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Executive Order -- Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change (November 01, 2013)

Source: White House

For Immediate Release

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By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to prepare the Nation for the impacts of climate change by undertaking actions to enhance climate preparedness and resilience, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Policy. The impacts of climate change -- including an increase in prolonged periods of excessively high temperatures, more heavy downpours, an increase in wildfires, more severe droughts, permafrost thawing, ocean acidification, and sea-level rise -- are already affecting communities, natural resources, ecosystems, economies, and public health across the Nation. These impacts are often most significant for communities that already face economic or health-related challenges, and for species and habitats that are already facing other pressures. Managing these risks requires deliberate preparation, close cooperation, and coordinated planning by the Federal Government, as well as by stakeholders, to facilitate Federal, State, local, tribal, private-sector, and nonprofit-sector efforts to improve climate preparedness and resilience; help safeguard our economy, infrastructure, environment, and natural resources; and provide for the continuity of executive department and agency (agency) operations, services, and programs.

A foundation for coordinated action on climate change preparedness and resilience across the Federal Government was established by Executive Order 13514 of October 5, 2009 (Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance), and the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force led by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In addition, through the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), established by section 103 of the Global Change Research Act of 1990 (15 U.S.C. 2933), and agency programs and activities, the Federal Government will continue to support scientific research, observational capabilities, and assessments necessary to improve our understanding of and response to climate change and its impacts on the Nation.

A foundation for coordinated action on climate change preparedness and resilience across the Federal Government was established by Executive Order 13514 of October 5, 2009 (Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance), and the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force led by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In addition, through the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), established by section 103 of the Global Change Research Act of 1990 (15 U.S.C. 2933), and agency programs and activities, the Federal Government will continue to support scientific research, observational capabilities, and assessments necessary to improve our understanding of and response to climate change and its impacts on the Nation.

The Federal Government must build on recent progress and pursue new strategies to improve the Nation's preparedness and resilience. In doing so, agencies should promote: (1) engaged and strong partnerships and information sharing at all levels of government; (2) risk-informed decisionmaking and the tools to facilitate it; (3) adaptive learning, in which experiences serve as opportunities to inform and adjust future actions; and (4) preparedness planning.

Read more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/11/01/executive-order-preparing-united-states-impacts-climate-change

Full executive Order at the link.

Tea Party Unleashes On John Boehner (The Republican't Internecine War Is ON!)

OK liberals, so now that we have a government again, I thought I’d suggest a little relaxing entertainment for us all. Grab some popcorn and a cold beverage and join me in the spectator sport called, the Republican Civil War, currently taking place on John Boehner’s Facebook wall. It seems that following the vote to lift the debt ceiling and reopen the government on Wednesday night, an already fractured and confused Republican party decided to start eating its own. And the conservative voters were right there to pounce on the easy prey.

Sit back and enjoy….

• Grow some balls!!! You rat-bastard sellout


• I am flying my Confederate Flag upside down and at half-staff because of RINOs like Boehner who caved to a Kenyan Hawaiian Muslim Atheist Bankster Rastafarian Communist.

• Hey dumb ass. You no longer have our support. Don’t try to convince yourself otherwise.

• Drop dead traitor. Anyone that supports a 17 trillion dollar debt, no to climb more, aiding every Islamist regime in the middle east, a so called healthcare plan that destroys private healthcare and has 20 new taxes breaking the middle class back and is designed for nothing more than total government control is an entitlement minded American-hating uninformed LEECH!

• I would call you a snake, but at least a snake has a spine!


• May you rot in hell you sell-out piece of trash!

• Are you kidding me right now?? Go Fuck Yourself Boehner!

• You pussed out again, didn’t you? I’d rather have Tip Oneal as speaker of the house than you right now.

• You are disgusting! RINO!

• I can't believe they let you stay in the party, let alone the speaker. Go to hell asshole!

• BULLSHIT!! You sold us out!! You spineless coward! You are a complete dumb fuck, a failure, AND a fraud.

• I hope you and the rest that caved get tea-partied in the next elections…may your own self interest be the death of your political career.


• Stick House rule 368 up your ass and spin on it.

• You are the worst human being currently alive. Do the world a favor and slink back under the rock you were born under. Your very existence is a tragedy.

• Go crawl in a hole and STFU! Happy Retirement!

• Asshole Sellout! You put Judas to shame!

• Hey Benedict, they’re having a special on group impeachments and your name has risen rather high on the list.

• Folded like warm laundry, didn't you? How pathetic.

