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Synchronized Chaos Magazine invites visual and written submissions [06 Apr 2010|12:26am]

All artists and writers in this community are invited to submit work to the literary/artistic/cultural/nature and travel writing/scientific webzine Synchronized Chaos. (http://www.synchchaos.com) This includes novel excerpts - we encourage novelists to provide some description of the project along with the excerpt and a link where the whole piece may be purchased. We also do book reviews for fiction and nonfiction.

Information on the zine and how to submit, from the Facebook group http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=20763137372&ref=mf :

The brainchild of some of my friends and colleagues, along with myself, the publication provides thoughtful art/cultural/literary/scientific/social commentary/essay material. Our title comes from the mathematical concept of chaos theory - the study of whether we can find order in systems which seem to be random at first glance, whether anything in nature can be proved to be truly random or whether some systems just seem that way because we don't know enough about the initial conditions. This is a social experiment and a fun way to stay coherent without limiting our contributors' creativity or having to turn away excellent work because it isn't a fit.

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[30 Jun 2007|03:33pm]

For UK peeps only.

Click hereto write to your MP to stop the carving up of the Congo rainforest

To sign up for email updates on Greenpeace UK actions, go here
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[23 Jun 2007|05:18pm]

Hawaii: Please help to stop a loan for rainforest destructionCollapse )
Click here to send your message, from whichever country you live in
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[22 Jun 2007|11:28am]

Say no to plans to use Argentinean soy oil as fuel for the UK fishing fleet!Collapse )
Please click here to tell the EU, the British government and the industry involved to abandon plans for biofuels for the UK fishing fleet WHEREVER YOU LIVE IN THE WORLD

Also, anyone who cares about climate change should take a look at Greenpeace's 7-step climate campaign!
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[19 Jun 2007|12:32pm]

Stop Copper Mining in Ecuadorian Rainforests!Collapse )

Click here to send your message, wherever you live!
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[14 Jun 2007|09:46am]

For UK citizens only.

Defend your rights in the planning system to stop more power stations, supermarkets, etc being builtCollapse )

Click here to send your message, thanks!
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x-posted [30 May 2007|11:52am]

Keep the Oil Under the Ground – Protect Ecuador’s Yasuní National ParkCollapse )

Click here to send a message, from any country
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two actions! x-posted [25 May 2007|09:32am]

1. Please support farming communities in Paraguay threatened with eviction and violence linked to soya expansionCollapse )

Click here to send your message, from any country

2. Ask MEPs to support energy efficiency declaration.Collapse )

Click here to send your message, if you live in The European Union
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please please send a message! [18 May 2007|03:07pm]

Our campaign against European biofuel targets now continues, as the EU are
consulting on proposals for future legislation. The EU are consulting on
‘sustainability standards’, but they make it clear that they cannot stop new
biofuel monocultures from pushing palm or soya plantations for food, or other
agricultural activities further into the rainforests. Under the proposed
standards, companies would have an incentive to sell palm oil or soya from land
logged in the past for biodiesel and cut down more forest for food or animal
feed. Moreover, biofuels from plantations where people have been poisoned by
pesticides, evicted or even killed will still be classed as ‘sustainable’.
Biofuels drive up the prices of palm oil, soya and sugar cane, all linked
directly to the rate of rainforest destruction. Only an end to targets and
incentives can bring hope to the world’s remaining rainforests and to many
communities in the global South.

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x-posted like woah. [09 May 2007|03:21pm]

More than 1,000 government delegates are now meeting in Bonn to try to break gridlock in international climate change negotiations amid widening public concern and widely evident global warming impacts. This is the first time government climate delegations have met since the U.N. sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a spate of reports this year, drawing on the studies of some 2,500 scientists, which predict grim consequences of global warming if swift action is not taken. These climate change policy-makers must be challenged to develop a strengthened Kyoto regime as soon as possible that transitions the world to low carbon societies.

This year's first IPCC report found global warming is almost certainly human caused and the second warned of the consequences already occurring and yet to come such as massive human death and disease, droughts, floods, and storms. The third report said fighting global warming would not undermine the world economy, and would be less costly if started now. Foremost, solutions were said to require greater use of renewable energy and setting a price on carbon to drive up the cost of using fossil fuels. Other key recommendations include not waiting for new technologies and proceeding immediately with policies such as shifting away from coal, embracing energy efficiency, reducing deforestation, implementing fuel taxes and strengthening Kyoto's binding emission limits.

Current Bonn talks are preparing for a meeting of environment ministers in Bali, Indonesia, in December. It is essential formal negotiations are launched in Bali to widen and strengthen the U.N.'s Kyoto Protocol as soon as possible, and certainly before the current Kyoto agreement expires in 2012. A new more comprehensive and aggressive international climate change policy must be developed that is sufficient to keep warming within relatively safe parameters. First and foremost, Kyoto's framework for cutting greenhouse emissions must be accelerated and expanded, minimally along the lines of already adopted EU policy to cut carbon gases by 20 percent by 2020, compared to 1990 levels (30 percent if other major polluters follow suit). The longer term goal must be to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050 or earlier.

