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July 31st

Me
Sorry, it has been a while. Root canals. Such fun.

Have a good one!

Recommended Reading

Right-Wing Militias Are Thriving — and the Media Won’t Talk About It
http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/right-wing-militias-thrive-post-bundy-and-media-wont-talk-about-it?akid=12043.204376.49saHA&rd=1&src=newsletter1012395&t=13

'Witch Hunt': Fired MSNBC Contributor Speaks Out on Suppression of Israel-Palestine Debate
http://www.alternet.org/media/witch-hunt-fired-msnbc-contributor-speaks-out-networks-witch-hunt-and-suppression-israel?akid=12043.204376.49saHA&rd=1&src=newsletter1012395&t=5

The Day I Was Nearly Arrested for Having an Autistic Son
http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/day-i-was-nearly-arrested-having-autistic-son?page=0%2C1&akid=12045.204376.yPen9e&rd=1&src=newsletter1012523&t=5&paging=off¤t_page=1 - bookmark

NRA Floats Idea of Kids Needing to Show Gun Proficiency to Advance to the Next Grade - ok, that’s it, as far as I am concerned the NRA should be shut down.
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/nra-floats-idea-kids-needing-show-gun-proficiency-advance-next-grade?akid=12045.204376.yPen9e&rd=1&src=newsletter1012523&t=7

Woman With Allergies Arrested and Imprisoned for Buying Sudafed
http://www.alternet.org/woman-allergies-arrested-and-imprisoned-buying-sudafed?akid=12045.204376.yPen9e&rd=1&src=newsletter1012523&t=23

Right-Wing Christians Tell Kids 'Convert or Go to Hell,' Then Accuse Liberals of Indoctrinating Christian Kids
http://www.alternet.org/belief/right-wing-christians-tell-others-kids-convert-or-go-hell-then-accuse-liberals-indoctrinating?akid=12047.204376.HRf-GB&rd=1&src=newsletter1012567&t=8

Organic Dairies: Whose Side Are They On?
http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_30527.cfm

Jon Stewart challenges John McCain to a Wrong-Off - :)
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/23/1315980/-Jon-Stewart-challenges-John-McCain-to-nbsp-a-nbsp-Wrong-Off?detail=email

The End Game of Shutting Off Residential Water in Detroit Is a Likely Privatization Attempt - bingo!
http://www.truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/end-game-of-shutting-off-resident-water-is-likely-privatization-attempt

iPhone 'backdoors' can be used for surveillance, warns researcher
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jul/23/iphone-backdoors-surveillance-forensic-services?CMP=ema_565

This U.K. Supermarket Uses Electricity Made From Its Rotten Food
http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/07/23/uk-supermarket-uses-electricity-made-its-rotten-food?cmpid=tpdaily-eml-2014-07-24

Why We Have to Save Wildlife to Save Ourselves
http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/07/23/why-we-have-save-wildlife-save-ourselves?cmpid=tpdaily-eml-2014-07-24

Monsanto is Messing With Animals’ Sperm
http://www.care2.com/greenliving/is-monsanto-making-us-sterile.html

Bank of America and Other Megabanks Say They Want to Make Nice With Poor People: Don't Buy It
http://www.alternet.org/economy/bank-america-and-other-megabanks-say-they-want-make-nice-poor-people-dont-buy-it?akid=12050.204376.BT1Y0_&rd=1&src=newsletter1012747&t=4

Shocking drought data from NASA
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/24/1316428/-Shocking-drought-data-from-NASA?detail=email

'Fluffy and feathery' dinosaurs were widespread
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-28407381

Newly-found gut virus 'abundant in humans'
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-28440006

Babies Are Getting Brain Bleeds—Are Vaccine Fears to Blame?
http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/07/vitamin-k-injection-infants-safety

Why the FDA's Latest Move on Chicken Inspection Is Literally Full of Sh*t
http://www.alternet.org/food/why-fdas-latest-move-chicken-inspection-literally-full-sht?akid=12061.204376.4yMfcZ&rd=1&src=newsletter1013200&t=15

Governor Christie Embraces Theft
http://www.nationalmemo.com/governor-christie-embraces-theft/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=NM_Master_List&utm_campaign=Daily Newsletter - July 29 2014&utm_content=Final

Last Year The World Spent $9.8 Trillion On This Activity. Care To Guess?
http://www.upworthy.com/last-year-the-world-spent-98-trillion-on-this-activity-care-to-guess?c=upw1

'Quantum Cheshire Cat' becomes reality
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-28543990

'Milestone' for child malaria vaccine
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-28541939

Natural confetti harvest time in Shropshire
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-28554883

James Shigeta, 85, Leading Man in ‘Flower Drum Song,’ Dies
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/30/movies/james-shigeta-85-leading-man-in-flower-drum-song-dies-.html?emc=edit_th_20140730&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=44350406&_r=0

Patagonia Surfing Wet Suits Go Green
http://www.nytimes.com/video/business/100000003027952/patagonia-surfing-wetsuits-go-green.html?emc=edit_th_20140731&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=44350406

Broody octopus keeps record-breaking four-year vigil
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-28545964

Moon mystery: Why our Earth's satellite is lemon-shaped
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-28565730

'Quantum Cheshire Cat' becomes reality - cool
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-28543990

The mysterious woman in black walking across the US
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-28578570

Men explain their floral beards
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-28333810

Crowds flock to giant German crop circle
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-28579457

Underwater art exhibition off Italian island
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-28584010

Louvre gardens rat infestation shocks tourists
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-28573315

Another petition to sign:
Reclassify the Internet as a common carrier
http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50409/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=13907

Under the plan wealthy corporations will be able to purchase faster service, while those that cannot do so will have slower service. Rather than an open Internet for all the US will be moving to a class-based Internet. Of course, this will mean that when Netflix and other corporations purchase faster Internet, the consumers who use their service will be paying more to watch movies and download information. As a result, more money will be funneled from working Americans to wealthy telecom giants.

We recently wrote that the United States has lost its democratic legitimacy and now was a plutocratic oligarchy. This is what plutocracy looks like – policies designed for the wealthy, so they can make more money from the rest of us.

According to the Times:
“The new rules, according to the people briefed on them, will allow a company like Comcast or Verizon to negotiate separately with each content company – like Netflix, Amazon, Disney or Google – and charge different companies different amounts for priority service.

“That, of course, could increase costs for content companies, which would then have an incentive to pass on those costs to consumers as part of their subscription prices.”

In the future, if a new start-up – the future Twitter or Facebook – begins it will have a very hard time competing with those who are established Interne companies because the slower service of the start-ups will make them less consumer friendly. As a result we can expect less creativity on the Internet. As Stacy Higginbotham wrote:

“The plans took the hallmark of network neutrality — the notion that ISP shouldn’t discriminate between the traffic flowing over their networks — and turned it on its head.”

The proposal is being shared with other members of the Commission today. There will then be amendments suggested to garner majority support and the plan is to vote on the proposal on May 15.

Take action now. To Contact the Commissioners via E-mail

Chairman Tom Wheeler: Tom.Wheeler@fcc.gov

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn: Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov

Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel: Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov

Commissioner Ajit Pai: Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov

Commissioner Michael O’Rielly: Mike.O'Rielly@fcc.gov
To call and contact commissioner’s offices, call 1-888-225-5322.

In addition, call your elected representatives. Tell them if net neutrality is ended, you will hold them accountable by withholding your vote. Both parties hope to control the senate after the mid-term elections, so you have more power than usual to let them know they are losing your vote if they fail to take action to stop the FCC proposal. The number for Congress is 202-224-3121.

Then go sign the petition here and the two a bit further down on the page:
http://www.popularresistance.org/internet-for-the-wealthy/


The FCC’s New Net Neutrality Proposal Is Even Worse Than You Think
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/04/24/fcc_s_new_net_neutrality_proposal_is_even_worse_than_you_think.html?wpisrc=newsletter_jcr:content&mc_cid=13bb388d47&mc_eid=a138cf4d02

Out in Missouri the Repug legislators have started impeachment proceeding against their Democrat Gov. because he “directed state tax officials to accept joint tax returns from same-sex couples.” Go sign the petition.
http://dlcc.wiredforchange.com/o/6377/p/dia/action3/common/public/;jsessionid=8ECF7D69C7B9540DDADB539E025D29CA-n2?action_KEY=185

Stop the FCC from Breaking the Internet
http://act.freepress.net/sign/internet_fcc_break/?source=conf

FCC Set to Kill Net Neutrality
The FCC is now moving to end net neutrality. Three months ago, Demand Progress
and RootsAction joined with allied groups to deliver a petition with a million signatures to
the FCC in support of net neutrality -- to keep the whole Internet available to everyone.
The news just broke that the FCC intends to blow us off and betray the principle of
equal access to the Internet.
http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/;jsessionid=CD41BE91896B98CE8A41034FF3FF5BD6-n4?action_KEY=9726

It is important – watch it.
A Controversial Episode With Harrison Ford And Don Cheadle That Will Haunt You. Make. The. Time
http://www.upworthy.com/a-controversial-episode-with-harrison-ford-and-don-cheadle-that-will-haunt-you-make-the-time?c=upw1


A Very Good Idea!


Go sign the petition:
http://climatenamechange.org/

Petitions that need your signature
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Change the world one loan at a time – visit
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July 22nd

Me
I had sent a letter to John Boehner a while back and via email this morning I received this reply…

"Thank you for taking the time to contact me. Your ideas, comments, and questions help make possible my goal of leading a House of Representatives that listens and reflects the will of the American people. That's why I hope you'll keep in touch, whether it's by signing up for my weekly email updates, or connecting with me on any of the following social networks:

Like on Facebook
Follow on Twitter
+1 on Google+
Follow on Instagram
You can also stay informed by subscribing to my YouTube channel and Flipboard magazine.

Right now, my focus is what it's always been: getting our economy moving again to make sure our kids and grandkids have their chance to realize the American Dream. Your input will be critical as we go about fulfilling this mission.

Thank you again, and I wish you and your family all the best.

Sincerely,
 John. A Boehner”

Well, from the first sentence through to the last he’s lying. The Repug House doesn’t give a flying you–know-what about the will of the American people. Now, they do give a flying you–know-what about the will of the individuals and corporations that have bought them.

And as far as his focus it seems to me that it has not been the economy, nor has it been zeroed in on the American children, jobs, infrastructure, etc. etc. etc.

And he does have time for political stunts like suing Obama and and holding 50 some symbolic votes to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act and deny women’s rights.

There was a petition circulating today that asked the signer to tell Mr. Boehner what they thought about him. Now how could I even participate on that one since there would be nothing I could say to this asshole that was nice except maybe wishing him a nice day at the end.

Have a good one!

Recommended Reading

Major success in Obama's Iran Policy; No one notices - they noticed alright but chose not to report on it – funny how that happens when the media has been bought, isn’t it?
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/21/1315491/-Major-success-in-Obama-s-Iran-Policy-No-one-notices

Meet the Online Tracking Device That Is Virtually Impossible to Block
http://truth-out.org/news/item/25085-meet-the-online-tracking-device-that-is-virtually-impossible-to-block

Evangelical Group Aims to Convert Children as Young as Five at Portland Parks and Pools - hopefully parents will have something to say about this shit.
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/child-evangelism-fellowship-portland

James Garner, Rockford Files star, dies aged 86
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-28390309 - %22

Fracking Old Faithful? Republicans Want to Tap Our National Parks for Energy - no, no, no, no.
http://www.alternet.org/environment/fracking-near-old-faithful-republicans-call-tapping-our-national-parks-energy?akid=12026.204376.5N3UzJ&rd=1&src=newsletter1011737&t=11

And now: The criminalization of parenthood
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2014/07/14/and-now-the-criminalization-of-parenthood/

The Malaysian Plane Crash May Be A Major Blow To AIDS Research
http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/07/18/3461625/aids-experts-malaysian-plane/?elq=~~eloqua..type--emailfield..syntax--recipientid~~&elqCampaignId=~~eloqua..type--campaign..campaignid--0..fieldname--id~~

Baltimore's Water Wheel Keeps On Turning, Pulling In Tons Of Trash
http://www.npr.org/2014/06/23/324738205/baltimores-water-wheel-keeps-on-turning-pulling-in-tons-of-trash?ft=1&f=1025

THE MOST DARING NATURE FOOTAGE CAPTURED BY DRONES - this type of work is the only thing that drones should be used for, period.
http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/2014-3-may-june/green-life/most-daring-nature-footage-captured-drones?src=1link&utm_source=greenlife&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter

FIND OUT IF YOUR SENATORS VOTED FOR WOMEN OR HOBBY LOBBY
http://www.prochoiceamerica.org/get-involved/actions/see-how-your-senators-voted.html

Lake Mead's H2O Situation Just Got a Whole Lot Worse
http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/07/16/lake-mead-water-drought-emergency?cmpid=tpdaily-eml-2014-07-16

French blogger fined over review's Google search placing
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28331598?ocid=global_bbccom_email_17072014_technology

Jon Stewart Takes Republicans To Task for Their Cruel Attitudes Toward Migrant Children
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/watch-jon-stewart-takes-republicans-task-their-cruel-attitudes-towards-migrant?akid=12023.204376.g4MzxF&rd=1&src=newsletter1011579&t=9

Shutting Off Water of Citizens in Detroit: Treating People Like Things and Corporations Like People - I can’t figure out why there hasn’t been a bit of rioting.
http://www.truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/shutting-off-water-of-citizens-in-detroit-treating-corporations-like-people-and-people-like-things

Blues musician Johnny Winter dies
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-28341306

Japan's Mount Fuji depicted in giant rice artwork
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28344066

Urinating dog 'upstages' BBC weather presenter Carol Kirkwood
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-28351966

Opinions divided over mysterious 80-metre wide crater in northern Siberia
http://www.smh.com.au/world/opinions-divided-over-mysterious-80metre-wide-crater-in-northern-siberia-20140716-ztqvi.html - ixzz37fNE6z3x

Broadway legend Elaine Stritch dies in Michigan
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-28355094

Woman films moment lightning bolt hit her house
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-28375247

Kieron Williamson art: Paintings valued at £400,000
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-28369124

Brazilian artist makes sculptures from whalebones
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-28327977

Nestlé doesn’t want you to know how much water it’s bottling from the California desert
http://grist.org/news/nestle-doesnt-want-you-to-know-how-much-water-its-bottling-from-the-california-desert/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=tweet&utm_campaign=socialflow

Five States Gunning to Make Their Kids as Scientifically Illiterate as Possible by Teaching Creationism
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/25035-five-states-gunning-to-make-their-kids-as-scientifically-illiterate-as-possible-by-teaching-creationism

AZ-Gov: Frank Riggs (R) Goes Shirtless, Pumps Iron And Vows To Fight "Obamanization" In Ad - oh crap, we have our own Putin. Actually, I think Putin has it all over this guy. LOL!
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/18/1314339/-AZ-Gov-Frank-Riggs-R-Goes-Shirtless-Pumps-Iron-And-Vows-To-Fight-Obamanization-In-Ad?detail=email

Rare Florida forest set to be leveled for a Walmart and Chik-fil-A
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/16/1314364/-Rare-Florida-forest-set-to-be-leveled-for-a-Walmart-and-Chik-fil-A?detail=email

New canal to bring 'real benefits'
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28223218

The Cornish beaches where Lego keeps washing up
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-28367198

Hobby Lobby Case Linked To Secretive National Prayer Breakfast Group, "The Family"
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/17/1314596/-Hobby-Lobby-Case-Linked-To-Secretive-National-Prayer-Breakfast-Group-The-Family?detail=email

Military device used on Detroit protest against #WaterShutoffs - another thing to pack in your protest bags, a good set of ear guards
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/21/1315395/-Military-device-used-on-Detroit-protest-against-WaterShutoffs?detail=email

Jon Stewart exposes fake bluster behind impeachment push (and why there will not be one)
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/21/1315451/-Jon-Stewart-exposes-fake-bluster-behind-impeachment-push-and-why-there-will-not-be-one?detail=email

Arizona charter school teaches from book arguing slavery wasn't so bad
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/18/1313985/-Arizona-charter-school-teaches-from-book-arguing-slavery-wasn-t-so-bad?detail=email

Great Barrier Reef 'in worst state since records began'
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/21/great-barrier-reef-in-worst-state-since-records-began

Hong Kong’s breathtaking skyline takes on a dizzying effect in the darkness
http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photo-of-the-day/architecture-night-hong-kong/

Five Innocuous Activities That Can Get You Put in the Government's Antiterrorism Database
http://www.courthousenews.com/2014/07/14/69465.htm

Almost everyone involved in developing Tor was (or is) funded by the US government
http://pando.com/2014/07/16/tor-spooks/

A List of People Who Supported the War in Iraq
http://roguenationblog.com/2014/06/12/a-partial-list-of-people-who-shouldnt-be-talking-about-iraq/

'Exciting' drug flushes out HIV
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-28159515?ocid=global_bbccom_email_22072014_top+news+stories

The 90-year-old sex guru
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-28353027

State Department Section Chief Becomes NSA Whistleblower. 'Democracy Threatening'
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/22/1315724/-State-Department-Section-Chief-On-Human-Rights-Becomes-NSA-Whistleblower-Democracy-Threatening?detail=email

Mass. Governor compares immigrant kids to Jews turned away in 1939, offers to shelter them
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/21/1315639/-Mass-Governor-compares-immigrant-kids-to-Jews-turned-away-in-1939-offers-to-shelter-them?detail=email

Senator Elizabeth Warren’s speech to Netroots Nation 2014 attendees
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/19/1315035/-Senator-Elizabeth-Warren-s-speech-to-Netroots-Nation-2014-attendees?detail=email

Sharks Aren’t in the Great Lakes, but Testicle-Nipping Fish Are
http://www.wired.com/2014/07/sharks-arent-in-the-great-lakes-but-testicle-nipping-fish-are/

Another petition to sign:
Reclassify the Internet as a common carrier
http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50409/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=13907

Under the plan wealthy corporations will be able to purchase faster service, while those that cannot do so will have slower service. Rather than an open Internet for all the US will be moving to a class-based Internet. Of course, this will mean that when Netflix and other corporations purchase faster Internet, the consumers who use their service will be paying more to watch movies and download information. As a result, more money will be funneled from working Americans to wealthy telecom giants.

We recently wrote that the United States has lost its democratic legitimacy and now was a plutocratic oligarchy. This is what plutocracy looks like – policies designed for the wealthy, so they can make more money from the rest of us.

According to the Times:
“The new rules, according to the people briefed on them, will allow a company like Comcast or Verizon to negotiate separately with each content company – like Netflix, Amazon, Disney or Google – and charge different companies different amounts for priority service.

“That, of course, could increase costs for content companies, which would then have an incentive to pass on those costs to consumers as part of their subscription prices.”

In the future, if a new start-up – the future Twitter or Facebook – begins it will have a very hard time competing with those who are established Interne companies because the slower service of the start-ups will make them less consumer friendly. As a result we can expect less creativity on the Internet. As Stacy Higginbotham wrote:

“The plans took the hallmark of network neutrality — the notion that ISP shouldn’t discriminate between the traffic flowing over their networks — and turned it on its head.”

The proposal is being shared with other members of the Commission today. There will then be amendments suggested to garner majority support and the plan is to vote on the proposal on May 15.

Take action now. To Contact the Commissioners via E-mail

Chairman Tom Wheeler: Tom.Wheeler@fcc.gov

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn: Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov

Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel: Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov

Commissioner Ajit Pai: Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov

Commissioner Michael O’Rielly: Mike.O'Rielly@fcc.gov
To call and contact commissioner’s offices, call 1-888-225-5322.

In addition, call your elected representatives. Tell them if net neutrality is ended, you will hold them accountable by withholding your vote. Both parties hope to control the senate after the mid-term elections, so you have more power than usual to let them know they are losing your vote if they fail to take action to stop the FCC proposal. The number for Congress is 202-224-3121.

Then go sign the petition here and the two a bit further down on the page:
http://www.popularresistance.org/internet-for-the-wealthy/


The FCC’s New Net Neutrality Proposal Is Even Worse Than You Think
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/04/24/fcc_s_new_net_neutrality_proposal_is_even_worse_than_you_think.html?wpisrc=newsletter_jcr:content&mc_cid=13bb388d47&mc_eid=a138cf4d02

Out in Missouri the Repug legislators have started impeachment proceeding against their Democrat Gov. because he “directed state tax officials to accept joint tax returns from same-sex couples.” Go sign the petition.
http://dlcc.wiredforchange.com/o/6377/p/dia/action3/common/public/;jsessionid=8ECF7D69C7B9540DDADB539E025D29CA-n2?action_KEY=185

Stop the FCC from Breaking the Internet
http://act.freepress.net/sign/internet_fcc_break/?source=conf

FCC Set to Kill Net Neutrality
The FCC is now moving to end net neutrality. Three months ago, Demand Progress
and RootsAction joined with allied groups to deliver a petition with a million signatures to
the FCC in support of net neutrality -- to keep the whole Internet available to everyone.
The news just broke that the FCC intends to blow us off and betray the principle of
equal access to the Internet.
http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/;jsessionid=CD41BE91896B98CE8A41034FF3FF5BD6-n4?action_KEY=9726

It is important – watch it.
A Controversial Episode With Harrison Ford And Don Cheadle That Will Haunt You. Make. The. Time
http://www.upworthy.com/a-controversial-episode-with-harrison-ford-and-don-cheadle-that-will-haunt-you-make-the-time?c=upw1


A Very Good Idea!


Go sign the petition:
http://climatenamechange.org/

Petitions that need your signature
Read more...Collapse )

The non-existent tags
weather, knitting, gardening, global warming, environment, politics, Repugs, scumbags, quilting, petitions, CISPA, health, Exxon, oil spills, Monsanto, evil, people, tar sands, harassment, privacy, GMOs, fish, fracking, food, animals, WTF?, silliness, people, media, morons, fun stuff, women's issues, women's rights, passings, transportation, Detroit, art, Nestle, education or lack thereof, police, photography, research - medical

Change the world one loan at a time – visit
http://www.Kiva.org

July 16th

Me
Thunderstorms all night long, loud flashy ones with power spikes. Computers were turned off.

I am getting tired of this weather and would like a few days of nothing but sun.

Lots to read so I’ll leave you to it.

Have a good one!

