dharmathiuspaix:

La belle Gabrielle Chanel.

dharmathiuspaix:

La belle Gabrielle Chanel.

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"I pledge allegiance, to the earth, and all the life which it supports. One planet, in our care, irreplaceable, with sustenance and respect for all."

— Anonymous (via thesoundstheymake)

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Treading water, the debt ceiling and the name of this blog

The reason what I named my blog “Don’t Just Tread Water” is derived from the recent events in American Politics. Even though I created my blog before the debt crisis begun, the name EXACTLY describes what is happening. I created the name for this blog to describe the fact that the US government is making bills and altering policies, yet at the same time very little or no progress is being made. So far, the same is true with the recent debt crisis. The republicans have been passing through the house only to be stopped at the senate-although blocked with good reason. On the surface it appears that progress is being made, however overall/in the long-run not much has changed. Essentially they are treading water. While the senate/house is making some moves they are not getting anywhere. The same movement as treading water. 

~DJTW

mothernaturenetwork:

We wouldn’t allow mining in the Grand Canyon … would we?
Debt ceiling proposals not so eco-friendlyThe GOP has nearly 40 anti-environmental proposals in its debt plan. We parse through five of the most significant items.
1. Delay in carbon regulationIt’s hard to reduce the amount of carbon pollution in our atmosphere if you can’t regulate emissions from “stationary sources.” Yet, that is what Section 431 of the bill would do.2. Oil companies don’t have to comply with Clean Air Act requirementsSection 443 of the Republican proposal includes a directive to amend the Clean Air Act in a few ways. 3. GOP gives green light to mountaintop removal miningOf the 39 GOP proposals that take aim at the environment, two of them make it easier for mountaintop removal mining to continue. 4. Wild lands order put on holdIn December 2010, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced that the government would designate millions of acres in the American West as “Wild Lands.” This would allow the Bureau of Land Management to manage these acres, but Section 124 calls for essentially sticking a knife in the Salazar plan once and for all. 5. Grand Canyon to be opened for uranium miningAs if the views of the Grand Canyon weren’t glowing enough, Republicans in the House want it to be a beacon of uranium production. Section 455 of their appropriations bill would prohibit the Secretary of the Interior from implementing a land withdrawal to protect the Grand Canyon from new uranium mining claims.Luckily, there’s little chance that all the proposals will be approved by the Senate, which Democrats control. In fact, one measure — to forbid the Fish and Wildlife Service to list any new plants or animals as endangered — was so extreme that 37 Republicans broke ranks Wednesday and voted to strip it from the bill.
Learn more about the proposals.

mothernaturenetwork:

We wouldn’t allow mining in the Grand Canyon … would we?

Debt ceiling proposals not so eco-friendly
The GOP has nearly 40 anti-environmental proposals in its debt plan. We parse through five of the most significant items.

1. Delay in carbon regulation
It’s hard to reduce the amount of carbon pollution in our atmosphere if you can’t regulate emissions from “stationary sources.” Yet, that is what Section 431 of the bill would do.

2. Oil companies don’t have to comply with Clean Air Act requirements
Section 443 of the Republican proposal includes a directive to amend the Clean Air Act in a few ways.
 
3. GOP gives green light to mountaintop removal mining
Of the 39 GOP proposals that take aim at the environment, two of them make it easier for mountaintop removal mining to continue.
 
4. Wild lands order put on hold
In December 2010, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced that the government would designate millions of acres in the American West as “Wild Lands.” This would allow the Bureau of Land Management to manage these acres, but Section 124 calls for essentially sticking a knife in the Salazar plan once and for all.
 
5. Grand Canyon to be opened for uranium mining
As if the views of the Grand Canyon weren’t glowing enough, Republicans in the House want it to be a beacon of uranium production. Section 455 of their appropriations bill would prohibit the Secretary of the Interior from implementing a land withdrawal to protect the Grand Canyon from new uranium mining claims.

Luckily, there’s little chance that all the proposals will be approved by the Senate, which Democrats control. In fact, one measure — to forbid the Fish and Wildlife Service to list any new plants or animals as endangered — was so extreme that 37 Republicans broke ranks Wednesday and voted to strip it from the bill.

Learn more about the proposals.

theoriginaljoefisher:

Overlooking machu picchu (by kees straver (i´m on Flickr blog and it crazy))

Introducing the new Chief Shark Officer!

Hilarious <3 

(Source: The Huffington Post)

strangephenomena:

Instead of using paper, artist Lorenzo Durán uses leaves to make papercut art.

strangephenomena:

Instead of using paper, artist Lorenzo Durán uses leaves to make papercut art.

(via mahalkita-)

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What Do the Debt Ceiling and Climate Crisis Have in Common?

 

One of the problems that the Congress is encountering as it tries to raise the debt ceiling is that a significant number of Republican and Tea Party Members of Congress apparently hold the view that there actually would not be consequences for global markets or the US economy if we defaulted. This view is, of course, absurd — but it illustrates a larger problem. Dramatic changes in the way we communicate with one another about issues affecting the common good have diminished the role of reason and fact-based analysis, encouraging ideological extremists to construct their own alternative version of reality and defend it against fact-based reasoning.

The same problem is found in the debate over the climate crisis. Notwithstanding the unanimous opinion of every National Academy of Science in every major country in the world, every professional scientific society in fields related to the study of the climate crisis and 97 percent of climate scientists in the world, many ideologues cling to the view that these facts are wrong, that scientists are perpetrating a hoax, that they are either greedy for more research dollars or secretly promoting the expansion of government, and that authorities such as Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck are more reliable than the global scientific community in analyzing the impact of global warming pollution.

Two months ago, I wrote an article in Rolling Stonelinked here, that dealt with this issue.

In the same way, because the banks had their way with Congress when it came to gambling on unregulated derivatives and recklessly endangering credit markets with subprime mortgages, we still have almost double-digit unemployment, historic deficits, Greece and possibly other European countries teetering on the edge of default, and the threat of a double-dip recession. Even the potential default of the United States of America is now being treated by many politicians and too many in the media as yet another phony wrestling match, a political game. Are the potential economic consequences of a U.S. default “real”? Of course they are! Have we gone completely nuts?

We haven’t gone nuts — but the “conversation of democracy” has become so deeply dysfunctional that our ability to make intelligent collective decisions has been seriously impaired. Throughout American history, we relied on the vibrancy of our public square — and the quality of our democratic discourse — to make better decisions than most nations in the history of the world. But we are now routinely making really bad decisions that completely ignore the best available evidence of what is true and what is false. When the distinction between truth and falsehood is systematically attacked without shame or consequence — when a great nation makes crucially important decisions on the basis of completely false information that is no longer adequately filtered through the fact-checking function of a healthy and honest public discussion — the public interest is severely damaged.

"That is exactly what is happening with U.S. decisions regarding the climate crisis. The best available evidence demonstrates beyond any reasonable doubt that the reckless spewing of global-warming pollution in obscene quantities into the atmospheric commons is having exactly the consequences long predicted by scientists who have analyzed the known facts according to the laws of physics."

Cross-posted from Al’s Journal

Interesting article Mr. Gore! ….He always puts things into perspective so well.


(Source: The Huffington Post)


Christine Lagarde, IMF Chief, Urges U.S. To Raise Borrowing Limit 

-Huffington Post

obon:

it is plain to see.

obon:

it is plain to see.

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privatezeitgeist:

Frozen bubbles under Canadian lake

privatezeitgeist:

Frozen bubbles under Canadian lake

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