s skippy the bush kangaroo: November 2014

skippy the bush kangaroo

Sunday, November 30, 2014

environmental news stories sunday

for those pesky little stories that get less attention than a derriere of a kardashian.

drought hit são paulo, brazil’s drought-hit megacity of 20 million, has about two months of guaranteed water supply remaining as it taps into the second of three emergency reserves, officials say. the city began using its second so-called “technical reserve” 10 days ago to-hit sao paulo may 'get water from mud. prevent a water crisis after reservoirs reached critically low levels last month. - reuters

cancer-causing flame retardants found in some people. a growing body of evidence found an array of flame-retardant chemicals – many which are carcinogenic – in test participants, a potential health concern for firefighters and others exposed to the chemicals. tcep was found in 75% of those tested - sacramento bee

gmo labeling fight moves toward court. across the nation, farmers, corporate executives at giant multinational food companies such as unilever, and millions of americans who question the health effects of genetically engineered food are watching and waiting to see what happens in the vermont lawsuit - burlington free press

farmers generate clean-burning fuel from coffee waste in nicaragua. the clean, affordable fuel source for coffee farmers was a byproduct of a wastewater management pilot program. along with purifying the acidic wastewater from the coffee milling process, biogas is helping improve the quality of life for many small farmers. - san jose tico times

car-free to become carefree in helsinki. finland’s capital of helsinki is growing fast and the city’s current transportation system is overstretched and short of money. helsinki’s Director of transport and traffic planning ville lehmuskoski tells host steve curwood about the city’s novel “mobility as a service” model and how investing in shared modes of transit based on needs will save money, reduce traffic congestion, and improve travel comfort and convenience. - living on earth

copenhagen, the capital of denmark, was named europe’s greenest capital in 2014. it’s partly due to the ubiquitous bike paths and the ambitious renewable energy goals, but as living on earth’s helen palmer reports, also due to the many green roofs the city is installing to soak up excess rain and cool the capital. - living on earth

muir woods coho salmon vanish, fanning fears of extinction. the cherished coho salmon that historically wriggled their way past beachgoers up redwood creek into muir woods vanished this year and are now on the verge of extinction, prompting a last-ditch attempt by fisheries biologists to save the genetically unique species - sfgate

college student dies after severe allergic reaction to peanut butter. it started with a batch of peanut butter cookies — and ended several days later with the death of a michigan college student. his family is now speaking out about the dangers of nut allergies and the need to accommodate people who have them. - washington post

can breeders cure what ails our breast-heavy turkeys? We have decades of intense selective breeding to thank for the dramatic evolution of the average american turkey — from a scrawny 13.2 pounds in 1929, to a robust weight of nearly 30 pounds in 2012. a lot of that weight has gone straight to the breast. - npr

sun, sand and offshore drilling in spain's famed canary islands. an oil rig now floats offshore in one of europe's top winter beach destinations - spain's canary islands. for the first time, spain has authorized offshore oil drilling there. it's hoping to reduce its dependence on foreign oil. - npr

bees have pollen preferences, and we've wiped out many of their favorite flowers - treehugger

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sunday morning call

us govt to auction off bitcoins seized in silk road closure

who judges the judges?

authorities are discovering many mass graves in mexico

7 of america's top 30 corporations pay their ceo's more than they pay in federal taxes

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

saturday night on utopia parkway

fast-warming gulf of maine offers hint of future for the world's oceans

7 lives cut short since ferguson

sleater-kinney is back together!

this is what it sounds like when fish shout

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Friday, November 28, 2014

just a reminder

support your local communities. #shoplocal

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black friday rule

what not to buy on black friday

wal-mart workers promise the biggest strike ever on black friday

more guns, more crime: study undermines the nra

robots really are coming for your job
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Thursday, November 27, 2014

food glorious food

they know it's christmas

50% of americans think stores open on thanskgiving is a terrible idea

thanksgiving gas prices cheapest since 2009

and here's 10 thanksgiving movies you can stream on netflix
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

it's only wednesday

these stores will be closed on thanksgiving

republicans have no incentive to govern

how thanksgiving, the abolitionist holiday, won over the south

why do cats sit in circles?  who knows, but they do
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

king of tuesday night

whole foods is not the world's greatest employer

wall street takes over more state houses

wage theft in socal garment industry

more and more feds are going undercover
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Monday, November 24, 2014

monday woman

warmest ocean temperatures ever recorded this summer

but expect even more and bigger snow storms as the climate gets warmer

why the press is less free today

2nd century roman empire glass found in 5th century japanese tomb
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Sunday, November 23, 2014

environmental news stories sunday

for those pesky little stories that need to be seen, heard and talked about...

