toxic waste site

Writscrib Perfect ending: Writscrib replaces Tumblr completely, and the blue hellsite is finally vanquished forever, because Yahoo shuts it down. All of the unfunny and whiny users on here grow the fuck up and become rational human beings. All lifters are caught.

Writscrib Okay Ending: Writscrib becomes the the best alternative to Tumblr, and everything goes according to the dev’s plans. The unfunny whiners on here stay in the blue hellbox, still screaming over cartoons as the world moves on without them. A few dicks make their way to Writscrib, but their voices are drowned out by the power of acceptance.

Writscrib Bad Ending: Writscrib works, but the memory of it fades. Only a small part of Tumblr joins, and just becomes Tumblr Elite™ where Chip drama ensues and the funnymen poison the atmosphere. Tumblr continues to be the blue hellsite it is today.

Writscrib Worst Ending: Everyone from Tumblr joins and it is shut down. The whiners and the popular bloggers worshipped here have their “divinity” strengthened by Writscrib’s Chip system. Unfunnymen like papulafuck make money on being insufferable douchebags. Over time, the toxic waste users of this site poison Writscrib so much that it is unrecognizable to the original. It becomes Tumblr 2: The Harrowing.

Writscrib True Ending: Writscrib becomes a viable alternative to Tumblr, and the two coexist. Writscrib is still better though.


Muchacha Fanzine Issue #13

Theme/Tema: “Madre Tierra”

“La Madre Tierra, militarizada, cercada, envenenada, donde se violan sistemáticamente derechos elementales, nos exige actuar.”- Berta Cáceres

Whether it’s indigenous water protectors or led-poisoned black children, communities of color are disproportionately impacted by the effects of environmental degradation. While the oppressors in power harm & exploit the Earth and it’s inhabitants, we have & continue to fight on the frontline of the struggle but we are not always heard and this needs to change. In an effort to center the importance of our voices, Muchacha Fanzine’s “Madre Tierra” (Mother Earth) invites people of color to share short stories, visual art, photography, comics, thoughts, poetry, rants, doodles, and essays all related to environmental justice. Women, queer, transgender & non-binary folks of color are especially encouraged to submit their work.

Ya sea que se trate de protectores de agua indígenas o de niños negros envenenados con plomo, las comunidades de color son desproporcionadamente afectadas por los efectos de la degradación ambiental. Mientras los opresores en el poder dañan y explotan a la Tierra y sus habitantes, luchamos en las frontera de la lucha, pero no siempre somos escuchados y esto necesita cambiar. Con el objetivo de centrar la importancia de nuestras voces, Muchacha Fanzine’s “ Madre Tierra” invita a las personas de color a compartir cuentos, arte visual, fotografía, cómicos, pensamientos, poesía y ensayos relacionados con la justicia ambiental. Las mujeres, personas gay, transgeneros y personas no binarias son especialmente alentados a presentar su trabajo.


Send Submissions to/Envíe sus contribuciones a 

Please limit written submissions to 2500 words & attach .jpg art images. Including a short bio/contact info is encouraged but optional. All of the contributors will receive free copies including domestic/international shipping! / Por favor limite las presentaciones por escrito a 2500 palabras y adjunte imágenes de arte .jpg. Incluyendo información de bio/contacto se recomienda, pero es opcional. ¡Todos los contribuyentes recibirán copias gratis incluyendo el envío nacional/internacional!

(Topic ideas include but are not limited to: *Environmental Racism *Anticapitalism *Indigenous Resistance *Decolonization *Black & Brown Resistance Movements *Ecofeminism *Queer Ecology *Industrial Pollution *Coal & Oil Companies *Air, Water & Soil Contamination *Greenhouse Gas *Global Warming *Toxic Wastes Sites *Fossil Fuels *Fracking *Radioactive Material *Health hazards i.e. cancer, asthma, lead poisoning *#WaterisLife *Keystone XL Pipeline *Natural Disasters *Deforestation *Heat Exposure *Gentrification *Public Housing *Transit Justice *Migration *Prison Industrial Complex *Police Violence *Military Occupation *Imperialism *Climate Change Denialism *The Trump Administration *EPA *Reproductive Health *Animal Justice *Endangered Species *Factory farms & Slaughterhouses *Food Justice *Food Deserts *Gardening *Public Policy *Power in Decision Making Processes *Sustainability *Renewable Energy *Grassroots Activism *Green Anarchism *Green Socialism *Environmental Spirituality *Healing *Where do we go from here?)

