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Is It Time for a Tax Strike? A Conversation With Activist Michael Kink 24.2.2017
A general tax strike would be an effective way to break the back of a government that won't comply with court orders, says Michael Kink, executive director of the Strong Economy for All Coalition. Tax resistance has been a part of US history since the beginning and could work if we all do it together. Michael Kink is arrested during civil disobedience at the New York State Capitol in Albany in June 2013 with a multi-issue activist coalition. (Photo: Nathaniel Brooks) Since election night 2016, the streets of the US have rung with resistance. People all over the country have woken up with the conviction that they must do something to fight inequality in all its forms. But many are wondering what it is they can do. In this ongoing "Interviews for Resistance" series, experienced organizers, troublemakers and thinkers share their insights on what works, what doesn't, what has changed and what is still the same. Today's interview is the fifteenth in the series. Click here for the most recent interview before ...
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Spread The Word: Butter Has An Epic Backstory 24.2.2017 NPR News
From happy Neolithic-era accident to inspiration for student protests to tabletop staple, butter has had quite the ride over the past 10,000 years. A new book tells the story.
Vote expected on hotly contested New Jersey pipeline project 24.2.2017 AP Business
CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey regulators are set to vote on whether a natural gas pipeline should run through the state's federally protected Pinelands region, which includes more than a million acres of farms, forests and wetlands....
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Storm system that hit California moving into the Midwest 24.2.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — More than 50 million people are being warned to watch for high winds and possibly tornadoes as a storm system that pummeled California this week moves into the Midwest. The severe weather will ramp up Friday from Detroit to Nashville, Tennessee. Meteorologist Patrick Marsh of the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, […]
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Mardi Gras Pass is building land. Here’s why it’s important. 23.2.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
With Mardi Gras celebrations in full swing, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation recently released a report examining two years of data collection and observations at Mardi Gras Pass – a naturally forming distributary of the Mississippi River that is building new land. What we’re learning at Mardi Gras Pass will help coastal planners better design sediment diversion restoration projects throughout coastal Louisiana. What is Mardi Gras Pass? Mardi Gras Pass is located in the Bohemia Spillway, where the artificial ...
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Dialogue between right and left is impossible not because we disagree, but because we agree 22.2.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Dialogue between right and left is impossible not because we disagree, but because we agree
How will a sediment diversion affect the coastal environment? The answer lies in the operations. 21.2.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Sediment diversions have long been proposed as an essential component in every major restoration plan in coastal Louisiana. Sediment diversions are man-made structures built directly into the Mississippi River levee system with gates that can be opened and closed to allow sediment, fresh water and nutrients to nourish and revive the dying wetlands. In the “Answering 10 Fundamental Questions about the Mississippi River Delta” report, scientists clearly demonstrated that sediment diversions are the most effective tool to build and ...
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Trump, Month 2: Could it be any worse? It already is. 21.2.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Trump, Month 2: Could it be any worse? It already is.
Trump prepares rollback of rules on climate, water pollution 21.2.2017 Washington Post
His planned executive orders are aimed at curtailing Obama-era policies. Although implementation will take time, it signals that the new administration is determined to promote fossil-fuel production.
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The Trump Administration has Definitely not Drained the Swamp 20.2.2017 Views
Jesse Heitz

For many Americans, the past several weeks have served as an intensive seminar in the generation of acute anxiety and animosity. Over these few short weeks, we've witnessed the gruesome collision between the promises of candidacy and the requirements for effective governing.

So far, this appalling spectacle has unleashed a torrent of public angst, and decimated the mystique that once surrounded the most unorthodox presidential candidate in modern history.