do you know how many toxic chemicals are in your shampoo, your lipstick, your toothpaste? egyptians first started using scented oils and ointments to clean and soften skin. They were also the first to use toxic chemicals in their beauty products, with lead and arsenic being common ingredients. - global and mail

rcmp confirm 53 arrests so far of people protesting kinder morgan's plan to push a tar sands pipeline through burnaby mountain - vancouver observer

drought revives 'forgotten art' at wineries: farming without irrigation. the gnarled zinfandel grapevines on rich czapleski's land have borne fruit for more than 100 years, producing dark, intense wines that exemplify the special growing conditions in this coveted winemaking region - latimes

berkeley will require retailers provide cellphone safety information. fresh from a ballot-box victory to tax sugary drinks and a decision to provide labels at fuel pumps tying driving to climate change, the berkeley city council voted to craft an ordinance requiring retailers to give consumers information on the safe use of cellular phones - contra costa times

wild turkeys have made a comeback and are ruffling some suburban feathers. wild turkeys were nearly extinct a century ago, but a ­decades-long effort to restore their population has been so successful that the feathered fowl are showing up with varying degrees of friendliness in unlikely places — wandering into suburban backyards, pecking across trader joe’s parking lots, even strutting along interstate 66 in northern virginia. - wapo

chevrolet joins grasslands effort. chevrolet has become the first corporate participant in a public-private initiative that pays farmers not to convert natural prairie to large-scale crop production, which would release gases that are warming the planet, officials said - fort wayne journal gazette

two groups seek to defend maui county’s gmo farming ban. two organizations have separately filed motions in federal court seeking to defend maui county’s temporary moratorium on genetically engineered crops after expressing doubt as to the county’s commitment to the ordinance - honolulu civil beat

not all republicans run from clean energy. this is a tale of two states, iowa and wisconsin. these states border each other, and they have many similarities. but there are big differences in their approach to renewable energy. unfortunately, republican elected officials in wisconsin have lost sight of the common good - lacrosse tribune

what rains carry into streams is making them unfit for salmon. as soon as the fall rains began, the intermittent headwater streams that were dry all summer flowed downstream into creeks, rivers, lakes and puget sound. - everett herald

pg&e gas-line probe by state was slow to launch. it took a four-year string of six accidents blamed on inaccurate natural-gas system records for california regulators to open an investigation into whether pacific gas and electric co. knows the condition of the pipelines that run into people’s homes and businesses - sfgate

california love: water thieves just can’t get enough. something rare quickly becomes valuable. so it should come as no surprise that the latest target of thieves in a state suffering a historic drought is water - al jazeera

 the little dutch boy has gone, but his spirit lives on in climate change strategies. every american has probably heard of the little dutch boy who saved his country by putting his finger in the dike, but they may not know how the netherlands is coping with its latest threat: rising sea levels driven by global warming and dikes that may no longer be high enough. - climate wire

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sunday morning

the california drought is so bad people are stealing water

red cross employees doubt the organization's ethics

4 lies about abortion that made their way into our laws

which is deadlier, car emissions or car crashes?

(thanks to herlander for the correct link on the water story!!)

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

saturday night on utopia parkway

mike nichols: "we are all willie loman now"

police killings highest in two decades

there was no investigation in over 1,000 sex crimes in new orleans

ny mall will fine stores if they don't open on thanksgiving
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Friday, November 21, 2014

american friday night

trace amounts of fukushima radioactivity found in waters off california coast

why conservatives opt for propaganda over reality

the haves and the leftovers

mark twain predicted the internet in 1898

and rip legendary director (the graduate, who's afraid of virginia woolf) and elaine may's old improv partner mike nichols
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

mrs. thursday

k-mart says employees may request thanksgiving off; the reality is a bit different

this new clock may end time as we know it

mert the lawyer whose new job is defending scientists against climate deniers

why the dems lost in 4 letters: the dccc

and rip motown great jimmy ruffin
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

it's already wednesday

michigan state u literally refuses to debate creationism

former white supremicist wants to include people of color in the ku klux klan

former minister: why i left christianity and started an atheist church

dilbert mansplains feminism
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

killing tuesday

is arlington county, va racist?

