old law

America, 2016
  • 200 year old law designed to give more weight to the votes of plantation owners: Well we have to honor the constitution, the law is the law!
  • Treaties for Reservations: Pffffft that shit's like 200 year old who cares!

I hope you have your representatives on speed-dial! Use that phone for some good.

The Endangered Species Act may be heading for the threatened list. This hearing confirmed it.

A Senate hearing to “modernize the Endangered Species Act” unfolded Wednesday just as supporters of the law had feared, with round after round of criticism from Republican lawmakers who said the federal effort to keep species from going extinct encroaches on states’ rights, is unfair to landowners and stymies efforts by mining companies to extract resources and create jobs.

The Endangered Species Act is a 43-year-old law enacted under the Nixon administration at a time when people were beginning to understand how dramatically chemical use and human development were devastating species. It has since saved the bald eagle, California condor, gray wolves, black-footed ferret, American alligator and Florida manatee from likely extinction.

But members of the hearing said its regulations prevented people from doing business and making a living. In a comment to a former U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director who testified at the hearing, Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), repeated a point made by Barrasso that of more than 1,600 species listed as threatened or endangered since the act’s inception, fewer than 50 have been removed.

An American bald eagle prepares to snag a perch in the prime fishing grounds below Conowingo Dam in Darlington, Md., in November 2012. (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post)

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Milo Archives ~ Top: October 13th 2015 
SSN woes. Think this was maybe the 2nd or 3rd thing I drew of these guys that was not work-related. 

Bottom: November 6th 2015
Finished right before the All-Hands meeting for TVA. REALLY fast piece, mainly something I made to brighten some people up at work. (see, even I couldn’t draw Zack’s hair way back when XD)

Part of new Brunswick (where some of my family lives) is under a state of emergency because there were some massive ice storms and there’s been power outages in remote towns for the past 3 days. Could yall spare a prayer for my cousin who’s currently 5 months pregnant with a super high-risk pregnancy (she has severe muscular dystrophy and has already miscarried before) and is stuck in all this? She needs to take it easy and also be able to get to the doctor’s frequently for injections and stuff and idk if it’ll be possible until things are fixed.

Also, Milo Murphy’s Law is the most subtly depressing wacky kid’s show I’ve ever seen. His birthday wish was just to have a party where nothing went catastrophically wrong? He and his friends have to work orders of magnitude harder than anyone else to get the same mark on an assignment? He feels responsible for making sure his crush’s visit to the opera goes smoothly, even though he’s just supposed to be in the audience?

Poor kid.

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18-year-old Valery Permyakov was a Russian serviceman from the Russian 102nd Military Base in Gyumri, Armenia. At around 6AM on the 12th of January, 2015, Permyakov left his post at the military base armed with his Kalashnikov machine gun. From here, he knocked on the door at a local house under the pretence of needing a drink of water. When 51-year-old Asmik Avetisyan opened the front door, she was shot dead on the spot by Permyakov. The killer then stormed through the front door and unleashed a barrage of violence.

He unloaded his bullets into Avetisyan’s husband, 53-year-old Serzah Avetisyan, their 35-year-old daughter, Aida, their 33-year-old son, Amen, and their 22-year-old daughter-in-law, Arakisaya. Permyakov had also brought along an army issued hunting knife which he used to stab Arman and Araksiaya’s 2-year-old daughter, Asmik, who was asleep in her bedroom. In another bedroom was their second child, 6-month-old Serezha, who Permyakov stabbed once in the chest before leaving the house.

Permyakov left behind a myriad of evidence including his army boots, uniform, along with the murder weapons. He was later arrested close to the Turkey boarder. Miraculously, Serezha managed to survive the stab wound but the rest of the family were dead.

A bit of dog trivia.

In England, you can go into any building/shop/establishment with your King Charles spaniel, and by law they cannot ask you to leave.

The reason?

King Charles II loved his dog so much, he passed the law so that he could take it anywhere with him and not have to leave it outside.

The law is still in force today, not many people know of it, but it’s just that it was never removed.

So there you go.

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavors to live a life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him, or old laws will be expanded and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings.
—  Henry David Thoreau 

A strange and unsettling thought: There is a room full of old white dudes, nearly 1000 miles away, who have no idea that I personally exist, yet are trying to pass laws in order to control my body.

These are the same old white dudes who could give a flying fuck what happens to the child that I might be forced to have as a result of their laws.