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  1. This is Rebarkable – Paws for a Moment and Check This Out

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    June 16, 2017 by John Crapper

    Holy shit! Reality sometimes is a hard thing to swallow but I ask you to contemplate this piece of news.   It is rebarkable and everyone needs to chew on it for a while.   Picked this up from Forbes today:

    China’s most controversial celebration of food, the Lychee and Dog Meat festival in the city of Yulin, was widely reported last month to have been cancelled this year after multiple animal rights organizations claimed the local government was planning a ban on dog meat sales in the week leading up to the June event.

    But reports of the festival’s demise, or even a sanction on dog meat sales that could negatively impact the festival, appear to be largely unfounded.

    Supporters of the festival, which started informally among Yulin restaurant owners in the late 90s, argue that eating dog is a cultural tradition in Asia, where dog meat has traditionally been used for centuries. They also believe the consumption of dog meat is no different to other types of more common animal meat, such as pork and beef, and is a matter of cultural relativism.

    Millions eaten globally

    Around 10,000 dogs are slaughtered at the festival every year. An estimated 30 million dogs are eaten annually worldwide, according to Humane Society International.

    Large chunks of our world would never think of eating pork.  Others would never contemplate chewing on beef.   Cockroaches would never cross the lips of many!  Snake would never be served by others.  We have vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free types in our midst.  

    So I ask you – Live and let live?  Eat and let eat?  Is it a personal choice left for the individual to decide?  Before you answer think about cannibalism.

    Floor is open for discussion.

     

     

     

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  2. Cow Crap Line of Clothes Coming Soon

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    June 1, 2017 by John Crapper

    Holy Shit!  Cow crap clothes coming soon to a store near you!

     A fashion line has been created by a Dutch designer made from cow manure.  It is being billed as a line of clothes that can reduce water pollution and methane emissions.

    The idea was conceived by Jalila Essaidi, a designer and entrepreneur who was asked by government officials to help reduce excess animal waste in the Netherlands.

    The Netherlands has excess manure that pollutes their waterways with high levels of both nitrogen and phosphate and produces algae blooms that kill fish.

    Essaïdi’s patented technology removes cellulose and acids from cow dung and converts them into a biodegradable plastic called Mestic, after mest, the Dutch word for manure. Mestic can be made into paper, textiles, and other items, replacing petroleum-based products.

    “It is a chemical separation method which allows us careful control of the nutrient composition of both the solid and liquid fraction of manure,” Essaïdi wrote in an email. “The farmer keeps the liquid fraction which now meets his desired nitrogen and phosphate levels. We take the solid fraction.”

    Apparently the advantage of using cow dung is that because of its remnant digestive system it breaks down the cellulose saving time, money, and energy.

    There are some environmental concerns.  Dana Perls, senior food and technology campaigner at Friends of the Earth is concerned.

    “These experimental technologies need to be transparent, particularly before being rubber-stamped as sustainable,” Perls wrote in an email. “We need to discuss potential concerns in addition to potential benefits, and we need strict and sensible health and environmental safety testing, regulations, and standards.”

    If it all works out the big question is will the consumer buy?

    Ramon Sanchez, director of the sustainable technologies and health program at the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard University said,

    “It depends on cultural traits and how well informed is the consumer.

    All of the bacteria and fungi in dung are killed during the process of extracting cellulose, and cellulose itself is a chemical compound that is absolutely clean and is unlikely to produce any adverse health effects.”

    It all comes down to marketing, he added.

    So it may not be that long away you’ll be sporting your new poo-poo line of fashionables and have something not just to crow about but to moo about as well.

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  3. People’s Climate March – FYI

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    April 22, 2017 by John Crapper

    I spend a lot of time blogging on the Daily Kos site.

    I am proud to announce I’m part of this program posting tomorrow at 5:00pm PST.

    Below are the details.  Only my article will appear on this site.

    Joining Daily Kos is easy and you are able to start participating the minute you join.

    I can certainly say it’s a great place to give a megaphone to a person’s voice!

    SciCli Blogathon: April 22-28, 2017 (all times are Pacific)

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    Support the Daily Kos SciCli blogathon during the April 22-28 week of action promoting the April 29 People’s Climate March with stories on how science and climate change are affecting our lives and our planet.

    For background on the SciCli Blogathon and the Week of action visit boatsie’s diary from 4/17, Besame’s from 4/20, and onomastic’s from 4/21.

    Sign up for the Washington, D.C. march or find a march near you.

    On April 29, let’s march for jobs, justice, and the climate!

    • Saturday, April 22

    2:30 pm: Cracks in Greenland ice-sheet may link up and break off

    5:00 pm: Meteor Blades

    • Sunday, April 23

    2:30 pm: citisven

    5:00 pm: John Crapper

    • Monday, April 24

    2:30 pm: Pakalolo

    5:00 pm: 2thanks

    • Tuesday, April 25

    1:45 pm: samanthab

    5:00 pm: Besame

    • Wednesday, April 26

    2:30 pm: Dartagnan

    5:00 pm: peregrine kate

    • Thursday, April 27

    2:30 pm: Bill McKibben

    5:00 pm: WarrenS

    • Friday, April 28

    2:30 pm: Tamar

    5:00 pm: annieli

     

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  4. Election of Trump and the Underlying Psychology

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    April 20, 2017 by John Crapper

    The election of Donald Trump.  I still say holy shit at this fact.  I’m still processing and trying to come to terms with what happened during our last presidential election.. I’ve been swaying from one focus to another with the blame game and the same is true with my thinking on the most constructive path forward.

    One thing that’s important for me to keep in the forefront of my thinking is man’s psychological nature. It speaks volumes about why people are motivated to act the way they act.

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    Human Nature

    1. the qualities common to humanity
    2. ordinary human behaviour, esp considered as less than perfect
    3. (Sociology) Sociol the unique elements that form a basic part of human life and distinguish it from other animal life


    John Locke said that people were reasonable by birth and Thomas Hobbs said they were violent and disorderly. Since neither is correct, we must sit on the fence with one foot on both sides and come to our own conclusion.

     

    So below are my thoughts as points to consider as to why the United States saw fit to elect Donald Trump President of the United States and the role our human nature might have played in that election.

    First off, although we hear the opposite all the time preached from the pulpits of our churches and pontificated from the politicians we elect, I do not think humans are peace loving by nature.  I think a much stronger argument can be made for the opposite being true.  Just look at our own country’s history with war. 

    When I was a kid, my earliest play memories were those of playing war games. I can remember playing endlessly with the plastic miniature army sets strategically laid out on the ping pong table. My brothers and I had these cool rocket launchers we used to shoot each other’s soldiers.