• Really? REALLY?? go have another drink and fake tanning session you leather-skinned drunk.

• It’s not really Speaker Boehner, but Squeaker and Whiner Boehner. You want a pat on the back? A slap on the head would be more appropriate.

• Gutless duchebag. You lying sack of crap JACKASS!

• YOU SIR, ARE WHAT WE LIKE TO CALL AN ASS-HAT! You and your GOP scum can go suck it! Time to retire you antique leather piece of crap!


• So what good does Obama and his thugs have on you? Prostitution? Drug abuse? You’re gay? You a pimp? Come clean already you POS!

• I didn't see a fight at all. All I saw were our representatives bending over and grabbing their ankles.

• YOU ARE A TRAITOR! You should switch parties immediately and give Nancy the hammer back. At least we’re sure where she stands. And she has some brass balls. You, sir, have none.


• You suck! Turn in your man card!

• Jesus you’re horrible. You democrat/communist enabling fuckwad.

• Does anyone know where I can get some coolaid the Democrats drink? Fuck my party!!

Fun, right??…I know. At the time I wrote this, there were almost 22,000 comments on Boehner’s last post alone.

Now, here’s something else for you crazy liberal kids. I found this great little site for you to send all of your really pissed off teabagger friends and family BEFORE you point them to Boehner’s Facebook page. It’s called the Tea Party Insult Generator. Check it out…


From Liberals Unite.

Watch Veterans Scold Sarah Palin: ‘Republicans Closed the Gov’t!’, ‘You’re an Idiot!’

Sarah Palin thought she had struck gold when the opportunity presented itself to shamelessly hijack a Veterans protest at the World War II Memorial in Washington DC this week in order to further her own political aspirations.

Unfortunately for her, these veterans did not take kindly to having their protest co-opted by a failed presidential candidate and quitter who gave up her post as Governor of Alaska in order to take a multimillion dollar deal with FOXNews.

Just as she was in the middle of cynically rewriting history by claiming that it is the President Obama and Democratic Party, and not the intransigent Tea Party House Republicans, who are using our veterans and military as “pawns’ and are responsible for the reckless shutdown of The People’s Government which led to the closing up the World War II Veterans Memorial in D.C., one Veteran correctly shouted, “Republicans closed the government!”, followed by another Veteran appropriately scolding her, “You’re an idiot!”

They couldn't be more right. One has to wonder if Palin is aware of just how badly she is projecting her cynical pandering to Veterans on President Obama.

She complains about Democrats using Veterans for political gain as she makes a political speech at war memorial in order to make a political gain. Fortunately, these Veterans did not let her get away with it.

Please watch the video of the exchange below and spread Sarah Palin and the Republican Party’s shame on social media forums so that we can amplify these brave Veterans’ message.


Evidence Of Faux News' Aiding & Abetting The Seditious Terrorist Insurgency Is Still Live Online...

... and available for everyone to see: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/04/08/welcome-foxnews-anti-tax-tea-party-coverage/

And further down the page, irony...

Are Internet Trolls the Modern Incarnation of Witch Hunters?


In the age of the Internet troll, there's an unfortunately predictable cycle for what happens to women who talk about feminist issues online: They get barraged with rape threats and harassment. For examples: see here, here, here and most recently, here. The anonymous nature of Twitter and comment threads allows cowards to write hateful things to people without consequences, suggesting that this reaction is unique to the digital age. But it's not. The Twitter rape threat is just the 21st century incarnation of a centuries old reaction.

Just the other day we saw the modern-day cycle play out, with a "countercampaign of online harassment" lobbed at "several high profile women" who advocated for Jane Austen and other historical female figures on British bank notes. The announcement that Austen would grace the 10 pound bill resulted in Twitter rape threats by the minute against the blogger Caroline Criado-Perez because she both advocated and celebrated the "brilliant day for women."

The scope and nature of the hate is specific to the Internet, argues Dr. Whitney Phillips, a media studies and digital culture researcher, who is writing a book on trolls. "While the sort of violently sexist bile directed at Criado-Perez definitely has precedent (and not just precedent but precedents), it also has context," she told The Atlantic Wire. "Not only does Twitter allow for anonymous or pseudonymous communication, not only does it provide a forum for users to directly interface with public figures, its social functionality encourages the breakneck spread of information." In addition, because of the Internet, more people have exposure to people like Criado-Perez and her story, further amplifying the potential haters.

