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Lee Bergquist of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes:

Environment getting plenty of notice in Wisconsin Legislature

Wisconsin lawmakers are paying more attention to the environment than at any time in the past decade.

Pollution bans, river and groundwater protections, pro-hunting and fishing initiatives, and measures to fight global warming are getting strong consideration, even as the state grapples with record budget deficits.

"It's been an incredibly proactive pro-conservation session," said Jennifer Giegerich, capitol liaison with the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters.

The activity has been pushed along by Democrats, who took control of both houses of the Legislature in January. But it's also driven by a sharper interest in energy and environmental issues, especially renewable power and strategies to control greenhouse gas emissions.

"What you've seen is that we had about a dozen years of rather relaxed efforts on environmental legislation," said Rep. Spencer Black (D-Madison), chairman of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee. "Now we are going full steam."

Environmentalists say they are better organized than when Republicans controlled the Assembly and environmentalists had to fight efforts to thwart green regulation.

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One can only hope that the scene in these two photos, taken by Frankenoid in her Denver garden, will soon reflect events in Iran as a fed-up populace deals with the authoritarians who rule them. She wrote about how she got these photos in her weekly Saturday Morning Garden Blogging Vol. 5.18: "I don’t know how the ants got hold of the bee: the area was bare ground; the bee was very much alive and fighting the onslaught of the tiny monsters and its wings and legs all appeared intact. My mad google skilz can find very little information on ants vs. bee in the wild.  But there it was.  Instead of doing a bit of weeding as planned, I grabbed the camera and started shooting."

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The Overnight News Digest has been posted. Included is this story: 2 GIs die in attack on U.S. base in Afghanistan.

kiwiheart told us the stunning story, A Grizzly Ate My Brother - Perseverance in Tough Times: " ‘Some days you eat the bear, some days the bear eats you.’ You’ve probably heard this saying before.  Of course, very few people have actually been eaten by a bear, and even fewer have lived to tell about it.  My big brother is one of the few.  Fifty years ago, on June 18, 1959, he battled a grizzly for close to an hour, as the hungry bear consumed a good part of him.  This week, he reunited in Glacier National Park with the ranger who saved his life.  What can we learn from his story?  Among other things, perseverance and flexibility are the keys to surviving tough times."

Mark H wrote another installment of his wonderful Marine Life Series: Reflex Amputation: "The main distinction between reflex amputation and your average run-of-the-mill amputation is that the former is intentional. The animal purposely detaches the appendage, be it a tail, leg or claw, as a way of escaping from a larger predator, losing just a limb rather than its life. Of course, autotomy wouldn’t be much use if the animal didn’t have regenerative abilities as well.The lizard in the above example is exceptional among vertebrates in being able to re-grow an entire limb. But this ability is a cinch for most of the lower backbone-less organisms."

route66 warned about Ug99, possible  new threat to world food supply: "Although most outside of Africa are unfamiliar with it, Ug99, a type of fungus commonly called 'stem rust' due to its production of reddish-brown flakes on wheat plant stalks, is a serious threat to eliminate 80% of the world's most widely grown crop."

Filling in for lineatus, who is on a short diarying hiatus, maxxdogg wrote the week’s Dawn Chorus Birdblog:  Vacation Birding: "I love my backyard birding.  We get tons of cardinals, goldfinches, chickadees, nuthatches.  Blue Jays are common visitors along with sapsuckers and doves.  Occasionally, an eagle soars overhead.  Sometimes hawks look to make lunch out of a songbird.  And once a year or so, a pileated woodpecker will decimate the dead limbs of our silver maple."

Anne Polansky posted under the climate science watch moniker to ask: What does Rep. Broun of Georgia have against a National Climate Service?: "Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) is on a mission to de-fund climate change programs and defeat cap-and-trade legislation.  This week he offered a House floor amendment to kill funding for a National Climate Service.  Broun’s website includes this:  ‘Broun Bashes Wacky-Marxist Cap and Tax Bill.’ He’s among a small contingent in Congress who deny the science and a much larger group who act as if a sober response to global climate disruption were a partisan issue.  The climate science and policy community must step up its efforts to emphasize that climate change affects everyone, has no political party affiliation, and is too urgent a matter to be used for political grandstanding."

