Funny - Ginni Thomas’s attorney is from the same 17 attorney firm as Ken Klukowski, the John Eastman-linked attorney brought in to DOJ for a month to “help” Jeffrey Clark right before the insurrection.— Peter Strzok (@petestrzok) June 29, 2022
Just a coincidence I’m sure. https://t.co/FhIKV8MRHt
A spokesperson for the Kansas Department of Agriculture confirmed to NPR on Thursday that "several weather factors combined which led to heat stress for cattle that impacted cattle producers." But the representative also noted that cattle ranches aren't required to report those losses, "so we don't have any data about the extent of the impact." [Days of intense heat have killed thousands of cattle in Kansas]But it's not enough to blame the creator or climate change for the deaths of helpless bovines.
When the pathologist opened up the cow’s rumen, he found a volleyball-sized wad of plastic strands lying within. Closer examination revealed the wad consisted of net wrap the cow had eaten. When asked, the producer noted he’d been feeding his cows hay ground from round bales still wrapped with net wrap. It had blocked the outflow of feed from the rumen to cause severe digestive problems. SDSU Extension beef experts found when they surveyed producers using net wrap, about 15% of dead cows examined had net wrap in their systems. Most producers (as shown by the SDSU survey) do not remove net wrap when they grind hay, relying on the screens to grind it up along with the hay. The problem here is that even small, ground-up strands of net wrap ball up in the animal’s rumen: it’s indigestible with very little coming out of the back end of the cow. Secondly, while more producers (about half) remove net wrap from bales being fed whole, if it’s left out on the feeding ground, many cows pick it up and chew on it when the hay is gone. [Animal Health Matters: Preventive medicine for beef cows includes removing net wrap]Yes, Republican welfare farmers are the real ecoterrorists who hate subsidies unless they benefit from them.
Conservatism did not always mean authoritarianism and intolerance, and was not generally expressed through bigotry and xenophobia. American conservatism has gone so far right it is dangerously close to becoming unapologetic totalitarianism. [Tribes must chart an independent course]
On June 29-30, there will be a two-day conference at Prairie Winds Casino, and according to OST President Kevin Killer, the purpose of this conference is to educate the next generation of Lakota leaders about the history of the Black Hills claim, a history shared by the men who lived and made that history, at least those who are still with us. It will do no good to protest this meeting as trying to sell the Black Hills. Ironically, the meeting is to educate misinformed people so they won’t believe and act on anything so foolish. [Important conference about Black Hills could educate the misinformed]Every tribal council is different. A cannabis dispensary selling to all adults just opened on the Pine Ridge so stand-alone clinics on tribal land where pregnancy ending medications would be administered are just a matter of time.
This is a kind of precedent.— Jay Rosen (@jayrosen_nyu) May 6, 2022
"Use anti-abortion instead of pro-life and abortion rights instead of pro-abortion or pro-choice. Avoid abortionist, which connotes a person who performs clandestine abortions." — AP Stylebook https://t.co/Oqm1n75BxJ
The Bureau of Land Management is kicking off Great Outdoors Month by finalizing two land acquisitions in Colorado and Wyoming that will unlock over 40,000 acres of previously inaccessible public land. The BLM Wyoming acquisition is the largest land purchase that the BLM has undertaken in Wyoming, creating a 118-square-mile contiguous block of public land and improving public access to the North Platte River. These projects support the America the Beautiful initiative, a decade-long challenge to pursue locally led and voluntary efforts nationwide to conserve 30 percent of the nation’s lands and waters by 2030. [press release, BLM]
Gov. Mark Gordon will challenge the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s recent purchase of the Marton Ranch spanning 35,670 acres in Natrona and Carbon counties, claiming the agency showed a “cavalier disregard” for soliciting input from the state, local governments and the public. The BLM’s acquisition of the Marton Ranch followed years of negotiations spearheaded by The Conservation Fund and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, according to the BLM. The Marton family’s voluntary sale — for $21 million paid for by the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund — was announced June 2 and touted as a critical gain for land and wildlife conservation and public access for hunting and fishing. [Wyofile]Wyoming Republicans have apparently forgotten that the ground they live on was seized from aboriginal cultures by President Thomas Jefferson through an executive order that even he believed was unconstitutional.
BLM is seeking public input on a proposed land exchange in northern Campbell County, that if approved, would create a +10k acre contiguous block of public lands. The 45-day comment period ends Aug. 8.— BLMWyoming (@BLMWyoming) June 22, 2022
Learn more 👉 https://t.co/kP0enpBisT pic.twitter.com/MLFHP6mpKf
In 2009, Thomas founded a grassroots organization called Liberty Central, which she proclaimed would “be bigger than the tea party.” The group raised $1.5 million from anonymous donors and paid Thomas a $120,000 salary, but only lasted a few years before disbanding. In 2011, Clarence Thomas acknowledged that he had failed to disclose in his judicial ethics forms his wife’s additional income, relating to her work for the Heritage Foundation and Hillsdale College. [The Intercept]More recently she urged 29 Arizona lawmakers to use their plenary powers to overturn the will of voters in that state.
