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Highlight on Inexperienced Information & Views: Trump’s science deniers’ final gasp; ex-guv charged over Flint

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CRITTERS AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS

sea lions

Ojibwa writes—Some California Sea Lions: “From late August till early June, California Sea Lions (Zalophus californianus) spend time hanging out and barking within the Newport, Oregon, Bayfront space. Male sea lions can develop as much as eight ft lengthy and weigh as much as 1,000 kilos. Females, then again, develop as much as six ft lengthy and weight as much as 250 kilos. An grownup sea lion will eat 5-8% of its physique weight each day. Their food plan consists of fish, squid, and octopus. All marine mammals, together with sea lions, are protected below the Marine Mammal Safety Act. In learning these mammals, researchers have marked a few of them with numbers. This helps in monitoring their migration patterns.”

funningforrest writes—The Daily Bucket. Gaggle of Geese, Bevy of Buffies, Mob of Mallards, Coterie of Coot: “JANUARY 14, 2021.  QUINCY, CA. The climate forecast known as for partly cloudy.  Eyes out the window had been telling a distinct story; principally cloudy.  Thoughts and ft had been vacillating and strenuously debating.  Stand up, exit, would possibly get good.  Keep put, keep heat, drink extra espresso, veg out.  Nothing to see anyway.  A glimmer of virtually blue sky flung itself like a idiot into the fray. The fake blue idiot gained the argument, ipso facto. There have been two decisions of the place to go.  Out on the ranch or over to the wastewater ponds. Each.”

Flight of Canada Geese

Norwegian Chef writes—Insurrectionist Desecrates Live Manatee by Carving Trump’s name into the Poor Creature: “There are not any phrases to explain an individual who would do such a factor. Whether it is with my final dying breath on this beloved Planet, I can’t yield one other inch to those bastards not in America nor wherever else around the globe.  I’ve had sufficient, and I’m going to struggle this riot with each ounce of power I can!!” 

Pakalolo writes—Officials appeal for the public’s help in locating whoever carved the word TRUMP in a Manatee’s back: “Florida’s iconic and beloved manatees usually are not resistant to the cruelty of Trumpists.  Within the Homosassa River North of Tampa, a manatee was discovered with accidents to its again. The phrase Trump was etched into the slow-moving sea cow. The Center For Biological Diversity has provided a reward resulting in the arrest and conviction of these accountable. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Middle for Organic Variety right this moment introduced a $5,000 reward for info resulting in a conviction for the merciless and unlawful mutilation of a threatened Florida manatee in north Florida’s Homosassa River. Somebody carved the phrase TRUMP into the animal’s again.

Walter Einenkel writes—Federal investigation opened after endangered manatee found with ‘TRUMP’ scratched into its back: “The USA Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is investigating a report {that a} manatee was found this weekend with “TRUMP” scratched on its again. The animal was filmed within the Homosassa River in Florida. The Citrus County Chronicle was the primary to report the story, talking with senior federal wildlife officer Craig Cavanna, who mentioned he couldn’t touch upon an ongoing investigation. He did say that the manatee is protected by the Endangered Species Act, which might make harassment of the animal a ‘federal prison offense punishable by a $50,000 wonderful and/or as much as one-year in federal jail.’ The manatee was found on Sunday and recorded, photographed, and reported to authorities by Hailey Warrington. Warrington is a ship captain for a fishing constitution firm. Warrington advised native information that she wassickened, her stomach turned when she discovered the animal. West Indian manatees are seasonal guests to the coast. Warrington says she believes that there have been no superficial wounds to the animal, a silver lining in a very deplorable act.

American Robin
American Robin feeding on privet. 

CaptBLI writes—The Daily Bucket – First snow of 2021, A Mississippi moment: “A silent white from the sky final evening left a smooth mud of quiet on the bottom over the Mississippi hills.  I walked just a few miles earlier than many issues started to wake.   I had my digital camera, eyes and ears open to file any factor I discovered.  The infantile emotions of surprise crammed me once more with each sluggish footfall. I noticed a Robin feeding on Privet drupes.  Ignoring me and the blanket of white.” 

