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Posted:Jan 22, 2018 11:16 am
Last Updated:Jan 22, 2018 4:46 pm

We had a crazy weather weekend here on the West Coast. Hurricane-force winds coupled with the highest tides of the year.Here, it meant staying off the water....huge waves loaded with driftwood.....nothing like being in a small boat in huge waves and being in a trough and looking up at the crest to see it topped with a huge log that is about to be hurled at you........We were told to stay off the beaches, but a bunch of our friends headed up to Ucluelet and Tofino on the West Coast of Vancouver Island to watch the storm.........Meanwhile, back home, the ferry was docked for the whole weekend, stranding people on both ends.......The electricity was knocked out and the Hydro crews couldn't get over.....My son-in-law was working in town and was stuck over there and my daughter had extra hours on the island, so I spent the weekend with the kids. We stayed in our fleece pyjamas all day and huddled around the fireplace and read books to each other, played the piano and sang, my grandson showed me his new yo-yo skills, etc......I woke up to the electric being back on and I sure appreciated my shower this morning............The wind has finally stopped and the sun is shining.......

Posted:Jan 19, 2018 7:00 pm
Last Updated:Jan 21, 2018 5:14 pm

I listened to a speech Trump made today at an Anti-Abortion rally. He was clearly reading from a teleprompter......Doesn't he have people that proof-read his speeches?....Good Grief!!

He said... " The US is one of only 9 countries that allow elective late-term abortions, along with China, North Korea and others. Right now, in a number of states, the THE LAW ALLOWS A BABY TO BE BORN FROM HIS OR HER MOTHER'S WOMB IN THE 9th MONTH......It is wrong, it has to change."

What's this guy on?.........That makes absolutely no sense.......gobbledy gook!!!!!

Posted:Jan 19, 2018 5:39 pm
Last Updated:Jan 21, 2018 5:14 pm
I thought the earth
remembered me, she
took me back so tenderly, arranging
her dark skirts, her pockets
full of lichens and seeds. I slept
as never before, a stone
on the riverbed, nothing
between me and the white fire of the stars
but my thoughts, and they floated
light as moths among the branches
of the perfect trees. All night
I heard the small kingdoms breathing
around me, the insects, and the birds who do their work in the darkness. All night
I rose and fell, as if in water, grappling with a luminous doom.
By morning I had vanished
at least a dozen times
into something better.
Sleeping In The Forest by Mary Oliver .

Posted:Jan 15, 2018 12:46 pm
Last Updated:Jan 22, 2018 4:52 pm
One of my grandsons wanted to build a fire late afternoon yesterday. He isn't allowed to do that without supervision, so he asked me......A valuable survival skill to have....and so cheering on a grey January day.......

Posted:Jan 13, 2018 6:28 pm
Last Updated:Jan 14, 2018 1:15 pm
That's what we call the islands that lie beyond the reach of ferries and electrical grid........The photographer I'm featuring today is a young man that grew up on one of these islands and who attended our outer island school. His mother and sister tour quite a bit around the World, his mother on the violin and sister on flute and other wind instruments.....But they always come back to the pristine islands we cherish.

Posted:Jan 12, 2018 7:45 pm
Last Updated:Jan 15, 2018 11:53 am

Posted:Jan 6, 2018 9:58 pm
Last Updated:Jan 8, 2018 11:47 am

I do quite a lot of knitting. I love shopping for yarns too....I only use the loveliest, softest, best quality yarns.......I've even spun and dyed by own yarns. I have friends who knit as well and we get together to knit and chat.....Women of all ages.....I also love that young women come to me for knitting advice and expertise gained from experience.....and of course, the ongoing "needle exchange" ...(which is an inside joke)........I have always needed to keep my hands's soothing to knit, crochet or sew by hand.....

Nowadays, I like to listen to broadcasts while I knit......there are many choices. CBC "Ideas" lecture series......I go to you tube for science lectures and various discussions. I often enjoy the conversations at "The 92nd Street Y" venue .......Tonight it was a conversation between Alan Dirshowitz and Chris Cuomo was from Nov.16, 2017 and called "The State of Civil Discourse"..........My hands fairly flew listening to the two of them.....they have known each other most of Cuomo's life since Dirshowitz was a friend of Cuomo's father........A very lively, fascinating conversation.....

I thought of posting this blog because yesterday, several people accused me of being jealous of Melania Trump and I thought, Wow, these people have no clue who I I thought I would talk about what actually makes me jealous......Tonight I felt jealous of Chris Cuomo for having the circumstances, the upbringing, education,
family etc. that brought him to the place where he could have a lively conversation with Alan Dirshowitz in front of the fabulous 92nd Street Y audience.....I was green with envy.
Alt National Park Service
Posted:Jan 4, 2018 6:33 pm
Last Updated:Jan 6, 2018 10:14 pm

Alt National Park

An overview of the Trump administrations 2017 acts against the environment and wildlife. This list is not yet complete, but Congress should remember that we are watching and Tuesday, November 6th is not that far away.

