Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Challenging the Rhetoric : Five Years After The BP Oil Spill, Gulf Coast Resi...

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Challenging the Rhetoric : Five Years After The BP Oil Spill, Gulf Coast Residents Say "BP Hasn't Made Things Right"

By  Julie Dermansky  • Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 21:31

If you ask Dean Blanchard, the largest shrimp buyer and wholesaler in the region surrounding Grand Isle, Louisiana, things “went from paradise to hell” in the five years following the BP oil disaster.

But BP's advertisements insist the company is making things right. A BP report on the State of the Gulf five years after the spill claims there is no lasting damage to the ecosystem. 
Behind the industry public relations spin, many coastal residents, including Blanchard, have seen their livelihoods destroyed and their health comprised. 
                     Dead pelican next to a tar ball on the beach on April 9, 2015 in Grand Isle, LA. ©2015 Julie Dermansky

Saturday, April 18, 2015


Advance warning, none of the following are OIL SPILLS. If they were, that would designate all of these instances of pollution on a grand scale by the corporations as accidents. Like spilled milk. These are not accidents to the corporations who have them, no, it’s merely the cost of doing business. Fines are minimal and being held accountable is non-existant as these corporations that have polluted are still doing business. They pay the fines and keep on polluting. 

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Challenging the Rhetoric : OIL & GAS: EXTRACTION OPERATIONS POLLUTE WITH IMPUNITY: January 21, 2015 ·   by  Anita Stewart  


One of the most important items on the ballot for Florida Voters in 2014 is Amendment 1, the Florida Water and Land Legacy. Rosemarie, a Hernando County volunteer described the Amendment, “…it will restore the funding Florida has used for decades that protects Florida’s water quality, wildlife habitats and natural beauty.”
In a state surrounded by water and green wild lands and our economy that depends so much on recreating on and near the water, our resources here in Florida are becoming minimal and endangered. Ever-worsening pollution, Big Oil, Big Sugar, Big Agriculture, the incorrect or illegal use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, Red Tide, waste dumping and the actions of the corporations and our elected officials who have permitted these actions have created dangerous situations with our fragile environment.
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Challenging the Rhetoric : FLORIDA: DIRTY WATER WARS IN PARADISE: October 22, 2014 ·   by  Anita Stewart  

Challenging the Rhetoric : FLORIDA IS SINKING

Florida can be the land of transients, liars, drifters, grifters and thieves. It is most known for the senior citizens, medical care, tourists, Disneyworld, beaches, boating, seafood, tourism (the state’s largest industry) and the craziest and most bizarre news stories. Read more...

Challenging the Rhetoric : FLORIDA IS SINKING: March 11, 2015 ·   by  Anita Stewart

Friday, January 23, 2015

Wise Women Media for January 23rd, 2015 with Four Powerful Women!

Don’t miss tonight’s show, a powerful one with four very powerful women that are changing the world! We start the broadcast at 10PM EST and the entire broadcast will be two hours in duration and available as an archive if you cannot tune in tonight. 

Our line up for Friday, January 23rd, 2015 is as follows: 
(all times are approximate and Eastern Standard Time)

***We will be taking call in questions during the broadcast or you can email questions to me at

CALL IN NUMBER IS: (213) 816-0357

1005PM: Rivera Sun -- Actor, Radio Host for Occupy Radio and Author of “THE DANDELION INSURRECTION” Just one of her among many works in several genres of artistic expression, an activist, powerful speaker and supporter all things that are pro-peace, pro-people and helps to Green the Planet! She will be speaking to us about her tour through Florida which will bring her into the Tampa Bay area this coming up week.
Rivera Sun

1030PM: Karen Morian -- Professor of Humanities & an Activist
She works on Economic Justice, Labor, Feminist Issues, Green, LGBT and allies with Progressive Groups in Jacksonville and from around Florida to fight for a better future. 
She represented Florida at the last Climate March in NYC several months ago. Tonight she will be speaking to us about her recent visit to Cuba.

Professor Karen Morian

BREAK 1055PM to 1100PM

1100PM: Dorothy Famiano -- Journalist & Photographer
Former founder and CEO of an award winning media company, Dorothy has a 20 year background in media and writing for public as well as private companies. After raising children she went back to work for the Tampa Tribune and Hernando Today. When Hernando Today closed, she saw a vacuum in real community news in her local area and created Hernando Phoenix.

Dorothy Famiano

1125PM: Jennifer Sullivan -- TV & Radio Producer and Activist with the Green Party Jennifer is a very busy activist on a number of different issues that affect all of us. Currently she sits on several committees for the national Green Party of the US. She is the creator, producer and host of THE FAIRNESS DOCTRINE, a new radio show on local community radio station, WMNF-FM 88.5. And she broadcasts ON THE TABLE WITH THE GREEN PARTY, a TV show on local public television.

Jennifer Sullivan

***As an aside, thanks for sticking with us and supporting WISE WOMEN MEDIA. We have passed our three year mark! After a month long sabbatical, we have stepped aside for a bit re-evaluate the goals of the show and to discover that the show needs a facelift, a new format and new branding. So new things are happening and will be created in the coming months. We have decided to do this show once a month instead of weekly on EVERY FOURTH FRIDAY. So mark your calendars! Feel free to suggest future guests or offer feedback by emailing us at (with WISE WOMEN MEDIA in the subject line so I don’t miss your email).