Recommended Reading

Texas Jailers Deny Pregnant Navy Vet Medication Needed to Continue Her Pregnancy
http://rhrealitycheck.org/article/2014/07/09/texas-jailers-deny-pregnant-navy-vet-medication-needed-continue-pregnancy/?&utm_medium=email&utm_source=reality&utm_content=7+-+Texas+Jailers+Deny+Pregnant+Navy+Vet+Med&utm_campaign=weekly-enews-7-10-2014&source=weekly-enews-7-10-2014

Texas sheriff wants criminal charges against fracking polluter
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/09/1312790/-Texas-sheriff-wants-criminal-charges-against-fracking-polluter?detail=email

THE STATE REPUBLICAN PARTY IN TEXAS IS NOW THE CRAZIEST IN AMERICA
http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/Crazy_In_Texas?src=spr_TWITTER&spr_id=1456_69791725

Supreme Court Broadens Hobby Lobby Ruling to All Forms of Birth Control
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/07/supreme-court-scotus-hobby-lobby-all-forms-contraception

Screwball Tragedy
http://www.nytimes.com/video/magazine/100000002992131/screwball-tragedy.html?emc=edit_th_20140711&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=44350406

Major Study: Monsanto GMO Corn Can Cause Damage to Liver and Kidneys, and Severe Hormonal Disruption
http://www.alternet.org/food/major-study-demonstrates-monsanto-gmo-corn-product-can-cause-damage-liver-and-kidneys-and?akid=12007.204376.-5B69-&rd=1&src=newsletter1010773&t=12

Watch a Child Outsmart the Right-Wing 'Fox and Friends' TV Show (Video)
http://www.alternet.org/media/watch-child-outsmart-right-wing-fox-and-friends-tv-show-video?akid=12007.204376.-5B69-&rd=1&src=newsletter1010773&t=16

Watch A Child Dismantle Fox's Panic Over Gender-Neutral Restrooms
http://mediamatters.org/blog/2014/07/10/watch-a-child-dismantle-foxs-panic-over-gender/200053

The spectacular artworks that get washed away
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-28259414

Britain's lost canals
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-28260265

Elizabeth Warren and Others Seek to Stop Supreme Court From Legislating From Bench on Contraception
http://www.truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/elizabeth-warren-and-others-seek-to-stop-supreme-court-from-legislating-from-bench-on-contraception

ALEC Politicians Caught Plagiarizing ALEC Bill, Drafting Error and All
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/24875-alec-politicians-caught-plagiarizing-alec-bill-drafting-error-and-all

Obama Rips The GOP A New One - In Texas (VIDEO) - Bravo Mr. Pres!
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/11/1313189/-Obama-Rips-The-GOP-A-New-One-In-Texas-VIDEO?detail=email

A response to the Hobby Lobby decision was written in 1925—in Tennessee!
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/10/1312619/-A-response-to-the-Hobby-Lobby-decision-was-written-in-1925-in-Tennessee?detail=email

Hobby Lobby long term goal: "Mandate" 4 Year Bible Curriculum - that HL writes - in Public Schools
- creepy
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/10/1313048/--Hobby-Lobby-long-term-goal-Mandate-4-Year-Bible-Curriculum-that-HL-writes-in-Public-Schools?detail=email

More Than $6.5 Trillion Lost in US Income Due to Tax Cuts for the Rich
http://truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/more-than-6-5-trillion-dollars-lost-in-us-income-due-to-tax-cuts-for-the-rich

SPLC report: Bundy ranch standoff was highly coordinated, reflecting threat of larger far-right militia movement
http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/news/splc-report-bundy-ranch-standoff-was-highly-coordinated-reflecting-threat-of-large

Bill Maher calls out all the debunked GOP lies on Obamacare
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/12/1313451/-Bill-Maher-calls-out-all-the-debunked-GOP-lies-on-Obamacare?detail=email

Fox News reports on impeachment without mentioning their own involvement in it
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/11/1313298/-Fox-News-reports-on-impeachment-without-mentioning-their-own-involvement-in-it?detail=email

A Great Tree Has Fallen. Charlie Haden, 1937-2014, R.I.P.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/11/1313352/-A-Great-Tree-Has-Fallen-Charlie-Haden-1937-2014-R-I-P?detail=email

Company tracks worker bathroom visits so it can punish people who need to pee too much
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/11/1313307/-Company-tracks-worker-bathroom-visits-so-it-can-punish-people-who-need-to-pee-too-much?detail=email

Fracking Is Causing an Earthquake Boom in Oklahoma
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/24913-fracking-is-causing-an-earthquake-boom-in-oklahoma

Multistory Car Park in U.S. Transformed Into Designer Micro-Apartments
http://www.alternet.org/multistory-car-park-us-transformed-designer-micro-apartments?akid=12012.204376.76IyUk&rd=1&src=newsletter1010949&t=14

The ultimate goal of the NSA is total population control
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jul/11/the-ultimate-goal-of-the-nsa-is-total-population-control

The Senate is giving more power to the NSA, in secret. Everyone should fight it
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jul/12/senate-nsa-secret-cybersecurity-information-sharing-act

This herd of wild elephants enjoys a stroll through a hotel lobby
http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/this-herd-of-wild-elephants-enjoys-a-stroll-through-a-hotel-lobby

The Weird And Wonderful World Of Indoor Farming
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/07/09/3442719/weird-wonderful-indoor-farming/

These Steampunk Computers Transport Us To The Victorian Retro Future
http://io9.com/these-steampunk-computers-transport-us-to-the-victorian-1603040050

His Street Art Is Beautiful, But Then You Realize How It's Made... - cool
http://www.upworthy.com/his-street-art-is-beautiful-but-then-you-realize-how-its-made?c=upw1

Manhattanhenge: New York's solar phenomenon
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-28285428

Oklahoma experiences 7 earthquakes in 14 hours over weekend
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/14/1313847/-Oklahoma-experiences-7-earthquakes-in-14-hours-over-weekend?detail=email

Freak hailstorm hits Siberia beach
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-28299459

The art of sushi: Takayo Kiyato
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28305354

Buddleia: The plant that dominates Britain's railways - and here I am mourning the loss of mine due to winter.
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-28196221

Japanese 'Cosplay' craze becoming popular in London
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-28297077

Steven Spielberg's The BFG to be released in 2016
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/film-news/10962598/Steven-Spielbergs-The-BFG-to-be-released-in-2016.html

John Oliver Rants Brilliantly About Income Inequality and the Deluded 'American Dream'
http://www.alternet.org/video/video-john-oliver-rants-brilliantly-about-income-inequality-and-deluded-american-dream?akid=12015.204376.wpoC-F&rd=1&src=newsletter1011265&t=3

Chris Christie's Real Budget Choice: Corporate Friends Over Retirees
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/chris-christies-real-budget-choice-corporate-friends-over-retirees?akid=12015.204376.wpoC-F&rd=1&src=newsletter1011265&t=19

66 Percent of Americans Now Live in a Constitution-Free Zone
http://www.thenation.com/article/180649/66-percent-americans-now-live-constitution-free-zone?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=email_nation&utm_campaign=Email Nation %28NEW%29 - Headline Nation Feed 07152014&newsletter=email_nation

Your Almond Habit Is Sucking California Dry
http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2014/07/your-almond-habit-sucking-califoirnia-dry

The Man Who Saved The Dinosaurs
http://strangebehaviors.wordpress.com/2014/07/12/the-man-who-saved-the-dinosaurs/

Absurd Creature of the Week: The Tiny Blood-Slurping Bird That Terrorizes the Galapagos
http://www.wired.com/2014/07/absurd-creature-of-the-week-vampire-bird/

GOP Congressman Who Warned About Unvaccinated Migrants Opposed Vaccination
http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/07/phil-gingrey-migrant-ebola-vaccines

Harvard Study: Aging Liberal Men Have More Sex than Conservative Counterparts -= makes sense to me
http://www.alternet.org/sex-amp-relationships/harvard-study-aging-liberal-men-have-more-sex-conservative-counterparts?akid=12019.204376.sEpTCI&rd=1&src=newsletter1011433&t=3

Jon Stewart Mocks the Hobby Lobby Ruling that Corporations Are People
http://www.alternet.org/video/watch-jon-stewart-mocks-hobby-lobby-ruling-corporations-are-people?akid=12019.204376.sEpTCI&rd=1&src=newsletter1011433&t=11

Four-winged dinosaur is 'biggest ever'
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-28295571

Rosetta's target is 'double' comet
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27110882

Japan 'vagina artist' arrest sparks debate
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28323015

The cemeteries surrounded by coal mines in West Virginia
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-28304338

One in three Alzheimer's cases preventable, says research
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-28262878

Golden eagles return to Scottish Borders
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-28325056

Unseen Donald Campbell speed record footage restored
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-28308872

Another petition to sign:
Reclassify the Internet as a common carrier
http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50409/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=13907

Under the plan wealthy corporations will be able to purchase faster service, while those that cannot do so will have slower service. Rather than an open Internet for all the US will be moving to a class-based Internet. Of course, this will mean that when Netflix and other corporations purchase faster Internet, the consumers who use their service will be paying more to watch movies and download information. As a result, more money will be funneled from working Americans to wealthy telecom giants.

We recently wrote that the United States has lost its democratic legitimacy and now was a plutocratic oligarchy. This is what plutocracy looks like – policies designed for the wealthy, so they can make more money from the rest of us.

According to the Times:
“The new rules, according to the people briefed on them, will allow a company like Comcast or Verizon to negotiate separately with each content company – like Netflix, Amazon, Disney or Google – and charge different companies different amounts for priority service.

“That, of course, could increase costs for content companies, which would then have an incentive to pass on those costs to consumers as part of their subscription prices.”

In the future, if a new start-up – the future Twitter or Facebook – begins it will have a very hard time competing with those who are established Interne companies because the slower service of the start-ups will make them less consumer friendly. As a result we can expect less creativity on the Internet. As Stacy Higginbotham wrote:

“The plans took the hallmark of network neutrality — the notion that ISP shouldn’t discriminate between the traffic flowing over their networks — and turned it on its head.”

The proposal is being shared with other members of the Commission today. There will then be amendments suggested to garner majority support and the plan is to vote on the proposal on May 15.

Take action now. To Contact the Commissioners via E-mail

Chairman Tom Wheeler: Tom.Wheeler@fcc.gov

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn: Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov

Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel: Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov

Commissioner Ajit Pai: Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov

Commissioner Michael O’Rielly: Mike.O'Rielly@fcc.gov
To call and contact commissioner’s offices, call 1-888-225-5322.

In addition, call your elected representatives. Tell them if net neutrality is ended, you will hold them accountable by withholding your vote. Both parties hope to control the senate after the mid-term elections, so you have more power than usual to let them know they are losing your vote if they fail to take action to stop the FCC proposal. The number for Congress is 202-224-3121.

Then go sign the petition here and the two a bit further down on the page:
http://www.popularresistance.org/internet-for-the-wealthy/


The FCC’s New Net Neutrality Proposal Is Even Worse Than You Think
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/04/24/fcc_s_new_net_neutrality_proposal_is_even_worse_than_you_think.html?wpisrc=newsletter_jcr:content&mc_cid=13bb388d47&mc_eid=a138cf4d02

Out in Missouri the Repug legislators have started impeachment proceeding against their Democrat Gov. because he “directed state tax officials to accept joint tax returns from same-sex couples.” Go sign the petition.
http://dlcc.wiredforchange.com/o/6377/p/dia/action3/common/public/;jsessionid=8ECF7D69C7B9540DDADB539E025D29CA-n2?action_KEY=185

Stop the FCC from Breaking the Internet
http://act.freepress.net/sign/internet_fcc_break/?source=conf

FCC Set to Kill Net Neutrality
The FCC is now moving to end net neutrality. Three months ago, Demand Progress
and RootsAction joined with allied groups to deliver a petition with a million signatures to
the FCC in support of net neutrality -- to keep the whole Internet available to everyone.
The news just broke that the FCC intends to blow us off and betray the principle of
equal access to the Internet.
http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/;jsessionid=CD41BE91896B98CE8A41034FF3FF5BD6-n4?action_KEY=9726

It is important – watch it.
A Controversial Episode With Harrison Ford And Don Cheadle That Will Haunt You. Make. The. Time
http://www.upworthy.com/a-controversial-episode-with-harrison-ford-and-don-cheadle-that-will-haunt-you-make-the-time?c=upw1


A Very Good Idea!


Go sign the petition:
http://climatenamechange.org/

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July 10th

Me
The magnolia seedpods have started to fall. They will now hit the roof and make me jump every time one lands. LOL!

Evening thunderstorms are becoming the norm around here. We had another one last night.

Yesterday the kittens all went the vet for their yearly shots. This is the day that loving cat parents become the hated monsters that live with them – until they get home again, then everything is fine and dandy once again. :) Kali lived up to her name and drew blood, lots of it.

Dearest’s short short story "Benjy's Birthday" has now been published by Nature, and is available to read online here:
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v511/n7508/full/511258a.html?WT.ec_id=NATURE-20140710

I was wondering what the airport security check scare was all about. Seems the UK government is trying to pass wider emergency - ya right - data surveillance/collections legislation. Same old thing, throw out a scare to the general public and then enact more restrictive and privacy degrading legislation. Bullshit spoken here.
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-28244294

Have a good one!

Recommended Reading

To Improve Accuracy, BBC Tells Its Reporters To Stop Giving Air Time To Climate Deniers
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/07/07/3456782/bbc-cuts-climate-deniers/

Fossil of 'largest flying bird' identified
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-28164063

The joy of bidets
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-26851005

Japan typhoon winds 'up to 240 kmph'
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-28207175

Planes in 'near miss' at Barcelona airport - big oops!
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-28195337

Acropolis Maidens Glow Anew
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/08/arts/design/caryatid-statues-restored-are-stars-at-athens-museum.html?emc=edit_th_20140708&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=44350406&_r=0

14 Beautiful Independent Bookshops In London - definitely worth a look next time we’re over
http://www.buzzfeed.com/danieldalton/beautiful-bookshops-london

Why whale poo could be the secret to reversing the effects of climate change
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jul/08/whale-poo-reverse-climate-change

Did You Know That Antonin Scalia's Son Is Sabotaging Wall Street Reform?
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/07/eugene-scalia-court-antonin-financial-reform-dodd-frank

Why Growing Numbers of Pot Smokers Eat Mango Before Lighting Up
http://www.alternet.org/food/mangoes-boost-marijuana-high?akid=12002.204376.Yp_jxx&rd=1&src=newsletter1010245&t=15

America's Dumbest Congressman says immigrants are Obama plot to take over Texas
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/08/1312628/-America-s-Dumbest-Congressman-says-immigrants-are-Obama-plot-to-take-over-Texas?detail=email

Detroit activist slams reporter on air for lying about water shutoff to thousands
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/08/1312561/-Detroit-activist-slams-reporter-on-air-for-lying-about-water-shutoff-to-thousands?detail=email

Walmart Is Very Sorry for Selling Decorative Nazi 'Work Makes You Free' Poster - scumbags
http://www.alternet.org/corporate-accountability-and-workplace/walmart-very-sorry-selling-decorative-nazi-work-makes-you?akid=12003.204376.Mt6OUq&rd=1&src=newsletter1010565&t=7

Now a Canadian Tar Sands Pipeline Threatens Endangered Whales
http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/07/09/now-canadian-tar-sands-oil-threatens-whales?cmpid=tpdaily-eml-2014-07-09

Dick Jones, Who Gave Voice to Disney’s Pinocchio, Dies at 87
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/10/movies/dick-jones-gave-voice-to-disneys-pinocchio-dies-at-87.html?emc=edit_th_20140710&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=44350406&_r=0

Lost mobile phone's amazing journey
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-28240939?ocid=global_bbccom_email_10072014_top+video

How Toxic Is Your Neighborhood's Air? This Map Knows for Sure
http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/07/08/global-air-quality-map-toxic-neighborhood?cmpid=tp-ptnr-upworthy

U.S. Government Ties El Salvador USD 277 M Aid Package to Monsanto’s GMO Seeds - Why?
http://foodrevolution.org/blog/el-salvador-aid-gmo-seeds/

Americans Have Spent Enough Money On A Broken Plane To Buy Every Homeless Person A Mansion
http://thinkprogress.org/world/2014/07/09/3458101/f35-boondoggle-fail/?elq=~~eloqua..type--emailfield..syntax--recipientid~~&elqCampaignId=~~eloqua..type--campaign..campaignid--0..fieldname--id~~

Nearly All The Emails Collected By The NSA Came From Regular Citizens, Not Terrorists
http://thinkprogress.org/world/2014/07/06/3456733/snowden-emails-report/

Another petition to sign:
Reclassify the Internet as a common carrier
http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50409/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=13907

Under the plan wealthy corporations will be able to purchase faster service, while those that cannot do so will have slower service. Rather than an open Internet for all the US will be moving to a class-based Internet. Of course, this will mean that when Netflix and other corporations purchase faster Internet, the consumers who use their service will be paying more to watch movies and download information. As a result, more money will be funneled from working Americans to wealthy telecom giants.

We recently wrote that the United States has lost its democratic legitimacy and now was a plutocratic oligarchy. This is what plutocracy looks like – policies designed for the wealthy, so they can make more money from the rest of us.

According to the Times:
“The new rules, according to the people briefed on them, will allow a company like Comcast or Verizon to negotiate separately with each content company – like Netflix, Amazon, Disney or Google – and charge different companies different amounts for priority service.

“That, of course, could increase costs for content companies, which would then have an incentive to pass on those costs to consumers as part of their subscription prices.”

In the future, if a new start-up – the future Twitter or Facebook – begins it will have a very hard time competing with those who are established Interne companies because the slower service of the start-ups will make them less consumer friendly. As a result we can expect less creativity on the Internet. As Stacy Higginbotham wrote:

“The plans took the hallmark of network neutrality — the notion that ISP shouldn’t discriminate between the traffic flowing over their networks — and turned it on its head.”

The proposal is being shared with other members of the Commission today. There will then be amendments suggested to garner majority support and the plan is to vote on the proposal on May 15.

Take action now. To Contact the Commissioners via E-mail

Chairman Tom Wheeler: Tom.Wheeler@fcc.gov

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn: Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov

Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel: Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov

Commissioner Ajit Pai: Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov

Commissioner Michael O’Rielly: Mike.O'Rielly@fcc.gov
To call and contact commissioner’s offices, call 1-888-225-5322.

In addition, call your elected representatives. Tell them if net neutrality is ended, you will hold them accountable by withholding your vote. Both parties hope to control the senate after the mid-term elections, so you have more power than usual to let them know they are losing your vote if they fail to take action to stop the FCC proposal. The number for Congress is 202-224-3121.

Then go sign the petition here and the two a bit further down on the page:
http://www.popularresistance.org/internet-for-the-wealthy/


The FCC’s New Net Neutrality Proposal Is Even Worse Than You Think
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/04/24/fcc_s_new_net_neutrality_proposal_is_even_worse_than_you_think.html?wpisrc=newsletter_jcr:content&mc_cid=13bb388d47&mc_eid=a138cf4d02

Out in Missouri the Repug legislators have started impeachment proceeding against their Democrat Gov. because he “directed state tax officials to accept joint tax returns from same-sex couples.” Go sign the petition.
http://dlcc.wiredforchange.com/o/6377/p/dia/action3/common/public/;jsessionid=8ECF7D69C7B9540DDADB539E025D29CA-n2?action_KEY=185

Stop the FCC from Breaking the Internet
http://act.freepress.net/sign/internet_fcc_break/?source=conf

FCC Set to Kill Net Neutrality
The FCC is now moving to end net neutrality. Three months ago, Demand Progress
and RootsAction joined with allied groups to deliver a petition with a million signatures to
the FCC in support of net neutrality -- to keep the whole Internet available to everyone.
The news just broke that the FCC intends to blow us off and betray the principle of
equal access to the Internet.
http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/;jsessionid=CD41BE91896B98CE8A41034FF3FF5BD6-n4?action_KEY=9726

It is important – watch it.
A Controversial Episode With Harrison Ford And Don Cheadle That Will Haunt You. Make. The. Time
http://www.upworthy.com/a-controversial-episode-with-harrison-ford-and-don-cheadle-that-will-haunt-you-make-the-time?c=upw1


A Very Good Idea!


Go sign the petition:
http://climatenamechange.org/

Petitions that need your signature
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Change the world one loan at a time – visit
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July 7th

Me
The is an article in Daily Kos today titled Do Republican men ever have sex?

Yeah, they do - with other men in public bathrooms and women who are not their wives, quite frequently. Hey! They are the Family Values party!

The farmer’s market yielded a dozen eggs and some variegated zucchini.

We enjoyed a quiet 4th and I hope you enjoyed yours holiday as well.

As I was knitting along this past weekend I was wondering just how long it is going to take before people in this country wake up and have a revolution.

I was also wondering just what the SCOTUS wives think about what their husbands have been doing? That would make a good article.

I really hate that Wimbledon is over. When we hit this time of year it just means that fall is not far away and you know how I whine about that and what comes after it.

Have a good one!

Recommended Reading

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Was Right, and We Already Have Proof
http://www.thenation.com/blog/180509/supreme-court-has-already-expanded-its-narrow-hobby-lobby-ruling?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=email_nation&utm_campaign=Email%20Nation%20%28NEW%29%20-%20Headline%20Nation%20Feed%2020140703&newsletter=email_nation

My Wife’s Abortion v. Your Free Speech
http://time.com/2928275/supreme-court-abortion-free-speech/

Alito’s ‘Hobby Lobby’ Opinion Is Dangerous and Discriminatory
http://www.thenation.com/blog/180461/alitos-hobby-lobby-opinion-dangerous-and-discriminatory?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=email_nation&utm_campaign=Email Nation %28NEW%29 - Headline Nation Feed 20140701&newsletter=email_nation

Kentucky Republican: Climate change unproven because 'temperature on Mars is exactly as it is here' - oh my.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/03/1311565/-Missouri-Republican-Climate-change-unproven-because-temperature-on-Mars-is-exactly-as-it-is-here?detail=facebook

If you read Boing Boing, the NSA considers you a target for deep surveillance
http://boingboing.net/2014/07/03/if-you-read-boing-boing-the-n.html

CLAYMATION SENSATION: ARTIST ANIMATES JOHN MUIR
http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/2014-3-may-june/green-life/claymation-sensation-artist-animates-john-muir?utm_source=insider&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter

Author Natalie Haynes on the glory of knitting
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/celebritynews/my-perfect-weekend/10928007/Author-Natalie-Haynes-on-the-glory-of-knitting.html

What Happened When One Woman Had Her Picture Photoshopped In 25 Different Countries - interesting
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/26/photoshop-around-the-world_n_5534062.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000010

3 Examples Of 'Religious Freedom' That Come With A Side Of 'Are You Kidding Me?!'
http://www.upworthy.com/3-examples-of-religious-freedom-that-come-with-a-side-of-are-you-kidding-me?c=upw1

Deep dives of devil rays solve 'mystery' of warm brain
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-28087489

Morph: The terracotta terror returns online
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-28123027

Bayeux Tapestry: The islanders who finished the final scenes
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-28018096

US drought and dust storms affect crops
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27995690

World record broken for underwater living
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-28139900

Early bird Archaeopteryx 'wore feather trousers' for display
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-28129078

The Oligarchy's Greed Knows No End: New Tax Cuts for the Rich Proposed in House
http://www.truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/the-oligarchy-s-greed-knows-no-end-new-tax-cuts-for-the-rich-proposed-in-house

GOP College Chairman Slams Tea Party, Resigns, And Joins The Democrats
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/02/1311119/-College-GOP-Chairman-Slams-Republicans-Resigns-And-Joins-Democrats?detail=email

Boycott Eden Foods
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/30/1310789/-Boycott-Eden-Foods-organic-beans?detail=email

Homophobic Minnesota Archbishop under investigation for "inappropriate sexual relations" with men - figures
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/01/1311036/-Homophobic-Minnesota-Archbishop-under-investigation-for-inappropriate-sexual-relations-with-men

Maine Gov. LePage denies he discussed executing Democratic leaders. But it's a weak denial.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/01/1310866/-Maine-Gov-LePage-denies-he-discussed-executing-Democratic-leaders-But-it-s-a-weak-denial?detail=email

George Takei Reads Your Tweets. But In, Like, A Not-Creepy-NSA Way - :)
http://upworthy.tumblr.com/post/90470810414/george-takei-reads-your-tweets-but-in-like-a

It’s Probably One Of The Best Reactions You Can Give To Someone Who Doesn’t Like You
http://www.upworthy.com/its-probably-one-of-the-best-reactions-you-can-give-to-someone-who-doesnt-like-you?c=upw1

House Ethics Committee must restore travel disclosure requirement
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/07/01/pelosi-house-ethics-committee-must-restore-travel-disclosure-requirement/