Roger Fox wrote a pair of diaries about a fusion reactor, here: Polywell Proton Boron fusion reactor: "Yeah I know Fusion is 50 years away, right? And fusion makes lots of radioactive waste anyway, right? Stellarators, Focus, Pinch, ZEE. Whatever. Probably not anymore." And here: A Polywell fusion primer. Disrupt this technology

Curiosity profiled the ancient monkey puzzle tree: "This enigmatic tree is native to Chile and Argentina, though it's gaining in popularity in the states. It's found in many places world-wide because it's a rather hardy plant. Besides Chile, this tree has become popular in England and the west coast of the US (i.e., Oregon and Washington state). But, this species doesn't thrive well in very dry-hot climates. This plant is currently classified as Vulnerable (one step above endangered) by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). Here's a picture of a younger tree."

teacherken wrote I lost a dear friend yesterday: "He was already elderly when we moved into this house in 1984.  For almost a quarter century he was a part of our lives, although in recent years he was fading.  Yesterday I went out to the car to put a bag in of someone I was taking to Union Station in DC, and realized he was finally gone.  The heavy rain had been too much, and as the soil loosened, he gave up the ghost and keeled over, into the driveway."

davidwalters took a stab at Parsing Out California's electricity grid and the case for nuclear: "Let's do the numbers: California's electrical generation at a glance. (All numbers in Megawatts) Total: 63,813; Coal: 389; Petroleum: 754; Natural Gas: 38,556; Other Gases: 282; Nuclear: 4,390; Hydroelectric: 10,041; Other Renewables: 5,734; Pump Storage 3,688. The Fresno Nuclear Group has proposed building a nuclear power plant: two French designed EPRs, for a total of 3600MWs in California's Central Valley, away from the coastal earthquake zone. A bill to allow for the one-time exemption from California's ban on new nuclear energy, AB719, went down to flaming defeat in the overwhelmingly anti-nuclear, Democratic Party State Assembly. The bill was sponsored by Chuck De Vore, a very conservative Orange County Republican (is there any other kind one might ask?)."

Vikingkingq looked at the possibility a new, greenish industrial policy could take place in After Detroit: Rethinking Industrial Policy for a New Era: "As Robert Reich notes, the U. S is now, despite the widespread mockery of industrial policy by neoclassical economists and neoliberal politicians in the 1970s and 1980s, engaged in a program of industrial policy – but in a weird and rather piecemeal way. ... Policy is being driven by response to crises – AIG’s going to take the economy down with it! The Big Three are going to wipe out the Midwest! – trying to stave off losses. And I agree with Prof. Reich that the major mistake we’re making is that we’re trying to save firms, not jobs (or industrial capacity), so that we’re still facing thousands of layoffs and ripple effects (the big three lay off and shrink production, which means auto dealers and suppliers take it in the neck, which ripples outwards, etc.). The combined problems of ever-increasing fuel consumption, the rising price of oil and its effects on the U.S economy, our large and increasing CO2 emissions can be addressed by moving our automotive industry and the American people’s cars to more fuel-efficient and ultimately carbon-free cars; moreover, one of the major reasons why the Big Three faced such a startling erosion of market share and consumer demands was that they weren’t building and selling hybrid, high-mileage cars when other companies were. The only problem I have with pushing higher fuel standards is that it’s not being predicated on building the new cars in the United States; we’re still focused on having the U.S firms be making more efficient cars, instead of U.S plants. (And as Prof. Reich has pointed out in the past, U.S companies don’t necessarily mean U.S-based production and employment any more)"

Can A Number Save the World? It can if that number is 350, wrote Billy Parish: "That’s the safe upper limit of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere: 350 parts per million (ppm). It’s also the rallying cry of a creative campaign to raise awareness of the climate crisis and build grassroots support for the 2009 Climate Conference in Copenhagen. wants communities around the world to join together on October 24 for an International Day of Climate Action. You can join with your church, your school, or your friends and do something to visibly get the word out about 350."

wide eyed lib did some more Foraging for Free Food on the Longest Day of the Year: "Cornelian cherries aren't cherries at all, but instead are members of the dogwood family. They're an unusual fruit in that they need to finish ripening off the tree. Although cornelian cherries aren't well known here, they're beloved in Turkey, and you can sometimes find jars of pickled cornelian cherries in Turkish grocery stores."

daveinojai inquired Where do Animals Really Stand in the Kos Calculus?: "A recent ballot initiative in California (Proposition 2) granted a small measure of relief to millions of farm animals condemned to a life of extreme confinement from birth until violent death.  Do issues of this kind belong on a progressive political agenda? Or are such issues merely a kind of sideshow, a luxury for those who choose to promote them, instead of remaining constantly preoccupied with economics, civil rights, war and peace? If animal welfare is not part of a progressive political agenda, why not? If it is part of such an agenda, why is it not more conspicuous on Daily Kos?"

terryhallinan found a mistake in a report about Iceland's newest geothermal well and wrote about it in  Does Geothermal Power Promote Mathematical Illiteracy?

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Sun Jun 21, 2009 at 09:26 PM PDT.


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  •  KY-Epic fail (7+ / 0-)

    Coal. 'Nuff said.

