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The Local Voice in "Silent Spring"

An article in the Boston Globe explains how Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" was inspired by a letter from a friend, Duxbury resident Olga Owens Huckins.


Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” is the book that gave birth to American environmentalism 50 years ago.

It’s the book that raised the first red flag over the unregulated use of chemical pesticides that killed birds and other creatures, poisoned water, and worked their way up the food chain to human consumption...

...And it’s the book that Carson said was inspired by a letter from Duxbury resident Olga Owens Huckins.

“Olga Owens Huckins told me of her own bitter experience of a small world made lifeless,” Carson wrote in her acknowledgments for “Silent Spring,’’ “and now brought my attention sharply back to a problem with which I had long been concerned. I then realized I must write this book.”
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Fri May 25, 2012, 12:42 PM (0 replies)

Guardian (UK): Indian women turn to firearms against threat of violence


Indian women turn to firearms against threat of violence

Guns are increasingly popular with well-off Indian women who feel that they should be able to defend themselves against crime

When Dr Harveen Kaur Sidhu travels from her home in an upmarket neighbourhood of the north-western Indian city of Chandigarh, she always slips her lightweight .22 revolver in her bag. The gun is a new purchase – Sidhu got her licence only a year ago – but now the 33-year-old dentist won't travel without it.

"I don't have faith in the police to protect me. There are so many attacks on women these days. It's everybody's right to defend themselves. I think all women who are vulnerable should be carrying guns," Sidhu said. She is not alone. A growing number of well-off, educated Indian women are turning to firearms for protection....

...Gang rapes in the capital, New Delhi, are commonplace. One recent news magazine's investigation revealed widespread misogyny among the city's senior police officers, many of whom said the crimes were the fault of the victims.

"There are so many incidents, especially in Delhi. Women who are working or who are travelling should definitely have a gun," said Sidhu. She explained that changing lifestyles were making women more vulnerable, particularly single women working or coming home late at night. "Why should I be dependent on someone else, even my husband or the police, for my own safety? I should be independent," she said. "Imagine all the problems and mishaps which could be avoided if women could defend themselves properly. The females have to be self-armed and protected and should send out a strong message that we are not taking this anymore."

Video at:
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon May 21, 2012, 09:55 PM (26 replies)

President Obama needs to cite the Fourteenth Amendment whenever marriage equality is discussed.


Amendment XIV
Section 1.

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws...

Thanks to the delightful Park Overall for bringing it up:

Corker challenger Park Overall agrees with Obama on same-sex marriage


NASHVILLE — Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Park Overall said today she’s fully in support of President Barack Obama’s statement in support of same-sex marriage.

“The 14th Amendment calls for equal rights under the law. I can’t imagine how the fear of same-sex couples has trumped the Constitution for this long,” Overall, an environmental advocate and actress, said in a statement. “As for President Obama saying he’s for gay marriage, all I can say is, hallelujah and what took so long?”

Overall is running in the August Democratic primary in hopes of challenging U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., in November.

For “committed, loving couples to be denied the rights of heterosexual couples is prejudicial,” she said. “I am thrilled that my president has taken this highly evolved stances and continues to push the rock uphill. May we continue to strive for the rights of all men and women.”...

Marriage equality is now his issue, and will be for the forseeable future. He needs to claim the the moral high ground and defend it from all comers.

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon May 14, 2012, 01:43 PM (0 replies)

Watch it, you'll piss off the Ontarian Inquisition with your questioning of geocentrism...

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Fri May 11, 2012, 12:43 PM (0 replies)

Chicago Tribune: Rahm Emanuel weighs in on Accretive dispute

Looks like Rahm's trying to outdo Mitt Romney for the title of "Biggest Corporate Shill". Fuck him...


Rahm Emanuel weighs in on Accretive dispute

By Peter Frost

Tribune reporter

2:17 PM CDT, May 8, 2012

Dismayed with Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson's handling of a public dispute with Chicago-based Accretive Health Inc., Mayor Rahm Emanuel is urging the fellow Democrat to resume talks with the embattled company and "cease efforts to publicly prosecute" the matter in the press.

In a letter sent to Swanson on Friday, Emanuel defended the hospital billings and collections company, saying it "does important things for hospitals and good things for our city, particularly for our neediest citizens."...

...Accretive, one of Chicagoland's fastest-growing companies, received $6 million in tax increment financing from the City of Chicago in 2010 to help it build a service center on South LaSalle Street that was projected to employ 650 people. The company also received a mixture of tax and job-training credits from the state of Illinois valued at $1.42 million.

The mayor has held up the company as an example of worthwhile TIF investment. Emanuel toured the LaSalle Street offices of the company in March, talking with executives and interacting with workers as part of what his administration said was an effort to understand what businesses have experienced and identify opportunity for future potential growth....

The letter:

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Wed May 9, 2012, 01:36 PM (3 replies)

You should hang out at the Gun Control & RKBA group. There are a couple of Rahm apologists there.

You'll get a far warmer welcome there than you're getting here in GD...
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Wed May 9, 2012, 12:50 PM (0 replies)

The Brady Campaign is again trying to make money off the dead.

Just as the American Life League, the Army of God, and Live Action claim to be acting on behalf of every zygote, fertilized egg, and stray sperm
in the known universe, the various Brady Campaigns and their employees have never been shy about claiming to speak for all victims of gun violence:

Colin Goddard Speaks for 32

(Except, of course when they aren't:

Holly Adams’ Statement on the Virginia Tech Massacre and Campus Carry

Much as in the aftermath of the Tuscon shootings, the BC have seized upon the Trayvon Martin case to shill for money. Their latest mailing
comes with a large dollop of conspiracy theory as an extra. First off, the outer envelope bears the following:

The NRA and George Zimmerman

Inside, we find a flyer with the header:


Of course, the careful reader will note that they do not claim to speak on behalf of his family, as there is no indication that they want
the Bradys to do so.

At least they found an actual relative for the next one:


My niece, my daughter's cousin....

Hmm, what about the opinion of one her parents? Oops, doesn't fit the program:

"Why don't *you* listen to the father of one of the victims, John Green?"


"We don't need anymore restrictions on our society"

"If we live in a country like the United States, where people are more free than anywhere else, we are subject to things like this happening."

I guess some special pleading is more important to other special pleading...

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Tue May 1, 2012, 02:16 PM (39 replies)
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