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‘The tank shells fell like rain’

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“There was no mercy,” says Wael Abu Irgala, a 24-year-old resident of Khuzaa. “We saw things you couldn’t imagine.”

Cubs catcher makes history

In marathon game. God, I love games like this!

TPM

House Democrats are demanding that some Republican governors, including Texas Gov. Rick Perry, provide the documents behind their decision to reject Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion.

House Oversight ranking member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) sent requests Wednesday to Perry, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) and North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R).

“In order to better understand the basis for your opposition, I request that you provide … copies of any state-specific analyses, studies, or reports that you ordered, requested or relied on to inform your decision,” Cummings said in the letters.

He specifically asked for how much funding the states would forgo by rejecting Medicaid expansion, how much the states themselves would have had to pay, how many jobs would have been created with Medicaid expansion, and how many residents would have to forgo “preventive services and other medicare care” without expansion…

Minority Democrats have no subpoena power, and it’s not clear whether the governors will voluntarily comply with the request

I can almost bet if Georgia’s governor, Nathan Deal, had received one of these requests, he would not comply. Deal staunchly opposed the expansion and says the Federal Government will back out of the funding costing the state billions that would go to education (wink, wink.) Rural hospitals in Georgia are getting financially squeezed without this funding and in the past two years four rural hospitals have closed with as many as ten more will follow. This is an election year and Gov. Deal is having some extreme ethics issues as of late. In case he doesn’t get elected this November, the legislature last spring passed a law that any Medicaid expansion will have to be approved by the legislature preventing his opponent, Jason Carter, from accepting the expansion if elected.

I doubt any of the governors will comply at all; the minority party has no subpoena power. But, if any of them do, I can bet there is going to be some serious pretzel logic presented…

Ask a Slave Ep 4: New Leaf, Same Page

 

It’s been a while since we have posted any of these… Ask A Slave is a comedy web series directed by Jordan Black based on the actress’ time working as a living history character at the popular historic site, George Washington’s Mount Vernon. All questions and interactions are based on true events.

The NOAA has released a study on the acidification of the oceans and the impacts it will have on Alaska’s coast. The predictions are very grim…

What is ocean acidification?

When carbon dioxide dissolves in this ocean, carbonic acid is formed. This leads to higher acidity, mainly near the surface, which has been proven to inhibit shell growth in marine animals and is suspected as a cause of reproductive disorders in some fish…

On the pH scale, which runs from 0 to 14, solutions with low numbers are considered acidic and those with higher numbers are basic. Seven is neutral. Over the past 300 million years, ocean pH has been slightly basic, averaging about 8.2. Today, it is around 8.1, a drop of 0.1 pH units, representing a 25-percent increase in acidity over the past two centuries.

If the pH in these water continues to drop it will have a devastating effect on the very structure of shellfish, crabs and other marine life…

Ocean acidification decreases the availability of carbonate, a material that thousands of species of sea creatures use to form calcium carbonate shells. Without it, we’ll see an epidemic of “global osteoporosis“: shells that are extremely thin and brittle, or that totally dissolve.

Indeed, this threat extends to the majority of the commercial fishing industry: clams, oysters, lobsters and, yes, crabs all depend on their calcium carbonate shells for survival. Larger marine life, such as seals, otters and walruses who eat shellfish, are also in danger.

The result of all this could be many of the shell fish species and salmon fisheries may not survive and scientists are unsure how much longer this fragile area will support these species…

“The scary thing is that we don’t know the answer to that question yet,” says NOAA oceanographer Jeremy Mathis. “The potential is certainly there for it to be a rapid event, literally overnight. Whether that’s a slow degradation of the fisheries over decades, or whether a species is there one year and isn’t the next, we still don’t know that. That’s what I’m most concerned about.”

The predicted economic outcomes for Alaska’s seafood industry are devastating, to say the least. Another issue is that many Alaskans depend on subsistence fisheries…

The research presented in the new study examines the potential effects on a state where the fishing industry supports over 100,000 jobs and generates more than $5 billion in annual revenue and helps maintain the U.S. balance of trade in the global economy. Additionally, approximately 120,000 people or roughly 17 percent of Alaskans rely on subsistence fisheries for most, if not all of their dietary protein. Fishery-related tourism also brings in $300 million annually.

“Ocean acidification is not just an ecological problem — it’s an economic problem,” said Steve Colt, Ph.D., co-author of the study and an economist at the University of Alaska Anchorage. “The people of coastal Alaska, who have always looked to the sea for sustenance and prosperity, will be most affected. But all Alaskans need to understand how and where ocean acidification threatens our marine resources so that we can work together to address the challenges and maintain healthy and productive coastal communities.”

 

Panhandle Slim… Art for Folk…

Willy Wonka

Panhandle Slim…

You can tell who the bad guys are

They’re always the people who hire Frank Luntz.

This will cheer you up

Except for the multinational corporate exploitation, etc. Cocoa farmer tastes chocolate for the first time:

Hate to ruin your lunch…

But Israel declared a ceasefire, then attacked the people who went out to shop at a local market. 17 killed, over 200 injured.

shopping

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