“FEMA is certainly correct that disasters must be managed at all levels, but the most important…”

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

“FEMA is certainly correct that disasters must be managed at all levels, but the most important lesson of the 2017 disaster season is that weather disasters are becoming more frequent and more damaging. The government’s failure to grapple with that reality contributed to FEMA’s poor response. For example, the 1988 Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act—the law that gave FEMA its authority to coordinate disaster relief efforts—ensured that the agency could only re-build Puerto Rico’s weak electricity system after it was wiped out by Maria; it was not allowed to spend money on rebuilding a more resilient electricity system. FEMA could have suggested a change in that law in its after-action report. And yet, just as the agency failed to mention climate change in its February report, it failed to do so in last week’s report. Extreme weather is getting more extreme, and until FEMA recognizes and acts on that reality, it will find itself overwhelmed indefinitely.”

The Troubling Failure of America’s Disaster Response | The New Republic
(via dendroica)

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I’ve set my alarm for 3 a.m.; hopefully by the time this posts I’ll be asleep.There’s a really neat…

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

I’ve set my alarm for 3 a.m.; hopefully by the time this posts I’ll be asleep.

There’s a really neat beach that I’ve never been to. I was planning to try to get there this weekend, but we’re traveling on Sunday, which means I’d need to go Saturday. And at this point I can’t not participate in the local protest, even though it will probably be small, even though my own contribution will be pathetic and inadequate.

So I’ve decided to use a day of PTO and go tomorrow instead, spend some time by myself with just the wind and the grass, a few cows. And the birds.

I’m hoping for Grasshopper Sparrows. I’d never seen them IRL until this year, when I found out you can see them in SBA; you just have to work for them.

It’s nice to be able to achieve something.

Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum) by Flickr user Dominic Sherony

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Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

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One Small Blow Against Encroaching Totalitarianism: Not Him But Us

Friday, May 25th, 2018

One Small Blow Against Encroaching Totalitarianism: Not Him But Us

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Hi Bitches! I just wanted to pop in to ask if you’d be willing to signal boost that USA primaries are currently happening, and not only should you vote for house/senate, but also make sure to look up your judicial nominees if you have any! Judges are the eventual true decision-makers on the rights of workers v corporations, and voting against a judge who doesn’t believe in workers rights is one way to make a HUGE difference! Thanks for all you do 💜

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Oh my stars and stripes! YOU’RE RIGHT!

ATTENTION ALL ASPIRING RICH BITCHES AND BITCH-AFFILIATED AMBITIOUS YOUNGLINGS.

Here in the USA, it’s political primary season. This is when districts all over the country (yes, including yours) are choosing their candidates for election. That’s right: at this moment, YOU have the power to decide who is even running for office. If you’ve ever said, “Voting just feels like choosing between the lesser of two evils,” then this is your chance to put less evil people on the ballot. I KNOW RIGHT?

As we’ve explained, voting and participating in your local government is one of the best ways to effect positive social and economic change in our country. And it’s not that hard! Here’s how you can get involved:

1. Register to vote. (You must be at least 18 and a US citizen.)

2. Educate yourself on how primaries work.

3. Show the fuck up at the polls.

That’s it! The process will vary by state, but GOOGLE IS YOUR FRIEND, YO. Get your friends together and go caucus as a unit! Make a date out of studying the candidates and quiz each other on their positions. CIVIC INVOLVEMENT IS SEXY AS HELL AND YOU SHOULD FUCKING DO IT.

This has been a Bitches Get Riches PSA. We now open the floor to your questions and/or comments. Reblogging with further information is highly encouraged.

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bobertlutece:this whole thing is way too good to be giffed you…

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

bobertlutece:

this whole thing is way too good to be giffed you need to expirience it 

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pointandshooter: cherry blossoms, Washington, DCphoto: David…

Friday, April 27th, 2018

pointandshooter:

cherry blossoms, Washington, DC

photo: David Castenson

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Thank god.

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Thank god.

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swan2swan: untappedinkwell: swan2swan: As I understand it, the Order of Operations is as…

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

swan2swan:

untappedinkwell:

swan2swan:

As I understand it, the Order of Operations is as follows:

1. Focus on the Tax Bill. That’s happening this week. Shoot it down.

2. Immediately afterward, start promoting Doug Jones in Alabama and reminding everyone of Roy Moore’s problems. That election is on December 12.

3. In the meantime, Net Neutrality. The FCC votes on December 14th. Protest, boost, research, do whatever you can. 

I know #MeToo is important, I know Old Man Donald is still being a jerk, I know North Korea has a nuke, none of these are going to be dealt with before Christmas. There are three fronts to this fight: taxes, Alabama, FCC. These are the focal points. If we can win one of those, it’s going to have ramifications for the future. If we can win two, we’re in a pretty good place. We win all three, 2017 was a Good Year.

Taxes.

Doug Jones.

FCC.

Focus.

And then remind everyone to renew their healthcare. That deadline is December 15th.  