I Worked at Hobby Lobby and Saw the Troubling World of Corporate Christianity
http://www.alternet.org/economy/i-worked-hobby-lobby-and-saw-troubling-world-corporate-christianity?akid=11985.204376.QQumNJ&rd=1&src=newsletter1009384&t=5

Dozing Off After Work While Black Now Illegal on NYC Subway Trains
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/watch-dozing-after-work-while-black-now-illegal-nyc-subway-trains?akid=11985.204376.QQumNJ&rd=1&src=newsletter1009384&t=13

300 Koch-Led Businessmen Pledge $500 Million to Turn the Senate Over to Republicans
http://www.alternet.org/tea-party-and-right/300-koch-led-businessmen-pledge-500-million-turn-senate-over-republicans?akid=11985.204376.QQumNJ&rd=1&src=newsletter1009384&t=3

I Watched a Woman Cough Blood Till She Died: Cecily McMillan on Shocking Conditions at Rikers Island
http://www.alternet.org/activism/i-watched-woman-cough-blood-till-she-died-cecily-mcmillan-shocking-conditions-rikers-island

Let's Not Pay Any Taxes That Are Used for War or Prisons, if Hobby Lobby Can Pick and Choose
http://truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/let-s-not-pay-any-taxes-that-are-used-for-war-or-prisons-if-hobby-lobby-can-pick-and-choose

FBI records: Chilling find in Bradenton dumpster
http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/07/01/4212644/fbi-records-chilling-find-in-bradenton.html

Wastewater from energy extraction 'triggers US quake surge'
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-28128772

Chimpanzee language: Communication gestures translated
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-28023630

Living history: The man who lives in 1946
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-28106466

Massive dust storm sweeps across Phoenix, Arizona
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-28164436

This Adorable Weasel-Like Animal Is Reclaiming Territory In The US And Growing Larger
http://www.businessinsider.com/fisher-is-reclaiming-us-territory-and-growing-2014-7

Caribbean coral reefs ‘will be lost within 20 years’ without protection
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/02/caribbean-coral-reef-lost-fishing-pollution-report

The Creature Feature: 10 Fun Facts About the Echidna
http://www.wired.com/2014/07/the-creature-feature-10-fun-facts-about-the-echidna/?mbid=social_twitter

Supreme Court Now Playing Cute PR Games With Hobby Lobby Decision
http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/07/supreme-court-now-playing-cute-pr-games-hobby-lobby-decision

Chris Matthews Made Elizabeth Warren Angry On-Air. Probably Shouldn’t Have Done That.
http://www.upworthy.com/chris-matthews-made-elizabeth-warren-angry-on-air-probably-shouldnt-have-done-that?c=upw1

William Rivers Pitt | Land of the Free, Unless You're a Woman
http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/24773-william-rivers-pitt-land-of-the-free-unless-youre-a-woman

Aggressive Tactic on the Fracking Front - what? Do they think these people are stupid?
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/24770-aggressive-tactic-on-the-fracking-front

If Our Founding Fathers Were All Christians, Why Did They Say This?
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/03/18/1285607/-If-Our-Founding-Fathers-Were-All-Christians-Why-Did-They-Say-This?detail=email

The Giant Methane Monster That Can Wipe Out the Human Race
http://www.alternet.org/environment/giant-methane-monster-lurking?akid=11989.204376.BNpyh4&rd=1&src=newsletter1009543&t=11

Florida Finally Gets Mad Over 'Acid Fracking' Near Vulnerable Wildlife Habitat - what took them so long?
http://www.alternet.org/fracking/florida-finally-gets-mad-over-acid-fracking-near-vulnerable-wildlife-habitat?akid=11989.204376.BNpyh4&rd=1&src=newsletter1009543&t=15

Black People Were Not Allowed to Eat Vanilla Ice Cream in the Jim Crow South—Except on Independence Day
http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/black-people-were-not-allowed-eat-vanilla-ice-cream-jim-crow-south-except?akid=11989.204376.BNpyh4&rd=1&src=newsletter1009543&t=17

Republican Greg Abbott: Just 'drive around' to 'ask every facility whether they have chemicals'
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/02/1311234/-Republican-Greg-Abbott-Just-drive-around-to-ask-every-facility-whether-they-have-chemicals

Hobby Lobby wanted to block Doctors from even Talking to you about Contraception
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/02/1311121/-Hobby-Lobby-wanted-to-block-Doctors-from-even-Talking-to-you-about-Contraception?detail=email

Food Labelled 'Organic' Is No Guarantee of Safety—Shocking Levels of Heavy Metals in Imported Food Highlight the Danger
http://www.alternet.org/environment/food-commonly-imported-china-apple-juice-and-rice-poses-stunning-health-risk?akid=11992.204376.xiKKQO&rd=1&src=newsletter1009682&t=5

Meet the Billionaires Using Their Fracking Fortune to Bankroll an Extreme Right-Wing Christian Agenda
http://www.alternet.org/tea-party-and-right/meet-billionaires-using-their-fracking-fortune-bankroll-extreme-right-wing?akid=11992.204376.xiKKQO&rd=1&src=newsletter1009682&t=21

In NSA-intercepted data, those not targeted far outnumber the foreigners who are
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/in-nsa-intercepted-data-those-not-targeted-far-outnumber-the-foreigners-who-are/2014/07/05/8139adf8-045a-11e4-8572-4b1b969b6322_story.html?hpid=z1

For sale: the £3m library that time forgot - cool
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/artsales/10946649/For-sale-the-3m-library-that-time-forgot.html

Eleven untranslatable words
http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20140703-eleven-untranslatable-words?ocid=global_bbccom_email_07072014_culture

Another petition to sign:
Reclassify the Internet as a common carrier
http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50409/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=13907

Under the plan wealthy corporations will be able to purchase faster service, while those that cannot do so will have slower service. Rather than an open Internet for all the US will be moving to a class-based Internet. Of course, this will mean that when Netflix and other corporations purchase faster Internet, the consumers who use their service will be paying more to watch movies and download information. As a result, more money will be funneled from working Americans to wealthy telecom giants.

We recently wrote that the United States has lost its democratic legitimacy and now was a plutocratic oligarchy. This is what plutocracy looks like – policies designed for the wealthy, so they can make more money from the rest of us.

According to the Times:
“The new rules, according to the people briefed on them, will allow a company like Comcast or Verizon to negotiate separately with each content company – like Netflix, Amazon, Disney or Google – and charge different companies different amounts for priority service.

“That, of course, could increase costs for content companies, which would then have an incentive to pass on those costs to consumers as part of their subscription prices.”

In the future, if a new start-up – the future Twitter or Facebook – begins it will have a very hard time competing with those who are established Interne companies because the slower service of the start-ups will make them less consumer friendly. As a result we can expect less creativity on the Internet. As Stacy Higginbotham wrote:

“The plans took the hallmark of network neutrality — the notion that ISP shouldn’t discriminate between the traffic flowing over their networks — and turned it on its head.”

The proposal is being shared with other members of the Commission today. There will then be amendments suggested to garner majority support and the plan is to vote on the proposal on May 15.

Take action now. To Contact the Commissioners via E-mail

Chairman Tom Wheeler: Tom.Wheeler@fcc.gov

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn: Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov

Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel: Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov

Commissioner Ajit Pai: Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov

Commissioner Michael O’Rielly: Mike.O'Rielly@fcc.gov
To call and contact commissioner’s offices, call 1-888-225-5322.

In addition, call your elected representatives. Tell them if net neutrality is ended, you will hold them accountable by withholding your vote. Both parties hope to control the senate after the mid-term elections, so you have more power than usual to let them know they are losing your vote if they fail to take action to stop the FCC proposal. The number for Congress is 202-224-3121.

Then go sign the petition here and the two a bit further down on the page:
http://www.popularresistance.org/internet-for-the-wealthy/


The FCC’s New Net Neutrality Proposal Is Even Worse Than You Think
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/04/24/fcc_s_new_net_neutrality_proposal_is_even_worse_than_you_think.html?wpisrc=newsletter_jcr:content&mc_cid=13bb388d47&mc_eid=a138cf4d02

Out in Missouri the Repug legislators have started impeachment proceeding against their Democrat Gov. because he “directed state tax officials to accept joint tax returns from same-sex couples.” Go sign the petition.
http://dlcc.wiredforchange.com/o/6377/p/dia/action3/common/public/;jsessionid=8ECF7D69C7B9540DDADB539E025D29CA-n2?action_KEY=185

Stop the FCC from Breaking the Internet
http://act.freepress.net/sign/internet_fcc_break/?source=conf

FCC Set to Kill Net Neutrality
The FCC is now moving to end net neutrality. Three months ago, Demand Progress
and RootsAction joined with allied groups to deliver a petition with a million signatures to
the FCC in support of net neutrality -- to keep the whole Internet available to everyone.
The news just broke that the FCC intends to blow us off and betray the principle of
equal access to the Internet.
http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/;jsessionid=CD41BE91896B98CE8A41034FF3FF5BD6-n4?action_KEY=9726

It is important – watch it.
A Controversial Episode With Harrison Ford And Don Cheadle That Will Haunt You. Make. The. Time
http://www.upworthy.com/a-controversial-episode-with-harrison-ford-and-don-cheadle-that-will-haunt-you-make-the-time?c=upw1


A Very Good Idea!


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July 1st

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It is sunny and humid. Haven’t posted for a bit so there is a lot to read below. Some serious, some funny, etc.

Finally got to a few things in the back garden this past weekend. There is a bit more to do but it will have to wait until next weekend.

Knitting continues on the cotton summer top. It has been too warm to work on the wool project.

The SC ruled that free speech now includes bullying women going to and from the clinics. It will be interesting to see when one of these women feels threatened by this bullying in a state with Stand Your Ground laws and who also has a license to carry a gun. And, with its ruling yesterday on the Hobby Lobby case it will also be interesting to see what happens when a Hindu or Muslim business doesn’t want to provide something for its employees. :)

Even Faithful America is taking Hoby Lobby to task – and rightly so…”They've invested retirement funds in companies that manufacture contraceptives. And before this lawsuit, their health insurance plan covered some of the medications that they now object to.

The media's not alone in falling for it. In yesterday's Supreme Court decision, Justice Alito wrote that "no one has disputed the sincerity of their religious beliefs."

This case was a cynical ploy by the religious right to undermine Obamacare and redefine "religious freedom" so that conservative-owned businesses can disregard laws they don't like.

Within hours of the court's decision, leading religious-right strategists began bragging publicly that they're going to use this decision as an opening to legalize anti-gay discrimination under the guise of "religious freedom."


I’ve been boycotting Hobby Lobby for years because they will take women’s money but have no respect for them. So ladies and gents why don’t you join me?
https://www.dailykos.com/campaigns/751?detail=email

Justice Ginsburg is entirely correct in her dissent in this case – read it.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/30/ruth-bader-ginsburg-write_n_5544111.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000013

Here is some food for thought:
http://exxonhates.com/?track=EnvAxn

Have a good one.


Recommended Reading

The Supreme Court Thinks Corporations Are People but Women Aren't
http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/24694-the-supreme-court-thinks-corporations-are-people-but-women-arent

In Hobby Lobby, Supremes grant religious objection rights to for-profit corporations.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/30/1310551/-In-Hobby-Lobby-Supremes-grant-religious-objection-rights-to-for-profit-corporations?detail=email

Glenn Greenwald: 'What I Tell People Who Say They Don’t Care About Their Privacy' - bingo
http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/glenn-greenwald-heres-what-i-tell-people-who-say-they-dont-care-about-their-privacy?akid=11948.204376.4Qfknv&rd=1&src=newsletter1005992&t=5

Yes, (Some) Corporations Can Pray — And You’ll All Pay - I suggest you read the full Ginsberg piece
http://www.nationalmemo.com/yes-corporations-can-pray-youll-pay/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=NM_Master_List&utm_campaign=Daily Newsletter- July 1 2014

Cops Can't Grab Your Cellphone Data Without a Warrant, Supreme Court Rules
http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/cops-cant-grab-your-cellphone-data-without-warrant-supreme-court-rules?akid=11957.204376.jP_gBz&rd=1&src=newsletter1006785&t=3


A Blackwater official threatened to kill a government investigator - WTF? No one is above the law
http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-echochambers-28101132

'Pray or You're Fired' -- Workers Allege Forced Prayer at Company - WTF?
http://www.alternet.org/corporate-accountability-and-workplace/pray-or-youre-fired-workers-allege-forced-prayer-company?akid=11945.204376.Ycmjus&rd=1&src=newsletter1005647&t=20

Reuters: "It will be functionally impossible to be outside" by end of century
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/24/1309343/-Reuters-It-will-be-functionally-impossible-to-be-outside-by-end-of-century?detail=email

“The Internet’s Own Boy”: How the Government Destroyed Aaron Swartz
http://www.alternet.org/internets-own-boy-how-government-destroyed-aaron-swartz?akid=11957.204376.jP_gBz&rd=1&src=newsletter1006785&t=9

5 States Gunning to Make Their Kids As Scientifically Illiterate As Possible by Teaching Creationist B.S.
http://www.alternet.org/education/5-states-gunning-make-their-kids-scientifically-illiterate-possible-teaching-creationist?akid=11961.204376.P1Xwmk&rd=1&src=newsletter1007321&t=12

Hmm . . . The Supreme Court Enjoys a Much Bigger Buffer Zone than the One It Just Took Away from Abortion Clinics
http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/hmm-supreme-court-enjoys-much-bigger-buffer-zone-one-it-just-took-away-abortion?akid=11966.204376.JzPfDR&rd=1&src=newsletter1007531&t=3

Former NASA Chief Scientist: "We're Effectively Taking a Sledgehammer to the Climate System"
http://truth-out.org/news/item/24673-former-nasa-chief-scientist-were-effectively-taking-a-sledgehammer-to-the-climate-system

Ninety-nine percent of the ocean's plastic is missing
http://news.sciencemag.org/environment/2014/06/ninety-nine-percent-oceans-plastic-missing

There is No Internet 'Outrage Machine' – Just These Outrageous Rape Apologists
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/there-no-internet-outrage-machine-just-these-outrageous-rape-apologists?akid=11957.204376.jP_gBz&rd=1&src=newsletter1006785&t=7

Michigan GOP candidate: Ignore my arrests for publicly masturbating in other people’s cars - yep, the values party again
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/06/27/michigan-gop-candidate-ignore-my-arrests-for-publicly-masturbating-in-other-peoples-cars/

Loser in OK primary claims victory because GOP opponent is dead, replaced by android
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/06/27/loser-in-ok-primary-claims-victory-because-gop-opponent-is-dead-replaced-by-android/ - .U63-jgDInXI.facebook

Southern GOPer Says Only Christians Should be Protected by Constitution - you know there are really some large a__holes in this country!
http://www.alternet.org/southern-goper-says-only-christians-should-be-protected-constitution?akid=11952.204376.52rSmT&rd=1&src=newsletter1006366&t=4

"The pitchforks ARE coming" - A billionaire warns his fellow Oligarchs what is coming down the pipe
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/27/1309994/--The-pitchforks-ARE-coming-A-billionaire-warns-his-fellow-Oligarchs-what-is-coming-down-the-pipe?detail=email

35 Feet
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/26/1309750/-35-Feet?detail=email

*** Solar Panel Acreage Needed to Power the Entire Planet: 158 mi x 158 mi - why haven’t we done this in our own dessert?
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/25/1309388/-Solar-Panel-Acreage-Needed-to-Power-the-Entire-Planet-158-mi-x-158-mi?detail=email

Widespread impacts of neonicotinoids 'impossible to deny'
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27980344

Erin Brockovich calls for end to Bayer's Essure - go get’em Erin
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27871265

Mormons oust Ordain Women's Kate Kelly over women priests - thevoo doo hoo doo crowd is at it again, this time it’s the mormons.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-27989364

Ullapool 'Unicorns' visit protected woods
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-27993220

Terry Richards: UK stunt man dies aged 81
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-27978446

This 2.2-Million-Year-Old Child Fossil Made A Lot Of Scientists Very, Very Upset
http://www.upworthy.com/this-22-million-year-old-child-fossil-made-a-lot-of-scientists-very-very-upset?c=upw1

Cats love their soldiers too


The Cover-up may be Crime One for Christie
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/22/1308795/-The-Cover-up-may-be-Crime-One-for-Christie?detail=email

Study links autism to pesticides, I'd like to know if Monsanto funds the antivaxxers now
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/23/1308929/-Study-links-autism-to-pesticides-I-d-like-to-know-if-Monsanto-funds-the-antivaxxers-now?detail=email

Chris Matthews schooled by Elizabeth Warren on politics and the Democratic message
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/22/1308369/-Chris-Matthews-schooled-by-Elizabeth-Warren-on-politics-and-the-Democratic-message?detail=email

What Happened in Last Summer's Oil Train Disaster in Quebec That Killed 47
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/24534-revealed-what-happened-the-night-of-the-oil-train-disaster-in-lac-megantic-quebec

Pennsylvania Instructed Its Employees To Ignore Residents Sickened By Drilling
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/06/20/3451311/pennsylvania-frack-gag-health/

Police Shoot 95-Year-Old WWII Vet to Death for Refusing to Go to Hospital
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/police-shoot-95-year-old-wwii-vet-death-refusing-go-hospital?akid=11947.204376._aHbkV&rd=1&src=newsletter1005949&t=19

WikiLeaks Reveals Global Trade Deal Kept More Secret Than the Trans-Pacific Partnership
http://truth-out.org/news/item/24486-wikileaks-tisa-global-trade-deal-kept-more-secret-than-the-trans-pacific-partnership

The Second Amendment Doesn't Say What You Think It Does
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/06/second-amendment-guns-michael-waldman

Acid Seas Threaten Creatures That Supply Half the World's Oxygen
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/24463-acid-seas-threaten-creatures-that-supply-half-the-worlds-oxygen

A SWAT Team Blew a Hole in My 2-Year-Old Son
http://www.alternet.org/swat-team-blew-hole-my-2-year-old-son?akid=11952.204376.52rSmT&rd=1&src=newsletter1006366&t=12

A Secret Plan to Shut Down Social Security’s Offices and Outsource Its Work
http://www.alternet.org/secret-plan-shut-down-social-securitys-offices-and-outsource-its-work?akid=11952.204376.52rSmT&rd=1&src=newsletter1006366&t=16

Vaccine Deniers Were Just Dealt A Blow In Court - and rightly so
http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/06/23/3452130/vaccine-new-york-city-lawsuit/?elq=~~eloqua..type--emailfield..syntax--recipientid~~&elqCampaignId=~~eloqua..type--campaign..campaignid--0..fieldname--id~~

These Maps Show How Many Brutally Hot Days You Will Suffer When You're Old
http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2014/06/how-many-really-hot-days-there-will-be-time-you-are-old

Eli Wallach, star of The Magnificent Seven, dies at 98 - what a bummer.
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-28012230

How the Feds Are Recruiting Spies at Campuses Across the US
http://www.alternet.org/books/militarizing-education-how-government-recruits-minority-students-so-spies-look-their-targets?akid=11954.204376.mPO5TE&rd=1&src=newsletter1006456&t=3

The GOP Is the Pro-Death Party
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/gop-pro-death-party?akid=11954.204376.mPO5TE&rd=1&src=newsletter1006456&t=17

NY Times: A New Christie Bridge Scandal
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/24/1309169/-NY-Times-A-New-Christie-Bridge-Scandal?detail=email

US police departments are increasingly militarised, finds report
http://www.theguardian.com/law/2014/jun/24/military-us-police-swat-teams-raids-aclu

Gov. Bobby Jindal Openly Advocates Sedition
http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/43522_Gov._Bobby_Jindal_Openly_Advocates_Sedition

DC's swarm squad keeps bees at bay - without killing them- “slightly less boring than the orchid people.” LOL.
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-28004876

Harley-Davidson's first electric bike up close - cool
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-27989258

Pablo Escobar’s hippos: A growing problem
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-27905743

'Immediate protection' needed for Pitcairn's marine bounty
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-28022031

Judge rules 'no-fly' appeals process unconstitutional
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-28009888

Ming: The Golden Empire on display at National Museum of Scotland
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-27831724

The Abstinence Method
http://modernfarmer.com/2014/06/abstinence-method/?utm_campaign=2014-06-25%20HHIF.html

Swim between two tectonic plates - cool!
http://www.bbc.com/travel/feature/20140617-swim-between-two-tectonic-plates?ocid=global_travel_rss&ocid=global_bbccom_email_26062014_travel

How to Make a Homemade Bug Repellent Spray
http://www.motherearthliving.com/in-the-garden/homemade-bug-repellent-spray.aspx?newsletter=1&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=MEL eNews&utm_campaign=6.26.14 MEL

Why Do Right-Wing Christians Think "Religious Freedom" Means Forcing Their Faith on You?
http://www.alternet.org/belief/why-do-right-wing-christians-think-religious-freedom-means-forcing-their-faith-you?akid=11958.204376.9ap1YK&rd=1&src=newsletter1006812&t=2

How Republicans Made Congress Stupid - I wonder how long it is going to take for those people who “drank the kool-aid” to wise up?
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/how-republicans-made-congress-stupid?akid=11958.204376.9ap1YK&rd=1&src=newsletter1006812&t=8

Jon Stewart on Dick Cheney's hypocrisy
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/24/1309183/-Jon-Stewart-on-Dick-Cheney-s-hypocrisy

President Obama has issued fewer executive orders than most presidents in the last 50 years
http://www.msnbc.com/the-last-word/executive-orders-where-obama-ranks

Boehner Will Sue Obama For Stuff He Thought Was Totally Fine Under George W. Bush
http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/06/25/3453244/boehner-executive-order-suit/?elq=~~eloqua..type--emailfield..syntax--recipientid~~&elqCampaignId=~~eloqua..type--campaign..campaignid--0..fieldname--id~~

A Doctor’s Quest to Save People by Injecting Them With Scorpion Venom
http://www.wired.com/2014/06/scorpion-venom/

Rick Santorum says anti-gay Christians being sent to 're-education camp'
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/26/1309790/-Rick-Santorum-says-anti-gay-Christians-being-sent-to-re-education-camp?detail=email

Jon Stewart goes after 'warfare queens'
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/27/1309948/-MUST-SEE-Jon-Stewart-goes-after-warfare-queens?detail=email

Police SWAT Teams in Massachusetts Claim They are Non-Profit Organizations and Unaccountable - WTF?
http://www.truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/police-swat-teams-in-massachusetts-claim-they-are-non-profit-organization-and-unaccountable

19 Best Double-Entendre Songs That Are Really About Sex
http://www.alternet.org/culture/19-best-double-entendre-songs-are-really-about-sex?akid=11969.204376.nhbJCa&rd=1&src=newsletter1007811&t=13&paging=off¤t_page=1 - bookmark

Physicists Think They Can Solve the Mysteries of Quantum Mechanics, Cosmology, and Black Holes in One Go
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/critical-opalescence/2014/06/26/physicists-think-they-can-solve-the-mysteries-of-quantum-mechanics-cosmology-and-black-holes-in-one-go-guest-post/

On N.C.’s Outer Banks, scary climate-change predictions prompt a change of forecast
http://m.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/ncs-outer-banks-got-a-scary-forecast-about-climate-change-so/2014/06/24/0042cf96-f6f3-11e3-a3a5-42be35962a52_story.html?tid=pm_pop

The Bird That Paints Its Eggs With Bacteria
http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2014/06/27/the-bird-that-paints-its-eggs-with-bacteria/

These People Are Leaving Earth As We Know It For 31 Days, And You Probably Don’t Even Know About It
http://www.upworthy.com/these-people-are-leaving-earth-as-we-know-it-for-31-days-and-you-probably-dont-even-know-about-it-2?c=upw1

The live stream
http://mission-31.com/watch-live/

Another petition to sign:
Reclassify the Internet as a common carrier
http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50409/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=13907

Under the plan wealthy corporations will be able to purchase faster service, while those that cannot do so will have slower service. Rather than an open Internet for all the US will be moving to a class-based Internet. Of course, this will mean that when Netflix and other corporations purchase faster Internet, the consumers who use their service will be paying more to watch movies and download information. As a result, more money will be funneled from working Americans to wealthy telecom giants.

