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Tidbits and Announcements- March 1, 2012

* Re: Santorum's Attack on College Education is No Joke 
  (David Worley)
* Re: Baltasar Garzón Cleared over his Franco-era Crimes 
  Inquiry (Steve Lane)
* Re: Mahler Is O.K., but Gustavo, He's Amazing (Isabel 
  Thompson)
* Re: IBM at Auschwitz, New Documents (Maxwell Shaw)
* EYEWITNESS FUKUSHIMA: Regional Conference for Emergency
  Responders - New York City area - March 5

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* Re: Santorum's Attack on College Education is No Joke

The explicit hatred of Santorum for public education in
principle is obvious. The same hatred is not so obvious in
many of the self-styled reformers, but it is true of them as
well. But, the education system is in this country is a mess
in sooo many ways and one of them is the fact that high
school's today are only interested in prepping students to
go to college. Real vocational education for the millions of
kids who aren't interested in a bachelor's degree has
virtually disappeared from public and private secondary
schools. Instead, kids have to PAY for vocational education
after they get out of high school, and millions are
victimized by fraudulent diploma mill outfits that saddle
them with huge student loan debts and teach them nothing
useful. Meanwhile, college becomes more unaffordable year by
year for working class people. Useful education like health
care must be available to everyone. Otherwise, the entire
society will slowly slide down the slope into undevelopment,
which is precisely what is happening to the USA.

David Worley

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* Re: Baltasar Garzón Cleared over his Franco-era Crimes Inquiry

Is there some way we can let Baltasar Garzón know that he is
not alone, that people all over the world admire him for his
courage?

Steve Lane

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* Re: Mahler Is O.K., but Gustavo, He's Amazing

YES!!!  Gustavo Dudamel is amazing amazing....
How often do you see him reading the score as he's
conducting?

Inspiring.

Isabel Thompson

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* Re: IBM at Auschwitz, New Documents

If the link between IBM and the holocaust can be
established, then IBM should be put on trial and if found
guilty, suffer institutional death.  I suggest the trial be
in Texas.  Then we can finally have a true test of the so-
called "personhood" of corporations.

Maxwell Shaw

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* EYEWITNESS FUKUSHIMA: Regional Conference for Emergency
Responders

Monday, March 5, 6:30 PM
Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY
2900 Purchase Street, Purchase, NY
  
March 11, 2012 will be the first anniversary of the nuclear
catastrophe at Fukushima. As we remember and mourn the
terrible human toll of the accident, it is also time to heed
the lessons learned from the disaster and to spread the
information widely.

EMTs, medical personnel, firefighters, police,
transportation providers, disaster relief organizations,
those responsible for the evacuation of schools, hospitals,
nursing homes, prisons and similar institutions are invited
to attend "Eyewitness Fukushima: What Emergency Responders
Need to Know," a regional conference for First Responders
and interested others.

We hope you will join us for this important conference and
meet Japanese experts who participated in the response to
the devastation at Fukushima-Daiichi and a hear panel of
American experts who will discuss how the ongoing crisis in
Japan relates to disaster planning and response for
Entergy's Westchester nuclear facility in Buchanan. The
presentation will be followed by a question and answer
session.

People who live within the 50-mile radius of Indian Point
will also be interested in hearing how such a major nuclear
accident could impact their community from an emergency
responder's perspective.

Sited in the most densely populated area of any US nuclear
plant, 25 miles north of Manhattan, Indian Point is riddled
with safety issues; it is an aging, leaking, deteriorating
facility built near the intersection of two earthquake fault
lines and a gas pipeline. As it ages and continues to make
more and more highly radioactive spent fuel, which must be
stored storing on site, it poses a growing threat to public
health and safety.

This meeting offers an opportunity for First Responders and
the public at large to better understand the lessons learned
from the Fukushima-Daiichi disaster, how they can be applied
here - particularly within the Indian Point 50 mile zone -
and to take inventory of our own disaster preparedness and
response capability.

Click here to view the Eyewitness Fukushima Conference
Agenda.Please take a copy to your local firehouse, police
and EMT squad and personally invite their participation.

Please click here to register.Pre-registration is strongly
encouraged; seating is limited to 80 participants. This
event is free.

Cosponsors: Connie Hogarth Center for Social Action,
District Council 37 (DC-37) of the American Federation of
State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME); Hudson River
Sloop Clearwater, Inc.; New York Committee for Occupational
Health and Safety (NYCOSH); NYS Psychological Association
(pending); Physicians for Social Responsibility, National
and NY City Chapter.

We hope to see you March 5th at Manhattanville College. 
For more information, please contact
[log in to unmask], or (845) 265-8080, Ext. 7113
 
Get involved! Urge your community, civic and religious
organizations, local and county municipal officials to pass
the Public Health and Safety Resolution Regarding Indian
Point Nuclear Plants. The resolution calls for  extending
the emergency planning evacuation radius from 10 to 50
miles, addressing the evacuation deficiencies identified in
the Witt Report, seriously considering the potential for
seismic activity along the two earthquake faults and
addressing the safety issues regarding spent fuel storage
are critical to public health and safety.

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