On January 20th, Trump silenced the National Park from using social media.
On January 20th, National Park starts a “resistance” movement on social media accounts.
On January 24th, Trump issues several memoranda aiming to hasten permitting from the Dakota Access and Keyst XL oil pipelines.
On February 1st, U.S. Senate confirms ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of state.
On February 16th, Trump signs a joint resolution passed by Congress revoking the U.S. Department of the Interior’s “Stream Protection Rule.” The stream protection rule, which prevented mining companies dumping their waste into streams, is axed under the Congressional Review Act.
On February 17th, U.S. Senate confirms ott Pruitt as the head of the U.S. EPA. In his prior role as Oklahoma’s attorney general, Pruitt frequently sued the EPA over its regulations, notably leading a 27-state lawsuit against the Clean Power Plan.
February 28th, President Trump issues an executive order formally asking the EPA to review the “Waters of the United States” rule.
On March 2, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spends his first day on the job reinding an Obama-era prohibition of lead ammunition on federal lands and waters. Also, the EPA, ott Pruitt, canceled a requirement for reporting methane emissions.
On March 7th, EPA’s Office of ience and Technology removed the word “ience” from its mission statement.
On March 9th, EPA administrator ott Pruitt that carbon dioxide’s role in the Earth’s changing climate remains unclear.
March 13th, White House releases its first preliminary budget under Trump. The budget outlines deep cuts to U.S. ience and environmental agencies
On March 16th, the Trump administration proposed a 13 percent budget cut to the Park funding. These budget cuts would lose 1,242 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff, leading to significant challenges at almost every park.
On March 28th, Trump issued an executive order charging the DOI with reviewing rules for oil and gas drilling inside the boundaries of our national park sites. Trump's executive order also made the EPA start the process of rewriting the clean power plan.
On March 29th, Against the advice of the EPA’s chemical safety experts, EPA administrator ott Pruitt rejects a decade-old petition asking that the EPA ban all use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos. Research suggests that chlorpyrifos may be associated with brain damage in children and farm workers, even at low exposures.
On March 29th, Ryan Zinke, the interior secretary, revoked the freeze and review on new coal leases on public lands.
April 3rd, Overturned a ban on hunting of predators in Alaskan wildlife refuges. Including the hunting of bear cubs in and around their dens.
April 5th, the trump administration withdrew guidance from federal agencies to include greenhouse gas emissions in environmental reviews.
On April 7th, staff members at EPA’s headquarters who specialized in climate change adaptation have been reassigned.
Rolled back limits on toxic diharge from power plants into public waterways.
On April 16th, Trump issued an executive order ing on the DOI to reopen its -year plan for offshore drilling.
On April 19th, An Interior Department official updates the department’s climate change website, deleting much of its content in the process.
On April 22nd, ientist March on Washington, voicing support for ience’s role in society.
On April 26th, Trump instructs Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review as many as 40 national monuments created since 1996 to determine if any of Trump’s predecessors exceeded their authority when protecting large tracts of already-public land under the Antiquities Act of 1906.
On April 27th, the EPA delayed a lawsuit over a rule regulating airborne mercury emissions from power plants.
On April 28th, EPA rubs climate change from their website.
On May 5th, the EPA dismisses several members of the Board of ientific Counselors.
On June 1st, the U.S. pulls out of the Paris Climate Agreement.
On June 8th, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Wednesday ordered a review of an Obama administration conservation plan to protect the greater sage-grouse to determine if that plan interferes with Trump administration efforts to increase energy production on federal lands.
On June 12th, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommended that Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah’s red rock country be shrunk by President Trump.
On June 26th, the administration ed for the repeal of the Clean Water Rule.
On July 6th, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved a permit that would allow Dominion Energy, to build 17 enormous transmission towers near Colonial National Historical Park, the site of the United States first English colony.
On July 19th, the DOI ed for a reexamination of rules that protect bears and wolves in national preserves in Alaska from egregious hunting methods, including baiting bears with grease-soaked donuts and killing mother bears with their cubs.
On August 7th, The DOI relaxes aspects of sage grouse protection to with the Trump administration’s efforts to increase energy production on federal lands.
On August 22nd, the trump administration has suspended a study of health risks to residents who live near mountaintop removal coal mine sites in the Appalachian Mountains.
On October 9th, Trump EPA works on rapping the Clean Power Plan(CCP). ott Pruitt gave a speech in Hazard, Kentucky and declared that he will sign a proposal on Tuesday that would eliminate the CCP.
On October 23rd, The Department of Interior proposed the largest ever gas and oil lease auction of 77 million acres of federal waters within the Gulf of Mexico.
On October 24th, A small Montana company located in Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's hometown has signed a $300 million contract to get the power back on in Puerto Rico. Whitefish Energy Holdings, LLC had only full-time employees on the day Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico
