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A Second Day in DeRidder, Louisiana

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I don’t know why. Maybe I did not want to travel on Halloween or any number of reasons. I did ride around town on my bicycle and talked with some of the locals, but I can tell you that I am very lonely this evening.

Still I search for myself. Who am I and how can I make a difference in this crazy environment that I ride through on a bicycle? The obstacles are many: cars, trucks, logging trucks, dogs, and weather to mention a few.

It’s just me and my shadow. Loneliness is natural when traveling alone. Somehow I have to overcome being lonely and focus on enjoying my journey.


Written by James J. Pond

October 31, 2011 at 8:57 PM

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@Ending EnviroIgnorance

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I’ve always said that our environment encompasses everything around us.  Now our form of government is under attack by large corporations.  We cannot turn a blind eye to these wealthy, powerful, and influential people who may use there riches, their power, and their influence in an attempt to overthrow our government.

If you are not familiar with the Koch brothers and you’ve never heard of the American Legislative Exchange Council, Citizens United, or other organizations.  Do some research!  Don’t be afraid to talk politics.  In what I would call a very revealing and well written article by Jane Mayer entitled: Covert Operations (The billionaire brothers who are raging a war against Obama) was published in the New Yorker and is indeed a masterpiece.  An excerpt from her article reads:

But Charles Lewis, the founder of the Center for Public Integrity, a nonpartisan watchdog group, said, “The Kochs are on a whole different level. There’s no one else who has spent this much money. The sheer dimension of it is what sets them apart. They have a pattern of lawbreaking, political manipulation, and obfuscation. I’ve been in Washington since Watergate, and I’ve never seen anything like it. They are the Standard Oil of our times.”

There is allot of work ahead and loads of information gathering needed before next week.  The following links have been updated from the 18th of July to Present:

Written by James J. Pond

July 29, 2011 at 4:17 PM

@ Ending EnviroIgnorance

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I’m no journalist but these are indeed tumultuous times that require our attention.  The decade that began on January 1, 2000 and ended just after midnight on December 31, 2009 is likely going to be recorded historically as the worst decade in American History. Today Uncle Sam points his finger calling us all to defend our constitution. He weeps tears acknowledging that there is a radical faction of power hungry businessmen who are secretly creating legislation behind closed doors, doors that are not open to the people, doors that hide tyranny, and doors that threaten our own constitution.  Now Uncle Sam shouts loudly to all Americans, “The probability that we may fail; ought not deter us, and it shall not deter me”. Become a participant in our democracy.  This is my effort!

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Written by James J. Pond

July 19, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Mainstream Media, Propaganda, & Spin

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As the News Corp. drama unfolds I find myself wondering why Americans have permitted the corporate takeover of our free press.  Ladies and Gentlemen this is nothing new!  For over two decades organizations who have followed our free press have also warned, reported vital information, and provided educational material.  If we close our eyes and simply believe whatever our Government states we are complacent in our duties of governing.

How much of the pie does News Corporation own? You will likely going to be surprised!

