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Reduce gas prices?

February 24th, 2011

This is worth a try, if for nothing else than to show “WE” can collectively do something.  That alone is impressive and gets attention.  Read on…

We’ll show you a gas boycott!


This  was sent by a retired Coca Cola executive.  It came from one of  his engineer buddies who retired from Halliburton.  If you are  tired of the gas prices going up AND they will continue to rise this  summer, take time to read this  please.

Phillip  Hollsworth offered this good idea.

This makes MUCH MORE SENSE than  the “don’t buy gas on a certain day”  campaign that was going  around last April or May!

It’s worth your  consideration.  Join the resistance!!!!

I hear we are going to hit close to $ 4.00 a gallon by next summer and  it might go higher!!  Want gasoline prices to come  down?

We  need to take some intelligent, united  action.

The  oil companies just laughed at that because they knew we wouldn’t  continue to “hurt” ourselves by refusing to buy  gas .

It  was more of an inconvenience to us than it was a problem for  them.

BUT, whoever  thought of this idea, has come up with a plan that can Really work.  Please read on and join with  us!

By  now you’re probably thinking gasoline priced at about $2.00 is super  cheap.  Me too!  It is currently $3.08 at Arco and Costco  for regular unleaded in Salem , Oregon and climbing every  week.

Now  that the oil companies and the OPEC nations have conditioned us to  think that the cost of a gallon of gas is CHEAP at $1.50 – $1.75, we  need to take aggressive action to teach them that BUYERS control the  marketplace..not sellers.

With  the price of gasoline going up more each day, we consumers need to  take action.

The  only way we are going to see the price of gas come down is if we hit  someone in the pocketbook by not purchasing their gas!  And, we  can do that WITHOUT hurting  ourselves.

How?  Since we all rely on our cars, we can’t just stop buying  gas.

But  we CAN have an impact on gas prices if we all act together to force a  price war.

Here’s  the idea: For the rest of this year, DON’T purchase ANY gasoline from  the two biggest companies (which now are  one), EXXON and MOBIL.

If  they are not selling any gas, they will be inclined to reduce their  prices.  If they reduce their prices, the other companies will  have to follow suit.

But  to have an impact, we need to reach literally millions of Exxon and  Mobil gas buyers.  It’s really simple to do!  Now, don’t  wimp out on me at this point…keep reading and I’ll explain how  simple it is to reach millions of  people!!

I  am sending this note to 30 people.  If each of us send it to at  least ten more (30 x 10 = 300) ….  and those 300 send it to at  least ten more (300 x 10 =  3,000)… and  so on, by the time the message reaches the sixth group of people, we  will have reached over THREE MILLION  consumers .

If  those three million get excited and pass this on to ten friends each,  then 30 million people will have been  contacted!

If  it goes one level further, you guessed it…..  THREE HUNDRED  MILLION PEOPLE!!!

Again,  all you have to do is send this to 10 people.  That’s  all!

(If  you don’t understand how we can reach 300 million and all you have to  do is send this to 10 people….  Well, let’s face it, you just  aren’t a mathematician.  But I am .  so trust me on this  one.

How  long would all that take?  If each of us sends this e-mail out to  ten more people within one day of receipt, all 300 MILLION people  could conceivably be contacted within the next 8  days!

I’ll  bet you didn’t think you and I had that much potential, did  you!  Acting together we  can make a difference.

You have only the rights you are willing to fight for!

Be kind, remove all email addresses & use bcc when forwarding; say no to spammers and computer viruses.


block cell phone telemarketing calls

February 24th, 2011

REMEMBER: Cell Phone Numbers Go Public this month.
REMINDER…..  all cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sales calls.


To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone:
It is the National DO NOT CALL list It will only take a minute of your time.. It blocks your number for five (5) years. You must call from the cell phone number you want to have blocked. You cannot call from a different phone number.

HELP OTHERS BY PASSING THIS ON .. It takes about 20 seconds.


Study about male/female executives

February 20th, 2011

Thanks to my friend, Diane Babco:

A recent blind survey/test of male/female senior executives found that women ranked higher by a wide margin in 18 of 20 categories tested.

Judy B. Rosener, USC Professor and author of “America’s Competitive Secret: Women Managers,” concludes that women’s strengths match new economy imperatives, noting that women:

·       Link (rather than rank)

·       Favor interactive-collaborative leadership style (empowerment beats top-down decision making)

·       Sustain fruitful collaborations

·       Are comfortable with sharing information

·       See redistribution of power as victory, not surrender

·       Favor multi-dimensional feedback

·       Value technical and interpersonal skills, and Individual and group contributions equally

·       Readily accept ambiguity

·       Honor intuition as well as pure “rationality”

·       Are Inherently flexible

·       Appreciate cultural diversityS


BBC Human Planet

February 15th, 2011


YouTube – Human Planet – Web exclusive series trailer – BBC One <;vq=large>


Monsanto’s latest monstrosity

February 7th, 2011

Our “friend” Obama is up to his wonderful tricks again.  Please do what you can to sign petitions against this. Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s have also sold out to Monstanto.

