s skippy the bush kangaroo: August 2014

skippy the bush kangaroo

Sunday, August 31, 2014


stop the slaughter.
fourteen animal rights activists have been detained on the faroe island of sandoy in the north atlantic while trying to stop a controversial dolphin hunt, their organisation has said. the activists were detained on saturday when attempting to save a pod of 33 pilot whales, members of the dolphin family, as the mammals were driven to shore to be killed by waiting hunting parties, according to environmental group sea shepherd.

“the 14 have been under arrest since saturday, and three of our boats have also been seized,” lamya essemlali, president of sea shepherd france, told afp.

large numbers of pilot whales are slaughtered each year on the faroe islands, an autonomous territory within the kingdom of denmark.

the method involves the mammals being forced into a bay by flotillas of small boats before being hacked to death with hooks and knives. - the telegraph

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environmental news stories sunday

for those pesky little stories that you won't hear bandied about on the corporate milquetoast media. hot harbinger:

torrid summer a glimpse into region's future. heat, massive wildfires and violent thunderstorms: the summer of 2014 will be remembered for its intensity and disruption. climate scientists say it is also a look into the future - spokane spokesman review

climate change major threat to human health. the world health organisation is warning climate change is the greatest threat to human health this century. it has just concluded its first-ever global conference on climate change, and a new zealand doctor who was there says the effects of a warming world are already being felt - auckland tv3

cape cod's namesake fish population rapidly disappearing. there aren't enough cod left on cape cod. that soon becomes evident to the tourists crowding an observation deck to watch fishermen unload their boats in this picturesque harbor sheltered from the ocean by sandy dunes - latte times

corporate farms get blame as key water-pollution culprit. while people in toledo may think of lake erie water quality as a sewage or factory issue, it is increasingly an agricultural land-use issue. a ohio task force has been studying the phosphorus problem, which has been trending upward since 1995, when the first major bloom of toxic microcystis algae was detected in western lake erie since the 1970s. - toledo blade

california to ban plastic bags statewide. california is saying goodbye to plastic bags. the statewide ban was one of several historic bills sent to the governor's desk before state lawmakers wrapped up their two-year session. this will make california the first to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags - palm springs kesq

landmark groundwater reform headed to governor’s desk. in a move that some believed may never happen in california, state legislators approved three bills that would — for the first time — regulate the state’s vast underground water resources. groundwater is california’s “underground reservoir,” providing as much as 60 percent of the state’s water supply during drought years. - kqed

actor and activist leonardo dicaprio has taken to his twitter to promote his opposition against tar sands oil production in alberta, canada. - ecorazzi

a deadly brain-eating bacteria has been found thriving in a louisiana parish water supply serving more than 12,000 people. -daily mail

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rest in peace

blogger robert stein of connecting.the.dots
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sunday down in tennessee

why juvenile incarceration needs to go

stealing cars has gone out of fashion

how the current mass extinction of animals threatens humans

the libertarian agenda: a chart-like chart

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

saturday night holocaust

6 myths the beef industry wants us to believe

how does your state compare in rate of gun deaths?

sea world and its horrible, no good, very bad week

what lies beneath stonehenge?
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Friday, August 29, 2014

thank god it's friday night

russia closes 4 macdonalds for sanitary reasons

white students will no longer be the majority in the coming school year

nra & gunmakers are driving the militarization of the police

but missouri cops are sued for $40 million over ferguson

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

jersey thursday

illinois schools ban discussions about michael brown's death

league of south president: relish being a white supremacist

study: airline ticket prices need to rise for climate policies to work

most spider bites aren't spider bites
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

any wednesday

the nra pissed off the wrong nerd

the cult of greed vs. the rest of us

ditching the u.s. to avoid taxes doesn't always pay off

'ex-gay' organization literally creates an escape plan to get away from homosexuality

and happy 94th birthday to women's right to vote
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

hurry, tuesday child

wine country losses from the napa quake are in the billions

6 studies prove everything the gop says is wrong

here's your union-made shopping list for labor day cook outs

burger king may move to canada to avoid u.s. taxes

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Monday, August 25, 2014

monday sucks

the curious grammar of police shootings

but guess what happened when police started wearing cameras in rialto, ca

contagion, not the movie:  scientists think the current ebola epidemic started when a child came into contact with a fruit bat

laverne cox is not the first openly-transgendered person to be nominated for an emmy
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Sunday, August 24, 2014


was left as one big wine stain on the california map this morning after a 6.0 earthquake hit.