We recently wrote that the United States has lost its democratic legitimacy and now was a plutocratic oligarchy. This is what plutocracy looks like – policies designed for the wealthy, so they can make more money from the rest of us.

According to the Times:
“The new rules, according to the people briefed on them, will allow a company like Comcast or Verizon to negotiate separately with each content company – like Netflix, Amazon, Disney or Google – and charge different companies different amounts for priority service.

“That, of course, could increase costs for content companies, which would then have an incentive to pass on those costs to consumers as part of their subscription prices.”

In the future, if a new start-up – the future Twitter or Facebook – begins it will have a very hard time competing with those who are established Interne companies because the slower service of the start-ups will make them less consumer friendly. As a result we can expect less creativity on the Internet. As Stacy Higginbotham wrote:

“The plans took the hallmark of network neutrality — the notion that ISP shouldn’t discriminate between the traffic flowing over their networks — and turned it on its head.”

The proposal is being shared with other members of the Commission today. There will then be amendments suggested to garner majority support and the plan is to vote on the proposal on May 15.

Take action now. To Contact the Commissioners via E-mail

Chairman Tom Wheeler: Tom.Wheeler@fcc.gov

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn: Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov

Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel: Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov

Commissioner Ajit Pai: Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov

Commissioner Michael O’Rielly: Mike.O'Rielly@fcc.gov
To call and contact commissioner’s offices, call 1-888-225-5322.

In addition, call your elected representatives. Tell them if net neutrality is ended, you will hold them accountable by withholding your vote. Both parties hope to control the senate after the mid-term elections, so you have more power than usual to let them know they are losing your vote if they fail to take action to stop the FCC proposal. The number for Congress is 202-224-3121.

Then go sign the petition here and the two a bit further down on the page:
http://www.popularresistance.org/internet-for-the-wealthy/


The FCC’s New Net Neutrality Proposal Is Even Worse Than You Think
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/04/24/fcc_s_new_net_neutrality_proposal_is_even_worse_than_you_think.html?wpisrc=newsletter_jcr:content&mc_cid=13bb388d47&mc_eid=a138cf4d02

Out in Missouri the Repug legislators have started impeachment proceeding against their Democrat Gov. because he “directed state tax officials to accept joint tax returns from same-sex couples.” Go sign the petition.
http://dlcc.wiredforchange.com/o/6377/p/dia/action3/common/public/;jsessionid=8ECF7D69C7B9540DDADB539E025D29CA-n2?action_KEY=185

Stop the FCC from Breaking the Internet
http://act.freepress.net/sign/internet_fcc_break/?source=conf

FCC Set to Kill Net Neutrality
The FCC is now moving to end net neutrality. Three months ago, Demand Progress
and RootsAction joined with allied groups to deliver a petition with a million signatures to
the FCC in support of net neutrality -- to keep the whole Internet available to everyone.
The news just broke that the FCC intends to blow us off and betray the principle of
equal access to the Internet.
http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/;jsessionid=CD41BE91896B98CE8A41034FF3FF5BD6-n4?action_KEY=9726

It is important – watch it.
A Controversial Episode With Harrison Ford And Don Cheadle That Will Haunt You. Make. The. Time
http://www.upworthy.com/a-controversial-episode-with-harrison-ford-and-don-cheadle-that-will-haunt-you-make-the-time?c=upw1


A Very Good Idea!


Go sign the petition:
http://climatenamechange.org/

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June 23rd

Me
It was a beautiful sunny day and it looks like more of the same today.

I have promised myself a summer top for a couple of years and so I did a gauge swatch last night and got the project put into project bag. It went onto the shelf to await its time to be knit.

Wimbledon has started, summer is here…what’s this about Andy Murray?
http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/tennis/27963481

I haven’t posted in a while. It just seems that the days go by and I just don’t get around to it.

Have a good one.

Recommended Reading

It was only a matter of time ... Dick Cheney criticizes Obama on Iraq
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/18/1307814/-It-was-only-a-matter-of-time-Dick-Cheney-criticizes-Obama-on-Iraq

Rape Victims At Fundamentalist Christian College Say They Were Told To Repent For Their Sins - WTF? I think it should be the other way around. The college should be held accountable that it is not providing a safe environment for its female students!
http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/06/19/3450750/rape-victims-bob-jones/?elq=~~eloqua..type--emailfield..syntax--recipientid~~&elqCampaignId=~~eloqua..type--campaign..campaignid--0..fieldname--id~~

Major Newspaper Dumps George Will, Apologizes For ‘Offensive’ Rape Column - actually the man should be fired from the Washington Post.
http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/06/18/3450722/st-louis-post-dispatch-drops-george-will-rape-victims/?elq=~~eloqua..type--emailfield..syntax--recipientid~~&elqCampaignId=~~eloqua..type--campaign..campaignid--0..fieldname--id~~

The Koching of America — and of PBS
http://www.alternet.org/media/koching-america-and-pbs?akid=11944.204376.DRay7y&rd=1&src=newsletter1005442&t=23

Kevlar inventor Stephanie Kwolek dies
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-27951043

Sherlock lives in public domain, US court rules in case of the heckled brand
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jun/16/sherlock-public-domain-court-doyle-estate-copyright

Twin tornadoes strike US state of Nebraska
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-27881353

Keeping Japan’s bullet trains running like clockwork
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p020xlm1

A new look for Speakers' Corner
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-27885466

Hidden painting found under Picasso's The Blue Room
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-27884323

Danger Mouse to return to TV screens
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-27876300

Pre-Inca textile calendar returned to Peru
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-27881780

More Damning Truths By The Day: Update On Surveillance of Peaceful, Domestic, Political Activists - whoa
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/16/1307410/-More-Damning-Truths-By-The-Day-Update-On-Surveillance-of-Peaceful-Domestic-Political-Activists?detail=email

Meet the family behind Hobby Lobby, and their plans for a Christian nation
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/16/1307404/-Meet-the-family-behind-Hobby-Lobby-and-their-plans-for-a-Christian-nbsp-nation?detail=email

Looted Versainville tapestry returned to château
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-27896066

Expansion of US marine protected zone could double world reserves
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27890072

North Sea helicopter life jacket put to the test
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27894529

Rare British Guiana stamp sets record at New York auction
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-27898739

Fireflies Are “Cannibals”—And More Surprising Facts About the Summertime Insect
http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2014/06/13/fireflies-lightning-bugs-summer-facts-weird-animals-science/

Jon Stewart goes after Iraq War cheerleaders
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/17/1307579/-Jon-Stewart-goes-after-Iraq-nbsp-War-nbsp-cheerleaders?detail=email

If Spacetime Were a Superfluid, Would It Unify Physics—or Is the Theory All Wet? - so cool.
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/superfluid-spacetime-relativity-quantum-physics/

Ux5: Shorter Maine GOP Legislator: Rape should be legal. No, seriously. - WTF? Who raised these people?
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/17/1307761/-GOP-Rape-Advisory-Chart-How-the-hell-did-this-one-escape-my-attention?detail=email

NY Raids Clean Water Funds to Pay for Broke Bridge Project - shame on NY State
http://www.alternet.org/new-york-raids-clean-water-funding-pay-broke-bridge-project?akid=11931.204376.xNexs9&rd=1&src=newsletter1004236&t=19

NATIONAL ZOO’S INVERTEBRATE EXHIBIT TO CLOSE JUNE 22
http://nationalzoo.si.edu/publications/pressmaterials/pressreleases/press-release.cfm?id=2649

The Clever Stunt Four Professors Just Pulled to Expose the Outrageous Pay Gap in Academia - well done Professdors!
http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2014/06/16/university_of_alberta_professors_apply_for_vice_chancellor_s_job_in_clever.html

Fish-eating spiders 'widespread'
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27904153

Horace Silver, top US jazz musician, dies
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-27916044

Paxman's best bits after 25 years presenting Newsnight - his leaving is a great loss for the BBC
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-27911378

Nepal's living goddess who still has to do homework
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-27885141

Stonehenge summer solstice celebrations see thousands gather
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-27954267

How the US Government Helps McDonald's Sell Junk Food
http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/06/usda-dairy-checkoff-mcdonalds-taco-bell

Mystery object in lake on Saturn's moon Titan intrigues scientists
http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/jun/22/mystery-object-lake-saturn-titan-scientists-nasa

26 Of The Greatest Book Dedications You Will Ever Read
http://www.buzzfeed.com/jzebarrow/the-27-greatest-book-dedications-you-will-ever-rea-mvjw

Scary New Congressional Bill Would Force Medication on Some Mentally Ill People
http://www.alternet.org/personal-health/scary-new-congressional-bill-would-force-medication-some-mentally-ill-people?akid=11944.204376.DRay7y&rd=1&src=newsletter1005442&t=15

How smart glass has got 'smarter'
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-27681376

Wimbledon 2014: The man behind the grass courts
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-27923356

Another petition to sign:
Reclassify the Internet as a common carrier
http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50409/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=13907

Under the plan wealthy corporations will be able to purchase faster service, while those that cannot do so will have slower service. Rather than an open Internet for all the US will be moving to a class-based Internet. Of course, this will mean that when Netflix and other corporations purchase faster Internet, the consumers who use their service will be paying more to watch movies and download information. As a result, more money will be funneled from working Americans to wealthy telecom giants.

We recently wrote that the United States has lost its democratic legitimacy and now was a plutocratic oligarchy. This is what plutocracy looks like – policies designed for the wealthy, so they can make more money from the rest of us.

According to the Times:
“The new rules, according to the people briefed on them, will allow a company like Comcast or Verizon to negotiate separately with each content company – like Netflix, Amazon, Disney or Google – and charge different companies different amounts for priority service.

“That, of course, could increase costs for content companies, which would then have an incentive to pass on those costs to consumers as part of their subscription prices.”

In the future, if a new start-up – the future Twitter or Facebook – begins it will have a very hard time competing with those who are established Interne companies because the slower service of the start-ups will make them less consumer friendly. As a result we can expect less creativity on the Internet. As Stacy Higginbotham wrote:

“The plans took the hallmark of network neutrality — the notion that ISP shouldn’t discriminate between the traffic flowing over their networks — and turned it on its head.”

The proposal is being shared with other members of the Commission today. There will then be amendments suggested to garner majority support and the plan is to vote on the proposal on May 15.

Take action now. To Contact the Commissioners via E-mail

Chairman Tom Wheeler: Tom.Wheeler@fcc.gov

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn: Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov

Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel: Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov

Commissioner Ajit Pai: Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov

Commissioner Michael O’Rielly: Mike.O'Rielly@fcc.gov
To call and contact commissioner’s offices, call 1-888-225-5322.

In addition, call your elected representatives. Tell them if net neutrality is ended, you will hold them accountable by withholding your vote. Both parties hope to control the senate after the mid-term elections, so you have more power than usual to let them know they are losing your vote if they fail to take action to stop the FCC proposal. The number for Congress is 202-224-3121.

Then go sign the petition here and the two a bit further down on the page:
http://www.popularresistance.org/internet-for-the-wealthy/


The FCC’s New Net Neutrality Proposal Is Even Worse Than You Think
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/04/24/fcc_s_new_net_neutrality_proposal_is_even_worse_than_you_think.html?wpisrc=newsletter_jcr:content&mc_cid=13bb388d47&mc_eid=a138cf4d02

Out in Missouri the Repug legislators have started impeachment proceeding against their Democrat Gov. because he “directed state tax officials to accept joint tax returns from same-sex couples.” Go sign the petition.
http://dlcc.wiredforchange.com/o/6377/p/dia/action3/common/public/;jsessionid=8ECF7D69C7B9540DDADB539E025D29CA-n2?action_KEY=185

Stop the FCC from Breaking the Internet
http://act.freepress.net/sign/internet_fcc_break/?source=conf

FCC Set to Kill Net Neutrality
The FCC is now moving to end net neutrality. Three months ago, Demand Progress
and RootsAction joined with allied groups to deliver a petition with a million signatures to
the FCC in support of net neutrality -- to keep the whole Internet available to everyone.
The news just broke that the FCC intends to blow us off and betray the principle of
equal access to the Internet.
http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/;jsessionid=CD41BE91896B98CE8A41034FF3FF5BD6-n4?action_KEY=9726

It is important – watch it.
A Controversial Episode With Harrison Ford And Don Cheadle That Will Haunt You. Make. The. Time
http://www.upworthy.com/a-controversial-episode-with-harrison-ford-and-don-cheadle-that-will-haunt-you-make-the-time?c=upw1


A Very Good Idea!


Go sign the petition:
http://climatenamechange.org/

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June 16th

Me
Over the past week I’ve been having computer problems that my service provider has been telling me reside with my computer and my telling them that it doesn’t. And let me tell you if I hear the statement, “it has to be your firewall” it might just implode.

Well, after a trip to my no-so-local Mac store it was determined that I was right, the problem was not! on my end of the connection.

I feel a rant coming on about a variety of subject regarding this service provider. I will try to keep it shourt by justing the question method. Starting with the damned phone system – how hard would it be to employ a real someone to answer the f’in phones ? Your customer service people – How about hiring people who have some modicum of intelligence ? and, Why not train them to work at solving a problem instead of automatically telling the customer it is on their end? Why not train them to know that the customer may know more about what they are talking about than they do and not to get rude because of it? And, since this was their problem shouldn’t they pay for my time and bills regarding the process of proving that I was right in the first place?

So after wasting a full day and then getting back home, hooking up the computer and, of course, it was still having the same problem. I pulled their modem and took it in to the service center and switched it out. New modem seems to be working just fine – for the moment that it. Oh, that modem I returned was only in service for less than a month.

Now, let me just say a few words about Monsanto. The bully just filed suit against the state of Vermont for passing a law that requires products that contain GMOs to say so on their labels. And, just so you know 25 other states are considering the same thing.

No matter if you like GMOs, are fearful of them or just plain don’t want to be around them, I think it all boils down to this – the consumer has the right to know what is in their food or any other product they buy. Period. Go sign the petition
http://action.sumofus.org/a/monsanto-sues-vermonts/?akid=5698.65932.OujxfH&rd=1&sub=fwd&t=5

This past weekend we joined friends for the launch of his new book. A very peopled gathering, fun nd entertaining.

It’s been a while since I last posted so there is plenty to read below. Have a good one.


Recommended Reading

Guardian: Pentagon Preparing For Mass Civil Breakdown; DoD Report: Activists Are "Social Contagions"
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/13/1306734/-Guardian-Pentagon-Preparing-For-Mass-Civil-Breakdown-DoD-Report-Activists-Are-Social-Contagions?detail=email

Fracking Drives Farmers From Land in Illinois: Can We Live on Fossil Fuel Instead of Food?
http://www.truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/fracking-drives-farmers-from-land-in-illinois-can-we-live-on-fossil-fuel-instead-of-food

Chilean man in hospital after lift shoots up 30 floors in 15 seconds
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-27770334

Botticelli’s 92 Illustrations of Dante’s Divine Comedy
http://www.openculture.com/2014/06/botticellis-92-illustrations-of-dantes-divine-comedy.html

The Before And After Aerial Images Are Going To Be Preeeetty Freaky
http://www.upworthy.com/the-before-and-after-aerial-images-are-going-to-be-preeeetty-freaky?c=upw1

A Movie Theater Got Its Audience To Use Their Phones So It Could Teach Them A Lesson
http://www.upworthy.com/a-movie-theater-got-its-audience-to-use-their-phones-so-it-could-teach-them-a-lesson?c=upw1

Jon Stewart goes after Fox News for smearing Bergdahl family - I still think that Papa Bergdahl looks like he walked off the Duck Dynasty set. :)

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/10/1305775/-Jon-Stewart-goes-after-Fox-News-for-smearing-Bergdahl-family?detail=email

Shropshire sheep shearers behind schedule
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-shropshire-27781151

The Scary Reason Illinois Just Banned Your Face Wash
http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/06/10/scary-reason-why-illinois-just-banned-your-face-wash?cmpid=tp-ptnr-upworthy

13 Ways Neil deGrasse Tyson's Cosmos Sent Creationists into Total Freakout Mode
http://www.alternet.org/belief/13-ways-neil-degrasse-tysons-cosmos-sent-creationists-total-freakout-mode

Earth may have underground 'ocean' three times that on surface
http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/jun/13/earth-may-have-underground-ocean-three-times-that-on-surface

Prominent pastor/radio host offers chilling advice to parents with adult kids who are gay - WTF is wrong with these people? There are a lot of things/people called evil but to me, this is EVIL
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/11/1306246/-Prominent-pastor-radio-host-offers-chilling-advice-to-parents-with-adult-kids-who-are-gay?detail=email

And here is another one.
Oklahoma candidate thinks stoning homosexuals to death is A-OK
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/11/1306184/-Oklahoma-candidate-thinks-stoning-homosexuals-to-death-is-A-OK?detail=email

Churches being used as anti government breeding grounds including giving away weapons
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/12/1306380/-Churches-being-used-as-anti-government-breeding-grounds-including-giving-away-weapons?detail=email

Jon Stewart looks at Eric Cantor's loss
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/12/1306378/-Jon-Stewart-looks-at-Eric-Cantor-s-loss

Elizabeth Warren Declares War on Mitch McConnell
http://www.truth-out.org/buzzflash/videos/video/elizabeth-warren-declares-war-on-mitch-mcconnell

Impoverished Mother Dies In Jail Cell Over Unpaid Fines For Her Kids Missing School
http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/06/12/3448105/mother-dies-jail-cell-fines/?elq=~~eloqua..type--emailfield..syntax--recipientid~~&elqCampaignId=~~eloqua..type--campaign..campaignid--0..fieldname--id~~

NASA's Warp Drive Ship Design - cool.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/12/1306308/-NASA-s-Warp-Drive-Ship-Design?detail=email

How EPA Faked the Entire Science of Sewage Sludge Safety: A Whistleblower’s Story
http://www.independentsciencenews.org/health/how-epa-faked-the-entire-science-of-sewage-sludge-safety-a-whistleblowers-story/

Elizabeth Warren Faces Right-Wing Stooge: Here’s Who’s Quietly Funding Her Top Critic
http://www.alternet.org/economy/elizabeth-warren-faces-right-wing-stooge-heres-whos-quietly-funding-her-top-critic?akid=11906.204376.sHP9v8&rd=1&src=newsletter1001854&t=7

Conservative advice to women: Get married or get beat up
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/10/1305908/-Conservative-advice-to-women-Get-married-or-get-beat-up

The Secret Service Approach An NYPD Chaplain At A 9/11 Service. Then A Victim's Mother Steps In.
http://www.upworthy.com/the-secret-service-approach-an-nypd-chaplain-at-a-911-service-then-a-victims-mother-steps-in?c=upw1

If You Want to Know the Truth About Charter Schools, Follow the Money to the Hedge Funds
http://www.truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/if-you-want-to-know-the-truth-about-charter-schools-follow-the-money

Virginia GOP allegedly bribed Dem. Sen. Puckett to block Medicaid expansion
http://americablog.com/2014/06/virginia-gop-bribes-sen-puckett-to-block-medicaid-expansion.html

US screen legend and activist Ruby Dee dies
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-27825560

New Incan trail discovered in Peru's Machu Picchu citadel
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-27820986

The man who turns hubcaps into owls
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-27803679

These Popular Plastic Bottles May Be Messing With Your Hormones
http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/06/bpa-free-plastics-tritan-nalgene-dangerous

Who Owns Your Womb? Women Can Get Murder Charge for Refusing C-Sections - WTF?
http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/who-owns-your-womb-women-can-get-murder-charge-refusing-c-sections?akid=11917.204376.bQv5Eg&rd=1&src=newsletter1002736&t=3

Krugman nails it- The Fix Isn't In
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/13/1306676/-Krugman-nails-it-The-Fix-Isn-t-In?detail=email

South Carolina Governor Believes It's Time for Blacks to Stop Congregating at the Beach - WTF?
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/30/1303132/-South-Carolina-Governor-Believes-It-s-Time-for-Blacks-to-Stop-Congregating-at-the-Beach?detail=email

Woman who criticized him is just being emotional, says Republican Senate candidate
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/13/1306694/-Woman-who-criticized-him-is-just-being-emotional-says-Republican-Senate-candidate?detail=email

In Harm's Way: The Dangers of a World Without Net Neutrality
http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/24303-in-harms-way-the-dangers-of-a-world-without-net-neutrality

An OB/GYN writes to George Will about college rape
http://drjengunter.wordpress.com/2014/06/11/an-obgyn-writes-to-george-will-about-college-rape/

Shrimp and prawns sold in US and UK produced by slave labor in Thailand - watch it
http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2014/06/14/shrimp-and-prawns-sold-in-us-and-uk-produced-by-slave-labor-in-thailand/

The Bees Are Dying and How Monsanto Will Be Responsible for the Upcoming Famine
http://healthwyze.org/index.php/component/content/article/498-the-bees-are-dying-and-how-monsanto-will-be-responsible-for-the-upcoming-famine.html

The US government doesn't want you to know how the cops are tracking you
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jun/14/cops-tracking-calls-stingray-surveillance

Very Serious Superbugs in Imported Seafood
http://www.wired.com/2014/06/cdc-vim-squid/

These mites live on your face and come out to have sex at night
http://www.vox.com/2014/6/11/5799992/these-mites-live-on-your-face-and-come-out-to-have-sex-at-night

Mount Etna eruption closes airport
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27869840?ocid=global_bbccom_email_16062014_top+video

Another petition to sign:
Reclassify the Internet as a common carrier
http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50409/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=13907

Under the plan wealthy corporations will be able to purchase faster service, while those that cannot do so will have slower service. Rather than an open Internet for all the US will be moving to a class-based Internet. Of course, this will mean that when Netflix and other corporations purchase faster Internet, the consumers who use their service will be paying more to watch movies and download information. As a result, more money will be funneled from working Americans to wealthy telecom giants.

We recently wrote that the United States has lost its democratic legitimacy and now was a plutocratic oligarchy. This is what plutocracy looks like – policies designed for the wealthy, so they can make more money from the rest of us.

According to the Times:
“The new rules, according to the people briefed on them, will allow a company like Comcast or Verizon to negotiate separately with each content company – like Netflix, Amazon, Disney or Google – and charge different companies different amounts for priority service.

“That, of course, could increase costs for content companies, which would then have an incentive to pass on those costs to consumers as part of their subscription prices.”

In the future, if a new start-up – the future Twitter or Facebook – begins it will have a very hard time competing with those who are established Interne companies because the slower service of the start-ups will make them less consumer friendly. As a result we can expect less creativity on the Internet. As Stacy Higginbotham wrote:

“The plans took the hallmark of network neutrality — the notion that ISP shouldn’t discriminate between the traffic flowing over their networks — and turned it on its head.”

The proposal is being shared with other members of the Commission today. There will then be amendments suggested to garner majority support and the plan is to vote on the proposal on May 15.

Take action now. To Contact the Commissioners via E-mail

Chairman Tom Wheeler: Tom.Wheeler@fcc.gov

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn: Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov

Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel: Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov

Commissioner Ajit Pai: Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov

Commissioner Michael O’Rielly: Mike.O'Rielly@fcc.gov
To call and contact commissioner’s offices, call 1-888-225-5322.

