I agree - here is one woman trying to do what she can. Why not help her as much as we can.
See link to Greenpeace report here:
Duke is asking for a new rate hike to pay for coal and nuclear -- -- HAS Duke RESPONDED to this report?
It is NOT ok for our lawmakers to just give Duke what it wants -- just because MOST are bought by Art Pope -
If they don't agree with the report - why shouldn't they have to explain why? Why shouldn't they work very hard to get BALANCED info about renewable energy, rather than accepting ALEC's talking points and that bogus presentation by ATI? See Art Pope Exposed
Isn't it time to do something about Art Pope and ALEC funding climate change deniers - and wind power/renewable subverters? And get their influence out of NC Politics?
Shoudn't our lawmakers take the Greenpeace report seriously? see link on petiton
Since Duke Energy is our biggest polluter and is planning to do more damage, why are former Duke employees running our state gov't? --- with Art Pope and Duke supporting ALEC?
Thanks so much for publishing this story. After Pope's appointment to McCrory's cabinet, I wanted to know more about him. I can't understand how we can allow this man to run our state - on top of everything mentioned here, the racist ads he supported included, I find on ArtPopeExposed that he had funded anti-wind power presentations, and I learn from Greenpeace about his connections to Duke Energy and ALEC -- both of which are working against renewables and supporting dirty coal and oil - and apparently fracking.
As a student of NC History, I see a close resemblance of campaign strategies Pope supports to the white supremacy campaigns in NC in 1898 - whose goal it was to crush a progressive movement and undo Reconstruction's progress for people of color --- back then it was also about labor and money and greed -- keeping a group of our citizens living in a condition of slavery - using them for cheap labor to fund the state's industrial revolution -- exploiting emotional issues like God and freedom and women's purity and the rest of that rot to attract votes from the majority of whites who had no idea they were being duped into supporting their own economic limitations - keeping them just one step above slavery.
totally shameful - all of it.
That link is to the petition, pasted below, I wrote after reading the recent Mother Jones article on this issue at Pelican Bay Prison in CA - which is even worse than Central Prison.
Also I believe NC legislature was going to vote on raising the age that juveniles were tried as adults (to 18 - or at least above 16 -- which would make NC one of the last to do this more humane thing), and move all the children in adult prison out (at an eventual savings in cost), but the same legislature that also approved Fracking, failed to either raise the age for juveniles tried as adults or give reparations to those who were sterilized during NC's participation in the Eugenics Program.
So you see our state has a trend -- treat people horribly inhumanely - even criminally - and maybe 50 years later say you're sorry -- lip service only. I doubt much has been done about 1898 Wilmington either.
Target: Pelican Bay State Prison, CA Dept of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Sponsored by: Susan V
Journalist Shane Bauer spent 26 months in an Iran prison. The four in solitary were by far the worst -so bad he said he hoped for an interrogation, just to talk to someone.
He saw “men put in the hole for the company they kept, the books they read, the beliefs they held,” something he never thought he'd find back home in CA. But he did - at Pelican Bay’s Security Housing Unit - the SHU.
Touring the SHU, Bauer found 11 X 8 foot concrete cells where prisoners suspected of the slightest association with gangs are sentenced. With “no immunity from being falsely accused,” most spend at least 6 years (many 20) with no sunlight, no visitors, no phone calls and not even a window - the one thing that kept Bauer sane in Iran.
Though this inhumane treatment has nothing to do with correction or rehabilitation, prison officials don’t even call it punishment. Whatever name they give it, it’s cruel and unusual. It’s torture. And it has to end.
I would like every person that has any power over changing our prison system to watch the extras on Michael Moore's "Sicko" -- He does about a 30-min documentary on the prison system in Norway - that sends the worst offenders to a farm - with no cells -- no guns -- instead treating them with respect and courtesy. Moore says Norway doesn't incarcerate anyone for over 21 years - for any crime - and there is no death penalty. I doubt there are people in jail for such petty things as marijuana use either.
In the US we refuse to look at what works elsewhere - whether it's Finland's incredibly successful Open Dialogue response to emotional crisis intervention (what we call mental illness -that reduces the need for psychotropic drugs [which cause brain damage] or hospital treatment - it helps people through these crises and back into society)-- or Norway's success with the prison system. We complain about overcrowding and costs, and yet we put children and people with drug habits or just marijuana users in jail - unnecessarily. Some states hire businesses to run prisons - for profit - their goal is to keep them full - and they lobby politicians to create more crime to help with their profit goal --- just like the mental hospitals that peddle the much more dangerous legal drugs - and get away with it.
Our system is so screwed up - so corrupt - and so unjust in so many ways, how can we expect people who have brain issues - childhood trauma - etc to do better and respect it? I don't respect it.
I wish those with power to change our prison and mental health systems would listen to the Harvard Doctor interviewed on "Zeitgeist, Moving Forward" -- check his data - and if solid - listen to what he says about brain injury - early trauma having an affect on behavior as an adult. If we want a better society, we have to deal with the issues that are causing the problems - crime - prevent them. Certainly CONTINUING the kind of abuse that leads to them is insanity - if not criminal in itself.
I just watched a Nova or Nat'l; Geo documentary on the brain. It's known that serial killers have abnormally-sized amydalae -- and men have smaller ones than women, in general. This part of the brain regulates the ability to empathize -- those with smaller amydalae can commit crimes (or, as the documentary adds - take advantage of people like a used car salesman or a wall street trader) because they don't have a conscience, so to speak - they can't know how another feels by what they do to them.
Other scientists explain that even if a person is born with a tendency toward crime, environment can change that. But what do we do with our prisons? We create the worst environments we can - and we say those inside are the criminals.
Then there is the science that shows children's brains are not developed enough to always make good judgements, and yet we incarcerate some children for life - at the age of 16 (Only NC and NY does this now).
If we are to have departments of PUNISHMENT - SEVERE PUNISHMENT -- Cruel and unusual punishment, then why not call them what they are - rather than euphemize them as Departments of Correction?
I find NO OTHER STATE prohibits a member from correcting a vote in such a short time, nor does any out of 37 states give so little time to vote- 15 seconds. Several sources say Carney tried to correct her vote before all were tallied and the machine would not allow her. Tillis should have addressed that issue rather than ignoring Carney to get what he wanted.
Hands down, NC House has the MOST UNFAIR, bordering on Unconstitutional, rules out of 37 states for which I could find official House Rules online. I have quoted from some on my petition letter to request a correction of Carney's vote and a change in NC's House Rules on voting.
Contact me via Care2 if you'd like a copy of my 10,000 word report/compilation on Voting Rules in other states - with actual quotes and links to the webpages for confirmation.
Please sign the petition if you agree this dirty political maneuver should not go uncorrected.
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