OceanDiver writes—The Daily Bucket – birds in winter dusk: “January 2021. Salish Sea, PacificNorthwest. The solar units round 4:30 pm as of late. That’s when there was a break within the rain Thursday and Friday final week in order that’s once I went all the way down to the bay. A number of birds had been nonetheless busy, eking out the final of the sunshine to forage for meals earlier than settling in for the evening. A Kingfisher missed a strike on a flight over the dim floor, however nonetheless made it clear that is his territory, scolding from a cliff beside the water. This finish of the seaside is his.”

Oystercatchers
Oystercatcher ft are very versatile and have nice traction on irregular floor.

OceanDiver writes—The Daily Bucket – angling for an assemblage of Ancient alcids: “Yesterday was a uncommon winter day of solar and calm up right here so we jumped on the chance to exit onto the water. I made a decision to take my new light-weight digital camera to attempt for photographs on the market. Seems it’s not suited to sea — and this tour is now a part of my studying curve for its use. It wasn’t as much as capturing photos of a small alcid which is uncommonly seen in my a part of the county however which was plentiful that day. Historic murrelets are winter alcids, coming into comparatively sheltered inland waters for this season after which they head again out to the open ocean for the breeding season. I may see them out on the water and flying of their attribute style: in teams, quick, simply above the floor, all dropping without delay to snap up unsuspecting fish. Ancients additionally hand around in flocks whereas Marbleds are most frequently seen in pairs, with plenty of house between units of pairs. Drawback was getting an honest image for proof!”

Lenny Flank writes—Photo Diary: A Turtle Lays Her Eggs–Well, Almost: “Whereas taking one among my each day walks at Sawgrass Lake Nature Protect in St Pete FL (which is conveniently throughout the road from my home), I occurred to see a feminine Peninsula Cooter (a reasonably frequent species round right here) on land a good way away from any of the native ponds. That’s kinda uncommon for them, so I crossed the driveway to take a look, and noticed that she was engaged in digging a  nest. So I sat myself down on a hill about 10 yards away to have lunch and to observe. For individuals who do not know, I lived in a transformed campervan and traveled across the nation, posting picture diaries of locations that I visited. However the pandemic has clipped my wings, and I’m now holed up in Florida till I can start touring once more. 🙂 Alas, she had not picked a very great place for a nest—she was proper off one of many predominant pathways within the park, and he or she was interrupted a number of instances by individuals strolling by. (A few of them stopped to observe, and a few of them by no means even seen her and walked proper on by.)” 

Red-tailed Hawk
Purple-tailed Hawk

giddy factor writes—Dawn Chorus: Advice from a Hawk:Years in the past, a pal gave me a ebook with a bookmark tucked in its pages, nonetheless treasured and used to this present day. The bookmark presents Advice from a Hawk — a group of inspiring and metaphorical life classes we mere people would possibly be taught from these fierce and noble birds of prey. Right this moment looks as if a superb time to channel our interior hawk as we start a brand new 12 months and have a good time the approaching inauguration of Biden/Harris, a brand new Senate majority, the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, and our resilience via the final darkish and turbulent 4 years. Let’s admire some hawk photographs (some mine, some public area) and ponder how we would apply ‘recommendation from a hawk’ to our personal lives in 2021.” 

Angmar writes—Regenerative Culture: “Trump Opens Habitat of Threatened Owls to Timber Harvesting”: “The Trump administration mentioned Wednesday that it will slash thousands and thousands of acres of protected habitat designated for the imperiled northern noticed owl in Oregon, Washington state and Northern California, a lot of it in prime timber areas in Oregon’s coastal ranges. Environmentalists instantly decried the transfer and accused the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service below President Donald Trump of taking a parting shot at protections designed to assist restore the species in favor of the timber business. The tiny owl is listed as threatened below the Endangered Species Act and was rejected for an improve to endangered standing final 12 months by the federal company regardless of dropping almost 4% of….www.oregonlive.com/…” 

