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Mole's Progressive Democrat

The Progressive Democrat Newsletter grew out of the frustration of the 2004 election. Originally intended for New York City progressives, its readership is now national. For anyone who wants to be alerted by email whenever this newsletter is updated (usually weekly), please send your email address and let me know what state you live in (so I can keep track of my readership).

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  • Thursday, January 29, 2009

    NEVADA FOCUS: Darwin Day, Blogs, Alternative Energy, Groups and Events

    DARWIN DAY 2009 EVENTS: Feb. 12, 2009

    Darwin's 200th birthday, to be celebrated by the GLOBAL community as a toast to the common good of all humanity. We will all want to develop events to Celebrate Darwin, Science and Humanity and come together as one human family in appreciation of verifiable knowledge that has been acquired solely through human curiosity and ingenuity. Scientific knowledge has been of great value to all of us.

    Darwin Night at the Movies 2009
    Date and Time: 2009-02-12 19:30:00

    Screening of the film A Flock of Dodos followed by a discussion of contemporary public perception of Darwin's achievements in science. Popcorn and sodas available.

    University of Nevada Las Vegas
    4505 South Maryland Parkway
    Las Vegas/Nevada 89154 UNITED STATES

    Sponsor: Darwin's Deceptively Delightful Demons and Movies that Matter

    Contact: Marty Erwin
    Email: erwinm2_at_unlv.nevada.edu

    Blogging Nevada:

    Nevada and its Children: The Silver State can do better

    S. 22 Benefits Nevada Projects

    Blue Sage Views

    LeftyBlogs Nevada is the place to find out what's happening in the progressive blogosphere across Nevada.

    My Silver State: Where Progressive Nevadans Unite

    Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada News Clippings

    Some Stories of interest:

    Nevada Boycott of Bank of America: Bank of America continues the kind of lending practices that led to the bank bailout...won't they EVER learn? A customer strikes back. Could this become a movement?

    Announcements from Representative Dina Titus (D-NV)

    Women and Children First, except for Ensign and Heller: Opposition to Fair Pay and SCHIP Bills

    Ledbetter Fair Pay Act Passes Senate: Ensign Votes No

    PLAN's Plan: Reforming Nevada's Regressive Tax Structure. This is also a debate going on in NY State.

    House votes to widen child health care: This is what you get when you elect more Democrats: Better health care for America's kids...And on a related note: Heller (R-NV) Votes Against SCHIP -- Again. Why do Republicans hate our kids?

    Economist: Las Vegas economy has further to fall...And on a related note: Forecast 2009 in Reno: Recovery a long way off, experts say. Bush's legacy of economic collapse will be haunting us for some time.

    A good sign: Environmental, labor groups join forces during tough times

    Selfish Nevada Republicans Put Saudi Arabia Ahead of America...yet again

    Alternative Energy in Nevada:

    Bently Biofuels: Producing and Selling AMERICAN Fuels in Nevada

    Bently Biofuels Company is dedicated to the research, development, production, and distribution of renewable fuels in order to preserve the environment and free our nation from the problems of imported energy. We feel this is the right thing to do for ourselves and for future generations.

    Retail Station Now Open
    The Bently Biofuels Outpost, our first retail store opened to the public on Tuesday September 30th 2008. The station is located at 1350 Buckeye Road in Minden, Nevada (location map) a short distance from our biofuel plant and is open for fueling 24/7. The station sells various blends of biodiesel and ethanol for all vehicles along with an assortment of healthy foods and eco-friendly products. For store hours and additional information visit Bently Biofuels Outpost.

    Bulk Fuel Sales
    Bently Biofuels Company produces biodiesel from a variety of recycled and non-food sources of vegetable oil. Bulk fuel blends are available for purchase at our plant by appointment or for delivery to your job site or business.

    Fleet Solutions
    Our retail station accepts ProFleet, our fleet card solution for local businesses wanting to green their transportation fleet. A fleet card application and additional information is available at PCS4fuel.

    For information on our products and services click here. You may contact us by leaving a message at 775-783-0123 or by emailing us.

