HMS Daring Shows Power to American Commander

first_img View post tag: Naval HMS Daring Shows Power to American Commander View post tag: power View post tag: American View post tag: shows View post tag: News by topic April 20, 2012 View post tag: Daring View post tag: Navy Training & Education Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Daring Shows Power to American Commander View post tag: HMS One of the most senior US naval commanders in the Gulf joined HMS Daring to see what Britain’s most advanced warship can do. Rear Admiral Mike Shoemaker is in charge of two American Carrier Strike Groups – a dozen warships, over 100 aircraft and more than 12,000 souls – on patrol and visited the destroyer which has been working with the two potent task groups.Rear Admiral Mike Shoemaker commands not one but two US Carrier Strike Groups – those of the Abraham Lincoln and Carl Vinson.As part of her seven-month east of Suez deployment, Britain’s most advanced warship is working heavily with the Americans, as well as the UK’s regional allies.The past few weeks has seen the Portsmouth-based Type 45 destroyer, on her maiden deployment, work with both the Carl Vinson and ‘Abe’.The link-up with the groups – Vinson leads Carrier Strike Group One, while the Lincoln is the flagship of Group Nine, each comprising one carrier, one cruiser, two destroyers, one hunter-killer submarine and a support ship, plus an air wing of more than 60 jets, helicopters and pistol-engined aircraft – has seen Daring swap personnel with the American ships.Those exchanges went right to the top with Rear Admiral Shoemaker, Commander Task Force 50, jumping at the chance to get across to the Daring himself and to be briefed fully on the capabilities the advanced air defence destroyer can bring to a US Carrier Strike Group.He got to meet the Ship’s Company whilst he toured the Type 45 destroyer and was then briefed in full by the Commanding Officer, Captain Guy Robinson, and his Operations Room team.“Maritime security operations in the Gulf are supported by the Navies of many nations. It is very important that we all work together and understand how each other operate,” explained Lt Cdr Luke Hayashi.“Rear Admiral Shoemaker will now have a better understanding of what Daring can contribute, given that she is the first Type 45 to operate in the Gulf. “Being an air warfare officer myself, it’s hugely satisfying to see Daring operating in her core role as an air defender, especially in a such a complex and challenging operational environment.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff , April 20, 2012; Image: royalnavy View post tag: Commander Share this articlelast_img read more

