Archive for September, 2014

Tuning up the Chea

25 September 2014

The American Legislative Exchange Council. the free-market-no-matter-what-it-costs folks, the people behind labelling animal rights crusaders as terrorists, are waging a strongly worded retreat on climate change. No longer are the folks on the far side of reality calling climate change a hoax. Now they’ve shifted to arguing a hotter planet could be a good thing.

“ALEC: Global Warming Could Be Good for You”

Nice try, ALEC. I wish you well. Perhaps some miracle will validate your position. I hope so, but for now I merely hope your retreat continues.

Cassandra

Need, Want, Have, Should NOT Have?

18 September 2014

The militarization of American police forces alarms me. That spokesmen for some police departments now announce that their duty is to enforce the law and NOT to serve the people alarms me even more.

Given the lack of coverage of protests on national media of some recent large protests and the legal shift towards protecting corporations aka artificial people over flesh and blood people, I now fear the use of militarized police on US citizens exercising their constitutional rights is the coming thing for America.

Doesn’t trouble you at all? Then read this:

“Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Forced to Return Military-grade Weapons, Vehicles”

And if you haven’t already, be sure and watch (or rewatch) John Oliver on the militarization of the police.

Now going to look up Kevlar on Google.

Cassandra

New mapping traces origins of ocean debris

3 September 2014

The world holds so much garbage and so little good news.

Summit County Citizens Voice

Ocean boundaries redefined

Patches of plastic debris accumulate where they are concentrated by ocean currents. Patches of plastic debris accumulate where they are concentrated by ocean currents.

Staff Report

FRISCO — Shredded bits of plastic now outweigh plankton in parts of the Pacific Ocean, posing a growing risk to to fish, turtles and birds that eat the trash. Efforts to limit the debris haven’t progressed much in the past few years, but new modeling of ocean currents may help researchers determine exactly where the waste is coming from.

“In some cases, you can have a country far away from a garbage patch that’s unexpectedly contributing directly to the patch,” said Gary Froyland, a mathematician at Australia’s University of New South Wales.

For example, the ocean debris from Madagascar and Mozambique would most likely flow into the south Atlantic, even though the two countries’ coastlines border the Indian Ocean.

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