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Fun times: Unlimited Free Beef! 

Leather tanning contest! 

Pin the Rancher With Sniper Fire games for the kids. 

Play Snap Goes the Taser with Ammon Bundy. He likes it! 

See something you like? Take it. Cliven Bundy doesn't believe laws apply to him. Why should they protect him? 

Cliven Bundy's anti-government act has inspired a counter-event from one of the guys involved in Burning Man (who are known as burners). Welcome to Bundy Fest!
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+Lori Cannon Conservatives don't "clean up." They create a micro-corporation, assign it the responsibility of cleaning up. Strip it of all revenue generating assets and then loan it the money to purchase "consulting" from the parent corporation. 

Finally they bankrupt the whole mess having repeated this cycle several times leaving the Federal government to.......... clean up. That was Mitt Romney's specialty. 

So, my budget for clean up is a few hours of legal time from a 1st year lawyer: say $150.  
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Evil demonstrated: attacking the means for individuals to take a small measure of economic control and reduce pollution in order to maximize your personal profit and political power. 
The Yiddish word "chutzpah" means gall and utterly arrogant nerve. It should be re-spelled to "koch-spah" after this news… that the ever-meddlesome Koch brothers are now funding a major campaign against state efforts to ramp up solar energy.  It would be one thing if they limited their attacks to ending tax rebates and minor subsidies for solar and wind… hypocritical, given how much they have benefited from vastly larger oil-gas-coal subsidies, tax breaks and almost free access to resources on public lands. 

No, they are also targeting "net metering" which is the law allowing a homeowner who owns a rooftop solar unit to sell excess power back to the utility.,0,7412286.story#axzz2zSLfKKoM

Please read that again.  The Koch brothers do not want you selling your excess power to the market.  Their beef is with filling energy markets with millions of little-guy producers.  Their "institute" proclaims that its aim is to "preserve the public utility power company concept" -- a state mandated monopoly system in which single companies control all access to energy.  Some enterprise capitalists! Some libertarians!

But let's dig deeper to the heart of it.  WHY are the Kochs (and their Saudi partners) doing this right now?  Because solar energy is taking off.  Because efficiency and durability rates have been skyrocketing, in part because we had the wisdom to use some mild incentives to boost an important new industry, the way US Postal contracts stimulated air travel, in the 1920s, or public roads spurred the rise of the automobile.

Only with this difference: renewable energy systems are improving far FASTER than airplanes or automobiles did, in their nascent days. And more spectacular tech advances loom on the horizon, that they can see coming fast.

Dig it well.  The Kochs would not be doing this if renewables weren't taking off and a looming threat to the brothers' bottom line.  Millions of autonomous citizens, generating and selling their own power is no longer a sci fi pipe dream.  It is coming true fast… and the parasite dinosaurs are bellowing.
The Koch brothers and large utilities have allied to reverse state policies that favor renewable energy.
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Well, it ain't the hate'n part that gets you in trouble with the law. It's the action part.
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Bottom line: The Sky is Actually Falling. 

That's how all the bits that made up all of us humans landed on top of the rocky bits underneath us. Stuff fell out of the sky. We're it. It happens every day. We're the skim layer on one of the universes garbage heaps planetary bodies. 
This Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22, three former NASA astronauts will present new evidence that our planet has experienced many more large-scale asteroid impacts over the past decade than previously thought… three to ten times more, in fact. A new visualization of data from a nuclear weapons warning network, to be unveiled by B612 Foundation CEO…
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+Jywe Tr I wasn't actually referring to the genetic material but the elements we are made of. 
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We're not stubborn!
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...on the way to the hospital. Because they won't ask for directions.
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Minions from Seattle heads up. There are 2014 Disaster Relief Trials coming up in July. As you know you have a nearby volcano as well as some massive earthquake faults just offshore. In the event of a major emergency......... you're on your own. 

Check it out.

See also +The White House thread on disaster prep. with a hangout coming up on Monday the 7th.
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E bikes are hugely adaptable and battery technology is advanced enough for likely even transfer to personal ultralight aircraft. This would be quite valuable for medical help and for rescue operations. Wildcat weather is going to rise and unless we stop it the Earth surface will become unambiguously uninhabitable. Biking is good.
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From the Department of Shit We Already Knew. 

Conservative economic policies do not, actually, work. Even for them. 
"When the House voted in September to cut $40 billion from the federal food-stamp program over 10 years, all but 15 Republicans supported the measure while not a single Democrat did so.