There are several ways to respond. Short articles below are worth reads.

Aloha, Susanne Sims

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Monsanto Nation: Exposing Monsanto’s Minions

#262, February 3, 2011

In this issue:

Essay of the Week: Monsanto Nation by Ronnie Cummins

News Update: Obama’s Organic Betrayal

Alert of the Week: Tell Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and Supermarket Chains to Label GMO and CAFO Products

Fair World Project: 9,000 Against TransFair Taking “Fair Trade USA”

Millions Against Monsanto: 1,444 Volunteers in 304 Congressional Districts!

Don’t Forget to Take Action…

Blog of the Week: – Let’s Celebrate Real Food this February!

Little Bytes

Essay of the Week

“Monsanto Nation: Exposing Monsanto’s Minions” by Ronnie Cummins

My exposé last week, “The Organic Elite Surrenders to Monsanto: What Now?” has ignited a long-overdue debate on how to stop Monsanto’s earth killing, market-monopolizing, climate-destabilizing rampage. Should we basically resign ourselves to the fact that the Biotech Bully of St. Louis controls the dynamics of the marketplace and public policy? Should we seek some kind of practical compromise or “coexistence” between organics and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) such as genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa, even though scientists point out there is no such thing as containing the genetic pollution from a perennial crop like alfalfa that produces large amounts of pollen and is a favorite food for bee pollinators? Should we focus our efforts on crop pollution compensation and “controlled deregulation” of GE crops, rather than an outright ban, or mandatory labeling and safety-testing? Should we prepare ourselves for a future farm landscape where the U.S.’s 23 million acres of alfalfa (93% of which are currently not sprayed with toxic herbicides), including organic alfalfa, are sprayed with Roundup and/or genetically polluted with Monsanto’s mutant Frankenforage?

Or should we stand up and say “Hell No” to Monsanto and its Minions?

Read More

News Update

Monsanto’s GE Alfalfa: Obama’s Organic Betrayal

In last week’s Bytes, we made the case that the Organic Elite had betrayed the organic community when they naively sat down to cut a deal for “coexistence” with the USDA, essentially giving up on confronting Monsanto where it matters: in the market (including Whole Foods Market), where unlabeled GMO and factory-farmed foods are routinely purchased by unwitting consumers. OCA chided Organic Inc. for abandoning grassroots “activist pressure, boycotts, and petitions” and internalizing the defeatist notion “that the battle against GMOs has been lost.”

At nearly the very moment Bytes was broadcast to our members, news came that President Obama and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack had betrayed the organic industry. As OCA expected, Vilsack, apparently on direct orders from the White House, abandoned the idea of “controlled deregulation” for something much more Monsanto-friendly. Monsanto’s controversial RoundUp Ready alfalfa will likely be planted this spring and – like all of the biotech industry’s GMOs – it remains untested, unregulated, unrestricted, and unlabeled. It seems that Obama has elected to joins the ranks of Monsanto Minions, just like Bush Jr., Clinton, and Bush Sr. before him.

The good news is that the organic industry is finally showing some anger and passion! In the wake of this betrayal foretold, the Organic Trade Association published an open letter condemning Vilsack’s decision, signed by United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI), Stonyfield Farm, Organic Valley, as well as a host of organic advocacy groups and individuals, including Michael Pollan. Here’s the letter:

We Stand in Opposition to GE Alfalfa!

The Organic Trade Association also finally criticized Obama directly:

“The hope ignited by electing a president that would represent the people, against special interests and business as usual in Washington, was sadly extinguished when your office chose sides. As quoted by Maureen Dowd in Sunday’s New York Times, your chief advisor David Axelrod offered a parting pun to “plow forward” on genetically engineered alfalfa, before heading off to get you re-elected. The cynicism of biotech lobbyists has penetrated the inner most sanctum of your White House and I am deeply disappointed. … Since GE it is not currently labeled or tracked in our food supply, it is impossible to conduct long-term studies on the link between GE and human health problems.

“I want to be able to choose whether the foods I eat contain genetically engineered ingredients. When it comes to GE crops in America, I will vote for choice both at the grocery store and at the polls in 2012.”

