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Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 06:00 AM PST

The Morning F Bomb

by Floja Roja

Interrogatories

What is your favorite cereal? Milk or no milk?
What books are you reading right now?
Who is your favorite historic (pre-20th Century) person?

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Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 06:00 AM PST

The Morning F Bomb

by Floja Roja

Interrogatories

What is your favorite kind of cracker? What do you like to have on your cracker?
Who's your favorite astronaut?
Do you ever eat frozen food (after it's thawed and prepared, of course)? Examples?

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Reposted from Climate Change SOS by nomandates

I wrote a letter to Sasha and Malia Obama about the Keystone Pipeline. Here is the letter.  



Dear Sasha and Malia,

My name is [TLO™] and I am in the fourth grade. This year I started a student run composting program at my school to teach kids how to make compost so they can do it at their home. This is important to me because it will reduce the amount of garbage in the landfills and it turns it into soil so that it can be used for gardens.

I am writing to you because I would like you to talk to your father about the Keystone XL Pipeline. I know you talked to your dad about marriage equality and then he changed his mind. This was important because it shows that you can have an influence on your dad and convince him to make the right choices. Your dad’s choices are going to affect our generation. We should have a say in our future.

The pipeline is going to run through Native Americans’ land, if it leaks it will destroy their land. It can also pollute the farmers’ water source by leaking into the aquifer. An aquifer is a rocky layer underground that can store water like a sponge. Tar Sands oil contains the most carbon out of all the other oils. That is bad because when we burn the oil it releases the carbon into the air as CO2. If CO2 gets above 350 parts per million it will cause global warming. It is already over 350, which is causing droughts, flooding, and extreme weather.

Before and after the tar sand mining
Do you know what is happening in the Boreal forest in Alberta, Canada as we speak? Well if not, this is what is happening: they are mining for tar sands. In order to get the Tar Sands they must cut down the forest to be able to dig deep enough to get the Tar Sands. We need trees to soak up the CO2 and turn it into oxygen. We should not be cutting down trees; instead, we should be planting more trees. When birds migrate and land in the toxic waste ponds, called tailing ponds, they usually die because they drown. The size of the tailing ponds and the areas of destruction altogether is going to be the size of Florida. Because the trees have been destroyed animals have lost their habitat. When the animals lose their habitat they have nowhere else to live.
PBO, ask Sasha and Malia what they think of XL Pipeline
My parents taught me that if your friend is doing something wrong you help them by saying, “Stop!” Well, Canada is our friend, but they are doing something wrong so we should help them by saying the right thing – “Stop!” “Stop mining for oil!” “Stop destroying animal habitat!” “Stop destroying our Earth!”

I have gone to four protests against the Keystone XL Pipeline, and two of them your dad was at. I stood at the police line with my sign hoping your dad would see it. But I don’t think he saw my sign. My sign says, “President Barak Obama, Ask Sasha and Malia what they think of the XL Pipeline!” I was hoping he would see my sign and think of you and our generation’s future.



I really like your dad and I think he is a great President and person. I have two t-shirts of your dad and I wear them to protests. Please talk to your dad about the pipeline because it is our generation that will have to deal with this mess. This is such an important topic, that if you do talk with your dad, since he loves you he will make the right decision. I want to make the world a better place, but I need your help.

Sincerely,

[TLO™]

☮ ♺ ☻

I already submitted a comment to Secretary Kerry and President Obama at the last 350 meeting I went to. Please submit your comment asking them to reject the Pipeline.

Here is the link:

regulations.gov

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Thank you, Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse, for inviting me to write in this awsome Climate Change blogathon.

☮ ♺ ☻

Thank you mom and dad.
♡  ♡  ♡  ♡  ♡  ♡  ♡  ♡

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Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 06:00 AM PST

The Morning F Bomb

by Floja Roja

Interrogatories

When was the last time you went to the dentist? How was it?
What is your favorite branch of science?
What critically acclaimed movie did you hate?

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Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 06:00 AM PST

The Morning F Bomb

by Floja Roja

Interrogatories

How far from where you grew up have you ended up? If you still live nearby, did you ever live far away?
Have you ever littered? Have you ever picked up after litterers?
Have you ever gotten revenge on anyone? Can you tell us about it?