Queen Creek Republican Jake Hoffman, who sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence asking him on January 5 to not accept the election results and was one of Arizona’s fake Trump electors, now seems to operate a website built on FreeRoots and has connections to the old platform’s owner. The company is owned by Eric Berger, who has previously worked at the Heritage Foundation and is an operative of the secretive and powerful political Christian group, Council for National Policy. [AZ Mirror]It’s important to remember Donald Trump is not a conservative as much as he's is an opportunist.
History will weigh whether the origins of Jan. 6 and the culpability of the former president could have been as thoroughly and persuasively mounted in haste. Past hearings that seized on a moment of outrage or heightened public interest have suffered from a rush to judgment atmosphere and ultimately misjudged the public mood. [NPR]
Writing for a unanimous three-judge panel, Judge Michelle Friedland said EPA’s finding of no risk to human health “was not supported by substantial evidence.” She also ruled that EPA fell short of its obligations under the Endangered Species Act by inadequately examining glyphosate’s impact on animal species and vegetation. Last year, Bayer set aside $4.5 billion to deal with the claims that glyphosate causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer. The company had previously taken a charge of nearly $10 billion for earlier rounds of litigation. [Court rejects Trump-era EPA finding that Roundup weed killer is safe]High levels of glyphosate, a known endocrine disruptor, are also found in oats, chickpeas and corn sugars.
The Sackett case has drawn the attention of the regulated community because an eventual court ruling could determine the way water is regulated for generations to come. EPA's 2015 connectivity report asserted that lakes and reservoirs may contribute to groundwater, which eventually contributes to other surface water flows. [Western Ag Asks EPA for WOTUS Clarity]Particularly concerning is Imazalil, a carcinogenic fungicide that can alter hormone levels especially in children and adolescents. It was detected last year on 90% of citrus not grown organically in the United Snakes. DCPA, sold under the brand name Dacthal, was banned in Europe in 2009 but is still widely used in the US on kale and other greens as are neonicotinoids, pyrethroids and some 20 other pesticides. Also banned by the European Union are the organophosphate insecticides acephate and chlorpyrifos that can harm developing brains but the Trump Organization refused to block chlorpyrifos from being used on US produce.
Arabic, Mandarin and Spanish in South Dakota schools? Sure, that's cool; but learning where students are steeped in American Indian languages is giving the next generation of Natives opportunities to preserve their heritage.
Thunder Valley CDC started on the Pine Ridge Reservation as a way to connect youth with the Lakota way of life. It continues its efforts to enhance the Oglala Lakota Oyate by offering a variety of initiatives such as food sovereignty, Lakota language education, housing and home ownership, a regenerative community development and more. “Reclaiming our identity as Lakota people, that's a part of liberation, right? That's a part of freedom,” said Means. “And so eliminating those messages of colonialism that have bound us for so many generations, and so how do you do that? How do you begin that process of decolonizing?” [Bill Janklow's idea of public radio]
“2020 was just a horrific year in terms of excess mortality, and it was disproportionately concentrated among marginalized, racialized, populations,” said Ryan Masters, an associate professor of sociology at University of Colorado, Boulder. For Native American men, he estimated they lost about 4.75 years of life expectancy, “which are numbers you just don't hear of in modern day society.” [Life expectancy drops more in the U.S. than other wealthy nations, especially among Native Americans]
Trump’s congressional testimony in 1993 was a blueprint for how he would twist facts, outright lie and aim at select targets in order to dupe millions of people into giving him money, ignoring the truth, and blindly following his dark and diabolical path. https://t.co/M58VVWIgDe— Native American Vote (@NatAmericanVote) June 14, 2022
Native American voting rights advocate Tom Rodgers, an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Nation, issued this statement after testimony today in Jan. 6 insurrection hearings revealed Trump made false and damaging claims Native Americans were paid to vote in 2020 (thread):— Native American Vote (@NatAmericanVote) June 13, 2022
Doane bragged for the rest of his life about what become known as the Marias Massacre. The attack in response to the alleged slaying of a white fur trader killed at least 173 American Indians, including many women, elders and children suffering from smallpox, Yellowstone officials said in a statement. “This name change is long overdue. We all agreed on ‘First Peoples’ Mountain’ as an appropriate name to honor the victims of such inhumane acts of genocide, and to also remind people of the 10,000-year-plus connection tribal peoples have to this sacred place now called Yellowstone,” Piikani Nation Chief Stan Grier said in a statement Wednesday. [Yellowstone mountain that honored massacre leader renamed]George Custer, Phil Sheridan, George Crook and William Harney all committed crimes against humanity yet their names still besmirch numerous government and geographical features. Crook City near Whitewood, South Dakota and Crook's Tower, one of the 7000 footers in the Black Hills, were named after a war criminal. A state park, a peak, a county and a town in the Black Hills, a county and national forest in Montana are named after a murderer. During the Battle of Greasy Grass on the banks of the Little Bighorn River in Montana George Custer attacked the encampment where the elderly, women and children were hidden and during the Washita Massacre he held a similar contingent as hostages and human shields.