    Kids today gravitate to the warring and fighting video games. Violence is always a top draw at the box office. Nothing like a good murder or violent thriller to entertain. War and war heroes are glamorized in print and movies. Military service is a cherished badge of honor. Witness the popularity of football and boxing, both violent sports. When I’m really honest with myself, I come to the conclusion that humans are really violence loving and not peace loving at all.  Trump appealed to this inner desire in all of us to “kick some ass” and “play war”.

    Second, humans are pleasure seekers. We want to have a good time. We try to avoid pain. We try to avoid discomfort. We like to play games and have fun. We seek to do things the easy way. We strive for convenience. Trump appealed to that bigly in his slogan “Make America Great Again.”

    Third, humans are competitive.  We love to win and we hate to lose. We compete in love and war. We compete in sports and games. We compete for the best jobs, best homes and best cars. We compete for status, wealth, influence and power. We compete for food, shelter and clothing. We compete for all the resources used in our economies. The most successful type of economy in the world is based on competition.  Trump appealed to this aspect of our nature with his “negotiate better deals” message.

    Fourth, humans are self-preserving. We try to prolong life and forestall death. Trump appealed to that with his “Make America Safe Again.”

    Fifth, humans inflate our importance and standing in the world in which we live. Trump embodies this trait and people (through osmosis I think) felt pumped up too. (Opposite of the Jimmy Carter malaise speech of long ago.)

    Sixth, humans think we can control nature and bend it to our will. We believe our intelligence and technological knowhow will overcome our environmental problems. We fool ourselves into thinking we are the driver of nature’s bus.  We think we can win. Trump again appealed here in his climate change is a hoax, get the chains of environmental regulation off of business message.

    Seventh, humans tend to mentally deny their animal nature. Tump — We’re great , America first. American exceptionalism.

    Eighth, each one of us innately believes we are unique and special. Most of us, therefore, feel the need to have our own prodigy to carry on that unique specialness. (See number 7)

    Ninth, humans are tribal. We tend to classify into categories of “us” and “them”. If you are like “us” you are OK but if you are like “them” be suspicious.  The “them” becomes the dangerous ones, the untouchables, and the enemies. The “us” becomes the friends, countrymen, allies, and chosen people.  Catering to this part of our psychological makeup was most blatantly manifested in Trump’s appeal to the alt-right.

    Tenth, humans are possessive. We like to own, have and possess. We like to call things ours. We like to have our own space; our own privacy. Taking this trait to the extreme many people become extremely greedy which is the unquenchable desire to possess and acquire. Trump’s messages of American exceptionalism. Build the wall — This is our country and Let’s take back our country all stroked this trait within us.

    Each one of these points are debatable and the list is not complete by any means.  But I find it helps me to go deeper within myself and examine when trying to make sense of the crazy fact of the election of Trump.

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  5. Ego on Display in This One Minute Video

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    April 14, 2017 by John Crapper

    Ego is a big focus here at the Church of the Holy Shitters.  We try to focus on the psychology of it all as it pertains to climate change.  We tend to believe that our ego plays a pivotal role in blocking us from effectively dealing with the issue.  In our Manifesto we state this right up front.

    “A secular environmental religion, scientifically based, with a focus on the psychology of it all. Our ego is the culprit when it comes to dealing with climate change. We cannot save the planet. We can only save ourselves. Our current egotistical self-perception makes even that prospect a dubious one at best. Meekness, humility and a realization that our shit does stink, guides us on our path to sustainable living and climate equilibrium.”

    We also like to point out holy shit moments.

    The following video demonstrates a holy shit moment of the highest caliber.  It also sheds light on what people will do to get noticed.  For me it explains in less than 2 minutes why we are where we are in this country with our politics.

    I’ll let the video speak for itself and let you draw your own conclusions.

     

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  6. Trump Needs to Slow Down to Communicate With His Base

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    February 23, 2017 by John Crapper

     

    This guy communicates well with the 3:00 am dunk bunch!  Holy shit this is hilarious!

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  7. Space Poop Problem-Solvers

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    February 20, 2017 by John Crapper

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    This picture illustrates why it is never advisable to fart in a wetsuit.  But what about astronauts and spacesuits?

    Thousands of people have been spending thousands of hours working on the “Space Poop Challenge and on 2/15/17 NASA rewarded five members of the public for their creative ideas for how to poop in a spacesuit.

    Currently, astronauts on spacewalks rely on diapers, which is a feasible solution for only a few hours at a time.  NASA is imagining a situation where an astronaut is stuck in a spacesuit for days during long journeys through space.

    The NASA challenge: 

    The super-portable-bathroom solution has to work quickly, easily, in micro-gravity, without impeding movement, for both men and women, for solid and liquid waste. It can either store waste in the suit or expel it. And it has to be comfortable … for up to six continuous days.

    Since the project launched on the HeroX crowdsourcing site in October, nearly 20,000 people, from all over the world, submitted more than 5,000 ideas. They were competing for a total of $30,000 in prizes.

    The winning solution came from an Air Force officer, family practice physician and flight surgeon named Thatcher Cardon.  His design was inspired by minimally invasive surgical techniques — and a strong desire not to store the poop.

    “I never thought that keeping the waste in the suit would be any good,” he told NPR. “So I thought, ‘How can we get in and out of the suit easily?’ ”
    “I thought about what I know regarding less invasive surgeries like laparoscopy or arthroscopy or even endovascular techniques they use in cardiology — they can do some amazing things in very small openings.

    He designed a small airlock at the crotch of the suit, with a variety of items — including inflatable bedpans and diapers — that could be passed through the small opening and then expanded. His design even allows an astronaut to change underwear while inside the spacesuit, through the same small opening. (emphasis mine) 

    And holy shit think about it.  Can you imagine enjoying being an interplanetary explorer if you’ve constantly got to use the bathroom and you can’t.

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  8. Why There Are More Women Than Men – Picture Evidence

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    February 18, 2017 by John Crapper

    When I discover holy shit scenes I’m compelled to share.  Plus with the political news we’re being bombarded with these days everyone deserves a good laugh.  Enjoy!

     

    Here is, in pictures, why there is more women than men.

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  9. Hillarious – Alternative Reality!

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    February 4, 2017 by John Crapper

    I’m going to dream bigly tonight.  Holy shit I love this!!

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  10. Immigration Advice

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    January 30, 2017 by John Crapper

    I usually restrict my postings to issues revolving around the environment and specifically climate change.  But I also teach English as a Second Language to adults and when you have a holy shit moment occur like the one we had this past weekend I just had to make an exception.

    Through my professional channels I’m receiving a lot of advice helpful to refugees and immigrants.  Below is a list I received from a practicing immigration attorney.  Pass it on to anyone you know affected by this new executive order.

