There are multiple ways MTM (Mountain Top Mining) may influence poverty rates. First, greater coal mining in general may displace workers in other sectors, including industries that may not desire the local labor climate associated with mining. Second, MTM counties are faced with a host of negative externalities that may increase poverty. MTM requires the removal of timber and other vegetation, and the resulting waste disposal causes elevated airborne particulate levels and contaminates surface and ground water. The ensuing lost productivity and healthcare expenses could increase poverty. Blasting (i.e. using explosives) can also damage nearby structures. Environmental damage may negatively impact tourism, leading to greater poverty for affected workers and reducing the possibility of long-term amenity-led growth. MTM is especially capital-intensive, requiring fewer workers than traditional coal mining.
—  Mark D. Partridge, Michael R. Betz, and Linda Lobao — Natural Resource Curse and Poverty in Appalachian America (2013)
Lois Lerner email: "No one will believe that both your hard drive and mine crashed"

The Inspector General for the IRS is now conducting a criminal investigation of  Lois Lerner.  This might have something to do with it…

That’s an email from Lois Lerner sent to her IRS colleagues David Fish and Nikole Flax, both of whom are at the center of the IRS targeting scandal.  The content email is simple enough:  ”No one will believe our story.”  She couldn’t be more right.  

This email is part of a new wave of emails recovered by the Inspector General from backup tapes that were supposedly non-existent.  Here’s IG Timothy Camus explaining to the House Oversight Committee how they found the missing backup tapes:

from Washington Times:

The IRS’s inspector general confirmed Thursday it is conducting a criminal investigation into how Lois G. Lerner’s emails disappeared, saying it took only two weeks for investigators to find hundreds of tapes the agency’s chief had told Congress were irretrievably destroyed.

Investigators have already scoured 744 backup tapes and gleaned 32,774 unique emails, but just two weeks ago they found an additional 424 tapes that could contain even more Lerner emails, Deputy Inspector General Timothy P. Camus told the House Oversight Committee in a rare late-night hearing meant to look into the status of the investigation.

“There is potential criminal activity,” Mr. Camus said.

read the rest

At this juncture, Lois Lerner’s criminal activity is fairly obvious.  What remains to be seen is how far up the ladder the paper trail leads. 

My parents, who are both left-handed, have always worn their watches on their left wrists, because that is what they learned to do from their right-handed parents.

I am right-handed, and I’ve always worn my watch on my dominant hand, because that is what I learned to do from my left-handed parents.

This sequence strikes me as a pretty good metaphor for a lot of things about families, mine and in general.

(Thinking about this because I now have a watch of my grandfather’s, which I am therefore trying to get used to wearing on my left wrist so that I can wind it while wearing it.)

SoF 3: Marriage

I’m just going to post snippets here now and again for fun. You don’t need context. (Though I wrote this right after I finished one of the worst fantasy books I’ve ever read. i need to clean my mind.) 


You should be king,” Coniath insisted, slumping in his chair defeatedly. “I have no earthly grasp on how to proceed, how to protect my people. At least you have experience with war. The throne is your birthright, not mine.”

General Finnalon laughed. She propped her steel toed feet on the edge of the intricately carved table and tipped back her chair with an ease the rest of the room lacked.

Kanaray a king,” she chortled. “That I would pay good gold to see.”

The Commander struggled between horror at the very idea and amusement with his wife’s dismissal.

"If I were king, you would be queen,” he pointed out smugly.

She waved a hand.

"Goddess, no," she drawled. "I would take the boys and live out a peaceful life with my people. We’d fish everyday and at night I’d tell them stories of their ridiculous father who failed to properly court their mother in her youth."

"We were fourteen,” he protested. “Riedian’s largest war in history was crashing down around us. And now, I reach ultimate power and you abrogate our marriage?”

"Ultimate power doesn’t get to stab things," Finn pointed out with a jab of her hand to demonstrate. "Coniath, when was the last time you touched a weapon?"

"A week ago," Coniath frowned, ears reddening.

"See?" Finn smacked the side of her chair with a triumphant whack. "No stabbing."

"I didn’t realize violence was a necessary factor of our marriage," Kanaray said dryly.

"It’s a definite bonus," she replied with a fierce grin.

"I seem to recall a rather serious matter brought us all here in the first place," Shainaka Nycon commented dryly. "As much as I enjoy your martial distress.”

"There’s no distress,” Finn said cheerfully. "Kan is not king, therefor our marriage is sound."

