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News :: Environment : Labor & Class

Rule To Expand Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

The Bush administration is set to issue a regulation on Friday that would enshrine the coal mining practice of mountaintop removal. The technique involves blasting off the tops of mountains and dumping the rubble into valleys and streams. It has been used in Appalachian coal country for 20 years under a cloud of legal and regulatory confusion.

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Announcement :: Education

"Governance as Leadership: Overcoming the Bored Board Meeting" Conference, September 27

To register: https://regonline.com/ENPOConference

If you've ever heard the phrase "Bored Board Meeting" then you will want
to save the date for this year's Especially for Nonprofit Organizations'
(ENPO) Annual Conference scheduled for Thursday, September 27, 2007. The
conference will be hosted by one of the program funding partners Capital
One at their West Creek Campus Town Center from 8:30-1pm. Registration
begins at 7:30am. Breakfast and lunch will be served.

The topic "Governance as Leadership" is especially pertinent for
executives and board members. William P. Ryan, author of critically
acclaimed Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of the Nonprofit
Board, is the keynote speaker. Ryan will address the practice
of "governance as leadership" and how the generative process offers
board
members more meaningful and consequential work -- and nonprofit
organizations the benefits of an engaged, value-adding board.

All the ENPO funding partners,

The Community Foundation
Capital One Services Inc.
United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg
The Virginia Association of Fund Raising Executives
The Junior League of Richmond
Philip Morris USA

invite executive directors to encourage board members to join them in
attending this year's conference to learn how to work improve
organizational capacity through enhanced board effectiveness.

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Announcement :: Education

"Governance as Leadership: Overcoming the Bored Board Meeting" Conference, September 27

To register: https://regonline.com/ENPOConference

If you've ever heard the phrase "Bored Board Meeting" then you will want
to save the date for this year's Especially for Nonprofit Organizations'
(ENPO) Annual Conference scheduled for Thursday, September 27, 2007. The
conference will be hosted by one of the program funding partners Capital
One at their West Creek Campus Town Center from 8:30-1pm. Registration
begins at 7:30am. Breakfast and lunch will be served.

The topic "Governance as Leadership" is especially pertinent for
executives and board members. William P. Ryan, author of critically
acclaimed Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of the Nonprofit
Board, is the keynote speaker. Ryan will address the practice
of "governance as leadership" and how the generative process offers
board
members more meaningful and consequential work -- and nonprofit
organizations the benefits of an engaged, value-adding board.

All the ENPO funding partners,

The Community Foundation
Capital One Services Inc.
United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg
The Virginia Association of Fund Raising Executives
The Junior League of Richmond
Philip Morris USA

invite executive directors to encourage board members to join them in
attending this year's conference to learn how to work improve
organizational capacity through enhanced board effectiveness.

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Commentary :: Elections & Legislation

Democracy ["convened-sample suffrage"] vs. universal suffrage

"Convened-sample suffrage, which takes the voters to the candidates, brings the cost of successful candidacy within reach of every citizen."

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News :: Civil & Human Rights

Dennis Fritz The Other Innocent Man In John Grisham's "The Innocent Man"

Dennis Fritz started his Journey Toward Justice July 2005.
July is when he started writing his book "Journey Toward Justice" in which he details his arrest and subsequent imprisonment until his release April 15, 1999.

Dennis Fritz was Ron Williamson's friend and co-defendant in the Debra Sue Carter murder case. John Grisham wrote about the case in his book,"The Innocent Man": Murder and Injustice in a Small Town. Grisham writes about Ron Williamson and his role in the case. He does an excellent job and is a Great Book.
Dennis Fritz was close to Ron Williamson, and I am sure Dennis has his own stories about their life and times together.

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Commentary :: Peace & War

Talking Walls

The mainstream press is full of stories but for ONE BIG exception; a FAILURE the proportions of which promise to sear the pages of history. The criminal intervention and the consequent holocaust and humanitarian disaster that is Western Interventionist Iraq! The media is at pains to avoid this story for obvious reasons -- it participated in the original ruse and deception upon which a full-scale military invasion was launched. The list of war criminals includes the name of Rupert Murdoch as he clearly carries equal responsibility with Bush, Cheney, Blair, Howard and the conservative forces that support them. War crimes arrests must therefore extend to Murdoch and other responsible parties – Murdoch is damned by his own words, delivered in numerous speeches and addresses to fellow conservative criminals.

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News :: Globalization

FDA ANNOUNCES PLAN TO ELIMINATE VITAMIN COMPANIES

The FDA, emboldened by its transformation into a drug company, has embarked upon an anti-American plan of interfering with business and intentionally eliminating various dietary supplement companies from the market. The FDA announcement came on Friday, June 22, 2007 under the guise of a final rule for dietary supplement good manufacturing practices (CGMPs). Within this 800 page rule the FDA states, “We find that this final rule will have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities .... Establishments with above average costs, and even establishments with average costs, could be hard pressed to continue to operate. Some of these may decide it is too costly and either change product lines or go out of business.... 140 very small [less than 20 employees] and 32 small dietary supplement manufacturers [less than 500 employees] will be at risk of going out of business.... costs per establishment are proportionally higher for very small than for large establishments.... The regulatory costs of this final rule will also discourage new small businesses from entering the industry.

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Commentary :: Labor & Class

Cults of Unreason and the End of Species

People today seem perplexed as civilisation as we know it plummets into the abyss. Yet, in the broad sense, the future is entirely predicable. The much lauded system of economic rationalism has resulted in huge disparities in wealth comparable to ancient societies; the wealth of Pharaoh-God-Kings of the past was staggering and in stark contrast to the wealth of their subjects. The peoples’ living standards were maintained at ‘adequate‘ levels to ensure a fit work/slave force for their rulers – remind you of anything, are you able to draw any comparisons today? In fact ancient Egypt (utilising modern poverty statistics) would have fared better in the social sense than most of today’s societies. So much for economic rationalism and laissez-faire capitalism! The inequity of today’s economic reality is far from mysterious; however, one mystery remains, the masses of today tolerate far greater inequities than the masses of yesterday.

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