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  • Sunday, February 06, 2011

    NEW YORK STATE FOCUS: Darwin Day, Blogs, Alternative Energy, Groups and Events

    NEW YORK STATE NEWS:

    NYC Community Organizations Blast Wal-mart for Partnering with Predatory Lender Jackson Hewitt...WalMart, Bruce Ratner and now predatory lenders...this is one nasty nest of corruption here, and Bloomberg and Marty Markowitz are part of it.

    It's Time to Fight for Social Security

    Protecting Mental Health Services

    NY-25: Ignorant Republican Ann Buerkle doesn't know taxpayers foot the bill for her government healthcare...yet another Republican hypocrite

    Mom & Pop Stores and Workers Fight to Keep Wal-mart Out of New York City...

    Republican Liar Halloran a big spender

    Items from Around the Web 2/5/11

    This is a good sign: More Elected Officials Announce Their Opposition to Wal-mart...and the reasons for the opposition: Grocery Workers and Store Owners Slam Wal-mart for Killing Small Businesses...more here: Walmart Will Hurt New York Neighborhoods: Business Leader Says Keep Megastore Out of City...and more on the TRUH about Walmart: Wal-Mart’s PR Buzz Kill: Wal-Mart Kills Jobs

    New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli Releases Audits

    Tea party FAIL leads to state takeover of Nassau County's finances...more here: State seizes Nassau County's assets, is Rockland far behind?

    NY-Sen: Poll finds Gillibrand's approval sharply higher

    Public Financing -- a Game Changer for New York


    DARWIN DAY EVENTS IN NEW YORK STATE: February 12th is Charles Darwin's birthday and is celebrated as International Darwin Day. Below are some of the offical Darwin Day events for 2011 (not all are on Feb. 12th itself)

    Cooking The Tree of Life Series
    weekly in February

    Event Website: http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/programs/treeoflife/
    Activities:
    The ingredients in the food we eat every day offer amazing examples of
    how humans have used evolution to improve their diet, from domesticating
    wild pigs, to harnessing underground tubers of energy, to culturing
    microscopic fungi with a unique metabolism that creates alcohol and
    carbon dioxide. In celebration of the 202nd anniversary of Charles
    Darwin's birth, the State Museum presents three cooking demonstrations
    that highlight the evolution of domestic food. Each demonstration teams
    a local chef with a biologist sous chef, and the two prepare the meal
    together, giving both a culinary and scientific perspective on the main
    ingredients.

    Swine and Dine
    Wednesday, February 2, 19:00:00
    Pigs, and their porcine relatives, are used as food sources in many
    cultures around the world, and 7000 years of artificial selection have
    resulted in the domesticated pig that we farm today. Dr. Jason Cryan,
    an Evolutionary Biologist at the NY State Museum, will discuss the
    evolutionary origins, current distribution, and biology of this
    ubiquitous animal, while Chef Tony Destratis of Lake George Club
    prepares and presents inspired dishes full of porky goodness.
    Everything is better with bacon!

    Potato: The Perfect Human Food
    Wednesday, February 9, 19:00:00
    For the first few million years the potato tuber was just a nifty
    adaptation to help plants store a bit of energy underground. Then
    humans discovered how nutritious it was, started monkeying with its
    evolution, and created the perfect human food. Dr. Roland Kays, curator
    at the NY State Museum, will give the evolutionary back-story to the
    tuber that changed the world while the Food Network’s Chef David
    Britton will cook up examples of the cuisine it has inspired from around
    the Globe.

    Loving the Bubbly: Bread, Wine, and Beer
    Wednesday, February 16, 19:00:00
    The wonderful variety of breads and fermented beverages developed by
    diverse human cultures around the world are all made possible by one
    species of yeast that has evolved into hundreds of specialized strains
    at the hands of humans. This microscopic fungus has been intimately
    intertwined with our own human evolution over the last 10,000 years,
    helping certain cultures to flourish. Join NYSM scientist Dr. Jeremy
    Kirchman and Chef Stephen Topper of the Copperfield Inn, North Creek,
    NY, as they discuss the fascinating natural history of yeast and prepare
    delicious dishes with breads, wines, beers, and more.

    Address for all Cooking The Tree of Life events:
    New York State Museum
    Albany/NY 12230
    Sponsor: New York State Museum
    Contact: Roland Kays
    Email: rkays@mail.nysed.gov


    NEW YORK BLOGGING:

    Drum Major Institute: Politics, Policy and the American Dream

    The Albany Project gives excellent coverage of New York State politics.

    Reform NY is the blog of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law

    CNY Latino: the ONLY Hispanic oriented newspaper in the Central New York area. CNY Latino is a monthly periodical dedicated to the Hispanic population, but prepared to be read by any culture, since it is written in both "English and Spanish".

    The Herkimer County Progressive: Political Opinion and Commentary from Herkimer County's Premier Progressive Blog

    The Daily Gotham covers both New York City and New York State politics.

