The thing that I love about social media sites like Tumblr is this idea that once you have enough followers, enough notoriety on the internet, your opinion, your view on life is so important that you feel the need to tell everyone what you think about everything. It seems they stop learning, gleaning, feeling, attempting to understand any other point of view. Or perhaps that’s the mindset you have to have in order to become popular. I was just reading one blog that had a good set of posts and I was like “Oh Cool. Gonna go click Follow” and then it got all bashy, elitist and stupid and I was like “Heck no techno.”
I will be the first to say that I am bashy sometimes (just to mormons and stupid customers) but I feel like I don’t feel the need to trash everything that is popular or that is for “less educated” people (I enjoy things like LOTR, Game Of Thrones, TV in general, etc, despite it’s eliteist white rich christian points of view… and I’m a college educated gay man).
I think we all just need to realize that we are human and like different things, and that’s okay. But we are all human, all intelligent, albeit in different ways.
And yes, I’m having one of these evenings again. Haha. Goodbye followers!
By Bruce Barcott
Photograph by Paul Nicklen
On a drizzly autumn morning on the coast of British Columbia, a shadowy figure lumbers down to shore. A black bear has come to eat. It’s spawning season. Egg-heavy fish glut the streams of Gribbell Island, a small piece of Canada’s Great Bear…
But we can’t find him. He’s somewhere in the kitchen. We think he might be under the stove. We have tried to kill him by turning it on all the way and leaving it there so that it gets hot under there. I was stabbing around with a knife the other day.
So annoying. He just won’t die.
I have never hated an arthropod this much. There aren’t even any other crickets in the house. I wish I could train bird to be a hunting bird that I could send after rogue meal worms and crickets that escape before they make it to the lizards. He’s still angry at us for (somewhat) clipping his wings.
Curtails ESA listing activities: Contains language prohibiting funding for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to list new species and to designate critical habitat for their recovery under the Endangered Species Act.
Pesticides in Rivers and Streams: Contains language amending current law to eliminate requirements for chemical companies and large agricultural operations to obtain permits for pesticides entering rivers and streams.
Blocks Mountaintop Removal Regulations: Contains language prohibiting the implementation and enforcement of specific mountaintop removal mining regulations. The Office of Surface Mining is prohibited from updating the Stream Buffer Rule which would protect rivers and streams from the environmental impacts of mountaintop removal mining.
Blocks EPAs Ability to Regulate Greenhouse gas: Contains languageprohibiting the EPA from regulating greenhouse gas from stationary sources. The language also blocks civil tort or common law lawsuits and also prevents any applied-for permit from being federally enforced.
Blocks Greenhouse Gas Reporting: Contains language prohibiting EPA from implementing a rule requiring reporting of greenhouse gases from manure management systems for large livestock operations.
Delisting Wolves as an Endangered Species: Containsa provision that protects from judicial review any decision of the Secretary of the Interior to delist wolves in Wyoming or the Great Lakes region.
Blocks Regulation of Coal Ash: Prohibits the EPA from regulating fossil fuel combustion waste, or “Coal Ash,” under the Solid Waste Disposal Act.
Impedes Implementation of Clean Water Act: Prohibits EPA from changing or supplementing guidance or rules related to the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act.
Blocks the Secretary of Interior from Protecting Grand Canyon from Uranium Mining: Contains language that prohibits the Secretary of the Interior from implementing a land withdrawal to protect the Grand Canyon from new uranium mining claims.
And they call themselves. “conservatives.” Can anybody explain what, besides the privileges of corporations over people, they think they’re “conserving?”
Words can not express the clusterfuck that the visit to the dentist was today.
First Adam is charged $85 for an exam, then he is told that he needs to have his wisdom tooth removed now, and then he metabolizes the anesthetic too fast and they keep trying for 2 hours to remove the tooth despite excruciating pain and fail and refer him to a dental office that can take him tomorrow and now he’s having last minute surgery to remove it tomorrow.
I have my reservations about going there too now. haha.