    Knowledge is power.

    From an immigration attorney in Seattle: Actions for people being detained at the border and/or families who can get a message to the arriving people:

    Make sure they take down the names of the officers.

    Write down flight times.

    If they feared persecution in country of origin, need to communicate that to lawyer. Be careful about saying it without talking to a lawyer first.

    Need to continuously demand access to legal counsel.

    Do not sign anything, especially a Form I-407 if the person is a permanent resident.

    Demand a hearing before an immigration judge.

    Contact your Congressman and let them know one of their constituents is being detained at the airport.

    Green card holders: Say “I am lawfully admitted for permanent residence and I demand access to counsel. I will not give up my green card, and you cannot force me to give it up. If I am denied entry, I demand a hearing before an immigration judge.”

    DO NOT LIE to the officer.

    Take contemporaneous notes on any scrap of paper as to how long waiting, and what questions are being asked – especially any questions about religious observation, political views.

    Be prepared to provide names and phone numbers of people who were visited overseas, and have another family member call those people overseas to tell them to perhaps expect a call from a US government official to verify that information.

    Remain calm and do not cause a scene.

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  11. Holy Shit! Koko Knows More Than All the Republican Presidential Candidates.

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    February 15, 2016 by John Crapper

     

    Lest we forget…

     

    This is a short diary containing a short video with a powerful message for all of us.

    Koko, a female gorilla who belongs to one of the rarest species on earth which can communicate using sign language has a message for us. There is no need for me to say more, especially considering there is so much already being said in the political arena day in and day out on this site.

    Because of her unique ability to communicate with humans in sign language, Koko is a natural ambassador for endangered species, and thus we agreed to co-produce a short video PSA (Public Service Announcement) contingent on Koko’s willingness to participate.

    Turns out Koko was very interested in the subject, which we briefed her on via a recent issue of National Geographic titled “Cool It!” We also presented her with a script drafted by NOE (as any celebrity ambassador asked to do a PSA would expect) and allowed her to improvise during s series of brief daily video discussion sessions, in which Koko also had to learn a few new signs, such as “Protect” and “Nature.”

    Time is wasting! 

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  12. Geoducks – Ummm Good – Holy Shit!

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    September 6, 2015 by John Crapper

    As reported on King 5 news August 13, 2015:

    New geoduck farming rules are rolling out across Puget Sound, prompting a renaissance in the clam harvest and a growing movement to stop it… It comes after several years of stagnation, as state officials worked on better regulation. Now, counties across Puget Sound are adopting the new geoduck rules. That’s prompted renewed interest, along with big demand in Asia. The Department of Ecology counts 28 new geoduck farm permits since 2012.

    But geoduck farming is controversial creating conflicts with shoreline property owners and nongovernmental organizations.

    In southern Puget Sound, the effect of geoduck farming on large mobile animals is ambiguous. A 2004 draft biological assessment, commissioned by three of the largest commercial shellfish companies in the Puget Sound region, identified no long-term effects of geoduck farming on threatened or endangered species.

    However, geoduck growth has also grown grit from critics.

    “It’s something we need to be aware of,” said Sandy Newell. Newell and her neighbors are fighting the proposed Detienne/Chelsea subtidal geoduck farm in Wauna on Hederson Bay. They point to shellfish aquaculture debris that continues to wash ashore. They’ve spent tens of thousands of dollars to stop the farm from getting a permit. So far, Newell is winning the fight. The Shoreline Hearings Board found the farm could have negative effects on herring and eel grass.

    Background:

    The geoduck is native to the west coast of North America. The shell of the clam ranges from 15 centimetres (5.9 in) to over 20 centimetres (7.9 in) in length, but the extremely long siphons make the clam itself much longer than this: the “neck” or siphons alone can be 1 metre (3.3 ft) in length. The geoduck is the largest burrowing clam in the world, and one of the longest-lived animals of any type.

    The geoduck is native to the west coast of Canada and the northwest coast of the United States.

    The large, meaty siphon is prized for its savory flavor and crunchy texture. Geoduck is regarded by some as an aphrodisiac because of its phallic shape.A team of American and Italian researchers analyzed bivalves and found they were rich in amino acids that trigger increased levels of sex hormones. Their high zinc content aids the production of testosterone. It is very popular in China, where it is considered a delicacy, mostly eaten cooked in a fondue-style Chinese hot pot. In Korean cuisine, geoducks are eaten raw with spicy chili sauce, sautéed, or in soups and stews. In Japan, geoduck is prepared as raw sashimi, dipped in soy sauce and wasabi.

    The world’s first geoduck fishery was created in 1970, but demand for the half-forgotten clam was low due to its texture. As of 2011, these clams sell in China for over $150/lb (US$330/kg). The geoduck’s high market value has created an $80-million US industry, with harvesting occurring in the states of Alaska, Washington, and Oregon and the Canadian province of British Columbia. It is one of the most closely regulated fisheries in both countries.

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  13. Carly Fiorina – Holy Shit – 10 Lies on Climate Change in Less Than 5 Minutes

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    August 24, 2015 by John Crapper

    Katie Couric interviewed Carly Fiorina the other day and the subject of climate change came up. In less than five minutes she spouted off ten lies albeit in a very slick manner. After watching this video I can sure see why she’s moving up in the polls. She’s truly professional at it.

     

    The bulk of the information contained in this post came from an article from Vox Energy & Environment published August 21, 2015. I invite you to read the entire article which contains much more detail and references.

    Lie 1: One nation, acting alone, can make no difference. According to the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan CO2 emissions will be reduced by .018. That is a difference albeit a small one. Climate change is a big problem global in scope. American must do its part along with many other countries.

    Lie 2: California “destroys lives and livelihoods with environmental regulations. In California total carbon emissions are declining, jobs are being created with the 5th highest GDP growth rate.

    Lie 3: The answer to this problem is innovation, not regulation. Innovation is part of any climate change solutions mix but the silver-bullet approach alone is not enough. The lie is framing the answer as an either/or one. The truth is regulation is need to spur innovation with such programs as the clean energy loans and the Obama administration’s “regional innovation clusters”. It’s not regulation or innovation it’s regulation and innovation.

    Lie 4: China could care less if we try to reduce carbon: There is no doubting that China acts in their own best interest. So does the US for that matter. So this assertion falls flat on its face for one obvious reason: the climate pact China entered into with the US.

    Lie 5: China is delighted we’re not spending enough time and energy figuring out clean coal. The fact is China wants affordable clean coal. and they would welcome US success in this area instead of the failures that have occurred.

    Lie 6: Coal provides half the energy in this country still. Not true. Coal provides 20%.