    Rochester Turning: a people-powered, progressive blogging community in the Rochester, NY area. We believe in clean air, water, politics, money, business, energy, and human rights. Our goal is to promote progressive candidates and movements in the Greater Rochester region.

    No Land Grab: News from the point of view of Brooklyn opposition to overdevelopment

    True News from ChangeNYC.Org: ChangeNYC.Org is an organization unifying our City’s Democratic Party by welcoming all New Yorkers back into the political process. We are a coalition of real, everyday New Yorkers – young voters, progressives, neighborhood leaders, community bloggers, good government groups, and even conservatives – who believe that in cooperation we can bring the change to our City that together we have begun to bring to our nation.


    Alternative Energy in NY State:

    Here are some stats from Repower America:

    * A $2 billion investment by Spanish energy company, Iberdrola, will double New York's 1,000-megawatt wind capacity to 2,000-megawatts - providing enough electricity for nearly 600,000 homes.

    * New York's energy efficiency programs save enough electricity to power almost 115,000 homes for a whole year, save almost $140 million in energy costs, and prevent the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to taking over 60,000 cars off the road. Although great progress, the state still has much more potential to increase its energy efficiency.

    * The state has a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) that requires all public utilities to generate 24% of their electricity from renewable energy resources by 2013.


    What you can do for Clean Energy:

    For pennies per month more than you currently pay for energy you can buy 100% green energy from Con-Ed. Joy and I have been doing it for years, seriously reducing our carbon footprint and giving NY State cleaner air. Here's how it works:

    Clean Energy for Residential & Small Business Customers ConEdison Solutions is leading the way in promoting pollution-free electricity by offering WIND and GREEN Power - clean, 100% renewable power. Instead of drawing on traditional power sources, such as nuclear power and fossil fuel sources, GREEN Power is generated from regional wind and low-impact hydropower sources. GREEN Power is composed of 65% run-of-the-river hydro and 35% wind power. See content label WIND Power is composed of electricity exclusively generated from 100% wind power. The benefit of clean energy is that it produces none of the detrimental environmental effects associated with electricity production that results in air emissions.

    ConEdison Solutions is committed to making a difference in the environment and together we have the opportunity to help make a powerful impact. The cost for renewable energy has fallen dramatically in recent years and is only a fraction higher than electricity generated from traditional power sources. ConEdison Solutions' GREEN Power costs only an additional one cent per kilowatt-hour (kWh) more than our standard offer and WIND Power is an additional 2.5 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) more than our standard offer. Upgrading to renewable energy makes a difference and is a very affordable way to show that you care about the future of our environment.


    To sign up GO HERE. Or call: 1-888-320-8991. You won't regret switching.


    For those who want to combine fun with political action here's DRINKING LIBERALLY MEETINGS IN NY STATE:

    Clifton Park, New York
    * First Wednesday of each month, 7:00 pm onward
    * Old Dublin Inn, 130 Meyer Rd (Google maps is wrong, please contact me for directions.)
    * Hosted by Chris Selkirk, cliftonpark (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Ithaca, New York
    * Every Wednesday, 6:30 pm onward
    * Felicia's Atomic Lounge, 508 W State St
    * Hosted by Joseph Cannon Murtagh, ithaca (at) drinkingliberally.org


    New York City, New York:

    The Original Drinking Liberally
    * Every Thursday, 7:30 pm onward
    * Rudy's, 627 9th Ave (between 44th and 45th)
    * In the backyard, weather permitting
    * Hosted by Justin Krebs, Matthew O'Neill and Katrina Baker, nyc (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Drinking Liberally Steps Out
    * Third Tuesday of each month, 7:00-9:00 pm
    * XES Lounge, 157 W 24th St (@ 7th Avenue)
    * In conjunction with the Stonewall Democrats of New York City www.sdnyc.org.
    * Hosted by Matthew Carlin and Greg Rae, outnyc (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Harlem
    * Second Wednesday of each month), 6:30 pm onward
    * Soundz Lounge, 3155 Broadway (between 123rd and 124th)
    * Hosted by Yolanda (Shoshi) Shoshana, harlem (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Park Slope
    * Second Wednesday of each month, 7:30-10:00 pm
    * Commonwealth, 497 5th Ave (at 12th Street)
    * Hosted by Anthony Accurso, Emilie Harkin and Emily Farris, parkslope (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Central Brooklyn Eating Liberally
    * Second Tuesday of each month, 7:00-9:00 pm
    * Various locations, email host for info
    * Hosted by David Michaelson, mole333@gmail.com

    Queens
    * Fourth Wednesday of each month, 7:30 pm onward
    * Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden, 29-19 24th Avenue, Astoria, NY 11102 (group of young liberals taking up one lane)
    * Hosted by Donald Graff, queens (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Upper East Side
    * Last Tuesday of each month, 7:30 pm onward
    * Doc Watson's, 1490 2nd Ave (at 77th)
    * Hosted by Matthew Bachiochi, ues (at) drinkingliberally.org