Yes that too

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We have grown too afraid of the consequences of impeachment and too complacent about the…

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

We have grown too afraid of the consequences of impeachment and too complacent about the consequences of leaving an unfit president in office. If the worst happens, and [redacted]’s presidency results in calamity, we will have no excuse to make, no answer to give. This is an emergency. We should break the glass.

Ezra Klein, The case for normalizing impeachment

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Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

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Urgent: Stop the Trump Tax Plan & save health care

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

the-anxious-activist:

the-anxious-activist:

You can help stop the Trump tax plan and save the economy, health care, and education! :)

So, what is this tax plan anyway?

You’ve probably heard about the “tax plan” (often called by opponents ‘tax scam’) that has passed through the House and is now making its way to the Senate.  There are a lot of terrible things about it, but here are a few big ones:

So it’s bad.  Really, really bad.  That’s where we come in.

Here’s what you can do about it:

1) Call your senators!  We know that calling can be really hard, but it’s also the best way to move politicians (other than showing up in person, which is logistically tricky).  So, here are some tips for anxious people to make calling a little easier.

If you live in Maine, Wisconsin, Arizona, or Tennessee this is extra important since your Senators have already expressed doubt about the bill, but it’s important to call everybody with a vote!  First, find your senators’ contact info here and then you can use the script below:

Hi, I’m [NAME], a constituent calling from [CITY, ZIP]. I’m calling
about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which has passed the House. I am strongly opposed to this bill. The proposed tax cuts will mostly
benefit the rich at the expense of programs that the working poor and
middle-class depend on like Medicaid and Medicare. I also strongly
oppose including an individual health care mandate in the tax plan.
Please tell Senator [NAME] to vote NO on this bill and keep opposing
attempts to sabotage healthcare. Please pass along my comments to the senator and tell [him/her] I will remember this issue when it comes time for reelection.  Thank you so much for taking my
call.

Too long for you?  This works too:

Hi, I’m [NAME], a constituent calling from [CITY, ZIP]. I am
strongly opposed to Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Please tell Senator [NAME] to vote NO on this bill and please tell [Him/Her] I will remember this issue when it comes time for reelection.  Thank you for your time.

This will take less than five minutes of actual calling time and then we recommend some chocolate and a nice cup of tea.  Or tea and chocolate first? If you can, please call.  If not, there’s something else you can do!

2) Send a fax!  We get it.  Sometimes you just CANNOT make a phone call, even though you really want to.  That’s ok. Don’t give up! Here’s something else you can do.  Send a fax!  This is better than email because a staffer has to physically deal with collecting it. 

You can just copy the message below and fill in your name, info, and their names / pronouns and use that as your message.  You don’t need a fax machine!  You can do it all online using this site: http://ift.tt/2iYIwCw . Just find your state and senators in the list.  Or, if you prefer, you can use resistbot to send the message.

Can’t do that or are you not a US citizen able to vote?  You can still help! 

3) Signal boost!  Help this post reach voters who can call and fax and help save America.

Thank you for your help! 

UPDATE:  Here’s a little more info on the 7 Republican senators who are possible “No’s” on the Tax Bill.  If you know anybody in Tennessee, Arizona, Montana, Maine, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, or Kansas, we extra need their voices in this.

Please signal boost!  Please fax!  Please call!  Please take care of yourselves!

Let’s make this a victory.

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America is facing an epistemic crisis – Vox

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

America is facing an epistemic crisis – Vox

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“Meanwhile, in Alaska, the change in administrations in Washington had a more direct impact. In 2014,…”

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

“Meanwhile, in Alaska, the change in administrations in Washington had a more direct impact. In 2014, the EPA, which was still under the management of people who believe that the mission of an environmental protection administration is to, you know, protect the environment, virtually stopped the construction of the Pebble Mine. There have been several hearings over the past few weeks and all indications are that the EPA will soon get out of the way and let the project move forward. The Pebble Mine is an environmental disaster in waiting. It is a massive gold and copper mine hard by the world’s greatest salmon fishery. 60 million salmon a month run through Bristol Bay, and the salmon caught there represent half of the salmon eaten in the world last year. There is so much salmon in and around the bay that humans and bears can catch their respective limits and not get in each other’s way. And, for centuries, the bay has been a reliable source of food for the local native peoples, who also have lined up against the mine. The problem is that the gold beneath the earth at the head of Bristol Bay is buried with millions of tons of sulphur. Mix sulphur, air, and water and you get acid, which does not mix well with salmon at all.”

The Pebble Mine Is an Environmental Disaster in Waiting
(via dendroica)

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virovac: silentflightfeathers: allosauroid: Bristol Bay, home…

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

virovac:

silentflightfeathers:

allosauroid:

Bristol Bay, home to half the world’s Sockeye salmon population, is about to be destroyed.