But according to a TIME analysis of county-by-county food-stamp-enrollment data compiled by the nonprofit Feeding America, it appears that House Republicans represent more districts with high levels of participation in the program than House Democrats."


It’s Official: White Folks in Red States are the Biggest Food Stamp ‘Moochers’ in the Country
"Statistics reveal that the city holding the most beneficiaries of the SNAP program (a favorite target of the GOP) is 99.22% white and 95% Republican. Owsley County, Kentucky earns the lowest median household income in the country, but they are the most prolific government-takers in U.S. existence."
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+Lori Cannon You can cup water in your hand but you can't hold it in your fist. 
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They missed a big one: Cycling time is social time. You can interact with your neighbors, other cyclists, meet people. You can ride along and chat and shout "this is my turn" and sail off. 

I have never, ever, met anybody new while sitting in a car at a stop sign unless they were rear ending me. On a bike, you can meet people without all the nasty whiplash.
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+Sakari Maaranen They're fairly rare although more are getting built all the time. Since americans have passed "peak car" demand for functional cycleways is getting political attention. 
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It's wise to remember that this is a service provided by a corporation to fulfill the needs of the corporation. The corporation, Google, may subdivide it's rights to allow me control over threads that I start but that can change at any time. 

If you want free speech: buy your own server and hook it up. 

h/t +Rachel Blum 

Alt text: I can't remember where I heard this, but someone once said that defending a position by citing free speech is sort of the ultimate concession; you're saying that the most compelling thing you can say for your position is that it's not literally illegal to express.
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Ok, I'm on a bike porn kick today and I dug this treasure up. It's about the development of a product I own and believe in. Literally the best money I've ever spent in my life.

It transformed me from somebody who wanted to bicycle but just couldn't get over the hassles of not being able to: bring gear along, adjust to a comfortable riding position, make multiple stops, pick up groceries, i.e. do what I wanted transportation to do. 

Now I ride around town with, literally, a sack of wrenches in my sling bags and I don't care about the weight. It's worth it to be able to help the occasional person with a field repair. It's more than a bicycle. It's a different way of living. Bike time is social time. I meet people on rides, we chat for a bit headed through the park, somebody will sail off yelling "this is my turn" and it's great. 

When's the last time you met somebody at a stop sign in a car? Never, right? 

Check it out. Worth it to see how product development really works too. There was a lot of time where Ross, the designer, didn't really have a workable product. When I purchased my Xtracycle in 2007 he was still working from the foothills shop seen at the end of this video. They actually sent me the wrong frame the first time out, a 700c kit  frame instead of a 26" I needed. 

Looking back I think I should have just paid for that kit and ordered another. I had the money at the time. 
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+Liz Canning Check out my pictures of the Chico Bike Music Festival. It's an annual cargo bike focused music festival.

June 7th, 2014.
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This is obviously a doable thing. My local community college feeds more energy into the grid from solar panels than it uses. 

There are a lot of roofs in the U.S. that we could cover with solar panels. After they're paid off the electricity they use is money in the bank. Doubly so if you have an electric car and enough solar power to charge it also. 
Honda Smart Home gives more than it takes

With homes and light-vehicles accounting for roughly 44 percent of total greenhouse gases emitted in the US, neutralizing these emissions would certainly go a long way towards a clean energy future. What if these sources of pollution could not only be nullified, but play an active role in reducing our environmental footprint? Such is the thinking behind the Honda Smart Home US unveiled last week, which generates enough solar energy to power both car and home, with a little left over to feed back into the grid.
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If you just added me to your circles and are wondering why I'm not circling you back right away.... It's because I can't have 4,000 people in my stream. If you're brilliant in comments and don't post I'll still circle you. If I've circled you and you're not much interested in my posts no biggie; leave me out of your stream.

I am a pessimist. If your world-view is unicorns-shitting-rainbows block me now. 

Anybody left? Good, we can get to work because optimists don't seem able to make a roof that doesn't leak or a foundation that sits above the water table instead of under it. Optimists build cruise ships that flop over and sink when holed. Optimists design economic structures that collapse like a house of cards in a slight breeze. 

We have to build a better world than the optimists will let us build. A world that expects that rain falls at inconvenient times and deals with it. A world that deals with climate change and ecological overshoot. A world that deals with people as we find them instead of as we wish them to be. 

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