IS IT TRUE FEBRUARY 15 2018

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare We hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?” IS IT TRUE  that United States Senatorial candidate Mike Braum just announced that “Politicians in Washington have ignored the problem of illegal immigration for far too long”?  … he  also said, “that his bottom line is this – in order to gain my support any bill for immigration reform should have to fund for the Wall, ban sanctuary cities, and end chain migration”?IS IT TRUE it looks like Democrat Willian Tanoos, a Terre Haute disability attorney, is going to be the only Democratic challenger to either Republicans Dr. Richard Moss, Rachel Covington or current 8th District United States Congressman Dr. Larry Bucshon in the General election?  …Democrat William Tanoos must put in some additional time and effort in campaigning in Vanderburgh County in order to improve his chances of being elected as the next 8th District United States Congressman?  …so goes Vanderburgh County so goes the chances of Mr. Tanoos being elected as the next 8th District United States Congressman?IS IT TRUE that members of the local media have been focused on the political campaign war chest of people running for public office during this election cycle?  …we like to point out that campaign fundraising committee for County Commissioner Ben Shoulders has raised around $150,000?  …this figure tells us that people think very highly of Mr. Shoulders?IS IT TRUE so far there are several State and County offices that only have one person seeking to be elected to those positions?  …we can guarantee that both Vanderburgh County Party Chairman will see that every important political office in Vanderburgh County will be competitive?IS IT TRUE we have been told that State Representative Wendy McNamara Democratic general election opponent is going to make the “Payday Loan Legislation” that she co-authored a major campaign issue?   …we are told that Ms. McNamara better gets ready for one heck of a re-election campaign battle?IS IT TRUE are told that City Council President Jim Brinkmeyer (D) is not happy that 5th Ward City Councilman Justin Elpers submitted a resolution without his knowledge to do away with the unreasonable “3-minute Governmental Censorship” rule imposed two (2) years ago by former Evansville City Council President Missy Mosby (D)?  …Mr. Brinkmeyer can rest assured if he doesn’t support Councilman Elpers resolution to do away with this unreasonable “3-minute Governmental Censorship” rule it could cause him some re-election challenges?IS IT TRUE that a triple homicide happened over the weekend in Evansville which will keep the homicide rate rising through the first two months of 2018 even if the rest of February is a time of peace and tranquility?…this time the killing spree started on Lynwood when a man sot and killed his wife and followed that killing up with a Facebook post announcing the homicide?…then he got into a Black Range Rover with Florida plates and chased down a blue Dodge Challenger on northbound Highway 41 and fired a series of shots into the driver side window, killing the driver?…then the Range Rover proceeded out to the 4-H Center in Darmstadt where the alleged killer was found dead in his Range Rover? …we wonder if “Spot Shooter” could have stopped this triple homicide from happening?IS IT TRUE also on the Northside last week was a heinous arrest of a public school teacher for allegedly molesting a child in his care?…the CCO is glad that the alleged child molester is in custody and hopes that justice is done?…the particularly sickening nature of crimes in the Tri-State has started 2018 off the rails of the terrible year of 2017?IS IT TRUE we wonder if the owners of the McCurdy have paid their $750,000 water bill?  …if not, why hasn’t the city turned off  the water at the McCurdy?  …if anyone else didn’t pay their water bill the city would disconnect their water meter?IS IT TRUE that a couple of years ago the president of TransUnion Healthcare, said burgeoning out-of-pocket costs put consumers with precarious finances at growing risk of bankruptcy if they experience medical problems?  …that A 2013 report from the price transparency firm Nerdwallet Health estimated that 1.7 million Americans live in households that will declare bankruptcy due to their inability to pay their medical bills? …we are told since that time this figure may have tripled?Todays “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that Democrat William Tanoos should put additional time and effort in campaigning in Vanderburgh County if he expects to be the next 8th District United States Congressman?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected]’S FOOTNOTE:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.last_img read more

Briefs

first_imgn Administrators say they are now talking to just one potential buyer for Hull-based bakery chain Skeltons, which has been trading in administration since March. Negotiations are expected to conclude next week, said a spokeswoman for PriceWaterhouseCoopers.n Rich Products, supplier of premium frozen and ambient bakery products to the retail and foodservice markets, is celebrating after achieving ’A’ grade BRC accreditation for both its Hartlebury and Fareham sites.n According to new research conducted by Ohio State University in the USA, raisins have a low to moderate Glycaemic Index (GI). The GI – a measure of how a food affects blood sugar levels – is being used as a tool in diabetes management, weight loss and sports nutrition. This independent clinical study, sponsored by the California Raisin Marketing Board, fed California Raisins to 11 people with pre-diabetes, 10 healthy sedentary individuals and 11 endurance athletes.n Starbucks has signed a deal with SnowDome that will see a coffee house open next to indoor ski slopes in Tamworth, Staffordshire. The Starbucks Lounge will operate under licence, as part of Starbucks’ strategy to establish outlets in locations not wholly owned by the group, such as offices and service stations.n Org-e, London’s first organic certified cafe and takeaway, has opened in London’s Covent Garden. Org-e stands for ’Organic Excellence’. Sandwiches and salads cost around £3.50. Director Sanjay Sridher hopes to open a chain of org-es all around the world.n Burton’s Foods, the UK’s second-largest biscuit supplier, is ending production at one of its sites, a move that could lead to the loss of 660 jobs. The company, which produces brands including Maryland Cookies and Wagon Wheels, said the planned move at its site on The Wirral follows an “extensive” review of the business.n Baking equipment supplier Interbake (Bury) has been appointed UK and Irish agent for mixing systems specialist the Tonelli group. David Dunne, MD, told British Baker that Tonelli was the “Ferrari” equivilant brand for prestige mixers. He said: “For Interbake to be appointed an Agent for the renowned Tonelli Group is very prestigous acquisition to our product portfolio that we are able to offer to both bakers and food processors.”n Drinks supplier Britvic last week announced that it has agreed to acquire the soft drinks and distribution businesses CCSD, of C&C Group, for £169m. CCSD owns a number of leading brands in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, including Club, Ballygowan water, Britvic, Cidona, MiWadi, and Energise Sport.n On 11 May British Baker said that Bell Perkins was based in Leeds (pg 25). Products are actually manufactured by Brook Food Processing Equipment, based in Minehead, Somerset.last_img read more