After the session, the Economic Affairs Interim Committee confirmed with the Department of Revenue that even though the bill defines these combined-use licenses as tier 1, the smallest grow size (a maximum of 1,000 square feet of grow space), they could scale up over time, just like any conventional cultivation license. But on June 2, Brendan Beatty, director of the Department of Revenue, sent a letter to the Economic Affairs Interim Committee insisting that tribal cultivation operations cannot expand beyond tier 1 licenses. Once the state’s moratorium on new licenses ends on July 1, 2023, Native Montanans will be able to apply for licenses just like anyone else. Those new licenses will not be bound to any such restrictions. [Montana Free Press]Learn more at the Daily Montanan.
Dr. Julie Amaon is the medical director of Just the Pill, a nonprofit, online clinic based in Minnesota that dispenses pills for medication abortion, birth control, and the treatment of sexually transmitted disease. Just the Pill, which has experimented with offering patient care in mobile clinics, is working on a big expansion. As they drove around Minnesota, Amaon says, she noticed she was seeing a lot of patients from Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa — “people who have more restrictive legislation in their states.” Just the Pill is planning to deploy mobile clinics on all sides of Minnesota, to serve patients in those surrounding states. “All of our mobile clinics are bulletproof,” she adds. [Abortion care on wheels]1. Abortion is health care and a pregnant woman is the patient.
The list now includes 26 lakes across 17 counties. Fish with high mercury levels include Walleye, Northern Pike, Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, and White and Black Crappie in sizes ranging from 12 inches to 30 inches and over. [Bill Janklow's idea of public radio]How bad does it have to get before the State of South Dakota files lawsuits against Black Hills Energy, Basin Electric, NorthWestern Energy, Otter Tail and/or the Colstrip Generating Station?
Majority owners Puget Sound Energy, Avista Corp., PacifiCorp and Portland General Electric have all announced plans to exit Colstrip by the end of 2025. That’s made them uninterested in investing in Colstrip’s future. The power plants have extensive problems. Damage to the Unit 4 boiler was estimated to cost $20 million in repairs in 2019. And a recent survey found Units 3 and 4 malfunctioned 77 days in 2018. Both units were off-line again for extensive maintenance in spring 2021. [Missoulian]In 2018, Black Hills Energy sold some of its 700 oil and gas wells in New Mexico and the Powder River Basin in Wyoming to help finance a $70 million monolith headquarters in Rapid City. It was built there on the backs of subscribers without choices because out of state Republicans who write the tax law own South Dakota and because the state ended environmental oversight. BHE raised much of its construction cash on Colorado cannabis. But the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission is staffed by Republicans so they're pushovers for rate increases by companies who bankroll their elections to the posts they hold.
In 1695, “La Majada Land Grant” was awarded to Field Captain Don Jacinto de Palaez for his efforts in reconquering New Mexico. La Bajada Village was subsequently established at the base of the escarpment and first documented by the Franciscan Church in 1737. [US Forest Service]In the 1800s engineers from the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway diverted its main line from the craggy promontory building it alongside the Rio Galisteo instead.
Before reaching La Bajada, the water flows west from the Santa Fe River through a pipeline traversing the Pueblo of Cochiti, Pueblo of Santa Domingo and US National Forest Service land. Below the diversion, the natural stream bed is dry. Cochiti leaders say the amount of water flowing into the pipeline exceeds the amount allocated to La Bajada’s 52 acres of farmland as a result of modifications made to the diversion structure. In short, the pueblo accuses the acequia community of taking too much water from the river. The situation offers a window onto one of New Mexico’s most pressing problems: Less and less water is flowing through the state as climate change and persistent drought tighten their grip. [Santa Fe Reporter]ip photo from atop La Bajada Mesa, a life-sustaining thunderstorm dwarfs the Sandia Mountains.
From being the most valuable company on Earth, GE fell to the point of essential irrelevance in the American economy. In 2018, with all of Welch's bad decisions catching up with the company, GE was removed from the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the bluest of blue chip indexes and a real bellwether of the American economy. [Fresh Air]
🚨 Pub day for THE MAN WHO BROKE CAPITALISM 🚨— David Gelles (@dgelles) May 31, 2022
It's about how Jack Welch, the legendary CEO of GE, screwed up our economy, and what we can do to fix it.
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