Nuclear Ban team hosts event

Posted 8/7/19

On Aug. 6 and 9, Tuesday and Friday of this week, the Port Townsend Nuclear Ban team presents a two-day event at the Cotton Building, 607 Water Street, Port Townsend, exploring how to exit the …

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Nuclear Ban team hosts event

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On Aug. 6 and 9, Tuesday and Friday of this week, the Port Townsend Nuclear Ban team presents a two-day event at the Cotton Building, 607 Water Street, Port Townsend, exploring how to exit the extremely dangerous and expensive nuclear weapons dilemma the world is in. The program will educate, amuse, inspire and help us get through grief and denial, bring us together, so that we the people can help our beloved country change course on our national journey.

Our two keynote speakers: Dr. Mary-Wynne Ashford, a distinguished Canadian peace and disarmament advocate, and Elizabeth Murray, who after years in the CIA as Deputy National Intelligence officer for the Middle East, is now working with the Poulsbo based anti-nuclear organization, Ground Zero. Mary-Wynne speaks Tuesday at 7, Elizabeth speaks Friday at 7. The recently released film we are showing at 6 p.m. both days “The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons” explores how determined activists working with the United Nations successfully helped 122 nations of the world endorse the UN treaty of 2017 banning nuclear weapons. It’s a great film - don’t miss it!

Let’s encourage our government to put scientists, technicians, engineers, and machinists making weapons that could end life on our planet to work for a green new deal, that will provide enormous dividends of infrastructure, hospitals, education, schools, alternative energy and jobs! Poetry, music, films, keynote speakers, and ceremony await: Starts at 1, runs till 9 both days.

Doug Milholland
Port Townsend

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Justin Hale

Agreed that there are way too many nukes in this world. Disagree that it's the government's job to "put scientists, technicians, engineers, and machinists making weapons that could end life on our planet to work for a green new deal", maybe in a socialist state.

Wednesday, August 7
Tom Camfield

The government we have today is doing a great job of destroying our environment and shortening the projected life span of humankind. I’m talking, of course, about global warming, general pollution, the rape of natural resources. So it’s obviously ridiculous to dedicate ourselves to concentrating our innate abilities on creating ever-more-effective methods of destruction—rather than trying to accommodate a peaceful existence for an ever-burgeoning world population.

A green new deal could wean us off planetary rule by the producers of fossil fuels through development of renewable alternate energy sources—such as wind power in place of coal-burning power plants, electric cars in place of gas-guzzlers. It’s not an evil plot by “socialists” to somehow destroy our society. It’s more like people with common sense trying to rescue it.

Of course, such ideas have been arbitrarily categorized as belonging to the political “left” by Republican military-industrial sorts with a fondness for weaponry and the inability to conceive of the idea that by concerning ourselves with others, we help ourselves in many ways. It’s ugly that so many are irreparably fixed on superiority of various sorts over others—no matter what the cost to everybody.

Thursday, August 8
Justin Hale

Tom, have you read the GND?

Thursday, August 8
Tom Camfield

The Green New Deal is pretty well covered here:

https://www.factcheck.org/2019/02/the-facts-on-the-green-new-deal/

Here is the foundation of it:

There are five goals, which the resolution says should be accomplished in a 10-year mobilization effort:

Achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions through a fair and just transition for all communities and workers

Create millions of good, high-wage jobs and ensure prosperity and economic security for all people of the United States

Invest in the infrastructure and industry of the United States to sustainably meet the challenges of the 21st century

Secure for all people of the United States for generations to come: clean air and water; climate and community resiliency; healthy food; access to nature; and a sustainable environment

Promote justice and equity by stopping current, preventing future, and repairing historic oppression of indigenous peoples, communities of color, migrant communities, deindustrialized communities, depopulated rural communities, the poor, low-income workers, women, the elderly, the unhoused, people with disabilities, and youth (“frontline and vulnerable communities”)

Trump's an idiot.

Monday, August 12
Justin Hale

"What is the Green Deal 2019?

The Green New Deal (GND) is a proposed United States economic stimulus package that aims to address climate change and economic inequality. ... On March 25, 2019, Markey's resolution failed to advance in the U.S. Senate in a margin of 0-57, with most Senate Democrats voting "present" in protest to the vote."

At this point in time, there is no actual GND document other than the resolution introduced by Senators A.O.C. and Markey. Here is a link to the text of that H.Res.109 (https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-resolution/109/text)

There are certain goals advanced by advocates for a GND, they can be read here (https://www.gp.org/gnd_full)

One thing for sure is that any GND legislation passed by Congress will expand the Federal government and take money out of your pockets. Take for example what the city of Seattle is proposing, here is a link to that resolution, (https://www.capitolhillseattle.com/2019/08/city-council-to-vote-on-seattles-green-new-deal-resolution/)

While Seattle adopts it's version of a GND Councilwoman Lorenza Gonzalez along with King County Councilmember Joe McDermott and officials from the state DOT, Seattle DOT, Sound Transit, Seattle University, Seattle Central College, a group of 50 flies to Copenhagen to study “sustainable urban strategies”, and Jay Inslee flies all over the country to sate his ego-driven run for POTUS as the " Green candidate". Obviously these people are hypocrites and want nothing more than the image of being pro-GND, whatever that means, they talk the talk but don't walk the walk. The Democrats are using this GND farce as a litmus test for the 2020 elections, along with the aid of the agenda-driven biased MSM, and counting on the ignorance of the average voter they might just succeed.

As I said if you support the GND get ready for a bigger government that you will be paying for.

Thursday, August 15
Justin Hale

Here's your poster child for the GND, a 13 or 14-year-old demonstrating for the environment spray paints the Seattle City Hall. I guess she might be excused due to her age and inability to read, hopefully by the time she reaches voting age she learns how to read.

Thursday, August 15
Tom Camfield

I'll take the kid spray-painting city hall over Donald Trump any time. As for the Green New Deal concept:

Headline (Bloomberg, Aug. 10)—“Trump delay casts doubt on first major U.S. offshore wind farm.” The story begins: “The Trump administration cast the fate of the nation’s first major offshore wind farm into doubt by extending an environmental review for the $2.8 billion Vineyard Wind project off Massachusetts.” Consider Trump’s eagerness to drill for oil offshore and in the Alaska National Wildlife Reserve, and read the story at: https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/federal-delay-casts-doubt-first-191544602.html

And hey! We're also opening up land dedicated to wildlife protection to accommodate still more drilling by the gas/oil industry.

And we''ll distract the public from all this by yelling and screaming about two Music congresswomen trying to actually visit the Middle East. Donald uber alles!

Saturday, August 17
Justin Hale

Not surprised that you would honor some dumb-as kid defacing public property over our duly elected POTUS.

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If some evil kabal, in your mind, is trying to distract U.S. from the offshore wind farm and the offshore oil drilling, they haven't done a very good job, since you just mentioned it.

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And regarding Israel enforcing their laws, not surprised that you find fault with that, you seem to have a problem with your own country enforcing it's laws.

Sunday, August 18