    West Bronx
    * First and third Friday of each month, 7:30 pm onward
    * An Beal Bocht, 445 W 238th St (between Waldo and Greystone)
    * 1 to 238th, turn left, straight on 238th, just past the top of the stairs
    * Hosted by Jamin Sewell and Scott Kennedy, westbronx (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Rochester, New York
    * Every Thursday, 8:00-10:00 pm
    * Monty's Korner, 355 East Ave
    * Hosted by Tom Tucker and Tracy Logan, rochester (at) drinkingliberally.org

    And then we have: Shooting Liberally
    From your friends at Drinking Liberally comes the SHOOTING LIBERALLY...

    For the First Amendment enthusiast ready to move on to the Second. A social evening at the gun range including training & weapon rental.

    For more info and to reserve your spot, contact: Stanley Sherman - maskarts (at) worldnet.att.net


    DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA MEETINGS IN NY STATE:

    Democracy For The Southern Adirondack/Tricounty Area. You can also check out their website here.

    Democracy For The Greater Glens Falls Area

    dfaROCHESTER. And you can check out their website here.

    Democracy for the Hudson-Mohawk Region. And you can join their Yahoo group here.

    Capital District of NY/GenDFA

    Democracy for the Hudson Valley

    Mid-Hudson Progressive Alliance

    Democracy For Westchester

    Democracy for Long Island. You can also join their Yahoo group here.

    North Country Democracy for America

    Central New York DFA

    Eastern Long Island Democracy for America

    Democracy For Saratoga Springs

    Kingston Democracy for America

    Democracy for Otsego and Delaware Counties

    Philipstown for Democracy

    DFA: Greene County

    Livingston County for Democracy


    DEMOCRACY FOR NYC MEETINGS:
    First Wednesday of every month.

    Upper West Side - 7:00 pm, The Parlour (back room) - 250 West 86th Street (btwn B'way and West End Ave.), with hosts Bernadette Evangelist and Sally Swisher.

    West Village - 7:00pm, Kettle of Fish, 59 Christopher St. (near 7th Ave.) with host Tracey Keij-Denton.

    Astoria, Queens - 7:30pm, - Ommonia Cafe 32-20 Broadway, with host Jeremiah Frei-Pearson and Costa Constantinides.

    Sunnyside, Queens - 7:30 pm, Bliss Street Station restaurant, 47-02 Greenpoint Ave., with host Dan Jacoby.

    Bayside, Queens - 7:00 pm, The First Edition, 41-08 Bell Blvd, right near the LIRR stop, with host Steve Behar of Democrats for New Politics.


    Here are a handful of Organizations worth checking out:

    The Environmental Business Association is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to supporting the growth of the environmental industry in New York State. Specifically, we help to promote and serve serving the industry sectors of Climate Change, Greening Communities, Energy and WALCE (Water-Agriculture-Land Use-Conservation-Environmental). News here. Events list here (not recently updated).

    NY Citizens for Clean Elections: We are committed to passage of Clean Money Clean Election legislation in NYS that provides a non-partisan approach for full public funding of campaigns for all qualified candidates who refuse private money and abide by spending limits. We want to ensure that all Americans, regardless of wealth, have an equal voice in the political system and that qualified candidates are not discouraged from running because they do not have access to the money needed for a competitive campaign.

    The Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats is a community-based Democratic club. CBID has fought for reform and progressive causes since 1968. As a Brooklyn-based Club, we have been instrumental in the election of many candidates for public office. Much of this success was a result of our question-and-answer forums with prospective candidates as well as our extensive on-the-street contact with our constituents.

    Staunchly opposed to political corruption, we are proud of our independence and our commitment to progressive reform in city, state and national politics. We are a vehicle for citizen empowerment and making government more accountable to our neighborhoods.

    We meet monthly, usually the fourth Thursday evening of the month in the basement of the Park Slope United Methodist Church, on the corner of 6th ave and 8th street, at 7:30pm. All are welcome.

    New Kings Democrats (”NKD”) is a new, grassroots organization in Kings County (Brooklyn), New York whose primary mission is to recruit and prepare individuals to run for Kings County Democratic Committee. NKD hopes to achieve the goal of an inclusionary and participatory democracy by making it easy for individuals to run for local, elected office. NKD will serve as a training ground for individuals seeking higher office, and hopes to build and nurture a new group of Brooklyn Democratic leaders.

    Stonewall Democrats of Western New York is the GLBT Democratic voice in WNY. Our mission is to advocate for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community within the Democratic Party and to encourage GLBT participation within the Democratic Party. Our membership includes representatives from State, County, and City government, and several Democratic committee members amongst the various County Committees in WNY.


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