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This Is Not Normal,This Is Not OK! :Day 35

Trump Still President:

Trump has removed Obama era protections for Trans people.  This will lead to people’s deaths…and Trump couldn’t care less.  I smell Mike Pense all over this entirely disgraceful move.

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Trump is living like a king on the peoples dollar.  He needs to go live in the mansion we built and maintain for him, and stop having his kids run all over the god damn world making money for him.

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America will have the lowest life expectancy of any industrialized nation by 2030.  

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Many states are trying to make it illegal to protest, Arizona wants to pass a law that will make it legal to steal assets from protesters, if the police even think the protest might turn violent…what the fuck?!

Claiming people are being paid to riot, Republican state senators voted Wednesday to give police new power to arrest anyone who is involved in a peaceful demonstration that may turn bad — even before anything actually happened.

This includes people who plan them.   I thought right wingers were all about freedom?  They seem to care an awful lot about the second amendment, but what about the first?

So if there are a bunch of pro-gun activists marching to save gun rights, and one left winger in a mask throws a stone at the cops, the police can arrest everyone in the march, and all the people who planned it, and take their money?  This is madness.

If you live in Arizona, its time to call your elected officials and raise hell.  This is despotic, and it doesn’t matter if you are on the left or the right, this is a police state.

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Trump is ruining the economy, because people from the entire rest of the world are afraid to come here.  Afraid to spend money here, or are refusing to do so out of protest to his stupid ideas.  If you work in a hotel, theme park, or other tourist location, call your senator and tell them Trump is going to cost you a job.

Meanwhile Trump is on pace to waste half a billion in our tax money on vacation.

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American’s are very not happy with Trump:

Opinions on most of Trump’s personal qualities also are negative, as American voters say:

55 – 40 percent that he is not honest;
55 – 42 percent that he does not have good leadership skills;
53 – 44 percent that he does not care about average Americans;
63 – 33 percent that he is not level-headed;
64 – 32 percent that he is a strong person;
58 – 38 percent that he is intelligent;
60 – 37 percent that he does not share their values

Do note however that a majority of people think he is smart, and strong.  They just don’t like what he is fighting for.  Take this as a message weak willed Corporate Dem’s, if you fight for something and you stand up for something (other than big business) people will respect your strength and your intelligence.  Stop bending over backwards and fight!

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Big business monopolies are destroying america’s economy.

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The house republicans don’t understand their job.  They think the voters are trying to “bully” them (god what fragile little snowflakes), and refuse to look into Trumps abuse of power.

“They’re welcome to come yell and scream,” Chaffetz said on the Kilmeade and Friends radio program. “I thought it was intended to bully and intimidate. But, the last four elections in Utah in a row I’ve won the widest margin of anybody playing at this level.”

If you live in Utah…is this the asshole you want representing you?  He doesn’t care a single bit about you.  His district is crazy gerrymandered, so you are going to have to work hard to get rid of him, but it can be done.

Instead they are investigating the National Parks Twitter feed….Time to vote them all out of a job.  They work for us, and when your employees show up late, miss a bunch of days of work, have bad attitudes towards the customers, and fail to do their job you FIRE THEM.

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Oh Jesus…Trump’s cheeto ego is so fragile, that his campaign had to plant fake stories in the crazy right wing media he watches to sooth him.  This man is full tilt banana boats.  Impeachment Today.

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Recently confirmed shit stain Scott Pruitt seems to be fully bought and paid for by big fossil fuel.

We need to get him removed before he destroys the EPA.

 

The Resistance!

Saturday feb 25th!  Start your own rally to save The Affordable Care Act!

Science March! April 22nd!

Women’s General Strike March 8th! (international Women’s day)

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3000 scientists are running for office to counter Trump’s anti-science bias.  For too long scientists have been reluctant to get into politics, and look what happened.  It’s time we build a science based policy.  You should run for office too!

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Fuck you Tom Cotton! This is what democracy looks like. Continue to show up at these villains town halls, its working!

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If they wont show up to town halls, go to their office.  Marko Rubio is a coward, and a wholly owned subsidiary of big money.

We will not stop informing our elected officials what we think just because they lack the courage to stand up in front of the people they represent.  Also look at these scared little babies, we got them on the run!  Keep it up!

 

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I find all religion to be kind of silly, but we can’t let those in power use our differences to divide us.  This is a heartwarming.  We all have more in common than we have different.  Crazy men like Trump would rather have us at each others throats so that we wont see all -the evil shit he is up to.  Resist division, resist Trump.

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Susan Collins a republican Senator from Maine says she might be open to helping get Trumps Tax returns released…time to get on the phone and encourage her to do just that.  Her number is 202-224-2523

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This is important, be sure to keep informed about who is running the “resistance” party (it isn’t one yet, but it could be).

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Bernie is still out there fighting for us, Sanders 2020.  Support him by supporting candidates like him.  He is the real working class hero we need.

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Tools of change:

Feel like this is all a bunch of bullshit?  Want to do something about it?

Calling your government representative:

Call your Senator
Call your House Rep (Or use this spreadsheet)
Call your Governor
Or try this website
Fax Congress here (free!)

You can also use 5Calls.org if you are having a hard time figuring out what to say.

Tell them in no uncertain terms that you want them to fight to stop Trump from doing these things. Tell them you will be watching them closely on how they vote, and will hold them accountable during the next election if they cave to Trump.  You can also call other states congress people and threaten to donate to their opponent if they don’t do what you want.

