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Someone on another blog suggested that perhaps people might be returning to LiveJournal, having grown tired/annoyed/exasperated by the dangerously loose privacy controls on other platforms. I am, therefore, helpfully passing along that rumor in hopes of giving it legs. >:-) Come home, exiles - my Friends List misses you. (And it would be really nice not to have to use a third-party RSS reader to keep in touch with all of those folks who've resorted to blogging elsewhere, because a writer must write.)
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The most frustrating experiences in my life have been where I see wrong being done and been unable to do more than tell the wrongdoer that they’re screwing up. Some of these situations are so infuriatingly wrong that I am rendered nearly speechless. This, I know, is the point at which some people become activists. I don’t have room on my emotional plate for that sort of investment, however, and so I have done what I can: I’ve commented on the proposed removal of endangered species protection for the grey wolf.

"Collectively, these factors mean that wolf populations are quite resilient to human-caused mortality if it is adequately regulated."

You lie to yourselves if you think "adequately regulated" is the way certain states' regulators are gleefully lining up to target an animal which has become far more a symbol than a varmint. You’re committed to your chosen science, which ignores the human variable in this species’ environment, so nothing I say in that regard will be anything more than blah, blah, blah to you…so I will just say this: you’re wrong, your decision will destroy not just the wolves but their entire ecosystems, and I hope your grandchildren can forgive you.

You can comment, too, if you feel so moved; the open comment period on the proposed delisting of protection for the grey wolf expires September 11, I think. How very ironic.

To see what others have said, or to comment yourself on the proposed delisting: http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-HQ-ES-2013-0073. The entire text of the report, including details of what they considered in proposing this change, is also available.

Would I advocate you comment? Sure. This delisting involves so much more than the lives of individual wolves, and its implications affect you, and all of us, in the larger picture, to the point where I get a lump in my throat thinking about it. Oh, people, we can be so much better than this!

Your ability to comment on the proposal is one of the really great advantages to a democratic system, and one you should seize whenever the mood moves you. It should move you this time, but that’s for you to determine for yourself. Me, I’m going to sit here and be speechless for a while.
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] cpolk at The shaming room
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] arynwy at The shaming room
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] firefly124 at The shaming room
Originally posted by [personal profile] kikibug13 at The shaming room
Originally posted by [profile] bajoransmurf at Please take a seat in the shaming room...
Originally posted by [personal profile] denorios at Please take a seat in the shaming room...
Since a number of US newspapers have refused to republish the latest Doonesbury cartoon strip which highlights the way Republicans are attempting to undermine a woman's right to choose, I feel it's important to make sure the message still gets across.

The shaming room awaits.

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This guy gets it completely right, IMO:

"Securing the Washington Monument from terrorism has turned out to be a surprisingly difficult job. The concrete fence around the building protects it from attacking vehicles, but there's no visually appealing way to house the airport-level security mechanisms the National Park Service has decided are a must for visitors. It is considering several options, but I think we should close the monument entirely. Let it stand, empty and inaccessible, as a monument to our fears."

The rest of the article is at http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2010/12/close_the_washi.html

Let's hope our so-called leaders in Washington - president and cabinet and maybe especially the Congress - read it as well and get the message. I am so effing tired of being asked to give things up because someone somewhere is afraid.
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You've heard, or been told, that it's not a good idea to flush unwanted prescription medications, right?

Right?

So, what do you do with the stuff you can't flush, and can't send to the landfill, either? (Because it's just as hazardous to the groundwater there, of course.)

This Saturday, September 25, the US Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Agency will conduct a national take-back of prescription drugs. http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/takeback/index.html will locate the nearest facilities accepting these medications for disposal.

Help yourself and your community; dispose of unwanted medications responsibly.
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I don't know about you, but I was not particularly enlightened by the information flowing about most (I think?) of the nation's major publishers having switched to an "agency model" for pricing of e-books. (The kerfuffle started when Amazon decided to pressure publishing house MacMillan for not cooperating in Amazon's rights grab for e-books by terminating MacMillan books sold on its site such that you could buy them at the Amazon site, but not from Amazon, and escalated from there.)