napa's wine industry (in 2012) put $50 billion dollars into the united state's economy. i think there might be a little shaking going on in our economy today, too.
a long, rolling 6.0 earthquake shook a wide swath of the bay area awake early sunday, prompting gov. jerry brown to declare a state of emergency. the temblor damaged buildings, cut off power to tens of thousands, sparked fires, and sent at least 89 people to a hospital including three who were in critical condition. - latte times

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sunday date

ferguson shows that white america is living in a parallel universe

the reason health care is so expensive:  insurance companies

more racist, anti-semitic emails are found in the gov. walker case


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Saturday, August 23, 2014

saturday night forever

some police departments classify assaults as 'minor offenses'

washington post will no longer use the word 'redskins'

fracking gets closer to water sources than we previously thought

study: white people support harsher prison terms if they think black people have been arrested

and...are you watching the return of dr. who tonight?  if you're in bristol, you might want to go to the dr. who bathroom
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Friday, August 22, 2014

thank god it's friday

germany's green grid is one of the most reliable in the world

inside the right-wing plot to derail medical marijuana in florida

wife of texas anti-gay activist leaves him for another woman

dinosaurs had the worst luck
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

interlude - thursday

aclu:  the first amendment is suspended in ferguson

children deported from our border wars killed in their own countries

from public service to lobbyist: the revolving door is on auto-pilot

exxon is building the most controversial oil rig ever

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

a wednesday in your garden

lazy corporate monopolies are why we can't have nice things

is your website being blocked in the uk?

what combat veterans see in ferguson

the entitlement of the very rich
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

hungover on a tuesday

are we sure ebola isn't airborne?

tesla wants $500 million for its gigafactory

1 black man is killed every 28 hours by police or vigilantes

the science of waiting in line

and rip famous announcer and the voice of saturday night live, don pardo
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Monday, August 18, 2014

monday struggle

greens and civil rights activists bring coal to its knees in mississippi

the truth about the u.s. post office

how chuck todd could improve meet the press

300-year-old jesus statue has real human teeth
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Sunday, August 17, 2014

sunday blue

study: white people support harsher prison terms if they think black people have been arrested

climate change is devastating europe's forests

why does the economy grow more under democrats?

the rape crisis on campus

and happy 79th birthday to social security!

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

saturday night fish fry

plane accidentally sprays high school band with pesticide

the 1% are literally rich beyond measure

the worst pain known to man comes from an ant

coco the cat finds free wifi

and wooden coaster fans say goodbye to the colossus at six flags magic mountain in socal
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Friday, August 15, 2014

dear doc maddow

i love your show and watch it every night.  it pains me when you make a simple mistake.  "the anti-war protests turned violent" means the protestors were violent.  your story quite clearly pointed out it was the police who rioted and turned violent.  technically it was the anti-anti-war protests that turned violent. please broadcast a correction.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

sumter county friday night

nypd's "broken windows" theory targets minorities

parents of better-educated children live longer

why do our elites act like sociopaths?

guess which country is the world leader at smoking marijuana
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ice cream thursdays

is new york city going under water in the next few decades?

'pro-troop' charity pays off tea party cronies instead

the 7 truthiest nyt columnists

stop the presses:  the rich run everything

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what happened to tradition?

ferguson police are using tanks and assault rifles on black demonstrators?  what happened to the traditional fire hoses and german shepherds?

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Too Soon

Michael Hutchence, David Carradine, and Robin Williams walk into a bar....

