environmental threat


Paul Ryan slams DAPL decision, signalling concerns for the future

  • Hours after the Army Corps of Engineers’ historic DAPL announcement, House Speaker Paul Ryan slammed the decision
  • He called it “big-government decision-making at its worst,” saying, “I look forward to putting this anti-energy presidency behind us.”
  • Ryan’s tweet frames the news not as a victory of a marginalized group over an environmental threat, but as evidence that “big government” was “anti-energy” in delaying the construction of the pipeline. 
  • His implication that these policies will soon be “behind us” is a worrisome indication that victories achieved this weekend could soon be undone by a Trump administration. Read more

This was sent to me. I thought I’d share it for any of my brothers and sisters in California who want to #StandWithStandingRock.

“* Traditionally, indigenous peoples ran on foot to carry important messages and this year the Oceti Sakowin Standing Rock Youth Runners ran to their state capital and 2,000 miles to Washington, DC to bring their message of water protection.  The Youth Runners are visiting California on a healing journey from Big Sur to Los Angeles with the goal of drawing awareness to our local environmental threats. This is a call to create Standing Rock in your own back yard and they carry the message that “Mother Earth is a source of life and not a resource.”

* Please follow the Oceti Sakowin Youth & Allies Facebook page for updates and any scheduling changes.(www.facebook.com/OcetiSakowinYouthAllies)

* The Barbareno-Ventureno band of Chumash Indians will welcome the youth and Chief Arvol Looking Horse (19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe and Bundle) when they arrive in Ojai at the below referenced location.  They will also be greeted by members of CFROG (Citizens for Responsible Oil and Gas) and OVDF (Ojai Valley Defense Fund) among others.

* They will be hosted for the night at the Turtle Conservancy in Ojai where they will meet with press and environmental leaders.(www.turtleconservancy.org)

* The Barbareno band of Chumash Indians (BBCI) will welcome the youth and Chief Arvol Looking Horse when they arrive at Refugio Beach (near the site of the 2015 oil spill) and also at Ambassador Park in downtown Santa Barbara as referenced below.

* They will complete their journey to Los Angeles on Monday November 21ST where they will meet with the @Action Hero Network (Los Angeles headquarters) as well as attending a peaceful public rally in Santa Monica as detailed below.

Peaceful public gathering at the fountain at Libbey Park in Ojai at 1:00PM
Peaceful public gathering at Refugio Beach at 8:00AM
Peaceful public gathering at Ambassador Park in downtown Santa Barbara at 11:00AM
Peaceful public gathering on the sand immediately south of Santa Monica Pier at 3PM
Meeting with the @Action Hero Network (Los Angeles headquarters) co-hosted by Q'orianka Kilcher.  RSVP to Y4TMedia@gmail.com (for further info)”

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It’s World Turtle Day! From a tiny baby bog turtle to a massive leatherback, turtles come in many shapes and sizes. Found gliding through the open ocean or slowly trudging over desert plains, they are fascinating creatures. Because of environmental threats, several species are endangered and need our help. Video of a baby turtle running for the surf by Dry Tortugas National Park.

Awesome Women + Google Doodles

Scientists, Mathematicians, and Inventors

Rachel Louise Carson (1907-1964)

American marine biologist and conservationist whose writing brought public attention to environmental threats, especially pesticides

Marie Curie (1867-1934)

Polish and French physicist  and chemist whose pioneering work on radioactivity made her the first woman to win a Nobel prize, as well as the first person and only woman to win two

Rosalind Franklin (120-1958)

An English chemist whose work with x-ray crystallography was instrumental to discovering the structures of DNA, viruses, coal, and graphite; she died of breast cancer before she could be awarded the Nobel prize, and her colleagues Watson and Crick are often given sole credit to this day

Maria Gaetana Agnesi (1718-1799)

Italian mathematician and philospher who wrote first book covering both integral and differential calculus and spent the latter half of her life on charity and theology

Ada Lovelace (1815-1852)

British mathematician and writer whose work on the the Analytical Engine, an early computer, made her the world’s first computer programmer

Feminists and Activists

May Ziade (1886-1941)

Lebanese-Palestinian writer, poet, and translator influential in the Arab literary world and known as an early Palestinian feminist

Henrietta Edwards (1849-1931)

Canadian activist and reformer who fought for women’s rights in voting, education, work, and health

Dorothy Irene Height (1912-2010)

educator and activist who fought for the equal treatment of women, people of color, and LGBT+ people

Concepción Arenal (1820-1893)

Spanish writer and women’s rights activist who was the first woman to attend university in Spain

Emmeline Pankhurst (1858-1928)

British women’s rights activist and suffragette whose militant tactics were key to winning women voting rights in Britian

Artists, Writers, Pilots, One Athlete, and One Entrepreneur

Sohair El-Qalamawy (1911-1997)

influential Egyptian writer, politician, and women’s rights activist, as well as first female professor at Cairo University

Loftia El Nady (1907-2002)

Egyptian aviator who studied flying in secret and became the first female pilot in the Arab world and Africa

Grete Waitz (1953-2011)

Norwegian runner, first woman to run the marathon in under 2.5 hours, and winner of a record 9 New York City Marathons

Amalia Eriksson (1824-1923)

Swedish entrepreneur who became one of the first women in Sweden to own a business and the first person to manufacture peppermint candy

Amelia Earhart (1897-1937)

American aviator and first female pilot to fly across the atlantic

Martha Graham (1894-1991)

American modern dancer and choreographer whose work revolutionized dance and theater

Anne-Cath. Vestly (1920-2008)

Norwegian author of children’s literature whose writing challenged gender roles

M. S. Subbulakshmi (1916-2004)

renowned Indian musician and vocalist who was awarded the  Bharat Ratna and the Ramon Magsaysay award

Nellie Melba (1861-1931)

soprano opera singer who became the first Australian to gain international recognition as a classical musician

                       Happy International Women’s Day!


I got Odin a new enrichment toy today he was rather baffled by it! It’s now in his enclosure filled with treats. There is bugs inside the box so if you do not want to see bugs I would not recomend watching the video. 

When someone trashes enrichment

“The animals just destroy it”
“It takes too much time to make”
“It’s not like it actually matters”