Squeaky Wheel for Safe Bikeways

Squeaky Wheel for Safe Bikeways


Sustainability Action, in consultation with the Pedestrian Coalition, submitted four bicycle-pedestrian projects. We want the City to build at least one major bike-ped project each year, rather than Public Works dribbling out the $450,000 as a sharrow here, a sidewalk ramp there, or as unusable bicycle lanes on 45-50mph major streets.

The squeaky wheel gets the grease, as the saying goes.  Be a squeaky wheel for safe Bikeways.

Be a squeaky wheel on Tuesday,  April 11th, 5:45pm, Lawrence City Hall.  There are many competing interests for scarce budget funds.  You will make a difference by being there.  Sweek Loud and Proud.

Read more here: Be a Squeaky Wheel for Bikeways




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Unintended Consequence

Unintended Consequence

Photo of the Doepke-Holliday Super Fund Site in Johnson County Kansas adjacent to the Kansas River


Could the toxic effects of lead poisoning and the subsequent brain impairment explain the millions of Americans who voted against their best interest to empower the Billionaire Trump and the minions of Mammon, Corporations that are pulling his strings?

Lead has been pervasive in the environment around human settlements since the first people dug the easily worked metal out of the Earth. Studies on the remains of Romans found that they had high levels of lead in their bones, enough to cause brain damage. Leaded gasoline and lead in paint, once the standard have been banned but are still a common pollutant in soil, and inside homes. In a home or apartment where leaded paint chips off of surfaces the microscopic particles are easily ingested by infants, children and adults.

According to the CDC:

“No safe blood lead level in children has been identified. Even low levels of lead in blood have been shown to affect IQ, ability to pay attention, and academic achievement. And effects of lead exposure cannot be corrected.”

As we’ve seen throughout history technology especially those using chemicals produce toxic unintended consequences.

Is Trump an Unintended Consequence?

So when you see the ‘Scientist’ in this white coat and safety goggles smile and say that his poisons won’t harm you, They’re safe in children’s food, they won’t kill butterflies.

Look him straight in the eye and ask, “You expect me to believe that poison, Death-a-cides won’t harm me, my loved ones and the rest of Creation? Bull Shit!

That won’t fly in Missouri Buddy; we’ve got Times Beach, Monsanto and burning nuclear waste dumps. I almost forgot coal tar piles from coal gasification plants buried around town seeping  benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene,  xylenes., arsenic and cyanides into the ground water.

Care for a drink?


Earth Recovery Units

Earth Recovery Units

Like a beautiful Lotus that grows out of the stinking mud in dark waters, so too will ‘ER Units’ – ‘EARTH RECOVERY Units’ – grow out of the despair and concern of people around the world for a viable planet.

Please help co-create an ‘ER Unit’ in YOUR Village/ Neighborhood/ Town/ Country. The aim is to get people to work together for 2 COMMON GOALS:

1) ENHANCE your Quality of Life; and
2) RESTORE the Earth in your vicinity.

You can do this by implementing the 3 Rs: RETHINK – RE-PLAN – RESTORE.

Leave a comment if you would like to start an Earth Recovery Unit in your Landbase or Watershed.

Learn more at:https://www.scientists4mekong.com/earth-recovery-units-needed-around-the-world/

The Techno Fix Pathology in a Kansas Wheat Field

The Techno Fix Pathology in a Kansas Wheat Field

Techno-Optimism is preventing us from considering low tech real solutions for critical problems. A Techno Fix never addresses the root problem. It just litters the future with unintended consequences.

The Big Lie used by Industrial Agriculture, that their technology alone can feed the world, relies on the Techno-Optimism of most Americans and obscures the unsustainable, environmentally destructive results of mining and destroying the living soil Kansas was blessed with.

Agroecology and agroforestry are just two potential technologies that are more likely to feed the world sustainably than destructive monoculture factory farming. Industrial Agriculture focuses on profit and efficiency at the expense of the environment relying on inputs derived from finite fossil fuel, Ecocide and the theft of Earth’s Genetic Heritage.

Techno-Fix: Why Technology Can’t Save Us or the Environment is a crucial book examining these issues coauthored by Michael and Joyce Huesemann. Check it out.

Here are some links to Huesemann’s work:

Can Technology Save Us? TV Interview https://youtu.be/BQm0gkZdzIY

Presentation at Town Hall, Seattle, Washington https://youtu.be/GQ_kci8n09M

Publisher website: https://www.newsociety.com/Books/T/Techno-Fix

Another primer with insight into this issue is the 1982 book, OVERSHOOT: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change by the late environmental sociologist William R. Catton.

Overshoot should be available at your local library or from the publisher at: http://www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/63fae3tq9780252008184.html