We are in the four day period of the ACFF, now celebrating it’s 10th Anniversary of presenting conservation and nature support films here in Shepherdstown.
We saw two films this afternoon, but tonight we saw two films accompanied by live discussions and question periods with the filmmakers.
The most interesting to me was Marion Stoddart whose life and career spent saving the Nashua River was so well presented in the short film “The Work of 1000.”
Filmmaker Susan Edwards broached the subject Can one person truly make a difference? This film tells the inspiring story of how a remarkable woman saved a dying river–for herself, for the community and for future generations–and became an environmental hero honored by the United Nations.
Mrs Stoddart, now in her 80s spent decades getting a very polluted river clean… petitioning, demonstrating, approaching manufacturers and politicians directly, and getting her husband and children involved. Her live presentation with the audience was very involving.
Our Nation’s River: A System on Edge was the second film we saw this evening. Ten minutes long and made by Alexandra Cousteau, granddaughter of historic natural filmmaker Jaques Costeau. This piece was particularly meaningful for us, since it is about the Potomac River, the water body that forms our northern border and flows from us down to Washington DC.
Ms, Cousteau answered questions but also presented a discussion panel of professionals from the Nature Conservancy and the Potomac River Foundation.
The House was pretty full at Reynolds Hall, Shepherd University, with a number of standers who wanted to catch everything as well. Among the folks there tonight were most of the officers of Sustainable Shepherdstown (My wife is in that bunch, of course), our current State Delegate John Dolan whose work for us has been spectacular and who is leaving office at the end of the session. Steve Skinner, the Democratic candidate for Delegate who, hopefully, will take John’s place, was there as well. Both men realize the importance the Potomac is to our community. Of course, Republican Candidate Elliot Spitzer was NOT there this evening. Preserving our environment is just not a Republican issue… after all, don’t they all think that Climate Change is a joke?
We’re going to some more films tomorrow.
- Worst Potomac River Flooding in 16 Years Expected (washington.cbslocal.com)
- Flooding a Major Concern for Potomac River, Chesapeake Bay (washington.cbslocal.com)
- Water still concerns Cousteaus (toledoblade.com)
- Flood Warning Continues For D.C., Coastal Md., Va. (baltimore.cbslocal.com)
Here’s why Newt isn’t going to get any farther (from the Newt Gingrich 2012 campaign site):
Appearing before the National Rifle Association annual meeting this afternoon, Newt Gingrich called for a new United Nations treaty that would give the right to bear arms to every person on the planet. This proposed treaty would counter the United Nations Small Arms Treaty currently supported by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The Daily Beast noted that Newt’s reception from the crowd of 5,000 people was more enthusiastic than Governor Romney’s.
Somewhere along the line, folks are going to imagine a Newt Presidency and see themselves dead in their living rooms. Just think if every man, woman and child worldwide were armed!
Give a thought to what it would do to our legal system (of course, given the current Supreme Court, it might not make any difference.)
Bang bang Maxwell’s silver hammer…etc.
Just go HERE.
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- Afghan mob storms UN office, kills 8, beheads 2 (calgaryherald.com)
- UN Workers Killed In Afghan Koran Protest (news.sky.com)
- Deadly Afghan protest over Koran (bbc.co.uk)
- Fifteen people who would still be alive if it weren’t for religion (whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com)
- Eight foreigners killed in Afghan Koran protest (independent.co.uk)
- Eight killed in Afghan demonstration after U.S. preacher burns Koran (theglobeandmail.com)
- At least 8 UN workers killed in Afghanistan (msnbc.msn.com)
Now it looks like our participation in the No Fly Zone in Libya is a bigger thing than the UN asked for…
Here’s what Obama says:
United States military efforts are discrete and focused on employing unique U.S. military capabilities to set the conditions for our European allies and Arab partners to carry out the measures authorized by the U.N. Security Council Resolution.
