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Luminous Animal

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Breaking: Peaceful Environmental Activist Tim DeChristopher Placed in Isolated Confinement

Tim was informed by Lieutenant Weirich that he was being moved to the SHU because an unidentified congressman had called from Washington DC, complaining of an email that Tim had sent to a friend. Tim was inquiring about the reported business practices of one of his legal fund contributors, threatening to return the money if their values no longer aligned with his own. According to Prison officials, Tim will continue to be held in isolated confinement pending an investigation. There is no definite timeline for inmates being held in the SHU — often times they await months for the conclusion of an investigation.


Take action:
“Tim DeChristopher inmate #16156-081 be immediately removed from the Special Housing Unit (SHU) and placed back in the Minimum Security Camp at FCI Herlong.”

FCI Herlong
Richard B. Ives, WARDEN
Eloisa DeBruler, Public Information Officer

Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Central Office
Charles E. Samuels, Jr.

Jim Sensenbrenner, WI, Chairman of Subcommittee
(202) 225-5101

Louie Gohmert, TX, Vice Chairman of Subcommittee
(202) 225-3035
Jason Chaffetz, UT
DC: (202) 225-7751
UT: (801) 851-2500

More members to call here:

“Tim DeChristopher inmate #16156-081 be immediately removed from the Special Housing Unit (SHU) and placed back in the Minimum Security Camp at FCI Herlong.”

If you’d like to say more, here are a few key talking points we suggest:

* Moving Tim DeChristopher to SHU based on the complaint of an unidentified Congressman doesn’t make sense. Why is Congress intervening in one inmates detention status, anyway?
* Keeping inmates in isolated confinement for an indefinite amount of time awaiting a hearing is not humane and is not acceptable.
* *FOR CONGRESSIONAL MEMBERS* If they are your congressperson, tell them about the situation, [read here] and ask them if they know who ordered the transfer, and that you’d like them to take a look into it and get back to you promptly. Ask them why Congress is taking such an interest in the emails of one inmate. Tell them that Tim is a nonviolent offender who was wrongly charged and convicted to begin with, and was placed in a minimum security camp because he posed no threat to anyone. If you have time, mention that an oil and gas company owned by William Koch was recently found to have conspired to defeat a BLM oil and gas lease auction, but was merely fined, while Tim sits in isolated confinement after being charged with two felonies. If you call Jason Chaffetz, ask him to launch an investigation in his oversight committee.

About Tim:

Much has been written about the economics student from the University of Utah who walked inside the Bureau of Land Management auction on the snowy day of December 19, 2008, picked up a bidder’s paddle, and spontaneously began raising the prices of oil and gas leases on Utah public lands. Within minutes, DeChristopher found himself the winning bidder on fourteen parcels of land—many of them adjacent to Arches National Park—for a price tag of $1.8 million dollars.

He had successfully interrupted the auction (a sale later deemed illegal by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar). In a brave and imaginative act of civil disobedience, one young man with a love of wilderness and a message of how fossil fuels are contributing to climate change not only exposed the cozy relationship between industry and government, but challenged it.
Posted by Luminous Animal | Wed Mar 28, 2012, 02:21 PM (17 replies)

For the last two nights I've been taking a walk with Michael Moore.

People around the world are joining him!


On twitter. Unfortunately, I live in a different time zone so my walk is actually hours later than Mike's but that's okay.

So, Mike has started something her. On twitter it's this: #MikeTakesaWalk and it begin when Mike responded to the high cost and low quality of movies.