1211 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 10036
Cable Television
FOX News Channel
FOX Business Network
FOX College Sports
Fox Deportes
Fox Movie Channel
Fox Pan American Sports (33%)
Fox Regional Sports Networks
FOX Soccer Channel
FOX Sports Enterprises
FOX Sports Net
Big Ten Network (49%)
Nat Geo Wild (71%)
National Geographic Channel United States (71%)
Stats, Inc. (50%)
Fox Television Stations
WAGA (Atlanta)
KTBC (Austin)
WUTB (Baltimore)
WFXT (Boston)
WFLD (Chicago)
WPWR (Chicago)
KDFW (Dallas)
KDFI (Dallas)
WJBK (Detroit)
KRIV (Houston)
KTXH (Houston)
KTTV (Los Angeles)
KCOP (Los Angeles)
WHBQ (Memphis)
KMSP (Minneapolis)
WFTC (Minneapolis)
WNYW (New York City)
WWOR (New Jersey)
WOGX (Ocala-Gainesville)
WRBW (Orlando)
WOFL (Orlando)
WTXF (Philadelphia)
KUTP (Phoenix)
KSAZ (Phoenix)
WTVT (Tampa Bay)
WTTG (Washington D.C.)
WDCA (Washington D.C.)
Satellite Television
BSkyB (39%)
FOXTEL (25%)
Sky Deutschland
SKY Italia
Sky Network Television Limited (44%)
TATA Sky (20%)
International Television Stations
FOX Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America
FOX CRIME Europe and Asia
FOX LIFE Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America
FOX MOVIES Asia and Middle East
FOX RETRO Europe and Africa
FOX SPORTS Europe, Africa, and Latin America
FOX Telecolombia (51%)
Asianet (75%)
BABY TV Europe, Asia and Latin America
CULT Europe
ESPN STAR Sports (50%)
FX Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America
Hathway Cable and Datacom (17%)
LAPTV (Movie City Pack, Cinecanal, and The Film Zone) (55%)
National Geographic International Channels (52%)
Nat Geo Adventure Europe and Asia
Nat Geo Music Europe, Africa and Asia
Nat Geo Wild Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America
Phoenix Satellite Television (18%)
Premier Media Group (50%)
Rotana (9%)
SPEED Latin America
STAR Chinese Channel
STAR Chinese Movies
STAR Den (50%)
STAR Movies
Star News (26%)
STAR World
STAR World Asia
UTILISIMA Latin America
Telecine (13%)
TVN Asia
VIJAY (81%)
Other Television
FOX Broadcasting Company
FOX Sports
FOX Sports Australia
FOX Television Stations
20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox Espanol
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
20th Century Fox International
20th Century Fox Television
Fox 2000 Pictures
Fox Music
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Fox Studios Australia
Fox Studios LA
Fox Television Studios
Blue Sky Studios
Twentieth Television
20th Century Fox Licensing and Merchandising
Premium Movie Partnership (Australia and New Zealand – 20%)
Newspapers (U.S.)
New York Post
The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal Digital Network
SmartSource (Coupons)
Newspapers (International)
The Advertiser and Sunday Mail (Australia)
The Australian (Australia)
The Courier-Mail and The Sunday Mail (Australia)
The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph (Australia)
Gold Coast Bulletin (Australia)
Herald Sun and Sunday Herald Sun (Australia)
mX (Australia)
The Mercury and Sunday Tasmanian (Australia)
News of the World (U.K.)
Northern Territory News and Sunday Territorian (Australia)
Perth Now (Australia)
Post-Courier (Papua New Guinea)
The Sun (U.K.)
Sunday Times (Australia)
The Times and The Sunday Times (U.K.)
Weekly Times (Australia)
Dow Jones
The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal Asia
The Wall Street Journal Europe
The Wall Street Journal Radio
The Wall Street Journal Digital Network
The Wall STreet Journal Classroom
Dow Jones Local Media Group (Ottaway):
Cape Cod Media Group (MA)
Cape Cod Times
Cape Cod View
Barnstable Patriot
Hudson Valley Media Group (NY)
Times Herald-Record (Middletown)
Orange Magazine (Orange County)
Nantucket Island Media Group (MA)
Times Herald-Record (Nantucket)
Nantucket Today
Pocono Mountains Media Group (PA)
Pocono Record (Stroudsburg)
San Joaquin Media Group (CA)
The Record (Stockton)
Seacoast Media Group (NH)
The Portsmouth Herald
The Exeter News-Letter
The Hampton Union
The York Weekly
York County Coast Star
South Coast Media Group (MA)
The Standard-Times (New Bedford)
The Advocate (Fairhaven)
The Chronicle (Westport and Dartmouth)
Middleboro Gazette
The Spectator (Somerset and Swansea)
The Fall RIver Spirit
New England Business Bulletin
Southern Oregon Media Group (OR)
Medford Mail Tribune
The Nickel (Medford)
Ashland Daily Tidings
Dow Jones AveragesDow Jones Client Solutions
Dow Jones Companies & Executives
Dow Jones Events
Dow Jones Indexes
Dow Jones Insight
Dow Jones Investment Banker
Dow Jones LP Source
Dow Jones Newswires
Dow Jones Private Markets
Dow Jones Reprint Portal
Dow Jones Watchlist
Dow Jones VentureSource (with Hearst)
Vedomosti (with Pearson and Independent Media)
Virtual Stock Exchange
Alpha (Australia)
Big League (Australia)
Inside Out (Australia)
Donna Hay (Australia)
Other News Properties
News Digital Media
News International
HarperCollins Publishers
Avon A
Avon Inspire
Avon Red
Harper Design
Harper Business
Harper Paperbacks
Harper Perennial
Harper Perennial Modern Classics
HarperCollins e-Books
William Morrow
HarperCollins Children’s Books
Balzer + Bray
Greenwillow Books
HarperCollins Children’s Audio
HarperCollins Children’s Books
HarperCollins e-books
Katherine Tegen Books
Walden Pond Press
HarperCollins Australia
HarperCollins Canada
HarperCollins India (40%)
HarperCollins New Zealand
HarperCollins US
HarperCollins UK
Online Properties
BrandAlley UK (49%)
Fox Audience Network (32%)
News Digital Media (58%)
Spring Widgets
Fox Mobile Group
IGN Entertainment
National Rugby League (Australia) (50%)
NDS (49%)
News America Marketing
News Outdoor Group (79%)
last updated 12/24/2010