    "Zen: Infinite respect for all things past; infinite service to all things present; infinite responsibility for all things future."--Huston Smith

    by Maggie Pax on Sun Jun 21, 2009 at 09:28:02 PM PDT

    •  Humanity's Oversaturating the Air (8+ / 0-)

      Which means that every single human action, even motionless contemplation, even 10,000 miles away from the nearest person, harms the world more than unconsciousness.

      Civilization is now in a lifeboat situation but running frontier economies and systems of government.

      Everybody's shit stinks. Everybody's ship sinks.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sun Jun 21, 2009 at 09:32:09 PM PDT

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      •  you're always so uplifting, Gooserock (0+ / 0-)

        I'm not looking to commit suicide (although it doesn't seem all that important that I personally stay alive; there are far too many of us). So the question is; what do we find to do with ourselves, even considering the possibility that we are all heading off a big cliff as a species and the momentum of this movement is beyond our ability to change?

        "You will not become a saint through other people's sins." - Chekhov

        by mieprowan on Mon Jun 22, 2009 at 12:00:10 AM PDT

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  •  Get your groove on (5+ / 0-)

    Picture a bright blue ball just spinnin' spinnin' free. It's dizzy with possibility.

    by lockewasright on Sun Jun 21, 2009 at 09:28:35 PM PDT

  •  Happy 40th Birthday, Flaming Cuyahoga River (13+ / 0-)

    One of the seed events preceding Earth Day. Events are scheduled later today in Cleveland.

    We fixed it by deporting an entire economy to the 3rd world to kill themselves with.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun Jun 21, 2009 at 09:29:06 PM PDT

  •  Turning the Tables on the AMA (11+ / 0-)

    Bruce Plante, Tulsa World  

    The Week in Editorial Cartoons, June 14th - A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma

    by JekyllnHyde on Sun Jun 21, 2009 at 09:30:56 PM PDT

  •  Thanks for the diary rescue! (8+ / 0-)

    I'm so glad to see that people are interested in saving trees that are threatened. All too often, I feel like trees don't get as much attention as they should. Yes, I'm a bit of a tree-hugger, but I'll wear that label proudly :)

    Please support equality in California:

    by Curiosity on Sun Jun 21, 2009 at 09:31:57 PM PDT

  •  FYI on OND (5+ / 0-)

    It is on it's way and will be posted soon.

    I can't give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time. Herbert Bayard Swope

    by Oke on Sun Jun 21, 2009 at 09:34:43 PM PDT

  •  Huckleberry jumps shark...again (2+ / 0-)
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    Pluto, Purple Priestess

    What is it, 50, 60, 70 times already?

    Today on This Week, he said that he was against a public option because it would be "government-run health care", when in reality a public option was government-run health INSURANCE, not health care--which would still be privately-provided--but that he was for co-ops, even though they ARE "government-run health care"!

    The reason you are not going to have a government-run health care pass the Senate is because it will be devastating for this country," he said. "The last thing in the world I think that Democrats and Republicans will do at the end of the day is create a government-run health care system."

    Later in the program, however, Graham offered what his co-panelist Sen. Chris Dodd and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich (who appeared later in the show) both viewed as openness to compromise. A system of state-based co-ops -- which would be run as non-profit entities, subject to private insurance rules, and operating out of the premiums paid by its members -- could be an adequate substitute for a public plan, he said.

    Which one is it Huckleberry?!?

    "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president!" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

    by kovie on Sun Jun 21, 2009 at 09:36:38 PM PDT

  •  Some great green diaries there (4+ / 0-)

    Mark H's marine diaries are always teh awesome. The diary on the Monkey Puzzle tree was very interesting. I hope to see more from curiosity. And wide eyed lib's foraging diary, as always, is appetizing.

    One last pimp for The Mad Logophile and obscure words:

    Have a great week, everyone!!

    As long as prejudice exists in this country - in this world - we are all its victims. ~~ Keith Olbermann

    by Purple Priestess on Sun Jun 21, 2009 at 09:44:25 PM PDT

  •  I am just sobbing about KibbutzAmaid's diary (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    skywaker9, Mary Julia, rb137, princesspat

    I know it's on the Rec List, as it should be, but if you haven't read it, please do.


    "Let reverence for the laws . . . become the political religion of the nation." ~ Abraham Lincoln

    by noweasels on Sun Jun 21, 2009 at 09:48:56 PM PDT

  •  I want to thank the father of Michael Steele on (4+ / 0-)

    Father's Day for providing me with endless hours of laughter when thinking about, reading about, and hearing about his son.  Thank you, Mr. Steele!!!  I'm guessing you wished it was another one of your swimmers that made it to the egg, but I'm glad it was the one that did.