Press release: Government announces new generation of council housing

first_img Social media – MHCLG Office address and general enquiries General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 Email [email protected] Today the government has announced borrowing restrictions will be removed enabling councils to play a key role in delivering the homes their communities need.In the latest measure by the government to make the housing market work, the Housing Revenue Account borrowing cap for council house building will be lifted.This gives councils the tools they need to deliver a new generation of council housing – up to an estimated 10,000 additional homes a year.Councils in areas of high affordability pressure have already been invited to bid for a share of £1 billion extra borrowing to build much needed homes.Today’s move recognises that councils see the borrowing cap as the greatest barrier to building new homes.The interest in bidding for a share of the £1bn borrowing increase also showed that they are ready and willing to deliver the homes their communities need.Removing the borrowing cap entirely is also likely to diversify the house building market, with councils being better able to take on projects and sites that private developers would consider too small.The cap will be lifted as soon as possible, with further details confirmed in the Budget. Contact form https://forms.communit… Media enquiries Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-local-government.If you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale. 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF Twitter – https://twitter.com/mhclgFlickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhclgLinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/company/mhclglast_img read more

2 Sisters to close RF Brookes business

first_imgLeicester-based RF Brookes is set to close, resulting in more than 200 members of staff losing their jobs.Managers from the chilled food firm on Magna Road in South Wigston, which was bought out by the 2 Sisters Group last December as part of a £30m deal to purchase the Brookes Avana business from Premier Foods, have launched a 90-day consultation period. This will involve the remaining 229 employees currently with the business, with RF Brookes due to close by end of March 2013, and its food production operations to be transferred to the company’s other manufacturing facilities.A spokesman for 2 Sisters said: “After exploring all viable options, unfortunately it has not been possible to find a sustainable future for the loss-making factory. We are proposing to transfer the remaining products from Leicestershire to other company factories and close the site during the first quarter of 2013, following a 90-day consultation period with our 229 colleagues.”Tony Lewis, regional officer for the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union, told the BBC: “This is bad news for the workers, but it is also bad news for Wigston and Leicestershire. Some people have worked there for 25, even 30 years, and they are being thrown on the scrapheap, because jobs are scarce. It is just sad.”last_img read more

