Monday, March 22, 2010

Bridgestone Safety Scholars

Hello Students!
Falcon, here with some great scholarship news!

If you are age 16-21 and planning on attending college or already there, here is a great scholarship opportunity!

It's simple: Make a video under 55 seconds long about driving safety, and you could qualify to win a scholarship for $5,000!!!

Three students will qualify for the big money:)

From our friends at Bridgestone:
Grab your camera – it’s time for the fourth annual Safety Scholars Video Contest, now accepting entries until July 1. This is your chance to jump in the director’s chair and show how we can all be safer behind the wheel. If you’ve got a compelling, creative idea related to safe driving, make a short video (25 or 55 seconds) about it, and submit it here:

Your video could be broadcast on television by Bridgestone Americas as a public service announcement on stations around the country. Ten finalists will win a new set of tires.

Okay, so Falcon called Bridgestone offices yesterday, and got all the important details you won't find anywhere else, so here are the answers to all the big questions.

First, you must be between 16-21 yearsw of age and be a licensed driver. If you are going to win tires, you should be a driver, right?

You should be accepted to a college, trade school, or you can be a junior and apply...unless you are a Home School student. If you are, apply when you have an acceptance to college, okay?

Undergraduate and graduate students may apply!!!

The scholarship can be used for ANY COLLEGE EXPENSES THROUGH YOUR UNIVERSITY!!!!

This is HUGE, students! That means, tuition, books, computers, materials...any school related education expenses, including housing and that all important meal plan can be paid for with this scholarship!

So...ENTER NOW! The deadline is July 1, 2010.
For more information:

Thanks to Michael and Courtney for giving us the heads up on this great opportunity.

This is an important time of year for our college hopefuls. Keep your heads, gang! Stay positive, and remember, there is always a PLAN B-make it work for you! Take advantage of every opportunity!

Remember your scholarship aggregator:

Free, and lots of scholarships are available for you! DO it!

Falcon and Dove

World Water Day

Brothers and Sisters,
Monday, March 22 is World Water Day, and this year World Environment Day events held by the United Nations will be held in Pittsburgh, PA June 5. Their theme this year is also water.

It is ironic that during this time when world organizations are focused on the ever increasing crisis in water world wide that Pennsylvania's water quality would be challenged.

Right now, Marcellus Shale horizontal well drilling is threatening the water quality of the entire commonwealth. Here's why:
It is completely unregulated-thanks to a 2005 decision by the Bush Administration to stop regulating oil and gas operators through the Clean Air and Water Acts.

It takes a million gallons of water, per frack, to operate a horizontal well. There can be up to 10 fracks per well! That is 10 million gallons of water per year per well, and there are 5,200 well permits up for consideration for 2010! It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that this is a problem. All that fresh water comes from the rivers and streams unabated. No one asked our permission to use it, yet the water of Pennsylvania belongs to the people-that is what our charter says.
The water that is recaptured is contaminated with extremely high levels of salt-4 times saltier than the ocean, and very acid pH. It is toxic to nearly everything, except certain forms of algae.

It is also contaminated with radium...yes the same thing that produces radon gas. PA residents are already adversely effected by radon, and lung cancer from radon is a top killer in some regions of the state. All this to garner a small amount of natural gas that will not be U.S. autonomous-foreign companies are already buying into the shares, so the same thing that happened in oil production will happen in domestic gas production...only this time, our collective water quality will be destroyed in the process.

This is not a small problem. There are a variety of 72 chemicals being added to that water, but we don't know how many or in what concentrations, because the companies are not required by law to reveal that information. Municipalities who think they will make tax revenue on this type of drilling will find themselves in deep to the sewer authority who will require that water remediated before it hits the plant. Right now, it is being dumped untreated, right back into our rivers.

Anyone who wants to write a horror story, here it is, and this one is very real.
Call write, or loudly complain in the most public way to your local and state and federal officials: this is our resource, water is sacred, you cannot continue to violate our rights in this manner.
Falcon and Dove