There is a dangerous situation going down where I live. Please help spread awareness.

Dear tumblr people with a lot of followers (I tagged the people I follow that are tumblr famous, if you can tag others that would be great.)

I need your help. I am trying to spread awareness on the situation that is going down in Camp Minden, Louisiana. Camp Minden is the location of the Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant that has been causing the citizens of Minden and the surrounding areas a lot of problems over the last few years.

"When the plant ceased production, as The Times-Picayune of New Orleans pointed out, “the Army awarded now-bankrupt Explo Systems a contract in 2010 to ‘demilitarize’ the propellant charges for artillery rounds” on the site. The company conducted “operations” there “until a 2012 explosion sent a mushroom cloud 7,000 feet high and broke windows a mile away in Doyline,” another small community in the area." (source)

After this event, the authorities found that Explo had been storing these explosives improperly. There are more than 15 million pounds of M-6 propellent on the site and EPA has come up with a “safe solution” of an open burn of 80,000 pounds a day for up to a year.

This is bullshit. Not only is this not safe for the surrounding areas because it could cause multiple explosions, the toxins that will be released into the air, soil, and water will cause health problems for citizens like cancer and birth defects in a 50 mile radius.

We are a poor community. We have managed to get ourselves 90 days to come up with a better way of disposing the propellant, but unless we come up with something, we’re doomed.

Please spread this. I want people to stand up for our community like you have for others. If you have any questions, please message me.

Daí eu disse pra ela: “Você é um avião!”, ela riu, disse que foi uma das piores cantadas que já ouviu na vida, perguntou se eu tinha aprendido essa com meu avô e fez um sinal de negação com a cabeça. Eu ri e perguntei “Por que com meu avô?”, aí ela disse “Avião? Avião? Aff! Que pior! Por que eu seria um avião?” Eu parei, pensei, então eu disse: “É, avião! Você vive alta porque sonha demais e sempre que toca no solo é somente para pegar combustível para continuar voando. Seus pés foram feitos para dançar com o vento e sua cabeça, convenhamos, vive nas nuvens. Seu coração é quase um diário de bordo: registra e guarda todas as suas horas de voo, os acidentes de percurso e as milhas de relacionamento.. Mas a sua mente, essa sim é sua caixa preta! Nela estão registradas as coisas mais importantes da sua vida: seus sorrisos, suas lágrimas, suas paixões, sua vaidade e seus segredos, afinal, toda mulher é feita de mistérios e pensando bem, eu acho que o meu céu tem o cheiro do seu cabelo molhado. Enfim, numa relação entre eventos bons e ruins nasceu sua personalidade. Você é encantadora sabia? Mesmo com essa cara fechada! O desenho dos seus olhos me lembram o nascer de um novo dia; me mostram oportunidades em amanhecer azul claro, perdidas no céu da sua boca. Eu gosto de como ver como o dia nasce… Às vezes imagino que Deus é um pintor pela forma de como as cores vão ganhando um espaço no céu no decorrer de como a manhã se abre. Por falar em abrir, o nascer do dia parece a abertura de um sorriso do horizonte. Eu adoro a forma como você sorri… Certezas? Eu não tenho nenhuma, mas acho que nosso romance teria as cores de um fim de tarde e, por você ser um avião, acredito que iria ver o dia nascer nos seus lábios e se pôr no seu calcanhar. É, você é um avião! Acho que todo garoto já quis ter um ou pelo menos estar em um e qualquer um ao seu lado se sentiria flutuando… Se sentir livre ao lado de alguém é quase que sentir a liberdade dentro de um objeto feito de metal, que voa. Apesar de toda a física, aviões são feitos de ferro, lata, fios e sei lá o quê, igual colheres, que são feitas de metal. Elas não voam, mas aviões sim. Ao seu lado sinto um frio na barriga. Me avisa se você for decolar, prefiro fechar os olhos ao ver o horizonte sumir na minha frente e sem garantia nenhuma de que vou por os pés no chão de novo. Mas, pensando bem… Essa sensação não é incrível? No meu caso, sempre que vejo um avião, imagino: de onde será que ele vem? pra onde será que ele vai? quantas pessoas já passaram pela sua história? o que já viveu? aonde será que gosta de ir? quantos beijos já trocou com as nuvens? quantas turbulências enfrentou para chegar ao seu destino? quantas histórias compõem sua história? Enfim, imaginei tudo isso quando meus olhos cruzaram os seus. É, na minha definição você é um avião. Ei bonita, posso voar contigo?
—  Avião - Marcello Gugu

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“It’s bad for the environment. That’s definitely true,” he admitted. “And some of the kids that have diesel trucks can look like tools. And you can cause a wreck, but everything else about it is pretty good.”

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