Dear National Cable & Telecommunications Association: Your stance on net neutrality is incorrect...

In reference to this online article,  "Montana Becomes First State To Set Its Own Net Neutrality Rules"it states that "An unidentified spokeswoman for the National Cable & Telecommunications Association and USTelecom, which represents the broadband industry, complained about the executive order..."

My response in reaction to your response is: GET A CLUE!
Destroying the principle of net neutrality is blatantly wrong, and the informed American public is well aware that this is nothing more than a power grab by a corrupt administration to privatize the Internet, which, in reality, is a public commons.
The Internet was conceived, built and fostered through the use of public funds and academic institutions who freely shared the knowledge and skills to create it. (see Where Wizards Stay Up Late, Simon & Schuster, 1999) It is the greatest commons ever created by humanity. 
This attempt by a captured federal regulatory body, the FCC, to privatize this public common…

Nature's Trust: a new paradigm for environmental law...and here's a great quote...

Nature's Trust: Environmental Law for a New Ecological Age (click the link for a reference to the book) is my latest discovery on the frontier of research into how we are going to fix our environmental problems. 

What this book shows with authority is how environmental law has failed us, and has no illusions that correcting this will be a tough political battle against the One Percent and the Dark Money network.

But what this book does do with scholarly precision and overwhelming documented research is what an absolute fraud the current pretense is that our regulatory framework is protecting us and the environment.

If I find the time, I would like to examine this book as I am currently doing in my blog Examining Dark Money, because this book is that good...but until then I wanted to share this one description that I found so remarkably accurate about the "Remote Public", which is one of components of the regulatory framework that is supposedly working.

Some background: t…

Letter to the Lafayette City Council

Letter to the Lafayette City Council

January 5, 2018

Re: A community rights legal strategy

Dear Councilors:

After attending the important Council meeting on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, I wanted to send you my
public input on the issue of retaining CELDF as legal counsel, as I believe some significant facts and
insights were omitted from the public comments. I hope you will find my remarks informative and
helpful in the future public forum that was allow further public discussion on this matter of grave
concern to our community.

First, I want to thank you all for your service in holding this difficult public office, especially at this time.
I have only attended a fraction of the meetings that have interest to me, but I can only imagine
what patience and fortitude it must take to endure all the meetings and service which you do as
part of your job. Though I sometimes disagree with the decisions reached, I do appreciate the
hard work you do in reaching them.

To let you know more about the par…

Nancy MacLean: a powerful voice calling out the Radical Right

I am listening to Nancy MacLean tonight for the first time, thanks to a broadcast on KGNU, through that great show, Alternative Radio by David Barsamian. 

(By the way, if you're reading this before January 7, 2018, and live in the Boulder area, David will be speaking at Veterans For Peace this Sunday night, in a small, cozy setting. If you want to go, contact me.)

Nancy MacLean is another powerful voice calling out the Radical Right, and I am glad to discover her own brand of activism, which is well grounded in deep academic knowledge of social movements. She is a history professor at Duke University, and has had a distinguished academic career, specializing in social movements in the US South. 

I admire her courageous talks, and her determination to raise awareness among the public of the danger of the Radical Right's active hostility to democracy. Though I have only just discovered her, I think she is right on in calling attention to the dangerous ideas behind the Radical Right…

Community Rights: Still Waiting for its Day in Court

[This is an editoral I submitted March 6, 2017 to local newspapers in time for the Lafayette City Council vote on a Climate Bill of Rights ordinance on the following day.]

With the conservative front pressing its agenda across the country, Broomfield's city council hesitating to pass their own fracking moratorium and prevent imminent drilling in its residential neighborhoods, and Colorado's AG suing Boulder Country over its moratorium on fracking, it is high time that the nascent community rights movement raise its head and tell the Colorado judiciary: we are still waiting for our day in court.

I am going to tell a story here, a story about how the oil and gas trade representation group, the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, sought, and succeeded, in stopping a potent legal threat to its ability to control Colorado government at all levels; about how justice was not served in a Boulder court, and how the public was fooled into thinking it was; and about some legal slight of hand…