aliothturtle:

thegreenwolf:

americas-liberty:

rightsided:

Important map to remember in regards to Cliven Bundy vs the BLM
85% (as of 2008) of Nevada is federally owned land, most of that is under the control of the BLM.

This has got to change. The land belongs to the people and the feds need to step out of their way.

I don’t necessarily agree. Not everything federal is bad. For one thing, the federal government is why we have national parks like Yellowstone and Crater Lake that are preserved as wilderness instead if being logged/mined/hunted to death. Additionally, if it were not for federal laws like the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Water Act, environmental groups would have fewer laws to invoke to stop things like the extermination of rare species or the wholesale destruction of waterways. Hell, look at how Idaho and its people immediately set about trying to exterminate their wolf population the moment they were stripped of ESA protection.
Granted, these laws and systems are not perfect. Logging still happens on federal lands not set aside as national parks or monuments. Corporations still pollute water, and often get a slap on the wrist as far as fines go. This is why citizens need to stay aware of the laws and how much they’re enforced. 
But I shudder to think what would happen if the feds let go of all their land to the highest bidder. How many massive corporations would buy it all up, come in and completely clearcut the forests of the west indiscriminately? How many would tear up the land for mining, or put tourist traps in sensitive ecosystems?
Because you know that the land would go to these corporations, not real people, and corporations HAVE no oversight with regards to the people. The government does. And while it’s not a perfect system, it’s better than the Koch Brothers and Dick Cheney and their ilk having even easier access to our resources than they already do, without having to go through federal permitting processes and the like.
Honestly, I don’t trust “the people” with our wild lands. We already proved throughout the past few centuries that we suck giant owlbear balls at it, and I really, really don’t think our population has grown in maturity and insight all that much since we almost extirpated the bison less than 150 years ago—or polluted the Cuyahoga River so badly that it caught on fire half a century ago. There’s got to be some middle ground between “THE FEDS HAVE ALL THE POWER!!!!” and “FUCK THE FEDS!!!!!”

What Lupa said. Also, I want to know why half the country is pastel and half the country is dark orange…

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aliothturtle:

thegreenwolf:

americas-liberty:

rightsided:

Important map to remember in regards to Cliven Bundy vs the BLM

85% (as of 2008) of Nevada is federally owned land, most of that is under the control of the BLM.

This has got to change. The land belongs to the people and the feds need to step out of their way.

I don’t necessarily agree. Not everything federal is bad. For one thing, the federal government is why we have national parks like Yellowstone and Crater Lake that are preserved as wilderness instead if being logged/mined/hunted to death. Additionally, if it were not for federal laws like the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Water Act, environmental groups would have fewer laws to invoke to stop things like the extermination of rare species or the wholesale destruction of waterways. Hell, look at how Idaho and its people immediately set about trying to exterminate their wolf population the moment they were stripped of ESA protection.

Granted, these laws and systems are not perfect. Logging still happens on federal lands not set aside as national parks or monuments. Corporations still pollute water, and often get a slap on the wrist as far as fines go. This is why citizens need to stay aware of the laws and how much they’re enforced. 

But I shudder to think what would happen if the feds let go of all their land to the highest bidder. How many massive corporations would buy it all up, come in and completely clearcut the forests of the west indiscriminately? How many would tear up the land for mining, or put tourist traps in sensitive ecosystems?

Because you know that the land would go to these corporations, not real people, and corporations HAVE no oversight with regards to the people. The government does. And while it’s not a perfect system, it’s better than the Koch Brothers and Dick Cheney and their ilk having even easier access to our resources than they already do, without having to go through federal permitting processes and the like.

Honestly, I don’t trust “the people” with our wild lands. We already proved throughout the past few centuries that we suck giant owlbear balls at it, and I really, really don’t think our population has grown in maturity and insight all that much since we almost extirpated the bison less than 150 years ago—or polluted the Cuyahoga River so badly that it caught on fire half a century ago. There’s got to be some middle ground between “THE FEDS HAVE ALL THE POWER!!!!” and “FUCK THE FEDS!!!!!”

