Monday, July 28, 2014

007's Pussy Galore was dangerous, but look at this.

I'm not making this up.  Wunderpus photogenicus, is not the name of a new porn movie, or the female star of it, though it's a great name for one.   While James Bond might have escaped lasers headed for his crotch, he would be Hard pressed to get away from Wunderpus photogenicus, who prefers to kill by gripping and sucking until the victim is strangled.  Boy, I do like a firm grip and the sensation of a negative atmosphere, but no thanks baby.  This bad girl goes after other species of oct-o-pie mostly.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Christian Taliban gives church ultimatum.

First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans had some visitors Sunday.  Protesters disrupted the service.  In town to protest at abortion clinics, the same group linked to Dr. Tillers murder in a Wichita Kansas church a few years ago.  
Protesters ran around screaming "repent, this is not a real religion", and ranting about abortion.  Universalist are neutral on many issues, one being women's right to make decisions on their own lives.  They do not oppose abortion, nor do they promote it, but believe the women must possess the right to decide.  
As a sometime attendee at Unitarian services, I am not surprised the church was and will probably now become a nation wide target of ridicule and maybe more protests by the Christian Taliban.  The church promotes creative ways of thinking, charity to the poor and children as Jesus taught, tolerance for gays, for other religions, support of the arts, higher education, care for the environment*.  Often they invite other religions to speak at services, and incorporate some of the more tolerant features of various beliefs and traditions in services.
Had this been Muslim's screaming in a Southern Baptist church, Fox would report it as terrorism.   
*Unitarian Universalist is one of the several denominations in the US that have voted to divest their investments from fossil fuels and associated industries.  

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Does anybody really know what time it is?

Yea, Chicago!  ........       Some headlines.
*NHL says global warming threatens future of Hockey.  Taking steps to conserve.
*June average world temperatures hottest ever.  OK your town was cool, but the world average.
*US leads 20 nations in percent of climate denial assholes.  We got it baby.
*Germany is the most energy efficient country.  We're #13, this is why we can't have nice things.
*US has more solar workers than coal miner's.  OK, but they have less black lung disease.
*In Kansas wind energy is worth 4.2 billion a year, oil 4.1, ain't that a peach?

Cry Wolf

Montana and a group of Wolf, Wildlife, and Environmental groups, including NRDC, have reached an agreement with Montana on a proposed Wolf Stamp.
For $20 anyone anywhere can buy a Wolf Stamp, it's not a hunt license, but a way to save the wolf, this money goes to protect the wolf and the bear, hire more game wardens to stop poachers police hunts and crack down on trappers abusing their privileges, pay ranchers to use non-lethal methods of keeping Wolf and Bear away from livestock.
Currently all the money headed into, and therefore influencing, Montana's Forestry Wildlife and Parks department to do with the Wolf and Bear comes from hunting permits, so we have seen how that works out for the Wolf, numbers are falling fast.   Strangly, even hunters support this effort.  It will increase the number of Wolf and Bear, some of which will be hunted, but overall it will halt the rapidly reducing population from the 6 month hunt season and unlimited kills permitted by ranchers.  Everyone involved sees this will increase the populations considerably as people buy stamps.

There is some internet paranoia about this issue, but people need to get a grip, it is being pushed by a number of the top Wolf preservation organizations and many other Wildlife organizations, it is not a plot by hunters or ranchers.  Further, and the most fucking important, buying the stamp is your choice, if you think it's a UN plot to take over the Wolf den, then don't fucking buy one.

It's not a done deal, it hasn't been adopted yet, you can go to http://fwp.mt.gov/doingBusiness/contactUs/wildlifeContactForm.html
and tell Montana you like the idea, please adopt it, and that you will consider to buy a Wolf Stamp even though you don't live in the state.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

plastic microbeads in your toothpaste

Plastic so tiny it can inter your system, end up in your flesh, an organ, where as a piece of manipulated petroleum, your body expends efforts to kill it, seal it off, or it may be the seed for cancer.  Scientist are finding it in the ocean, lakes where it gets eaten by animals.  They even found it in (as part of) fish meat.  Yum!  Tiny critters think they are eggs, from their they go up the food chain, other fish, birds, etc.

It's added to things to be abrasive, according to articles I read it's in most Crest toothpaste, it's in most everyone's acne soaps, facial scrubs and exfoliants, even Neutrogena's brand of these items.  It's in some bath washes and some soaps.  

Read the labels: polyelthylene, polypropylene, microbeads.  A partial list (3 pages, scroll down) at: http://beatthemicrobead.org/images/pdf/RED%20UNITED%20STATES.pdf

Friday, July 11, 2014

Stupid is as stupid does, Forest Gump


Dr. Tyson — Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space:
We just can’t seem to stop burning up all those buried trees from way back in the carboniferous age, in the form of coal, and the remains of ancient plankton, in the form of oil and gas. If we could, we’d be home free climate wise. Instead, we’re dumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere at a rate the Earth hasn’t seen since the great climate catastrophes of the past, the ones that led to mass extinctions. We just can’t seem to break our addiction to the kinds of fuel that will bring back a climate last seen by the dinosaurs, a climate that will drown our coastal cities and wreak havoc on the environment and our ability to feed ourselves. All the while, the glorious sun pours immaculate free energy down upon us, more than we will ever need. Why can’t we summon the ingenuity and courage of the generations that came before us? The dinosaurs never saw that asteroid coming. What’s our excuse? 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

GOP and old power sources shutting down our military

In 2012 power outages in the US accounted for 87 events lasting over 8 hours on our military bases.  These bases are connected to our aging grid and rely on our power sources, which means the majority is coal and nuclear, both of which experience unscheduled shut downs/failures often, at least 87 fucking times that year, dragging out long enough for the SOS to spoil in the chow hall.

The Pentagon is working fast to install wind and solar and battery sources.  Relying less on our grid means they can save money, and as the grid fails from time to time they can run the most critical base functions.  Thats a good thing if you ever worry about national security.

The GOP Congress is working just as hard to stop it.  Working for fossil fuel and utilities they are non stop inserting lines in bills that make it harder for the Pentagon adopt the on base grids and energy sources to keep the base running.  Republicans are OK with whole bases, whole sectors of our defense system down from time to time, as long as they keep those dollars moving to fossil fuel.

Make a noise about this, bring it up when you get close to any elected official, dog catcher and up, bartender, neighbor, crazy uncle.