    Lie 7: Claiming this administration is basically aiming to outlaw coal. No it isn’t. The fact is coal is becoming more and more uncompetitive with other energy sources but Obama Clean Power Plan estimates coal’s share of the market will be around 27% in 2030. Doesn’t sound like an outlaw approach to me.

    Lie 8: Wind energy slaughters millions of birds. No it doesn’t. It kills 214,000 to 368,000 a year. Here is a comparison of bird kills by energy source from US News & World Report.

    Looks like coal is the leading bird killer to me!

    Lie 9: Wind towers are unsightly. They are to rich people and that’s who Carly is concerned about here I guess. Certainly not poor communities that many times have to look at refineries and other fossil fuel infrastructure not to mention hazardous to their health. She failed to mention that poll after poll indicates strong support from the American public for the expansion of wind energy.

    And finally lie 10 which is a doozie: Solar takes huge amounts of water. Concentrated solar power plants do require a lot of water but that is only 16% of the total. Dry-cooled cuts that consumption by up to 97%. Here is a breakdown of water use.

    Conservatives thought Carly Fiorina did a great job in this interview. I agree fully. She’s truly a professional and smooth lier when it comes to climate change.

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  14. An Inconvenient Poop! Let the Show Begin!

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    July 6, 2015 by John Crapper

    Holy Shit! This is our kind of show!  Be the first to go!

    An Inconvenient Poop

    Premieres at FringeNYC!!!!!

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    The POOP Project is proud to announce that our new show, An Inconvenient Poop, will trouble the bowels of the Five Boroughs this August at FringeNYC! Help us make a splash in the same festival that brought the world Urinetown: The Musical.

     

    From the website:

    What if the solution to climate change, world peace, and self-love was the one thing no one wanted to talk about? Professor Oscar von Shtein was going to give a thrilling FREDx Talk on the Classics, until Shawn “The Puru” Shafner took over the controls. Forced to explain why we feel the way we do about doo, now Oscar must face his own shit and save the day, before it starts to smell.

    Fascinating, hilarious, and a little bit uncomfortable, An Inconvenient Poop is a musical, one-man show. Breaking the potty taboo, it inspires audiences to take responsibility for our shit—literal, personal, communal—so we can liberate it, hold it to the light, and transform it from waste to resource. Join a revolution pushing for change from the bottom up, and proudly declare “I’m a pooper!”

     

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    The Poop Project was founded by Shawn.  I’ve met him.  We’ve touched base from time to time as our paths seem to “naturally” flow together . He’s a talented and very intelligent guy.  I guess you could say he “really knows his shit”. He’s not farting around with this stuff either. He’s been talking shit for quite some time.

    When you’re Poop John the First of the Church of the Holy Shitters you notice people like this and you don’t flush them.  He has a wonderful message nobody likes to hear but needs to be listened to by everybody.

    So I’m just letting this flow out to all of you.  Flush it along.

     

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  15. Climate Change – Projecting a Timeframe – Holy $h*t

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    May 21, 2015 by John Crapper

    Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 10.09.30 AMIn researching a book I’m writing I’ve been collecting prognostications about climate change. These have been gathered over time from numerous sources. But they are projections and hence a best guess as to what is in our collective future. (Obviously the past dates are accurate.) I must confess that during the time I have been compiling these predictions the timeframe has been trending towards an acceleration of events rather than an elongation of them. There have been a shitload of Holy Shit moments in the process of putting this together. Even if you allow that only 50% of these predictions will occur you must come to the conclusion that life as we know it will be dramatically altered.

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    *A city hits “climate departure” when the average temperature of its coolest year from then on is projected to be warmer than the average temperature of its hottest year between 1960 and 2005. For example, let’s say the climate departure point for D.C. is 2047 (which it is). After 2047, even D.C.’s coldest year will still be hotter than any year from before 2005. Put another way, every single year after 2047 will be hotter than D.C.’s hottest year on record from 1860 to 2005. It’s the moment when the old “normal” is really gone.

    The Timeframe

    2008

    In 2008 Arctic sea ice hit its second lowest summer ice extent on record (the lowest extent was in 2007).

    A massive chunk of ice breaks away from Greenland’s Petermann Glacier.

    Several breakups of ice shelves in Antarctica are observed. (NSIDC; Jason Box, Ohio State University; ESA, NSIDC)

    The Bush Administration enacts changes to the Endangered Species Act that affect reviews of government projects.

     

    Polar bears and beluga whales are placed on the Endangered Species List.

    2009

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency declares carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases to be pollutants under the Clean Air Act.

    An ice bridge connected to the Wilkins Ice Sheet of Antarctica breaks apart.

    Many of the world’s major rivers are found to be losing water. (Aiguo Dai, NCAR, Journal of Climate)

    2010

    China became the largest energy consumer in the world, overtaking the USA China added 15,000 car to its roads every day and a new power plant every week.

    2012

    The first phase of the Kyoto Protocol, an international environmental treaty created to limit the production of greenhouse gases, expires. Nations will have to draw up and enact a successor treaty to further limit emissions, should they choose to do so.

    2013

    The amount of carbon pollution has already locked in more than 4 feet of sea level rise past 2013 levels. That is enough, at high tide, to submerge more than half of 2013’s population in 316 coastal cities and towns (home to 3.6 million) in the lower 48 states.

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    2020

    Flash floods increase across all parts of Europe. Less rainfall reduces agriculture yields by up to 50 percent in some parts of the world.

    World population reaches 7.7 billion people.

    Hubbert’s Peak or peak oil level is reached. Global oil production begins an irreversible decline, triggering a global recession, food shortages and conflict between nations over dwindling oil supplies.

    Manokwari, the largest and capital city of the West Papua, Indonesia is the first city in the world to hit climate departure.*

    2023 – Kingston the capital and largest city of Jamaica and Ngerulmud the capital of Palau become the next two cities to hit climate departure.*

    2028 – Singapore hits climate departure*

    2029 – Jakarta, Georgetown and Lagos hit climate departure.*

    2030

    Diarrhea-related diseases increase by up to 5 percent in low-income parts of the world.

    Up to 18 percent of the world’s coral reefs are lost as a result of climate change and other environmental stresses.

    In Asian coastal waters, the coral loss reaches 30 percent.

    World population reaches 8.4 billion people.

    Warming temperatures causes temperate glaciers on equatorial mountains in Africa to disappear.

    In developing countries, the urban population more than doubles to about 4 billion people, packing more people onto a given city’s land area. The urban populations of developed countries increase by 20 percent.

    The Arctic Sea is ice-free in the summer.

    In China lung disease kills over 80 million people due to the long term effects of pollution.