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'Arctic Riviera': Global birders flock to northeast Minnesota bog 17.2.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Sax-Zim Bog doesn't look like much, but it's a rock star in the sometimes fanatical world of international birding. Come on the search for the "king of the bog," the elusive great gray owl.
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Trains, not drains: New Jersey lobbyists on way to swamp DC 17.2.2017 AP National
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As President Donald Trump vows to "drain the swamp" in Washington, a swarm of 1,000 lobbyists, business owners and politicians traveled by train from the swamps of New Jersey on Thursday for a day of lobbying....
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Trains, not drains: New Jersey lobbyists set to swamp DC 16.2.2017 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — As President Donald Trump vows to “drain the swamp” in Washington, a swarm of 1,000 lobbyists, business owners and politicians are boarding a train from the swamps of New Jersey on Thursday for a day of lobbying. The state Chamber of Commerce’s 80th annual trip — nicknamed the “Walk to Washington” […]
Bigger May Not Be Better When It Comes to Mississippi River Diversions 15.2.2017 Environmental News Network
River diversions are a common coastal wetland restoration tool, but recent research, conducted by U.S. Geological Survey in collaboration with researchers in Louisiana State University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the LSU AgCenter, has shown that large-scale Mississippi River diversions may significantly change water quality in estuaries, affecting economically important shellfish and fish species.
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Will Diversions Introduce Nutrients That Harm Wetland Vegetation? 13.2.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Within the scientific community, and among the general public, there is controversy over the effects that nutrients, introduced through sediment diversions, will have on wetland vegetation. The speculation is that increased nutrients, especially nitrate, will result in decreased root growth. With increased nutrient availability, plant roots will no longer have to “search” for nutrients, resulting in decreased growth. This results in fewer roots to hold and trap soil and organic matter, creating weaker wetlands. In addition, the increase in ...
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Letter: Utah's rubber-stamp senators 11.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Thanks in part to our two Utah senators, we have Betsy DeVos as the secretary of education. Supposedly, Donald Trump was going to drain the swamp of all the rich people to rid us of people with special interests. DeVos is a billionaire who for decades has funded the swamp creatures so many voted to get rid of. She bought her way into a job she isn’t qualified to do. Our senators talk like they are independent of Trump and will speak up when they disagree with his policies. I’ve seen nothing but ...
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Elizabeth Warren Blasts Donald Trump For Not 'Draining The Swamp' 10.2.2017 Politics on
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) called out President Donald Trump in an interview posted online Thursday for failing to deliver on his campaign pledge to “ drain the swamp .” Trump had performed what could be “the most impressive 180 degree switch that you’ve ever seen” following his presidential election win in Nov. 2016, Warren told Attn: editor-in-chief Matthew Segal. Citing Trump’s promise to voters that he would “drain the swamp” and “get rid of those Wall Street guys,” Warren took issue with the new president for almost immediately bringing in Goldman Sachs bankers , lobbyists and CEOs of giant companies to help him govern. In doing so, Warren said Trump had turned over the country “to the very people that he had railed against during the campaign.” Check out the full interview above. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=58875473e4b070d8cad53b50,589d80efe4b094a129e9d81f,589d661be4b094a129e9c5a8,589d6ee3e4b03df370d50cdd -- This feed and its contents are the property of ...
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Doris Lockness, one of the country's most honored female pilots, dies at 106 9.2.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Doris Lockness, a pioneering aviatrix and one of the nation’s most honored female pilots, has died at age 106 in Folsom.

Lockness’ aviation career spanned six decades and included a stint with the Women Airforce Service Pilots during World War II, when she became one of the first women to fly U.S....

Save The Waters of the United States Rule 8.2.2017 Green on
During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump repeatedly proclaimed that he would "drain that swamp" in Washington. As a wetland scientist, that phrase grated on me because - if taken literally - it advocated an activity that runs afoul of regulations contained in the Federal Clean Water Act. In late October, I wrote a short Op Ed expressing my concern for the phrase, while extolling the values of wetlands. Happily, a few newspapers in my home state of Pennsylvania picked up the piece, and published it in print and online. Most of the reader comments posted to the online versions were critical - stating that I was too literal, finding fault with a colorful, useful phrase. They argued that it is just a slogan, having nothing to do with actually draining swamps. But a section of the new White House website proclaiming its "America First Energy Plan" proves otherwise. There, the Trump administration notes: "For too long, we've been held back by burdensome regulations on our energy industry. President ...
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Washington Post: Trump needs to 'drain swamp' by example 8.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
The slogan “drain the swamp” was a potent one, tapping into public perceptions that Washington is paralyzed by special interests. President Donald Trump has signed an executive order for administration appointees that is more restrictive in some ways than the rules President Barack Obama left behind. It is a down payment on draining the swamp, but by itself not a solution. What counts are not only the edicts, but also how Trump and his appointees behave in the face of potential conflicts of inte...
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