But, like Phillips said, the behavior has precedence. The sexism we see online is just a reflection of real world hatred, suggests University of Maryland law professor Danielle Citron, who is writing a book about cyber harassment. "We have gendered harms that we see these nudged into cyberspace where it's much safer for perpetrators to demean," she told The Atlantic Wire. Before, you might see acceptable sexual harassment in the work-place, for example. And certainly journalists in particular saw these feelings manifest in letters to the editor and hate mail — the comment threads of the analog age.

More: http://www.theatlanticwire.com/technology/2013/08/witch-hunts-lynch-mobs-and-talk-radio-where-people-trolled-internet/68099/


What is turning so many young men into internet trolls?

There's misogyny, of course. But sometimes it's boredom, a need for attention, or a grievance against a world that is passing them by. An academic specialist in online behaviour asks, how should we treat these disparate kinds of abuser?

Claire Hardaker

Two thousand, three hundred and ninety-three years ago, in 380BC, Plato wrote the myth of the Ring of Gyges, in which the shepherd, Gyges, discovers a ring that makes him invisible at will. He promptly uses the protection this offers to infiltrate the royal household, seduce the queen, assassinate the king and take the kingdom. Plato goes on: "If now there should be two such rings, and the just man should put on one and the unjust the other, no one could be found, it would seem, of such adamantine temper as to persevere in justice."

Plato felt that the protection of being unidentifiable could corrupt even the most morally upstanding person. After the week she has had, Caroline Criado-Perez might well sympathise with that bleak assessment. After she had successfully petitioned to have Jane Austen's image appear on the new £10 banknote, Twitter trolls used the anonymity of the internet to inundate her with threats of rape and violence.

It took another petition and a media storm to overcome the inertia that seems to exist when social networks and the police are asked to deal with online abuse. When MP Stella Creasy stepped in to support and defend Criado-Perez, the Twitter trolls began to target her too. And in the latest twist, several female journalists were sent bomb threats. So who are the trolls sending these messages? And what motivates them to behave like this?

The Gyges effect – the way that the internet can encourage a disinhibition people simply would not experience face to face – is only part of the explanation. Linked to that is the way the internet allows us to shut down our sense of empathy. In a nutshell, we are sending words through a screen, and seeing words come back. No tone of voice, facial expressions or body language. This makes it easy not only to pretend there isn't a real, emotional, possibly fragile human being at the other end, but also to play down any emotional reaction that they convey back as an exaggeration or a lie.

Much more: http://www.theguardian.com/media/2013/aug/03/how-to-stop-trolls-social-media

Woman Paralyzed From The Chest Down Travels Across Indonesia On A Modified Motorbike (Tissue Alert)

(Best watched in HD)

A Journey to Inspire People Whose Disabilities Prevent Them From Leaving the House.

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia -- On May 10, 2013, Sri Lestari, a woman who lost the use of her legs at the age of 23, will embark on a journey from Jakarta to Bali on a modified motorcycle. Over the course of her 1,212 kilometer trip she will visit families of people with disabilities to empower them with her story, and her journey will culminate with a presentation at TEDxUbud on June 1, 2013.

When Sri Lestari was 23, she was in an accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down. For 10 years Sri was house-bound, assuming she had lost not only the use of her legs, but her freedom as well. That is, until she got her wheelchair and modified motorcycle. Now Sri lives a full, independent life, and is employed as a social worker by the Indonesian office of UCP Wheels for Humanity, a non profit organization dedicated to increasing access to mobility and improving the quality of life for people with disabilities in developing countries throughout the world.

It is estimated that there are more than 2.4 million people who require a wheelchair in Indonesia, many of whom, spend their lives entirely at home because they cannot access basic mobility equipment or modified motorcycles like Sri's. UCP Wheels for Humanity Executive Director Michael Allen comments: "We are proud to support Sri's journey from Jakarta to Bali. As part of her work with UCP Wheels Indonesia, Sri enriches the lives of children and adults with disabilities every day, and we know that her courage, optimism, and success has the potential to inspire thousands more. She has shown how mobility and opportunity—combined with an undeniable passion for life—can enrich our world, and we are excited to follow her adventures when she sets off." For more information, please visit www.ucpwfh.org.

Contact: Brooke Lykins, Director of Development UCP Wheels for Humanity Email: blykins@ucpwfh.org

Sri's Story

Hi, my name is Sri Lestari. I am from Klaten, Central Java, Indonesia. I've been paralyzed from the chest down since I was in an accident when I was 23. Watch the video above to hear my story, and learn about my mission to inspire other Indonesians with disabilities.

I think every Indonesian with a disabilty should be able to do the same kind of things that people without disabilities do (and that I do!).