What Lupa said. Also, I want to know why half the country is pastel and half the country is dark orange…

Reblogging for commentary

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quickhits:

Stories to Watch: 4/11/14.
Pres. Obama calls out Republicans for their efforts to steal elections by suppressing the vote. No Republican will ever convince me they love freedom while they back voter suppression laws. It would be a lie. The story about a Wisconsin Republican caught on video discussing illegal campaign tactics has moved quickly since it broke yesterday. State Senate president Mike Ellis’s campaign has already ejected a staffer in an attempt to get the story under control. When that didn’t work, Ellis announced he would not seek reelection. I’m guessing that’s not going to work either. Joan Walsh on how Stephen Colbert’s move to CBS puts “Papa Bear” Bill O’Reilly in his place. This could turn out to be a new front in the GOP Civil War; religious conservatives warn the Republican Party not to hold it’s 2016 convention in Las Vegas because it’s Sin City and all. You have to wonder how that makes billionaire casino magnate and top GOP donor Sheldon Adelson feel. The religious right may be biting the hand that feeds. A free clinic for poor and uninsured residents in Arkansas is closing its doors because — post-Obamacare — it no longer has any customers. This is what Republicans want you to believe is a “train wreck.”Yet more evidence linking fracking to earthquakes. Finally, neocon pundit Charles Krauthammer declares the BENGHAZI!!!! nontroversy over — and the right loses it in response. [cartoon via Truthdig]

quickhits:

Stories to Watch: 4/11/14.

Pres. Obama calls out Republicans for their efforts to steal elections by suppressing the vote. No Republican will ever convince me they love freedom while they back voter suppression laws. It would be a lie.


The story about a Wisconsin Republican caught on video discussing illegal campaign tactics has moved quickly since it broke yesterday. State Senate president Mike Ellis’s campaign has already ejected a staffer in an attempt to get the story under control. When that didn’t work, Ellis announced he would not seek reelection. I’m guessing that’s not going to work either.


Joan Walsh on how Stephen Colbert’s move to CBS puts “Papa Bear” Bill O’Reilly in his place.


This could turn out to be a new front in the GOP Civil War; religious conservatives warn the Republican Party not to hold it’s 2016 convention in Las Vegas because it’s Sin City and all. You have to wonder how that makes billionaire casino magnate and top GOP donor Sheldon Adelson feel. The religious right may be biting the hand that feeds.


A free clinic for poor and uninsured residents in Arkansas is closing its doors because — post-Obamacare — it no longer has any customers. This is what Republicans want you to believe is a “train wreck.”


Yet more evidence linking fracking to earthquakes.


Finally, neocon pundit Charles Krauthammer declares the BENGHAZI!!!! nontroversy over — and the right loses it in response.


[cartoon via Truthdig]

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The best way to stop homelessness is mindbogglingly simple: Give them homes.

Housing The Homeless Saves Money—Here’s The Research That Proves It (via fastcompany)

The city of Los Angeles recently released a list of “initiatives” for “cleaning up” Skid Row. In LA, roughly a quarter of a million people experience homelessness every year. The $3.7 million proposal would alleviate this by - wait for it - adding 10 trash cans to the area, cleaning the streets 12 times a year instead of 4-6 times a year, and “valet cart storage” where homeless people can “check” their grocery carts and belongings.

It’s a fucking insult, is what it is. Los Angeles has enough space to house everyone. And now we have (more) data that prove it’s cheaper to just do that than all of these shitty band-aid solutions. Homeless people need homes, not a cart check.

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catuallie:

another commission done!!!!
if you want to commission me, please see this post!

Ting and Cimtuu look great here! Loving this commission!

catuallie:

another commission done!!!!

if you want to commission me, please see this post!

Ting and Cimtuu look great here! Loving this commission!

Oh Disney merchandise, never change http://ift.tt/1ki7ZCZ

Oh Disney merchandise, never change http://ift.tt/1ki7ZCZ

cliobablio:

Magical fighting girls (& cats) this Saturday night at Qpopshop.

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milkywayhopes:

This just says so much about my outlook on life in general right now.

milkywayhopes:

This just says so much about my outlook on life in general right now.

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