Progressive Calendar 05.24.10
From: David Shove (
Date: Mon, 24 May 2010 11:07:11 -0700 (PDT)
             P R O G R E S S I V E   C A L E N D A R   05.24.10

1. Oil/vigil/film 5.24 5/7pm
2. Peace walk     5.24 6pm RiverFalls WI
3. Zeitgeist/film 5.24 7pm

4. Gaza +1 yr/CTV 5.25 5pm
5. Book: The Road 5.25 6:30pm

6. Dave Lindorff - Screw the environment: BP and the audacity of greed

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From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at]>
Subject: Oil/vigil/film 5.24 5/7pm

Vigil and Presentation: Clean Energy
Monday, May 24, 5:00 p.m. (Vigil); 7:00 p.m. (Presentation and Film
Screening) MayDay Books, 301 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis.

Given the US wars for Oil, the peace community can raise its voice with
environmentalists at this clean energy vigil to cool down the planet to
protest offshore oil drilling. Following the vigil will be a presentation
by Christine Frank, coordinator of the Climate Crisis Coalition of the
Twin Cities on the upcoming 3CTC environmental forum, "The Gulf Oil Spill
Catastrophe: A Crime Against Nature and Humanity." Following the
presentation will be a screening of "Crude Impact," a documentary on
America's oil addiction, the ecological damage of fossil fuel extraction
and the human rights violations of indigenous peoples by the energy
giants. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by: The Climate Crisis
Coalition of the Twin Cities. Endorsed by: WAMM. FFI: Call 612-879-8937 or
email christinefrank [at] .

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From: Nancy Holden <d.n.holden [at]>
Subject: Peace walk 5.24 6pm RiverFalls WI

River Falls Peace and Justice Walkers. We meet every Monday from 6-7 pm on
the UWRF campus at Cascade Ave. and 2nd Street, immediately across from
"Journey" House. We walk through the downtown of River Falls. Contact:
d.n.holden [at] Douglas H Holden 1004 Morgan Road River Falls,
Wisconsin 54022

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From: Lydia Howell <lydiahowell [at]>
Subject: Zeitgeist/film 5.24 7pm

Mark Wojahn wrote:
dear Friend of Casket Cinema,

Next Monday, 5/24 7pm I will be showing the infamous, and anonymously made
movie ZEITGEIST. Zeitgeist has been called many things: "Dangerous,
thought provoking, a mess, Propaganda, 95% bullshit, an eye opener, and
one of the most important documentary films ever ". It's a movie that
takes on the triple headed topic of world religion, the banking system and
of course 9/11.

Is what they  say TRUTH or FICTION?

That is what I hope we can talk about after the movie with special guests
to be announced. I hope you all can make it. Please rsvp and get more info
to get to this screening at,

Casket Cinema Facebook event page:
the Casket Cinema Brave New Theater website:
Zeitgeist Movie Website:

As Always please BYOB and enter from the northside loading dock door under
the big Red Arrow. ,

Mark Wojahn Filmmaker/Photographer/Casket Cinema curator Casket Arts ste
#145 681 17th Ave NE Mpls, MN 55413 s(612)781-5223

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From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at]>
Subject: Gaza +1 year/CTV 5.25 5pm

Worthy St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) viewers:
"Our World In Depth" cablecasts on SPNN Channel 15 on Tuesdays at 5pm,
midnight and Wednesday mornings at 10am, after DemocracyNow!  Households
with basic cable may watch.

Tues, 5/25 @ 5pm & midnight + Wed, 5/26, 10am
"Jennifer Loewenstein: Gaza, One Year Later (pt. 2)"

U of Wisconsin faculty member Jennifer Loewenstein speaks about her vast
intimate knowledge and recent experiences in the Gaza strip.  Plus:
concert footage of David Rovics.

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From: patty <pattypax [at]>
Subject: Book: The Road 5.25 6:30pm

Hi, This Tuesday is The Little Book of the Odd Month Club and the book it
The Road.  Below is one of the "saloners" description and reason for this

Why read The Road, by Cormac McCarthy? The Road is the next selection by
the Madhatter's TeaHouse Little Book of the Odd Month Club. It will be
discussed at the Salon on the last Tuesday of May, May 25. It is a book of
timely importance. McCarthy has written the bare bones of a story for
survival. Each turning of the page is an experience in existential terror.
Why has he written such a book?  As a warning? As a teaching? Though a
simple tale there are layers of meaning to unravel. Come and help us to
unravel them. The New Busy is not the too busy. Combine all your e-mail
accounts with Hotmail. Get busy.

Pax Salons ( )
are held (unless otherwise noted in advance):
Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm.
Mad Hatter's Tea House,
943 W 7th, St Paul, MN

Salons are free but donations encouraged for program and treats.
Call 651-227-3228 or 651-227-2511 for information.