In addition, call your elected representatives. Tell them if net neutrality is ended, you will hold them accountable by withholding your vote. Both parties hope to control the senate after the mid-term elections, so you have more power than usual to let them know they are losing your vote if they fail to take action to stop the FCC proposal. The number for Congress is 202-224-3121.

Then go sign the petition here and the two a bit further down on the page:
http://www.popularresistance.org/internet-for-the-wealthy/


The FCC’s New Net Neutrality Proposal Is Even Worse Than You Think
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/04/24/fcc_s_new_net_neutrality_proposal_is_even_worse_than_you_think.html?wpisrc=newsletter_jcr:content&mc_cid=13bb388d47&mc_eid=a138cf4d02

Out in Missouri the Repug legislators have started impeachment proceeding against their Democrat Gov. because he “directed state tax officials to accept joint tax returns from same-sex couples.” Go sign the petition.
http://dlcc.wiredforchange.com/o/6377/p/dia/action3/common/public/;jsessionid=8ECF7D69C7B9540DDADB539E025D29CA-n2?action_KEY=185

Stop the FCC from Breaking the Internet
http://act.freepress.net/sign/internet_fcc_break/?source=conf

FCC Set to Kill Net Neutrality
The FCC is now moving to end net neutrality. Three months ago, Demand Progress
and RootsAction joined with allied groups to deliver a petition with a million signatures to
the FCC in support of net neutrality -- to keep the whole Internet available to everyone.
The news just broke that the FCC intends to blow us off and betray the principle of
equal access to the Internet.
http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/;jsessionid=CD41BE91896B98CE8A41034FF3FF5BD6-n4?action_KEY=9726

It is important – watch it.
A Controversial Episode With Harrison Ford And Don Cheadle That Will Haunt You. Make. The. Time
http://www.upworthy.com/a-controversial-episode-with-harrison-ford-and-don-cheadle-that-will-haunt-you-make-the-time?c=upw1


A Very Good Idea!


Go sign the petition:
http://climatenamechange.org/

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June 10th

Me
It’s another early morning for me. Even though I had the quilt on the bed last night I was still cold this morning. The rain left everything dampish. I think the second quilt will go on the bed tonight.

It has looked like it is going to rain all day but so far not drop. The skies have that gray-green look though.

Have a good one.

Recommended Reading

Fracking Drives Farmers From Land in Illinois: Can We Live on Fossil Fuel Instead of Food?
http://www.truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/fracking-drives-farmers-from-land-in-illinois-can-we-live-on-fossil-fuel-instead-of-food

Chilean man in hospital after lift shoots up 30 floors in 15 seconds
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-27770334

Botticelli’s 92 Illustrations of Dante’s Divine Comedy
http://www.openculture.com/2014/06/botticellis-92-illustrations-of-dantes-divine-comedy.html

The Before And After Aerial Images Are Going To Be Preeeetty Freaky
http://www.upworthy.com/the-before-and-after-aerial-images-are-going-to-be-preeeetty-freaky?c=upw1

A Movie Theater Got Its Audience To Use Their Phones So It Could Teach Them A Lesson
http://www.upworthy.com/a-movie-theater-got-its-audience-to-use-their-phones-so-it-could-teach-them-a-lesson?c=upw1

Jon Stewart goes after Fox News for smearing Bergdahl family - I still think that Papa Bergdahl looks like he walked off the Duck Dynasty set. :)

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/10/1305775/-Jon-Stewart-goes-after-Fox-News-for-smearing-Bergdahl-family?detail=email

Shropshire sheep shearers behind schedule
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-shropshire-27781151

Another petition to sign:
Reclassify the Internet as a common carrier
http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50409/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=13907

Under the plan wealthy corporations will be able to purchase faster service, while those that cannot do so will have slower service. Rather than an open Internet for all the US will be moving to a class-based Internet. Of course, this will mean that when Netflix and other corporations purchase faster Internet, the consumers who use their service will be paying more to watch movies and download information. As a result, more money will be funneled from working Americans to wealthy telecom giants.

We recently wrote that the United States has lost its democratic legitimacy and now was a plutocratic oligarchy. This is what plutocracy looks like – policies designed for the wealthy, so they can make more money from the rest of us.

According to the Times:
“The new rules, according to the people briefed on them, will allow a company like Comcast or Verizon to negotiate separately with each content company – like Netflix, Amazon, Disney or Google – and charge different companies different amounts for priority service.

“That, of course, could increase costs for content companies, which would then have an incentive to pass on those costs to consumers as part of their subscription prices.”

In the future, if a new start-up – the future Twitter or Facebook – begins it will have a very hard time competing with those who are established Interne companies because the slower service of the start-ups will make them less consumer friendly. As a result we can expect less creativity on the Internet. As Stacy Higginbotham wrote:

“The plans took the hallmark of network neutrality — the notion that ISP shouldn’t discriminate between the traffic flowing over their networks — and turned it on its head.”

The proposal is being shared with other members of the Commission today. There will then be amendments suggested to garner majority support and the plan is to vote on the proposal on May 15.

Take action now. To Contact the Commissioners via E-mail

Chairman Tom Wheeler: Tom.Wheeler@fcc.gov

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn: Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov

Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel: Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov

Commissioner Ajit Pai: Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov

Commissioner Michael O’Rielly: Mike.O'Rielly@fcc.gov
To call and contact commissioner’s offices, call 1-888-225-5322.

In addition, call your elected representatives. Tell them if net neutrality is ended, you will hold them accountable by withholding your vote. Both parties hope to control the senate after the mid-term elections, so you have more power than usual to let them know they are losing your vote if they fail to take action to stop the FCC proposal. The number for Congress is 202-224-3121.

Then go sign the petition here and the two a bit further down on the page:
http://www.popularresistance.org/internet-for-the-wealthy/


The FCC’s New Net Neutrality Proposal Is Even Worse Than You Think
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/04/24/fcc_s_new_net_neutrality_proposal_is_even_worse_than_you_think.html?wpisrc=newsletter_jcr:content&mc_cid=13bb388d47&mc_eid=a138cf4d02

Out in Missouri the Repug legislators have started impeachment proceeding against their Democrat Gov. because he “directed state tax officials to accept joint tax returns from same-sex couples.” Go sign the petition.
http://dlcc.wiredforchange.com/o/6377/p/dia/action3/common/public/;jsessionid=8ECF7D69C7B9540DDADB539E025D29CA-n2?action_KEY=185

Stop the FCC from Breaking the Internet
http://act.freepress.net/sign/internet_fcc_break/?source=conf

FCC Set to Kill Net Neutrality
The FCC is now moving to end net neutrality. Three months ago, Demand Progress
and RootsAction joined with allied groups to deliver a petition with a million signatures to
the FCC in support of net neutrality -- to keep the whole Internet available to everyone.
The news just broke that the FCC intends to blow us off and betray the principle of
equal access to the Internet.
http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/;jsessionid=CD41BE91896B98CE8A41034FF3FF5BD6-n4?action_KEY=9726

It is important – watch it.
A Controversial Episode With Harrison Ford And Don Cheadle That Will Haunt You. Make. The. Time
http://www.upworthy.com/a-controversial-episode-with-harrison-ford-and-don-cheadle-that-will-haunt-you-make-the-time?c=upw1


A Very Good Idea!


Go sign the petition:
http://climatenamechange.org/

Petitions that need your signature
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June 9th

Me
Happy Birthday joe_haldeman!

I awoke early in the wee hours of this morning to the patter of rain hitting the roof. Looks like we are going to have rotten weather all day long.

Made a good curry for dinner last night. Yum!

The weekend was full of house chores and I tried out a new knitting stitch. Every once in a while I pick something that I’ve never done before and that looks fiddly knitting wise and learn it. I had some leftover Knit Picks Shadow yarn and thought that it would knit up nicely using this stitch. The mechanics of the stitch are not hard but you do have to get used to crossing the extra long loops.

Indian stitch


The question is do I continue on with this and make a rectangular shawl (I have enough leftover yarn) or frog it?

My Dearest and I are sorry to see Cosmos end. We had a very good time with our “How many times can NDT infuriate the bible thumpers” drinking game.

Courtesy of the BBC, the most unfortunate headline seen today:
“China probe finds 'naked officials' ”

Have a good one.



Recommended Reading

Mysterious rose helped Italian writer uncover his family history
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-27702376

Disappeared D-Day veteran returns to UK from France - good on him!
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-27748093

One Veteran's Epic Rant to the Repuli-Tea Party on their disgraceful treatment of #Bergdahl - bingo
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/06/1304819/-One-Veteran-s-Epic-Rant-to-the-Repuli-Tea-Party-on-their-disgraceful-treatment-of-Bergdahl?detail=email

John McCain flip-flops on Bowe Bergdahl, then lies about it - SCUMBAG!
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/06/1304866/-John-McCain-flip-flops-on-Bowe-Bergdahl-then-lies-about-it?detail=email

'Lovelocks' collapse Paris bridge rail
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27758940

John Oliver Goes Off On An Epic, Fact-Checked, Mic-Dropping Rant For 13 Minutes That You Need To See - watch it!
http://www.upworthy.com/john-oliver-goes-off-on-an-epic-fact-checked-mic-dropping-rant-for-13-minutes-that-you-need-to-see?c=upw1

How a Big Agribusiness Firm Infiltrated the EPA and Made a Mockery of Science
http://www.alternet.org/personal-health/how-big-agribusiness-firm-infiltrated-epa-and-made-mockery-science?akid=11894.308485.iRilq0&rd=1&src=newsletter1000743&t=11

Another petition to sign:
Reclassify the Internet as a common carrier
http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50409/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=13907

Under the plan wealthy corporations will be able to purchase faster service, while those that cannot do so will have slower service. Rather than an open Internet for all the US will be moving to a class-based Internet. Of course, this will mean that when Netflix and other corporations purchase faster Internet, the consumers who use their service will be paying more to watch movies and download information. As a result, more money will be funneled from working Americans to wealthy telecom giants.

We recently wrote that the United States has lost its democratic legitimacy and now was a plutocratic oligarchy. This is what plutocracy looks like – policies designed for the wealthy, so they can make more money from the rest of us.

According to the Times:
“The new rules, according to the people briefed on them, will allow a company like Comcast or Verizon to negotiate separately with each content company – like Netflix, Amazon, Disney or Google – and charge different companies different amounts for priority service.

“That, of course, could increase costs for content companies, which would then have an incentive to pass on those costs to consumers as part of their subscription prices.”

In the future, if a new start-up – the future Twitter or Facebook – begins it will have a very hard time competing with those who are established Interne companies because the slower service of the start-ups will make them less consumer friendly. As a result we can expect less creativity on the Internet. As Stacy Higginbotham wrote:

“The plans took the hallmark of network neutrality — the notion that ISP shouldn’t discriminate between the traffic flowing over their networks — and turned it on its head.”

The proposal is being shared with other members of the Commission today. There will then be amendments suggested to garner majority support and the plan is to vote on the proposal on May 15.

Take action now. To Contact the Commissioners via E-mail

Chairman Tom Wheeler: Tom.Wheeler@fcc.gov

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn: Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov

Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel: Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov

Commissioner Ajit Pai: Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov

Commissioner Michael O’Rielly: Mike.O'Rielly@fcc.gov
To call and contact commissioner’s offices, call 1-888-225-5322.

In addition, call your elected representatives. Tell them if net neutrality is ended, you will hold them accountable by withholding your vote. Both parties hope to control the senate after the mid-term elections, so you have more power than usual to let them know they are losing your vote if they fail to take action to stop the FCC proposal. The number for Congress is 202-224-3121.

Then go sign the petition here and the two a bit further down on the page:
http://www.popularresistance.org/internet-for-the-wealthy/


The FCC’s New Net Neutrality Proposal Is Even Worse Than You Think
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/04/24/fcc_s_new_net_neutrality_proposal_is_even_worse_than_you_think.html?wpisrc=newsletter_jcr:content&mc_cid=13bb388d47&mc_eid=a138cf4d02

Out in Missouri the Repug legislators have started impeachment proceeding against their Democrat Gov. because he “directed state tax officials to accept joint tax returns from same-sex couples.” Go sign the petition.
http://dlcc.wiredforchange.com/o/6377/p/dia/action3/common/public/;jsessionid=8ECF7D69C7B9540DDADB539E025D29CA-n2?action_KEY=185

Stop the FCC from Breaking the Internet
http://act.freepress.net/sign/internet_fcc_break/?source=conf

FCC Set to Kill Net Neutrality
The FCC is now moving to end net neutrality. Three months ago, Demand Progress
and RootsAction joined with allied groups to deliver a petition with a million signatures to
the FCC in support of net neutrality -- to keep the whole Internet available to everyone.
The news just broke that the FCC intends to blow us off and betray the principle of
equal access to the Internet.
http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/;jsessionid=CD41BE91896B98CE8A41034FF3FF5BD6-n4?action_KEY=9726

It is important – watch it.
A Controversial Episode With Harrison Ford And Don Cheadle That Will Haunt You. Make. The. Time
http://www.upworthy.com/a-controversial-episode-with-harrison-ford-and-don-cheadle-that-will-haunt-you-make-the-time?c=upw1

A Very Good Idea!


Go sign the petition:
http://climatenamechange.org/

Petitions that need your signature
Read more...Collapse )

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June 6th

Me
Sunshine this morning.

Ha! I guess I have nothing to say today. Ok, no comments about that.

Have a good one.

Another petition to sign:
Reclassify the Internet as a common carrier
http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50409/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=13907

Under the plan wealthy corporations will be able to purchase faster service, while those that cannot do so will have slower service. Rather than an open Internet for all the US will be moving to a class-based Internet. Of course, this will mean that when Netflix and other corporations purchase faster Internet, the consumers who use their service will be paying more to watch movies and download information. As a result, more money will be funneled from working Americans to wealthy telecom giants.

We recently wrote that the United States has lost its democratic legitimacy and now was a plutocratic oligarchy. This is what plutocracy looks like – policies designed for the wealthy, so they can make more money from the rest of us.

According to the Times:
“The new rules, according to the people briefed on them, will allow a company like Comcast or Verizon to negotiate separately with each content company – like Netflix, Amazon, Disney or Google – and charge different companies different amounts for priority service.

“That, of course, could increase costs for content companies, which would then have an incentive to pass on those costs to consumers as part of their subscription prices.”

In the future, if a new start-up – the future Twitter or Facebook – begins it will have a very hard time competing with those who are established Interne companies because the slower service of the start-ups will make them less consumer friendly. As a result we can expect less creativity on the Internet. As Stacy Higginbotham wrote:

“The plans took the hallmark of network neutrality — the notion that ISP shouldn’t discriminate between the traffic flowing over their networks — and turned it on its head.”

The proposal is being shared with other members of the Commission today. There will then be amendments suggested to garner majority support and the plan is to vote on the proposal on May 15.

Take action now. To Contact the Commissioners via E-mail

Chairman Tom Wheeler: Tom.Wheeler@fcc.gov

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn: Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov

Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel: Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov

Commissioner Ajit Pai: Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov

Commissioner Michael O’Rielly: Mike.O'Rielly@fcc.gov
To call and contact commissioner’s offices, call 1-888-225-5322.

In addition, call your elected representatives. Tell them if net neutrality is ended, you will hold them accountable by withholding your vote. Both parties hope to control the senate after the mid-term elections, so you have more power than usual to let them know they are losing your vote if they fail to take action to stop the FCC proposal. The number for Congress is 202-224-3121.

Then go sign the petition here and the two a bit further down on the page:
http://www.popularresistance.org/internet-for-the-wealthy/


The FCC’s New Net Neutrality Proposal Is Even Worse Than You Think
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/04/24/fcc_s_new_net_neutrality_proposal_is_even_worse_than_you_think.html?wpisrc=newsletter_jcr:content&mc_cid=13bb388d47&mc_eid=a138cf4d02

Out in Missouri the Repug legislators have started impeachment proceeding against their Democrat Gov. because he “directed state tax officials to accept joint tax returns from same-sex couples.” Go sign the petition.
http://dlcc.wiredforchange.com/o/6377/p/dia/action3/common/public/;jsessionid=8ECF7D69C7B9540DDADB539E025D29CA-n2?action_KEY=185

Stop the FCC from Breaking the Internet
http://act.freepress.net/sign/internet_fcc_break/?source=conf

FCC Set to Kill Net Neutrality
The FCC is now moving to end net neutrality. Three months ago, Demand Progress
and RootsAction joined with allied groups to deliver a petition with a million signatures to
the FCC in support of net neutrality -- to keep the whole Internet available to everyone.
The news just broke that the FCC intends to blow us off and betray the principle of
equal access to the Internet.
http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/;jsessionid=CD41BE91896B98CE8A41034FF3FF5BD6-n4?action_KEY=9726

It is important – watch it.
A Controversial Episode With Harrison Ford And Don Cheadle That Will Haunt You. Make. The. Time
http://www.upworthy.com/a-controversial-episode-with-harrison-ford-and-don-cheadle-that-will-haunt-you-make-the-time?c=upw1

Recommended Reading

Striking Portraits of Fathers and the Daughters Whose Virginity They’ve Pledged to Protect - Is it just me or do these look really creepy?
http://www.slate.com/blogs/behold/2014/06/04/david_magnusson_purity_is_an_examination_of_the_fathers_who_pledge_to_help.html?wpsrc=upworthy

What You Should Know About Face Recognition Technology Used by Police and Spy Agencies Like the NSA
http://www.alternet.org/what-you-should-know-about-face-recognition-technology-used-police-and-spy-agencies-including-nsa?akid=11879.204376.xlPcAj&rd=1&src=newsletter999606&t=16

4 Inconvenient Facts Conservatives Conveniently Ignore
http://www.alternet.org/4-inconvenient-facts-conservatives-conveniently-ignore?akid=11879.204376.xlPcAj&rd=1&src=newsletter999606&t=4

Hitchens, Dawkins and Harris Are Old News: A Totally Different Atheism Is on the Rise
http://www.alternet.org/belief/hitchens-dawkins-and-harris-are-old-news-totally-different-atheism-rise?akid=11879.204376.xlPcAj&rd=1&src=newsletter999606&t=6

Japanese Old Animation (1929) - Kobu-tori ( 1929). Fun stuff
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShzmzcJM7QI

Providing Homeless Permanent Housing and Support Is Less Costly Than Abandoning Them
http://www.truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/providing-homeless-permanent-housing-and-support-is-less-costly-than-abandoning-them

Beware of the RoboBee, Monsanto and DARPA
http://www.truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/beware-of-the-robobee-monsanto-and-darpa

U.S. Marshals Seize Cops’ Spying Records to Keep Them From the ACLU
http://www.wired.com/2014/06/feds-seize-stingray-documents/

Sarah Palin wants Phil Robertson to run for president - ok, this had me LMAO
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/03/1304153/-Sarah-Palin-wants-Phil-Robertson-to-run-for-president

How the woman got her period and how it keeps here from being invaded by a parasite. :)
http://pleiotropy.fieldofscience.com/2014/05/how-woman-got-her-period.html?spref=tw

Walmart Scammed American Taxpayers for $104 Million by Giving Executives Obscene Bonuses
http://www.alternet.org/economy/new-study-walmart-scammed-american-taxpayers-104-million-giving-executives-obscene-bonuses?akid=11878.204376.iYm2gT&rd=1&src=newsletter999422&t=5

Scientists Create Technology That Converts Cow Manure Into Clean Water - gonna call it feedlot pop.
http://www.alternet.org/environment/scientists-create-technology-converts-cow-manure-clean-water?akid=11878.204376.iYm2gT&rd=1&src=newsletter999422&t=23

Neil deGrasse Tyson's alarming prediction about losing the polar ice caps
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/03/1304046/-Neil-deGrasse-Tyson-s-alarming-prediction-about-losing-the-polar-ice-caps?detail=email

The way back machine delivers the LOLs. Bonus Alan West LOL. Bonus Gateway Pundit LOL.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/03/1304227/-The-way-back-machine-delivers-the-LOLs?detail=email

Restoration reveals hidden whale in 17th-century Dutch painting
http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/jun/04/restoration-hidden-whale-dutch-painting?CMP=twt_gu

Spectacular wave tank opens in Edinburgh
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27702506

Questions Raised About Integrity of Keystone XL's Southern Route After Conditions Added for Northern Leg
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/24154-questions-raised-about-integrity-of-keystone-xls-southern-route-after-conditions-added-for-northern-leg

Jon Stewart Shreds GOP Hypocrisy on Climate Change and Bergdahl
http://www.alternet.org/tea-party-and-right/watch-jon-stewart-shreds-gop-hypocrisy-climate-change-and-bergdahl?akid=11881.204376.A-x5fu&rd=1&src=newsletter999791&t=9

IU ... WTF, Ohio?
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/04/1304348/-IU-WTF-Ohio?detail=email

Woman suing hospital after medical records posted to "Team No Hoes" Facebook group
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/04/1304322/-Woman-suing-hospital-after-medical-records-posted-to-Team-No-Hoes-Facebook-group?detail=email

Looks like Einstein was Wrong about Quantum Entanglement
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/04/1304481/-Looks-like-Einstein-was-Wrong-about-Quantum-Entanglement?detail=email

Traces of another world found on the Moon
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27688511

Sleep's memory role discovered
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-27695144

Can India get a taste for craft beer?
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27709826

Why koalas hug trees on hot days
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27684872

India state minister on rape: 'Sometimes it's right, sometimes it's wrong' - WTF? This man needs an attitude readjustment!
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/05/india-state-minister-rape-crimes-comment

5 Unhealthy Foods Engineered to Be Addictive
http://www.alternet.org/5-unhealthy-foods-engineered-be-addictive?akid=11882.204376.w0PO5v&rd=1&src=newsletter999945&t=2

What the hell is wrong with our LOATHSOME POLITICIANS?
http://www.alternet.org/what-hell-wrong-america?akid=11882.204376.w0PO5v&rd=1&src=newsletter999945&t=8

The Truth Behind 'Men's Body Wash' And 'Women's Body Wash' Will Make You Feel Dirty - LOLROF, there’s a candle marketed to men called Stripper’s Mouth? LOLROF. Are men that dumb? Mine isn’t.
http://www.upworthy.com/the-truth-behind-mens-body-wash-and-womens-body-wash-will-make-you-feel-dirty?c=upw1


Video of the Week – Scientists: Tests prove fracking to blame for flaming Parker County wells
http://blog.gaslandthemovie.com/?p=648

Jon Stewart Hilariously Blasts Open Carry Gun Loonies and the NRA
http://www.alternet.org/video/watch-jon-stewart-hilariously-blasts-open-carry-gun-loonies-and-nra?akid=11890.204376.ToO-OA&rd=1&src=newsletter1000221&t=3

Chris Christie’s Tesla Ban Challenged by NJ Legislators
http://www.alternet.org/environment/chris-christies-tesla-ban-challenged-nj-legislators?akid=11890.204376.ToO-OA&rd=1&src=newsletter1000221&t=13

Racist Fox 'News' guest attacks Neil deGrasse Tyson because he 'fit the profile'
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/05/1304715/-Racist-Fox-News-guest-attacks-Neil-deGrasse-Tyson-because-he-fit-the-profile?detail=email

Walmart pours billions into share buybacks rather than investing in its workers
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/04/1304353/-Walmart-pours-billions-into-share-buybacks-rather-than-investing-in-its-workers?detail=email

New Details About BP Oil Spill’s Impact
http://wamuanimalhouse.org/shows/2014-05-31/new-details-about-bp-oil-spill%E2%80%9A%C3%84%C3%B4s-impact?utm_campaign=2014-06-05 Latest.html&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua

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http://climatenamechange.org/

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June 4th

Me
Sunshine this morning. It did warm into the 80s yesterday and it looks like it will be about the same for today. :) Not going to complain at all.