February Fundraising Appeal

Donate and Help OCA Mobilize Millions Against Monsanto and Factory Farms

The powerful antidote to corporate crime and villainy is mass grassroots awareness and grassroots action. GMOs, Factory Farms, and deceptively labeled consumer products pose a mortal threat to public health, the environment, climate stability, farm animals, and all living things. GMOs and organic crops, GMOs and biodiversity, cannot “coexist.” As we speak, organic crops are being contaminated with Monsanto’s GMOs. We need your financial support to educate and mobilize consumers, to protect and maintain strict organic and Fair Trade standards, and to pressure the entire food industry to adopt Truth-in-Labeling practices.

Please Donate

Alert of the Week

Tell Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and Supermarket Chains to Adopt Truth-in-Labeling Practices for GMOs and Factory-Farmed Foods

Whole Foods admits in an internal company document that it sells GMO foods, while they claim to support mandatory GMO labels. So, why don’t they start Truth-in-Labeling with their own stores, and voluntarily label conventional and “natural” containing GMOs or coming from Factory Farms (CAFOs)?:

Tell Whole Foods…

Tell Trader Joe’s…

And Tell the Top 6 Chains!

Read More

Alert Update

Fair World Project

In the last 2 weeks over 9000 justice-minded consumers have sent letters to TransFair, urging them to not change their name to “Fair Trade USA.” An additional 26 Fair Trade roaster, companies and NGOs have endorsed the campaign. If you haven’t yet, take action today!

For an in depth and enlightening article on the history of the Fair Trade movement in the United States, please read Equal Exchange’s article on TransFair’s name change, entitled To Tell the Truth: Who Owns Fair Trade?

On January 10, the OCA and Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps filed a Complaint to the Federal TradeCommission (FTC) Against TransFair and Fair Trade Cheater Brands Avon and Hain Celestial. The FTC is requesting consumer input regarding OCA and Dr. Bronner’s complaint. Please send a letter of support here.

You can read the full complaint to the FTC here.

Campaign Update

Millions Against Monsanto

So far, 1,444 organic activists have signed up to volunteer to launch Millions Against Monsanto campaign chapters. We have volunteers in 304 of the 435 congressional districts!

If you are interested in getting involved in your district, sign up here!

Alerts of the Week

Don’t Forget to Take Action…

Ban Triclosan! Take action by Feb.7, 2011

New York: Label Milk From Cows Given rBGH (Genetically Engineered Bovine Growth Hormone)!

California: Label GMO Salmon!

Nationwide: Get a GMO Labeling Bill Introduced in Your State

Internship Opportunities with the OCA!

Office Internship

We are offering an internship working in our national office in Finland MN, beginning in Late February, 2011 for 4 months, with the option to stay on longer. This is an unpaid internship but you will be provided with a place to stay and a small stipend for food and living expenses. The internship will consist of basic office tasks such as answering phones, interacting with members, data entry, work on our website, as well as specific projects that we will work with you to develop. Opportunities will also be provided for local community involvement, including visits to a local CSA, dairy farm, and other sustainable agriculture and community venues in the region.

Online Research Internships to help OCA’s Fair World Project

FWP seeks online interns to conduct internet research to support our Fair Trade Procurement Campaign and our Database Research Project. Interns will locate and post news stories, campaigns, and events, and reach out to like-minded organizations and green businesses or collect contact information on natural food stores, CSAs, etc. Although these are unpaid internships, FWP is willing to work with students to arrange college credit for your work.

These are excellent opportunities to help the OCA while gaining experience in the workings of a international nonprofit campaigning for health, justice and sustainability.

For more information, to apply, and to see OCA’s other internship offerings, please visit our internship page.

Blog of the Week – Let’s Celebrate Real Food this February!

One day after the US government issued its clearest and strongest statement on the need for Americans to eat less and better foods, the snack food lobby launched “National Snack Food Month” whose goal is to get us to eat more and worse. #20ate is a crowdsourced, open-source campaign to encourage people to opt out of unhealthy, processed snack and junk foods for the #20ate days of February and opt in for real ones instead.

Learn More

Little Bytes

This Could Threaten the Future of Food – Destroying the Entire Food Chain…


The Right to a Future


In It Together – How Banding into Groups Can Help Us Face the Next Catastrophe


How Food Prices Can Fuel Revolutions Like Egypt’s


‘Bio-based’: Organic’s Sketchy New Cousin



HI – Get Involved Locally

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Dr. Bronner’s is Celebrating Our 60th Anniversary!

Marking the 60th Anniversary of the company, Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps is pleased to announce that all classic liquid & bar soaps are now not only certified under the USDA National Organic Program, but also certified Fair Trade! In addition, we are pleased to introduce a revolutionary new range of high-quality organic products, from hair rinses to shaving gels – all certified under the same USDA program that certifies organic foods.

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