don't you wish you were paid to smoke pot

galapagos giant tortises are making a comeback

we're sorry, but your request to play the devil's advocate has been denied
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Monday, November 17, 2014

monday without you

meet the women who are fighting online harrassment

trader joe's is under pressure to stop selling antibiotic-raised meat

number of homeless students reaches record levels

support for fracking plummets among americans

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

environmental news stories sunday

for those stories that don't get bandied about on the talking head sunday shows.

tugidak island, alaska: home to thousands of harbor seals and 43 tons of trash. located 10 miles south of kodiak island in the gulf of alaska, tugidak has historically been home to one of the world’s largest haulouts of harbor seals, faced with severe population declines in recent decades. no human lives there, but its footprints have been quite large. - alaska dispatch news

protecting our dwindling water. people who live in the rio grande basin will have to take dramatic steps if they hope to have a future that involves more than just dust. - almogordo news

why don't some state officials want you to read this report on 'green’ energy jobs? a state agency paid almost $435,000 for a survey to tally clean-energy jobs in ohio but never released the results. - columbia dispatch

with drought the new normal, california farmers find they have to change. three years of severe drought in california is making a lot of farmers and ranchers like macon make some tough choices, and in some cases rethink everything about their business. if the conditions persist – and many forecasters predict they will – this could have far-reaching impacts on our food system. - morning edition npr

stanford endowment adds fracking investments. stanford university’s endowment invested in three oil and gas companies in the third quarter, a few months after saying it would end direct investing in publicly traded coal-mining ventures - bloomberg

climate change & pacific northwest glaciers. glaciers in the pacific northwest are essential for the region’s drinking water, hydropower and salmon survival. but disappearing glaciers make the Northwest uniquely vulnerable to the effects of climate change - living on earth

california drought hits san mateo county coast particularly hard. showers were one of the first things to go when the spring dried up at the markegard ranch south of half moon bay. forced to rely on trucked-in water, the four children — ages 4, 6, 7 and 12 — now bathe once a week, often sharing the same tub of water. - sfgate

pr firm boosts congressman for 1 client, attacks his cause for another. a public affairs firm run by former senior aides to president obama has worked to promote republican rep. lee terry's re-election bid in Nebraska while also working against one of the issues he championed: the keystone xl pipeline. - greenwire

judge rules landowner may sue gov't in landmark fracking case. a landmark lawsuit that challenges the lax regulation of hydraulic fracturing in canada has just scored a major victory - vancouver tyee

california drought squeezes olive oil makers - sfgate

twinkling solar bike bath inspired by van gogh's starry starry night built in the netherlands. - inhabitant

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sunday mornin'

when freedom becomes just another word for selling products, it isn't freedom

we will have equality in the workplace in about 2095

5 of the craziest conspiracy theories the right wing will bring to the freshman congress

why sand is disappearing
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Saturday, November 15, 2014

saturday night on saturn

camp bucca: the us prison that became the birthplace of isis

man in texas arrested for bitcoin ponzi scheme

the new loan sharks

pastor: starbucks uses semen in their lattes
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Friday, November 14, 2014

all friday

ebola survivors are immune to the virus for 3 months or longer

where in the u.s. are the working poor most f^cked?

unused flu vaccines cost california millions

k-mart employees have to come to work before dawn on thanksgiving
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Thursday, November 13, 2014

misty thursday

americans pay more for slower internet

noam chomsky thinks the u.s. is the leading terrorist state

about 90% of children who died from the flu this season were not vaccinated

let me fix that for you, ken hamm
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

hash wednesday

the ebola vaccine, traffic congestion, and global warming

michigan right-to-work act passed in violation of open meetings act

west coast longshoremen slowdown worries major retailers in advance of the holidays

giant rat used in union protests declared constitutional
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

just a tuesday

cop charged with stealing nude photographs from a woman's phone

5 cities that will be uninhabitable thanks to climate change - and 5 that are ready

7 things the middle class can't afford anymore

get ready for nasa landing on a comet - tomorrow!!

