Find electric charging stations & other alternative fueling locations with US DOE system

Electric charging stations
Electric charging stations as of 01 Sept 2017 via US Department of Energy

With the US Department of Energy’s locator system find Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Or, find any type of Alternative fueling locations

PSEG offers customers $10,000 off on purchase of new 2017 Nissan Leaf


nissan leaf benefits-block
Source: PSEG

PSEG customers can buy a Nissan Leaf for $15,000 instead of its MSRP price of $32,500 through PSEG’s rebate of $10,000 and a Federal Tax credit of $7500. Promotion ends 30 Sept 2017 or while supplies last.
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Safe channels for giving to Hurricane Harvey victims and other help resources

Worker rescues Asian vic of Hurricane Harvey
Texas National Guardsman rescues Hurricane Harvey victim Source: US DOD

Here are organizations that reliable sources have vouched for as safe for receiving donations for Hurricane Harvey victim relief. Providers of other types of help are listed too. I’ll continue adding to this list as I find more outlets.

Safe Organizations for Financial Donations

  • The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation recommends the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund of the Greater Houston Community Foundation
  • National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster lists trusted organizations for making donations
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    National Brotherhood Week (parody sung by Tom Lehrer)

    Tom Lehrer via YouTube
    Tom Lehrer via YouTube

    Tom Lehrer performs his parody about National Brotherhood Week – that difficult week in February when Americans, “…are supposed to stop whatever we’re doing … burning, killing, whatever and love everybody else … and it’s really quite a strain.”

    Some of Tom’s lyrics:

    Oh the Protestants hate the Catholics and the Catholics hate the Protestants, and the Hindus hate the Moslems and everybody hates the Jews!

    But During National Brotherhood Week, National Brotherhood Week, step up and shake the hand of someone you can’t stand. You can tolerate him if you try … It’s only for a week so have no fear. Be grateful that it doesn’t last all year! read more

    Advice from a Navy Seal commander: To change the world, make your bed

    Admiral William H. McRaven
    Source: Texes Exes 2014 U Texas Commencement Speech

    Former US Navy Admiral William H. McRaven shares sage advice with 8000 plus University of Texas, Austin class of 2014 graduates on how to change the world. The admiral’s first life lesson of ten is, “If you wanna change the world, start off by making your bed.”

    The short version on why making your bed is such an important task (1:41 mins):

    The full 19:26 minute speech with all ten of the admiral’s life lessons:
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    Chris Pine plays #TheChimp in brilliant skit ‘Why do we put up with these people?’

    Chris Pine blocks sight

    Brilliant skit starring Chris Pine playing highly erratic and childish company president (president – get it?) points out the extremely awesome truth: we don’t need to put up with the nut or his buddies. And p.s. if these loons worked in industry, they would have been ousted long ago with minimum fuss.

    The good news? Yes, we can vote and get rid of them. Learn how and where at SaveTheDay.vote.

    Skit stars Chris Pine, Alan Tudyk, J. August Richards, Jillian Morgese, Romy Rosemont, Josh Zar, Zac Oyama and David Fury. read more

    Why an American in England cried in the rain next to a statue of Abraham Lincoln

    Statue Lincoln in Lancashire
    Source: Lily Seville

    Lily Seville posted this story on Facebook August 18 and made it publicly available so it can be shared.

    I haven’t told any stories from England since I got home but it seems like maybe we could all use a good story about a civil war statue, a good story about an American President, and a good story about the power of the common people against the rich and powerful, so I’m going to start with this one. It’s probably for the best that you’re reading this here because I haven’t managed to tell this story in person without crying. read more

    Sen Gill urges Secretary of State to reject Trump commission request for NJ voter data

    What Trump Commission has asked for
    Screenshot from report by Lauren Weinstein
    Senator Nia H. Gill (D-Essex, Passaic) today called on the New Jersey Secretary of State to reject a request by President Trump’s election commission to turn over state voter data. The commission was established to investigate unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud.

