penny Gill at the Leverett Peace Commission's Community Talk - 4/1/11
April 20, 2011 03:00 PM PDT
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“Fear or Consciousness: Dare We Change?”

Friday, April 1, 2011 at 7:00 pm
Leverett Town Hall

Penny Gill, Mary Lyon Professor of Humanities and Dean of Mt. Holyoke College, makes herself available to Spirit, and she has channeled a spirit energy identifying itself as the bodhisattva of discriminating wisdom in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, Manjushri. Their amazing collaboration describes the present state of human consciousness and the world systems brought forth through the seemingly mundane conditions of consciousness such as fear, love, ego and interdependence.
In her talk, Penny will address some of the obstacles we have inherited from the post-industrial capitalist structures of our world. These barriers inhibit our confidence in our ability to create the changes we all so long for - a peaceful world, a sustainable economy, and stable climate. To reclaim our ability to act together, and work to create livable communities on every level, we must first excavate our fears. Only then will we be able to dispel our pessimism and sense of powerlessness, which divide us from our creativity and from each other.
The work that Penny and her guide Manjushri have collaborated on illuminates the standing of humankind in its role as the vehicle of the Cosmic Mind in its challenging and experimental journey to bring clear and balanced spiritual consciousness into the physical world. By knowing our past and becoming familiar with our fear, we can allow ourselves to reclaim individually and globally our clearest vision, our most inclusive wisdom, and then, the most effective strategies for moving forward together.

Approximately 45 minutes in length, this is the entire talk with an introduction by Jim Perkins.
-recorded and edited by Glen Ayers

Dean Hammer, Beyond War: A Time for Revolutionary Hope (Leverettt 3/4/11)
March 06, 2011 05:58 PM PST

The Committee for the
Leverett Peace Commission
Sponsors a Community Talk

Dean Hammer
“Overcoming the Pathology of War;
Building a Culture of Peace”
Friday, March 4, 2011
7:00 pm
Leverett Town Hall

With an introduction by Jim Perkins

Dean Hammer was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pa. He received a B.A. from Trinity College; M.A.from Yale Divinity School; and Psy.D. from Antioch New England University. He participated in the first (1980) and sixth (1983) in a series of Plowshares Actions

Dean currently lives with his wife in Vermont where he practices as a licensed psychologist at a community mental health center and teaches doctoral students in clinical psychology at Antioch New England University.

This talk was recorded live and edited down to approximately 45 minutes by Glen Ayers.

The Real Winter Solstice Enviro Show
December 27, 2010 05:56 AM PST
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Tuesday, December 21, 2010
with d.o., Jean, & Glen. Recorded live Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 6:30 pm at the Judi Bari Memorial Auditorium in the studios of WXOJ-LP, 103.3fm, Valley Free Radio
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Greetings Earthlings. Happy Winter Solstice on this, the first Enviro Show to actually fall on the date of the Solstice (AND the first time in 372 years that a full lunar eclipse falls at the same time! if you missed it go here). With that in mind we fore-go much of the usual bad news and carrying on and honor the season with Earth-inspired sound.....and maybe a few inspired rants. Surprise! Too bad even progressive talk radio has overlooked the Solstice and pagans who honor it every year. Our in-house pagans are out dancing around the bonfires and making merry. Sorry, progressives, you lose, maybe next year. Here's some Solstice tunes to get us started, one of D.O.'s favorites, Paul Winter Consort with "Wolf Eyes".

OK, so that felt a lot like some snowbound vista in the wild where the wolves rule and the winds howl. Speaking of wolves, it looks like Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar is trying to remove protections so his western rancher friends can kill them at will. Please go HERE and take action to protect these majestic critters. Did we say wolves? What about wolverines?? They need YOUR HELP too! Also in need of protection are our National Forests. How about sending Obama a Holiday card with that in mind?

Moving on: years ago, Windham Hill recording studio in neighboring Vermont came out with a Winter Solstice collection that became so popular that they cut a whole collection. However, for D.O., that original album seemed to say it best.

OK, you can't have a Winter Solstice party without fun & games, right? Help Santa! He's being attacked by Repugnicans disguised as elves!!

Enough with D.O., it's time to checkout Jean's favorite tune from a previous show. It's Pete Seeger's "Spill, Baby Spill".

This Solstice party isn't over just because neither Jean nor Glen sent in their links. Maybe they are too busy partying elsewhere? Stay tuned.......

Jeez, not much happening in this valley. Where'd everyone go? I hope they get back for the next show 'cuz it's about THE END OF THE WORLD!

