s skippy the bush kangaroo: March 2015

skippy the bush kangaroo

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

new york tuesday

melting sea ice will hit the u.s. harder than anywhere else

seaworld twitter campaign backfires terribly

is capitalism destroying our planet?

how business made us christian

and maybe you can find it in your hearts to help out our good friend, jurassicpork

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Monday, March 30, 2015

monday comes too soon

is it time to say goodbye to america's fraternities?

someone at the nypd has been editing wikipedia to make the cops look good

wind could be the main source of electricity by 2050

people on foodstamps make healthier grocery decisions than most of us
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Sunday, March 29, 2015

environmental news stories sunday

for those pesky little stories that don't seem to get their fair share of air time. and for those of us in california, we absolutely need to talk about the environment and the consequences of our drought.

lake cachuma, santa barbara's main water supply source, is at 28% capacity. forget a so-called isis threat to solvang...what are we going to do without water. that is the real threat.

now is not the time to bandy about theories about a pilot with mental illness...now is the time to absolutely have discussions on those lawmakers and lobbyists in washington, d.c. who are suffering from mental illness in refusing to act on scientific facts and reality and driving our world to the environmental brink and risking billions of lives. it's time to call out those in the media who do not question those spewing forth false and delusional statements.

rant over.

california drought: sierra nevada snowpack hits historic low. the abominable snowpack in the sierra nevada reached an unprecedented low this week, dipping below the historic lows in 1977 and 2014 for the driest winter in 65 years of record-keeping - sfchron

preparing for tomorrow’s storms. californians are understandably focused on the state's severe drought, now in its fourth year. But drought is not the only environmental risk the state's residents face. - nytimes

illegal pot farms are literally sucking california salmon streams dry. northern california pot farmers are using up all of the water that normally supports key populations of the region's federally protected salmon and steelhead trout - mother jones

the salton sea: a time-bomb amid california drought. in the fourth year of a historic drought in the western united states, some say the salton sea is an environmental time bomb - afp

president ted cruz’s dystopian america: the scorched hellscape of a climate-denying white house. an energy policy like cruz’s could, to the incredibly uninitiated, indeed be great for the country - but knowing what we do of its consequences, we can only call it what it is: a disaster in the making. - salon

climate change could ruin your dinner. climate change could have an impact so real you can literally taste it. a report from australia suggests increased temperatures due to greenhouse gas emissions could change the way foods taste and make some vegetables, fruits and seafood varieties harder to find - cbs news

beavers are being looked at as little climate change fighting machines. sarah konigsberg is documenting the efforts of six people across the us who are working to bring the big-tailed and bucktoothed beavers back to lakes and rivers across the country. - pri

tuolumne co. launches program to install water tanks to homes. drought conditions are so bad in california that in some places turning on the tap and having nothing come out is becoming more common.- kcra

chile declares forest fires alert. chile has declared a national alert because of wildfires in three national parks and reserves threatening trees, some a thousand years old. firefighters have been fighting the flames for more than a week in the southern region of araucania hit by years of drought - bbc

in a warmer world, researchers say climate change is intensifying california's water crisis. environmental scientists are racing to understand what’s causing this drought and whether global warming is playing a role. nasa, for example, recently warned that in the next century there could be water shortages that last for decades. - kalw

will california's drought affect hydroelectric power? this past winter has produced a record low amount of snow in california, meaning less runoff to power hydroelectric dams. will the state's energy supply suffer? - christian science monitor

it is actually illegal in colorado to collect the rain that falls on your home​. water laws are so strict in colorado that rainwater collection is virtually prohibited. the doctrine is written into the state’s constitution. - wapo

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sunday train

stop calling children's gun deaths 'accidental'

father of the 401(k) says he 'created a monster'

the war on drugs is a racist class war

angie's list cancels $400 million job expansion due to indiana gay discrimination bill

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

saturday nite

secrets of the conservative war on truth

you get paid less because corporate shareholders make more

the states are quietly beginning to expand abortion rights

dallas-fort worth is on track to get full net metering for solar power
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Friday, March 27, 2015

freaky friday

taking the train is better for your health than deiving to work

consent and sympathy

iraqi forces = more war crimes

why unions are the seeds of democracy
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Thursday, March 26, 2015

sloppy thursday blues

the media is stupid

6 myths about welfare recipients debunked

the entrepeneur profiting off the anti-vaxxer movement

donald trump steals famous ronald reagan line; has apparently never heard of google