    The commission, chaired by Vice President Mike Pence and Vice Chaired by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, sent letters to 50 states and the District of Columbia last week asking for information, including names, addresses, birth dates and party affiliations of registered voters in each state. It also sought felony convictions, military statuses, the last four digits of Social Security numbers and voting records dating back to 2006, according to published reports. To date, 44 states have already refused to comply, according to a story published today on CNN.com: read more

    Range, power, soul – Johnny Manuel’s awesome voice has it all

    Johnny Manuel sings
    Johnny Manuel’s cover of Whitney Houston’s ‘I Have Nothing’ earns him a standing ovation – from the America’s Got Talent judges and everyone else in the room. Amazingly enough, Simon positively beams. Manuel has a beautiful voice, and a range almost impossible to believe. Unless you hear it for yourself, so listen.

    Bill Maher guest talks about Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s excellent training

    Bill Maher guests
    Bill Maher guests

    If you’re still wondering whether Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) is worth putting time into, here’s another testimony to mull over. On Bill Maher’s RealTime, guest Bradley Whitford talks about the high quality training CCL offers to teach Americans how to talk about climate change with Republicans. Because climate change needs to be a lobbying priority and conversations about it must take place on both sides of the aisle.

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    Free Press community empowerment event in Hackensack Wed June 7 – all welcome!

    FreePress - freedomWhat: Our Voices, Our Future: What Residents and Civic Leaders Want in Local Media
    When: Wed., June 7th, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
    Where: Johnson Public Library, 274 Main St, Hackensack NJ

    Here’s what you can expect at the event: Free Press members, residents, journalists, and community leaders will be gathering to share ideas on how local media can better serve the public. You’ll get a chance to meet others like you, take action to address New Jersey’s local news crisis, and brainstorm about the steps we can take together to improve coverage in your community. read more

    Jemez Principles for democratic organizing: a guide

    On December 6-8, 1996, forty people of color and European-American representatives met in Jemez, New Mexico, for the “Working Group Meeting on Globalization and Trade.” The Jemez meeting was hosted by the Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice with the intention of hammering out common understandings between participants from different cultures, politics and organizations. The following “Jemez Principles” for democratic organizing were adopted by the participants.

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    Gerrymandering helped the GOP win big – so they seek to expand their advantage by sabotaging 2020 Census

    The Census in the Constitution

    Bill Moyers points out, “the Census is key to the work (of) researchers and journalists,” so hobbling the Census’ data collection process will hobble the ability of independent analysts to examine the realities of American life and to tell accurate and authoritative stories about it. Furthermore, funding to serve Americans is allocated according to the composition of neighborhoods and households – and these characteristics are established through the Census.

    And by the way, did you know that the U.S. Census is required in our Constitution? read more

    Spend 2 minutes to learn why net neutrality is more important than you think

    Website throttling
    Your favorite website will be in the “Everyone Else” lane if Net Neutrality is lost Source: Iowa State Daily
    Washington Post gives a neat synopsis of what The People stand to lose if Trump appointed Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai gets his wish and finds a way to reverse the Obama era protections establishing net neutrality, which WaPo defines as, “the regulations that forbid Internet providers from blocking or slowing Internet traffic.”

    The rules, approved by the FCC during the Obama administration, classified Internet providers as “common carriers” — a move that allowed the agency to regulate those companies more strictly than before. In addition to banning the blocking or slowing of Internet traffic, the regulations also gave the FCC the ability to investigate business practices among Internet providers that it deemed potentially anticompetitive. read more

    That disgusting hand sign #45 likes to make – is the sign for White Power

    #45's White Power Hand Sign
    #45’s White Power Hand Sign Source: independent.co.uk

    What is our degenerate non-leader doing in this picture? Right, you guessed it – something disgusting. His hand sign consists of forming the letter W with three fingers and P with the circle of his thumb and index finger and the line that is formed by the base of his thumb.

    This is a symbol for White Power. And the president of the United States makes it openly. God help us.