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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration gave conditional approval on Monday for Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc. to start drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic Ocean this summer.

The approval is a major victory for Shell and the rest of the petroleum industry, which has sought for years to drill in the remote waters of the Chukchi seas, which are believed to hold vast reserves of oil and gas.

Sorry for the short diary, my heart hurts from reading this; I don't know what to say except shame on our government for backing all the same players, especially in light of all our current knowledge/science, as well as ignoring these players' track records.

Pakalolo has a very recent diary up regarding Shell's current f**k up - and look now how they are being rewarded for their competency -I just want to cry.

I cant do comments right now, have to leave, but I will check back later.


I am mildly tech savvy, but I just got educated.  My son was on a Minecraft server and in group Skype play when a kid over Skype said he was going to DDOS my son and he did! Argghh.  We lost our internet.

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Thanks to anyone who reads this short post.  As the title states, I have deposited a small money gift to my nephew to help with closing costs on his first home, my bank and I have both signed a gift letter stating the funds were already in there before I wrote the check, but now the processing agent wants to see my last bank statement to prove the funds, even though my bank signed the legal gift letter.  I really don't want the processing agent or others in that food chain to know how much money I have in that account, so the question is.... Is there another way I can convince the agent regarding my bank account without sending them the statement?  In an email exchange with them and my nephew they said without the statement they will not accept that money in his account as being his to use.  Is there a way or am I stuck 'raising my skirts' to help my nephew?


Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 01:10 PM PDT

My tree is dying and I am crying

by zmom

Our beautiful, very large, 160 some year old black oak is struggling mightily, and at the moment so am I.  This morning around 9am, as I was cleaning up after breakfast, I heard the sickening crack and subsequent crash of one of her grand limbs just outside our front windows.  I have known she has not been doing as well this past year, and when my tree guy came to do an extensive airation, feeding and composting treatment he warned me the scales had come back with a vengence.  I then spent a month trying to find an outfit that did the horticultural spraying(the last guy moved away) rather than the systemic chemical treatment(my property is as natural as it gets, no pesticide spraying), and when I found an outfit the tree had started to leaf so now we have to wait until the leaves are more mature.  

Soooo, I sit outside in the rain this morning, while my tree guy explains how rotted the branch was due to an old wound, the tree being under seige and that of course the tree is old and up until we moved in 10 years ago the tree had not been taken care of.  I ask if my tree, for all intensive purposes, is dead, he says we really wont know without doing some drilling or sonic detection to see how the other limbs' structures are doing.  Discussion ends with my tree guy feeling the oil spraying is not strong enough for this infestation and the systemic chemical treatment is needed, the tree cant handle this on its own.  

Chemical treatment, all too familiar words for me, as I come closer to the 5 year saddiversary of my husband's passing due to treatment complications and Lymphoma.  Yes, much projection going on, intellectually I am well aware of that, but knowing doesnt stop the flow of tears.  My husband loved that tree, as do I; it is very integral to the house, living right in front of it with the deck being built with an indentation, surrounding half the trunk.  I sit up there at night, feeling my husband's spirit all around that tree, in the leaves, the swaying branches, the nesting birds and our resident, michevious squirrel.  Through the years a lot of resources for her have been expended, and for a time she flourished again, but this morning my year long concern has taken a 6 second crash into some painful reality.

I believe we never really stop the acceptance process after loss, rather it is more like the layering of the earth's sediments, the colors and features change, but the process never ends.  

I am waiting to hear back from my tree guy who is calling the pest control tree guy to give me the opinion I already know, that I will have to do the chemical treatment so the tree has a better chance to get rid of more of the scales that the spraying wont do - courage zmom, courage.


It will be 4 years ago tomorrow my beloved husband and partner left this earth space for another, greater adventure.

I dont have my thoughts organized in a neat package, but rather they are in streaming form:

I feel blessed I had 20 years with him; our son only had nine.

I am still astonished at how all healing supportive love is when it is given unconditionally.

I am still in love with him, ring is still on even thought he whispers in my ear to be open to all of life

There are days I feel joyously whole and there are days I feel utterly, utterly empty.

I am such a stronger, more knowing human now and I grieve the fact I cant share that with him.

I know we are deeply connected at this moment, but this thick physical plane keeps getting in the way

Sorry, a very short piece but I just really needed to write,

thanks for "listening".


The Board of Supervisors of Nevada County, California is having their voting meeting as I write this on a proposed ordinance produciing more restrictions on marijuana growers and patients.

The ordinance is at:

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I can no longer grieve without actually doing something.  I know this may be an excercise in futility, but I really needed to put the following outline down on paper, and would love for it to change, grow, expand, and get better.  The long term needs from this environmental catastrophe will be huge, and I am thinking there could be a way of creating an upswell of positive action from people all over this country.  

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Wed May 19, 2010 at 04:15 PM PDT

5-18 Raw footage from the Gulf

by zmom

This is a short diary, but I wanted to get this out to DKos.  On Nola's website there is new, raw footage from yesterday showing some shorelines, the water and most interesting, ships that appear to be burning off gas?  

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Thu May 13, 2010 at 03:06 PM PDT

Gulf Aid Concert Sunday in New Orleans

by zmom

I listen to, the public, music heritage station in New Orleans almost every day - great music.  Needless to say over the last couple of days the grim reality of the scope of this catastrophe has been setting in on the djs and guests; unimaginably heartbreaking on a local level after having some hard gained success with their school system, lower unemployment, more construction and of course the Saints Championship run.  

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Well, I have been a lurker for years and a lurking member for a couple more and this has finally pushed me to write my first diary.  I am at a loss regarding the lack of coverage the largest man-made environmental disaster on our shores is receiving.  I have read all the oil gusher diaries here as well as going over the web editions of the Louisiana newspapers to try and understand what is really going on on the ground so to speak, because the MSM, IMO, has been terrible in this regard.  

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