“About as genuine as polyester.”

October 10, 2012 at 9:34 am | Posted in elections, environment, Historical | Leave a comment
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Hunter carrying a large bear. c1909. (courtesy of the Library of Congress)

(Worcester Telegram & Gazette) A wildlife biologist and avid hunter, who asked not to be named and worked for the state when Romney was governor confided, “I really don’t recall the Romney administration and its appointees having much interest in sportsmen or wildlife conservation. … We were small potatoes with little political or financial power … inconsequential in their estimation. …. I recall that when the Romney administration came to power, it immediately seized all state funds, including the Inland Fish & Game Fund.

“The IFGF cannot, by law, be spent on anything but fisheries and wildlife management. … The Romneyites … held onto it for months, long enough that multiple requests (from Mass Fish & Wildlife) failed to get it back, and the United States Fish & Wildlife Service finally had to write a letter informing the governor that the Massachusetts Division of Fish & Wildlife would be forfeiting a huge sum — $3.2 million, I think — in federal funds if the IFGF weren’t returned to the control of the Massachusetts Wildlife board. This finally got the Romneyites motivated, and they finally relinquished control.

“They held a press conference, and the governor came out to field headquarters and made a speech about how good it was to help out and get this funding for the sportsmen! It was almost surreal: the guy who took the Fish and Game money and held onto it, despite many calls for reason, spins the spectacle to make it sound like he’s a hero for somehow getting it back for us! … Watching that scene play out sure convinced me that he is about as genuine as polyester.”

Five hunters with hunting dogs, carrying two deer. c1922 (courtesy of the Library of Congress)

(ThinkProgress) In response to a question about whether he would sell public lands back to the state [so they could sell them to commercial interests], Romney stated that that “I haven’t studied it, what the purpose is of the land, so I don’t want to say, “Oh, I’m about to hand it over.” But where government ownership of land is designed to satisfy, let’s say, the most extreme environmentalists, from keeping a population from developing their coal, their gold, their other resources for the benefit of the state, I would find that to be unacceptable.

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How Times Have Changed

October 13, 2011 at 2:11 am | Posted in environment, politics straight up, transportation | Leave a comment
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In 1943 it was patriotic to take the bus.

A Greyhound bus trip from Louisville, Kentucky, to Memphis, Tennessee, and the terminals. Hailing a Macon-bound bus on the highway in Georgia. 1943 September. Esther Bubley, photographer. (Library of Congress)

Occupy Your World

October 11, 2011 at 11:25 am | Posted in Economy, environment, health, Labor, Occupy, politics straight up | Leave a comment
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Trade Union procession for Triangle Waist Co. fire victims, 1911. (Library of Congress)

(NYT) The Triangle shirtwaist factory fire, as it is commonly recorded in history books, was one of the nation’s landmark disasters, a tragedy that enveloped the city in grief and remorse but eventually inspired important shifts in the nation’s laws, particularly those protecting the rights of workers and the safety of buildings.

I’ve added a new category to the side bar — Occupy! — where you can find links to various and sundry Occupy websites. If you know of one that you think I should include, please leave me a note in comments.

Truth Hurts

November 11, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Posted in civil rights, Economy, elections, environment, God machine, immigration, journalism, Judiciary, Labor, Reality Bites | Leave a comment
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Oklahoma’s Race to the Bottom on Vimeo, posted with vodpod

Welcome to the United Corporate States of America

July 2, 2010 at 11:48 pm | Posted in environment, journalism, Reality Bites | Leave a comment
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(NOLA.com) The Coast Guard has put new restrictions in place across the Gulf Coast that prevent the public – including news photographers and reporters covering the BP oil spill – from coming within 65 feet of any response vessels or booms on the water or on beaches.

This video was shot just prior to the unofficial rule being made official:

It’s raining oil.

June 26, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Posted in environment | Leave a comment
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At this rate nowhere within hundreds of miles of the Gulf coast will be habitable.

BP: “We do business right!”

June 24, 2010 at 10:53 am | Posted in environment, politics straight up | Leave a comment
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Kindra Arnesan is one of the “little people” from Venice, Louisiana. She has been allowed to attend operations meetings in her area. This is her report. It’s horrifying but not surprising.

Vice President Biden talks about the oil spill

June 23, 2010 at 1:00 am | Posted in Biden, environment | Leave a comment
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This is a clip from the June 17 White House Press Briefing. Biden gets going with his answer at about one minute twenty seconds. Although I have more sympathy for the environment than people living along the Gulf coast who have a long track record of voting Republican and therefore bear a degree of responsibility for their situation, Biden speaks eloquently of the devastation to their lives.

FU BP

June 20, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Posted in environment | Leave a comment
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Atlanta, Georgia: You’re doing it right!

The Gulf is going to need a lot of therapy

June 17, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Posted in environment | Leave a comment
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BP is reportedly “excited” about Ocean Therapy Solution‘s “high-tech oil cleanup device” that separates oil and water, signing a letter of intent to purchase 32.

(OTS) Just one of the company’s V20 machines can clean up to 210,000 gallons of oily water per day. There are 3 V20 centrifuge machines currently operational in the Gulf. Ten more should become operational within weeks. ”Once production at our factory in Nevada ramps up in July, OTS will be able to produce 10 machines a month,” said Pat Smith, Chief Operating Officer for OTS. ”We are currently ramping up production of new machines with a goal toward deploying the machines along the entire coast,” he said.

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