s skippy the bush kangaroo: March 2014

skippy the bush kangaroo

Monday, March 31, 2014

happy baseball season opening

and, why yes....the sport is being affected by climate change.
the crack of bats this time of year means two things: baseball is back and winter is over.

but major league baseball's spring soundtrack relies heavily on wood from white ash trees treasured for strength and flexibility. And it may soon sound different as a tiny beetle threatens the northern pennsylvania stands that for more than a century have supplied wood for bats.

experts say climate change may alter just how far north and south the tree-killing pest will spread. northern pennsylvania is right in the emerald ash borer's sweet spot.

"if climate change reduces those extreme cold temperatures in northern states, which can kill them, it may allow it to spread north faster," said dan herms, a professor and entomologist at ohio state university. "But surely they'll get to where louisville slugger is." - climate change


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on monday

8 amazing facts that will alter your sense of time altogether

attack on protesting iraq war vet by police results in million dollar settlement

36% of workers have less than $1,000 in their retirement accounts

and rip dynasty co-star, classic dr. who villain & patsy's sister on ab-fabkate o'mara

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

sunday night

8 ways privatization has failed america

kkk leader: we're not hateful, we're christian

corporations don't create jobs, they destroy them

celebrities should stop playing doctor

and rip consummate character actor james rebhorn
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Saturday, March 29, 2014

saturday night's alright (for fighting)

kansas 'retaliation' bill would allow cops to arrest people who complain about cops

former undercover drug officer: why white people don't get busted

we must stop calling each other 'nazi!

amanda marcotte doesn't want a baby
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Friday, March 28, 2014

joe friday

9 maps that should outrage southerners

toyota pays $1.2 billion for defective accelerator cover-up

wildflower season in the rockies is 35 days longer thanks to global warming

scrap dealer finds fabrage egg at a flea market
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Thursday, March 27, 2014

come thursday

most wisconsin gop senators who voted to restrict early voting have themselves voted early

in spite of not bailing out the banks, iceland is on the mend

tea partiers want to re-fight 1964

democrats need to welcome democrats to the party

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

wednesday morning

the average family pays $6000 in corporate subsidies every year in taxes

over 21 million people worldwide are forced into labor

vax deniers australian vaccine skeptics lose rheir charitable status

support independent media
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

every other tuesday

debunking right wing persecution fantasies

51 medical organizations sign this letter stating there is an epidemic of gun violence

behind the 'religious freedom' attacks on gay rights lurks a broader attack on civil rights

behold, the 16th century rocket cat!

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Monday, March 24, 2014

on a monday

8 sneaky racial code words and why politicians love them

the 5 most absurd christian right claims of persecution

the 7 most common lies about abortion

the first kiss ever filmed was between two women

and rip consummate character actor james rebhorn

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

say hello

to the ron paul tickler
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sunday morning song

iconic actor robert duval leaves the gop

climate scientists 3, economists 0

take the politics out of the minimum wage by indexing it to inflation

creationists demand equal time om cosmos

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

saturday night twist

the rise of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea

tea party repubs register as fake dems in local montana races

even if the gop wins the senate in 2014, can they keep it in 2016?

have you been robbed on the job?
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Friday, March 21, 2014

it's finally friday

george w. bush lost an entire generation for the republican party

22 vets commit suicide everyday

gop senator using tax payer money to take speech lessons

msnbc: preen forward
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Thursday, March 20, 2014

ding song the witch is dead

anti-gay bigot feed phelps is dead at 84

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but then, a week ago last thursday

christian conservatives are a danger to american freedom

george zimmerman's parents sue roseanne over tweets

drug company withholds drug from dying boy because it would cut into profits

people are more ethical in the morning
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

wednesday mayday

corn-eating worms develop immunity to gmo's designed to kill them

obama is worried about the mid-terms

the aca is causing the number of uninsured to drop in most age groups

woman accidentally joins search party looking for herself
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

skippy's tuesday night music club


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especially for you groovy tuesday

the sociopathic 1%

does the south have a battered psyche?

