Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Force Congress to Vote on Sensible Gun Control Legislation that is on the Floor RIGHT NOW

Here to have Pelosi force a discharge vote...

To suggest the minimum content of legislation that is needed and supported by a VAST majority of Americans right now, who understand the Second Amendment and want these passed to make a more perfect Union TODAY.

They need to pass real gun control now, including:
  • Prohibiting the manufacture and sale of assault weapons and "large capacity" magazines for civilian use.
  • Ending the ban on gun violence research.
  • Closing the terror gap by allowing the Department of Justice to block guns sales to anyone on the terror watch list. Between 2004 and 2014, more than 2,000 people on the list purchased guns in the U.S.2
  • Closing the loophole that allows people to buy guns without undergoing background checks through private sales, at gun shows and online. An estimated 40 percent of all firearms transferred in the U.S. are transferred by unlicensed individuals not required to conduct background checks on buyers.3
  • Banning convicted domestic abusers and stalkers from buying guns. Abused women are five times more likely to be killed by their abuser if that individual has access to a firearm.4

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Breaking: Diablo Canyon Nuclear Reactors to Be Replaced With 100% Renewable Energy - EcoWatch


Yes. Yes! YEAH! Some GREAT news today! Nuclear reactor - last one in California - to be decommissioned. Much work done here by many over years - with Energy-Climate Committee / Sierra Club California committee friends, Friends of the Earth, SoCal 350, NRDC, and Enviornment California! Last nuke reactor in Cali to be shuttered. Replaced with 100% clean energy by 2025. ‪#‎PROGRESS‬ ‪#‎PROGRESSTODAY‬ ##MOVEPASTNUKES

Monday, June 20, 2016

Almost Every GOP Senator Just Voted to Keep Letting Terror Suspects Buy Guns | Mother Jones

Almost Every GOP Senator Just Voted to Keep Letting Terror Suspects Buy Guns | Mother Jones 

It's unbelievable. A vast majority of Americans support all four of the bills - that the GOP just shot down.

Between Donald Trump and this kind of sh**, you wonder if the GOP could race any faster into obsolescence, irrelevance and shame.

#abrogationofduty #travesty #negligent #backwards #betrayingourfuture

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Washington Times
Salt Lake Tribune

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Filibuster Ends After GOP Agrees to Allow Gun Control Votes: Senator -- NBC news

Here    "Votes would be held on whether to ban people on the government's terrorist watch list from obtaining gun licenses and whether to expand background checks to gun shows and internet sales, he added." 

How the fuck this has not happened yet is incredible.

Monday, June 13, 2016

El Niño Has Pushed Our Climate Past A Major Climate Milestone -

"... study published today in Nature Climate Change finds that 2016 is now on track for an atmospheric average of 404.45 plus or minus 0.53 ppm. In other words, it’ll be the first year in the history of our species that we can truly say we’ve been living in a 400 ppm world."

"For instance, the last time the Earth was a 400 ppm world—the mid-Pliocene—sea levels were an estimated 50 to 80 feet higher than they are today, meaning Florida, much of the Gulf Coast, and countless other coastlines worldwide did not exist in their current form."

ADVICE Ken Burns to Stanford Grads: Trump Is “an Insult to Our History” - Time Magazine

Here Archie Bunker had fans too, but how many wanted him to be President?

Friday, June 10, 2016

CO2 Gets Stoned: Method Turns Harmful Gas Into Solid

CO2 Gets Stoned: Method Turns Harmful Gas Into Solid 

This is incredibly promising, trapping CO2 using natural processes. In some cases taking only months.

Finding the areas for this important but apparently not uncommon--the process needs special rocks and water to precipitate CO2 into a solid. And the process needs vetting to make sure algae etc. do not break down (too quickly) such formations and release the CO2 again.

Need much more research and development of CO2 trapping technologies, in addition to stopping pouring the stuff into the atmosphere already.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

'History made': Clinton claims nomination - POLITICO

'History made': Clinton claims nomination - POLITICO 

Shows that Californians are more pragmatic than romantic. Contrary to notions otherwise.

100% Reporting

Winner H. Clinton55.8%327
B. Sanders43.2%189 

Hillary is very capable. I had the pleasurable opportunity to vote on my non-partisan (I, like most, am independent-minded by nature) Democratic ballot for Bernie Sanders, Ted Lieu, and Kamala Harris. All forward thinking, capable leaders already making great contributions to society and with many more contributions to be made by each.

Indian P.M. Modi Moving India Forward Nicely -- Moves with Obama on Climate Change

Modi on U.S. visit moves toward Obama on climate change - 

"Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi committed to attempting to ratify
the Paris climate change agreement by the end of this year following a
meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House Tuesday."

And of course the Indian economy is a wakening giant --

Modi: Get on board the India train - Politico

Sunset, Venice 12/20/2012

Sunset, Venice 12/20/2012
I've been thinking some about the Winter Solstice, the Mayan end of the 30,000-year-cycle on 12/21/12.

What if in fact the world did end? To live consciously, even though this probably will not happen, it is honest to take a bit of an inventory.

Am I happy with how I've lived my life? (Yesterday, I thought mostly yes, with some areas for improvement, as below.) Are there changes I would make?
Would I have tried to forgive those that were hostile or disappointing to me?
Would I spend more time with those I loved the most, telling them that, feeling that more?
Would I be happier, grateful for what I have, what I've experienced, the joy, the beauty in this world?

Maybe the answer is yes to all of the above.
So this time can serve as a point of rebirth for all of us. If we think about it.

Because somewhere I realized I think maybe mankind deserves it. !
The way we are killing each other, killing the planet.
How selfish we are, and snotty to those around us. Petty, competitive. Why is this? Do we have to behave this way? (I say no, it greatly detracts and misdirects energy from the full-time celebration in which we could engage, the great multi-cultural, multi-rhythmic dance we can sustain here.)

Maybe God or the Great Universe is fed up, and will pull the rug out from under us.
Don't think I can say we could blame Him/Her/It.

But it probably won't happen. (Probably not! This time.)

Still we are finite on this ride.

It is a time to think, am I happy with how I've lived my life?
Hopefully most of us can say yes.

For the part of us that have a little worry, a little sadness....
This is the time to be present.
This is the time to be the person you want to be, that can die at peace, that can hope to every day be able to look yourself and the Universe in the eye and say, how beautiful, smiling, and thank you. Let's do that.

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