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Gaythia Weis
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LIfe in Fairmead is not so fair

"Family homes in Fairmead with shallow private wells feet can't compete with agricultural wells sucking water out of the aquifer at 1,000 feet or deeper."

http://www.npr.org/2015/05/02/403719502/all-tapped-out-in-a-tiny-california-town
The years-long drought in California has taken a severe toll on the rural, mainly African-American community of Fairmead, where water drawn for agriculture has left wells dry.
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The Importance of Native Pollinators!
 
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Honey bees will be fine. It's the other 3,999 species of bees in North America we need to worry about.
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"As California enters its fourth year of drought, communities across the West are confronting a new reality -- a year-round fire season."

http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_27987835/california-drought-eastern-sierra-community-lives-devastating-reality
The fire came up quickly here in the eastern Sierra Nevada, destroying 35 homes and taking the mountainside community of Swall Meadows by surprise. Who would expect a roiling wildfire — throwing fireballs and whipping up flame whirls through 7,000 acres of sagebrush, pinon and Jeffrey pine — in the dead of winter?
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Fires in Siberia

I was blaming local (or Vancouver BC) smog for our brilliant red sunsets lately here in Bellingham, WA.  But no, it is apparently due to huge fires in Siberia!

Don't worry about global climate change however, Putin assures us that it is his opposition that is to blame: http://www.rferl.org/content/putins-envoy-blames-opposition-for-siberian-wildfires/26963346.html

http://www.seattlepi.com/local/komo/article/Smoke-from-Siberian-wildfires-turns-Northwestern-6209696.php
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We always blame the wildfires of somewhere else. We don't have smog, we're vancouver
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Bicycling History: New Freedoms for Women and Others

Bicycles, and roadways to accommodate them, predated the automobile:

1984-1904:
"Twenty-five miles of urban bicycle trails built, funded and maintained with the aid of city engineers, designed for recreation, students and commuters. A dedicated bicycle toll road connecting Seattle to other Puget Sound communities. Bike cops enforcing cyclist speed limits, safety and dealing with the scourge of bike thefts. Bike shops — over 20 on Second Ave. alone — selling the latest models and newest gear. Multiple bike race tracks in the city."

http://crosscut.com/2013/09/seattles-first-golden-age-bikes/
 
Bicyling was at the heart of the women's suffrage movement. Did you know that? I sure didn't until I started doing research on my earlier article regarding the history of cycling in Fort Collins. So I decided to gather together some of what I found and put it into a second bike-centered article, this time focusing on the how the cultural landscape changed for women after the introduction of the bicycle. It kinda blew my mind. I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

http://forgottenfortcollins.com/racy_cycling_in_foco/
Once upon a time, most people walked if they wanted to get from point A to point B. Men with a little more money might ride a horse, or ride in a buggy behind a horse. But during Victorian times, women often had to rely upon a man if she wanted to travel further than…
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I have been wanting bars that are like those the 2nd from left or the furthest right...very sexy bars. I could change them out with my mustache bars.
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*Fire at an oil and gas wastewater injection facility near the Greeley Colorado airport.

http://www.9news.com/story/news/local/2015/04/17/possible-lightning-strike-sparks-oil-tank-fire/25950779/
Firefighters have contained a blaze at the site of an oil and gas wastewater injection site near the Greeley airport. The fire began when lightning struck a water storage tank. The water contained traces of hydrocarbons, which ignited.
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Michael Usry, a young New Orleans filmmaker, has a flair for the macabre. His award-winning output includes titles like “Murderabilia,” a dark production that spotlights the trade in
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"Oil and chemical dispersant exposure toxicity to deep water corals"

"recently published findings show all corals had more severe health declines in response to dispersant alone and the oil-dispersant mixtures than in the oil-only treatments."

Research source: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0967064515000740

http://theconversation.com/dispersants-sprayed-in-wake-of-deepwater-horizon-oil-spill-more-toxic-than-oil-alone-40143
Five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, scientists find dispersants meant to clean up oil spill are toxic to deep-sea corals.
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NEONICOTINOIDS: "Pesticides: One study shows bees are attracted to the insecticides, another shows harmful effects to the pollinators under field conditions"

http://cen.acs.org/articles/93/i17/Evidence-Against-Neonicotinoids-Mounts.html
Two studies published in Nature last week have raised more concerns about whether neonicotinoid pesticides adversely affect bee health. One study shows that bees are drawn to neonicotinoids, possibly because the insects catch a “buzz” from the pesticides similar to the one humans get from ...
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The Port of Seattle is bringing Shell's Arctic drilling rigs here, but environmentalists are resisting. Will this turn into another WTO for Seattle?
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"But coming home to the countries of the West, where nobody dies for a moment’s lapse in fealty to a prime minister or a president, it can be depressing beyond words to hear the loyalists of a given political creed — whether of the left or the right — adopt the unyielding certainties common in totalitarian states. Our rights to think and speak freely have been won at great cost, and we abuse them at our peril."

Via +Tara Nelson 
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/12/opinion/sunday/the-things-i-carried-back.html?wt.mc_id=2015-APRIL-FB-SR_PROPENSITY&WT.mc_ev=click
From 40 years of reporting, a revulsion for ideology that smothers free thinking in both the totalitarian world and the West.
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Problems with subjective, pattern-based forensic techniques — like hair and bite-mark comparisons — that have contributed to wrongful convictions in more than one-quarter of 329 DNA-exoneration cases since 1989.

In turn, DNA evidence needs to be handled with care: http://www.apa.org/monitor/jun07/problem.aspx

More information on the Innocence Project can be found here: http://www.innocenceproject.org/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/fbi-overstated-forensic-hair-matches-in-nearly-all-criminal-trials-for-decades/2015/04/18/39c8d8c6-e515-11e4-b510-962fcfabc310_story.html
Forensic hair matches were overstated in many cases heard before 2000, including those of 32 defendants sentenced to death, the FBI and the Justice Department acknowledged after a review.
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Analytical Chemist
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I'm a chemist with a background in groundwater geochemistry, semiconductor industry quality assurance, Auger Electron Microscopy, and environmental monitoring.

My current passions are science policy, risk analysis and water resources.



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