Invading the Quabbin Enviro Show
May 27, 2010 09:11 AM PDT
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with d.o., Jean, & Glen. Recorded live Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 6:30 pm at the Judi Bari Memorial Auditorium in the studios of WXOJ-LP, 103.3fm, Valley Free Radio
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Greetings Earthlings. There's aliens invading the Quabbin watershed! Some invaders have chainsaws, some have tendrils and seeds. Don Wakoluk , former Asst. Forester for the Department of Consternation and Reprobation (DCR) at the Quabbin from 2007 to 2009 joins us in the studio to check that out. Of course, alien clearcuts have been discovered over there as well and we'll check that out in our E-Valley-uation segment. Also, we stagger into the Meet The New Boss segment as well as checkout The Enviro Show Quote of the Week and The Echo Chamber where the BP blowout dominates the news, but first it's time for....Revenge of the Critters! Attack of the Funky shrimp!

The Enviro Show Quote of the Week qualifies as one of the most outrageous yet to come from the ranks of Big Oil:

"The Gulf of Mexico is a very big ocean. The amount of volume of oil and dispersant we are putting into it is tiny in relation to the total water volume."
-Tony Hayward, CEO of British Petroleum

"Oil Slick 1", by Elizabeth Parker takes us to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber where we, quite naturally, rewind some of the news from the Gulf of Mexico on the BP blowout and their attempted cover-up, as well as Ken Salazar's need for a new job, a sort of Event on the Horizon, no? After all, it is the WORST oil spill EVER! For some background on BP and their friends in the Bush regime checkout this report on Democracy Now! For a good overview (and some really creepy images) of what may be well over an 120 million gallon oil spill (and counting) go HERE. Sooo, according to the New York Times: "Shortly after Interior Secretary Ken Salazar proposed reconfiguring [Minerals Management Services], John Goll, the head of the Alaska region, called an “all hands” meeting, according to a staff member there. Afterward, people lingered to eat a cake decorated with the words, “Drill, Baby, Drill.” These are the regulators, yes? If it's any comfort, there ARE actions protesting BP and Big Oil. O by the way, how about sending half a million signatures to to the Prez?

And speaking of The New Boss, it seems scientists down in the Gulf are not terribly pleased with Obama's people at NOAA. Furthermore, it looks like the U.S. Coast Guard is ...err...carrying water? for BP! Speaking of The Times, did we mention Thomas Friedman calling the BP blowout Obama's 9/11? This is under Obama's watch folks!

"Oil Spill Summer" by Butt moves us into our E-Valley-uation segment where Glen gives us a reality tour of the clearcutting around The Quabbin watershed (be sure to bring sunscreen and see sickness medication!). O, did we mention DCR's shiny new biomass incinerator at the Quabbin Visitor's Center? Just another reason to Stop Spewing Carbon!

Then it's on to our interview with Don Wakoluk , former Asst. Forester for the Department of Consternation and Reprobation (DCR) at the Quabbin.

OK, another week in Hell, right? If only everyone would LISTEN TO THEIR MOTHER!!

The Dept. of Consternation & Reprobation Enviro Show
February 19, 2010 01:45 PM PST
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The Dept. of Consternation & Reprobation Enviro Show

with d.o., Jean, & Glen. Recorded live Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 6:30 pm at the Judi Bari Memorial Auditorium in the studios of WXOJ-LP, 103.3fm, Valley Free Radio
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Greetings Earthlings. Do you trust the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) to care for your forests? What do you think of clear-cuts in the Quabbin? Licensed forester, Dave Gafney calls in to bring us up to date on the state of forestry in the Commonwealth. We'll have a look at their present DCR "Vision" thing while we're at it. Like on near every show, we'll give you some of the latest news in our Echo Chamber, have a look at local enviro situations in our E-Valley-uation segment, give you The Enviro Show Quote of the Week and checkout the Bus Stop Billboard, but first it's time for....Revenge of the Critters! Fox.......Run!

In The Enviro Show Echo chamber we visit the ever entertaining state of Texas and their resistance to.....clean air! And speaking of clean air, wouldn't it be excellent to have municipal utilities that are more accountable to the community for air quality? Sign the petition here. Did you hear about our new ally in the struggle against the climate crisis? It's Osama!.......or maybe the Ghost of Osama, depending on who you want to believe on that account.

In our E-Valley-uation segment we re-run last week's Forest thing in Amherst and chat about clearcuts at the Quabbin and on our public lands (where do we get these people??). Also, the Greenfield Distort....err...Recorder steps away from the world of journalism with their front page piece on spewing sewage into our atmosphere. And, our own Harvey Wasserman takes a dim view of that tritium leak at the Vermont Yankee nuke.

In our infamous "Meet the New Boss" segment it's time to address the Obama Administrations embrace of GMOs. In December, the USDA released its review of Monsanto's GE alfalfa seed and determined that Monsanto's alfalfa met the Obama Administration's standards, despite the risk of organic contamination. This conclusion came despite the acknowledgment by USDA researchers that GE alfalfa is virtually certain to "contaminate" normal seeds. You guess it: Franken Hay!

