Wednesday, December 20, 2017

BREAKING: Congress just voted to open drilling in the Arctic Refuge

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From: "Jamie Williams, The Wilderness Society" <>
Date: Dec 20, 2017 1:16 PM
Subject: BREAKING: Congress just voted to open drilling in the Arctic Refuge


Dear Reader,

It's unconscionable. After 4 decades of American support for keeping the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge protected from oil drilling, Congress has gone behind our backs to open the Arctic Refuge to drilling by voting for their wildly unpopular and secretive tax bill.

The bill contains a sneaky provision to allow oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, one of the wildest places left on earth, a haven for polar bears, caribou, musk oxen and thousands of migratory bird species.

America's irreplaceable wildlands have experienced a number of attacks in 2017, from Trump decimating Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments to Congress just now voting to open drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

We will not stand for this.

There are two things you can do RIGHT NOW to protect our wilderness and fight back against this harmful tax bill:

  1. Sign the pledge to keep fighting for the Arctic Refuge.
  2. Make a tax-deductible donation that will be matched by a generous donor THREE TIMES, up to $1,000,000.

The Wilderness Society will fight at every turn to protect the Arctic Refuge- in the courts, in Congress, and in corporate board rooms. But we need your help. Every dollar you contribute TODAY will go directly to our battle to save our wild places.

Your tax-deductible donation will fund the most important fight of our more-than 80-year existence. Every dollar helps protect our last remaining public lands from the Trump administration, anti-conservationists in Congress and their Big Oil cronies.

Please make a tax-deductible donation to The Wilderness Society right now. All donations today will be MATCHED 3X by a longtime friend of The Wilderness Society, who like you, won't give up in the fight for the preservation of the Arctic. There's no more important time than now.




Jamie Williams

President, The Wilderness Society

The Wilderness Society

1615 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20036  |  1-800-THE-WILD (1-800-843-9453) |



Wednesday, December 6, 2017

So.... @realDonaldTrump what you are actually saying.....

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Police look for 2 who vandalized Newport Cliff Walk

NEWPORT, R.I. —  Police are looking for two people who vandalized Newport's famous Cliff Walk with spray paint.

Newport Police posted a message on Facebook saying that two women had used spray paint on the walk on Saturday afternoon.

They posted photos of the two walking under the Cliff Walk, with one of them holding what appears to be a can of paint.

Police are asking anyone who can identify the suspects to get in touch.

The 3 ½-mile walk is designated as a national recreation trail and is one of Rhode Island's most popular tourist attractions. It runs between the Atlantic Ocean and many of Newport's most spectacular mansions, and draws hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Breaking: The Trump administration is recommending lifting the ban on toxic uranium mining near the Grand Canyon.

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Dear Adventurer,
Breaking: The Trump administration is recommending lifting the ban on toxic uranium mining near the Grand Canyon.
This ban would have protected the area for decades, but once again, Trump is putting billionaire Big Energy companies like the Koch Brothers first.
I wish I could say I was shocked. But we're past that. All we can do now is fight back with everything we have.
This is desperately urgent, Dave. We are working on the ground and in Congress to secure a permanent ban on dangerous uranium mining in this iconic area and we're not giving it up without a fight. And if it comes to it, WE WILL SEE THEM IN COURT. Please, make an emergency contribution right now.
Donate to save the Grand Canyon region from toxic uranium mining with your emergency monthly gift NOW -- before this spectacular area is decimated by crushers and dotted with slurry pits.
We have taken on Trump and his Big Energy backers before -- and we'll do it again. With your help, we'll mount an aggressive legal strategy, target key decision-makers and mobilize our 3 million supporters to save the Canyon and the Native Americans who have already suffered decades of environmental injustice. Please rush your gift now.
Thank you,
Michael Brune
Michael Brune
Executive Director
Sierra Club
P.S. -- If you've recently become a monthly donor, THANK YOU, we're still processing gifts.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

BREAKING: POTUS agrees to gut the protection of Bears Ears Nat’l monument #StandWithBearsEars

We must not destroy our natural lands, these landmarks are far more than magnificent splendors of nature. They are part of our survival. Our natural fauna helps to generate and clean the very air we breath everyday. We must all participate in protecting our future and our children's future. 

Corporate greed will destroy our way of life as we know it if we allow it. Protecting our parks reduces pollution and allows us a healthier air to breathe, free of inhalers, antibiotics and chemicals trying to mask illness and make corporations richer due to our dependence on there creations.  Cut the cord and get back to the basics!

The cycle of life is desperately compromised every time man encroaches on natural habitat.  

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Montezuma Castle National Monument And Montezumas Well Arizona #SeeAmerica #FindYourPark

Today we gaze through the windows of the past into one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. This 20 room high-rise apartment, nestled into a towering limestone cliff, tells a story of ingenuity, survival and ultimately, prosperity in an unforgiving desert landscape.

Montezuma Well (Yavapai: ʼHakthkyayva or Ahagaskiaywa), a detached unit of Montezuma Castle National Monument,[1] is a natural limestone sinkhole near the town of Rimrock, Arizona through which some 1,500,000 US gallons (5,700,000 L) of water emerge each day from an underground spring. It is located about 11 miles (18 km) northeast of Montezuma Castle.

The Well measures 386 feet (118 m) in diameter from rim to rim and contains a near-constant volume of spring water even in times of severe drought, amounting to approximately 15,000,000 US gallons (57,000,000 L). The water is highly carbonated and contains high levels of arsenic. At least five endemic species are found exclusively in Montezuma Well: a diatom, a springtail, a water scorpion, an amphipod, and a leech — the most endemic species in any spring in the southwestern United States.[2] It is also home to the Montezuma Well springsnail.