    Have you forgotten about Jesus? Don't you think it's time that you did?

    by uc booker on Sun Jun 21, 2009 at 09:51:33 PM PDT

  •  Environmental regeneration (6+ / 0-)

    Is economic regeneration.  The Native Americans knew this, we should too...

    "Polls are like crack, political activists know they're bad for them but they read them anyways."-Unknown

    by skywaker9 on Sun Jun 21, 2009 at 10:04:09 PM PDT

    •  In my sustainability class one of the first (4+ / 0-)
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      skywaker9, Mary Julia, nswalls, rb137

      documents students read is the Iroquois Confederacy Constitution, where they mandate leaders to look ahead 7 generations before making a decision. Now that's sustainability! Heck, we can't get our decision makers to think beyond the next financial quarter.

      To change ideas about what land is for is to change ideas about what anything is for. - Aldo Leopold

      by Mother Mags on Sun Jun 21, 2009 at 11:32:32 PM PDT

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      •  I believe (1+ / 0-)
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        Mother Mags

        the Native Americans who live on the reservation in my County (Onondaga) were part of the Iroquois.  They are doing well, by the way.  Smart enough not to have a casino, have a great diner and smoke shop, which financed a terrific arena for all sorts of sports.  My nephews attribute their love of lacrosse to that arena.

        We do not rent rooms to Republicans.

        by Mary Julia on Mon Jun 22, 2009 at 05:46:45 AM PDT

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  •  Ms win on a walkoff error today (3+ / 0-)
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    rb137, uc booker, FininWA

    To complete their sweep of the D-Backs, GO MARINERS!

    "Polls are like crack, political activists know they're bad for them but they read them anyways."-Unknown

    by skywaker9 on Sun Jun 21, 2009 at 10:05:29 PM PDT

    •  Did you see the couple that celebrated their anni (1+ / 0-)
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      versary at the game today?  Twenty years and a Kingdome away, they married at a game.

      Have you forgotten about Jesus? Don't you think it's time that you did?

      by uc booker on Sun Jun 21, 2009 at 10:19:12 PM PDT

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      •  Nope (1+ / 0-)
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        But I was there for Junior's PH Homerun Friday, damn that was fun.  And got bonked in the head by a throw from Rick the Peanut Vendor (he banked his throw of peanuts off my Mariners hat and into my friend's lap, funny as hell)...

        "Polls are like crack, political activists know they're bad for them but they read them anyways."-Unknown

        by skywaker9 on Sun Jun 21, 2009 at 10:21:04 PM PDT

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    •  I was at that game today! (0+ / 0-)

      And that was quite a win, I was happy that it didn't carry onto extra innings, mainly because the bullpen probably couldn't handle it. But my record at Safeco this year is now 4-0. I should really make it out to games more often.

  •  Is suicide an option? (0+ / 0-)

    Oh hell, I have a dog and some dog-food.

    And a stone attitude. Shit. I even have nine cats and some pot-plants and a yellow tomato.

    Fuck'em if they can't take a joke.

    Shou;ld've seen it. I took my shirt off and the cars crashed. UUrch

    Cops all over this damn Democrat. Hook and ladder even. Ambulances racing.

    Just wanted to walk my dog..

    When you come to a fork in the road. Take it. - Yogi Berra

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Sun Jun 21, 2009 at 10:05:43 PM PDT

  •  CT du Jour (2+ / 0-)
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    Mary Julia, HenryBurlingame

    Just want to get this off my chest. You probably recall the story of the Japanese guys smuggling treasury bonds into Switzerland (free port) from Italy.

    The seizure was carried out two weeks ago. The bonds were in the possession of two Oriental-looking individuals in their fifties with Japanese passports. The two men, were travelling from Milan to Chiasso, in Switzerland, on a local train used primarily by Italian workers commuting to-and-fro Switzerland for work.

    At the customs office both men said they had nothing to declare but a check by financial police agents revealed a false bottom in their respective suitcases, each containing a fortune in US securities.

    Also inside the agents found extensive and detailed original bank documents about the bonds.

    If the latter were real the two Asian men had in their possession (although not necessarily in their ownership) a big chunk of the US debt which would have made them the fourth largest creditors of the United Sates.

    So, I've been waiting for the punchline, and contemplating the "conspiracy" involved. And, I gotta say, what information has come out has been very thin and baffling. "After two weeks a US Treasury official says securities were fakes. Italy’s financial police is silent."

    Shenanigans? You be the judge.

    Mystery surrounding 134.5 "fake" billion US dollars seized in Ponte Chiasso remains

    US government bonds seized by Italy’s financial police (Guardia di Finanza) at Ponte Chiasso, an the Italian town on the border with Switzerland, are "clearly fakes," Stephen Meyerhardt, spokesman for the US Bureau of the Public Debt, is quoted as saying in a news report by the Bloomberg agency.

