August 12th, 2014
August 1st, 2014
For those of you interested in how we got to where we are on this, take a look at what the Olmsted County Regional Railroad Authority has been doing:
Board Packets & Minutes
Regional Railroad Authority
|June 23, 2009||Packet (117KB)||Minutes (13KB)|
|January 19, 2010||Packet (38KB)||Minutes (9KB)|
|June 22, 2010||Packet (11KB)||Minutes (10KB)|
|December 14, 2010||Packet (43KB)||Minutes (8KB)|
|January 18, 2011||Packet (49KB)||Minutes (13KB)|
|September 27, 2011||Packet (837KB)||Minutes (11KB)|
|October 25, 2011||Packet (69KB)||Minutes (29KB)|
|November 22, 2011||Packet (23KB)||Minutes (14KB)|
|January 17, 2012||Packet (65KB)||Minutes (8KB)|
|February 21, 2012||Packet (60KB)||Minutes (12KB)|
|April 24, 2012||Packet (26KB)||Minutes (15KB)|
|September 25, 2012||Packet (1140KB)||Minutes (51KB)|
|January 22, 2013||Packet (28KB)||Minutes (9KB)|
|August 27, 2013||Packet (161KB)||Minutes (17KB)|
|January 21, 2014||Packet (296KB)||Minutes (17KB)|
|June 24, 2014||Packet (36KB)||Minutes|
July 29th, 2014
Credit where credit is due! MPCA, keep at it! You all know I love to slap up the MPCA, well, any agency, when they’re missing the boat. Well, I also am a big believer in letting them know when they’re doing something right, and I’m cautiously optimistic that we’re seeing the beginning of something important!
For most of this year, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has been holding meetings about Environmental Justice, and it looks to me like the MPCA is working to shift active identification and recognition of environmental justice issues and impacted parties/resources to the agency. Agency initiative. Can this be?
Yesterday’s agenda (and GREAT food!):
Check out the MPCA Environmental Justice Page!
I’m a grizzled old fart, and have been around agencies for entirely too long, but what is apparent is that this agency is taking the initiative to address environmental justice issues, and to be proactive, not just reactive. And it’s not just me, there are a few other grizzled old farts who are encouraged, excited, and looking forward to progress. It feels like something may be happening.
What I’ve also noticed is that the “usual suspect” organizations are absent. There’s a big long list on the MPCA Environmental Justice Page and with one exception, they’re no shows. Karen Monahan, Sierra Club, has done a lot to get this moving. Is it that these other groups don’t care? Is it a coincidence that things are happening in their absence?
The “Framework Elements” are:
- Core Regulatory Services (Permitting, Compliance and Enforcement, etc.)
- EJ Area Analysis
- Enhanced Ouutreach
- Consideration of Cumulative Impacts
- Stakeholder Engagement
Hey, MPCA — can you post the handouts from yesterday and contact info and meeting notices?
If you are interested in what they’re doing, contact Ned Brooks, the MPCA’s Environmental Justice Coordinator: Ned.Brooks@state.mn.us
June 30th, 2014
Here’s the full decision. … sigh… read the Dissent:
A short version of this decision, with some implications, taken from the Ginsberg dissent:
In the Court’s view, RFRA demands accommodation of a for-profit corporation’s religious beliefs no matter the impact that accommodation may have on third parties who do not share the corporation owners’ religious faith—in these cases, thousands of women employed by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga or dependents of persons those corporations employ.
This decision mirrors the track of academic “free speech” which follows the institution, not the teachers or students. This decision follows the corporation, not employees, allowing the corporation to impose its opinions and beliefs on individual workers. Gee, thanks.
Read the decision, read the dissent…
June 3rd, 2014
There are things that I find really offensive about Obama’s policies, most notably that he’s been a corporate toady, toadying for transmission lines, toadying for coal (IGCC and otherwise), his energy policies are a big yawn, much ado about nothing. But to find him offensive in an offensive way, i.e., based on his actions, ??? I just don’t get it. And to do this anonymously. That is a line for me, rather than to publicly own or substantiate opinions or beliefs, rather than to publicly object and act, instead to act out secretly in this way… and given our history of lynching of Indians and African Americans in this country, as volatile as drowning of women deemed witches. This gives me the creeps.
And it’s happened before, many times:
I couldn’t remember, much as Nixon, Reagan, and the Bushes were vilified, much more than protests, I do remember dummies of Nixon, and of course comments on the order of Shawn in the bathroom saying he was “making pictures of Richard Nixon.” So I did some looking, and I’d forgotten a few:
And there’s a longstanding history of hanging in effigy:
(and now I can’t find it) … still looking for a choice article that disappeared…