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Vol 1 Issue #20 September, 2010

10 Reasons Why Avatar Is A Thinly Veiled Propaganda Piece For The Radical Environmental Movement

If Al Gore and his radical environmentalist buddies could make a Hollywood movie it would assuredly be something very much like Avatar. It has been a long time since there has been a movie with such an obvious agenda. You see, the truth is that Avatar is nothing more than a thinly veiled propaganda piece for the environmental movement. James Cameron is not even trying to hide it, and in fact he openly admits it.

So what is wrong with that? Why not use a film to influence society? Well, the truth is that we go to the movies to be entertained - not to have a radical environmental agenda crammed down our throat. And that is exactly what Avatar seeks to do. The following are ten reasons why Avatar is simply a thinly veiled propaganda piece for the environmental movement....

#1) The humans have come to the planet that the Na'vi live on (Pandora) to mine a mineral that is so rare that it is called "Unobtainium".

#2) The blue-skinned Na'vi are so "one with nature" that they actually live in trees.

#3) The Na'vi worship "Mother Earth" just like many modern radical environmentalists do.

#4) The Na'vi embrace philosophies that are very similar to what is found in eastern religions and the New Age movement.  They apparently believe in reincarnation and that "all energy is borrowed and some day you have to give it back".

#5) The blue-skinned Na’vi are so "green" that they actually reject all technology that is more advanced than a bow and arrow.

#6) The human sent to "negotiate" with the Na'vi in the film, Sully, actually switches sides and laments that fact that humanity has already wrecked their own planet and now they want to wreck the habitat of the Na'vi.

#7) In fact, humans in Avatar are portrayed as an evil race that has "killed their mother".

#8) Avatar is so extreme that it is perhaps the first big Hollywood movie where we are all actually meant to root for aliens and against mankind.

#9) In fact, Sully ends up so disgusted with the human race that he ends up rejecting not just the humans that he is working for, but his own humanity as well.

#10) James Cameron even admits that Avatar is a blatant propaganda piece. In an interview for the film, Cameron said that Avatar is about "our impact on the natural environment, wherever we go strip mining and putting up shopping malls". 

 So is Avatar worth seeing in the theaters especially with the new 3D version out in theaters? Only if you like being preached at and indoctrinated. Otherwise just hold on to your money or go spend it on some cheap plastic stuff made in China.

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Contacts

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Tel: 770-499-3321
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Email: ehs@kennesaw.edu

Campus Emergency

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EHS&RM STAFF

Executive Director

Mr. Gerald Donaldson, REM
Email: gdonalds@kennesaw.edu
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Risk Manager

Vacant
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Chemical Safety Manager

Ms. Vanessa Biggers Email:vbigger1@kennesaw.edu
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Environmental Manager

Mr. Stephen Ndiritu, MS Email:sndiritu@kennesaw.edu
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Operations Coordinator

Mr. Lionel Elder Email:lelder4@kennesaw.edu
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Administrative Associate

Ms. Natalie Higgins, BS
Email:nhiggin2@kennesaw.edu
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Student Assistant

Ms. Leslie Burch
Email: lburch2@kennesaw.edu
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Student Assistant

Miss Kimberly Helms
Email: khelms@kennesaw.edu
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Work Study

Mr. David Harrell
Email: dharrel5@kennesaw.edu
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EHS&RM Reorganization

Environmental Health, Safety & Risk Management is now a part of the Facilities Division.  The internal reporting structure within the unit will remain the same (Org Chart). This new organization will result in moving KSU’s environmental and safety compliance to an even higher level of performance and commitment to our mission.

The realignment is consistent with some other university system of Georgia institutions for maximizing efficiencies of operations.  Existing EHS&RM staff will continue to work in their capacity to fulfill the day-to-day functions as required.

“My vision is to expand the capacity of EHS&RM so that we are capable of providing a broader variety of occupational health & safety training. Detecting the root causes of incidents/accidents is paramount in order to prevent recurrences. We are in for a busy and important era as the university continues make its mark nationally. I want us all to keep in mind the important mission of the EHS&RMto provide a safe and healthy environment for all faculty, staff, students, and visitors.

We appreciate your efforts and continued support along the journey.

See you around Campus!merger

Gerald C. Donaldson, REM
Executive Director-EHS&RM

Where is your Portable Fire Extinguisher? 

A portable fire extinguisher is a vital piece of safety equipment that can save lives and property. Each building on campus has fire extinguishers installed at appropriate locations and distance as per NFPA codes. Do you know where the nearest fire extinguisher is located? It is important that you familiarize yourself with where the fire extinguishers are located in the section of your building.

Remember, portable extinguishers can only be used to fight small (incipient stage) fires. Only trained personnel may use fire extinguishers. If you have not been trained or if you are not comfortable with using the portable fire extinguisher, do not attempt to use the fire extinguisher, instead leave the building immediately and call for help by dialing campus emergency number 6666. Alert other building occupants by activating the fire alarm or knocking on the doors as you leave the building. extenguiser

 

If you think your building does not have adequate or accessible fire extinguishers, please contact Lionel Elder with Department of Environmental Health, Safety & Risk Management at 678-797-2968.

 

Chematix Training Coming In September!