    Under Italian law when law enforcement agencies seize fake bonds or counterfeit money they are under the obligation to arrest the bearers. And in order to avoid misappropriation, the agency seizing the material, in this case the financial police, must quickly proceed to its destruction (i.e. incineration).

    However, in case of real securities, after the securities holders are identified, the financial police must release them immediately after issuing a statement of confiscation and imposing a fine valued in this case at € 38 billion (US$ 53.4 billion). In this case, why were the two men released right away without any fine imposed?

    That is not the only discrepancy. It is not clear how statements by US Treasury spokesman Meyerhardt and Italian financial police can be reconciled. For the former the bonds "are clearly fakes"; for the latter, speaking at the start of this whole affair, some bonds were indistinguishable from the real ones when it comes to quality and detail....

    And if the bonds are "clearly fakes" why did it take US authorities two weeks to find out?

    Another discrepancy is the fact that, along with the securities, original and recent bank documents were seized as proof of their authenticity.

    If what Meyerhardt says is true, some major financial institutions have been deceived by the securities carried by the two Asian men. This would be a bombshell and raise serious questions as to how many bank assets are actually made up of securities that for Meyerhardt are "clearly fakes."

    If counterfeit securities of such high quality are in circulation the world’s monetary system, let alone that of the United States, is in danger.

    If the whole matter can be explained (which it hasn't been) -- there's an epic plot line at work here. It should be a movie.

    •  Starter Links: (2+ / 0-)
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      Mary Julia, LordMike

      ...for fellow sleuths:

      Financial Times

      Officials in Tokyo were nonplussed. Takeshi Akamatsu, a Japanese foreign ministry press secretary, said Italian authorities had confirmed that two men carrying Japanese passports had been questioned in the bond case, but that Tokyo had not been informed of their names or current whereabouts.

      "We don't know where they are now," Mr Akamatsu said.


      WITH APOLOGIES TO BILL O'REILLY, the most ridiculous item of the week wasn't PETA's protest about President Obama's swatting a fly. It was the arrest of two purportedly Japanese men allegedly carrying $134 billion of U.S. Treasury bills in a secret compartment of a suitcase by Italian customs officials.

      The story was more like something from the Keystone Kops than John le Carre. Physical, tangible U.S. bonds haven't existed since the early 1980s (with the possible exception of Gary U.S. Bonds, who's still making great music, by the way.) So whom did these guys think they were going to fool with these paper securities?

      Here's a "Nutbar Bonus Link" for cultural anthropologists and insomniacs:

      Turner Radio Network

      This is the single biggest farce we've heard about in a long time.  Does anyone actually believe that anyone would be transiting a national border with $134 Billion in "fake" Bonds concealed in a suitcase with a fake bottom?  

      Does anyone actually believe Italian Authorities would ignore their own laws and release persons who violated Italian financial disclosure laws?

      Does anyone really believe that a bank or other entity would simply accept a US Treasury "Intergovernmental" Bond with a face value of either $500 Million or $1 Billion without ever calling the US Treasury to determine if the bonds were valid?

      The absurd explanation provided by the U.S. Government that the bonds were "fakes" would be laughable if it wasn't so pathetic.

      Clearly the government of Japan got caught red handed trying to dump U.S. Treasury Bonds because they no longer trust that the USA can pay its debts.  When the issue blew up in their faces, everyone from Japan to Italy to the USA had to get together and lie about what was happening with the hope that other nations wouldn't start dumping U.S. Treasuries too.

    •  For solution, see sig line. nt (1+ / 0-)
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      "Neither a borrower nor a lender be"

      by HenryBurlingame on Sun Jun 21, 2009 at 10:44:11 PM PDT

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  •  OR gets an A (3+ / 0-)
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    Mary Julia, rb137, uc booker

    They are trying to do everything they can to protect the environment and some, like tax credits for green business have been ridiculously successful.  Not an A+ because they failed to further limit development in sensitive areas last week...

    "Polls are like crack, political activists know they're bad for them but they read them anyways."-Unknown

    by skywaker9 on Sun Jun 21, 2009 at 10:07:55 PM PDT

  •  Block parties as community builders in OR (3+ / 0-)
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    Mary Julia, rb137, uc booker

    And international ones at that.

    Link: Portland block party goes international


    Volunteers worked for about two months to organize the block party. Because many of the refugees who attended have lived in the U.S. for less than a year, Alkabi said, the party was a way to make them feel less isolated. About 10 Iraqi families from the metro area cooked for the party, and Iraqi musicians played guitar and sang Arabic songs all afternoon. Still, persuading some refugee families to participate was a challenge.

    Fatin Abdullah, an Iraqi woman who moved across the street from Alkabi four months ago, was wary when Alkabi first contacted her. But she not only came to the block party, she brought homemade kebabs and dolma -- grape leaves stuffed with vegetables and other ingredients -- and stood smiling as the musicians played.

