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Personal Update - 7/31/2015

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Open Thread, personal, video )

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Personal news, a Jig Zone puzzle, 1 short take, and a homemade cartoon (shown).


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Past Member (0)
Friday July 31, 2015, 3:36 pm
I would hope you brought water with the temperature it is today.
Happy it went well.
Much Respect to your city's activists!
Get some rest, don't forget to stay hydrated!

Carrie B (306)
Friday July 31, 2015, 4:11 pm
Can't imagine what you're going through with the heat and humidity. I'm miserable here and it's 10 degrees cooler and our humidity ~ while high for us ~ is nothing compared to yours.

I'm glad your foot feels better and all went well for you.Take care, cool off, and rest up. We need you!

Joanne Dixon (37)
Friday July 31, 2015, 5:48 pm
4:30 (average 4:45) Look hard, just in case. Some neonicotinoids are still approved for use through this fall.

I am proud of your activists too. I've been following the emails. Yay! And, heat, yes indeed.

Just a quick comment on Cecil. I may have already mentioned Force Change's petition to the DOJ to get the killer extradited. But I just learned today there is also one on White House dot gov. I was #68,202.

Take care of that paw and keep as cool as you can!

JL A (281)
Friday July 31, 2015, 5:55 pm
And Zimbabwe has officially asked for extraditon, too, Joanne.

On another hot topic, the accused immigrant in SF was here legally (Frank posted an article on Care2).

Even hotter are CA's states of emergency in so many counties with the fires.

Animae C (509)
Friday July 31, 2015, 7:18 pm

Joanne Dixon (37)
Friday July 31, 2015, 9:06 pm
Thanks, JL, I knew the extradition request was in the wind. The Interior Department has said they will honor it. I'm not really sure if they are the ones who have the authority, but it's good.

I know you, JL, get emails from Dr. Edelman, and so you probably got the one I just got. I am still weeping from being so deeply touched. Here's the link for anyone who didn't get it -

The pertinent part is both in the transcript and in the video and if you can read or watch with dry eyes, then what the heck is wrong with you.

Edith B (146)
Friday July 31, 2015, 9:24 pm

I am sorry your weather is still so unbearable. Glad you got home safely.

Rachel: Those people are so much braver than I could ever be, but I am inspired by their courage. Of course the courts sided with Shell, don't they always protect corporations?

Cartoon: So cute. I hope you have a better day tomorrow.


Lynn Squance (235)
Friday July 31, 2015, 11:37 pm
Puzzle — 2:58 Well I'll be a bee's knee!

Rachel Maddow — So Shell had to take the protesters to court to have them removed from the lane to the Pacific Ocean. The costs are mounting for Shell in both legal fees and time delays. I wonder if they'll try to sue the protesters to recoup some legal fees? It certainly would be a bad public relations move in an already tense situation. Kudos to the protesters, some of whom quite literally hung in there!

Cartoon — Where did you get that picture of my Primo? He has been living in the bathroom because of the heat! Isn't he so handsome!

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 4:34 am
Getting your foot done in that heat must have been exhausting, but at the same time you can count yourself lucky you had it done before the temperatures even went higher, TomCat. Take a break this weekend from a busy week and concentrate mainly on keeping cool.

Shell must be terribly desperate to get to the Arctic in time, they must have had all the paperwork for a court case done before Green Peace could even lift an anchor. Kudos to all the brave protesters, they know what needs to be done: Shell must be prevented from ever entering and drilling in this extremely delicate environment.

Jim Phillips (3247)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 8:37 am
Petitions signed in Joanne's box above. Thanks.


Jim Phillips (3247)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 8:46 am
Unusual strategy from Greenpeace. "Kudos". And it did work until the police came and removed a few of them to allow the ship to pass through. Why are the courts on the side of the corporations knowing full well that drilling in the Arctic is a very dangerous undertaking and a potential polluting factor in the pristine areas. Why can't the courts side with the common people for a change...


TomCat S (125)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 9:53 am
Thanks, stars, and very tired hugs to all.

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 11:02 am are hotter than we are in Florida. Yikes.

Much respect to those who were out in the heat dangling from that bridge in this heat and those in the water too. I think if they can do that we need to keep up the pressure by continuing to make phone calls, signing petitions, to let others know who still have their heads in the sand what is taking place.

The courts and police need to start to think beyond just who is so called breaking the law. They will have to be searching this further within their hearts and minds. Who is hurting whom the most, a few people who dangle from a bridge or those who place fossil fuel into our waters and air. Who is doing the most damage? They do need to get this straight and figure out that they and their family members will suffer based on their decisions.

Everyone has to figure out what side of the fence they are standing on.

As Martin Luther King, Jr said, "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

If all police stick together and if all the courts also stood together......with the people backing each other, then this would stop rather quickly. Also people have to choose if they even want to work for Shell in whatever way be it pilot of the ships, drilling, or being a secretary and answering the phones. Each person much make these choices. Each person who is part of the enterprise is helping for the fossil fuels to continue on.

We have technologies to go should be a National Priority.......if it was, it would be amazing how fast we could move to a better future.

Glad to read the foot was less hurtful after the surgery....good sign and good luck.

Chris C (152)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 12:09 pm
After our high heat index week (one day it was 115), the last few days in the high 80's were like a cold spell...but that humidity is a KILLER. (Omaha, NE) I'm afraid this weather is new new norm!

Winn Adams (179)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 6:23 pm
Take good care of yourself TC. It's toooooooooooo hot!!!

P A (117)
Sunday August 2, 2015, 1:32 am
Thank for these TC – sorry the weather is so hot – hope your paw is better. Rachel Maddow is (as always) very good – if only the police hadn't removed the activists from the bridge later on – I hope those police and the judge there are included in any lawsuits that will follow after the utterly inevitable oil spill and all the tragic animal deaths and human and environmental misery that will be caused in the Arctic..

Chris C (152)
Sunday August 2, 2015, 8:56 am
God bless the HERO protesters. Any time lost by Shell is golden.

TomCat S (125)
Sunday August 2, 2015, 10:22 am
Thanks all. Kudos to Sheryl. Hugs.

Vivian B (169)
Sunday August 2, 2015, 4:02 pm
It's time for everyone to realize that drilling in the Arctic is a terrible move! Too much at stake and too much pollution to come from the crap that they dig out of the ground!
Sorry to hear that the heat that was here has made it up your way! Heat index was 110°, or more here, but it cooled down to 79° for the high one day. Next day,it was back up there in the 110°+ for a heat index. I will be glad when the fall gets here! I hope the winter isn't as cold as it has been hot! It will be VERY cold if it does that!
Glad to hear you had a great outcome form the foot doctor!
That picture looks like my cats! They push and shove to be the one that gets to lay in the sink!
FANTASTIC move by the protesters! I hope they had enough time to make the ship late for drilling!!!! KUDOS TO THEM!
Be careful in this heat, TC! Hear is one of the worst killers around right now!

TomCat S (125)
Monday August 3, 2015, 11:10 am
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