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NO SHOCKER: Trump stands with Big Oil, backs the Dakota Access pipeline
“All Americans” apparently doesn’t include the tribes trying to protect their water.
By Samantha Page

President-elect Donald Trump’s energy and environmental priorities can be summed up as staunchly pro-fossil fuels. He doubled down on these positions Thursday, explicitly backing the Dakota Access pipeline, a $3.6-billion project that he has personal financial ties to. The controversial project has been the target of protests for months in North Dakota, where Native American tribes have been at the forefront of the effort to stop the pipeline’s construction under the Missouri River.

“Mr. Trump expressed his support for the Dakota Access pipeline, which has met or exceeded all environmental standards set forth by four states and the Army Corps of Engineers,” North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven ® said in a statement Thursday, after a briefing with the president-elect’s team.

“Also, it is important to know that the new administration will work to help us grow and diversify our energy economy and build the energy infrastructure necessary to move it from where it is produced to where it is needed. The result will be more jobs, a more vibrant economy and affordable energy for the American people,” he said.

Hoeven has previously called for the protesters to stand down.

While Trump’s backing of the project, which his team said “has nothing to do with his personal investments and everything to do with promoting policies that benefit all Americans,” was not surprising, it still angered environmentalists and pipeline opponents.

“In supporting the Dakota Access pipeline, Trump has shown us the crony capitalism that will run his administration,” Greenpeace spokesperson Mary Sweeters said in a statement.

At one point, Trump had invested between $500,000 and $1 million in the company constructing the pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners, according to financial disclosures. Although the Trump team insists that he has since divested from the company, it’s not true that Trump no longer has a financial interest in the pipeline: Trump has between $100,000 and $250,000 invested in the oil and gas company Phillips 66, which will have a 25 percent stake in the finished pipeline.

Moreover, Energy Transfer Partners CEO Kelcy Warren spent $103,000 directly backing Trump’s candidacy, giving another $66,800 to the Republican National Committee. Trump has shrugged off repeated criticisms over his failure to distance himself from numerous investments and companies. The financial dealings create clear conflicts of interest for the president-elect, who will now be directing the agencies responsible for numerous permitting processes.

I knew that this slimy creature would defend #DAPL, considering that he has a financial stake in this

H/T: Samantha Page at Think Progress

Pennsylvania pipeline burtsts, leaks 55,000 gallons of gas into one of US’ most endangered rivers

A pipeline owned by the same company behind Dakota Access leaked 55,000 gallons of gasoline into a major river, endangering the drinking water of six million people.

A pipeline managed by Sunoco Logistics burst Thursday night after heavy rainfall in Pennsylvania. The spill dumped 55,000 gallons of gasoline into Wallis Run, a tributary of the Loyalsock Creek that drains into the Susquehanna River. The breach was detected at 3 am when the pressure of the pipeline dropped significantly, leading Sunoco to shut down the pipeline. Though the pipeline has been shut down, the heavy rains that led to the leak are expected to continue, so the actual break in the pipeline will remain unidentified until the weather clears. The Pennsylvania water authorities have warned customers to refrain from using water from the river as a precaution. No official data has been released regarding how long the ban on water use will continue.

The Susquehanna had previously been declared the third most endangered river in the US by the NGO American Rivers. It has come under threat due to the development of the natural gas industry, particularly the practice of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.” Fracking has caused major problems in the US due to the so-called “Cheney’s loophole” that exempts natural gas companies from the vast majority of US environmental regulations. Many other rivers in the US are endangered by fracking. American Rivers has said that fracking “poses one of the greatest risks our nation’s rivers have faced in decades. We are taking a major gamble on the clean drinking water for millions of Americans.”

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Peter Paul Rubens

Four Studies of a Male Head

Netherlands (c. 1617-19)

Oil on canvas transferred from wood, 51 x 66 cm.

Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels.

These are by far the best photographs I have seen on this work, and we all owe a debt to the photographer. Four Studies is one of Ruben’s most popular pieces, despite the fact that it’s not one of his monumental works (some of which I have had the delight of seeing in person, and they are distinctively massive).

Studies like this one were usually meant to serve as reference in the creation those larger compositions, which would usually depict scenes from the Christian bible, Greek or roman mythology, or historical scenes of battles, monarchs, or other notable events.