    Though getting to know one another wasn't easy and recent refugees such as Abdullah mainly kept to themselves, it was an opportunity to come together and for community members to show support.

    "It's about Iraqis meeting Iraqis and Oregonians meeting Iraqis," said Jim Lommasson, who is also involved with the group PDX Peace. "We all have other lives, but we forget that what is going on in Iraq ... is still going on.

    "Polls are like crack, political activists know they're bad for them but they read them anyways."-Unknown

    by skywaker9 on Sun Jun 21, 2009 at 10:12:24 PM PDT

  •  The Ants vs Bee photos - not good (2+ / 0-)
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    Mary Julia, kovie

    As everyone knows, ants are fascists.

    In every cry of every man/In every infant's cry of fear/In every voice, in every ban/The mind-forged manacles I hear.

    by MnplsLiberal on Sun Jun 21, 2009 at 10:16:28 PM PDT

    •  On this, we can agree (0+ / 0-)

      See below.

      "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president!" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

      by kovie on Sun Jun 21, 2009 at 10:47:03 PM PDT

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    •  Both societies are ruled by ... (3+ / 0-)
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      RunawayRose, Mary Julia, rb137

      ...monarchs and the masses are worked to death with no deviations from the rules allowed.

      Some people would be better off not reading diaries they comment on, since they already have all the answers.

      by Meteor Blades on Sun Jun 21, 2009 at 10:53:41 PM PDT

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      •  takes all kinds to make a world (1+ / 0-)
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        Maybe not quite as many kinds as we've got, but I'll put in a good word for ants and bees. At least some species of ants are significant pest insect predators, for example.

        Some members of the Diptera I'm not so sure about, though. Surely something could decompose stuff if we didn't have house flies and blowflies? Millipedes maybe? And mosquitoes; pffft. Spider food, that's about all they're good for.

        "You will not become a saint through other people's sins." - Chekhov

        by mieprowan on Mon Jun 22, 2009 at 12:14:25 AM PDT

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      •  Now, come on, MB (2+ / 0-)
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        To which society do you refer? I agree with your analogy to bees v. ants, of course, but meanwhile, back at the ranch, my state government (NY) is fucked because the Republicans pulled off a coup in the State Senate, which our nitwit Governor (who has lower poll ratings than our former Prez) is trying to broker; my city is fucked because manufacturing is leaving and downtown looks like my favorite Springsteen song; I was TRYING to elect our first woman mayor, but her idiot campaign manager fired me; and did I mention I am fair skinned and a horde of bees once chased me into the ocean at Myrtle Beach, which soured me permanently on the South?

        Just another day in the neighborhood (I really miss Mr. Rogers).

        We do not rent rooms to Republicans.

        by Mary Julia on Mon Jun 22, 2009 at 05:27:16 AM PDT

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  •  I gave California a Poor grade (5+ / 0-)
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    skywaker9, Mary Julia, Pluto, rb137, uc booker

    We've done so much, most recently banning bpA, but we're now going to run out of money to do anything.  I am so depressed about this state, and it's discouraging to read comments by Kossacks about how they don't care.  I suggested in a diary that Obama trade a backstop for California's debt for DiFi's vote on health care reform.

    Oh well, tomorrow is another day.

    Teacherken's diary on losing a tree was a good greenish one possibly deserving of rescue.  

    Healthy Minds & Bodies, discussing outdoor adventures Tuesdays 5 PM PDT

    by RLMiller on Sun Jun 21, 2009 at 10:17:45 PM PDT

  •  Apparently the BBC has been told to leave (4+ / 0-)
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    Iran..  Their answer...No...

    Link: Iran silences street protesters


    Witnesses said there were no rallies in the capital on Sunday, a day after 10 people were reported killed in clashes between police and protesters.

    State media said 457 people had been detained over Saturday's violence.

    The authorities have also continued a crackdown on foreign media - expelling the BBC's Tehran correspondent.

    The corporation confirmed Jon Leyne had been asked to leave the country, but said the BBC office in Tehran would remain open.

    Campaign group Reporters Without Borders says 23 local journalists and bloggers have been arrested over the past week.

    "Polls are like crack, political activists know they're bad for them but they read them anyways."-Unknown

    by skywaker9 on Sun Jun 21, 2009 at 10:26:26 PM PDT

  •  I put "Exellent" because I live in Wisconsin (3+ / 0-)
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    "We call on the Iranian government to stop all violent and unjust actions against its own people"~President Barack Obama

    by WeBetterWinThisTime on Sun Jun 21, 2009 at 10:32:33 PM PDT

  •  Um, I like bees, I don't like ants (1+ / 0-)
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    Bees make honey. Ants bring aphids and scale and ruin picnics. So I'm not sure that I like the analogy. More like bees overtaking an evil regime of Members Only-wearing giant ants with scruffy beards and a crazy look in their eyes.