CLIMATE CHAOS

ClimateDenierRoundup writes—For 2021’s Energy Report, API Goes Back To ‘Energy Futures’ Report For Denial Tactics: “It’s been 40 years since API’s misleading ‘Vitality Futures’ report was used to downplay public concern concerning the fossil gas business’s function within the local weather disaster. Possibly they’ve deserted the fastidiously parsed language of local weather denial, and grown and altered organizationally in order that the fossil gas business can now be a reputable and dependable ‘accomplice’ in searching for the very best methods to scale back fossil gas air pollution. Or… possibly they’re nonetheless principally simply attempting to dodge the difficulty and distract individuals from its severity and causes, pointing again to extra of their very own supplies as an alternative of out of doors specialists to justify their threadbare claims. The report barely says something about local weather change, for instance, apart from the truth that ‘Even when the US participated in assembly the aggressive sustainability targets of the Paris Local weather Settlement, pure fuel and oil can be wanted to provide near half of the world’s power in 2040.

Pakalolo writes—Trump’s trashing of the climate is more severe than previously thought, says Biden climate team: “A senior Biden climate team transition official alerted E&E Information that the harm Trump and his fossil gas grifters (which have held energy over the companies tasked with defending the local weather system) have been profitable in hollowing out the EPA of employees and sources at a time when the “capacity to handle local weather change” is dire. Purple code alerts from the scientific neighborhood, simply previously week alone, have proven shattered data on ocean surface temperatures. They warned that 2020 was the warmest year on record, regardless of a cooling La Nina occasion within the Pacific, in a digital tie with 2016. Thus ends the warmest decade on record. This previous 12 months alone noticed, one of many “hottest years on record, additionally noticed extraordinary wildfire exercise in the Western United States and Australia, a Siberian heatwave with file excessive temperatures exceeding 38 levels C (100.4 levels Fahrenheit) throughout the Arctic circle, a file low for October Arctic sea ice extent of two.04 million sq. miles, an Atlantic hurricane season leading to more than $46 billion in damage, and deadly floods and landslides in South Asia that displaced greater than 12 million individuals.” And a lot extra, sadly. The local weather prison occupying the oval workplace has denied humanity the geological time essential within the struggle towards extinction-level penalties of our dying biosphere.

OCEANS, WATER, DROUGHT

bilboteach writes—BREAKING: Former Michigan Governor and Others To Be Charged Over Flint Water Crisis: “Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, his well being director and different ex-officials have been advised they’re being charged after a brand new investigation of the Flint water scandal, which devastated the bulk Black metropolis with lead-contaminated water and was blamed for a lethal outbreak of Legionnaires’ illness in 2014-15, The Related Press has realized. Two individuals with information of the deliberate prosecution advised the AP on Tuesday that the lawyer common’s workplace has knowledgeable protection attorneys about indictments in Flint and advised them to anticipate preliminary courtroom appearances quickly. They spoke to the AP on situation of anonymity as a result of they weren’t licensed to talk publicly.” 

Dan Bacher writes—Chinook Salmon Are Able to Ascend Upper Auburn Ravine to Spawn: “Chinook salmon have spawned for millennia in Auburn Ravine Creek, a tributary of the Sacramento River in Northern California northeast of Sacramento, however biologists have been unsure if salmon may get previous the Chaparral Cascades. ‘Because of this, some individuals have flatly acknowledged that these cascades are a complete barrier to upstream migration,’ reported Mates of Auburn Ravine in right this moment’s announcement. ‘They’ve used that judgement to downplay the potential want to supply a manner for salmon to get previous the Gold Hill Dam which is about ½ mile additional upstream.’ The cascades are about 25 miles upstream from the place the creek enters the Sacramento River close to Verona. The cascades are steep, and the water runs quick there, in keeping with the group. ‘Now there’s proof that salmon can get via the cascades to spawn upstream. An area resident seen salmon spawning about 375 yards upstream from the Chaparral Cascades on November 5, 2016 and preserved video proof of that,’ the group mentioned.”