President Obama states that despite warnings, Gaddafi has not implemented a promised cease-fire:
His illegitimate use of force not only is causing the deaths of substantial numbers of civilians among his own people, but also is forcing many others to flee to neighboring countries, thereby destabilizing the peace and security of the region. Left unaddressed, the growing instability in Libya could ignite wider instability in the Middle East, with dangerous consequences to the national security interests of the United States.
NBC’s Richard Engel reports from Libya:
“Rebels say they are incredibly encouraged now that they have Western military support, but the rebels are leaderless. They are poorly armed; they are disorganized.”
Gaddafi’s forces are not giving up, however. This from Reuters:
Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi fired on a crowd of unarmed people in the rebel-held city of Misrata on Monday and are using civilians as human shields against air strikes, residents said.
It looks like the United States forces are taking over leadership of the UN action… however, I just heard the NY Times reporter in Paris say on the radio that we are doing more in the eyes of the Arabs than the UN has called for. That is, to me, our regular stumble in the Middle East.
- Questions in the air despite no-fly zone (fullcomment.nationalpost.com)
- Rebels Want Gaddafi Ousted, Not Dead (huffingtonpost.com)
- Libya Coalition Politics (outsidethebeltway.com)
- WRAPUP 14-Western powers strike Libya;Arab League has doubts (reuters.com)
- Western strike hits Gaddafi compound (theparthenon.wordpress.com)
- Operation Odyssey Dawn: What Next After No-Fly Zone? (nowpublic.com)
- Bombs boost Libya rebels – Sydney Morning Herald (news.google.com)
- Libya: Gaddafi holds out against air strikes – live updates (guardian.co.uk)
- Libya: Military Chief Rules Out Gaddafi Hit (news.sky.com)
- Arab League Denounces Military Strikes By U.S. and Allies on Libya (jonathanturley.org)
- Here we go again! (sluggerotoole.com)
- Arab League calls on U.N. to impose Libya no-fly zone (reuters.com)
- Pro-Gadhafi forces move on Benghazi (macleans.ca)
- The Arab League And The No-Fly Zone, Ctd (andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com)
- “Colin Powell gets punked by the CIA” and related posts (bayareahouston.blogspot.com)
- Powell: CIA should answer on WMD (politico.com)
- Conscience catches up with Colin Powell (nowpublic.com)
- Colin Powell demands answers over ‘Curveball’ (telegraph.co.uk)
- Angry Colin Powell wants answers on Iraq WMD lies (capitolhillblue.com)
What on Earth are we doing there? Isn’t it clear that we can’t succeed here?
And remember… if we get 100% out of Afghanistan, the money we save could solve ALL our other problems.
- Open thread for night owls: Insecurity rises in Afghanistan (dailykos.com)
- You: Endgames in Iraq and Afghanistan (search.japantimes.co.jp)
- BREAKING: Brit Soldier Killed In Afghanistan (news.sky.com)
- ‘Millions, if not billions, of dollars’ squandered or diverted in Afghanistan (americablog.com)
- You: UN envoy fears ‘spectacular attacks’ in Afghanistan (nation.com.pk)
“If the U.S. imperialists start another war, the army and people of Korea will … wipe out the aggressors on the globe once and for all,” says the North Korean Central News Agency on reports that a US destroyer was following the Kang Nam, a N. Korean vessel transporting illicit weapons to Myanmar, against United Nations sanctions. Interestingly, the ship following the Kang Nam is the USS John S. McCain.
One of the accusations that North Korea is throwing out at the US is that wenintend to start another Korean War. In fact, if the McCain stops to inspect the Kang Nam, according to the recent Security Council resolution for all members, the N. K.’s have said that they will consider that act a declaration of war.
It is expected that the North Koreans are going to test short to medium missiles, which could cover from 100 to 350 miles… certainly enough to do some destruction around allies like Japan and, of course, South Korea. They will also be trading with Myanmar’s military government, which has bought weapons from them in the past.
Meanwhile, China, Russia and South Korea are trying to get North Korea back to the diplomatic table for talks on disarming. These broke up some time ago and Kim Jong Il doesn’t seem interested in rejoining them.