    "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president!" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

    by kovie on Sun Jun 21, 2009 at 10:45:58 PM PDT

    •  Down with Bees!!!! (1+ / 0-)
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      Mary Julia

      I was biking yesterday and a bee flew into the air vents on my helmet, freaked out and stung me on top of my head.

      So I'm in Bees=Suxzor mode right now

      •  Heh (1+ / 0-)
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        Years ago, while biking, I opened my mouth to catch some air, and in flew either a bee or a yellow jacket. I can still taste it, pungent, bitter, not at all mellow. It didn't sting me, or else I might have choked on my enlarged tongue, but not something I want to experience again. But in any case, I, not the bug, was to blame, by riding into its zone of buzzery and scooping it up. So up with bees!!!

        But yeah, that must have hurt.

        "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president!" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

        by kovie on Sun Jun 21, 2009 at 11:18:38 PM PDT

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    •  Now, come on (1+ / 0-)
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      Rummy the Beagle (and, yes, he WAS named after Donald Rumsfeld, just for shits and giggles), eats bees for breakfast, luch and dinner.  And he never seems to get stung.  Is that because bees are swallowed so fast, or because he has a cast iron stomach? As a puppy, he DID eat insulation.

      We do not rent rooms to Republicans.

      by Mary Julia on Mon Jun 22, 2009 at 05:31:09 AM PDT

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  •  My state's environmental laws are so weak... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...They allow Hummers to drive on our roads.

    Henceforth I ask not good fortune. I myself am good fortune. Walt Whitman

    by Sacramento Dem on Sun Jun 21, 2009 at 10:59:44 PM PDT

  •  Mullhahs get count right on prisoners taken. (2+ / 0-)
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    Interesting that the Mullahs released very precise numbers saying that:

    "Iranian state radio said Monday that 457 people were arrested in clashes between demonstrators and security forces in Tehran that took place late Saturday."

    They seem to be able to count very accurately when it suits them.

  •  Nice to see the Wisconsin FP story. (3+ / 0-)
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    The guy in my sig line would be happy. Must be something in the water up there - Muir, Leopold, La Follette. Whatever it is, please send some to the rest of us.

    To change ideas about what land is for is to change ideas about what anything is for. - Aldo Leopold

    by Mother Mags on Sun Jun 21, 2009 at 11:37:37 PM PDT

  •  Pt group metals -- the new blood diamonds. (7+ / 0-)

    I studied catalytic properties of Platinum group minerals (palladium particularly) for about ten years. They are useful for several applications in green technology -- it turns out that palladium is promising for use in fuel cells. But there are many other important applications (and potential applications) for these metals.

    It turns out that we get these metals from nickel/copper ore, which is abundant in South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo. This isn't the only place where these metals exist, but the region is rich with the stuff. In the DRC, these metals are quickly becoming blood minerals -- their trade fuels the civil war much like blood diamonds.

    Tantalum is another important metal, and pretty rare, but it is also found in eastern Africa -- Rwanda, Burundi and the Congo particularly.

    The UN and other groups have tried to minimize the blood trade of these metals, but as the demand for these metals increases, this will get harder. This is one way that technology, green technology included, has a human impact -- particularly in unstable places like the DRC, where they are having a bloody war between thugs.

    I have plans to write a series of diaries about this when I've come up with a set of concrete and useful actions to suggest, but in the meantime, I felt inspired to drop a comment here...

    There's no place like

    by rb137 on Sun Jun 21, 2009 at 11:54:48 PM PDT

  •  Sleepy Washington, D.C. (0+ / 0-)

    aint no place for a Street Fighting Man.

    Abolish the Homeland Scrutiny Department.

    by hoplite9 on Mon Jun 22, 2009 at 12:09:49 AM PDT

  •  Wisconsin Hemp bill (0+ / 0-)

    Bipartisan sponsorship.

    Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau

    This bill creates the Committee to Study the Uses of Industrial Hemp. The bill requires the committee to review literature related to industrial hemp, to evaluate the economic opportunities for this state that could result from producing and using industrial hemp, and to report its findings and recommendations to the legislature.

    Committee hearing's not yet scheduled, I plan to testify.

    Last year it was approved unanimously in the Assembly's Rural Economic Development Committee, but the Speaker refused to bring it to a floor vote. We don't need to change the Statute here, as the provision allowing for hemp licenses from the 1950s is still on the books, and more flexible than the more recent North Dakota law.