Montezuma Well's steady outflow has been used for irrigation since the 8th century. Part of a prehistoric canal is preserved near the park's picnic ground, and portions of the canal's original route are still in use today.

As with Montezuma Castle, the label "Montezuma" is a misnomer: the Aztec emperor Montezuma had no connection to the site or the early indigenous peoples that occupied the area.

Moose on the loose #OptOutside #Travel #Moose #Outdoors

Live Moose................ ..................Not, but looks close.

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Clark's Trading Post Lincoln New Hampshire (Bear Show) #getoutside #visitNH #outdoor #travel

Clark's Trading Post is home to Clark's trained Bears and the White Mountain Central Railroad. This is a multi-generational family business that is everything about New England. You are invited to watch the famous black bear show, ride a steam train, or be chased by the infamous Wolfman in the woods while on the steam train. There is now even a water slide.

Boston skyline from the Charles River #OptOutside #Travel

Day-trip to #Boston #Travel #OptOutside #SeeAmerica

Friday, October 20, 2017

Museum of Science, Boston - Moose

Live Moose................ ..................Not, but looks close.

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Rivercourt Condo building in Cambridge MA

Rivercourt Condo building in Cambridge has some architectural creativity.

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Puerto Rico Mail is still not flowing or caught up #PuertoRicoStrong

You know life is not back to normal in Puerto Rico when you send a USPS Priority package (2-3 day delivery) on the 11th and receive this update on the 17th, and NOTHING since. Now on the 20TH still no status or update on our package.

Postal Creed?  "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds" 

Charles River drawbridge traffic #Boston

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Boston Skyline view

Boston Skyline view from the food court of the Museum of Science in #Boston

© Copyright 2017 Dave Peatfield

The Esplanade #Boston

The Esplanade, Boston in the fall. Great walk in the middle of all the hustle and bustle of the city.

click on photo for larger view  © Dave Peatfield

Thursday, October 19, 2017

City squirrels have attitude #Boston 3

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City squirrels have attitude

Sights in the City #Boston 2 #TRex

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T-Rex at the Museum Of Science

Sights in the City #Boston 1

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Great view of the Museum Of Science from the Boston Common

Friday, September 29, 2017

Monday, September 25, 2017

Puerto Rico is destroyed. Please help. (video)

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From: "Adriana Gonzalez, Sierra Club Puerto Rico" <>
Date: Sep 25, 2017 7:16 PM
Subject: Puerto Rico is destroyed. Please help.

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Puerto Rico has suffered catastrophic destruction
Help Puerto Rico
You can help by making a donation to support relief and recovery efforts happening now.

100% of donations will go to community-led recovery efforts.

It's impossible to overstate the horror of what's happening in my home of Puerto Rico right now. The worst storm to hit our island in 80 years has utterly destroyed us.
After taking out our entire power grid, submerging entire neighborhoods in contaminated water and killing nearly a dozen people, Hurricane Maria has now threatened the Guajataca Dam with collapse, meanwhile untold numbers of people are still trapped in their homes and may be running out of food, water and medicine.
Our situation is desperate. The distribution of gas and fresh water is far too slow -- and isn't reaching the most impacted areas quickly enough. The island's infrastructure is in shambles. And without power or communications, we can't even assess the environmental fallout. We need your help, and we need it now.
The Sierra Club is working with community-based partners in emergency relief efforts,including our Puerto Rico Chapter. These groups are working to create resilient communities that will transform our island -- building community microgrids so people have cleaner power that won't take 6 months to bring back online, ensuring building codes are met so coastal homes are safer from flooding, and so much more.
We're so grateful for your support of our storm relief efforts thus far -- thank you -- but if you can contribute again to help our neighbors here in Puerto Rico, your generosity will literally help save lives.
Please, make an emergency gift to the Sierra Club's Maria relief efforts now. Remember, 100% of funds donated will go directly to community-led recovery efforts in areas affected by the worst storm to hit Puerto Rico in 80 years.
The mood across the island ranges from tense to near-hysteria. Curfews are in place to deter looters searching for food. Hospitals are at capacity -- and running low on generator fuel -- and 15,000 people remain in shelters. And communicating with aid workers is extremely difficult, as only one cell phone company has even limited service.
Puerto Rico was in environmental crisis before Maria hit. Wastewater stations are at the mercy of the island's decrepit electricity system. The 23 Superfund sites here include a U.S. military bomb-testing site on the island of Vieques -- which contaminated 75% of the small island and, some believe, has heightened cancer rates among its 9,000 inhabitants.
Most estimates give us at least 6 months without power, meaning the ecological crisis will soon become a public health one. And, as always, my low-income neighbors will bear the worst of the contamination, illness and environmental injustice. You can help: your $5 donation today will help us keep our promise that no person or community will be left behind.
Please, contribute what you can to support on-the-ground relief and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. 100% of your contribution will support locally-led efforts to help communities devastated by Maria.
I won't lie -- the situation here is as frightening as I could imagine. The empathy and generosity of Sierra Club members like you keeps me going; we have a long, difficult road ahead, but knowing you're with us gives us all hope.
We'll keep you updated as the situation here develops. In the meantime, thank you for your support.
Adriana Gonzalez, Environmental Justice Organizing Representative, Sierra Club Puerto Rico Chapter

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

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