I’ll be in Philadelphia today interviewing people at Occupy Philadelphia.
I went to see “Sex In An Epidemic,” a film about HIV/AIDS at the Greater Reading Film Festival. The production reminds us all, and for young people, educates them, about how scary and frightening it was in the 1980’s when we knew little about the disease and its prevention. As the void developed on the national scene to deal with the crisis local groups and heroes stepped forward to deal with it. Bill Bender was that person in Reading. A panel discussion following the film featured Bill, Director Jean Carlomusto (who used much of her personal archived film footage), Carolyn Bazik and Vanessa Domico. The film will be broadcast on Showtime for World AIDS Day December 1st. Check your listings for times.
Drug and alcohol is a huge problem. Growing up with an alcoholic father I know how big an issue this is but Governor Corbett doesn’t. He is refusing to create the Drug and Alcohol Department as mandated by the state legislature. It is precisely the Governor’s job, and his duty, to carry out the laws of Pennsylvania but he is refusing to do so. Corbett maintains the funds aren’t available but they are. The Commonwealth has about a billion bucks in reserve which is not budgeted.
The State House passed a bill making local zoning null and void where it comes to gas drilling. This is yet another example where money and powerful interests are dissolving our democracy. If you and your local community do not have the power to pass and enforce your own zoning and ordinances we no longer have a democracy. The state did this several years with the ACRE law which overrode local zoning on behalf of corporate factory farms. Now the money the energy industry funneled into the pockets of our Governor and many legislators is paying off for them.
The result? Contaminated water supplies in places like Dimock. You might remember this small town in northeastern PA from the movie “Gasland.” This is the place where residents can set their tap water on fire from methane contamination. Cabot Energy polluted their aquifer and DEP (us) has been supplying their water. Now Cabot wants to cease providing the life sustaining potion. Their property values are nothing and the people are trapped there because they cannot sell. Now their water supplies will be shut down too? Hasn’t Cabot done enough damage?
Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky is being indicted on 40 charges of sexual contact with minors. His “Second Mile” charity was supposed to be helping children not hurting them. This is a bad stain on a fine university and my alma mater.
Today is Bank Transfer Day. Move your bank accounts (including credit cards) to a local bank or credit union. If you want to follow everything with Occupy Wall Street you can do so at Occupy Wall Street News. In Oakland some cops began covering their names and badges so people couldn’t identify them for misconduct. If you see any police doing this photograph or film them and go to an officer and file a complaint. Then we’ll publicize their misconduct, their identities and their cover up.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, that union buster, went to Chicago to speak to a group of 1%’ers and was greeted by a bunch of teachers:
I think he got an education.
In Texas a Republican legislator got caught urging the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association not to “Jew them down.” Larry Taylor has since apologized for the anti-Semitic remark.
80,000 new jobs were created last month, not enough to cover the increase of population meaning we’re still losing ground. Mark Price, economist at PBPC calculates at this rate it’ll take 33 years to get back where we were pre-GWB.