🎨: “Mother Earth Nourish” by Malaysian artist Jennifer Mourin


Ironton Iron Incorporated (Pt I)

Ironton Iron Inc. was an iron casting company that manufactured iron ductile castings primarily for the transportation industry. Originally built in 1908 as the Ironton Malleable Iron Company. The plant covered an area of 25 acres and an annual production of 70,000 tons of castings were made. In 1916 it was
acquired by the Dayton Malleable Iron Company and then by the Amcast
Industrial Corporation after that. Over the years Amcast faced several EPA violations for the toxic waste disposal site that it shared in Ironton with Allied Chemical known as the Goldcamp Disposal Area. Amcast used the disposal site along with Allied from 1945 until Allied closed the site in 1977. In 1983 the EPA added Goldcamp to the National Priorities List for Superfund cleanups. Many years later Allied sued Amcast to recover half the cost of an estimated $20 million-plus cleanup of the former Goldcamp Disposal Area, which according to court documents, Amcast never paid it’s share. Lengthy court battles followed for years. The Goldcamp disposal site was not the only environmental litigation Amcast has faced. 

In April of 1984 Amcast decided to close the Ironton plant putting over
600 employees out of work. Two months later the former employees  
met with a consultant about the possibility of reopening the plant with it
being operated under an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). As part of
that plan the former workers would have to buy at least $2,000 worth of
stock in the new company, now to be known as Ironton Iron Inc. The plant
operated for about four years after that but it simply could not turn a profit.
In 1988 the shareholders agreed to let the company be acquired by another
iron company, Intermet. Part of that agreement was that the
employee-stockholders would get their initial investment of $2,000 back once the plant turned a profit, but it never did. In December of 1999 Intermet announced plans to close the Ironton plant the following year due to consistent financial losses. In addition, the Ironton plant was one of Intermet’s oldest facilities and the cost of modernization would have further impacted weak operating results. “The decision to close the Ironton Iron foundry was an extremely difficult one for us,” said James F. Mason, group vice president for Intermet. “Intermet has been working for years to make this plant efficient. We invested over $100 million in the plant and lost every penny of it, and more. We feel that all avenues were explored, but unfortunately, the loss of business dictated the eventual outcome of our efforts." 

In the later part of 2000 Intermet leveled most of the Ironton site. As common with most old plant sites, issues with environmental contamination has prevented the site from being redeveloped. In 2007 the property was set for a year long $2.5 million cleanup project funded by the Ohio Department of Development that would make the property viable for the city of Ironton. Intermet was to turn over ownership of the property to the city once the property was cleaned up. A couple of companies expressed interest in the property once cleanup was to be completed but now eight years later the site still sits empty with only a few reminders of it’s previous occupants.

Lakes, Reservoirs and Unused Runoff

EarthSurface Graphics, 1985

This was designed to graphically depict leaking toxic and hazardous waste sites in California’s lakes, reservoirs and runoff system.

Managing by telephone? 10 ideas for a better conference call

How can I manage people I cannot see?

That’s a question I get a lot of managers who work with staff remotely and independently and communicate with them via Skype, Google Hangouts, emails, chats, and yes, the telephone.

It is clear that managers request that in spite of innovations in the communication technology, it is difficult to effectively communicate with people who are working at a different location.

I challenge recall me. My first job assignment office at The Philadelphia Inquirer, I coordinated New Jersey cover paper, and lots of casino games, cranberry bogs, learned Superfund toxic waste sites and corrupt politicians. Because I was in Philadelphia and most of my employees work in offices in Trenton and points south, I learned a lot about the management also by phone.

Over the years (and there have been a few), have to use my phone often collect relevant groups of people for conference calls. Some were asked to make statements or to share information. Others have a way to exchange ideas and discuss approaches to provide a problem. Some had held monthly, weekly or even daily, so the members of my local staff can inform each other and plan together. And some are called to deal with specific problems at once.

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