    2031 – Mexico City hits climate departure.*

    2033 – Bogota hits climate departure.*

    2034 – Mumbai hits climate departure*

    2036 – Cairo and Nairobi hit climate departure.*

    2037 – Alpine glaciers disappear completely.

    2038 – Sydney, Lima and Cape Town hit climate departure.*

    2040 – World Population hits over 9 billion. 2041 – Tokyo and Wellington hit climate departure.*

    2042 – Taipei and Seoul hit climate departure.*

    2043 – Phoenix, Santiago. Pretoria and Honolulu hit climate departure.*

    2044 – Rome hits climate departure.*

    2045 – Kabul hits climate departure.*

    2046 – Beijing and Bangkok hit climate departure.*

    2047 – D.C. and New York hit climate departure.*

    2048 – Los Angeles hits climate departure.*

    2050

    The Amazon rainforest is threatened not only by illegal deforestation, but also the effects of drought and climate change. Under a “business as usual” scenario, nearly half of the jungle is be destroyed. and it could be almost entirely gone by 2100.

    More than 2,000 native tree species face extinction.

    World population reaches 9.5 billion people.

    Some 70% of polar bears disappear due to the shrinking of Arctic ice caused by global warming.

    Large glaciers shrink by 30 to 70 percent.

    Ocean acidification kills off most coral reefs.

    One of the world’s most beautiful natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef disappears .

    At least 400 bird species become extinct due to deforestation and climate change.

    In Australia, there is an additional 3,200 to 5,200 heat-related deaths per year. Hardest hit are people over the age of 65.

    An extra 500 to 1,000 people die of heat-related deaths in New York City per year.

    In the United Kingdom, the opposite occurs, and cold-related deaths outpace heat-related ones.

    All amphibians in Europe are extinct.

    Crop yields shift increasing by up to 20 percent in East and Southeast Asia, while decreasing by up to 30 percent in Central and South Asia. Similar shifts in crop yields occur on other continents.

    As biodiversity hotspots are more threatened, a quarter of the world’s plant and vertebrate animal species face extinction.

    Rio de Janeiro hits climate departure.*

    2052 – Chicago hits climate departure.*

    2054 – Ulan Bator hits climate departure.*

    2055 – Seattle hits climate departure.*

    2056 – London hits climate departure.*

    2060 – By 2060 the following cities were listed as being severely devastated by rising seas.

    Miami, USA

    Guangzhou, P.R. of China

    New York-Newark, USA

    Kolkata, India

    Shanghai, P.R. of China

    Mumbai, India

    Tianjin, P.R. of China

    Tokyo, Japan

    Hong Kong, P.R. of China

    Bangkok, Thailand

    Ningbo, P.R. of China

    New Orleans, USA

    Osaka-Kobe, Japan

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Rotterdam, The Netherlands

    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Nagoya, Japan

    Qingdao, China

    Virginia Beach, USA

    Alexandria, Egypt

    Rangoon, Myanmar

    Hai Phòng, Vietnam

    Khulna, Bangladesh

    Lagos, Nigeria

    Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire

    Chittagong, Bangladesh

    Jakarta, Indonesia

    Extinctions peak with 0.5% of the world’s animal and plant species disappearing every year.

    World population reaches 9.9 billion

    2063 – Moscow hits climate departure.*

    2064 – St. Petersburg hits climate departure.*

    2066 – Reykjavik hits climate departure.*

    2070

    World population reaches 10.2 billion

    As glaciers disappear and areas affected by drought increase, electricity production for the world’s existing hydropower stations decrease.

    Hardest hit is Europe, where hydropower potential declines on average by 6 percent; around the Mediterranean, the decrease is up to 50 percent.

    Warmer, drier conditions lead to more frequent and longer droughts, as well as longer fire-seasons, increased fire risks, and more frequent heat waves, especially in Mediterranean regions.

    2071 – Anchorage hits climate departure.*

    2080

    World population reaches 10.5 billion

    While some parts of the world dry out, others get inundated.

    Up to 20 percent of the world’s populations live in river basins and are affected by increased flood hazards.

    Up to 100 million people experience coastal flooding each year. Most at risk are densely populated and low-lying areas that are less able to adapt to rising sea levels and areas which already face other challenges such as tropical storms.

    Coastal populations balloon to 5 billion people, up from 1.2 billion in 1990.

    Between 1.1 and 3.2 billion people experience water shortages and up to 600 million go hungry.

    Sea levels rise around New York City by more than three feet, flooding the Rockaways, Coney Island, much of southern Brooklyn and Queens, portions of Long Island City, Astoria, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens, lower Manhattan and eastern Staten Island from Great Kills Harbor north to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

    2085 – The risk of dengue fever from climate change increases to 3.5 billion people.

    2090 – World population reaches 10.7 billion

    2100

    World population reaches 10.8 billion

    Global average temperature rises to 6°C (10°F) by 2100.

    Carbon dioxide concentrations reach 1000 parts per million (ppm).

     

    By the start of the century, global climate emissions increased, to lock in 23 feet of sea level rise, threatening 1,429 municipalities in the U.S. alone.

    A combination of global warming and other factors push many ecosystems to the limit, forcing them to exceed their natural ability to adapt to climate change.

    Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are much higher than anytime during the past 650,000 years.

    Ocean pH levels decrease by 0.5 pH units, the lowest it’s been in the last 20 million years.

    The ability of marine organisms such as corals, crabs and oysters to form shells or exoskeletons is impaired.

    Thawing permafrost and other factors make Earth’s land a net source of carbon emissions, meaning it emits more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than it absorbs.

    Roughly 20 to 30 percent of species assessed as of 2007 are extinct by 2100.

    New climate zones appear on up to 39 percent of the world’s land surface, radically transforming the planet.

    A quarter of all species of plants and land animals—more than a million total— are driven to extinction.

    Due to climate change and food scarcity, up to 30% of bird species go extinct.

    Polar bears go extinct.

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    Increased droughts significantly reduce moisture levels in the American Southwest, northern Mexico and parts of Europe, Africa and the Middle East, effectively recreating the “Dust Bowl” environments of the 1930s in the United States.

    The Amazon rain forrest is almost entirely gone. More than 2,000 native tree species face extinction.

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    2200 – Scientific projection An Earth day is now 0.12 milliseconds shorter, as rising temperatures cause oceans to expand away from the equator and toward the poles. Water in the oceans shift toward the poles so the poles are closer to the Earth’s axis of rotation, which causes them to speed up the planet’s rotation.

