The F-35, the Covid stimulus bill, and Congress’s unbalanced priorities

Link to sign Roots Action: Petition to Cancel F-35 Program March 8, 2021, 4:36 AM CST By Hayes Brown, MSNBC Opinion Columnist original article   “Is it weird to hate a plane? I don’t mean in the flying or air travel sense; I mean a plane. Specifically, the F-35 II  Lighting, aka the Joint Strike […]

MEJO’s Maria Powell: Oops! We Poisoned the “Giants Among Us”–Our Lakes

Maria Powell 22 Jan 2021 Madison Environmental Justice Organization Original Article: Oops! We poisoned the “Giants Among Us”–our lakes   “Today the Wisconsin State Journal reported that the highly toxic “forever chemicals” called PFAS (per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances) were found in all the Yahara Lakes–dubbed “Giants Among Us” in a summer 2018 newspaper series by Steve Verburg. Results for […]

WPR : Lawmakers Seek To Strip DNR’s Ability To Regulate PFAS Foam Under Emergency Rule

Bill Limiting DNR Authority To Be Introduced In State Assembly, Senate By Danielle Kaeding WPR Published: Thursday, December 17, 2020, 4:00pmOpen article to listen to audio Link to original article  Link to Safe Skies PFAS page  “Republican lawmakers want to rein in environmental regulators and restrict their ability to regulate firefighting foam containing so-called forever […]

PFAS, COVID and potential environmental racism

The draft environmental impact study acknowledged that there will be “significant disproportionate impacts to low-income and minority populations as well as children.”  Although much of the US government is phasing out fluorine based firefighting foam use,  due to having jets with composite bodies like the Lockheed Martin F-35, the fluorine based foams will continue to be […]

Fort Ord, Closed for Years, High Levels of Toxic Chemicals Remain for Local Residents

Military Poisons  |  27 April 2020   Original Article   “The Army has revealed that two highly toxic chemicals, PFOS and PFOA were recently found in the groundwater at the old Fort Ord, near Salinas, California at 560 parts per trillion, (ppt), which is 8 times higher than the EPA’s advisory level of 70 ppt. The […]

DNR : National Guard not complying with laws

Wisconsin State Journal  |  2 April 2020  |  Chris Hubbuch   original article  F-35 opponents challenge environmental review; DNR says National Guard not complying with pollution laws “Attorneys for a group opposed to basing F-35 fighter jets at Truax Field say the Air Force’s review of environmental impacts is deficient and are calling for additional […]

Pentagon and Lockheed in Fight Over Failure

Janes’s  |  29 March 2020  |  Pat Host The Pentagon wants data on failures of the F-35. Lockheed wants the taxpayer to pay them for it. How greedy can you be? Or maybe this might clue more people in to what a hunk of junk this jet is. Original Article  “The Pentagon wants a specific […]

Contact Madison alders: Common Council to discuss resolution opposing F-35 jets

NOTE: REGISTER FOR the resolution here (Item 77):  https://www.cityofmadison.com/clerk/meeting-schedule/virtual-meetings/register?meeting-id=43391 You can optionally register to speak. If you include your email they will send you a link to attend. Common Council Meeting, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 6:30 pm Please send an email before Tuesday evening to allalders@cityofmadison.com telling them to support the resolution. Be sure to […]

Steve Books: County Resolution RES-548 Opposing F-35 Jets

Thanks to the sponsors of this resolution, 2019 RES-548, and to Supervisor Heidi Wegleitner for introducing this resolution.   I’m urging support, passage, and commitment of this resolution for many reasons. There are many problems with many issues including pollution at Truax Field as stated in the resolution, such as PFAS “forever chemical,” and it […]

Myth 2: Military spending is driven by security concerns [World Peace Foundation]

Original Article      “The decisions to build, sell or buy weapons systems often have little to do with defending the nation. Other factors at play include claims that weapons systems generate economic benefits (see Myth 4); and pure corruption—that is, the kickbacks and access to public funds are the rationale for the deal, and […]