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Aug 25
2009

Whole Foods Boycott

Posted by Bruce Robinson in unions , Sonoma , Sebastopol , Santa Rosa , rights , protest , politics , policy , Petaluma , nonprofit orgs , Napa , media , jobs , Ideas , healthcare , Health , employment , corporate responsibiliyt , California , business , activism

Bruce Robinson

Local activists are urging customers to boycott Whole Foods to protest the company ownership’s opposition to health care reform and organized labor.

With four stores in Sonoma County, one in Napa and two in Marin, Whole Foods is the dominant purveyor of organic groceries in the North Bay. Georgia Kelly says that joining the boycott has meant disruptions in her personal patterns, but she feels living out her personal values is more important.

Ben Boyce (left), director of the Living Wage Coalition, contends that while John Mackey is certainly entitled to his own personal beliefs, others who do not share those beliefs have a responsibility not to provide the financial support to perpetuate them.

 

"Even in countries like Canada and the U.K., there is no intrinsic right to health care. Rather, citizens in these countries are told by government bureaucrats what health-care treatments they are eligible to receive and when they can receive them. All countries with socialized medicine ration health care by forcing their citizens to wait in lines to receive scarce treatments..." wrote Whole Food CEO John Mackey (right)  in his Wall Street Journal essay, "The Whole Foods Alternative to ObamaCare."

"Rather than increase government spending and control, we need to address the root causes of poor health. This begins with the realization that every American adult is responsible for his or her own health." Read the full article  here.

 

Will Shonbrun's response, an Open Letter to Whole Foods Market, was first published in the Empire Report. You can view the main Facebook page supporting the boycott here.

 

Aug 16
2009

Invasive Snails

Posted by Bruce Robinson in wildlife , water , Science , research , ocean , Marin , food , fish , environment , coast , California , animals

Bruce Robinson

A complex interaction between native crabs and oysters and invasive Atlantic snails (seen at left)  is playing out beneath the waters of Tomales Bay.

 Dr. David Kimbro has studied the predatory effects of invasive Atlantic snails on native Olympia oysters in Tomales Bay. He explains how they arrived there more than a century ago.

 

 

There also native Pacific snails in Tomales Bay, but unlike their invasive (or as scientists say "introduced") Atlantic cousins (right), the local snails have learned how to safely coexist with the snail-eating red rock crabs (below). UC Davis biologist Ted Grosholtz explains.

 

The smaller, green European crab, another introduced species in Tomales Bay, can handle the less salty water in the shallow portions of the bay, but because they will eat a wider variety of foods, these crabs have not developed the same skills for preying on snails that the red rock crabs display.

 

Aug 11
2009

Oil Vulnerability

Posted by Bruce Robinson in waste , transportation , policy , nonprofit orgs , legislation , government , economy , climate change , carbon , California , budget , alternative energy

Bruce Robinson

Compared to other states, Californians are only moderately vulnerable to changes in the cost of oil, but we’re leading the list in taking steps to reduce our use of gasoline.

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You can read the full 21-page report here, or  a two-page summary here.

Percent of Income Spent on Gasoline by the Average Driver, 2008

Map of U.S. Oil Vulnerability by State

 important way to reduce oil vulnerability is by adopting public policies to reduce across the board consumption of fossil fuels. Deron Lovass, the Natural Resource Defense Council’s Transportation Policy Director, says those policies tend to fall in one of three general areas.

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Oil Vulnerability Rankings by State 2008

Amount Spent on Gasoline by the Average Driver
Rank State Percent
of Income
Dollar
Amount
1 Mississippi 9.14% $2702.00
2 Montana 8.07% $2762.94
3 South Carolina 7.59% $2419.61
4 Oklahoma 7.50% $2766.65
5 Louisiana 7.00% $2540.66
6 Kentucky 6.84% $2178.30
7 Texas 6.80% $2622.05
8 New Mexico 6.79% $2177.51
9 Georgia 6.71% $2278.92
10 Arkansas 6.68% $2089.00
11 Utah 6.61% $2002.07
12 Indiana 6.44% $2195.73
13 Maine 6.36% $2250.80
14 Tennessee 6.25% $2146.47
15 Idaho 6.20% $1991.41
16 Missouri 5.94% $2091.62
17 South Dakota 5.93% $2216.13
18 North Carolina 5.93% $2041.98
19 Kansas 5.86% $2226.64
20 Alabama 5.68% $1911.72
21 Arizona 5.65% $1863.13
22 North Dakota 5.64% $2217.39
23 West Virginia 5.62% $1733.11
24 Michigan 5.58% $1971.02
25 Minnesota 5.50% $2353.87
26 Ohio 5.50% $1951.67
27 Rhode Island 5.40% $2214.95
28 Delaware 5.37% $2195.27
29 Wyoming 5.36% $2662.83
30 Iowa 5.25% $1924.73
31 Hawaii 5.19% $2101.98
32 Wisconsin 5.18% $1931.33
33 California 5.16% $2202.09
34 Virginia 5.14% $2205.13
35 Oregon 4.91% $1764.68
36 Illinois 4.78% $2027.43
37 Nebraska 4.69% $1769.97
38 Nevada 4.66% $1880.38
39 Vermont 4.66% $1810.06
40 Florida 4.65% $1817.84
41 Pennsylvania 4.56% $1836.94
42 New Jersey 4.49% $2286.44
43 Washington 4.43% $1875.42
44 Alaska 4.33% $1874.92
45 Colorado 4.29% $1817.47
46 New Hampshire 4.21% $1802.59
47 Maryland 4.19% $2015.49
48 Massachusetts 3.66% $1856.18
49 New York 3.44% $1654.17
50 Connecticut 3.24% $1824.58
Aug 10
2009

Death Row Veto

Posted by Bruce Robinson in transportation , public safety , politics , Marin , legislation , jail , government , California , budget

Bruce Robinson

  A dispute over funding for a new Death Row at San Quentin is just one of the subtexts in the latest legislative showdown over the state’s budget.

 The existing death row cellblock is shown in the photo on the right, while the entire prison is seen from the air, below.

Assemblyman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) suggests that the renewed debate over funding for the construction of a new Death Row at San Quentin should be an opportunity for the state to also revisit the larger question of capital punishment in California.

State Senator Jeff Denham (left) and Assembly Jared Huffman (right) at news conference in front of San Quentin State Prison last spring at which they articulated their opposition to the new Death Row proposal.

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