We roasted a chicken on Sunday so have the inevitable leftovers. Last night I made a cold chicken pasta salad. It is a favourite summer dish and it was nice to have it again. Best part…I have lunch leftovers. :)

We have a long drive with a small parking lot near the house. For some reason people feel the need to drive in and use the parking area as a turn around. If you can’t tell, this is a major pet peeve. Annoys the crap out of me. :)

Here’s a new group we like – London Grammar


Have a good one.

Another petition to sign:
Reclassify the Internet as a common carrier
http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50409/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=13907

Under the plan wealthy corporations will be able to purchase faster service, while those that cannot do so will have slower service. Rather than an open Internet for all the US will be moving to a class-based Internet. Of course, this will mean that when Netflix and other corporations purchase faster Internet, the consumers who use their service will be paying more to watch movies and download information. As a result, more money will be funneled from working Americans to wealthy telecom giants.

We recently wrote that the United States has lost its democratic legitimacy and now was a plutocratic oligarchy. This is what plutocracy looks like – policies designed for the wealthy, so they can make more money from the rest of us.

According to the Times:
“The new rules, according to the people briefed on them, will allow a company like Comcast or Verizon to negotiate separately with each content company – like Netflix, Amazon, Disney or Google – and charge different companies different amounts for priority service.

“That, of course, could increase costs for content companies, which would then have an incentive to pass on those costs to consumers as part of their subscription prices.”

In the future, if a new start-up – the future Twitter or Facebook – begins it will have a very hard time competing with those who are established Interne companies because the slower service of the start-ups will make them less consumer friendly. As a result we can expect less creativity on the Internet. As Stacy Higginbotham wrote:

“The plans took the hallmark of network neutrality — the notion that ISP shouldn’t discriminate between the traffic flowing over their networks — and turned it on its head.”

The proposal is being shared with other members of the Commission today. There will then be amendments suggested to garner majority support and the plan is to vote on the proposal on May 15.

Take action now. To Contact the Commissioners via E-mail

Chairman Tom Wheeler: Tom.Wheeler@fcc.gov

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn: Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov

Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel: Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov

Commissioner Ajit Pai: Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov

Commissioner Michael O’Rielly: Mike.O'Rielly@fcc.gov
To call and contact commissioner’s offices, call 1-888-225-5322.

In addition, call your elected representatives. Tell them if net neutrality is ended, you will hold them accountable by withholding your vote. Both parties hope to control the senate after the mid-term elections, so you have more power than usual to let them know they are losing your vote if they fail to take action to stop the FCC proposal. The number for Congress is 202-224-3121.

Then go sign the petition here and the two a bit further down on the page:
http://www.popularresistance.org/internet-for-the-wealthy/


The FCC’s New Net Neutrality Proposal Is Even Worse Than You Think
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/04/24/fcc_s_new_net_neutrality_proposal_is_even_worse_than_you_think.html?wpisrc=newsletter_jcr:content&mc_cid=13bb388d47&mc_eid=a138cf4d02

Out in Missouri the Repug legislators have started impeachment proceeding against their Democrat Gov. because he “directed state tax officials to accept joint tax returns from same-sex couples.” Go sign the petition.
http://dlcc.wiredforchange.com/o/6377/p/dia/action3/common/public/;jsessionid=8ECF7D69C7B9540DDADB539E025D29CA-n2?action_KEY=185

Stop the FCC from Breaking the Internet
http://act.freepress.net/sign/internet_fcc_break/?source=conf

FCC Set to Kill Net Neutrality
The FCC is now moving to end net neutrality. Three months ago, Demand Progress
and RootsAction joined with allied groups to deliver a petition with a million signatures to
the FCC in support of net neutrality -- to keep the whole Internet available to everyone.
The news just broke that the FCC intends to blow us off and betray the principle of
equal access to the Internet.
http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/;jsessionid=CD41BE91896B98CE8A41034FF3FF5BD6-n4?action_KEY=9726

It is important – watch it.
A Controversial Episode With Harrison Ford And Don Cheadle That Will Haunt You. Make. The. Time
http://www.upworthy.com/a-controversial-episode-with-harrison-ford-and-don-cheadle-that-will-haunt-you-make-the-time?c=upw1

Recommended Reading

Skin cancer trial results 'exciting'
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-27674658

Spike in number of pet hedgehogs across US
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27675727

Bear takes it easy in hammock in Florida
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-27690942

Norfolk, VA. Going, Going, Gone Underwater. - welcome to the future
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/01/1303678/-Norfolk-VA-Going-Going-Gone-Underwater

ALEC’s sneaky new ally: Behind the 1 percent’s brazen new scheme to raise your taxes — and cut their own
http://www.salon.com/2014/06/02/paging_thomas_piketty_alecs_sneaky_new_ally_behind_the_1_percents_brazen_new_scheme_to_raise_your_taxes_and_cut_their_own/?source=newsletter

Memphis Cotton Gin Boss threatens employees over drinking from 'White People' water fountain
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/03/1303983/-Memphis-Cotton-Gin-Boss-threatens-employees-over-drinking-from-White-People-water-fountain?detail=email

Thomas Piketty and Elizabeth Warren Discuss Why the Rich Get Richer and the Rest Get Shafted
http://www.alternet.org/economy/watch-thomas-piketty-and-elizabeth-warren-discuss-why-rich-get-richer-and-rest-get-shafted?akid=11875.204376.nJSbGk&rd=1&src=newsletter999206&t=11

A Very Good Idea!


Go sign the petition:
http://climatenamechange.org/

Petitions that need your signature
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weather, knitting, gardening, global warming, environment, politics, Repugs, scumbags, quilting, petitions, CISPA, health, Exxon, oil spills, Monsanto, evil, people, tar sands, harassment, privacy, GMOs, fish, fracking, food, animals, WTF?, silliness, people, media, morons, fun stuff, women's issues, women's rights, health, racism

Change the world one loan at a time – visit
http://www.Kiva.org

June 2nd

Me
An early Happy Birthday to ellenscult!

Sunshine today. Hopefully it will warm up too.

It was BEA time in NYC last week so there were meetings and was exhausted by the time I got home.

Dearest managed to sprain his wrist. Ouch! Not a happy camper.

Around 2:30 AM the kittens all decided that they all needed to impersonate a Saturn rocket. There were many near collisions as they ran around. They crack me up. You would think that they don’t get played with. It must be the all day naps they take. LOL!

Over the weekend I got more stuff planted and finally got the roses pruned and cleaned up. It looks like I’ve lost my Memorial Day rose but I am going to give it a bit more time.

I didn’t do much in the way of housework. I just could get myself into the “mood”. Next weekend.

Have a good one.

Another petition to sign:
Reclassify the Internet as a common carrier
http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50409/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=13907

Under the plan wealthy corporations will be able to purchase faster service, while those that cannot do so will have slower service. Rather than an open Internet for all the US will be moving to a class-based Internet. Of course, this will mean that when Netflix and other corporations purchase faster Internet, the consumers who use their service will be paying more to watch movies and download information. As a result, more money will be funneled from working Americans to wealthy telecom giants.

We recently wrote that the United States has lost its democratic legitimacy and now was a plutocratic oligarchy. This is what plutocracy looks like – policies designed for the wealthy, so they can make more money from the rest of us.

According to the Times:
“The new rules, according to the people briefed on them, will allow a company like Comcast or Verizon to negotiate separately with each content company – like Netflix, Amazon, Disney or Google – and charge different companies different amounts for priority service.

“That, of course, could increase costs for content companies, which would then have an incentive to pass on those costs to consumers as part of their subscription prices.”

In the future, if a new start-up – the future Twitter or Facebook – begins it will have a very hard time competing with those who are established Interne companies because the slower service of the start-ups will make them less consumer friendly. As a result we can expect less creativity on the Internet. As Stacy Higginbotham wrote:

“The plans took the hallmark of network neutrality — the notion that ISP shouldn’t discriminate between the traffic flowing over their networks — and turned it on its head.”

The proposal is being shared with other members of the Commission today. There will then be amendments suggested to garner majority support and the plan is to vote on the proposal on May 15.

Take action now. To Contact the Commissioners via E-mail

Chairman Tom Wheeler: Tom.Wheeler@fcc.gov

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn: Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov

Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel: Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov

Commissioner Ajit Pai: Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov

Commissioner Michael O’Rielly: Mike.O'Rielly@fcc.gov
To call and contact commissioner’s offices, call 1-888-225-5322.

In addition, call your elected representatives. Tell them if net neutrality is ended, you will hold them accountable by withholding your vote. Both parties hope to control the senate after the mid-term elections, so you have more power than usual to let them know they are losing your vote if they fail to take action to stop the FCC proposal. The number for Congress is 202-224-3121.

Then go sign the petition here and the two a bit further down on the page:
http://www.popularresistance.org/internet-for-the-wealthy/


The FCC’s New Net Neutrality Proposal Is Even Worse Than You Think
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/04/24/fcc_s_new_net_neutrality_proposal_is_even_worse_than_you_think.html?wpisrc=newsletter_jcr:content&mc_cid=13bb388d47&mc_eid=a138cf4d02

Out in Missouri the Repug legislators have started impeachment proceeding against their Democrat Gov. because he “directed state tax officials to accept joint tax returns from same-sex couples.” Go sign the petition.
http://dlcc.wiredforchange.com/o/6377/p/dia/action3/common/public/;jsessionid=8ECF7D69C7B9540DDADB539E025D29CA-n2?action_KEY=185

Stop the FCC from Breaking the Internet
http://act.freepress.net/sign/internet_fcc_break/?source=conf

FCC Set to Kill Net Neutrality
The FCC is now moving to end net neutrality. Three months ago, Demand Progress
and RootsAction joined with allied groups to deliver a petition with a million signatures to
the FCC in support of net neutrality -- to keep the whole Internet available to everyone.
The news just broke that the FCC intends to blow us off and betray the principle of
equal access to the Internet.
http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/;jsessionid=CD41BE91896B98CE8A41034FF3FF5BD6-n4?action_KEY=9726

It is important – watch it.
A Controversial Episode With Harrison Ford And Don Cheadle That Will Haunt You. Make. The. Time
http://www.upworthy.com/a-controversial-episode-with-harrison-ford-and-don-cheadle-that-will-haunt-you-make-the-time?c=upw1

Recommended Reading

Japanese children 'not hungry to be sumo wrestlers'
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-27588064

Durian: The fruit that generates extreme reactions
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27615446

Scott Walker is suddenly unsure what he thinks about this whole marriage equality thing - must be time for an election. Do you think the people of WI are going to fall for his BS?
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/27/1302369/-Scott-Walker-is-suddenly-unsure-what-he-thinks-about-this-whole-marriage-equality-thing?detail=email

"Your dead kids don’t trump my Constitutional rights" - how low can ya go…all the way to the bottom
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/27/1302350/--Your-dead-kids-don-t-trump-my-Constitutional-rights?detail=email

Chelsea Flower Show gardens donated to charity
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-27616336

When the Earth Had Two Moons
http://nautil.us/issue/13/symmetry/when-the-earth-had-two-moons

All The Most Epic Moments In Your Favorite Movies Ruined By Science Facts. Because Science Is Real.
http://www.upworthy.com/all-the-most-epic-moments-in-your-favorite-movies-ruined-by-science-facts-because-science-is-real?c=upw1

Why It’s So Hard for Men to See Misogyny
http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/doublex/2014/05/_yesallwomen_in_the_wake_of_elliot_rodger_why_it_s_so_hard_for_men_to_recognize.html?wpsrc=upworthy

America's Smallest Turtle Becoming Scarce
http://www.livescience.com/14112-america-smallest-turtle-scarce.html

Something Is Seriously Wrong on the East Coast—and It's Killing All the Baby Puffins
http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/04/gulf-maine-puffin-climate-change

The Canadian Government Doesn’t Let Its Meteorologists Talk About Climate Change
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/05/28/3442208/meteorologists-climate-change/

US skyscraper viewing deck 'cracks'
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-27631101

Priest bought Van Dyck art worth £500,000 'for the frame'
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-27634942

Creationists Try to Outsmart Neil deGrasse Tyson on the Great Flood and Climate Change
http://www.alternet.org/creationists-try-outsmart-neil-degrasse-tyson-great-flood-and-climate-change?akid=11860.204376.6CqkA2&rd=1&src=newsletter997565&t=18

Glenn Greenwald to Publish Names of Americans NSA Spied On
http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/glenn-greenwald-publish-names-americans-nsa-spied?akid=11860.204376.6CqkA2&rd=1&src=newsletter997565&t=16

Are You Sick of Terrible Service from Comcast and Time Warner? It's About to Get Much Worse.
http://www.alternet.org/are-you-sick-terrible-service-comcast-and-time-warner-its-about-get-much-worse?akid=11860.204376.6CqkA2&rd=1&src=newsletter997565&t=6

Windsurfing for four days from Cuba to a new life in US
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-27626507

Solar FREAKIN' Roadways!
http://www.youtube.com/watch/?v=qlTA3rnpgzU

Controversial study finds cat lovers are smarter than dog lovers
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/29/1302966/-Controversial-study-find-cat-lovers-are-smarter-than-dog-lovers?detail=email

AFA asks members to refuse mail that comes with a Harvey Milk stamp - oh please, will the business with large billings use the Harvey Milk stamp
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/29/1302855/-AFA-asks-members-to-refuse-mail-that-comes-with-a-Harvey-Milk-stamp?detail=email

GA Police Toss Stun Grenade in Toddler's Crib During Drug Raid
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/horrific-ga-police-toss-stun-grenade-toddlers-crib-during-drug-raid?akid=11862.204376.XihUyT&rd=1&src=newsletter997801&t=9

Otters Playing A Keyboard? Otters Playing A Keyboard.
http://dcist.com/2014/05/otters_playing_a_keyboard_otters_pl.php

Here’s what happens when you introduce airport-style security to the world’s busiest subway - bike anyone?
http://qz.com/213695/heres-what-happens-when-you-introduce-airport-style-security-to-the-worlds-busiest-subway/

Why Billy Graham's Son, Franklin Graham, Is the Next Worst Thing to Happen to God - now here is a real moron.
http://www.alternet.org/belief/why-franklin-graham-worst-thing-happen-god?akid=11865.204376.6AtMLU&rd=1&src=newsletter997918&t=7

Google's Mega-Hypocrite Says His Privacy Is More Important than Yours
http://valleywag.gawker.com/eric-schmidt-thinks-his-privacy-is-more-important-than-1578667573

Reconstructed ancient ocean reveals secrets about the origin of life
http://www.embo.org/news/research-news/research-news-2014/reconstructed-ancient-ocean-reveals-secrets-about-the-origin-of-life

Does Tom Wheeler Really Not Get It or Is He Saying One Thing and Doing Another?
http://greenshadowcabinet.us/news/does-tom-wheeler-really-not-get-it-or-he-saying-one-thing-and-doing-another

Woman Gives Birth in Solitary Confinement as Jailers Ignore Cries for Help
http://truth-out.org/news/item/24062-woman-gives-birth-in-solitary-confinement-as-jailers-ignore-cries-for-help

Dangerous Pesticides Are Showing Up More and More in Our Urine and Breast Milk
http://www.alternet.org/food/dangerous-pesticides-are-showing-our-urine-and-breast-milk-and-situation-getting-worse?akid=11867.204376.Df0CKh&rd=1&src=newsletter998392&t=11

Science Says There's No Such Thing As 'Comfort Food'. We All Beg to Differ
http://www.alternet.org/food/science-says-theres-no-such-thing-comfort-food-we-all-beg-differ?akid=11867.204376.Df0CKh&rd=1&src=newsletter998392&t=19

Say Hello to the Tree That Eats Metal
http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/05/27/tree-that-eats-metal?cmpid=tpenviro-eml-2014-05-31-tree

Your Antibacterial Soap Is So Dangerous, Minnesota Just Banned It
http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/05/25/minnesota-banned-antibacterial-soap?cmpid=tpenviro-eml-2014-05-31-tree

Free NASA eBook Theorizes How We Will Communicate with Aliens
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/OpenCulture/~3/93TtSacnzcU/free-nasa-ebook-ponders-how-we-can-communicate-with-aliens.html

Teen Girl Accuses School Of ‘Shaming Girls For Their Bodies’ After Being Sent Home For Wearing Shorts - exactly the wrong thing for school officials to do. I never held with dress codes.
http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/06/01/3443544/teenage-girl-humiliated-for-wearing-shorts-slams-school-for-shaming-girls-for-their-bodies/?elq=~~eloqua..type--emailfield..syntax--recipientid~~&elqCampaignId=~~eloqua..type--campaign..campaignid--0..fieldname--id~~

'Godzilla of Earths' identified
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27669572

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May 28th

Me
We’re back into rain. Honestly. I am getting tired of the gloomy days.

I have gone back to work on my Latte shawl and am slowly getting the border done.

Have a good one.

Another petition to sign:
Reclassify the Internet as a common carrier
http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50409/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=13907

Under the plan wealthy corporations will be able to purchase faster service, while those that cannot do so will have slower service. Rather than an open Internet for all the US will be moving to a class-based Internet. Of course, this will mean that when Netflix and other corporations purchase faster Internet, the consumers who use their service will be paying more to watch movies and download information. As a result, more money will be funneled from working Americans to wealthy telecom giants.

We recently wrote that the United States has lost its democratic legitimacy and now was a plutocratic oligarchy. This is what plutocracy looks like – policies designed for the wealthy, so they can make more money from the rest of us.

According to the Times:
“The new rules, according to the people briefed on them, will allow a company like Comcast or Verizon to negotiate separately with each content company – like Netflix, Amazon, Disney or Google – and charge different companies different amounts for priority service.

“That, of course, could increase costs for content companies, which would then have an incentive to pass on those costs to consumers as part of their subscription prices.”

In the future, if a new start-up – the future Twitter or Facebook – begins it will have a very hard time competing with those who are established Interne companies because the slower service of the start-ups will make them less consumer friendly. As a result we can expect less creativity on the Internet. As Stacy Higginbotham wrote:

“The plans took the hallmark of network neutrality — the notion that ISP shouldn’t discriminate between the traffic flowing over their networks — and turned it on its head.”

The proposal is being shared with other members of the Commission today. There will then be amendments suggested to garner majority support and the plan is to vote on the proposal on May 15.

Take action now. To Contact the Commissioners via E-mail

Chairman Tom Wheeler: Tom.Wheeler@fcc.gov

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn: Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov

Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel: Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov

Commissioner Ajit Pai: Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov

Commissioner Michael O’Rielly: Mike.O'Rielly@fcc.gov
To call and contact commissioner’s offices, call 1-888-225-5322.

In addition, call your elected representatives. Tell them if net neutrality is ended, you will hold them accountable by withholding your vote. Both parties hope to control the senate after the mid-term elections, so you have more power than usual to let them know they are losing your vote if they fail to take action to stop the FCC proposal. The number for Congress is 202-224-3121.

Then go sign the petition here and the two a bit further down on the page:
http://www.popularresistance.org/internet-for-the-wealthy/


The FCC’s New Net Neutrality Proposal Is Even Worse Than You Think
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/04/24/fcc_s_new_net_neutrality_proposal_is_even_worse_than_you_think.html?wpisrc=newsletter_jcr:content&mc_cid=13bb388d47&mc_eid=a138cf4d02

Out in Missouri the Repug legislators have started impeachment proceeding against their Democrat Gov. because he “directed state tax officials to accept joint tax returns from same-sex couples.” Go sign the petition.
http://dlcc.wiredforchange.com/o/6377/p/dia/action3/common/public/;jsessionid=8ECF7D69C7B9540DDADB539E025D29CA-n2?action_KEY=185

Stop the FCC from Breaking the Internet
http://act.freepress.net/sign/internet_fcc_break/?source=conf

FCC Set to Kill Net Neutrality
The FCC is now moving to end net neutrality. Three months ago, Demand Progress
and RootsAction joined with allied groups to deliver a petition with a million signatures to
the FCC in support of net neutrality -- to keep the whole Internet available to everyone.
The news just broke that the FCC intends to blow us off and betray the principle of
equal access to the Internet.
http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/;jsessionid=CD41BE91896B98CE8A41034FF3FF5BD6-n4?action_KEY=9726

It is important – watch it.
A Controversial Episode With Harrison Ford And Don Cheadle That Will Haunt You. Make. The. Time
http://www.upworthy.com/a-controversial-episode-with-harrison-ford-and-don-cheadle-that-will-haunt-you-make-the-time?c=upw1

Recommended Reading

The Words Every Woman Should Know
http://www.alternet.org/words-every-woman-should-know?akid=11849.204376.2dkabj&rd=1&src=newsletter996430&t=10

Neil deGrasse Tyson vs. the Right: “Cosmos,” Christians, and the Battle for American Science
http://www.alternet.org/neil-degrasse-tyson-vs-right-cosmos-christians-and-battle-american-science?akid=11849.204376.2dkabj&rd=1&src=newsletter996430&t=12

The Truth About Bug Spray
http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/05/truth-about-insect-repellent-deet

WATCH: Congressmen Defend Repairing Oil Pipes With Trash Bags and Duct Tape - WTF? It’s an asshole!
http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/05/congressmen-vance-mcallister-john-fleming-oil-spill-duct-tape

Flying on sunshine - a solar jet fuel
http://beta.cosmosmagazine.com/physical-sciences/flying-sunshine-solar-jet-fuel

A swimming feather star
http://thekidshouldseethis.com/post/86421319027

GOP files paperwork to become wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/23/1301470/-GOP-files-paperwork-to-become-wholly-owned-subsidiary-of-Koch-Industries?detail=email

Cluck, cluck, cluck. Koch brothers not so brave in a venue where their lies would be dissected
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/23/1301494/-Cluck-cluck-cluck-Koch-brothers-not-so-brave-in-a-venue-where-their-lies-would-be-dissected?detail=email

GOP senators dismiss call to change 'Redskins' name because they have more important things to do
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/23/1301428/-GOP-senators-dismiss-call-to-change-Redskins-name-because-they-have-more-important-things-to-do?detail=email

Pat Robertson Tells Woman to Reward Husband with Sex for Doing Chores
http://www.alternet.org/tea-party-and-right/pat-robertson-tells-woman-reward-husband-sex-doing-chores-video?akid=11851.204376.higBhu&rd=1&src=newsletter996649&t=13

‘A Government Of Thugs’: How Canada Treats Environmental Journalists
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/05/23/3428984/canada-war-on-environmentalists/?elq=~~eloqua..type--emailfield..syntax--recipientid~~&elqCampaignId=~~eloqua..type--campaign..campaignid--0..fieldname--id~~

Big Dairy Is Putting Microscopic Pieces of Metal in Your Food
http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2014/05/nanotech-food-safety-fda-nano-material

6 Things That Should Never Be Privatized
http://www.alternet.org/economy/6-things-should-never-be-privatized?akid=11854.308485.mUdCEs&rd=1&src=newsletter996675&t=5

Grave find may be Western Europe's earliest false tooth
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27587104

Concerns grow over farm drugs used like 'sweets'
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27541663

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May 26th

Me
It rained again Saturday. We joined friends for dinner and the drive back was through some very thick pea soup type fog. It looks like we might have some sunshine this morning.

The wedding shawl is finished and blocking. Cool.

Ellens Wedding Shawl_blocking


I hope you all had an enjoyable holiday!

Have a good one.