    *** *A city hits “climate departure” when the average temperature of its coolest year from then on is projected to be warmer than the average temperature of its hottest year between 1960 and 2005. For example, let’s say the climate departure point for D.C. is 2047 (which it is). After 2047, even D.C.’s coldest year will still be hotter than any year from before 2005. Put another way, every single year after 2047 will be hotter than D.C.’s hottest year on record from 1860 to 2005. It’s the moment when the old “normal” is really gone.

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  16. A Holy Shit Chant I Came Across

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    May 10, 2015 by John Crapper

    I don’t think our Church supports, or even understands this chant.  It will take further investigation.  Could be heresy as far as I know.  But Holy Shit I’ve got to post it!

    Stay tuned for more if I can find out more!

     

    Holy Shit! Blessed Be! Out of Me and into Thee,

    Holy Shit! Blessed Be! Present to Posterity,

    Holy Shit! Blessed Be! Stuff of Me to Stuff of Thee,

    Holy Shit! Blessed Be! Throw the Thread of Destiny!

    Holy Shit! Blessed Be! Out of Me and into Thee,

    Holy Shit! Blessed Be! Sacred Sending, Bodily.

    Holy Shit! Blessed Be! Stuff of Me to stuff of Thee,

    Holy Shit! Blessed Be! Move the Loom of Mystery.

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  17. MRSA MRSA Me – Ancient Treatment Sheds Modern Light on Dark Ages

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    April 30, 2015 by John Crapper

    This tidbit of information came to my attention the other day and I just had to utter my go to phrase when I’m catapulted into being astounded – Holy Shit!

    London (CNN)It might sound like a really old wives’ tale, but a thousand-year-old Anglo-Saxon potion for eye infections may hold the key to wiping out the modern-day superbug MRSA, according to new research.

    The 10th-century “eyesalve was disscovered at the British Library in a leather-bound volume of Bald’s Leechbook, one of the earliest known medical textbooks. Despite some ambiguities in the text, Christina Lee, an expert on Anglo-Saxon society at the University of Nottingham was able to translate the text.

    “We chose this recipe in Bald’s Leechbook because it contains ingredients such as garlic that are currently investigated by other researchers on their potential antibiotic effectiveness,” Lee said in a video posted on the university’s website. “And so we looked at a recipe that is fairly straightforward. It’s also a recipe where we are told it’s the ‘best of leechdoms’ — how could you not test that? So we were curious.”

    Lee decided to investigate if the concoction actually worked and with the help of some of her colleagues replicated the recipe.

    The recipe calls for two species of Allium (garlic and onion or leek), wine and oxgall (bile from a cow’s stomach) to be brewed in a brass vessel. “We recreated the recipe as faithfully as we could. The Bald gives very precise instructions for the ratio of different ingredients and for the way they should be combined before use, so we tried to follow that as closely as possible,” said microbiologist Freya Harrison, who led the work in the lab at the School of Life Sciences.

    Meticulous attention was given to finding as close to the original ingredients as possible. For instance the book called for the recipe to be left to stand for nine days before being strained through a cloth. Efforts also were made to replicate the exact wine referenced from a vineyard known to have existed in the ninth century, according to Steve Diggle, an associate professor of sociomicrobiology, who also worked on the project.

    The researchers then tested their recipe on cultures of MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a type of staph bacterium that does not respond to commonly used antibiotic treatments. The scientists weren’t holding out much hope that it would work — but they were astonished by the lab results. “What we found was very interesting — we found that Bald’s eyesalve is incredibly potent as an anti-Staphylococcal antibiotic in this context,” Harrison said. “We were going from a mature, established population of a few billion cells, all stuck together in this highly protected biofilm coat, to really just a few thousand cells left alive. This is a massive, massive killing ability.”

    The experiment was replicated three more times with the same results.

    Diggle said the team also asked collaborators in the U.S. to test the recipe using an “in vivo” wound model — meaning it’s in a live organism — “and basically the big surprise was that it seems to be more effective than conventional antibiotic treatment.”

    The salve also appears to retain its potency for a long time after being stored in bottles in a refrigerator.

    The team says it now has good, replicated data showing that the medicine kills up to 90% of MRSA bacteria in “in vivo” wound biopsies from mice.

    Researchers still do not completely understand how it works but they have some ideas. They postulate there might be several active components in the mixture that work to attack the bacterial cells on different fronts; or that by combining the ingredients and leaving them to steep in alcohol, a new, more potent bacteria-fighting molecule is created in the process.

    “I still can’t quite believe how well this 1,000-year-old antibiotic actually seems to be working,” Harrison said. “When we got the first results we were just utterly dumbfounded. We did not see this coming at all.”

    She added: “Obviously you can never say with utter certainty that because it works in the lab it’s going to work as an antibiotic, but the potential of this to take on to the next stage and say, ‘yeah, really does it work as an antibiotic’ is just beyond my wildest dreams, to be honest.”

    Lee, who translated the text from Old English, believes the discovery could change people’s views of the medieval period known as the “Dark Ages.”

    “The Middle Ages are often seen as the ‘Dark Ages’ — we use the term ‘medieval’ these days … as pejorative — and I just wanted to do something that explains to me how people in the Middle Ages looked at science,” she said.

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  18. Skagit Valley Tulip Festival – A Holy Shit Moment!

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    March 26, 2015 by John Crapper

    On Sunday, 3/21/15 my wife and I decided to travel about an hour and a half north of Seattle and visit the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Since it had been unseasonably warm all winter the daffodils and tulips were in bloom early and we wanted to take advantage of the sparse crowds and spectacular sights.

    We were not disappointed.

    First, before I show you the pictures let me give just a little background on the area and the festival. Skagit Valley is a special place that stretches from saltwater beaches on the Salish Sea to snow-capped Cascade peaks. The mild climate, ample rainfall and fertile soil combine to make agriculture the top industry here.

    Skagit Country is wold-famous for its tulips and tulip festival. For more than 30 years the festival, held the entire month of April, celebrates the flowering jewels. Each year it attracts between 300,000 to 400,000 visitors from around the world. Most of the tulips are grown by two companies: the Roozens of RoozenGaarde and the DeGoedes of Tulip Town. We chose to visit the fields of RoozenGaarde.

    As nature dictates the daffodils kick off the show! We noticed some fields had gone past their prime bloom time but others were still spectacular!

    They call me endless yellow. Quite rightly!

    People (illegally) frolicking in the field!

    Right there with them to celebrate the beginning of spring are the hyacinths.

    But the main attraction, of course are the tulips. Endless fields of nature’s splendor on display!

    And then there are the sculpted gardens beds where varieties are mixed and matched.

    Let me throw in a few close ups of my favorites.

    And, of course, there are plenty of other sights to take in. Here is just one that caught our eye.

    It was a wonderful day!