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Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 06:00 AM PST

The Morning F Bomb

by Floja Roja

Greetings, Bombpersons. The Morning F Bomb is going on hiatus for an indefinite period. This Friday's will be the last one for a while. I just need some time to be able to do things for myself. I have a full DVR that I need to take care of, and several books waiting for my attention that I haven't been able to get to, and Lilly the cat says I am neglecting her shamefully because there is always a damned MacBook on her lap. And I need to get out and see my real life friends more often. It's been fun, and hopefully will continue to be fun in the future.

Interrogatories

What sitcom (or funny film), best represents your sense of humor?
Have you Google-mapped your own place? How does it look?
What can always be counted on to cheer you up?

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Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 09:49 PM PST

Joe in the Dark

by ruleoflaw

Reposted from ruleoflaw by belinda ridgewood

Joe in the Dark

Joe stands out in the dark.
Across the street
White House lights are tasteful and warm.
Earnestly glowing, the LED panels chant and hum.
In their silence, they cry out for the land
pleading for the water,
howling and breaking the dark air.

Concrete will at last crack, crumble
wash away down the Potomac,
down the Hudson, the Missouri,
silting the Colorado and the Big Muddy.
We are that water, in it, of it.
Listen to the rattle and rush of it,
ice-out rending and scouring the banks.

In our ears, the bone whistle
trills a plea, a warning across
washed gravel, beside willows,
over snags and shoals.
Listen to the light.
Joe is not alone, on his left, his right
stand those who hold the light.

Under the clean-scraped sky
Jenna and James hold mirrors
cutting swathes of light and fire and love,
zip tying their rage to the fence on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Children beg for their future,
rattling in the cup like dice
they ask for their chance.

___________________________________

This poem is dedicated to all the holders of the light, especially Joe Brusky, noise of rain and badscience.
Much respect is due to livestreamer extraordinaire JamesFromTheInternet and Jenna Pope who is a fine photographer..

Linkaliciousness:

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Overpass Light Brigade website

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I failed to post the Indigo Kalliope diary last Tuesday. My dog didn't actually eat the poem, but the time I set aside to write and publish it was swallowed up in several short-notice trips with him to Madison.

Mrs ruleoflaw and I have been running Lucky Angus MacPup back and forth to the University of Wisconsin Veterinary School Clinic. Lucky has some mineralization in three vertebral discs just above his pelvis. This is causing inflammation and pain. He is now on a regimen of medication and strict cage rest for three to six weeks.

Life at the ruleoflaw house isn't exactly back to normal, but for now we have some answers about our woozle's condition and a treatment plan that we hope will prevent him from developing Intervertebral Disc Disease. I am very sorry about spacing the poem.

Kossack woozle-lovers need not worry about MacPup. He gets a tasty gob of cheese or peanut butter three times a day, wrapped around his pain pill, which has given him great relief. The other medication he gets for inflammation is infused in a tiny liver treat.


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Reposted from The Inoculation Project by nomandates
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Reposted from loggersbrat by belinda ridgewood

This is good.  So do I.

However, I ran into winglion where she works today (I buy my cat food and other pet supplies there more often than not), and she says it is up in the air whether they go or not.

The reasons are several (in both senses of the word), and the only thing she was sure of was that she was going to be putting in for that specific week off.

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Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 06:00 AM PST

The Morning F Bomb

by Floja Roja

Interrogatories

If you could devise a Rare Disease for Rare Disease Day that would affect only political figures on the right-wing persuasion, what disease would you give them? (Like foot-in-mouth-itis)
What book signings have you been to?
What is the last thing you rented?

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Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 06:00 AM PST

The Morning F Bomb

by Floja Roja

Interrogatories

What is the first thing you see right now when you look up from your computer?
Do you have any vices you refuse to give up? If so, what?
When was the last time you willingly stayed up all night?
If someone refused to take your wedding pictures because he/she hated something about you and your lifestyle, would you force the issue?

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Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 06:00 AM PST

The Morning F Bomb

by Floja Roja

Interrogatories

Pizza - what style is best? NY style, Deep dish Chicago, or something else? What is your favorite pizza place?
Are you an early adopter of new technology, or do you let it get thoroughly tested and vetted before you will invest in it?
When on escalators, do you follow escalator etiquette (stand to the right, walk to the left)?

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