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Screw the Environment
BP and the Audacity of Greed
May 24, 2010

Even as BP's blown well a mile beneath the surface in the Gulf of Mexico
continues to gush forth an estimated 70,000 barrels of oil a day into the
sea, and the fragile wetlands along the Gulf begin to get coated with
crude, which is also headed into the Gulf Stream for a trip past the
Everglades and on up the East Coast, the company is demanding that Canada
lift its tight rules for drilling in the icy Beaufort Sea portion of the
Arctic Ocean.

In an incredible display of corporate arrogance, BP is claiming that a
current safety requirement that undersea wells drilled during the newly
ice-free summer must also include a side relief well, so as to have a
preventive measure in place that could shut down a blown well, is "too
expensive" and should be eliminated.

Yet clearly, if the US had had such a provision in place, the Deepwater
Horizon blowout could have been shut down right almost immediately after
it blew out, just by turning of a valve or two, and then sealing off the
blown wellhead.

A relief well is "too expensive"?

The current Gulf blowout has already cost BP over half a billion dollars,
according to the company's own information. That doesn't count the cost of
mobilizing the Coast Guard, the Navy, and untold state and county
resources, and it sure doesn't count the cost of the damage to the Gulf
Coast economy, or the cost of restoration of damaged wetlands. We're
talking at least $10s of billions, and maybe eventually $100s of billions.
Weigh that against the cost of drilling a relief well, which BP claims
will run about $100 million. The cost of such a well in the Arctic, where
the sea is much shallower, would likely be a good deal less.

Such is the calculus of corruption. BP has paid $1.8 billion for drilling
rights in Canada's sector of the Beaufort Sea, about 150 miles north of
the Northwest Territories coastline, an area which global warming has
freed of ice in summer months. and it wants to drill there as cheaply as
possible. The problem is that a blowout like the one that struck the
Deepwater Horizon, if it occurred near the middle or end of summer, would
mean it would be impossible for the oil company to drill a relief well
until the following summer, because the return of ice floes would make
drilling impossible all winter. That would mean an undersea wild well
would be left to spew its contents out under the ice for perhaps eight or
nine months, where its ecological havoc would be incalculable.

BP and other oil companies like Exxon/Mobil and Shell, which also have
leases in Arctic Waters off Canada and the US, are actually trying to
claim that the environmental risks of a spill in Arctic waters are less
than in places like the Gulf of Mexico or the Eastern Seaboard, because
the ice would "contain" any leaking oil, allowing it to be cleared away.
The argument is laughable. This is not like pouring a can of 10W-40 oil
into an ice-fishing hole on a solidly frozen pond, where you could scoop
it out again without its going anywhere. Unlike the surface of a frozen
pond, Arctic sea ice is in constant motion, cracking and drifting in
response to winds, tides and currents. Moreover, the blowout in the Gulf
has taught us that much of the oil leaked into the sea doesn't even rise
to the surface at all. It is cracked and emulsified by contact with the
cold waters and stays submerged in the lower currents, wreaking its damage
far from wellhead and recovery efforts. Finally, as difficult a time as BP
has had rounding up the necessary containment equipment and personnel in
the current blowout 50 miles from the oil industry mecca of Texas and
Louisiana, the same task would be far harder to accomplish in the remote
reaches of the Beaufort, far above the Arctic Circle, where there aren't
any roads, much less rail lines or airports.

In fact, it was the remoteness of the Arctic staging area, and the lack of
infrastructure, that has been the oil industry's main argument against a
mandatory simultaneous relief well drilling requirement for offshore
Arctic drilling. The industry claims it would be "too difficult" to drill
two wells simultaneously, as this would require bring in and supplying
double the personnel, and two separate drilling rigs.

In a hearing in Canada's Parliament last week, Ann Drinkwater, president
of BP Canada, told stunned and incredulous members of Parliament that she
had never compared US and Canadian drilling regulations. In fact, whether
by design or appalling ignorance, she had precious little in the way of
information to offer them about anything to do with drilling rules,
effects of spills, or containment strategems. All she wanted was relief
from "expensive" regulation, so BP could go about its business of putting
yet another region of the earth and its seas at risk in the pursuit of

Asked if BP knew how it would clean up oil spilling out under the winter
ice in a blowout, Drinkwater told the parliamentary hearing, "I'm not an
expert in oil-spill techniques in an Arctic environment, so I would have
to defer to other experts on that."

"You'd think coming to a hearing like this that British Petroleum would
have as many answers as possible to assure the Canadian public. We got
nothing today from them," groused Nathan Cullen of the left-leaning New
Democrats, after hearing from the ironically named Drinkwater.

The fundamental problem in the US is that politicians purchased by
campaign contributions are unwilling to look at the real risks of offshore
drilling, whether on the two coasts or up in the Arctic region.  With
luck, maybe at least the Canadian government will conclude that such
drilling in their northern seas makes no economic or environmental sense.
In both countries, the amount of oil provided from offshore drilling
would, over the next decade, be less than could be saved by simply making
automobile mileage standards stricter.

All this is even more true when the drilling in question is in the fragile
ecological environs of the Arctic Ocean.

DAVE LINDORFF is the founder of the new collectively run online newspaper, which also features journalists John Grant, Linn
Washington and Charles Young. This and Lindorff's other work can be found


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