    P.S. For some reason some of my best photos would not upload. I think it was the setting I used on my camera but it said there were errors. Just one more reason you should plan to visit the Skagit Valley Tulip festival in person some day soon!

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  19. Memory Cocktails! Seahawks and Seattle Kos! – Go Teams!

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    January 21, 2015 by John Crapper

    Sunday 1/18/15 Seahawks win over the Green Bay Packers in overtime in one of the greatest comebacks in NFL history to win the NFC Championship and win the right to go to the Super Bowl! A “memory cocktail”.
    Saturday 1/17/15 S&PS Kos meet up with Navajo, Meteor Blades, Joan McCarter and Monique Teal. Another “memory cocktail”!

    Yesterday, football fans in Seattle, Washington, the nation and the world witnessed one of the most momentous, if not the greatest, NFL playoff comebacks in the history of the game. The Green Bay Packers and their fans were stunned while the Seahawk team and fans erupted in jubilation showered in the sweet joy of victory. Fans flooded the streets, waving their Seahawk’s flags as motorists honked their horns passing by them. New rounds of drinks were bought and toasts were made in countless sports bars around our great city and beyond in tribute to the determined and successful effort the Seahawks mounted. It was a super game sending the Seahawks, once again to the Super Bowl.

    Twenty four hours earlier, inside the Pyramid, the most famous sports bar in all of Seattle, in a room with windows looking out at that stadium where that game took place, another kind of super event occurred. The 2015 kick off meet-up of the Connect! Unite! Act! group Seattle and Puget Sound Kos.

    Football aficionados know the importance of planning and training the game of football entails. They know the importance of developing the appropriate strategy to win against their opponent.

    But most of all they realize, first and foremost, that it is a team sport. Every single player on the field plays a vital role in the success of the team. Everyone on the field of play must do their job to the best of their ability and with the greatest energy they can muster for the team to achieve success.

    In the same vein, this last Saturday, Seattle and Puget Sound Kos was reminded of the importance of planning and training. We were reminded of the importance of developing the appropriate strategy to win against our opponent. But most of all we were reminded of the importance of teamwork, and that every single player on the team performs a vital role in our group’s success. Everyone needs to perform their role to the best of their ability and with the greatest energy they can muster.

    My wife, Kathy, has coined a wonderful expression that captures moments such as these. She calls them “memory cocktails”. She believes, as I do, that for a life to be lived to its most fulfilling maximum, a person should strive to create as many “memory cocktails” as possible. For me, this last Saturday’s meetup ranks as a “memory cocktail” of the highest order. I hope for all those who were in attendance you felt the same.

    Our special Kossack guests:

    Joan McCarter – Senior Policy Editor

    Meteor Blades – Senior Political Writer

    Navajo: Director of Community Building

    Monique Teal – Member of Daily Kos’ Activism Team

    ActOnClimateNow, Bleeding Blue, CaptainSnagger, Charles Curtis Stanley, Creosote, doingbusinessas, Eagle Keeper Grey Fedora, jessical,jgoodfri, John Crapper, Kitsap River, LarisaW, mlharges, momomia, N in Seattle, noemie maxwell, Piren, ratcityreprobrate, RonK, seaboss84, smrichmond, Tbone Apollo, James Wells, Suzanne (friend of Capt. Snagger), Colleen (friend of momomia), Kathy (JC’s SO) and Andrew V. (founder and Executive Director of Northwest Progressive Institute).

    We were unable to get a group photo as our numbers were too large. I hope I’ve got all who where there listed. If not please let me know.

    People started arriving as early as 12:15 PM. For the first 30 minutes, as the crowd grew, people mingled, said hi to old friends while sipping on the favorite drink and had a chance to meet our guests.

    At around 1:00 we all sat down to eat lunch. The room was buzzing with conversation as people awaited the arrival of their food. As usually happens as the food was served the noise level died down as each concentrated on devouring their food. I heard many comments on the food’s delicousness and portion size. The Pyramid and now familiar server Amanda, as usual, did a fantastic job making us all feel special.

    A little before 2:00 I stepped up to the mic to say a few words.

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    First, I had to address why our group’s founder, Eagle of Freedom wasn’t present. Three days prior I had received a message from him informing me that his company had rescheduled his business trip to Seattle to a later date but that it was all good as he had also been promoted. He asked me to say hi to everybody. He wanted everyone to know how disappointed he was he couldn’t be with us.

    Next, I acknowledged the existence of the previous Seattle Kos group and asked those in the crowd who had been part of it to stand.

    Then I just had to say a few words about each of our esteemed guests as introduction just to remind all what we were about to experience and enjoy in the next hour. Then I shut up and handed the mic over to our first speaker.

    Navajo was first to address our group. As the Director of Community Building she heads up Daily Kos’s efforts to establish Kossack groups in every Congressional District throughout the country. She outlined new tools being developed for groups will be able to use enabling them to target market and advertise their events to the readers of Daily Kos.

    She stressed the need to have at least three administrators in every group. She emphasized the importance of members’ participation both in the group itself and in their communities. She encouraged all to take the time to talk about the benefits of Daily Kos to their friends and invite and encourage them to join. Although we did not have to take an oath she did deputize us all to perform these tasks.

    Navajo has been and continues to be a tremendous source of support and help to me personally in as the coordinator of Seattle and Puget Sound Kos.

    Next to come to the mic was Monique Teal. As a longtime activist and now part of the activism team at Daily Kos she spoke about the critical importance of community organizing. She highlighted in particular her past extensive work with Democracy for America and shared with us some of her past agonies of defeat and joys of victory. She offered to share her advice and wealth of experience with us at any time and to help us in any way she could going forward.

    As Monique took her seat and Meteor Blades stood up and came towards the mic, I could feel the pace of my heartbeat quicken. Being an environmental blogger, to be witnessing the man who, in my opinion, is the most knowledgeable and prolific environmental blogger on the site getting ready to speak to us was thrilling. I remember thinking to myself, “in just moments the man most responsible for increasing the visibility and readership of environmental posts at Daily Kos was getting ready to address our group.” In the first-hand knowledge of the tremendous amount of work I know he’s been doing in the environmental area alone, coupled with an even greater amount he’s been doing in mulitiple other areas I was awestruck as he approached.

    Meteor Blades (U.I.D. 6) did not disappoint. In his unassuming, guy you’ve just met but you feel like you’ve known all your life sitting on the barstool next to you style, he proceeded to share some of his life’s experiences and offer some sage advice. He briefly mentioned going to prison for refusing go go to Vietnam receiving applause from the crowd. He spoke of some of the major environmental stories he was responsible for breaking while working at the Los Angeles Times. He mentioned his involvement in the anti-apartheid movement. But mostly he focused on his successes in organizing and conducting get out the vote efforts over the years.