the gop really does hate vets

koch bros. pull misleading, easily-debunked obamacare horror story ads

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Monday, March 17, 2014

new moon on monday

the third party that's winning

millennials are independents, unreligious

10 things the gun industry won't tell you

here's a map of the internet, drawn to scale
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Sunday, March 16, 2014

environmental news stories sunday

for those pesky little stories you probably didn't hear about on the talking head shows this morning. hmmm. could it be because they run ads for companies making moolah from fracking.

scientists study ohio's quakes, fracking. for 100 years, mahoning county had not experienced a sizable earthquake. but a little more than two years ago, the ground in the northeastern ohio county started to shake. there have been a dozen earthquakes in the area near youngstown since - columbus dispatch

thousands rally at capitol to protest fracking. more than 2,000 people came from across the state to gather at the capitol saturday afternoon to call for a ban on fracking in california. - sacramento kxtv

health concerns grow as frac sand mines creep into missouri. for the past few years, frac sand mines in the midwest have been popping up right alongside hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. but as kristofor husted reports, an uproar of opposition based on health concerns is spreading down through the region into missouri - ksmu radio

 america’s dirtiest secret. the oil and gas industry’s contamination problems are so large, they have been deemed impossible to prevent or clean up by both industry and government. an unimaginable tonnage of contamination is being placed into our environment every year thanks to lax regulation of exploration and production wastes. - boulder weekly

oil industry gets an earful as it eyes florida's everglades. as oil production goes, florida isn't much of a player. that's about to change as the revolution in oil drilling technology comes to florida - all things considered

call for 'frack-free zones' to protect uk's wildlife and water. the uk should designate "frack-free zones" to protect the countryside from shale gas extraction because of the risk of polluting rivers and fragmenting many of Britain's most valuable wildlife sites, according to a major study conducted for six countryside groups - the guardian

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sunday morning nightmare

what's really offensive about paul ryan's remarks

why shold we work hard and play by the rules when the rich don't?

tens of people showed up for the white man march

and rip hilarious comedian and tonight show favorite david brenner

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

saturday night (so i married an ax murderer)

let's make gun owners responsible for their guns

the doomsday cult of bitcoin

10 things they won't tell you about money in politics

mcdonalds admits strikes have hurt them, may have to raise wages
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Friday, March 14, 2014

it's friday night

nbc is considering dropping david gregory from 'meet the press'

study shows sexually aggressive men don't misread signals, they ignore them

tiny houses for the homeless

the pope gets his own fan magazine
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Thursday, March 13, 2014

blackouts on thursday

it's a great time to own a business, and a terrible time to be an employee

obama has nominated a higher percentage of campaign donors to ambassadorships than any previous modern president

it's time for a federal approach to marijuana legalization

can anything short of breaking up the big banks stop them?

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

wednesday lover

the 7 most absurd things kids are learning thanks to conservatives

ft. hood sexual hartassment prevention coordinator accused of running prostitution ring

the right is spinning hatred for lgbt people

here's a handy what if your income grew as fast as the 1%'s calculator
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

early on tuesday

christian family institute founder suspended for sexual harrassment

inequality now is worse than downton abbey

is social change just around the corner?

why a near-death experience isn't proof of heaven
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Monday, March 10, 2014

moody monday

choice for sex workers on phoenix: church or jail

the north dakota oil town with the highest rents in the country

basking in a republican paradise

imf debunks myth: taxing rich nit bad for the economy

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Sunday, March 09, 2014

environmental news stories sunday

for those stories you might not hear on the right leaning, climate change denying sunday morning talking head shows.