    Practicing Law without a License is my 3d favorite Crime.

    by ben masel on Mon Jun 22, 2009 at 12:23:29 AM PDT

  •  SlinkerWink, NYCEVE, Dr. SteveB and (0+ / 0-)

    all others it looks like we may have broken through the 'tone deaf' pols up in D.C.


    Demographics do not equal destiny.

    by dr fatman on Mon Jun 22, 2009 at 01:28:27 AM PDT

  •  It's still Father's Day in the Mid-Pacific. (1+ / 0-)
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    So it's OK to send these songs, still. Your Dad likes Yusuf Islam and Sylvia Plath, right?

  •  Picture a more ridiculous way to go down (2+ / 0-)
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    ..than cancer of the prostate.

    Eve would luvvit. Those "digital" exams went missing, but at least it wasn't the cigars and the lung cancer.

    Now I can dance. No excuses. Hell, maybe I can get the Kaleeefornia marijuana card. Finally.

    Fail, Ahnold. Epic fail.

    When you come to a fork in the road. Take it. - Yogi Berra

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Mon Jun 22, 2009 at 03:22:13 AM PDT

  •  New York's legislature is Epic Fail on everything (1+ / 0-)
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    Actually, they're not too bad on environmental issues per se, but I voted "Epic Fail" because they're so, so inept.

    car wreck : car insurance :: climate wreck : climate insurance

    by HarlanNY on Mon Jun 22, 2009 at 03:26:52 AM PDT

  •  Of all the gin joints in all the towns.. (1+ / 0-)
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    Mary Julia

    Reno 911 is much more entertaining if you actually wasted half a decade in Reno NV. 89511, baby.

    Had a coyote there oncet. A Scottish Terrier and an Aeirdale too.

    Good Lord, the Moonlight Bunny Ranch was just half an hour away. Running 395 South with no particular destination in mind at 100 mph with no headlight might not have been "Democratic" but it was one helluva motorcycle.

    When you come to a fork in the road. Take it. - Yogi Berra

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Mon Jun 22, 2009 at 03:59:51 AM PDT

  •  WV - Epic Fail (1+ / 0-)
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    Mary Julia

    Only a few of our state legisltors are not beholden to the coal and oil & gas industries. Of them, most are willfully ignorant on environmental issues.

    I could probably count the environmentally progressive legislators on one hand.

    "I have never missed Hunter S. Thompson, George Carlin and Abbie Hoffman more than I do today."

    by wv voice of reason on Mon Jun 22, 2009 at 04:48:55 AM PDT

  •  Sound like Bush? (1+ / 0-)
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    Wee Mama

    [A question to President Obama]

    Any plan to visit Pakistan in the near future?’

    ‘I would love to visit. As you know, I had Pakistani roommates in college who were very close friends of mine. I went to visit them when I was still in college; was in Karachi and went to Hyderabad. Their mothers taught me to cook,’ said Mr Obama.

    ‘What can you cook?’

    ‘Oh, keema ... daal ... You name it, I can cook it. And so I have a great affinity for Pakistani culture and the great Urdu poets.’

    ‘You read Urdu poetry?’

    ‘Absolutely. So my hope is that I’m going to have an opportunity at some point to visit Pakistan,’ said Mr Obama.

    Not all who wander are lost. J. R. R. Tolkien

    by NCJan on Mon Jun 22, 2009 at 05:23:42 AM PDT

  •  Carpenter ants are driving me nuts! (0+ / 0-)

    I'm rooting for the bee.

    Look at these people! They suck each other! They eat each other's saliva and dirt! -- Tsonga people of southern Africa on Europeans kissing.

    by upstate NY on Mon Jun 22, 2009 at 06:58:27 AM PDT

  •  Texas Nuclear Waste (1+ / 0-)
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    One of the largest aquifers in the country is now threatened. The Ogallala Aquifer sits directly underneath the radioactive waste dump in Andrews County, Texas. This puts the primary source of drinking and agricultural water for eight states at significant risk. The Texas Legislature will not react unless they are forced.  To take action go to our website, join our group on facebook, call your legislatures, and speak up about it!

  •  I live in Texas. There is no worse (0+ / 0-)

    legislature on environmental issues than here - the worst polluting, most toxic polluting of all states.  

    "It's just good bidness" to allow pollution, even if it kills the school kids. They live long enough to play football. And what really matters other than football?

    If you don't live here, yeah, the legislature is nearly that perverted. Sorry to say.

  •  Hawaii is good if not excellant (0+ / 0-)

    Even Republicans trend environmentalist.

    In fact some of the biggest anti environmental voices are Democratic.

  •  I got a double dose of Green Dairy Rescue (0+ / 0-)

    WHOOOOT WHOOT thanks Mr Blades.

    FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

    by Roger Fox on Mon Jun 22, 2009 at 09:11:56 PM PDT

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