Radical media, politics and culture.


Autonomedia writes: "Nature And Politics

by Jeffrey St. Clair and Alexander Cockburn

America's Greens Rally to Flag, Run for Cover

Hot to present themselves as staunch flag-waggers, some of
America's premier environmental organizations have
disgracefully ditched their principles.

The Sierra Club, America's oldest green group, has abruptly
turned off its campaign against the anti-environmental
program of the Bush administration.

We have secured an internal memo in which the club's high
command explains to its staff why it's suspending its
campaigns. "In response to the attacks on America," the memo
goes, "we are shifting our communications strategy for the
immediate future. We have taken all of our ads off of the
air; halted our phone banks; removed any material from the
web that people could perceive as anti-Bush, and we are
taking other steps to prevent the Sierra Club from being
perceived as controversial during this crisis. For now we
are going to stop aggressively pushing our agenda and will
cease bashing President Bush."

The memo then instructs club staffers on how to respond to
the press: "If you are asked about what this terrorism does
to the Sierra Club's agenda, please respond simply by saying
that right now the public needs to focus on comforting each
other and strengthening our national security to deal with
the crisis at hand."

Imagine if this craven posture spreads across the public
interest movement.

Lon Cayeway writes: "Date: Wed, 03 Oct 2001 21:34:52 -0000

Subject: Mi'kmaq Issues Appeal on Internet

Mi'kmaq Issues Appeal on Internet

FISHING: Burnt Church activist seeks cash, support in battle with


An urgent Internet appeal for cash and resistance support at
Burnt Church First Nation suggests a growing native defiance in
the treaty conflict with Ottawa and links Mi'kmaq activists on the
reserve to an international collective of revolutionary anarchists.

Autonomedia writes: "Anchorage, AK, Oct. 4 - It's a first for the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, but it's a distinction officials with Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. hoped never to talk about.

A bullet pierced a section of the 800-mile pipeline Thursday, sending thousands of barrels of oil into a remote area about 100 miles north of Fairbanks. Alyeska would not say exactly where the spill occurred because they wanted to keep the area secure.
     Alyeska was working through the night to clean up the spill.

     Authorities arrested Daniel Carson Lewis, 37. They said Lewis lives about a mile from where the bullet pierced the pipeline. Lewis was charged with first-degree criminal mischief and may face federal charges.

     Authorities say Lewis shot the hole in the pipeline then left the scene, but they say his brother remained behind and told Troopers what had happened. It took Troopers three hours to catch Lewis. The area was not secure, they said, and that’s why so much of the oil spilled.

     Tim Woolston with Alyeska said oil was leaking from the pipeline at a rate of about 140 gallons a minute, and that about 20,000 barrels of oil was still in the section of pipe.

     Woolston said it was possible that the line had been shot with a high-powered rifle.

     Production at Prudhoe Bay was dramatically cut back.

     “The oil does continue to leak out of the pipeline," Woolston said Thursday around 6 p.m.

     "We’re in the process now of trying to determine a plan to stop the leak and simultaneously applying to clean up the oil that has spilled on the ground.”

     “There’s a lot of oil in that section of the pipe,” Woolston said about the stretch north of Fairbanks. “So that’s our concern at this point, determining how to stop that flow of oil through that hole in pipe.”

     An Alyeska surveillance helicopter spotted oil leaking around 3:30 p.m but the cleanup didn’t begin until around 7:30 p.m.

     Alyeska said they would release the specific location of the spill after a 10:30 a.m. press conference Friday.

     Woolston said there have been about 50 attempts over the past 24 years to puncture the pipeline, none successful until Thursday.

     “We have taken a number of bullets out of the insulation that surrounds the pipeline and detected indentations caused by bullets that have never been able to puncture the pipeline.  It’s pretty thick steel,” Woolston said."

Wild/Front Weekend

October 26-28, 2002 Netherlands/Belgium

In the last weekend of October anti-authoritarian eco-activists from
Belgium, Holland and around will gather. On the programme:

— Practical workshops: squatting, first aid, de-arresting, climbing,
writing press statements, herbal medicine...

— What's happening in Bruxelles, against the primate torture centre
BPRC, with the anti-road site in Brugge...

— Issue workshops on infrastructure projects in different countries

— Discussion on the alternatives for capitalist mobility policies.

— Introduction on GroenFront! (Green Front, Netherlands), Wildgroei
(Wild Growth, Belgium), infostands from other anti-authoritarian
groups in the region.

— Bands, forest walks & disco.

ECOnference2001 will be the largest national student environmental
conference in nearly a decade! -
Thousands of students - Hundreds of workshops on dozens of issues -
The leading environmental experts and activists in the nation. Don't
miss it! October 19-21, 2001.

>From our wilderness areas to our food supply, from our climate to the
quality of air and our water, the environment is in trouble. 
ECOnference2001 is a national environmental conference taking place
at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. on October 19-
21, 2001. Thousands of students from all over the country will be
gathering in Washington, DC for a weekend of workshops, speakers,
panels and networking opportunities. Click on the link below to see
an exciting preview of the conference.


The conference is sponsored by over 50 national environmental
organizations including Sierra Student Coalition, Free The Planet,
ecopledge.com, the PIRGs and Greenpeace. ECOnference2001 will be a
great opportunity to learn the skills necessary to make a difference.

Don't miss out!

For more information, or to register for ECOnference 2001, visit the

Anonymous Comrade writes: "Those stupid fucking morons.

The Bush Administration has given national historic landmark status to a California dump that is leaking oil, solvents, methane and other toxins. It's a Superfund site, and has been ordered "preserved for posterity."

The story can be found on-line at the New York Daily News site."

Forest Friend writes: "Click on the links below to learn more and send a free web-fax urging the U.S. Forest Service not to suspend habitat protection rules for the Mexican spotted owl and Northern goshawk in Arizona and New Mexico. The Forest Service wants to drop the protections in order to increase logging within the "wildland-urban interface." Fire protection must go hand in hand with endangered species protection, however, not become an excuse to suspend environmental regulations.


Send a free web-fax urging the Forest Service to retain endangered species protection rules.

Read more about how the Forest Service is proposing to eliminate Forest Plan protections for the Mexican spotted owl and the Northern goshawk within one half mile of "wildland-urban interface areas."

Uncle Fluffy writes: The Christian Science Monitor is reporting on a new study of recent changes in the current of the North Atlantic.

Each second, millions of cubic meters of cold, dense Arctic seawater slip over the top of an undersea
ridge stretching between Greenland and Scotland, then slide thousands of meters to the floor of the
Atlantic to begin a journey of global proportions.

Now, a team headed by oceanographer Bogi Hansen, with the Faroese Fisheries Laboratory in
Torshavn, Faroe Islands, reports that during the past half century, the flow of cold water south through a
key gap in the ridge has slowed measurably.

If that reduction isn't offset by higher flows elsewhere along the ridge, they say, their measurements could
signify that human-induced climate change is beginning to apply the brakes to the main engine-driving
North Atlantic Ocean circulation - which in turn affects conditions ranging from regional climate patterns
to economically important fisheries worldwide."


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