Students react to Ginsburg talk

first_imgJunior Janet Stengle walked down the aisle in Purcell Pavilion to a microphone in the middle of the floor. More than 7,000 people watched as she looked U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the eye and asked a question.“Does a Supreme Court justice have a role as a public figure, and if so, how would you define that role?”Ginsburg smiled and started talking, describing the responsibility she feels she and the other Supreme Court justices have to stay engage with the public and help others understand what’s going on at a given point in time.“I felt like I was legitimately having a conversation with her,” Stengle said. “When we stood up, she made sure she was looking right at us and speaking to us directly, and that was a really cool experience.”Students and members of the South Bend community lined up outside Purcell Pavilion on Monday afternoon to hear Ginsburg speak at the interview-style event sponsored by the Office of the President, Notre Dame Law School and Notre Dame Student Government. Entrance was free but limited to those who reserved tickets beforehand.Many came simply for the political engagement.“I just love politics, and I want to learn more about it,” freshman Colin Brankin said. “I’m very interested to hear a Supreme Court justice talk — especially one that’s as notable and as possibly controversial as she is.”Others came for more personal reasons.“Ruth Bader Ginsburg is my hero,” senior Abigayle Rhode-Pausina said. “She is everything I want to be when I grow up.”Ginsburg garnered a large turnout from the student body, which is noteworthy in itself, senior Sheryl Cherian said.“She’s an inspiring human that makes policy accessible, and I feel like that has everything to do with all the youth coming out,” she said.Stengle said she hopes to go to law school some day. She and the other students selected to ask questions at the event got to meet Ginsburg at a reception afterwards.“I liked her point when she explained that the court doesn’t make change, people make change,” Stengle said. “I liked how she cleared that up — how they don’t have a set agenda, that they just do what comes at them.”Students said they were surprised, at points, by Ginsburg — like when she whipped out a pocket-sized version of the Constitution or joked about her “notorious” nickname.“She was sassier than I was expecting,” senior Leah Jacob said.“And my favorite part was 100 percent when she said there would be enough women on the Supreme Court when there were nine,” senior Holly Backstrom added.Though junior Will Lederer found Ginsburg’s personal history interesting, he said he would have liked to hear a little more about how she formulates and delivers opinions in Supreme Court cases. “I’m a conservative, a pretty staunch conservative,” he said. “And I think it’s pretty important to hear the other sides of arguments.”Senior Paul Rudnicki said he thinks the chance to see any Supreme Court justice speak is one worth taking.“The Supreme Court is a major force shaping some of the most important issues — like immigration, energy policy, voting laws,” he said. “And Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been a prominent member for many years.”This is the second consecutive year a Supreme Court justice visited campus — Justice Sonia Sotomayor spoke at DeBartolo Performing Arts Center in 2015.Rhode-Pausina said she enjoyed having the event in Purcell Pavillion; she wasn’t able to get tickets to the Sotomayor event last fall.Inviting big names like Ginsburg and Sotomayor to campus reflects well on the University, Lederer said. “For her to accept our invitation here is very impressive. I mean, she had to go pretty far out of her way. She had to make time to come here,” he said. “That’s very impressive for Notre Dame as a community.”Perhaps a new tradition is forming.“I’d love to see [Justice] Clarence Thomas next year or [Chief Justice] John Roberts in future years, if we’re going to continue this trend,” Lederer said.Tags: fr. jenkins, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court, U.S. Supreme Courtlast_img read more