For more than 15 years, Northern Dynasty
Minerals
, a Canadian mining company, has sought to build a gold and
copper mine in Bristol Bay. And this spring, the Trump administration
took swift action to make that prospect more likely. Environmental
Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt met on May 1 with the CEO of the
Pebble Limited Partnership, a subsidiary of the mining company, CNN reported on September 22
based on interviews and government emails. Little more than an hour
later, according to internal emails, the administrator directed his
staff to reverse Obama-era protections for Bristol Bay, which had been
created after years of scientific review. Based on that work, the
previous administration had aimed to pre-emptively veto certain mining
activities in the ecologically important region.
(Src)

If this mine goes through: Thousands of jobs will be lost, an entire ecosystem will be destroyed and the world’s Sockeye salmon population will be decimated.

We have til October 17th to let the EPA know this decision is wrong.

You can also help by sharing this post and telling others that this is happening, awareness is key!

Shared and Commented! 
Follow the link, there are a lot of words on the page, but the place to comment is on the top right of your screen and says “Comment Here.” It doesn’t require your personal information to comment, but you can submit it with your e-mail for a ‘receipt.’

If you can’t think of what to say here’s mine:
“I am opposed to the proposal to withdraw from the 2014 Proposed Determination that protects Bristol Bay.

This proposal threatens the preservation and continuation of a waterway vital to the health of a key species. Its destruction via the byproducts of the mining process would result in the decimation of the local fishing industry and create cascading destructive effects on ecosystems upstream that depend upon healthy Sockeye Salmon spawning runs.

Please continue to ensure the well-being of this vital waterway by enforcing the EPA region 10 July 2014 Proposed Determination.”

ways to make your opinion known:

  1. Federal eRulemaking Portal (recommended method): Visit regulations.gov (docket ID: EPA-R10-OW-2017-0369) and follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  2. Email: ow-docket@epa.gov (reference docket number EPA-R10-OW-2017-0369 in the email subject line).

Federal eRulemaking Portal (recommended method): Visit regulations.gov (docket ID: EPA-R10-OW-2017-0369) and follow the instructions for submitting comments.Email: ow-docket@epa.gov (reference docket number EPA-R10-OW-2017-0369 in the email subject line).

Not sure how fast post office is fast enough with only two (maybe three) days left but can also mail

Mail:
Water Docket, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Mail Code 28221T
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20460
Attention: Docket ID No. EPA-R10-OW-2017-0369

Another good letter staring point: http://ift.tt/2yir3xu

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lesbianrey: having a material lifestyle in accordance with your morals (eg buying fair trade coffee,…

Friday, October 6th, 2017

lesbianrey:

having a material lifestyle in accordance with your morals (eg buying fair trade coffee, going to farmers markets, composting) is admirable but it becomes concerning when people think those are the sole actions they need to take for their causes, when at the most, they are supplementary to presumably the real goal of social change. and they don’t make you morally superior to people who aren’t living life as “pure” as you are. capitalism is designed to keep those who are most oppressed by it, dependent on it. if you are able to break out of this cycle, it means you had the privilege to choose when others did not. direct your anger & moral outrage toward the capitalists that actually perpetuate that system, not toward someone who can only afford to go to wal-mart.

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“As Senate Republicans scramble to gather 50 votes on a bill that would repeal key pieces of the…”

Monday, September 18th, 2017

“As Senate Republicans scramble to gather 50 votes on a bill that would repeal key pieces of the Affordable Care Act and convert Medicaid into a shrinking block grant controlled by the states, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office announced Monday that it will not be able to fully evaluate the bill’s impact on premiums, the uninsured or the federal budget in the next two weeks. While promising a “preliminary assessment” of the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson legislation by early next week, the CBO noted that it does not have time to study how many people could lose their health insurance if the plan became law. “CBO will provide as much qualitative information as possible about the effects of the legislation, however CBO will not be able to provide point estimates of the effects on the deficit, health insurance coverage, or premiums for at least several weeks,” according to the CBO statement. Republicans do not have several weeks. Their ability to pass the repeal bill with only 50 votes—thus avoiding a Democratic filibuster—expires at the end of September.”

Senate May Vote On Obamacare Repeal Without Knowing Cost Or Coverage Loss – Talking Points Memo
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leslie-knopes: top 20 parks characters (as voted by our…

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

leslie-knopes:

top 20 parks characters (as voted by our followers) 16: Bobby Newport

People keep asking me, “Bobby what’ll you do once you get into office?” Um, I’m pretty sure I’ll figure it out.

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kropotkhristian:Not a single person was killed or permanently injured by Occupy Wall Street, and…

Friday, September 8th, 2017

kropotkhristian:

Not a single person was killed or permanently injured by Occupy Wall Street, and that lasted weeks. Not a single person was killed or permenently injured at Standing Rock, except for those injured by the violent police, and that gathering lasted for months. The right-wing throw one big rally – where the ideology itself, never forget, is extremely and dangerously violent – and 19 people end up in the hospital, 1 person is dead. Never once more should you equate the right and left. Never once fucking more. We are all antifa, now.

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Everyone will not just

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

squareallworthy:

If your solution to some problem relies on “If everyone would just…” then you do not have a solution. Everyone is not going to just. At not time in the history of the universe has everyone just, and they’re not going to start now.

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