    Sunrise Susutainable Resource Group, Reno, NV

    Sunrise has worked for over ten years to educate and advocate for a sustainable future. As we have seen the adoption of so many sustainable concepts over the last few years, it becomes important that we not loose site of the real sustainable future – one where all 6.7 billion people on earth can have their needs met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

    Our Mission:
    The Sunrise mission is to empower Nevadans to use resources responsibly through education, advocacy and community development.

    Our Affiliations:
    Sunrise is a member of the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada and is a chapter of the American Solar Energy Society.

    Las Vegas Alternative Energy Group: Whether you want to inform yourself or are a Pro, Discuss various forms of energy procuration, why it makes sense for the community, the world and, of course, your pocket book!

    A Greener Las Vegas: Green Home, Housing, Home Remodeling, New Urbanism & Sustainable Development

    Groups and Events in Nevada:

    The Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN) is a non-profit organization formed in 1994 to bring people and organizations together to build a better Nevada. We are more than two-dozen groups dedicated to working for social, economic, and environmental justice. Our member groups include anti-poverty activists, people of color, children’s advocates, disabled persons, environmentalists, lesbians and gay men, and labor unions.

    Las Vegas Democratic Party Meetup Group A large and active group organizing Las vegas.

    Southern Nevada Stonewall Democratic Club
    P O Box 72858
    Las Vegas, Nevada 89170-2858
    702 250-2070

    Stonewall Democrats of Northern Nevada serves the greater Reno/Sparks/Carson City area of Northern Nevada, meetings seem to be first Monday of each month. For more info: 775-787-0890, StonewallDemNN_at_yahoo.com

    Here are some Democracy for America groups in Nevada for those who want People Powered Politics:

    Las Vegas Democracy For America: Las Vegas Democracy For America is working to build our membership, register new voters, work to see our votes are protected and help elect Progressive Democrats at every level.

    Our goal is to create a vibrant, unified Democratic Party in our counties and state. In addition work with other states to promote unity and take back our country in 2008. Sign up here to help.

    DFA Reno/Democracy for Nevada: We are the Northern Nevada non-campus DFA affiliate Sign up here for more info.

    Henderson NV Democracy For America: Henderson NV & Las Vegas Democracy For America are working to build our membership, register new voters, work to see our votes are protected and help elect Progressive Democrats at every level. Sign up here for more info.

    And for those who like to combine social events with politics, here are the Drinking Liberally groups in Nevada:

    Boulder City, Nevada
    * Last Friday of each month, 6:00 pm onward
    * Boulder Dam Brewing, 453 Nevada Hwy
    * Hosted by Valerie McNay, Lynn Goya, Dave Kreamer and Matt Di Teresa, bouldercity (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Fernley, Nevada
    * Third Thursday of each month, 7:00 pm onward
    * Truck Inn, (upper level of restaurant)
    * Hosted by Joe Slabbinck and Robert Gleason, fernley (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Northwest Las Vegas
    * Every Thursday, 6:30 pm onward
    * Tenaya Creek Restaurant & Brewery, 3101 N. Tenaya Way
    * Hosted by Betsy Meinhold, lasvegas (at) drinkingliberally.org

    * Every Tuesday, 7:00 pm onward
    * The Gin Mill, 2561 Windmill Parkway (SE corner Windmill Parkway & Pecos)
    * Hosted by David Black-Downes and Karen Kostoff, henderson (at) drinkingliberally.org

    * Second Wednesday of each month, 6:00 pm
    * Sage Creek Grill, 5851 S Virginia St (next to Wild Oats)
    * Hosted by Kevin and Allison Edwards


    Blogger BeyondGreen said...

    I just finished a wonderful new book called The Manhattan Project of 2009 Energy Independence Now by author Jeff Wilson. It is without a doubt the best book out there. We seriously need to get on with utilizing alternative energy. The high cost of oil this past year seriously damaged our economy and society. The trickle down effects will be felt for years to come. The cost of fuel affects the price of every consumer product. Oil is finite it will run out one day in the not too distant future. We are using oil globally at the rate of 2 X faster than new oil is being discovered. We have so much available to us in the way of natural energy, wind , solar, wave plus the modern technologies of hybrid etc. What America seems to lack is a plan. This book even outlines a plan, a legislative agenda. It is fascinating and brings the act of weaning America off oil into perspective. www.themanhattanprojectof2009.com

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