CANDIDATES, STATE AND DC ECO-RELATED POLITICS

Michael Brune writes—Our Movement for a Strong, Multiracial Democracy Is Winning: “On Wednesday, we realized that Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock had gained their Senate races, clinching Democratic management of the Home, Senate, and presidency. After months of intense work to elect local weather champions up and down the poll, we lastly have leaders dedicated to local weather motion within the White Home and each homes of Congress. Now, President-elect Biden can perform the massive guarantees he made throughout his marketing campaign to supercharge our clear power economic system, inexperienced our infrastructure, clear up environmental injustices, handle racial inequities, restore our democracy, and guarantee a simply and equitable restoration from the COVID-19 pandemic. These victories in Georgia, and throughout the nation, wouldn’t have been potential with out years of laborious work and organizing by ladies of colour–led grassroots teams like Truthful Combat Georgia and the New Georgia Venture, in addition to the efforts of Sierra Membership members and supporters. Within the face of voter suppression and racist campaigning, we labored to guarantee that the individuals’s need for daring, transformational change gained out. However on Wednesday, our well-deserved celebrations had been marred by a gaggle of violent, right-wing insurgents who broke into the US Capitol to halt the counting of electoral faculty votes. As horrifying because it was to observe neo-Nazis and Proud Boys rampage via the Capitol on the route of the sitting president, I don’t need to dwell on that right here. As a result of our victory in Georgia reveals that our motion for a robust, multiracial democracy and racial, financial, environmental, and gender justice is successful. We’re the numerous; they’re the determined few.

Images taken by photographer Lisa Weatherbee for The Luupe of the Climate Strike on September 20, 2019 in New York City. .These images were taken by photographers from The Luupe: theluupe.com. Attribution is required. Model releases have been obtained from the individuals in these photographs.
Dem writes—Breaking News: Rick Snyder charged for Flint water crisis! “

Lastly, in the end, former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder was charged for the Flint water disaster. Sadly, it’s only a misdemeanor. He did plenty of harm. Primarily based upon what I learn, I’m not optimistic concerning the end result. LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder was charged Wednesday with willful neglect of responsibility after an investigation of ruinous selections that left Flint with lead-contaminated water and a regional outbreak of Legionnaires’ illness. The costs, revealed in a web-based courtroom file, are misdemeanors punishable by as much as a 12 months in jail and a $1,000 wonderful. The costs are groundbreaking: No governor or former governor in Michigan’s 184-year historical past had been charged with crimes associated to their time in that workplace, in keeping with the state archivist.

Pakalolo writes—Cool, the Science advisor is elevated to a cabinet position; the first woman will lead FEMA: “Elevating (the science adviser) function to member within the President’s Cupboard clearly alerts the administration’s intent to contain scientific experience in each coverage dialogue. Sudip Parikh, CEO of the American Affiliation for the Development of Science. Our subsequent president is a science geek, how cool is that? The darkish days of science denial within the White Home these previous few years will finish when Joe Biden is sworn in as president. Biden has chosen a Harvard and MIT mathematician and geneticist, Eric Lander, as his science advisor and the president-elect boosted this function to a cabinet-level place. Lander was the lead creator of the primary paper on the main points of the human genome. He would be the first life scientist ever to carry the place of science advisor.”

ENERGY

Fossil Fuels & Emissions Controls

ClimateDenierRoundup writes—API’s “Energy Futures” Report Shows Big Oil’s Denial Propaganda in 1980: “Whereas many within the Trump administration are involved about their subsequent job — ‘member of a violently seditious racist’s authorities’ doesn’t look nice on a resume, in spite of everything — apparently the American Petroleum Institute has no qualms with hiring terrorist-adjacent employees, and has hired Vitality Dept press secretary Jessica Szymanski. Regardless of a tweet from an API govt condemning the violence (less than even other pro-polluter groups who issued full statements) on condition that API bankrolls Republicans (together with insurrectionists) it’s not precisely a shock to see they’ve rescued Szymanski from unemployment. As a result of as a brand new examine reveals, API has been embracing denial for many years now. Dr. Ben Franta’s newest, in Environmental Politics examines an archival report printed by API in 1980 that reveals how ‘business fossil gas pursuits performed a extra obstructive function in local weather change discourse and coverage all through the Eighties than beforehand understood.’ In a twitter thread final week, Dr. Franta defined how the ‘Two Vitality Futures’ coverage report lays naked three key facets of the oil business’s long-term denial marketing campaign. It ignored conclusions of its personal inner stories displaying an impending local weather disaster, and as an alternative intentionally downplayed the local weather science’s certainty of detrimental impacts by invoking a false steadiness claiming that ‘scientists had been kind of break up’ on the CO2-climate change hyperlink and misrepresenting Carl Sagan’s views on the difficulty.” 

