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picture30 Nov 2006 @ 04:35, by John Ashbaugh

The Oil Company is putting a damper on the enlightenment of the emerging generation.

The Oil Company is putting a damper on the enlightenment of the emerging generation. Chevron has a seven page advertisement beginning on the inside cover of the December issue of Scientific American extolling its roll in the development of Biodiesel fuel, the excavation of the oil sands of Canada, and Geothermal harvesting, all in preparation for “the emerging new era of energy.” They are working for us, you know, and require that we understand that all that they do is in our own best interests. No need to worry about or concern ourselves with these complex problems. The oil company (all of them as one, clones of one another) has it all under control and is doing everything it can to insure that after all of the bodies have been swept away by the desert winds, our boys will be on top of the hill flying our flag. Salutations to the Brotherhood. We are now the proud owners of a dead planet. The goons are on the warpath. The protection racket is functional, operational and on target. The terrorists walk among us. A little dimming and flickering of the lights. Evening dusk on the horizon. Shadow of ignorance clouds the developing minds of tomorrow’s slaves. The Long Dark Night is approaching, which might make the so-called Dark Ages seem like the shining star. Tomorrow’s generation will see the light of a New Day unlike any ever witnessed by a hominid form. The Oily Boys are gonna get caught sticking their fingers in the sand and are gonna have no place to go. If anybody ever finds out what the arms manufacturers are doing, there might be a little blowback. That would be a nasty event. Perhaps all of the enlightened beings, to the extent that each of us is enlightened, putting our heads together can come up with a mantra that will jimmy the machine. It’s that old material wealth – spiritual wealth dichotomy going on on a global scale. Those seekers of the Life of the Spirit trying to help those who don’t get it, get it. It’s been going on for as long as anyone can remember, and it looks like there’s more and more chips being heaped up in the middle of the table. Call, Raise, or Drop.
Largest Science Teachers Organization Rejects Gore Video ... Why?
By John F. Borowski
t r u t h o u t | Guest Columnist
Tuesday 28 November 2006
Would the world's largest science teacher's organization ignore climate change education? (Why did the NSTA say no to free "An Inconvenient Truth" DVDs?)
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) has spurned 50,000 free DVDs of Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" and is squandering a golden opportunity to educate tens of millions of youth in the United States! Why? This 55,000-member organization of teachers and scientists could use Al Gore's film to orchestrate the single most influential educational goal in human history: the awareness and subsequent solving of climate change. There is no denying the escalating list of climate change evidence: from the potential extinction of polar bears and retreating glacial environments to the increase of global temperatures in unison with increased carbon dioxide levels.
Laurie David, a producer of the film "An Inconvenient Truth," helped to broker a "sweet deal" for the NSTA. Sitting in an LA warehouse are 50,000 free DVDs just waiting to be given out to every member of the NSTA. No strings, no catches, just a clear and simple agenda: provide teachers with a spectacular and scientifically acclaimed production to engage millions of students nationwide. And the NSTA says, "No?"
Is the NSTA placing economic expediency over "true science education"; does it fear the alienation of funders such as Exxon and the fossil powerhouse the American Petroleum Institute? Laurie David, who is also the founder of, received an email refusal of the free teaching materials from the NSTA that is ominous and foreboding.
The NSTA wrote that acceptance of the DVDs would place an "unnecessary risk upon the (NSTA) capital campaign, especially certain targeted supporters." Also in the email, NSTA claimed that it didn't want to offer "political" endorsement of the film and saw "little, if any benefit to NSTA or its members" in accepting the free DVDs. No benefit to teachers? Science teachers across the country are under-funded, overworked and often grab onto free lessons and materials as a matter of "educational survival 101." What I find despicable is that the NSTA is fully aware of that need and, sadly, often aids and abets the "fossil fuel cartels." The NSTA often denies or misleads on climate change and provides teachers with everything from "coal coloring books" to misleading videos such as "Fuel-less: You Can't Be Cool Without Fuel." Simply stated, the NSTA's refusal to distribute Al Gore's film is an unmitigated disaster that will tarnish its reputation as a "broker" of credible science materials, while squandering a prolific moment in educational history: the chance to allow students to become energy pioneers.

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