Another petition to sign:
Reclassify the Internet as a common carrier
http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50409/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=13907

Under the plan wealthy corporations will be able to purchase faster service, while those that cannot do so will have slower service. Rather than an open Internet for all the US will be moving to a class-based Internet. Of course, this will mean that when Netflix and other corporations purchase faster Internet, the consumers who use their service will be paying more to watch movies and download information. As a result, more money will be funneled from working Americans to wealthy telecom giants.

We recently wrote that the United States has lost its democratic legitimacy and now was a plutocratic oligarchy. This is what plutocracy looks like – policies designed for the wealthy, so they can make more money from the rest of us.

According to the Times:
“The new rules, according to the people briefed on them, will allow a company like Comcast or Verizon to negotiate separately with each content company – like Netflix, Amazon, Disney or Google – and charge different companies different amounts for priority service.

“That, of course, could increase costs for content companies, which would then have an incentive to pass on those costs to consumers as part of their subscription prices.”

In the future, if a new start-up – the future Twitter or Facebook – begins it will have a very hard time competing with those who are established Interne companies because the slower service of the start-ups will make them less consumer friendly. As a result we can expect less creativity on the Internet. As Stacy Higginbotham wrote:

“The plans took the hallmark of network neutrality — the notion that ISP shouldn’t discriminate between the traffic flowing over their networks — and turned it on its head.”

The proposal is being shared with other members of the Commission today. There will then be amendments suggested to garner majority support and the plan is to vote on the proposal on May 15.

Take action now. To Contact the Commissioners via E-mail

Chairman Tom Wheeler: Tom.Wheeler@fcc.gov

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn: Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov

Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel: Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov

Commissioner Ajit Pai: Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov

Commissioner Michael O’Rielly: Mike.O'Rielly@fcc.gov
To call and contact commissioner’s offices, call 1-888-225-5322.

In addition, call your elected representatives. Tell them if net neutrality is ended, you will hold them accountable by withholding your vote. Both parties hope to control the senate after the mid-term elections, so you have more power than usual to let them know they are losing your vote if they fail to take action to stop the FCC proposal. The number for Congress is 202-224-3121.

Then go sign the petition here and the two a bit further down on the page:
http://www.popularresistance.org/internet-for-the-wealthy/


The FCC’s New Net Neutrality Proposal Is Even Worse Than You Think
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/04/24/fcc_s_new_net_neutrality_proposal_is_even_worse_than_you_think.html?wpisrc=newsletter_jcr:content&mc_cid=13bb388d47&mc_eid=a138cf4d02

Out in Missouri the Repug legislators have started impeachment proceeding against their Democrat Gov. because he “directed state tax officials to accept joint tax returns from same-sex couples.” Go sign the petition.
http://dlcc.wiredforchange.com/o/6377/p/dia/action3/common/public/;jsessionid=8ECF7D69C7B9540DDADB539E025D29CA-n2?action_KEY=185

Stop the FCC from Breaking the Internet
http://act.freepress.net/sign/internet_fcc_break/?source=conf

FCC Set to Kill Net Neutrality
The FCC is now moving to end net neutrality. Three months ago, Demand Progress
and RootsAction joined with allied groups to deliver a petition with a million signatures to
the FCC in support of net neutrality -- to keep the whole Internet available to everyone.
The news just broke that the FCC intends to blow us off and betray the principle of
equal access to the Internet.
http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/;jsessionid=CD41BE91896B98CE8A41034FF3FF5BD6-n4?action_KEY=9726

It is important – watch it.
A Controversial Episode With Harrison Ford And Don Cheadle That Will Haunt You. Make. The. Time
http://www.upworthy.com/a-controversial-episode-with-harrison-ford-and-don-cheadle-that-will-haunt-you-make-the-time?c=upw1

Recommended Reading

Jon Stewart Slams Blatant Republican Hypocrisy on Veterans - and rightly so
http://www.alternet.org/video/watch-jon-stewart-slams-blatant-republican-hypocrisy-veterans?akid=11841.204376.XSmdfK&rd=1&src=newsletter995690&t=15

Is Not Knowing Something A Sign of Weakness? Creationists Think So - not the best line to take because they don’t know if there is a GOD.
http://www.alternet.org/belief/not-knowing-something-sign-weakness-creationists-think-so?akid=11844.204376.Ew0Clw&rd=1&src=newsletter995794&t=3

6 Terrifying Things Monsanto Does: Why You Should Join the Second Global Protest on Saturday
http://www.alternet.org/food/6-terrifying-things-monsanto-does-why-you-should-join-second-global-protest-saturday?akid=11844.204376.Ew0Clw&rd=1&src=newsletter995794&t=21

Cecily’s Statement at Sentencing
http://justiceforcecily.com/statements/cecily-sentencing/

Wicken Fen rare violet found at during survey
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-27538793

Strange Findings on Comb Jellies Uproot Animal Family
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/05/140521-comb-jelly-ctenophores-oldest-animal-family-tree-science/

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http://climatenamechange.org/

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May 23rd

Me
We have mid-60s rain and fog. Again! At least the sun is out now.


Katie had a new muffler installed this morning bright and early. It’s like she is in stealth mode. So nice and quiet now.

I have to make a goodie for tomorrows dinner so I off to the kitchen.

Have a good one.

Another petition to sign:
Reclassify the Internet as a common carrier
http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50409/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=13907

Under the plan wealthy corporations will be able to purchase faster service, while those that cannot do so will have slower service. Rather than an open Internet for all the US will be moving to a class-based Internet. Of course, this will mean that when Netflix and other corporations purchase faster Internet, the consumers who use their service will be paying more to watch movies and download information. As a result, more money will be funneled from working Americans to wealthy telecom giants.

We recently wrote that the United States has lost its democratic legitimacy and now was a plutocratic oligarchy. This is what plutocracy looks like – policies designed for the wealthy, so they can make more money from the rest of us.

According to the Times:
“The new rules, according to the people briefed on them, will allow a company like Comcast or Verizon to negotiate separately with each content company – like Netflix, Amazon, Disney or Google – and charge different companies different amounts for priority service.

“That, of course, could increase costs for content companies, which would then have an incentive to pass on those costs to consumers as part of their subscription prices.”

In the future, if a new start-up – the future Twitter or Facebook – begins it will have a very hard time competing with those who are established Interne companies because the slower service of the start-ups will make them less consumer friendly. As a result we can expect less creativity on the Internet. As Stacy Higginbotham wrote:

“The plans took the hallmark of network neutrality — the notion that ISP shouldn’t discriminate between the traffic flowing over their networks — and turned it on its head.”

The proposal is being shared with other members of the Commission today. There will then be amendments suggested to garner majority support and the plan is to vote on the proposal on May 15.

Take action now. To Contact the Commissioners via E-mail

Chairman Tom Wheeler: Tom.Wheeler@fcc.gov

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn: Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov

Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel: Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov

Commissioner Ajit Pai: Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov

Commissioner Michael O’Rielly: Mike.O'Rielly@fcc.gov
To call and contact commissioner’s offices, call 1-888-225-5322.

In addition, call your elected representatives. Tell them if net neutrality is ended, you will hold them accountable by withholding your vote. Both parties hope to control the senate after the mid-term elections, so you have more power than usual to let them know they are losing your vote if they fail to take action to stop the FCC proposal. The number for Congress is 202-224-3121.

Then go sign the petition here and the two a bit further down on the page:
http://www.popularresistance.org/internet-for-the-wealthy/


The FCC’s New Net Neutrality Proposal Is Even Worse Than You Think
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/04/24/fcc_s_new_net_neutrality_proposal_is_even_worse_than_you_think.html?wpisrc=newsletter_jcr:content&mc_cid=13bb388d47&mc_eid=a138cf4d02

Out in Missouri the Repug legislators have started impeachment proceeding against their Democrat Gov. because he “directed state tax officials to accept joint tax returns from same-sex couples.” Go sign the petition.
http://dlcc.wiredforchange.com/o/6377/p/dia/action3/common/public/;jsessionid=8ECF7D69C7B9540DDADB539E025D29CA-n2?action_KEY=185

Stop the FCC from Breaking the Internet
http://act.freepress.net/sign/internet_fcc_break/?source=conf

FCC Set to Kill Net Neutrality
The FCC is now moving to end net neutrality. Three months ago, Demand Progress
and RootsAction joined with allied groups to deliver a petition with a million signatures to
the FCC in support of net neutrality -- to keep the whole Internet available to everyone.
The news just broke that the FCC intends to blow us off and betray the principle of
equal access to the Internet.
http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/;jsessionid=CD41BE91896B98CE8A41034FF3FF5BD6-n4?action_KEY=9726

It is important – watch it.
A Controversial Episode With Harrison Ford And Don Cheadle That Will Haunt You. Make. The. Time
http://www.upworthy.com/a-controversial-episode-with-harrison-ford-and-don-cheadle-that-will-haunt-you-make-the-time?c=upw1

Recommended Reading

Carbon loss from tropical forests 'underestimated'
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27506349

Snail, gecko and carnivore in 'top 10 new species' 2014
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27511170

Chelsea flower show goes digital
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27521913

Republicans outraged over treatment of veterans filibustered better health care for vets in February
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/21/1300939/-Republicans-outraged-over-treatment-of-veterans-filibustered-better-healthcare-for-vets-in-February?detail=email

Letterman passes fracking torch, Colbert blows it up. SB1132 Blogathon gets comic relief!
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/21/1300722/-Letterman-passes-fracking-torch-Colbert-blows-it-up-SB1132-Blogathon-gets-comic-relief?detail=email

Former Christie aide says lane closures were political payback
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/21/1301022/-Former-Christie-aide-says-lane-closures-were-political-payback?detail=email

Why You Need to Tell the FCC to Save Net Neutrality Now
http://www.thenation.com/article/179973/why-you-need-tell-fcc-save-net-neutrality-now?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=email_nation&utm_campaign=Email Nation %28NEW%29 20140522&newsletter=email_nation_tuesday

Neil deGrasse Tyson Slams CNN for Its Stupidity on Climate Change - good
http://www.alternet.org/media/neil-degrasse-tyson-slams-cnn-its-stupidity-climate-change?akid=11837.204376.6x7Leu&rd=1&src=newsletter995323&t=3

New Chris Christie Scandal: NJ Gov Gave Pension Fund Billions to Wall Streeters Who Bankrolled His Campaigns
http://www.alternet.org/investigations/new-chris-christie-scandal-nj-gov-gave-pension-fund-billions-wall-streeters-who?akid=11837.204376.6x7Leu&rd=1&src=newsletter995323&t=9

U.S. Rated Alarmingly High in Global Survey of Worst Places for Workers’ Rights
http://blog.workingamerica.org/2014/05/22/u-s-rated-alarmingly-high-in-global-survey-of-worst-places-for-workers-rights/

The NSA Bill That Just Passed Is So Weak, Original Backers Voted Against It
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/05/nsa-usa-freedom-act-weak

Meet the Woman Who Was Assaulted by a Cop For Taking Tylenol
http://www.care2.com/causes/meet-the-woman-who-was-assaulted-by-a-cop-for-taking-tylenol.html

House Votes To Deny Climate Science And Ties Pentagon’s Hands On Climate Change
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/05/22/3440827/mckinley-climate-pentagon-climate-change/?elq=~~eloqua..type--emailfield..syntax--recipientid~~&elqCampaignId=~~eloqua..type--campaign..campaignid--0..fieldname--id~~

Jon Stewart on GOP's bad memory on screwing over veterans
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/23/1301398/-Jon-Stewart-on-GOP-s-bad-memory-on-screwing-over-veterans?detail=email

Corrected: Arctic Sea Ice Melt Will Release about 200,000,000,000 Particles of Plastic
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/23/1301384/-Arctic-Sea-Ice-Melt-Will-Release-about-100-000-000-000-000-Particles-of-Plastic?detail=email

If This Happened To People Who Work Regular Jobs, It'd Be Headline News For Months, Maybe Years
http://www.upworthy.com/if-this-happened-to-people-who-work-regular-jobs-itd-be-headline-news-for-months-maybe-years?c=upw1

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May 22nd

Me
Well Done Oregon & Pennsylvania!

We have mid-60s rain and fog. ARGH!

Katie gets to have a new muffler installed tomorrow morning bright and early. That means it will be up early and suck down a pot of coffee quickly before leaving.

Have a good one.

Another petition to sign:
Reclassify the Internet as a common carrier
http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50409/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=13907

Under the plan wealthy corporations will be able to purchase faster service, while those that cannot do so will have slower service. Rather than an open Internet for all the US will be moving to a class-based Internet. Of course, this will mean that when Netflix and other corporations purchase faster Internet, the consumers who use their service will be paying more to watch movies and download information. As a result, more money will be funneled from working Americans to wealthy telecom giants.

We recently wrote that the United States has lost its democratic legitimacy and now was a plutocratic oligarchy. This is what plutocracy looks like – policies designed for the wealthy, so they can make more money from the rest of us.

According to the Times:
“The new rules, according to the people briefed on them, will allow a company like Comcast or Verizon to negotiate separately with each content company – like Netflix, Amazon, Disney or Google – and charge different companies different amounts for priority service.

“That, of course, could increase costs for content companies, which would then have an incentive to pass on those costs to consumers as part of their subscription prices.”

In the future, if a new start-up – the future Twitter or Facebook – begins it will have a very hard time competing with those who are established Interne companies because the slower service of the start-ups will make them less consumer friendly. As a result we can expect less creativity on the Internet. As Stacy Higginbotham wrote:

“The plans took the hallmark of network neutrality — the notion that ISP shouldn’t discriminate between the traffic flowing over their networks — and turned it on its head.”

The proposal is being shared with other members of the Commission today. There will then be amendments suggested to garner majority support and the plan is to vote on the proposal on May 15.

Take action now. To Contact the Commissioners via E-mail

Chairman Tom Wheeler: Tom.Wheeler@fcc.gov

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn: Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov

Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel: Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov

Commissioner Ajit Pai: Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov

Commissioner Michael O’Rielly: Mike.O'Rielly@fcc.gov
To call and contact commissioner’s offices, call 1-888-225-5322.

In addition, call your elected representatives. Tell them if net neutrality is ended, you will hold them accountable by withholding your vote. Both parties hope to control the senate after the mid-term elections, so you have more power than usual to let them know they are losing your vote if they fail to take action to stop the FCC proposal. The number for Congress is 202-224-3121.

Then go sign the petition here and the two a bit further down on the page:
http://www.popularresistance.org/internet-for-the-wealthy/


The FCC’s New Net Neutrality Proposal Is Even Worse Than You Think
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/04/24/fcc_s_new_net_neutrality_proposal_is_even_worse_than_you_think.html?wpisrc=newsletter_jcr:content&mc_cid=13bb388d47&mc_eid=a138cf4d02

Out in Missouri the Repug legislators have started impeachment proceeding against their Democrat Gov. because he “directed state tax officials to accept joint tax returns from same-sex couples.” Go sign the petition.
http://dlcc.wiredforchange.com/o/6377/p/dia/action3/common/public/;jsessionid=8ECF7D69C7B9540DDADB539E025D29CA-n2?action_KEY=185

Stop the FCC from Breaking the Internet
http://act.freepress.net/sign/internet_fcc_break/?source=conf

FCC Set to Kill Net Neutrality
The FCC is now moving to end net neutrality. Three months ago, Demand Progress
and RootsAction joined with allied groups to deliver a petition with a million signatures to
the FCC in support of net neutrality -- to keep the whole Internet available to everyone.
The news just broke that the FCC intends to blow us off and betray the principle of
equal access to the Internet.
http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/;jsessionid=CD41BE91896B98CE8A41034FF3FF5BD6-n4?action_KEY=9726

It is important – watch it.
A Controversial Episode With Harrison Ford And Don Cheadle That Will Haunt You. Make. The. Time
http://www.upworthy.com/a-controversial-episode-with-harrison-ford-and-don-cheadle-that-will-haunt-you-make-the-time?c=upw1

Recommended Reading

The GOP Doesn't Want You to See This Koch Brothers Documentary
http://www.alternet.org/media/gop-doesnt-want-you-see-koch-brothers-documentary?akid=11836.204376._be2nv&rd=1&src=newsletter995098&t=20

Slow Down For A Few Minutes, And Meet Some Of The Most Beautiful Creatures We’re Killing
http://www.upworthy.com/slow-down-for-a-few-minutes-and-meet-some-of-the-most-beautiful-creatures-were-killing?c=upw1

Pay Up, BP
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2014/05/gulf_coast_oil_spill_settlement_bp_should_pay_up.html?wpsrc=upworthy

Americans Are Far More Likely to Be Killed by Right-Wing Terrorists Than Muslims -- But the Media's Afraid of Saying It
http://www.alternet.org/media/americans-are-far-more-likely-be-killed-right-wing-terrorists-muslims-medias-afraid-saying-it?akid=11831.204376.QsKxq3&rd=1&src=newsletter994709&t=3

Why Neil deGrasse Tyson Is the Lightning Rod for the Major Threat Science Poses to Creationists
http://www.alternet.org/belief/why-neil-degrasse-tyson-lightning-rod-major-threat-science-poses-creationists?akid=11831.204376.QsKxq3&rd=1&src=newsletter994709&t=5&paging=off¤t_page=1 - bookmark

In Georgia, You Can Carry a Gun, But You Need a Prescription for a Vibrator - WTF?
http://www.alternet.org/sex-amp-relationships/georgia-you-can-carry-gun-you-need-prescription-vibrator?akid=11830.204376.pcrTvD&rd=1&src=newsletter994539&t=7

Cop Shot Puppy 8 Times Within a Few Feet of 5-year-old Girl, Family Says
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/cop-shot-puppy-8-times-within-few-feet-5-year-old-girl-family-says?akid=11830.204376.pcrTvD&rd=1&src=newsletter994539&t=17

Republican science denial - a clear and present danger to U.S. national security
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/19/1300508/-Republican-science-denial-a-clear-and-present-danger-to-U-S-national-security?detail=email

What part of the right to light a forest on fire do you not understand?! GunFAIL LXIX
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/17/1296899/-What-part-of-the-right-to-light-a-forest-on-fire-do-you-not-understand-GunFAIL-LXIX?detail=email

Stephen Colbert on Wall Street's hatred of Elizabeth Warren
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/20/1300623/-Stephen-Colbert-on-Wall-Street-s-hatred-of-Elizabeth-Warren?detail=email

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the FCC's Net Neutrality Proposal
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/23820-everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about-the-fccs-net-neutrality-proposal

Cops caught on tape slamming Georgia man into a wall as he moved into his new home
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/05/19/cops-caught-on-tape-slamming-georgia-man-into-a-wall-as-he-moved-into-his-new-home/

Under the Surface: Fracking Wastewater Proves Devastating to Mayflies
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/23799-under-the-surface-fracking-wastewater-proves-devastating-to-mayflies

Thanks to the Roberts Court, Corporations Have More Constitutional Rights Than Actual People
http://www.thenation.com/blog/179932/thanks-roberts-court-corporations-have-more-constitutional-rights-actual-people?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=email_nation&utm_campaign=Email Nation %28NEW%29 20140520&newsletter=email_nation_tuesday

eBay urges users to change passwords
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-27503290 - %22
and here:
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-27504142

SLAVES OF THE OCEAN
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQxPB_NAlyI&list=UU-3ey3Fi_MP1gvltUsujsGA&noredirect=1&z00m=21113502

Two thousand new French trains 'too fat for railway' - oops!
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27502184

AR-Gov: Asa Hutchinson (R) Turned Away from Polls Because of Voter ID Law - well at least it came back to bite this idiot in the you know what. He supported it. :)
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/20/1300715/-AR-Gov-Asa-Hutchinson-R-Turned-Away-from-Polls-Because-of-Voter-ID-Law?detail=email

Indiana man convicted of drugging and raping his wife for 3 years gets no prison sentence
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/20/1300649/-Indiana-man-convicted-of-drugging-and-raping-his-wife-for-3-years-gets-no-prison-nbsp-sentence?detail=email

Two Oregon Counties Ban GMO Plants After Historic Grassroots Campaign
http://www.alternet.org/environment/two-oregon-counties-ban-gmo-plants-after-historic-grassroots-campaign?akid=11835.204376.nIsHQU&rd=1&src=newsletter994927&t=3

Archaeologists believe they have found remains of the legendary Hell Hound of Suffolk
http://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/archaeologists-believe-found-remains-legendary-hell-hound-088978

British Library opens up its Romantic, Victorian treasures online
http://www.teleread.com/library/british-library-opens-romantic-victorian-treasures-online/

Jane Austen note: Hidden text linked to Mansfield Park novel
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-27489222

How Right-Wingers Are Amping Up Their War on Science and Reality
http://www.alternet.org/belief/how-right-wingers-are-amping-their-war-science-and-reality?akid=11836.204376._be2nv&rd=1&src=newsletter995098&t=2

National Climate Assessment: Coasts chapter
http://vimeo.com/92569618

Carbon loss from tropical forests 'underestimated'
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27506349

Archaeopteryx: X-rays shine new light on mystery 'bird'
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27502354

Plas Newydd: Heat from the sea to warm historic house
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27505207

Crane chicks hatched after special breeding programme
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27514642

'Boring' hedge turned into dragon in East Rudham
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-27519536

Pennsylvania Just Legalized Same Sex Marriage And Rick Santorum Has Nothing To Say
http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2014/05/22/3440116/rick-santorum-no-longer-wants-to-talk-about-the-gays/?elq=~~eloqua..type--emailfield..syntax--recipientid~~&elqCampaignId=~~eloqua..type--campaign..campaignid--0..fieldname--id~~

No, Taking Away Unemployment Benefits Doesn’t Make People Get Jobs
http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/05/20/3439561/long-term-unemployment-jobs-illinois/?elq=~~eloqua..type--emailfield..syntax--recipientid~~&elqCampaignId=~~eloqua..type--campaign..campaignid--0..fieldname--id~~

The Untold Story Of What Happened At An Overcrowded West Virginia Jail After The Chemical Spill
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/05/21/3439864/the-untold-story-of-what-happened-at-an-overcrowded-west-virigina-jail-after-the-chemical-spill/?elq=~~eloqua..type--emailfield..syntax--recipientid~~&elqCampaignId=~~eloqua..type--campaign..campaignid--0..fieldname--id~~

Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition
http://www.bravenewfilms.org/koch2014

WILD & WEIRD: AN ADORABLE DEEP-SEA DUMBO
http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/center/articles/2014/youtube-dumbo-octopus-05-21-2014.html

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Go sign the petition:
http://climatenamechange.org/

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May 21st

Me
OK, don’t fall over in surprise. I am actually getting this posted before noon.:)

It is a lovely sunny morning. It is in the 60s and the chipmunks are playing the front garden.

I finally got the first raised bed planted last night. I do have to crawl down into the well house and turn the water to the outside of the house on sometime today though.

I can’t tell you how much I hate a crochet bind off even though it gives a nice finish. This one worse because I am beading the loops which is my own fault. LOL!

Have a good one.

Another petition to sign:
Reclassify the Internet as a common carrier
http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50409/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=13907

Under the plan wealthy corporations will be able to purchase faster service, while those that cannot do so will have slower service. Rather than an open Internet for all the US will be moving to a class-based Internet. Of course, this will mean that when Netflix and other corporations purchase faster Internet, the consumers who use their service will be paying more to watch movies and download information. As a result, more money will be funneled from working Americans to wealthy telecom giants.

We recently wrote that the United States has lost its democratic legitimacy and now was a plutocratic oligarchy. This is what plutocracy looks like – policies designed for the wealthy, so they can make more money from the rest of us.

According to the Times:
“The new rules, according to the people briefed on them, will allow a company like Comcast or Verizon to negotiate separately with each content company – like Netflix, Amazon, Disney or Google – and charge different companies different amounts for priority service.

