taerowyn: (Happy ME)
I've been on a kick of getting my online life organized. I'm trying to clean out my RSS reader at work into some Delicious bookmarks, trying to go through my backlog of entries here and tag them, etc.

Have to admit, tagging here is fun, if only to go back and see my Oh. Dear. God. No. entries re: Palin and chuckle in satisfaction.

In other chuckle-worthy news, something makes me suspect that the coal industry is getting marketing advice from The Onion. Cause...I mean...come on! Really? Too funny. Their Facebook page is even better. It has fans like Black Lung, Mercury Mel, and Asthma Al. They've (oh-so conveniently) removed the section where you could "review" them. I guess it doesn't pay to advertise a bunch of one star reviews that call you out on your BS. Wheeee!
taerowyn: (Amused)
funny pictures
more funny politics

So yeah...one week later and I don't think things have sunk in for me yet. I still get a little teared up reading certain articles. Just....wow. WOW!

I'm slowly weaning myself of Huffinton Post at least, though my work listservs/feeds are still all abuzz with the tech/organizing behind this historic campaign.

If you haven't checked out the transition website, change.gov you should. Though one troubling catch people have made is the recent disappearance of the in-depth info in the agenda section. The disappearance itself isn't so bad, though the lack of explanation does twig a few concerns.

The things I really like though are the participatory sections: Share your story and Share your vision as well as the focus on service ("Ask not what your country can do for you..." anyone?).
taerowyn: (Attitude)
The Supreme Court meme

Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] liz_marcs:

In an upcoming interview with Katie Couric to be aired this week, Sarah Palin is unable to name any Supreme Court Case other than Roe v. Wade.

The Rules: Post info about ONE Supreme Court decision, modern or historic, to your lj. (Any decision, as long as it's not Roe v. Wade.) FListers, please take the meme to your LJ to spread the fun.

So totally not out of character for me, I'm going with the very recent Massachusetts v. EPA. Shockingly a GOOD decision out of the Bush-era SCOTUS. Basically, the Bush-era EPA was un-shockingly trying to avoid doing anything about global warming. They claimed they had no authority to limit carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping emissions from vehicles, which, according to them, were not covered by the Clean Air Act.

Well, let's see...the Clean Air Act states that an air pollutant is any "physical, chemical, biological (or) radioactive substance or matter [that] is emitted or otherwise enters the ambient air." In addition, it authorizes the EPA to regulate any pollutant that the agency determines to "cause, or contribute to, air pollution which may reasonably be anticipated to endanger public health or welfare." The act specifically defines "welfare" to include adverse effects on "weather" and "climate."

In a surprise move, the Court sided on common sense and said that yes, heat-trapping emissions are pollutants under the Clean Air Act and, in order to actually, you know, protect the environment as they're supposed to, the Environmental Protection Agency does indeed have the authority to regulate them

So yeah....go SCOTUS!

Adam Sandler Politics

The above was the rare Bush-era good political move...the below is one of the more all too common *headdesk* moments.

Seems that a Bush appointee used, and I kid you not, the asinine Adam Sandler movie I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry as an example of why federal employees with same sex partners shouldn't get equal employee benefits. No, really...he did. If you happen to want to tell him that you'd prefer policy that wasn't founded on Adam Sandler movies...you can let him know here.


And finally...Get out the vote...clocks ticking down on when you can register:
taerowyn: (Default)
If any of you bank through Bank One, I recommend moving your account and telling them why. Basically, they seem to be doing their best to run several publishing companies, most notably Common Courage Press, a great source of alternative media information and active critiques of our country, into the ground.

Here are some things you can do


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