Ok, everyone, I hear u & I agree: Most movies suck, & tickets are 2 expensive. Take the pills instead. Or go for a brisk walk.
Michael MooreMMFlint
2 days ago

Actually, that's a good idea - a brisk walk! And that's what I need. I think I'll go for a walk. Anyone want to join me? #MikeTakesaWalk
Michael MooreMMFlint
2 days ago

Wow. Thanks for all the supportive comments-& 4 those who went outside when I did & went for a walk! Should we keep this up? #MikeTakesaWalk
Michael MooreMMFlint
2 days ago

"@Moriah1975: I like the walking together tweets. Everyone can send pics from their walk too." Great idea. How would this work on Twitter?
Michael MooreMMFlint
2 days ago

Seems like many ppl walked w/me last night. So I guess maybe I'll take another walk tonite? Maybe round 8pmET?Wanna join me? #MikeTakesaWalk
Michael MooreMMFlint
a day ago

Posted by Luminous Animal | Tue Mar 20, 2012, 04:02 PM (12 replies)

Here we go again. Multiple accusations that Rush is gay...

because he is a woman hating childless man.

Listen up straight people...

There are women hating hypocritical straight people. Butch up and take responsibility for one of your own and cease foisting this straight misogynist on the gay community.
Posted by Luminous Animal | Sat Mar 3, 2012, 06:09 AM (52 replies)

Sleep Train Mattress (via twitter) is pulling their ads off of Limbaugh's show...


Sleep Train Mattress ‏ @theSleepTrain

We are pulling our ads with Rush Limbaugh and appreciate the community's feedback.

Posted by Luminous Animal | Fri Mar 2, 2012, 06:58 AM (3 replies)

Why Democrats Have a Problem with Young Voters

Ten youths that I know who volunteered and campaigned for Obama and worked their butts off are now convinced that they are going to sit this one out. Endless global war and no jobs are their main complaints. Most of them consider themselves Occupiers or regularly participate in Occupy actions.


Why Democrats Have a Problem with Young Voters
RS Politics Daily
by: Rick Perlstein

Then came Barack Obama, and Cecil fell in love. "The war thing was big," he remembers. "I had a friend who went to Iraq and died. Obama’s whole opposition to the war was very important to me." He packed up his car and drove all the way across the country to become an Obama organizer in New Hampshire, then Maine, then Vermont. Because he was good at it, he was named deputy field director in Oregon, then one of two deputies in a crucial Midwestern state. After the election, in Washington, he was one of the principles in setting up a major new national progressive activist group.


You could call Cecil a progressive. Just don't call him a Democrat. As intense as his alienation from the Republican Party is his disinclination to state any party identity at all. He says, "I feel more attached to a politics of hope and optimism than I do to the Democratic Party"


The turn away from party identification has been a long-term American trend: According to Gallup, 40 percent of Americans don't consider themselves members of a political party, compared to 36 percent in 2002 and 33 percent in 1988. But that trend has been all the more accelerated among young people — and even more so among young progressives. A study by Tufts University's Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement in the key swing state of Nevada found that youth were 11 percent of registered voters in the 2008 election, but just 7.85 percent in October of 2011 – meaning a key Obama constituency in 2008 will have thinned out for 2012. More menacingly for Dems, those same researchers found that in North Carolina, a Southern state where in 2008 Obama scored an apparently historic map-changing victory, Democratic registration among 18-25 year olds was 300,000 in 2008 – and only 265,000 in 2011. Republican registration among the same age cohort is about the same. Nationally, Republican youth registration has gone up—which means that the Republican Party is bucking the trend: right-of-center kids seem perfectly happy calling themselves Republicans, at the same time that young lefties are becoming increasingly chary of being called Democrats.


The people running the Democratic Party itself laid down their bet on that question long ago: Take 'em for granted. It makes more sense, a generation of Democratic strategists agree, to plug for "independent" voters in the middle, even at the expense of strong stands for traditionally Democratic constituencies. Jimmy Carter started the trend, deliberately shutting out unions from decision-making in his administration, canceling spending projects on infrastructure, and explaining in his 1978 State of the Union, "Government cannot eliminate poverty or provide a bountiful economy or reduce inflation or save our cities or cure illiteracy or provide energy." Clinton, of course, said the same thing — "the age of big government is over" — then made "triangulation" -- explicitly positioning himself as an adversary of Democrats in Congress -- the core of his reelection strategy. Barack Obama, as we know, has made such post-partisan gestures the soul of his political identity.

Posted by Luminous Animal | Thu Mar 1, 2012, 07:48 PM (86 replies)
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