The Enviro Show Quote of the Week is a re-run from FDR and appropriate to our theme:

"A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people."

"The Tree" sung by Marie Mason from her "Not fror Profit" disc takes us to our interview with Dave, then it's on to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Groundhog Day Enviro Show
February 03, 2010 03:12 PM PST
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The Groundhog Day Enviro Show

with d.o., Jean, & Glen. Recorded live Tuesday, February 02, 2010 at 6:30pm at the Judi Bari Memorial Auditorium in the studios of WXOJ-LP, 103.3fm, Valley Free Radio
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Greetings Earthlings. Happy Groundhog Day! We leave poor Punxsutawney Phil to his lame-ass jailers (unless some liberation is afoot, let us know!) and get the real story on woodchucks from Christine Maher at the University of Southern Maine. Her primary research focuses on woodchuck behavior and ecology. We'll also have a look at woodchucks being captured and used as lab experiments and the all-out war on chucks by suburbanites. Did we say Happy Groundhog Day? How about Happy Imbolc? It's the festival of the Maiden, for from this day to March 21st, it is her season to prepare for growth and renewal. Brighid's snake emerges from the womb of the Earth Mother to test the weather, (the origin of Groundhog Day), and in many places the first Crocus flowers began to spring forth from the frozen earth. Now you know! As always, we checkout the latest news in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber; checkout Obama's record in our Meet the New Boss segment, do some E-Valley-uation, and go for the Quote of the week, but first it's time for.............

Revenge of the Critters! You guessed it: Groundhog attack! A little correction here, the critter in the film "Caddyshack" was a gopher from the family Geomyidae. Groundhogs, or woodchucks are from the family Sciuridae BUT several ground squirrels of the family Sciuridae are often called it?

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we rewind Grist's coverage of the RFK, Jr. vs. Don Blackenschtick debate on mountain-top removal. Finally, some good news! It looks like the Cap & Trade charade may be kicked to the curb in the Climate Bill!

The Quote of the Week: "The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men". ~Alice Walker

In our Meet the New Boss segment let's checkout Obama's enviro report card. It looks like The One is just an average student (Huh? We thought he was the smartest guy in the room??) BUT he aced the test on energy efficiency!

Then it's time for some E-Valley-uation! Worried about that clunky old Vermont Yankee nuke just over the border leaking Tritium into the groundwater? Imagine if your kids attended the Vernon Elementary School across the street or if you happened to live along the Connecticut River? (ahem!). Read more here. This from Northampton Media: Noho Board of Public Works bails on that bogus landfill extension over the Barnes Aquifer BUT not without saying it would've been safe! (pass the hot-air sickness bag again!).

That will take us to our interview with Christine Maher.

We do believe that is all for now. Next time it's our Department of Consternation and Reprobation (DCR) show. F'get about conservation & recreation! This is the Commonwealth of Massachusetts! Until then, remember: listen to your Mother!

The Living Simply Enviro Show
January 15, 2010 02:03 PM PST
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The Living Simply Enviro Show

with d.o. & Glen. Recorded live Tuesday, January 05, 2010 at 6:30pm at the Judi Bari Memorial Auditorium in the studios of WXOJ-LP, 103.3fm, Valley Free Radio
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Greetings Earthlings. How about a New Years resolution (or should that be revolution?) to live simply so others can simply live? Jonathan & Susan von Ranson call-in to talk about their efforts in Wendell. As usual we wander into the Enviro Show Echo Chamber for some recent news. Also we return to the Quote of the Week and our E-Valley-uation segment, but first it's time for.... Revenge of the Critters! alien carp turn the tables on fisherfolk & G-men!

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber this op-ed in the New York Times reminds us that "To Save the Planet, [we must] Save the Seas!" (but watch that REDD hype!). Climate Indymedia tells us there's an Action in New York City against carbon trading corporados on January 12 & 13!

The Enviro Show Quote of the Week comes short & sweet from south of the border:

"If the climate were a bank, the US would have saved it." - Hugo Chavez

"Let's Go Swimming" by emma's Revolution takes us to our E-Vally-uation segment where we direct you to Bob Leverett's powerpoint presentation: The Special Public Forests of Massachusetts. This will be required reading for all Enviro Show listeners. Yes, there WILL be a quiz.

Then it's on to our interview with Jonathan & Susan who have actually had a bit of a struggle trying to live simply. Gosh, you'd think it would be simple! One of the issues we'll be discussing is energy use per person on a global scale.

That's it for the first show in 2010. We guess we should start the New Year out correctly by reminding you to listen to your Mother! Next time it's the Attack of the Frankentrees (and this time we REALLY mean it!)

Ending song, Biomess by Tom Neilson