Lawn Gardens

first_img“It looks like we are going to have a viable crop of winter vegetables from each treatment, though you can see the effect of competition with the grass in some of the treatments,” Bauske said. “Growing the vegetables is the first part of the study. The second half we’ll be watching to see how the turfgrass recovers and performs in the spring and summer.”The test will be repeated next winter before the research findings are published.Can you make it pretty, too?Bauske said the next logical step in the research would be making the turfgrass/winter garden physically attractive from the roadside.“We planted a variety of Swiss chard called Bright Lights. It’s beautiful and has different colored stems. It’s quite striking!” she said. That is not the only attractive vegetable. Italian broccoli and many lettuces also offer optical interest and variety. Dwarf broccoli, she said, would also make the garden more attractive. “This way, you can eat your homegrown vegetables and enjoy the view.” For home gardeners who can tolerate a few weeds in their lawn, Bauske said many commonly found weeds can be eaten. These include wild garlic, white clover, dandelions, yarrow, cat’s ear, plantains and coltsfoot.Waltz says the study shows promise, but he’s not ready to encourage homeowners to plant gardens in their front lawn yet. “We’ve learned a few things by doing a pilot study last year before planting this year’s replicated trial,” he said. “There’s promise, but we still have a lot to learn about how to optimize vegetable production and return the turf to a safe lawn for play and enjoyment.” A team of University of Georgia researchers is studying the use of home lawns as garden plots. If successful, suburbanites with warm-season lawns could plant fall vegetables on top of their turfgrass lawns.“Enthusiasm for local food production and self-sufficiency has generated an increased interest in home vegetable gardens. But, many urban dwellers have small outdoor spaces and often lawns occupy the only full sun areas in the landscape,” said Ellen Bauske, a program coordinator at the Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture and leader of the project.A happy mediumMany would-be urban gardeners love their lawns too much to replace them with a vegetable garden, according to Bauske. “They enjoy spending their summers on the lawn, watching the kids play while admiring their well-manicured lawn,” she said. “Tearing up the lawn and putting in a traditional garden may not be the best option. Gardens are a lot more work to maintain than lawns and have an unconventional look. Your neighbors may not be pleased to see a working garden in your front lawn.”At UGA, Bauske’s goal is to find a happy medium—a way to successfully grow vegetables without destroying turfgrass. She, along with horticulturist Sheri Dorn and turfgrass specialist Clint Waltz, all with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, are recording the effects of planting fall vegetable crops into warm-season hybrid bermudagrass.“If you have a warm-season grass, it will be dormant in the fall and winter, so you are essentially double cropping (planting one crop after another crop),” she said. “This research is targeted to homeowners with small yards who want to dip their toe into the fast-moving stream of the local food movement.” Four methods being testedThe first season of the research trial began in September when the UGA researchers planted lettuce, broccoli and Swiss chard into a bermudagrass research plot. The team planted vegetables four ways: directly into the turfgrass, directly into the turfgrass after spraying Roundup, into strips made with a small rototiller and into rototilled strips where the turfgrass was first sprayed with Roundup.last_img read more

New Mexico regulators approve utility plan to abandon 847MW San Juan coal plant

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Santa Fe New Mexican:The state’s largest electric utility will be allowed to abandon a coal-fired power plant near Farmington and recover investments by company shareholders after a unanimous vote Wednesday by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission.The video meeting was cut short by a so-called Zoom bomb — named for the popular video-conferencing app — just as commissioners appeared to be preparing to vote on whether to allow Public Service Company of New Mexico to abandon its coal-fired San Juan Generating Station.PNM Resources Chairwoman, President and CEO Pat Vincent-Collawn said in a statement that customers and the environment “will benefit as we move to exit all of our coal-fired generation and replace it with lower-cost, cleaner energy resources.”Vincent-Collawn also said the company’s ability to recover costs will help it offer $40 million for workers who will lose their jobs and for economic development in the community of Farmington if the coal plant idles.But whether the plant will actually close as a result of PNM leaving it behind is still unclear. A company called Enchant Energy is pursuing a separate plan to buy the station and install carbon-capture technology to keep it running.The decision Wednesday comes after months of legal proceedings that delayed certainty over whether PNM could leave the coal plant behind. Commissioners approved recommendations from the regulatory agency’s hearing examiners to allow the PRC to abandon the coal plant under provisions in a new renewable energy law that gives PNM the ability to sell bonds to earn back investments made by shareholders.[Michael Gerstein]More: PRC approves PNM plan to close San Juan plant after meeting derailed by ‘Zoom bomb’ New Mexico regulators approve utility plan to abandon 847MW San Juan coal plantlast_img read more