farmers sign statewide petition for fracking moratorium - santa maria times

drought hastens end of a region's hydropower era. the yearslong drought in central texas could eventually snuff out a renewable power source that fueled the region’s early growth: hydropower - texas tribune

senate dems to stage climate all-nighter. at least 28 senate democrats are pulling an all-nighter on monday to wake up "stubborn" climate change deniers in congress. with substantial climate change legislation all but dead in congress, the senators just want to get to a point where lawmakers can agree that climate change is a scientific fact - the hill

drought raises fears s.j. river could run dry. a water district official in south san joaquin county is sounding the alarm that the county's namesake river could run dry this summer all the way to the edge of the delta - stockton record

california drought: orange county expands 'toilet to tap' water recycling. one way state officials hope to make california better able to withstand the drought is to stock underground drinking water supplies with recycled wastewater - kpcc

california researchers embark on "kelp watch 2014". cal berkeley scientists are participating in a first of its kind study to test kelp for contamination from radioactive ocean water from the damaged fukushima power plant - bay area nbc

dredging up the truth. newly uncovered documents reveal that as early as the 1960s -- decades before the government ordered GE to undertake the river dredging that is scheduled to resume this spring -- company officials were warned of the potential serious health threats of polychlorinated biphenyls - albany times union

tap water taste weird? thank road salt and nj's snowy winter. the state transportation department has used more than 460,000 tons of salt — nearly an 80 percent increase over last winter — enough to season a large order of mcdonald’s french fries for every new jerseyan every day for nearly 368 years - newark star ledger

surviving beijing's pollution while pregnant: 'i feel like a lab-rat.' the risks of high pollution levels for pregnant women are potentially significant. a number of international studies have indicated risks to children whose mothers are exposed to high levels of pollutants at pregnancy, include low birth weight and long-term impacts on intelligence. - the guardian

wendell berry: a strong voice for local farming. for six decades, writer wendell berry has spoken out in defense of local agriculture, rural communities, and the importance of caring for the land. in an interview with yale environment 360, he talks about his kentucky farm, his activism, and why he remains hopeful for the future. - yale 360

and now...a moment of eco zen

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sunday morning pancakes

millenials leaving religion due to anti-gay teachings

how i lost my father to fox news

nasa discovers 700 new planets and some may have life

military rape victims screwed again bi congress

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Saturday, March 08, 2014

saturday night special

democrats need a theme for 2014

florida gun show may be canceled because george zimmerman has been invited

take the quiz: walker or christie

over at lawyers, guns & money, we are enjoying the eric loomis series dead horses in american history
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Friday, March 07, 2014

rip bartcop

incredibly sad news, our friend monkeyfister let us know that the incredible bart of bartcop has passed away.

bartcop was one of the original blogs to populate blogtopia, and was kind enough to link to us many times.

apparently bart had pneumonia, and succumbed earlier this week.  he leaves a widow that might need help with future bills, so if you ever enjoyed his work on his blog, you may want to consider going over there and making a donation.

there are far too many bloggers being listed in our rest in peace dept. on our sidebar (we had just finished saying goodbye to paddy of political carnival).  this is a sad day in blogtopia.

rest in peace, bartcop.

addendum:  here's more from susie madrake at crooks & liars, brad friedman at the brad blog, and john cole at balloon juice.

double addendum:  and rude pundit
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good mourning, black friday

tea party candidate mocks gunshot victims on facebook

is lysistrata the answer to the gop?

"post-racial america" is a dangerous lie

gun fail

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Thursday, March 06, 2014

any given thursday

you need to work at least 67 hours to afford rent on minimum wage

the nra discovers teenagers shouldn't have guns

scientists observe biggest meteor ever impact on the moon

couple finds $10 million in rare gold coins while on a walk
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Wednesday, March 05, 2014

wednesday like a river

having a gun in the house does not make a woman safer

barkhad abdi, capt. phillips co-star, is broke

florida judge rules it's illegal to unhook from the city's water system

and rip experimental avant-garde opera composer robert ashley

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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

drunk on a tuesday

 we don't have freedom if we don't have free time

what does it mean for feminism if feminism becomes trendy

physicist boyfriend proposes to physicist girlfriend with academic paper

are your mardi gras beads killing you?
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Monday, March 03, 2014

monday's rain

7 foods experts said were bad for us that turned out to be good

27% of flight attendants experienced sexual harassment in the past year

most economically thriving u.s. cities have the greatest income inequality

georgia men used facebook to plot against the government
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Sunday, March 02, 2014

happy birthday, dr. seuss

“a person's a person, no matter how small.” (horton hears a who)

 (and did you know that mr. geisel was, well, a bit "subversive?")