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

waiting for wednesday

koch brothers proxy openly calls for less democracy

politics is now about worship of money

4 million demand obama protect bees from toxic pesticides

the water california that is now pumping is prehistoric
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

my lonely tuesday

10 disappearing middle class jobs

american exceptionalism and white history

from prison to your dinner table

how to die of dumb
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Monday, March 23, 2015

monday comes around

white christians are no longer the majority in 19 states

trickle down economics: the rich get all the money

counties with kkk activity in the 60's consistantly vote republican thereafter

farming insurance fraud runs rampant in this country

and rip star of plan 9 from outer space, gregory walcott
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Sunday, March 22, 2015

environmental news stories sunday

world water day - #cadrought edition.

santa barbara's main water source, cachuma lake, is at 28% capacity.
do you know where your water comes from and how much is there?

california staring at decline in hydro-power due to drought. california is staring at a massive decline in the hydro-power as the state enters fourth year of drought, claimed as an impact of climate change by many. After the scarcity of water for crops and public use, issues for the hydropower sector will be difficult for the state to manage - uncover california

water restrictions are just a taste of what's to come for california. the $1-billion emergency measures announced thursday by gov. jerry brown and legislative leaders are fine for near-term relief, but fall far short of what's needed to respond to what may well be our own millennium drought. - latte times

california targets wrong water wasters. as the state's water supply plummets to scary levels, officials are going after people who overwater their lawns. that's a good idea. but they're not the worst culprits - east bay express

to fight the drought in california, we need more than just rain. as california faces its fourth consecutive year of drought, officials say heavy rainfall alone will not be enough to restore the groundwater we need. - new america media

drought stricken california only has one year of water left, nasa scientist warns. as california experiences the fourth year of one of the most severe droughts in its history, a senior nasa scientist has warned that the state has about one year of water left - the guardian

overpumping of central valley groundwater creating a crisis, experts say. in a large swath of the san joaquin valley, growers have been sucking more water from its sands and clays than nature or man puts back for going on a century - latte times

state's farmers begin to confront their ominous groundwater shortage. california perpetual problem of groundwater depletion has gotten so dire that people are actually working to solve it.- climate wire

new data on california drought present sobering picture for residents. the snowpack in california is at just 19 percent of the average for early march, a nearly historic low. thousands of farmworkers are out of work, and gov. jerry brown is asking californians to conserve more. - christian science monitor

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sunday train

drone pilots quitting the program

different justice system for the rich and powerful

it wasn't the prison boom that led to the drop in crime

refridgerator caught sending spam

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

saturday nights

10 things you can do now to help the oceans

how new york activists banned fracking

racism is not backed by science

papa john's franchisee ordered to pay workers over $2 million for wage theft
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Friday, March 20, 2015

finally friday

how  the nra hacked the second amendment

whites have 12 times the wealth as blacks

when religious liberty justified racism instead of homophobia

right-to-work's racist roots

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

so happy it's thursday

nyt sunday magazine:  for the 1%

study: rich get richer with fewer labor unions

why not worker ownership?

study: men are more narcissistic than women
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

today was wednesday

we waste enough food to feed the world's hungry

why libertarianism is a childish sham

blue states have more people in colleges; red states have more people in prison

dear gun owners: we still live in a democracy

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

mr. tuesday man

austerity kills: economic distress blamed for ise in middle-aged suicides

you can actually only see about 30 shades of gray

police find marijuana in container labeled 'not weed'

monopoly's inventor: the progressive who didn't pass 'go'
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Monday, March 16, 2015

monday comes and goes

march 21 - be in washington, be in the streets

is the junk food era drawing to a close?

leading medical groups call for measures to reduce gun deaths

air marshals' flights rearranged for sexual trysts

and rip rhe creator and illustrator of the wwii comic dondi, irwin hasen
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Sunday, March 15, 2015

sunday sunrise

less than 6% of domestic terrorism is perpetrated by muslims

china overtook the u.s. as the world's largest economy

the republicans that did exactly what hillary did

the rocky mountains are the safest spot to hide from a zombie outbreak
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Saturday, March 14, 2015

saturday night's alright (for fighting)

office workers will soon have less space than supermax prisoners

the u.s. is 45th in electoral integrity

why comapnies reward investors intead of investing in the real economy

study finds strong genetic component to obesity

and take a momet at 53 seconds after 9:23 today, to reflect about pi day 2015
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Friday, March 13, 2015

everyday friday night

nypd officers call retraining program a waste of time

the conservative attempt to rewrite u.s. history

most pediatricians will turn away patients who refuse ro vaccinate their children

the alaskan village that needs to be relocated due to climate change

and rip popular fantasy/parody/sci-fi curmudgeon and novelist terry prachett
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Thursday, March 12, 2015

rainy thursday

gun deaths are expected to surpass automobile deaths this year

marijuana may be safer than previously thought

poll finds huge support for tax on the rich

the researcher who found undiscovered fairy tales even darker than the grimms

and rip one of the producers & guiding forces behind the simpsons, sam simon
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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

the wednesday cheesy song

a map of which disease will probably kill you depending on where you live

secret stash of moon artifacts found in neil armstrong's closet

college students prefer dead tree books

this could be relevant to the upcoming california governor's race: the 2004 san francisco mayoral candidates were asked the questions from the voight-kampff test
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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

more than tuesday

why don't we tax the 1% as much as we tax the poor?

