The solar company Solyndra recently filed for bankruptcy, which media reports have depicted as the end of solar power in the U.S.  This is like saying there is no future for the internet because Netscape went out of business.

The molar-grinding irony of it all is that Solyndra was the victim of a big success – the price of solar power has fallen rapidly, making more expensive technologies like theirs uncompetitive, but more importantly making solar power a real player in the U.S. energy economy.

Global Consumption and Population at a Glance

Percent of planet’s ecosystems degraded by human activity in the past fifty years 60 Percent of per capita consumption by the richest 20 percent of the world’s population 86 Percent of per capita consumption by the poorest 20 percent less than 2 U.S. rank in population growth and numbers among industrialized nations 1 Global rank of the US ecological footprint (1 = worst/heaviest impact) 1

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Cute PSA!  Trash Frog - via CACoastalCleanupDay and Tides project California Coastal Commission Marine Education Project

The second grantmaking round, directed at DPOs in Ghana, Uganda, Nicaragua, Peru, Bangladesh, and 14 Pacific Island countries (Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu), is described below. The deadline for applications for this round is Thursday, 18 August 2011 at 24:00 (midnight) your time. 

Applicants from Ghana, Nicaragua, and the 14 Pacific Island countries can apply as: single organizations or partnerships for Small Grants. Applicants from Bangladesh, Peru, and Uganda can apply by invitation only.

Single organizations or partnerships can apply for 12-month grants ranging from USD 5,000 to 20,000…

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From the Electronics Takeback Coalition’s July 20 press release:

An Interagency Task Force – chaired by the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Environmental Protection Agency, and General Services Administration, today released “A National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship.” The report makes a variety of important recommendations to promote green design of electronics, and to improve handling of e-waste coming from federal agencies.   According to environmental groups, the report has some good recommendations on green design and on using certified recyclers, but it completely fails to address what is generally recognized as the most serious e-waste problem –e-waste exporting to developing countries.

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The Girls Circle Association, a project of Tides Center, has scholarship funding available to two upcoming Bay Area trainings for youth serving organizations.

The Council Facilitator Training
June 9-10, 2011 in Cotati, CA
$295 registration fee ($150 scholarships available for Bay Area organizations)
Link to Flier and Registration Form - http://girlscircle.com/docs/flyerbc_ca7.pdf

Girls Circle Facilitator Training
June 13-14, 2011 in San Pablo, CA
$295 registration fee ($150 scholarships available for Bay Area organizations)
Link to Flier & Registration Form - http://girlscircle.com/docs/flyer_ca11.pdf

Girls Circle Facilitator Training -Promoting Resiliency in Adolescent Girls is our initial training workshop that provides a comprehensive course on the Girls Circle model for participants of all experience levels and solidly sets the foundation for implementing dynamic gender-specific programming via girls’ circle support groups.
The Council Facilitator Training – Promoting Strengths, Community and Responsibility is our initial training workshop that provides a comprehensive course on the model for participants of all experience levels and solidly sets the foundation for implementing a dynamic strengths-based group approach to promote boys’ and young men’s safe, strong and healthy passage through pre-teen and adolescent years.

Each year, as pediatric residents rotate through our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, where I am a nurse, they are provided a handbook that serves as a quick-guide for common problems, procedures/protocols, lab values, and other important information. Currently, there is a team working to update this guide, and I’m excited to report that they have added references to Accord Alliance’s DSD Clinical Guidelines and Parents’ Handbook as well to as the associated Quality Care Indicators (QCI). In addition to these references, they have included some of the most important points from the QCI and DSD Guidelines. My name will also be listed as a resource for DSD/intersex issues.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has teamed up with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to create a “bigger, faster, and better” database of individuals’ biometric data called Next Generation Identification (NGI). The FBI and DHS currently maintain separate databases with information from people who have come into contact with the criminal justice system, but NGI will merge these preexisting, independent records and supplement them with entries from attorney bar applicants, government employees, and people who work with the elderly or children.

Whatever its form, the underlying question posed by prostitution remains the same: should people be entitled to buy other human beings for sexual gratification? If such ancient practices are to be curtailed, both johns and men who don’t buy sex will have to rethink their complicity, according to Ted Bunch, cofounder of A Call to Men, a national organization working to end violence against women and girls.

“This is the first generation of men that’s being held accountable for something men have always gotten away with, and that’s why you have such a backlash,” Bunch says. “Our social conditioning is to see women as objects, as property—that’s what commercial sexual exploitation is all about. It’s a multibillion-dollar industry; it makes more money than the NFL, the NBA, and Major League Baseball combined.”

Fighting that behemoth will require the participation of both sexes. “The system has been set up to blame women for the violence men perpetrate, and this has been seen as a women’s issue, so it’s easy for men not to get involved. But men’s silence about the violence men perpetrate is as much of a problem as the violence itself,” Bunch says. “Men feed the demand, and men have to eradicate the demand.”

SB 9 would not automatically open prison doors for violent criminals. It would not eliminate life-without-parole sentencesfor any offender, adult or juvenile. It would merely give inmates serving life terms for crimes they committed before they turned 18 a limited opportunity to seek a 25-years-to-life sentence — and for the first time, a slim chance of parole before they die.

We are wrapping up our contract year and looking forward to celebrating our 5th anniversary this fall! We are grateful that as of July 1, DISH has been able to provide more than 777,000 opportunities for our tenants to close their door, turn down the sheets, hit the lights, and lay down to sleep in their own home after years on the streets. Since our last update, we have been busy! We wanted to share the greatest hits of the last few months to keep our supporters connected with the latest at DISH…


On the heels of a scathing critique by former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt on Wednesday, President Obama faced pressure from a burgeoning environmental justice coalition demanding stronger action on ozone, a component of smog, in predominantly Latino communities. Fourteen groups sent a letter to Obama expressing dismay at missed opportunities and delays in bringing permissible ozone levels down to between 60 and 70 parts per billion.

The U.S. is the world’s leading jailer. Over the last 30 years, harsh sentencing laws and the progressive erosion of social programs has caused the prison population to increase by 500%. Today, more than 2.3 million people are behind bars in this country, and the vast majority are people of color.

Among those locked up as part of the explosion of the prison system are thousands of non-citizens, who have been targeted for deportation and are seeking the right to remain in the U.S. Throughout this process, they are imprisoned by the government and subjected to extreme physical and mental suffering, without any of the standard legal protections that are the hallmarks of true democracies.

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The Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act covers young Americans up to age 26 on their parents’ health insurance plans. Lucky kids. For anyone who will never see 26 again, and the 60,000 San Franciscans without health insurance, here’s a clip-and-save guide to dirt-cheap public healthcare options. All these clinics offer Pap smears and STD and HIV testing, but where’s the best place for grownups to go (in this economy!) on the morning after?

Women’s Community Clinic
What: Posh haven for women and transpeople, smack in the center of Fillmore boutiques.
Where: 1833 Fillmore (at Bush)
Services: Physicals, annual exams, emergency contraception, menopausal care, colposcopies
How to get served: Live nearby. Have no insurance, have crappy insurance, or prefer to shield your business from someone sharing your insurance policy. Then make an appointment.
Appointment wait time: Four to six weeks.
Helpfulness of staff: A+
Waiting room wait: One to two hours in chillaxed coziness.
Perks: Ladycentric and transcentric health clinic staffed by ladies. Nuff said.
How much: Free! Really!

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Great interview w/@KristinHayden, founder/ED @OneWorldNow, a project of Tides on Rainmakers TV http://lnkd.in/QQZ8eh