Francisco Goya’s Black Paintings

1. Saturn Devouring his Son, 1819-23, oil mural transferred to canvas, 143 x 81 cm, Museo del Prado, Madrid. Source

2. The Dog, 1819-23, oil mural transferred to canvas, 131.5 x 79.3 cm, Museo del Prado, Madrid. Source

3. Two Old Men Eating Soup, 1819-23, oil mural transferred to canvas, 49.3 x 83.4 cm, Museo del Prado, Madrid. Source

4. Judith and Holofernes, 1819-23, oil mural transferred to canvas, 143.5 x 81.4 cm, Museo del Prado, Madrid. Source

5. Two Old Men, 1819-23, oil mural transferred to canvas, 146 x 66 cm, Museo del Prado, Madrid. Source

6. The Fates, 1819-23, oil mural transferred to canvas, 123 x 266 cm, Museo del Prado, Madrid. Source

7. Fight with Cudgels, 1819-23, oil mural transferred to canvas, 123 x 266 cm, Museo del Prado, Madrid. Source

8. Witches’ Sabbath, 1819-23, oil mural transferred to canvas, 140 x 438 cm, Museo del Prado, Madrid. Source

9. Fantastic Vision, 1819-23, oil mural transferred to canvas, 125.4 x 65.4 cm, Museo del Prado, Madrid. Source

10. Man Mocked by Two Women, 1819-23, oil mural transferred to canvas, 125.4 x 65.4 cm, Museo del Prado, Madrid. Source

Here is a selection of works from Goya’s famous ‘Black Paintings’ series, which consists of fourteen murals that were painted directly onto the walls of the Quinta del Sordo house in Madrid, where the artist lived between 1819 and 1823. They have since been removed, transferred to canvases, and become part of the Museo del Prado’s collection.

The series is pretty dark, to say the least. It is rife with themes of witchcraft, insanity, violence and death’s inevitability. My personal favourite is Saturn Devouring his Son, which is based on the story of Saturn’s Greek counterpart, Cronus, and how he ate his sons after hearing that they would eventually overthrow him. However, Saturn/Cronus was tricked by Rhea into swallowing a stone instead of one of his children. This son, of whom Rhea was the mother, was Zeus, and he would eventually have Cronus and the other titans imprisoned. Goya’s depiction is deliciously gory and terrifying. Saturn’s face is enough to give you nightmares!

DAPL Oil Interests Try Outrageous ‘Fait Accompli’: Destroying Ancient Sites During Labor Day Holiday Weekend

Energy Transfer Inc. and invested owners of the proposed North Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), have begun psychological warfare against peaceful protestors near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. 

So far the People have remained nonviolent in the face of dog attacks on their bodies and their horses, while facing extreme psychic trauma in the form of desecration of graves and sacred sites.

However, on Saturday “sacred places containing ancient burial sites, places of prayer and other significant cultural artifacts of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation were destroyed by Energy Transfer Partners,” Tribal Chairman David Archambault II said in a press release.

Acting as a slap in the face to the judicial process, Energy Transfer Inc., in partnership with the Enbridge Corporation and Marathon Oil, bulldozed a two mile, 150 feet wide path through Native land currently being contested in Federal Court. Irreplaceable ancient cairns and stone prayer rings have been purposely destroyed.

“We’re days away from getting a resolution on the legal issues, and they came in on a holiday weekend and destroyed the site,” said Jan Hasselman, attorney for the Standing Rock Sioux Nation. “What they have done is absolutely outrageous.”

The site at the conjunction of the Cannonball and Missouri Rivers is not the only historic site at risk. Other culturally and historically significant sites will be damaged or destroyed as the DAPL crude oil pipeline snakes 1,168 miles through North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois.

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Fair Food: The Science of Deep-Frying

If you spent a single day at the county fair this summer, you’ll agree that the ferris wheels, petting zoos, and live music were all worth the visit. But the most exciting attraction? Fair food. Before you can enjoy your delectable deep-fried treat, a series of complex processes involving heat and mass transfer must occur between the food and the frying oil.  Read more…

Photo credit: (angryjuliemonday/flickr)

Norway's Largest Bank Sells Assets in Dakota Access Pipeline Company

The largest bank in Norway, DNB, has sold its assets in the companies behind the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline, and it’s considering whether to terminate three separate loans the bank has made to finance the project. The sold assets were worth $3 million. The loans under consideration finance up to 10 percent of the pipeline’s construction. Read more →

Meyer Lemon Coconut Bon Bons by FlipFlopsAvocado ♡

Vegan & GF.

Ingredients: (Makes 24)

  • 4 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ¾ cup ground raw unsalted cashews
  • 8 tbsp fresh meyer lemon juice or 6 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ cup of maple syrup
  • ¼ cup raw coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp beet juice set aside

1. Grate some beet & squeeze out the juice. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
2. Add cashews to food processor & blend until grainy, add 3 cups of the dry coconut & blend again until coconut is less flaky and more grainy about 10 secs, add ½ tsp beet juice while machine is running, stop to scrape sides & mix again should be a pretty bubble gum pink. Transfer to a bowl.
3. Add the remaining 1cup coconut & blend until grainy add ¼ tsp beet juice & blend until pretty pink, transfer to a small bowl & set aside for dipping. You can add more pink a drop at a time for more intensity.
4. Melt coconut oil on low heat, transfer to a bowl & combine with syrup & lemon juice, whisk until well combined.
5. Add the wet ingreds to the cashew coconut mixture & mix well. At this point the pink color will have changed because of the amber color syrup, you can add a couple drops of beet juice to brighten it up and mix again.Mixture will be quite wet don’t worry the dry ingredients will absorb. Add mixture to a plate & spread out, freeze for 10 mins to firm up which will help in rolling. Pull out of the freezer. The top layer will be firmer than underneath just mix it up.
6. Measure 1 tbsp. of mix & form into balls & set on baking paper, don’t dip in the reserved coconut just yet finish rolling all the mixture. You can then dip each ball to the bowl of pink coconut and coat evenly, place back on cookie sheet in neat rows and firm again in freezer for 1 hr. Store in container, in the fridge, these will last about a wk & stay firm, they will soften if left out.

Enjoy! Grow & glow lean!