Chematix is a chemical management system designed to track chemicals from “cradle to grave” as well as allow a quick overview of the hazards of each chemical.  The procurement module allows faculty and staff to purchase and receive chemicals as well as other products using a P-card from Fisher Scientific, VWR, Sigma-Aldrich and other companies with an AGS.  The inventory module allows them to track where the chemicals are kept on campus.  The waste module allows users to manage chemicals once they are consumed either by marking them as consumed or requesting a waste pick-up from EHS&RM.  This module includes provisions for requesting pick-ups for biomedical, biohazardous and universal waste, as well.

Chematix is used in the event of an emergency to help emergency personnel know what hazards are present.  Therefore, all chemicals should be entered into the Chematix system.   The following are types of items that should be entered into the system:

  • Gas cylinderscg
  • Solvents
  • Chemical samples
  • Stock bottles of chemicals
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Chemicals in maintenance shops
  • Paints

 There are some items that are not tracked in Chematix and some of those are as follows:

  • Lab supplies
  • Working solutions (mixtures made up from stock chemicals already in the lab inventory)
  • Petri dishes of agar

A chemical inventory must be completed twice a year (in June and December) and submitted to the Board of Regents as part of the “Public Employee Hazardous Chemical Protection and Right to Know Act of 1988 (O.C.G.A. 45-22-2)”.  Chematix greatly reduces the amount of time required to update a chemical inventory because barcodes are placed on each container that can be read with a handheld scanner.  The information is then downloaded into your computer.  The waste is also bar-coded so that we can accurately report waste volumes.

 We will be offering a training session on Chematix on September 29, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.  You can sign up in ComputerTrain.  Before then, if you have any of the items above and have not been set-up in Chematix, please contact Vanessa Biggers, Chemical Safety Manager (vbigger1@kennesaw.edu).  We will get you set up in Chematix so that you will get the most from the training.

EPA’s Clean Air Act Turns 40 / Agency achieved significant health and environmental benefits

As part of the activities commemorating the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 40th anniversary, the agency is highlighting progress made under the 40 years of the Clean Air Act (CAA) at a conference in Washington, D.C. Among the attendees are those who have helped to shape the CAA over the years, including members of Congress, state and local government officials, and leaders in public health, business and technology, environmental justice, and advocacy.

“For 40 years the Clean Air Act has protected our health and our environment, saving lives and sparking new innovations to make our economy cleaner and stronger. The common sense application of the act has made it one of the most cost-effective things the American people have done for themselves in the last half century,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “Since 1970 we have seen a steady trajectory of less pollution in our communities and greater economic opportunity throughout our nation. We will continue those trends as we face the clean air challenges of the next 40 years, including working to cut greenhouse gases and grow the American clean energy economy. The Clean Air Act proves the naysayers wrong – we can protect our health and environment at the same time we grow our economy.”

Significant health benefits, especially for children
According to an EPA analysis, the first 20 years of Clean Air Act programs, from 1970 to 1990, prevented:

· 205,000 premature deaths
· 672,000 cases of chronic bronchitis
· 21,000 cases of heart disease
· 843,000 asthma attacks
· 10.4 million lost I.Q. points in children – mostly from reducing lead in gasoline
· 18 million child respiratory illnesses

Improved air quality and public health
In 1990, the act was revised with overwhelming bipartisan support.

· From 1990 through 2008, emissions of six common pollutants are down 41 percent, while gross domestic product has grown 64 percent.
· Lead levels in the air are 92 percent lower than in 1980, greatly reducing the number of children with IQs below 70 as a result of dirty air.
· Preliminary EPA analysis shows that in 2010, CAA fine particles and ozone programs will prevent more than 160,000 premature deaths. The economic value of air quality improvements is estimated to reach almost $2 trillion for the year 2020, a value that exceeds the costs to comply with the 1990 Clean Air Act and related programs.

Cleaner cars, trucks and transportation
New cars, light trucks, and heavy-duty diesel engines are up to 95 percent cleaner than past models thanks to technology such as the catalytic converter.

· New non-road engines used in construction and agriculture have 90 percent less particle pollution and nitrogen oxide emissions than previous models.

· When fully implemented in 2030, vehicle and fuel programs will produce $186 billion in air quality and health benefits, with only $11 billion in costs, a nearly 16-to-1 benefit/cost ratio.

Combating acid rain, cleaner power plants, significant economic and health benefits
The acid rain program has reduced damage to water quality in lakes and streams, and improved the health of ecosystems and forests. Acid deposition has decreased by more than 30 percent in much of the Midwest and Northeast since 1990 under a cap-and-trade program for power plants.

· Reductions in fine particle levels yielded benefits including the avoidance of about 20,000 to 50,000 premature deaths annually.
· The benefits of the acid rain program outweigh the costs by at least 40-to-1.

Reducing industrial toxic air pollution
Since 1990, toxic emissions have been reduced from industry by 1.7 million tons a year -- many times the reductions achieved in the first 20 years of the CAA.

· The air toxics rules for chemical plants, oil refineries, aerospace manufacturing and other industries also are achieving large reductions in pollutants that form smog and particulates.
· Monitoring networks are extensive enough to determine that outdoor air concentrations of benzene, a carcinogen, decreased 55 percent between 1994 and 2007.

Reducing skin cancer by protecting the ozone layer
The Clean Air Act amendments of 1990 require that EPA develop and implement regulations for the responsible management of ozone-depleting substances in the United States to help restore the ozone layer.

· The phase-out of the most harmful ozone-depleting chemicals, including CFC and halons will reduce U.S. incidences of non-melanoma skin cancer by 295 million during the period 1989 through 2075, as well as protect people from immune system suppression and eye damage leading to cataracts.

 

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