You know how it would unwind: there are primarily noted criminals from the Old West and a small gathering of (far too many) teenagers nursing Shirley Temples and Horses Asses. And for the first fifteen minutes Williams is riffing on all the Hanged Men, until he notices that Hutchence and Carradine have joined the teenagers and figures out why they are all together.

And for the next forty-five minutes—maybe longer—he does an "Oh, ****, that is what I was supposed to be doing" riff that leaves everyone else, er, gasping for air. Starting like this:

and ending like this:

But it's probably too soon. Even worse, the guy who could pull it off isn't around to do it.
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11:35 on a wednesday

linkedin will pay $6 million to employees who worked overtime with no pay

it's time we treat police brutality as a national crisis

the government is the largest creator of low-wage jobs

the end of reefer madness?

and rip iconic movie and stage actress lauren bacall
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

welcome back, blogger

a big skippy hello to the return of max speak, you listen!
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hot hair tuesday

fact checker has "lost track" of how many times they've debunked climate change deniers

23 harrowing confessions about sexual assault in the military

this week in water

"man-feels park" by jane austin

we are shocked and saddened; rip our improv buddy robin williams
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Monday, August 11, 2014

monday strikes

pray the regulation away

study finds republicans lie more than democrats

ann coulter wants to deal with our border issues like netanyahu deals with hamas

two theories of poverty
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Sunday, August 10, 2014

sunday bloody sunday

climate extremes: expect more cold snaps and heat waves

the charter school profiteers

5 decades of middle class wages

taco bell manager:  i was fired for hiring hispanics
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Saturday, August 09, 2014

saturday night fever

how a hate group lost its influence on cable news

in san francisco real estate even a million can't buy much

these three companies should start paying the bad boss tax

reaganbook.com is the latest conservative fail
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Friday, August 08, 2014

stupid friday

building a progressive alternative to alec

nra removes video calling for arming the blind

we might be in the early days of the sixth mass extinction

managers are twice as likely to get paid leave as service workers
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Thursday, August 07, 2014

i keep thinking it's thursday

wall street has raked in almost a billion dollars helping companies move overseas to dodge taxes

these are the companies abandoning the u.s.  to dodge taxes

is the fbi creating terrorists to pad convictions rates?

new lego set of all-female scientists sells out in a day

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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

working wednesday wait for you

nyc's smallest piece of private property is the size of a large slice of pizza

america's wealthiest are increasigly 'earning' their fortunes by inheiriting it

top 10 reasons we're against unions

someone left the (wedding) cake out in the rain
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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

hooray for tuesday

the va scandal exposes the folly of metrics

beware the mayfly

here's a map of boston with a 7.5 coastal flood

the u of chicago has an underground robot library

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Monday, August 04, 2014

monday street

the war on women rages in texas

man shoots 17-year-old girl after she tells him not to drive his lawnmower over her property

pharma hasn't developed ebola vaccine 'because virus only affects africans' says uk top doc

confused cats against feminism
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Sunday, August 03, 2014

sunday best

mary poppins (really kristen bell) got the minimum wage wrong

america's biggest nuclear dump is still leaking

the auction based on emotions

galaxy quest: an oral history
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Saturday, August 02, 2014

happy blogiversary!

to our good buddy jill over at brilliant at breakfast!

it's her decablogiversary, and we wish her luck, whatever she decides to do.

blogging is hard and usually unrewarding work, so she deserves (as does anyone) major mad props for being able to do it for 10 years w/o killing someone.

good job, jill!
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saturday night facts of life

there is no link whatsoever between ceo pay and performance

don't let your kid become an ivy-league zombie

sometimes "what would reagan do?" is the wrong question

the cia and dr. zhivago
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Friday, August 01, 2014

she left me on friday

woman overhears ibm execs say they wouldn't hire women because they get pregnant

stand your ground laws lead to more homicides, don't deter violence

how extremism becomes mainstream

asshole can't find a pen, writes entire nyt column about it
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