Renewables, Effectivity, Vitality Storage & Conservation

gmoke writes—Solar Decathlon Webinars: “The U.S. Division of Vitality Photo voltaic Decathlon is a collegiate competitors, comprising 10 contests, that challenges pupil groups to design and construct extremely environment friendly and modern buildings powered by renewable power. It’s been happening since 2002 and has produced a whole lot of mannequin homes constructed by pupil groups from everywhere in the world.  This 12 months they’re doing a webinar sequence as nicely.  Needs to be tons and many good info right here. Resilient Residence 411: Methods to Climate and Get better from Pure Disasters, Thursday, January 21, 2021, 1–2 p.m. E.T., RSVP here. 
Zero Vitality Prepared Houses: New and Rising Quick, Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 1–2 p.m. E.T., RSVP here.” The Way forward for Photo voltaic: A Tour of Chopping-Edge Photo voltaic Analysis with the U.S. Division of Vitality, Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 1–2 p.m. E.T., RSVP herePhoto voltaic Decathlon Construct Problem Staff Home Tour
Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 1–2 p.m. E.T., RSVP hereExtra here. 
 

TRANSPORTATION & INFRASTRUCTURE

Mokurai writes—Yesterday with Renewable Charlie, 1/10/2021: “Automobiles, automotive battery swap stations, vehicles with solar-powered refrigeration, e-bike parking, 107 meter wind turbine blades, carbon-neutral rocket gas. And we will stay up for the Biden local weather agenda beginning in lower than two weeks, assuming that we survive that lengthy. Hyundai and Apple are in talks to jointly develop self-driving electric cars. Hyundai has confirmed it is within the working to supply the underpinnings and battery tech for an Apple automotive. The Much Rumored Tesla Model Y Standard Range Is Here. Rumors have been swirling for the previous a number of months that Tesla would quickly provide a single-motor Customary Vary model of the Mannequin Y to go together with its SR+ Mannequin 3 sedan. Elon Musk appeared to chill to the concept, however final week the corporate pulled the set off on the Mannequin Y Customary Vary. Why I Would Buy A Used Tesla Model 3 Instead Of A New One — Free Full Self Driving! I got here up with the concept for this text after I seen that Tesla is enabling the $10,000 Full Self Driving (FSD) functionality on each Mannequin 3 that it’s promoting used. I spoke to a few salespeople and verified that’s the case (notice that it may change at any time) and that you may’t decrease the worth by having the choice eliminated.” 

AGRICULTURE​, FOOD & GARDENS

GCNY writes—Saturday Morning Garden Blogging, Vol. 17.03: A Gardener’s Inheritance: “First, somewhat household historical past (I’ve shared a few of this in feedback in different SMGB diaries.). I bear in mind my father, who grew up on a small household farm within the NYS Finger Lakes Area, stress-free in his padded rocking chair subsequent to the fireside to browse the seed catalogues of his day.  He would arrange sprouting flats on his basement work tables by east dealing with home windows with overhead fluorescents including to the out there mild. When planting time arrived, he rototilled the backyard plot. Loads of horse and sheep manure may very well be had totally free from farms up the highway. The ditches alongside the roads wanted periodic clearing and the county employees would dump the wealthy black soil in our yard if my father was residence on the time they got here by. Dad would arrange his rows utilizing two sticks with a heavy string hooked up holding issues good and straight. I’ve seen this on outdated WWII victory backyard movies and right here I assumed he invented that!  Out got here a nifty hand plow (possibly a household backyard heirloom) that will dig a pleasant seed trench and until the soil, too. It was quite a bit  just like the newer one on this video. Hand Tiller/Plow  I bear in mind how lovely his rows of greens regarded all in completely straight rows. My rows? Effectively, I’ve to work on that.” 