"There, you see?" Kan raised his eyebrows at Coniath. "I cannot risk estranging my charmingly violent wife by obtaining power. You’ll simply have to remain king. Apologies."

Nycon said, “Riedian breathes its relief.”

From Wikipedia: “Furthermore, a planned romantic relationship between Ivanova and the telepath Byron that would have continued her pattern of tragic relationships was changed to be a romance between Lyta Alexander and Byron, which in turn precipitated the events of the Telepath War.”

Wow am I glad that never happened in Babylon 5. It was bad enough with Lyta, but it probably would have been absolutely dreadful with Ivanova.



  • Elliptical (half time)
  • Thesis (four hours)
  • Buy battery for scale
  • Finish blog post
  • Rhetoric:
    • Nixon, “Vietnam Speech”
    • Campbell, “Exercise in Rhetoric of Mythical America”
    • Mark up “The Struggle for Human Rights”
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Honestly to me moshing at concerts is kinda dumb but if that makes you happy and you get all hyped for that then that’s awesome, you do what makes you happy. Just don’t be a prick about it and insult someone by calling them a “pussy” or some ignorant bullshit like that just because they don’t wanna do that kind of stuff. To each their own, really.



  • Exercise (while watching the HTGAWM finale)
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  • Clean room (50% done, enough for now)
  • Do laundry
  • Write blog post
  • Write 400 words of thesis
  • Finish reading “Rhetorical Analysis”
  • Print out/mark up Eleanor Roosevelt’s “The Struggle for Human Rights”
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General Leo´s family

I don´t know why but I loved the idea that in Leo Christophe´s family one of the parent were a person of color and the other one a White one n_n (Or well, a Brown one) because Leo and his brothers could be of color and his sister could be White… Like happens in my family *u*  

I like thinking that not all Vectorian people were just White because could be people from other parts of the world (OK, conquered kingdoms or cities n_nU) It´s creepy to find so many blond and white characters XDU

Yiss I had an idea for another one-shot involving Leo/Kefka in which Leo takes Kefka to his home because It´s obvious Kefka needs a change of scenery so Kefka meets Leo´s mother, brothers and sister… I can´t explain why but I love seeing Leo trying to take care of Kefka like a big brother or the friend He tried to be with him *u* (Very bittersweet ideas for Leo/Kefka and Kefka/Terra)

Understanding Depression.

Depression. D-e-p-r-e-s-s-i-o-n. It’s something people have, something people use as an excuse, something people self-diagnose, and something people misuse. Depression does not occur when your left earbud stops working. Depression doesn’t happen when someone eats the last piece of pizza. Depression is wanting to cry every second of your day besides sleeping. Depression is crying yourself to sleep every night. Depression is faking a smile at school when you want to rip your hair out. Depression is looking at your parents and wondering if they’d be happier if you committed suicide. Depression is wanting to die. Depression is wanting to scream out all of your problems but being a mute. Depression is being lonely. Depression is listening to your family laugh and talk when they don’t mutter a word to you. Depression is wanting to be happy, to feel happy but not being capable of doing so. Depression hurts so much to the point of throwing up. Depression messes you up so much mentally, that it effects you physically. Depression is a terrible, awful thing to have, to lug around with you everyday. That is depression.

DATE- 1.233.11732
SUBJECT: You’re mine.
Cadet. You’re mine.
-General Pepper


"Uncle Pepper, we’re related to each other. Just in case you didn’t know."

"Have you been hitting the bottle?"

youcantfightkyrumption asked:

5 below has coloring books. Michaels has dollar ones that are nice too. Some even come with glitter crsyons!

Ooh, yes I love 5 Below! I’ve never been to Michaels! I like to get mine from Dollar General or Walgreens!



  • Jog (~20 minutes)
  • Print four copies of Strobe Lab exercise
  • Finish “The Struggle for Human Rights” essay draft
  • Thesis
    • Write (until noon)
    • Send to advisor
  • Start and finish 6.163 Lab 2
  • Revise “The Struggle for Human Rights” essay
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Title: Dead Vignettes
Author: Chocolate Wolf

Fandom: Dead Like Me
Genre: Romance
Word Count: 7,880 words
Rating: M/Mature or Explicit
Pairing: George Lass/Rube Sofer
Summary: A collection of drabbles about George/Rube based on a fanmix of mine that follows a general story line, the slow romance of the two reapers. Spoilers for both seasons. Songficish.

Comment: It’s kinda annoying that there are song lyrics for every chapter BUT it doesn’t take away much.