May 152011

Have to admit my jaw dropped when I heard this.

FOIL (Friends of the Island Library) has pulled off a major coup by booking Nicole Foss from the prominent web site Automatic Earth as a speaker who will appear on Lummi Island June 2. Nicole, whose blogger name is Stoneleigh, has been prescient in her predictions about the world economy. She is also extremely knowledgeable about the nuclear industry and her writing about Fukishima has been invaluable.

Mark your calendar and plan to be at the Grange on June 2 at 7:30PM. We’ve hit the big time.

From the FOIL press release.

“Friends of the Island Library (Lummi Island) is very pleased to present Nicole Foss (Stoneleigh), co-editor of The Automatic Earth.  Ms. Foss will be speaking at the Lummi Island Grange Hall on Thursday, June 2, 2011 at 7:30 PM. Suggested donation: $7.00. Proceeds will benefit library programs and support of the Island Library.

Nicole and her writing partner have been chronicling and interpreting the on-going credit crunch as the most pressing aspect of our current multi-faceted predicament. The Automatic Earth site integrates finance, energy, environment, psychology, population and real politik in order to explain why we find ourselves in a state of crisis and what we can do about it. Prior to the establishment of TAE, she was editor of The Oil Drum Canada, where she wrote on peak oil and finance.

Foss runs the Agri-Energy Producers’ Association of Ontario, where she has focused on farm-based biogas projects and grid connections for renewable energy. While living in the UK she was a Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, where she specialized in nuclear safety in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, and conducted research into electricity policy at the EU level.

Her academic qualifications include a BSc in biology from Carleton University in Canada (where she focused primarily on neuroscience and psychology), a post-graduate diploma in air and water pollution control, the common professional examination in law and an LLM in international law in development from the University of Warwick in the UK. She was granted the University Medal for the top science graduate in 1988 and the law school prize for the top law school graduate in 1997.

Please click on the title below to read Nicole’s recent article on the Japanese Nuclear crisis.”


  4 Responses to “Don’t Miss This”

  1. Wow, that’s a big coup for little Lummi — she is right up there with Matt Taibbi when it comes to telling the truth about the hellstorm we are going through. Matt’s latest article about Goldman Saks and the amazing crimes of Wall Street and the Banks is in the latest Rolling Stone.

    I wonder if your amazing chef at The Willows is one reason you may be attracting such talent?

  2. Maybe Lis will reveal the secret of how she pulled this off. My guess is she just asked.

    And, no indication that Ms Foss is a foodie although the foodies are lining up at the Willows, credit cards in hand. No doubt that the Willows has shined a light on Lummi.

  3. Transition Whatcom held their follow-up forum at Boundary Bay Brewery this evening. I pitch hit for Randy, to discuss our Curry Orchard project, give an updated power point, and thank them for the $350 grant. It all went well.
    At the end I invited them to hear Nicole Foss on June 2nd and to visit this website. I expect we’ll see some of them on the Island for such a wonderful event. A couple even thanked me, saying it will save them a trip to Seattle to hear her.

  4. Thank you Lis Marshall! Thank you FOIL! and thank you, Randy for your great blog! I’m looking forward to this event.

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