    He emphasized the importance and effectiveness of old fashion, tried-and-true, neighbors talking to neighbors, boots on the ground work. He advised us all to identify and familiarize ourselves with the issues important to our neighbors, identify the candidates campaigning for the proper resolution of those issues and knock on our neighbors’ doors and talk to them about it.

    In his concluding remarks he looked at all of us and stated, “we will never outspend the Koch brothers but we can certainly out organize them.

    Then it was Joan McCarter’s turn. Standing before our group was the Senior Policy Editor and one of four Senior Political Writers at Kos with close to 9,000 diaries posted under her name. Her mission has been to give us the news while sharing her editorial take on things. She’s been doing it since 2006.

    Grabbing the mic and addressing us in her warm and friendly manner she immediately began speaking about the tremendous power and influence the Daily Kos community has both at the local and national level. She flatly stated that Daily Kos is now the most effective and powerful political site in the country. As proof of this fact she cited the recent example of Net Neutrality and the successful campaign that has been recently waged submitting comments and how it has turned the tide. Then she informed us that Daily Kos has been responsible for 60% of the total.

    She thanked all of us for being part of the Kos community as she attributed it to being responsible for creating and giving her the opportunity to do her the job of her dreams.

    But, her concluding comment reminding us that although the online work being done by the Kos Community was resulting in many successes nothing could serve as a substitute for old-fashioned get out the vote door-to-door efforts.

    Immediately following was about 30 minutes for an “ask us anything” session and as usual there was no shortage of good questions. The time, as always, went much too fast.

    As the meeting came to close and I was bouncing around on cloud nine trying to say goodbye to all and thanking them for coming, I was heartened by the numerous comments I received offering help and support going forward. I want each of you to know it means the world to me because as Navajo said more than once “I need help.” Actually, now that I think about it, that can be taken two ways and with both ways being equally valid.

    What a wonderful couple of memory cocktails I now have filed away in my memory bank! A wonderful meet-up and a wonderful Seahawks win!

    After the Seahawks’ game this last Sunday, I stuck around to see Russel Wilson being interviewed afterwards. He was in tears of emotional joy thanking his god and everybody else he could think of for the team’s success.

    I didn’t have a TV camera in front of my face after our event but I have to admit after I was home alone with my wife for the first time, I had tears of joy running down my cheeks too, giving thanks to my god and everybody else I could think of for our success! With your continued support and help I will strive to bring our group many more “memory cocktails” throughout 2015!

    Now let me say it again – THANKS TO ALL! And I want to give a special thanks to my wife, Kathy, for her limitless help and support and for being there by my side to share so many wonderful “memory cocktails” together as we travel through life! It has been and continues to be one hell of a journey!

    Seattle & Puget Sound Kos is the hub of a wheel with spokes emanating from that hub. A place where people can share their reasons for being part of Daily KOS. A place where people can inform others of their activist efforts so like-minded individuals can connect. A place where we can invite others to join our community. A place to make new members feel welcome and connected. And a forum giving us the opportunity to hear from our local leaders and us a chance to share our ideas with them. And a place to gather and have a good time.

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  20. Remembering a Holy Shit Moment!

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    January 15, 2015 by John Crapper

    My apologies: This post was supposed to have been published on 12/30/14 but due to circumstances beyone my control it was delayed.

    With the holidays behind us it is important to reflect on those amoung us that justify their hatred in the name of religion. I’ve had the following post written for quite some time. Now it’s appropriate to publish I think.

    Being members of the Church of the Holy Shitters we are naturally cognizant, curious and concerned about the use of the term holy shit.

    Some common definitions of the expression “holy shit” can be summarized as follows:

    1. The excrement of a deity or other religious figure (God’s poop): i.e. If God ever took a dump I guess it would be holy shit.

    2. Feces that are considered to be either worthy of reverence, associated with divine powers, or spiritually clean: i.e. After an incident involving a misguided but well intentioned church cleaning lady, only the church’s highest Priest is now allowed access to the sacred pile of holy shit.

    3. An expression yelled at something bad and/or surprising: i.e. “Holy shit! Those drugs came out of nowhere, officer. You know more about them than me.”

    4. An exclamation, usually one of amazement: i.e. Holy shit! Look at that!

    5. The last words said before death: i.e. Look out for that car! HOLY SHIT!

    The definition of “Holy Shit” in the Church of the Holy Shitters: Holy Shit is the substance held in reverence above all other substances found on Earth. Holy Shit and the contemplation and understanding of it guides us on our Shitty Path through life.

    When the expression is used sometimes it involves more than one of the definitions listed above. The following holy shit moment is just such an instance as it involves elements of both definition #3 and #4. It is a real double-wammy holy shit moment.

    As followers of the Church of the Holy Shitters we try to concern ourselves exclusively with matters of the natural world and refrain from delving into issues involving faith-based religious belief but their are occasions when we just have to say something. The only thing I can say as Poop John of the Church of the Holy Shitters is HOLY SHIT!

    In May of 2012, Charles Worley,the pastor at Road Baptist Church just outside Maiden, North Carolina called for gays and lesbians to be rounded up and put behind an electrified fence so that they would eventually die off. If you haven’t had the occasion to say holy shit lately here is your chance.

     

     

     

    To think there are actually people in this world who look to this man as somehow conveying the word of God and look to him for guidance on their way to eternal salvation is beyond my abilities to comprehend.

    But, on the other hand, when you see one of his flock defending their good pastor you are forced to realize they exist.

    Did you see the rolling of the eyes while she was listening to the question posed by Anderson Cooper? She actually thinks she’s smarter than him! She’s convinced she has the way, that she has found the path to salvation. She actually believes she is superior. Once again all I can say is: Holy Shit!

    The Church of the Holy Shitters will post articles on our holy S.H.I.T. day ( So Happy It’s Thursday)

    During 2014 posts appeared on a regular basis almost every Thursday. In 2015 posts will appear regularly but not every Thursday due to my recently being designated the Daily Kos Washington State Community Builder.

    Hoping to add some humor, provoke thought, spark debate, deepen understanding, and shed some light on the fecal side.

    Remember: “If we really want to straighten out all this crap we really need to think about shit.” ( Shitbit by Poop John the First of the Church of the Holy Shitters)

    Church of the Holy Shitters

    A secular environmental religion, scientifically based, with a focus on the psychology of it all. Our ego is the culprit when it comes to dealing with climate change. We cannot save the planet. We can only save ourselves. Our current egotistical self-perception makes that prospect a dubious one at best. Meekness, humility and a realization that our shit does stink, guides us on our path to true sustainable living and climate equilibrium.

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