214 Days

first_imgMany long-time residents strongly support direct action against the pipeline and feel grateful for the community that has evolved around the support camp. Emily Satterwhite expresses gratitude for the chance to learn and to come to a better understanding of what anarchism is by being a part of this movement. She is still politically active and says, “For me, I just can’t not try to hold the system accountable. For as long as they hold power over people I have to at least try,” but she is grateful to those who have shown her that it is possible to live outside of the normative constraints of working jobs and capitalism. “That people can choose not to opt in is a revelation to me,” she says. She also states that she has learned from anarchists to recognize colonialism as something to consider and analyze on a daily basis and not just every once in a while in a classroom. “When the pipeline spills, when there is an explosion, when people are displaced from their homes, when the air itself becomes a carcinogen, when the seas rise, it’s people’s lives that are at stake. We recognize that most of these repercussions of pipelines, if not all of them, are inevitable. It’s why we are in these trees. In areas along the pipeline route where there seems to be less opposition from locals, people like Crystal have an explanation. She says that she was surprised that more people in her community weren’t resisting, but she believes that people’s hopes of beating a big company were extinguished when locals fought for ten long years against an intermodal rail yard in Eastern Montgomery County, but ultimately lost. This is an all-too-common theme in a region that has long suffered from a history of extraction and exploitation, first by coal mining and now fracked gas and pipelines.   The police’s responsibility is to remove us from these trees– to ensure the inevitability of this pipeline. We see their free-speech zone as a tactical means of expediting this process. So we ask again: safety for whom? She says that climate change and recognizing who suffers the most as a result of it are the main things that motivated her to get involved. “The fact that there is something that I can do in my own county to significantly reduce climate emissions and to confront power and make a difference on a global scale… I can’t not become involved. For me, this is about fighting corruption and fighting industries’ capture of government.” Construction of the pipeline has also been delayed through court proceedings. Hundreds of landowners along the pipeline route are fighting the company’s use of eminent domain. Environmental groups like the Sierra Club have also dealt major blows to the pipeline in court cases that lost the MVP its Nationwide 12 permit and its approval to cross public lands. When the Peter’s Mountain tree sits sprang up in Jefferson National Forest last year, it caused a significant shift within local communities. People who had not previously engaged in the fight began to mobilize against the MVP. The fight for Peter’s Mountain inspired more aerial blockades and acts of resistance, like those of Red and Minor Terry. People started showing up at the tree sits with food and other supplies to show their support. A lot of time at camp is spent maintaining the space by doing chores such as chopping firewood or cooking food for the the tree sitters, but a lot of the time is also spent reading, writing, and having engaging conversations with others around a campfire. The culture around camp also encourages people to learn new skills and to become more self sufficient. Campers either already know or learn tools for self-reliance such as building a fire, operating power tools, or working on their own vehicles. Directly beneath the wooden platforms of the tree sits at Yellow Finch and all around the hillside beneath them, there are banners bearing messages that link the pipeline fight to other issues with messages such as “No prisons, no pipelines” and “No pipelines on stolen indigenous land.” Although media coverage has rarely covered such motivations, opposing the pipeline is just one part of a much larger struggle to end state violence in all forms. Many of the people camping out at the tree sits identify as anarchists. Their motivations against the MVP are rooted within a broader effort to create a better world by contesting capitalism and all forms of oppression, while simultaneously strengthening communities to become more sustainable and self-reliant. Phillip explains that, “anarchism is as much a sensibility and feeling as it is an ideology.” His start in activism began with the year he spent campaigning for Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential election. Over time he became disheartened by electoral activism and began showing up at action camps where people were protesting other pipelines around the country. Phillip goes on to say that he doesn’t view living in a tree as a sacrifice. He tried normal society life and he didn’t enjoy it. “People have an inherent desire to do meaningful and creative things with their lives and those desires are not satisfied by capitalism,” he says. “Any type of hierarchy or domination is dissatisfying, whether that’s humans dominating other humans or humans dominating the environment.” The Mountain Valley fracked gas pipeline, which would transport gas intended for overseas export, is routed to cross steep mountain terrain prone to seismic activity, landslides, and