Written by James J. Pond

July 17, 2011 at 1:18 AM

So You Thought Dallas, TX is Organized- Think Again!

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Last nights stampede for housing vouchers was anything but organized and the City of Dallas is fortunate that nobody is launching a lawsuit against the city.

If you think this lack of organization is unusual you need to know that it really isn’t. Piss poor planning by the City of Dallas is a common occurrence.

It’s business as normal in Dallas, TX.

Think Again!

Written by James J. Pond

July 15, 2011 at 10:13 AM

Posted in EnviroActivism

Information Resources

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Domestic & Foreign Newspapers Online:

U.S. Links:  The Top Twenty Newspapers

1. Alabama  2. Alaska  3. Arizona 4. Arkansas 5. California 6. Colorado 7. Connecticut 8. Delaware

9. District of Columbia 10. Florida 11. Georgia 12. Hawaii 13. Idaho 14. Illinois 15. Indiana 16. Iowa 17. Kansas

18. Kentucky 19. Louisiana 20. Maine 21. Maryland 22. Massachusetts 23. Michigan 24. Minnesota

25. Mississippi 26. Missouri 27. Montana 28. Nebraska 29. Nevada 30. New Hampshire 31. New Jersey

32. New Mexico 33. New York 34. North Carolina 35. North Dakota 36. Ohio 37. Oklahoma 38. Oregon

39. Pennsylvania 40. Road Island 41. South Carolina 42. South Dakota 43. Tennessee 44. Texas 45. Utah

46. Vermont 47. Virginia 48. Washington 49. West Virginia 50. Wisconsin 51. Wyoming

Highly Recommended Media Alternative Resources: Under Construction

Foreign Newspapers: Under Construction

1. My Afghan News 2. Afghan Daily 3. Kabul Daily 4. AOP Online 6. All Africa,Com 7.

Written by James J. Pond

July 9, 2011 at 7:05 PM

Japanese Practice Altruism

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Those of you who have followed me online know that I believe our struggles will never be resolved until we begin to practice altruism.  If you are unfamiliar with the term its simple definition might be the practice of doing what is good for all.  It is perhaps the only way we will ultimately eliminate selfishness, ignorance, and greed that has become so prevalent in our society today.  Meanwhile, Yasuteru Yamada somehow manage to recruit over 200 Japanese senior citizens who have volunteered to replace the Fukushima workers in an incredible display of altruistic behavior.

“The nuclear burden should be tasked to an older generation that has consciously or unconsciously supported the plant, and reaped the benefits of the electricity it’s generated”.

-Yasuteru Yamada

I wonder if our elected officials would ever be able to just do what is good for the people.  It is sad that our democracy has been corrupted and the dollar makes it easier than ever to circumvent the law, the people, and in do so it is destroying any sense of ethical behavior.  Of course, we the people of the United States of America should learn from Mr. Yamada and assume a leadership role.  Our Democracy belongs to the people and the people have become tolerant. Yes indeed, we the people of the United States have let our elected officials run over our constitution and the sign read, “Constitution issues need not apply!  Open for corporate business only”. It is time for us all to become more vocal.  We need to crank-up the volume in order to remove that hideous sound of silence that our elected officials enjoy so much.  Listen and do for the good of all.

“Remember: On any given night approximately 200,000 veterans are sleeping in the street.  You have to wonder about our elected Representatives who voted to go to war and failed to develop a plan that would ensure a place for veterans who were left homeless.  It’s not like we had no statistics on homeless vets or anything.  Let’s call it what it is……Piss Poor Planning!  Tell Congress that our vets should not be left out in the streets.”

-James J. Pond

Written by James J. Pond

June 8, 2011 at 4:12 PM

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