“That, of course, could increase costs for content companies, which would then have an incentive to pass on those costs to consumers as part of their subscription prices.”

In the future, if a new start-up – the future Twitter or Facebook – begins it will have a very hard time competing with those who are established Interne companies because the slower service of the start-ups will make them less consumer friendly. As a result we can expect less creativity on the Internet. As Stacy Higginbotham wrote:

“The plans took the hallmark of network neutrality — the notion that ISP shouldn’t discriminate between the traffic flowing over their networks — and turned it on its head.”

The proposal is being shared with other members of the Commission today. There will then be amendments suggested to garner majority support and the plan is to vote on the proposal on May 15.

Take action now. To Contact the Commissioners via E-mail

Chairman Tom Wheeler: Tom.Wheeler@fcc.gov

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn: Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov

Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel: Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov

Commissioner Ajit Pai: Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov

Commissioner Michael O’Rielly: Mike.O'Rielly@fcc.gov
To call and contact commissioner’s offices, call 1-888-225-5322.

In addition, call your elected representatives. Tell them if net neutrality is ended, you will hold them accountable by withholding your vote. Both parties hope to control the senate after the mid-term elections, so you have more power than usual to let them know they are losing your vote if they fail to take action to stop the FCC proposal. The number for Congress is 202-224-3121.

Then go sign the petition here and the two a bit further down on the page:
http://www.popularresistance.org/internet-for-the-wealthy/


The FCC’s New Net Neutrality Proposal Is Even Worse Than You Think
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/04/24/fcc_s_new_net_neutrality_proposal_is_even_worse_than_you_think.html?wpisrc=newsletter_jcr:content&mc_cid=13bb388d47&mc_eid=a138cf4d02

Out in Missouri the Repug legislators have started impeachment proceeding against their Democrat Gov. because he “directed state tax officials to accept joint tax returns from same-sex couples.” Go sign the petition.
http://dlcc.wiredforchange.com/o/6377/p/dia/action3/common/public/;jsessionid=8ECF7D69C7B9540DDADB539E025D29CA-n2?action_KEY=185

Stop the FCC from Breaking the Internet
http://act.freepress.net/sign/internet_fcc_break/?source=conf

FCC Set to Kill Net Neutrality
The FCC is now moving to end net neutrality. Three months ago, Demand Progress
and RootsAction joined with allied groups to deliver a petition with a million signatures to
the FCC in support of net neutrality -- to keep the whole Internet available to everyone.
The news just broke that the FCC intends to blow us off and betray the principle of
equal access to the Internet.
http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/;jsessionid=CD41BE91896B98CE8A41034FF3FF5BD6-n4?action_KEY=9726

It is important – watch it.
A Controversial Episode With Harrison Ford And Don Cheadle That Will Haunt You. Make. The. Time
http://www.upworthy.com/a-controversial-episode-with-harrison-ford-and-don-cheadle-that-will-haunt-you-make-the-time?c=upw1

Recommended Reading

Scanning for the secrets of mummies
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27470397

Lost snake species rediscovered in Mexico
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-27481016

Baby mammoth goes on display in UK
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27477167

Prostate cancer 'may be a sexually transmitted disease'
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-27466853

THE CASE OF THE VANISHING BEES
http://earthjustice.org/features/the-case-of-the-vanishing-honey-bee?utm_source=crm&utm_content=button

DRYDEN: THE SMALL TOWN THAT CHANGED THE FRACKING GAME
http://earthjustice.org/video/dryden-the-small-town-that-changed-the-fracking-game?utm_source=crm&utm_content=blurb

11 Things The Koch Brothers Don't Want You To Know, From Robert Greenwald's Newly Updated Documentary
http://www.alternet.org/election-2014/11-things-koch-brothers-dont-want-you-know-robert-greenwalds-newly-updated-documentary?akid=11824.204376.-42-Fm&rd=1&src=newsletter994261&t=5

Why the Existence of Huge Private Banks Like Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan Just Might Be Unconstitutional
http://www.alternet.org/economy/why-existence-huge-private-banks-goldman-sachs-and-jp-morgan-just-might-be-unconstitutional?akid=11824.204376.-42-Fm&rd=1&src=newsletter994261&t=23

Inside Hollywood's Confrontation with the Anti-Gay Sultan of Brunei
http://www.alternet.org/world/hollywoods-boycott-brunei

Gaza bees seek Egyptian nectar
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-27481433

Chocolate room offers taste of art
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-27478755

Wingsuit daredevils fly over New York
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-27485007

Cat brings home bag of cannabis - :)
http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-27486244

Balloon photography reveals the atmosphere's secrets
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27422593

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Change the world one loan at a time – visit
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May 19th

Me
Since I’ve last posted we have had the full gambit of weather – rain, fog, sun and today we are back down into the 50s.

I have reached the bind off point on the wedding shawl. Since there are hundreds of stitches this will take a while to do. :) At the moment I am almost halfway.

In outside chores the winter’s compost has been put into the raised beds and a new batch started. I need to get some green grass into the bin so will probably mow the weed patch on Sunday.

We watch Cosmos on Sunday nights and have turned the viewing into a game of identify which statements of fact are going to throw the fundies into a tizzy. Didn’t take deGrasse Tyson long for us both to shout “One” last night. Dearests want to make this into a drinking game, but I’m not going for that one. LOLROF!

The day is about over so have a good evening all.

Another petition to sign:
Reclassify the Internet as a common carrier
http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50409/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=13907

Under the plan wealthy corporations will be able to purchase faster service, while those that cannot do so will have slower service. Rather than an open Internet for all the US will be moving to a class-based Internet. Of course, this will mean that when Netflix and other corporations purchase faster Internet, the consumers who use their service will be paying more to watch movies and download information. As a result, more money will be funneled from working Americans to wealthy telecom giants.

We recently wrote that the United States has lost its democratic legitimacy and now was a plutocratic oligarchy. This is what plutocracy looks like – policies designed for the wealthy, so they can make more money from the rest of us.

According to the Times:
“The new rules, according to the people briefed on them, will allow a company like Comcast or Verizon to negotiate separately with each content company – like Netflix, Amazon, Disney or Google – and charge different companies different amounts for priority service.

“That, of course, could increase costs for content companies, which would then have an incentive to pass on those costs to consumers as part of their subscription prices.”

In the future, if a new start-up – the future Twitter or Facebook – begins it will have a very hard time competing with those who are established Interne companies because the slower service of the start-ups will make them less consumer friendly. As a result we can expect less creativity on the Internet. As Stacy Higginbotham wrote:

“The plans took the hallmark of network neutrality — the notion that ISP shouldn’t discriminate between the traffic flowing over their networks — and turned it on its head.”

The proposal is being shared with other members of the Commission today. There will then be amendments suggested to garner majority support and the plan is to vote on the proposal on May 15.

Take action now. To Contact the Commissioners via E-mail

Chairman Tom Wheeler: Tom.Wheeler@fcc.gov

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn: Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov

Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel: Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov

Commissioner Ajit Pai: Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov

Commissioner Michael O’Rielly: Mike.O'Rielly@fcc.gov
To call and contact commissioner’s offices, call 1-888-225-5322.

In addition, call your elected representatives. Tell them if net neutrality is ended, you will hold them accountable by withholding your vote. Both parties hope to control the senate after the mid-term elections, so you have more power than usual to let them know they are losing your vote if they fail to take action to stop the FCC proposal. The number for Congress is 202-224-3121.

Then go sign the petition here and the two a bit further down on the page:
http://www.popularresistance.org/internet-for-the-wealthy/


The FCC’s New Net Neutrality Proposal Is Even Worse Than You Think
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/04/24/fcc_s_new_net_neutrality_proposal_is_even_worse_than_you_think.html?wpisrc=newsletter_jcr:content&mc_cid=13bb388d47&mc_eid=a138cf4d02

Out in Missouri the Repug legislators have started impeachment proceeding against their Democrat Gov. because he “directed state tax officials to accept joint tax returns from same-sex couples.” Go sign the petition.
http://dlcc.wiredforchange.com/o/6377/p/dia/action3/common/public/;jsessionid=8ECF7D69C7B9540DDADB539E025D29CA-n2?action_KEY=185

Stop the FCC from Breaking the Internet
http://act.freepress.net/sign/internet_fcc_break/?source=conf

FCC Set to Kill Net Neutrality
The FCC is now moving to end net neutrality. Three months ago, Demand Progress
and RootsAction joined with allied groups to deliver a petition with a million signatures to
the FCC in support of net neutrality -- to keep the whole Internet available to everyone.
The news just broke that the FCC intends to blow us off and betray the principle of
equal access to the Internet.
http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/;jsessionid=CD41BE91896B98CE8A41034FF3FF5BD6-n4?action_KEY=9726

It is important – watch it.
A Controversial Episode With Harrison Ford And Don Cheadle That Will Haunt You. Make. The. Time
http://www.upworthy.com/a-controversial-episode-with-harrison-ford-and-don-cheadle-that-will-haunt-you-make-the-time?c=upw1

Recommended Reading

Other People Existing Doesn’t Violate Your Religious Freedom
http://www.care2.com/causes/other-people-existing-doesnt-violate-your-religious-freedom.html

How technology can determine the story behind your pearls
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27314703

The mini-satellite revolution gives new views of Earth - hum?
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-27422596

Dangerous 'firenado' spotted in California
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-27434274

What are London's WWII deep-level air-raid shelters used for?
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-27435348

Floating display: Intel show off 3D air interface
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-27416573

Royal Archive documents revealed at Windsor Castle
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-27426863

The Privatization Scam: 5 Horror Stories of Gov't Outsourcing to Greedy Private Companies
http://www.alternet.org/economy/privatization-scam-5-horror-stories-govt-outsourcing-greedy-private-companies?akid=11815.204376._L0-y8&rd=1&src=newsletter993137&t=2

What does U.S. look like with a 10 feet rise of sea level asks Climate Central
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/14/1299453/-What-does-U-S-look-like-with-a-10-feet-rise-of-sea-level-asks-Climate-Central?detail=email

Just Because You Weren't Dancing is No Reason for Us Not to Beat You Up and Then Throw You in Jail.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/14/1298490/-Just-Because-You-Weren-t-Dancing-is-No-Reason-for-Us-Not-to-Beat-You-Up-and-Then-Throw-You-in-Jail?detail=email

Mary Stewart has passed
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/may/15/mary-stewart

'Biggest dinosaur ever' discovered
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27441156

Portraits of tribal life in Papua New Guinea
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-27350410

Environmental emergency in Galapagos as ship rounds aground - why is commercial shipping even allowed near these islands
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-27445319

Yellow boxfish - Cute little swimming cubes
http://www.strangeanimals.info/2014/05/yellow-box-fish.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ResearchBloggingAllEnglish+%28Research+Blogging+-+English+-+All+Topics%29

Goldman Sachs buys its first piece of the Massachusetts criminal-justice system
http://www.universalhub.com/2014/goldman-sachs-buys-its-first-piece-massachusetts

Nightscapes by Gavin Evans: Indian cities after dark – in pictures
http://www.theguardian.com/cities/gallery/2014/may/12/nightscapes-gavin-evans-indian-cities-dark-pictures-sony-alpha-a7?index=2

Researcher creates 'holodeck' with Oculus and Kinect
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-27437769

How 'supermodel' horses are prepared for the Royal Windsor Show
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-27453095

Esa's Cryosat mission sees Antarctic ice losses double
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27465050

Chelsea Flower Show: BBC goes behind the scenes
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-27465364

The New York Times Busted Lying Through its Teeth
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/15/1299692/-The-New-York-Times-Busted-Lying-Through-its-Teeth?detail=email

No Heathens Served: "Because we are better than you." - LOL! Way to go Campbell’s
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/18/1300302/-No-Heathens-Served-Because-we-are-better-than-you?detail=email

30 Million Patriots on the Mall - LOL!
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/16/1299898/-30-Million-Patriots-on-the-Mall?detail=email

How You'll Get Screwed If Conservatives Kill the U.S. Postal Service
http://www.alternet.org/economy/how-youll-get-screwed-if-conservatives-kill-us-postal-service?akid=11819.204376.OZfn5K&rd=1&src=newsletter993757&t=9

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Another Trade Liberalization Scam
http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/23740-trans-pacific-partnership-another-trade-liberalization-scam

Everyone should know just how much the government lied to defend the NSA
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/may/17/government-lies-nsa-justice-department-supreme-court

How Libertarianism Would Actually Curtail Human Freedom
http://www.alternet.org/tea-party-and-right/how-libertarianism-would-actually-curtail-human-freedom?akid=11820.204376.JhGwh-&rd=1&src=newsletter993952&t=13

Fantastic Fungi: The Startling Visual Diversity of Mushrooms Photographed by Steve Axford
http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/05/fantastic-fungi-steve-axford/

Mayo Clinic trial: Massive blast of measles vaccine wipes out cancer
http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/health/259155541.html

Why Rutgers Really Protested Against Condi Rice
http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/rutgers-condoleezza-rice-speech-051614?src=nl&mag=esq&list=nl_enl_pol_non_051914_rice-speech

Scans bring new insights into lives of Egyptian mummies
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27439684

UK discovery 'starts race' to turn light into matter
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27470034

'Occupy' protestor Cecily McMillan sentenced to 90 days in jail - she should not receive this type of sentence. It was her rights that were trampled on.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-27475327

Dog Illnesses and Deaths Linked to Imported Pet Treats From China
http://www.alternet.org/environment/dog-illnesses-and-deaths-linked-imported-pet-treats-china?akid=11823.204376.JX-_MN&rd=1&src=newsletter994144&t=15

Women are morons. That's what they think.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/18/1299645/-Women-are-morons-That-s-what-they-think?detail=email

Kepler spacecraft telescope revived and "balancing" on solar wind after amazingly creative fix - Woo Hoo!
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/19/1300343/-Kepler-spacecraft-sailing-on-solar-wind?detail=email

Marco Rubio Is Trying to Kill Me by Denying Climate Change
http://www.truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/marco-rubio-is-trying-to-kill-me-and-you-by-denying-climate-change

North Carolina GOP Pushes Unprecedented Bill to Jail Anyone Who Discloses Fracking Chemicals - WHY? Someone is in the pockets of the frackers.
http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2014/05/north-carolina-felony-fracking-chemicals-disclosure

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May 15th

Me
I just realized that I forgot to post this today!

I saw a jpg on Pinterest yesterday that had a picture of a girl walking through a door and the caption read, “contraception is the door to abortion”.

My initial thought was a line in Beautiful Creatures uttered by Lena Duchannes, “Bless your heart sugar, you must have been first in the litter.” Yep, perfect. What is awful is the jpg was signed by a woman/girl and that she obviously does know dick about the subject at all. So, let us just right the aforementioned statement to, “Contraception is the door to NO abortions.

Yesterday evening I made a small start to the work in the back garden. I cleaned up the raised bed, checked how the compost had faired over the winter and planted a window box. I was going to clean up the pond and transfer the compost into the raised beds today but it is raining…again. And there is a blanket of fog.

A couple more rows on the wedding shawl and it will be ready for a bind off. Of course, since there are so many stitches on the needles now doing a row can take a good part of an evening.

Federal Regulators Issue Proposed Rules that Would Kill Open and Equal Internet Access
http://www.alternet.org/activism/federal-regulators-issue-proposed-rules-would-kill-open-and-equal-internet-access?akid=11814.204376.o2nMAP&rd=1&src=newsletter993002&t=9

The people have been sold out.

I guess I’d better get moving. Have a good day all.

Another petition to sign:
Reclassify the Internet as a common carrier
http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50409/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=13907

Under the plan wealthy corporations will be able to purchase faster service, while those that cannot do so will have slower service. Rather than an open Internet for all the US will be moving to a class-based Internet. Of course, this will mean that when Netflix and other corporations purchase faster Internet, the consumers who use their service will be paying more to watch movies and download information. As a result, more money will be funneled from working Americans to wealthy telecom giants.

We recently wrote that the United States has lost its democratic legitimacy and now was a plutocratic oligarchy. This is what plutocracy looks like – policies designed for the wealthy, so they can make more money from the rest of us.

According to the Times:
“The new rules, according to the people briefed on them, will allow a company like Comcast or Verizon to negotiate separately with each content company – like Netflix, Amazon, Disney or Google – and charge different companies different amounts for priority service.

“That, of course, could increase costs for content companies, which would then have an incentive to pass on those costs to consumers as part of their subscription prices.”

In the future, if a new start-up – the future Twitter or Facebook – begins it will have a very hard time competing with those who are established Interne companies because the slower service of the start-ups will make them less consumer friendly. As a result we can expect less creativity on the Internet. As Stacy Higginbotham wrote:

“The plans took the hallmark of network neutrality — the notion that ISP shouldn’t discriminate between the traffic flowing over their networks — and turned it on its head.”

The proposal is being shared with other members of the Commission today. There will then be amendments suggested to garner majority support and the plan is to vote on the proposal on May 15.

Take action now. To Contact the Commissioners via E-mail

Chairman Tom Wheeler: Tom.Wheeler@fcc.gov

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn: Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov

Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel: Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov

Commissioner Ajit Pai: Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov

Commissioner Michael O’Rielly: Mike.O'Rielly@fcc.gov
To call and contact commissioner’s offices, call 1-888-225-5322.

In addition, call your elected representatives. Tell them if net neutrality is ended, you will hold them accountable by withholding your vote. Both parties hope to control the senate after the mid-term elections, so you have more power than usual to let them know they are losing your vote if they fail to take action to stop the FCC proposal. The number for Congress is 202-224-3121.

Then go sign the petition here and the two a bit further down on the page:
http://www.popularresistance.org/internet-for-the-wealthy/


The FCC’s New Net Neutrality Proposal Is Even Worse Than You Think
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/04/24/fcc_s_new_net_neutrality_proposal_is_even_worse_than_you_think.html?wpisrc=newsletter_jcr:content&mc_cid=13bb388d47&mc_eid=a138cf4d02

Out in Missouri the Repug legislators have started impeachment proceeding against their Democrat Gov. because he “directed state tax officials to accept joint tax returns from same-sex couples.” Go sign the petition.
http://dlcc.wiredforchange.com/o/6377/p/dia/action3/common/public/;jsessionid=8ECF7D69C7B9540DDADB539E025D29CA-n2?action_KEY=185

Stop the FCC from Breaking the Internet
http://act.freepress.net/sign/internet_fcc_break/?source=conf

FCC Set to Kill Net Neutrality
The FCC is now moving to end net neutrality. Three months ago, Demand Progress
and RootsAction joined with allied groups to deliver a petition with a million signatures to
the FCC in support of net neutrality -- to keep the whole Internet available to everyone.
The news just broke that the FCC intends to blow us off and betray the principle of
equal access to the Internet.
http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/;jsessionid=CD41BE91896B98CE8A41034FF3FF5BD6-n4?action_KEY=9726

It is important – watch it.
A Controversial Episode With Harrison Ford And Don Cheadle That Will Haunt You. Make. The. Time
http://www.upworthy.com/a-controversial-episode-with-harrison-ford-and-don-cheadle-that-will-haunt-you-make-the-time?c=upw1

Recommended Reading

Nebraska Senate Nominee Says Religious Beliefs Can Justify Breaking Any Law - well, my conscience may be different than his.
http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/05/14/3437587/nebraska-sasse-absolute-religious-liberty/

Teen Girl Kicked Out Of Prom So Her Dress Wouldn’t Lead Boys To ‘Think Impure Thoughts’
http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/05/13/3437464/teen-girl-prom-impure-thoughts/

Germany Sets New Record, Generating 74 Percent Of Energy Needs From Renewable Energy - now why are we not doing this too?
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/05/13/3436923/germany-energy-records/

Game of Thrones author George RR Martin: 'Why I still use DOS' - this made Dearest feel absolutely up-to-date since he works in Word Perfect 5.1. LOL!
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-27407502

Way to go Idaho!
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/13/1299164/-Idaho?detail=email

The truth about Hillary is even scarier than Dr. Rove imagined - LOLROF!
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/13/1299051/-The-truth-about-Hillary-is-even-scarier-than-Dr-Rove-imagined-Benghazi?detail=email

The right has finally abandoned its remaining shred of humanity
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/13/1299193/-The-right-has-finally-abandoned-its-remaining-shred-of-humanity?detail=email

Cat saves boy from dog attack in California - yay Cat!
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-27407932

Water extraction for human use boosts California quakes - Iwould say that it is a given
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27393811

Solar wind 'triggers lightning on Earth'
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27406358

Gray Wolf Returns to Iowa After 89 Years...and Is Shot Dead
http://www.alternet.org/environment/grey-wolf-returns-iowa-after-89-years-and-shot-dead?akid=11809.204376.HCP0ba&rd=1&src=newsletter992577&t=7

Chris Christie: Everyone But Me To Blame For New Jersey Economy
http://www.nationalmemo.com/chris-christie-everyone-blame-new-jersey-economy/

Climate Change Deemed Growing Security Threat by Military Researchers
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/14/us/politics/climate-change-deemed-growing-security-threat-by-military-researchers.html?_r=0

The beauty of mathematics – in pictures
http://www.theguardian.com/science/alexs-adventures-in-numberland/gallery/2014/may/14/beauty-visions-mathematics-pictures?CMP=twt_gu

Who, What, Why: Is the craft beer craze going to cause a hops shortage?
http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-27421779

Los Angeles oil pipe spill: 'Knee-deep' oil in streets
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-27426220

Sudan woman faces death for apostasy - this is outrageous. And why governments should not be run by religious cults.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-27424064

Treasures of British Library go online
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-27420426

Some Strange Things Are Happening To Astronauts Returning To Earth - a must watch
http://www.upworthy.com/some-strange-things-are-happening-to-astronauts-returning-to-earth?c=reccon1

Jill Abramson's Firing from the Times Looking Suspiciously Sexist
http://www.alternet.org/media/jill-abramsons-firing-times-looking-suspiciously-sexist

Stephen Colbert Nails Climate Deniers
http://www.alternet.org/video/hilarious-video-stephen-colbert-nails-climate-deniers?akid=11814.204376.o2nMAP&rd=1&src=newsletter993002&t=12

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BOOKS READ 2014

1) Asking Questions by H.R.F. Keating

2) A
Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir
by John Grant

3) A Baltimore Garden Quilt by Barbara Burnham

4) Circular Knitting Workshop by Margaret Radcliffe

5) Knit to Flatter by Amy Herzog

6) The Good Detective by H.R.F. Keating

7) City of Bones - The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

8)The Art of Seamless Knitting by Simona Merchant-Dest

9) A Gathering of Lace by Meg Swansen

10) Circular Knitting Workshop by Margaret Radcliffe

11) Knit to Flatter by Amy Herzog

12) City of Ashes - The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

1) City of Glass - The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

BOOKS READ 2013

1) Voices by Ursula K. LeGuin

2) The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming by Masanobu Fukuoka

3) The Atlantis Complex by Eoin Colfer (audio book)

4) Skeleton Man by Tony Hillerman (audiobook)

5) Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austin

6) Paradise Postponed by John Mortimer

7) Demon of the Air - An Aztec Mystery by Simon Levack

8) Shadow of the Lords - An Aztec Mystery by Simon Levack

9) Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage by Sherry Sontag & Christopher Drew

10) Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

11) A Novel Bookstore by Laurence Cossé

12) Gifts by Ursula K. LeGuin

13) Wine of Violence by Priscilla Royal

14) The Rook by Daniel O'Malley

15) A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters

16) The Queen's Agent by John Cooper

17) The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

18) The Wings of the Sphinx by Andrea Camilleri

19) The Rose Without a Thorn by Jean Plaidy

20) Plain & Simple by Sue Bender

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