NAT’L FORESTS, PARKS, MONUMENTS & OTHER PUBLIC LANDS

MESQUITE, NV - APRIL 11: Rancher Cliven Bundy poses for a picture outside his ranch house on April 11, 2014 west of Mesquite, Nevada. Bureau of Land Management officials are rounding up Cliven Bundy's cattle, he has been locked in a dispute with the BLM for a couple of decades over grazing rights. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images
Cliven Bundy

Meteor Blades writes—Bundy warns he will ‘walk toward guns’ if Biden tries to collect 28 years of unpaid grazing fees: “Keep in mind Cliven Bundy, the cussed Nevada rancher whose decades-long refusal to pay grazing charges for cattle he runs on federal land led to a 2014 armed stand-off at his household ranch and in 2016, one other armed stand-off led by his son Ammon Bundy within the Malheur Nationwide Wildlife Refuge? The latter had been residence to the indigenous Moapa Paiute till they had been pressured out at gunpoint off within the 1870s. The elder Bundy claims ancestral rights to that land due to his libertarian views and, he claims, as a result of his ancestors got here on The Mayflower. Bundy wound up in pre-trial detention for 18 months over the 2014 stand-off, however due to prosecutorial misconduct, he was launched and his case adjudged a mistrial. New expenses weren’t filed. He and his massive household proceed to run cattle on federal land with out paying the modest grazing charges. By 2014, 21 years after he started refusing to pay for this use of public land, the again charges had accrued to greater than $1 million. Presently, 24,000 allow holders are charged $1.35 per animal per thirty days for grazing—an excellent deal. However not so good as Bundy’s steal. Now the 74-year-old rancher has recommendation for President-elect Joe Biden’s administration: It higher not come attempting to gather these unpaid charges, as a result of he and his militant supporters are prepared to “stroll in direction of weapons” once more if that occurs. Whereas the brand new administration has greater than a full platter of priorities to cope with when it comes into workplace Wednesday, some environmental advocates hope that motion is taken to cease this scofflaw.”

Crashing Vor writes—A Request for the New Director of the National Park Service: “As with many different federal companies, Donald Trump has corrupted the National Park Service by appointing loyalists as appearing administrators. The truth is, the Service has not had a Senate-approved director in Trump’s time in office. His 4 appearing administrators have enabled atrocities nice and small, from environmental rule easements to utilizing Park services like Mount Rushmore for political rallies. The incoming director, who I assume will be nominated and confirmed within the ordinary, authorized method, may have plenty of messes to wash up. However there’s one minor process, a literal ‘housekeeping’ perform, I’d prefer to see the director get proper on. The steward, housekeeper, or such different worker of the Govt Residence on the White Home because the President could designate, shall below the route of the President, have the cost and custody of and be liable for the plate, furnishings, and public property therein. A whole stock, in correct books, shall be made yearly within the month of June, below the route of the Director of the Nationwide Park Service, of all the general public property in and belonging to the Govt Residence on the White Home, displaying when bought, its value, situation, and closing disposition. This stock shall be submitted to the President for his approval, and shall then be stored for reference within the workplace of the Director of the Nationwide Park Service, which shall furnish a duplicate thereof to the steward, housekeeper, or different worker liable for the property.”

MISCELLANY

ClimateDenierRoundup writes—Enviro Policy Advice From Free Market Fanatic: Just Marry Rich, Then Buy Land:It’s nonetheless early within the 12 months, however we’ve already discovered a robust contender for Stupidest Take of 2021. It’s courtesy of Joakim Ebook, the Koch-y covid and local weather denier, who you might remember from October, when he wrote about how egocentric it’s for folks to carry their monstrous youngsters into public locations like espresso outlets the place he’s attempting to work within the type of privateness, peace and quiet one apparently expects when one leaves one’s own residence. (Ebook’s emotions about youngsters would have in all probability been higher addressed by speaking it via with a therapist, however we digress…) In a blog post for the Cato Institute’s HumanProgress mission, the anti-human-child author explains that ‘those that care about nature’ ought to cease with the ‘mass mobilization’ and as an alternative merely marry into wealth after which purchase up and preserve land. Now, Ebook doesn’t precisely say it like that. As a substitute, he frames it as (well-deserved) reward for Mrs. Rosalie Edge, whom he describes as a ‘New Yorker of the Gilded Age who married into wealth, and a veteran suffragette who in her 40s and 50s found a love for birds and conserving the atmosphere’.”