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Monday, November 10, 2014

monday will never be the same

the network news silence on climate change in last week's election

america's 10 most hated banks

we're working so hard in this country it's actually killing people

cloud computing is a trap

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Sunday, November 09, 2014

sunday kind of love

supreme court on the aca: badnews for obamacare or bad news for state-level republicans?

black women face absurdly high rates of eviction

teacher spends two days as a student - and learns a lot

have we passed the tipping point of biological collapse?

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Saturday, November 08, 2014

saturday night of the living dead

charter schools in chicago did worse than public schools

space tourism isn't worth dying for

cops do 20,000 no-knock raids a year

why cats aren't republican

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Friday, November 07, 2014

a friday night in d major

vast majority of americans have no idea how health insurance works

bp oil spill leaves a bathtub ring the size of rhode island on the gulf floor

no wonder climate depression is real

nypd harrassment: living in a state of fear
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Thursday, November 06, 2014

Now That Election Day Is Overwith, This Is Rather Amusing...

One afternoon in late October, I was walking down Main Street in Nashua, New Hampshire, trying to figure out where I wanted to snag a quick snack before going to work. I saw a couple of guys in front of the Peddler's Daughter bar; they were wearing what looked to me like Armani suits, and they were facing away from me. As I was about to walk by, they turned around.

I looked at the older one, and thank the FSM I was wearing sunglasses and didn't have to make direct eye contact with him -- holy crap, I thought, it's Senator John McCain!

Actually, that was the first of three thoughts that popped into my head. The second was, Man, he's a short little sonofabitch -- he looks taller on the toob. The third thought was, I gotta get outta here -- he must have a security detail, I don't see one, I voted for Obama six years ago, I'm just a cab driver, he's only seven feet away, I gotta go.

Yeah, I got pretty paranoid. Maybe I shouldn't have, but the scariest thing about paranoia is the possibility, real or otherwise, that you're right. So I kept on moving.

Anyway, there was a somewhat younger guy with McCain that I did not recognize -- at the time. Turns out, it was Scott Brown. He and McCain were in Nashua to speak at the local American Legion. My guess is McCain was there to encourage the veterans to vote on election day -- and like him or not, he's always had that civic duty manner lacking in most Republicans these days, and I respect and appreciate that in him.Brown, however, must have been merely riding McCain's coattails, hoping to pick up the votes of any random drunks who just happened to know a veteran there in the process.

Obviously that didn't work -- I didn't recognize him on the street, and I was stone cold sober at the time.

Better luck next time, Scott. Oh, and would you please pick one state and stick with it? Or at least pick one that doesn't border Massachusetts next time. Folks 'round here saw you coming...

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misty thursday

u.s. ebola deaths won't even come close to alcohol & tobacco deaths

"first they came for our halo 2's, and i said nothing"

majority if americans worry about hacking

america needs a better class of racists

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Wednesday, November 05, 2014

half of wednesday

convicted killer shouts in court to vote for gop candidate

pregnant texans are being charged with crimes that don't exist

how can we stop cops from beating and killing?

the worst state for women continues to be mississippi

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Tuesday, November 04, 2014

it's tuesday (intro)

child poverty in the u.s. highest in 20 years says study

the science of why we put milk on our cereal

the reality of reality tv:  worker exploitation

get ready for cancer-detecting yoghurt

and rip the co-host of npr's car talk, tom magliozzi
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Monday, November 03, 2014

monday wedding

the restaurant industry is rife with racism

the tech industry is rife with sexism

will the gop sweep tomorrow?  maybe, maybe not:  why polls tend to undercount democrats

even if there is, here's why a gop senate may be short-lived
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Sunday, November 02, 2014

sunday in the south

it's time to rethink the war on terror

the big bank backlash begins

don't ask the pentagon where the money goes

the true history of blowback in one (really long) sentence
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Saturday, November 01, 2014

saturday night live

public transportation can spread diseases -- just not ebola

the earth just had its warmest twelve months in recorded history

can a collapse of global civlization be avoided?

why fox news viewers are the most mis-informed - it's science!
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