I'll do this by an inspiring trip, travelling 1,212 km from Jakarta to Bali on my modified motorbike. I want to show that people with disabilities in Indonesia can live free, independent, productive and happy lives! I need your support, I can't make it by myself!

The impact of this campaign

In 2009, I started working as a social worker for an international organization called United Cerebral Palsy, Wheels for Humanity. I spend my days visiting people with disabilities who just stay at home. They are surprised that I can live independently, go everywhere by myself on my modified motorcycle, and work a normal job. They are happy when they see me, because I am 'diffable', (differently abled), and I am a woman and I can work. I really want to share my experience - how I can be independent and healthy as a diffabled paraplegic.

Let's work together to help more disabled people out of their houses, and to have the same opportunities as others.

About the trip

The trip will take 3 weeks, and I plan to travel about 75km a day with some longer stops. I will stop in different towns and cities along the way and speak with people with disabilities about my story and my experience.

The trip will end in Bali on May 29th, 3 days before TEDxUbud. I will appear onstage at TEDxUbud, and hopefully share the story of my trip (this has already been arranged with the TEDx organizers.)

Other ways you can help

Even if you can't contribute to the campaign, telling others about my story, my trip and my dream really helps! So 'like' my page on Facebook, and share my campaign with the world!

Thank you so much, Sri Lestari

P.S. Special thanks to my bosses at UCP WFH, who are giving me so many opportunities and to the organizers of TEDxUbud, who have been very supportive!


A friend of mine is making a documentary series on this and I'll add some clips when they become available...

LOL! Good One From The Rachel Maddow FB Page

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Why Beef Is Becoming More Like Chicken

A new cattle drug called Zilmax is being widely used in the industrial feedlots where most of America’s beef comes from, but not because it produces a better sirloin. In fact, it has been shown to make steak less flavorful and juicy than beef from untreated cattle. Many feedlot owners, big meatpackers, and at least one prominent industry group resisted the drug, worrying that the beef industry would turn off consumers if it started churning out lower-quality steaks.

So what accounts for the sudden popularity of Zilmax? Zilmax is a highly effective growth drug, and it makes cattle swell up with muscle in the final weeks of their lives. And despite concerns within the industry, the economics of modern beef production have made the rise of Zilmax all but inevitable.

The beef industry has been shrinking for decades, a problem that can be traced to cheap chicken. Poultry companies like Tyson Foods figured out in the 1930s and ’40s how to raise chickens in a factory-like system. Using a business model called vertical integration, poultry companies like Tyson began to control every aspect of animal production, from the hatchery to the farm and the slaughterhouse. After the dawn of vertical integration, chickens were raised in barn-like warehouses on the farm, killed and butchered along assembly lines nearby, and, later, shipped out to big customers like McDonald’s and Wal-Mart—with every step of the process dictated by the same company. In the 1990s, the same model was widely applied to pork production, cutting out the middlemen and leading to a drop in pork prices (after adjusting for inflation).

As chicken got cheaper, it took top billing on fast-food menus. Beef got pushed aside. Some companies have tried to vertically integrate cattle production, but it has never panned out economically, thanks to the stubborn biology of cows. Chicken and pigs have offspring in big numbers, which lends itself to industrial-sized barns. (Hens lay a steady supply of eggs that yield full-grown chickens in about two months; sows bear big litters of piglets that reach maturity in about six months.) But a cow can only have one calf at a time, and the gestation period lasts nine months. After that, a calf suckles from its mother for about four months. It would be exorbitantly expensive to confine that life cycle in a warehouse, since the cow and calf would have to be sheltered and fed for over a year, just to get one full-grown heifer out of the deal. As a result, the vast majority of calves are still born and reared on wide-open ranchland, where herds of them eat free grass and stick by their mother’s side.

But cattle producers still imitate the heavily industrialized chicken industry to compete. Zilmax is part of a new regime for raising cattle that emphasizes higher production and cost-cutting wherever possible. This regime is what created the modern-day feedlot, where thousands of cattle, after being raised on open ranchland, are corralled on muddy hillsides to spend the last few months of their life eating corn. It is also what necessitates the battery of pharmaceuticals and feed additives that cattle must consume to stay healthy and gain weight—as Michael Pollan and others have noted, cattle didn’t evolve to digest corn, so they easily become sick on feedlots without careful monitoring.

Continues: http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/food/2013/02/zilmax_the_cattle_growth_drug_that_s_making_beef_more_like_chicken.single.html

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