Petey2 writes—New findings: living “off the grid” leads to security vulnerabilities in the super-ego: “Stumped attempting to grasp how so many seemingly clever individuals — not totally silly anyway — may proceed to consider, and act upon, such totally apparent lies (certainly this QAnon bullshit is only a cynical inside joke, proper?), I’m now flashing again to the early 90s, once I spent plenty of time within the Pacific Northwest with EarthFirst! tree-sitters making an attempt to forestall the destruction of our old-growth forests, typically standing valiantly (and peacefully) towards the livid denizens of tiny logging communities like Dixie, Idaho, hoping not solely to forestall or delay the clear-cutting of what we thought-about Nature’s cathedrals. We felt righteous sufficient to depart behind properties, jobs, even households to completely commit ourselves to the trigger. Woke up younger bankers, artists, bureaucrats, and many others, embraced a wholly new life-style, mentored by craftspeople, hikers, climbers, travelling musicians, hippies, and anarchists, studying to dwell, prepare dinner, and screw outdoor, bathing in streams — probably the most rudimentary existence off-the-grid — non permanent to some, however adopted kind of completely by many blissful warriors who recharged at nation gala’s and festivals in between live-in protest camps.* Our dedication was not based mostly on lies — and I definitely carry no regrets from these years. However, actually, most of us had little or no curiosity in following the forestry debate in The New York Instances or on NPR. We had already digested the gravity of the old-growth destruction, and we didn’t want to listen to extra. It was time to behave. ” 

Meteor Blades writes—Earth Matters: Haaland to ditch racist place names; ZETA pushing Biden on 100% EV sales by 2030AS INTERIOR SECRETARY, HAALAND COULD CHANGE RACIST NAMES ON FEDERAL LANDS. “If Rep. Debra Haaland, the Laguna Pueblo girl who has been nominated as the subsequent secretary of the Inside, is confirmed by the Senate, she will likely be ready to interchange racist names of rivers, lakes, and mountains. Renaming has been underway for many years, however that actual fact reveals how sluggish the method is. The 131-year-old Board on Geographic Names (BGN) doesn’t provide you with names itself however picks from these proposed by others on a case by case foundation. As an illustration, in fiscal 12 months 2019, the BGN scrutinized 165 proposed alternative names, approving 138 and rejecting 27—a typical 12 months. One title change made on the request of the Georgia Senate: Runaway Negro Creek in Chatham County, which was renamed Freedom Creek. In 2016, BGN approved renaming Harney Peak, South Dakota’s highest mountain, to Black Elk Peak. This happy the state’s Native inhabitants as Black Elk was a extremely revered religious chief of the Oglala Lakota. However it irked Sen. John Thune and then-Gov. Dennis Daugaard, with Thune calling it a ‘unilateral determination’ executed with out consulting South Dakota leaders. Military Gen. William S. Harney was recognized for his ruthlessness in engagements with the Indian resistance from Florida to the Dakotas. In 1855, below his command, troopers killed about half of the 250 Lakota they’d cornered in a cave, together with many ladies and kids, ensuing within the Grattan Bloodbath. Final 12 months, Haaland launched the Reconciliation in Place Names Act that will set up a 16-member advisory board with the aim of renaming locations with offensive names. The invoice collected 15 co-sponsors, all of them Democrats. Michael Doyle at GreenWire notes that at Inside Haaland would possibly observe within the footsteps of Stewart Udall, secretary of Inside below JFK. He ordered {that a} racist slur towards Black individuals utilized in many place names ‘shall not be used on any new Federal maps or publications as a part of a geographic title.’ Adjustments started instantly, but it surely took a decade earlier than “Jap” was changed by ‘Japanese’ or ‘Nisei’ in place names. In 2015, a survey discovered 1,441 federally acknowledged locations with questionable names.”

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