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do you eat ethically?

just asking...


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environmental news stories sunday

for those pesky little stories you probably didn't hear on the blah blah blah talking head shows this morning. oh, and no...the storms hitting california did not "fix" the drought.

l.a. moves forward with fracking ban. facing complaints from south l.a. residents living near oil fields, the los angeles city council moved Friday to place a moratorium on fracking and other drilling methods, a move opposed by oil companies - los angeles daily news

los angeles city council takes step toward fracking ban. the l.a. city council on friday moved toward banning hydraulic fracturing, acidizing and other controversial methods of coaxing oil and gas from wells, agreeing to draft new rules that would prohibit "well stimulation" until adequate environmental safeguards are adopted by state and federal governments. - latte times

u.s farmer warns illawarra of fracking danger. where john fenton comes from, simply turning on a shower faucet can have deadly consequences. on sunday, he told his story to the stop csg illawarra meeting and urged the community to continue fighting to protect the drinking water catchment from the effects of fracking. - illawarra mercury

in “the sixth extinction,” elizabeth kolbert reports from the frontlines of a dying world - grist

court rules off-the-grid living is illegal - off the grid news

climate change fight in the balance at u.s. supreme court. while the public sleeps through an unusually rough winter, the fight against climate change -- or the fight against excessive regulation, depending on the point of view -- is being waged at the u.s. supreme court in a landmark case involving greenhouse gases. - upi

apple ceo: climate hange deniers should their money out of apple stock - think progress

senator expresses concerns about nuclear-waste tanks. most of the youngest and sturdiest of the giant tanks that the energy department uses to store high-level radioactive waste at its hanford nuclear reservation in washington state show some of the same construction problems as a tank that began leaking in late 2012, according to documents released by senator ron wyden of oregon, whose state is across the columbia River from the site - nytimes

pig poop powers north carolina farm. in the heart of north carolina’s bucolic wine country, east of the great smoky mountains, lies loyd ray farms – a factory farm that turns pig poop into energy. loyd ray farms is the first to tap a new energy market created under north carolina’s unique renewable energy law, which took effect in 2012 - discover (reg. req.)

“yoga mat” chemical found In nearly 500 foods - environmental working group

epa deals blow to alaska copper mine citing need to protect salmon. u.s. environmental regulators moved on friday to block development of the pebble mine in alaska — potentially one of the largest copper projects in the world — citing the possibility of "irreversible harm" to the state's valuable salmon fisheries - al jazeera

kauai: groups seek to intervene in gmo suit. four organizations that support kauai county's new ordinance pertaining to pesticide use and cultivation of genetically modified crops are seeking to intervene in a federal lawsuit that aims to block its implementation. - honolulu star advisor (reg. req.)

maui residents want to let voters decide on gmo ban - honolulu civil beat

democracy or corporatocracy? the choice is ours. - the ecologist

reuters' climate coverage continues to decline under "skeptic" editor - media matters

when santa barbarian waves go rogue...


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i have an electric car and solar panels on my roof so i have zero interest in killing people for their oil.

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sunday morning l.a.

it turns out friends with benefits aren't so bad

exxon ceo sues to stop fracking near his ranch

13-year-old charged with a felony for hitting a cop with a snowball

apple sez climate deniers should not buy their stock

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Saturday, March 01, 2014

saturday night shoot out

johns hopkins study finds that background checks save lives

dems' chances in 2014 better than you think

bing censors chinese language searches here in the u.s. as well as in china

what's so weird about a conservative atheist?

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