Nothing’s rare anymore

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I don’t think we have any safe places anymore:

SAN FRANCISCO — Tornadoes touched down during storms in Northern California, including one twister near Sacramento that damaged a dozen homes and left a path of debris about 300 yards long.

Twelve houses suffered roof damage and six reported fence damage when a tornado hit near Roseville in Placer County shortly after 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Division Chief Kathy Finney of the city’s fire department told the Merced Sun-Star. No injuries were reported and no residents were displaced.

The path of debris extended up to 300 yards, with a width of 10 to 20 yards, the newspaper reported.

A tornado also touched down in Ordbend, in Glenn County, the National Weather Service said. There were reports of at least four twisters, which are rare for California.

Coming attractions: Food shortages, violent conflicts

APTOPIX Australia Wildfires

And this is the climate group known for being cautious and conservative! I suppose the PTB would rather use militarized police to stop hunger riots than to prevent hunger in the first place? Via ThinkProgress:

The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued its second of four planned reports examining the state of climate science. This one summarizes what the scientific literature says about “Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability” (big PDF here). As with every recent IPCC report, it is super-cautious to a fault and yet still incredibly alarming.

It warns that we are doing a bad job of dealing with the climate change we’ve experienced to date: “Impacts from recent climate-related extremes, such as heat waves, droughts, floods, cyclones, and wildfires, reveal significant vulnerability and exposure of some ecosystems and many human systems to current climate variability.”

It warns of the dreaded RFCs (“reasons for concern” — I’m not making this acronym up), such as “breakdown of food systems linked to warming, drought, flooding, and precipitation variability and extremes.” You might call them RFAs (“reasons for alarm” or “reasons for action”). Indeed, in recent years, “several periods of rapid food and cereal price increases following climate extremes in key producing regions indicate a sensitivity of current markets to climate extremes among other factors.” So warming-driven drought and extreme weather have already begun to reduce food security. Now imagine adding another 2 billion people to feed while we are experiencing five times as much warming this century as we did last century!
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Worldwide Wave of Action

The #WaveOfAction extends from the day Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated to Independence Day. The campaign will begin with candlelight vigils around the world at the time of MLK’s assassination, which was 7:05 pm EST on April 4. You should be there. At former Occupy sites around the world:

The Worldwide #WaveOfAction begins April 4th and runs through July 4th. During this three-month cycle, people throughout the world will be protesting corruption, rallying around solutions and taking part in alternative systems. The new paradigm will be on full display. Studies have proven that it only takes 3.5% of the population taking nonviolent action to create meaningful and positive change. The #WaveOfAction gives all of us who want change a powerful opportunity to #EvolveSociety. Change-makers all over the world will be engaged at the same time in an unprecedented wave of transformation.

On April 4th, there will be launch celebrations at hundreds of former Occupy locations globally. We will honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy of nonviolent action and spend the day connecting with allies and strategizing Spring action campaigns. This crowdsourced campaign will become what you, the people, make of it, self-organizing and organically evolving, a new culture will emerge. What are you most passionate about? What are you doing to be the change? Whatever it is, passionately be it in public this Spring. Get together with like-minded friends and have fun with it. We have power in numbers. United we are unstoppable. OUR TIME HAS COME!!
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He ‘wouldn’t fare well’ in prison

In case you didn’t know, the DuPont family owns the state of Delaware:

Du Pont Heir and Child Rapist Free on Probation Because He Wouldn’t ‘Fare Well’ in Prison (Video) (via Americans Against The Tea Party)

Robert H. Richards IV, a du Pont heir, is an unemployed rich boy living off of a trust fund. He’s also still living in his $1.8 million 5,800 square foot mansion after admitting that he raped his 3-year-old daughter. Richards was originally charged…

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Yee haw

Contraception Mandate Activism

I’m pretty sure the Texas wingnuts weren’t counting on this:

SAN ANTONIO (March 25, 2014) Planned Parenthood says it will build a $5 million abortion clinic in San Antonio that meets all of the strict new abortion standards adopted last year by Texas lawmakers.

Planned Parenthood South Texas President and CEO Jeffrey Hons said at a fundraising event that the facility will follow new ambulatory surgical standards.

He said $3.5 million has been raised so far for construction.

An estimated 16 clinics across the state have closed since the new law went into effect and additional clinics are expected to close in the coming months.

Critics of the law say women’s access to legal abortions has been severely limited.



My ex-mother-in-law appeared to me in a dream. I told her how healthy she looked (she’s been dead for more than 15 years) and she burst into tears. She ripped open her shirt and said, “Look what they did to me! They got it all wrong!” Her chest was covered with peculiar scars. (In real life, she has multiple open-heart surgeries and a full mastectomy.) I felt very sad for her.

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