sinkholes. If completed it would cross over 500 bodies of water, not to mention sensitive wetland areas and some of the largest unfragmented forests left in the eastern U.S. For a region that relies on local water sources for crops and livestock, the imminent threat of losing access to clean water means the loss of many people’s livelihoods in addition to loss of clean drinking water. A Lord-of-the-Rings-inspired essay written by Phillip this past February addresses this philosophy and more: “What bad things do you seek to thwart by seizing state power? If you’re concerned with people going hungry, go feed them. If you’re concerned with people not having health care, organize a clinic. In short, practice mutual aid. At the same time, don’t be deceived that this is enough. Directly confront systems of power and stop them from working. Blockade weapons plants, lock down to ICE vans, and yes, set up tree sits. My own motivation to join the growing pipeline resistance has evolved over time. This past fall, I occupied one of the tree sits at Yellow Finch for 38 days. After I vacated the platform, a person named Phillip Flagg took my place in the tree to continue the blockade. My initial reasons for getting involved started because I felt that I couldn’t ignore what was happening to people in my own community. If there was something that I could do in my own backyard to combat the growing crisis of corporate greed and destruction then I felt compelled to act. However, over the past year I have realized that this struggle is much bigger than fighting a single fossil fuel pipeline. For many along the MVP route, hope was reignited with the Peter’s Mountain sits and all of the direction action that followed. Emily Satterwhite, an associate professor at Virginia Tech, was so motivated by what transpired on Peter’s Mountain that in June of 2018 she locked down to an excavator located on the pipeline easement, successfully blocking construction for 14 hours. She says that the most inspiring thing to her throughout this movement has been the way in which people have shown up for each other again and again. “People say that the system is rigged and that there is no point in trying to fight it,” she states, “but it has been life-changing to witness the number of people willing to fight and to show up for their communities over and over again. I’ve heard a social movements historian say that before Peter’s Mountain there wasn’t really a culture of resistance here in Montgomery County, but that the Peter’s Mountain tree sitters changed everything.” In a video posted by one of those tree sitters over a year ago, the following statement was made: center_img The fundamental concept of anarchy is the rejection of anything hierarchical, but it is not chaos or disorder as many have been led to believe. As Phillip puts it, “It’s not a lack of organization. If anything there has to be more organization, otherwise it wouldn’t work. There’s more communication involved because there has to be. A broader spectrum of opinions are being heard. It’s not just one person telling others what to do.” A related note from the tree sitter in the White Pine says this: It seems to me that the only humane answer is to work immediately to relieve people’s suffering. At the same time, the source of their suffering – capitalism and the state – must be vigorously and ceaselessly confronted.” Where does this leave us? Well one thing we know is that a long history of civil disobedience—of intentionally breaking unjust rules and laws—precedes us. Courageous people fighting for a new world has often meant edging up against all that enforces the world as it already exists.” For many people, anarchism is not just a socio-political ideology. “It’s about building community, people helping other people, and caring for one another. It’s also about autonomy and being self reliant,” an anonymous camper explains. It’s easier to do these things outside of the confines of the state, without the weight of bureaucracy preventing or discouraging people from helping others or doing things on their own (for example, being prevented from donating food or providing mutual aid due to permitting requirements or liability issues). Since the Peter’s Mountain tree sits, there have been a total of 11 aerial blockades along the pipeline route, with the Yellow Finch tree-sits in Montgomery County being the most recent and currently  the longest on-going blockade against the MVP to date. This aerial blockade recently surpassed 200 days of blocking construction. In a court statement, MVP claimed that if the tree sitters weren’t off of the hillside by the end of March then it will have cost them approximately $300,000. The area around the tree sits has become a community space of sorts where people camp out on the hillside and where people from the local community frequently visit and bring supplies. People support the tree sitters in any way that they can. The Black Panthers understood this. Catholic Workers understand this. Naturally, any anarchist worth their salt does as well. People are suffering today. Any answer to that suffering that starts with “well in 2 years maybe Bernie will be president…” is at its core a waste of time. This pipeline will be completed by then. And how many Yemeni and Palestinian people (to pick merely two cases) will have died by then? It started with the two tree sits blocking the Mountain Valley Pipeline easement in Jefferson National Forest in West Virginia, in close