I noticed today that Teresa Neilsen Hayden has explicated the "agency model" thing in words even I can understand, here at her and husband Patrick Neilsen Hayden's website, Making Light: http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/012168.html#012168

So now, if you were confused, too, you know where to go to make sense of it all.
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I don't do this often, mostly because it makes me uncomfortable to listen when others do as I'm about to do. But it's an important issue, and so I'm going to take the chance that talking about environmental activism will make you uncomfortable.

Some would say that's what activism is all about.


* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Dear Friend,

No one voted on Election Day to hand over Utah's Redrock
wilderness to oil companies.

But the Bush Administration cynically chose that very day to
advance an outrageous plan that will sell off leases for some
160,000 acres of spectacular Utah canyonlands to oil and gas
speculators.

While America was voting for Barack Obama and his vision of a
clean energy future, Bush and Cheney's underlings were
conspiring to plunder one of the crown jewels of our natural
heritage for their fossil fuel cronies.

Please register your own opposition right now:
http://www.nrdconline.org/ct/41w_zM113PJm/

The auction of Redrock country will take place on December 19.
At stake are world-renowned vistas near Canyonlands and Arches
National Parks, as well as near Dinosaur National Monument. The
highest bidders will earn the right to turn vast tracts of
pristine wilderness into industrial wastelands.

It's bad enough that Bush officials went behind the backs of the
American people with this disastrous scheme. But what's worse,
they didn't even tell their own National Park Service until
after the fact.

In my mind, this theft of our heritage goes beyond the cynical
-- it's criminal. What will be left to give to our children and
their children if we allow this administration, in a parting
shot, to destroy our legacy of public lands for short-term gain?

I hope you're as angry as I am about this blatant land grab,
because we've got to stop it -- and we have to act fast. The
NRDC Action Fund is mobilizing more than one million Americans
in an outpouring of protest over the coming days.

Send your own message of opposition immediately:
http://www.nrdconline.org/ct/41w_zM113PJm/

Tell the Bush Administration that you will not allow it to
destroy one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

We'll automatically send copies of your message to your two
senators, your representative and to the Obama transition team,
which has signaled their opposition to this disastrous attack on
our Redrock heritage.

The Bush Administration is racing to complete the auction of our
lands before Inauguration Day, which will make sales difficult
to reverse.

We must fend off this land grab now -- before the oil and gas
companies can lay claim to the spoils.

Those spoils include stretches of Desolation Canyon, which has
been proposed for national park status. Bush's own Interior
Department describes the canyon as "a place where a visitor can
experience true solitude -- where the forces of nature continue
to shape the colorful, rugged landscape."

The very idea of oil and gas operations invading these remote
sanctuaries -- which have remained untouched for millennia -- is
deeply upsetting. Once the dirty deed is done, our wilderness
can never be restored. That's why I'm asking you to help us
sound the alarm and organize now.

Tell the Bush Administration to cancel the Redrock auction:
http://www.nrdconline.org/ct/41w_zM113PJm/

Remind them that we the people are the rightful owners of this
majestic wilderness and that we won't stand for its destruction.

And thank you for joining with me and the NRDC Action Fund to
save these beautiful wildlands for all future generations.

Sincerely,

Robert Redford
NRDC Action Fund

P.S. After you send your own message of protest, I'll let you
know of an easy way to spread the word to your friends and
family:
http://www.nrdconline.org/ct/41w_zM113PJm/ . With only 10 days
to mobilize one million Americans, I'm counting on you to rally
everyone you know to speak out and save this precious wilderness
from destruction.

Well, well

Nov. 5th, 2008 08:49 am
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You done good, America. Congratulations to all those who got out and voted - regardless of your personal view of the outcome, you are the real winners in this contest.
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Just a reminder, for those who need them, to occasionally (like, now) back up your data. It's not if your computer will crash, it's when.

::ejects newly-made backup disk::
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As [livejournal.com profile] barbarienne points out, cell phones are often used by emergency caregivers to locate an injured party's relatives - see http://barbarienne.livejournal.com/169313.html?view=909921#t909921

I think that's a very clever idea, and am going to suggest same to my loved ones. Feel free to circulate! (Assuming you, like me, had never thought of it before--and if you did, go you!)

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