everything you know about addiction is wrong

ferguson's government was run like a racket

death of unions = decline of marriage
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Monday, March 09, 2015

monday comes and goes

white people aren't considered terrorists unless they liberate animals

the town where everyone got free money

basic personality changes linked to unemployment

you heard about pluto?  that's messed up, right?
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environmental news stories sunday

for those stories that didn't see the light of day on the sunday talking shows....

terms such as 'climate change,' 'global warming' were outlawed, former florida dep employees say. dep officials have been ordered not to use the terms "climate change" or "global warming" in any official communications, emails, or reports, according to former dep employees, consultants, volunteers and records obtained by the florida center for investigative reporting - tampa bay times

under the dome– investigating china’s smog. the pollution video that drew hundreds of millions of views in china until authorities banned access to it. with english subtitles - youtube

attention, all scientists: do improv, with alan alda’s help. the idea of teaching improv to scientists came from mr. alda, now a visiting professor. the objective is not to make them funny, but to help them talk about science to people who are not scientists. - ny times

gop senators oppose probe of scientists who question climate change. a group of republican senators have voiced opposition to an investigation by a democratic congressman into funding sources of scientists skeptical of the impact of climate change. - birningham news

pesticide drift and the politics of scale in california's central valley. toxic chemicals are sweeping across our nation's most important agricultural region and officials are using time-tested tactics not to find solutions, but to make the problem seem small and localized - pacific standard

is climate change to blame for the syrian war? - pacific standard

post-it note maker 3m unveils new paper sourcing policy. st. paul-based 3m co, one of the world’s largest manufacturers and the maker of post-it notes, will take new steps to ensure that its suppliers of paper, pulp and packaging provide materials that come from sustainably logged timber - reuters

costco working to end use of human antibiotics in chicken. costco wholesale corp is working toward eliminating the sale of chicken and meat from other animals raised with antibiotics that are vital to fighting human infections, senior executives at the third-largest u.s. retailer told reuters on thursday - reuters

state's farmers begin to confront their ominous groundwater shortage. california's perpetual problem of groundwater depletion has gotten so dire that people are actually working to solve it. - climatewire

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Sunday, March 08, 2015

sunday sunday

each american produced $140,000 in goods, but median wage is $28,000

and half a million people with college degrees are making minimum wage

rahm emanuel publically screams at mental health advocates

female lawmakers are more productive than their male counterparts
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Saturday, March 07, 2015

saturday night twist

america's poorest 11 cities

ringaling brothers is ending its use of elephants in the circus

life after a minimum wage increase

our nation's love of guns is killing our children
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Friday, March 06, 2015

every other friday at five

goldman sachs doesn't care what you think

conservatives sent $50 million to scam pacs

ferguson is not the only city to get a bad report

climate change progress is possible

and far too soon after losing leonard nimoy, we say rip to producer of the early star trek movies (as well as countless 70's tv shows) harve bennett

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Thursday, March 05, 2015

rain every thursday

autism rates aren't actually increasing

woman arrested for beating someone to make them convert to jesus

the crime rate is going down, but the number of people in jail is going up

hospitals fail to protect nursing staff from becoming patients
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Wednesday, March 04, 2015

spring summer and wednesdays

study: low iq corrolates with bigotry

study: mass incarceration is costly and doesn't work

feel trapped in your job?  that's because you are

canadians told to stop spocking the 5 dollar bill
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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

moon over tuesday

mega-droughts could last 30 years

iceland convicts bad bankers

studies suggets raising children without religion may be good for them

warren buffet calls elizabeth warren 'angry'

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Monday, March 02, 2015

monday comes

japan has more car chargers than gas stations

is alaska losing its snow?

blackand latino scientists are routinely mistaken for janitors

women received $1.5 million after brain injury makes her become a dominatrix
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Sunday, March 01, 2015

sunday sun

the u.s. faces greater threat from lone wolf terrorists than jihadists

lower the drinking age to 19

brianna wu is risking her life standing up to gamergate

science deniers are not skeptics
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