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Gaythia Weis
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Don't be afraid to speak up
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Under Trump:
"The" [now misnamed] "Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is considering changing a rule so it's easier for payday lenders to take more of people's money."

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-agency-the-white-house-just-took-over-is-about-to-feed-us-to-loan-sharks-2018-1

[eye catching photo, as a scientists I feel this "loan shark" business is unfair to sharks]
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"Orphaned wells are more likely than properly plugged “abandoned” wells to leak pollutants, including methane gas, which can contaminate groundwater and even trigger explosions."

"According to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, there are currently 63 financially “distressed" operators in the state, who collectively own almost 4,000 wells."

http://www.hcn.org/articles/energy-industry-orphaned-oil-and-gas-wells-are-on-the-rise
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#ChinookSalmon, an iconic species in the Pacific Northwest, have lost up to two-thirds of their genetic diversity over the past 7000 years, researchers report. The finding underscores a long-held concern that future salmon populations are imperiled by a combination of stream habitat loss, overfishing, dams, and the release of millions of fingerlings from hatcheries—even as the fish try to respond to climate change and ocean acidification.
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ignore his antics and make a positive, proactive argument. While he assails the free press, let’s use our voices to honor the essential work reporters are doing in this dangerous era. Let’s have a conversation about why the free press is more crucial than ever.

That’s why authoritarian leaders always attack the press.

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Trump Administration Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration (EIA):
"projections for solar power in other countries were so weak that they couldn’t withstand the scrutiny of simple Google searches."

This makes EIA projections for coal, oil and gas exports implausible.

http://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/368751-energy-department-is-seriously-underestimating-solar-power-abroad
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I'm having a Geekasm moment [ https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=geekasm ]: Brian Cox and Sir David Attenborough, together, talking about Charles Darwin! "Sir David Attenborough and Professor Brian Cox will unite on screen for the first time in a new show delving into the stories of history’s most significant scientists.

The acclaimed naturalist and the physicist will discuss the legacy of Charles Darwin, from his “absolutely mad obsession with collecting beetles” to extracts from his legendary 1859 scientific tome On The Origin Of Species.

Sir David explains his admiration for the famed explorer’s book that shares “argument and observation” rather than “jargon”.

As the six-part BBC iPlayer series People Of Science continues, Cox will meet Royal Society Fellows Bill Bryson, Dame Uta Frith, Sir David Spiegelhalter, Dame Julia Higgins and Dame Sally Davies as they explore the organisation’s archives and introduce viewers to their favourite historical figures in the field."
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"Oops, 'drill anywhere' means nowhere near Mar-a-Lago"
You can imagine the phone call from President Trump to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
"Zinke, you moron, when I sent the drill-baby-drill-anywhere order I didn't mean anywhere near Mar a Lago. How the hell are we going to entertain our friends from industry if dead oil birds are filling the sand traps." http://bit.ly/2qSMoNM
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