proximity to the Appalachian Trail. These two tree-sits were soon followed by more acts of resistance along the pipeline route, including numerous aerial blockades and people locking down to equipment. As of right now pipeline construction is approximately 30% complete in the state of Virginia. The MVP project is over a year behind schedule and more than a billion dollars over budget. Amidst falling stock prices and the loss of two key permits, pipeline officials have issued statements admitting that the pipeline project may never be finished. Forbes Magazine recently observed that both MVP and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project “are now in peril.” People go to the camp to support direct action against the pipeline, but they have simultaneously created a community where people take care of each other and share knowledge and resources with each other. Not everyone identifies as an anarchist, but the fight against the pipeline has brought people together and allowed people to learn and grow from each other’s experiences. It has brought together people of many different backgrounds and beliefs, but most people agree that systemic changes urgently need to be made. The rule of law that we are currently living under is not just or fair when people are being harmed by pipelines, fracked gas, or unclean water. It is not enough to fight within the confines of this broken system. If not for the efforts of both direct action and battles won in court, this pipeline likely would have been completed by now.   This will not be the last pipeline ever attempted to be built. Nor will it be the last time the fossil fuel industry tries to take from the land the resources we need to live. Regardless of whether this pipeline gets built or not, the community that has developed around the tree sits will continue to carve a path for future generations. Crystal, a mother and local resident also associated with Roanoke People’s Power Network, says it was a culmination of her own life experiences that led her to activism and that she got involved in the pipeline fight because she believes stealing land for corporate gain is wrong. “The narrative about locals needing the pipeline for lower energy costs and local jobs is all lies,” she states. “From my understanding the gas will mostly be for export and there will hardly be any local jobs.” 214 Days: Tree sitters have blockaded the Mountain Valley Pipeline for seven months. Here’s what motivates them to persist. An anonymous individual camping at Yellow Finch reflects about how much growth there has been within the community through the resistance to the pipeline: “Look at what has happened because of the tree sits. People who never would have met each other have now met and are taking care of each other. There’s a more established community here than before and there will be long after this blockade is gone.” What has had the biggest impact in this struggle against the pipeline hasn’t been any one individual and certainly not any lawmakers or elected officials. It has been ordinary people taking care of each other, connecting with each other, improvising strategies, and coming up with solutions together. Crystal says that she sleeps better at night knowing they are close by protecting the trees on Yellow Finch. “I try to be as active as possible while balancing being self employed and a single mom,” she says. “There’s never enough hours.” She goes on to say that she has found hope in the way that she has seen people show solidarity for each other. “During this fight I have found that the anarchists are seen as the enemy, but they will fight for the oppressed more than any Republican, Democrat, or liberal,” she says. As someone who has witnessed and experienced injustice throughout her life, she expresses, “things aren’t getting better and we need more people to get involved and be vocal about it.” “We are living in these trees because the accepted avenues of action within the system present zero chance of stopping this pipeline. If the Democratic Party would adequately confront the climate crisis, I would just come down and vote. Unfortunately, the Democratic Party is a facade; presenting a myth of opposition to this regime while existing in conspiratorial conjunction with the Republicans. Red team, blue team, it’s all one regime: the capitalist regime. “Let this radicalize you rather than lead you to despair.” These words (credit: twitter.com/prisonculture/status/890778726140706818) become more and more applicable as we see this disastrous economic system destroy itself, taking all that we love with it.”last_img read more

Watch out for the sleazy politicians

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I have to point out what power in some people’s hands will do to destroy others and the nation. D.C. politicians have set up slush funds for secret payoffs, committees of phony Russian collusion and sexual abuse by both genders. Locally, we have the governor giving away free college education in-state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is one of worst, if not the worst, governors in the state’s history.Then we have everyday people with little titles that go to their heads. They scheme and lie to make themselves look good to their bosses, no matter what the cost or consequence to others. We should look very closely at those who crow the loudest and why. Think about it.Al MarvellScotia More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more