On November 1st, Trump administration proposed a rule Tuesday to federalize regulation of drift gillnets used to catch swordfish on the West Coast. The rule would end California's right to prevent the deadly entanglements of sea turtles, whales, and dolphins in these underwater, mile-long nets.
On November 2nd, Trump administration is targeting for review a uranium mining ban that former President Barack Obama instituted in the watershed of the Grand Canyon
On November 7th, French President Emmanuel Macron's Cabinet said Trump not invited to climate change summit for the time being.
On November 16th, The Trump administration has reversed the ban on elephant trophy imports. They have agreed to allow the remains of elephants killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia to be brought back to the U.S.
On November 16th, The Keyst pipeline has leaked and spilled about 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota. Trananada Corp.'s Keyst pipeline has been temporarily shut down.
On November 24th, Tucked away in the Senate report accompanying the funding bill for the Department of the Interior is a directive to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife to end the Red Wolf recovery program and declare the Red Wolf extinct.
On November 25th, Oil drilling in a vast Alaskan wildlife refuge moved a step closer to reality after the U.S. Senate energy and natural resources panel voted 13-10 to open part of the reserve
On November 28th, The Cause of Action Institute (a group aligned with GOP mega-donors Charles and David Koch) have filed suit accusing EPA employee of using an encrypted messaging s to protect their jobs. They report that EPA employees were using an encrypted messaging app to determine how to respond to a feared purge of climate ience from the new Trump administration.
On November 28th, the Trump administration has approved an oil company’s request to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean.
On December 4th, Trump gave a speech in Salt Lake City announcing his intentions to reduce Utah national monuments Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Ealante National Monument. Bears Ears would be reduced by 1.35 million acres (-85 and Grand Staircase Ealante would be reduced by 1.88 million acres (-50.
On December 7th, Trump administration drops rule requiring mining companies to have to clean up pollution, despite an industry legacy of abandd mines that have fouled waterways across the U.S.
On December 8th, the Trump administration will suspend a rule to limit methane leaks from oil and gas operations on federal land.
On December 14th, Trump administration removed net neutrality. This now allows broadband providers to block websites like ours. The Internet has ed an increasingly vital role in political expression and organizing. Groups like ours have used social media to share information, plan events, and motivate participation.
On December 15th, It was reported that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke brought David Smith the superintendent of Joshua Tree National Park to his office to reprimand him for climate change-related tweets the park sent via Twitter.
On December 16th, Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from using a list of words, including "fetus," "entitlement," "diversity," "transgender," "vulnerable," "evidence-based" and "ience-based."
On December 18th, Trump announced the US will no longer regard climate change by name as a national security threat.
On December 19th, EPA has ended a contract with a group (Definers Public Affairs) that had been investigating any EPA employees who disagreed with the Trump administration agenda.
On December 19th, in the emergency supplemental funding bill language was hidden that would exempt Federal Emergency Management Agency(FEMA) from following requirements set by the Endangered Species Act.
On December 20th, Toxic chemical bans were indefinitely postpd for methylene chloride, N-methylpyrrolid (NMP) and trichloroethylene (TCE).
On December 21st, Independent studies were halted that would improve the safety of offshore drilling platforms and another to look at health risks of mountaintop-removal coal mining in central Appalachia.
On December 21st, Revoked the Obama-era Resource Management Planning Rule (Planning 2.0 Rule), which advocated new technologies to improve transparency related to mining on public lands. A Federal Register filing said this rule "shall be treated as if it had never taken effect."
On December 22nd, The Republican “tax reform” bill was signed and included opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.
On December 22nd, Ruled that "incidental" killings of 1,000 migratory bird species are not illegal under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
On December 22nd, Reversed a previous Obama-era Interior Department decision to withdraw permits for a proposed $2.8 billion copper mine in Minnesota.
On December 23rd, It was reported that hundreds of U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) ientists were barred from attending an industry conference this month.
On December 27th, A plan was announced to consider increasing the use of neonicotinoid insecticides known as thiamethoxam, which is proven to be deadly to bees.
On December 27th, Allowed oil and gas leasing and development near and even inside greater sage-grouse habitat management areas.
On December 28th, Announced a plan to repeal an Obama-era rule that governed fracking standards on federal and tribal lands. The rule would have required companies to dilose chemicals used in their fracking fluids, set standards for well construction, and required surface ponds holding fracking fluids to be covered.
On December 29th, Trump administration proposed to remove offshore-drilling safety regulations put in place after the deadly Deepwater Horizon disaster.
Posted:Jan 3, 2018 8:10 pm
Last Updated:Jan 15, 2018 12:07 pm
Malania dazzles in a 1950's shower curtain knock-off costing $7,300 ..........

Welcome to 2018, where existence as we know it is in the hands of two fat, weird-haircut motherf"ckers.................

Posted:Jan 3, 2018 6:53 pm
Last Updated:Jan 4, 2018 10:47 am

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