Click here to send a message to the delegates, doesn't matter which country you're from
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[29 Apr 2007|11:14am]


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[22 Apr 2007|10:27pm]

What is the Dead Zone?
The Mississippi River dumps one billion liters of water into the Gulf, water that carries huge amounts of fertilizer from surrounding farms. At its largest, the Dead Zone spans 8500 square miles, approximately the size of Massachusetts.
How does this affect the Gulf of Mexico?
Nitrates, the active ingredient in fertilizer, enter the water and nourish the growth of algae leading to algal blooms. When these algae die, they sink to the ocean floor and decay. Bacteria feeds on the decayed algae and consume a lot of oxygen in the process, leaving the area hypoxic (devoid of oxygen) which in turn leaves the water too drained of oxygen to support life. As a result, anything that can’t swim will die.
When does this happen?
It’s been happening for over thirty years and the hypoxic state begins each spring when the influx of nitrates is highest and disappears each autumn when ocean currents bring oxygen-rich waters back.
Why should I care?
Animals have to leave to find other waters and some of these waters may be less hospitable. For example, it may force shrimp to move into colder, deeper water where they grow and reproduce more slowly or it may force them to move into more shallow waters where they are in danger of being predated. This could lead to an extinction of the shrimp population in the area, which in turn will take away many of the jobs and people’s livelihoods will be affected.
Well, what can be done about it?
Estimates show that the Dead Zone should be reduced to about 2000 square miles in order to dispose of the threat to the shrimp population and to the fishing industry that relies on shellfish. To achieve this goal, we need to cut nitrogen runoff by as much as forty percent. In the late 1990s, scientists drafted a plan that would cut the nitrogen by 30% by installing better drainage systems and constructing new wetlands in the Mississippi River basin. These wetlands would trap the nitrates and turn them into nitrogen gas which escapes into the atmosphere. The federal government and eight states along the Mississippi River agreed to put this plan into action, but the plan’s momentum has died since the beginning of George W. Bush’s administration.
What can I do?
Write to the federal government and let them know that you feel this is an issue that should be considered much more seriously than it has been. Write to your senators and congressmen today!
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Connos Memse [20 Apr 2007|10:23pm]

[ mood | accomplished ]

My name is Connos Memse.  I am a student at MIT (Massachusetts Interdimensional Travel). I am majoring in interdimensional politics, and for my senior year, I am here to study the politics of America in this dimension.
My dimension is very similar to this one, we have the same TV shows, the same countries, even the same food. America's still America, we've got all of the same freedoms. Things are just a little different, enough to be worth taking a look at what could have gone differently back home to make it more like this place, or what could have gone differently to make here more like home.

I'm withholding judgment on whether here or home is the more politically sound America.

Or, more specifically, this is a political satire journal with a definite liberal slant, written by a resident of Indianapolis, IN.  Please come check it out, I've got two entries already posted, and will be updating regularly.

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Amnesty Invitation! [13 Nov 2006|01:56pm]

Letting everyone know that I'm hosting an Amnesty International Write-A-Thon in my ladycatherina journal, and you're all invited!

The Write-A-Thon is a free event where we write letters to governments on behalf of nonviolent political prisoners around the world, beginning November 28th and continuing through December 10th, International Human Rights Day. Around the 28th a list of actions will be available on the Amnesty webpage (http://www.amnestyusa.org), and I'll download them and post the addresses and information in my journal. Whoever's interested can let me know via comments and we can split the actions up as we go.

I did this last year with a friend and got through the entire list of appeals, Holiday Card actions, etc. To make it more fun, we can all take breaks where we post jokes, stories, recipes, etc as comments to the Writeathon post.
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Uganda Calling [02 Oct 2006|08:34pm]

Answer the call.

Sorry if this is not allowed in the community, I can remove it if asked - but I thought some of you might be interested in this new community.

I'm a board member of ugandacalling, and we exist to raise awareness of and work for the end of the civil war in Northern Uganda, which has victimized many innocent civilians, particularly children, and left many homeless and desperately poor. We're trying to provide resources for local groups working on this issue - collecting petitions for groups to circulate, providing ideas for fundraisers for worthy projects, posting news articles and bulletins about Uganda, and letting activists and interested people get together to learn more and network with each other. And we still need lots of people to help us carry on all these functions and get us off the ground as a nonprofit - as well as community leaders who'd like to start something for Uganda!

If you're interested in learning more or helping out, please check out the community - everyone's very nice and positive, we'd love to see you!
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supreme court ruling... [30 Jun 2006|05:26pm]

[ mood | artistic ]

...a major victory for human rights. 

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Global Pride, Global Action: Empowering the Spirit of Human Rights [27 Jun 2006|01:38pm]

Join Amnesty International, Gay Games vistores, local lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trasgender (LGBT) community members for a one day conference exploring international LGBT human rights issues, and way participants can take action to end LGBT human rights abuses.

♦ Date: Saturday, July, 15

♦ Time: 10 am - 4 pm (Registration to begin at 9 a.m.)

♦ Location: Roosevelt University
Loop Campus - 430 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL

* This event is free of charge and all are welcome – although space is limited.

* Participants may attend the entire conference or are also welcome to attend individual plenary sessions, panels, or workshops for which they have a particular interest.

Human Rights ConferenceCollapse )

Global, Pride, Global Action: a Fundraising ReceptionCollapse )

*If you have any questions please ask!

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[01 Jun 2006|03:52pm]

Delete if not allowed :)

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Some Earth friendly links I wanted to share. [30 May 2006|09:22pm]


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Foster Parents Plan aka Plan [27 May 2006|01:18pm]

Has anyone here ever sponsored a child through the Foster Parents Plan or Plan?
If so, have you had any problems with them? Would you recommend sponsoring a child through them?

I've check out both sites (Foster Parents Plan is just the Canadian version of Plan) and it seems like a promising charity. The Foster Parents Plan website says that they work on long-term solutions, they consult with the families receiving the charity, and they publish an annual report on where the donated money goes. All very important criteria for an international charity for the poor, in my books.

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