Call the “White House”:

Use this  website to call one of Trump’s many properties he has not put into a blind trust yet, and let them know how you feel (be polite, they are workers just like us, but be firm).

Go to a town hall and talk to your congress person in person:

Check when the next town hall is here

Monitor your congressperson:

Keep track of how your senator is voting on cabinet picks here, so you can call them up and give them hell if they vote for any of these worthless fuckers.

See how your elected representatives are voting for or against Trump.

Also be sure to keep track if you live in a district with an upcoming flip-able seat (flip to the left that is)

General Guides:

Guidelines by former Congress staffers on how to get Congress to listen. https://www.indivisibleguide.com/

Run For Office!:

Want to run for office in your area to fight back, check this out for positions that are open in your area, how to register, and what you need to do to win office!

Remove the Corporate Democrats!:

Join the fight to clean out the democratic party:  Justice Democrats!

This Is Not Normal,This Is Not OK! :Day 31

Sunday, rest, recuperate, resist!

Things Trump Ruined Today:

Trump is such an ego maniac, and ironically is also so fragile, that he is having a re-election rally only a month into office…  This is very strange.  It seems he only likes the parts of the job where people cheer for him, and not the parts of the job where he has to, you know, work.  He just couldn’t help himself, he still had to lie at the rally.   If he doesn’t want the job, lets impeach him and he can be very popular in prison.

This is terrifying,  for a lot of reasons.  He is clearly not up to the job, he has already re-started his election campaign, so I bet he starts taking donations for that soon.  This is a corruption sandwich.  Please call your house rep and urge them to impeach Trump.

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Trump is doing alright by rich people though…Giving them lots of tax breaks while the rest of us suffer.

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Trump has begun expanding the categories of immigrants he will kick out of the country…

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

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The super rich always get around to thinking they know better than everyone else…their mega wealth is never as impressive as they make it seem, they get lucky, they have good things happen to them, and they think they are somehow better than everyone else.  Facebook CEO and massive data miner Mark Zuckerberg thinks he is going to be the next president…he even released a manifesto.  Its kind of a mess.

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The Trump family is costing US Tax payers in a month what Obama’s did in a year.  Remember when trump used to complain about how many vacations Obama was taking, and how much he used airforce one…

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Trump is waging a war on truth, not on the media.  Bernie gets it.

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The earth continues to warm, Trump continues to ignore climate change.  This will kill you, your children, or their children.  Its just a matter of time before someone you know dies in a storm, a flood, a heat wave, catches a tropical illness, or some other climate disaster.  And if you are very lucky, then only the poor and down trodden of the earth will be killed, and your family will be spared…does that comfort you?  Demand action to stop climate change now!

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Could Trump accidentally stop one of the worst parts of the “war on drugs”?  I doubt it, but maybe we will get lucky.  More likely this will lead to something even worse, Trump has a track record of fucking things up.

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The Resistance!

 

Saturday feb 25th!  Start your own rally to save The Affordable Care Act!

Science March! April 22nd!

Women’s General Strike March 8th! (international Women’s day)

Trump Impeachment Rally In Atlanta On Monday!

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People are waking up, now we have to get them moving.  March in the streets, vote, call your congress person, resist!

Want to know just how awake people are…CNN is going to hold a debate for DNC chair…its a whole new political landscape out there.

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Extreme inequality causes economic collapse.  Making the poor richer is actually good for the economy.  Call your congress person and demand a $15 federal minimum wage.

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Bernie and Elizabeth can not be the only ones fighting back.  Call your senator and demand they fight trump.  Tell them to continue to oppose all of his cabinet picks.  We must be ready to turn this crisis into revolution!

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We must stop the corporate democrats.  If you live in Baltimore, you have to vote these assholes out.

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Tools of change:

Feel like this is all a bunch of bullshit?  Want to do something about it?

Calling your government representative:

Call your Senator
Call your House Rep (Or use this spreadsheet)
Call your Governor
Or try this website
Fax Congress here (free!)

You can also use 5Calls.org if you are having a hard time figuring out what to say.

Tell them in no uncertain terms that you want them to fight to stop Trump from doing these things. Tell them you will be watching them closely on how they vote, and will hold them accountable during the next election if they cave to Trump.  You can also call other states congress people and threaten to donate to their opponent if they don’t do what you want.

Call the “White House”:

Use this  website to call one of Trump’s many properties he has not put into a blind trust yet, and let them know how you feel (be polite, they are workers just like us, but be firm).

Go to a town hall and talk to your congress person in person:

Check when the next town hall is here

Monitor your congressperson:

Keep track of how your senator is voting on cabinet picks here, so you can call them up and give them hell if they vote for any of these worthless fuckers.

Also be sure to keep track if you live in a district with an upcoming flip-able seat (flip to the left that is)

General Guides:

Guidelines by former Congress staffers on how to get Congress to listen. https://www.indivisibleguide.com/

Run For Office!:

Want to run for office in your area to fight back, check this out for positions that are open in your area, how to register, and what you need to do to win office!

Remove the Corporate Democrats!:

Join the fight to clean out the democratic party:  Justice Democrats!

Leading researchers in cyber-physical systems to showcase innovations at SmartAmerica Expo


Media Advisory 14-012
Leading researchers in cyber-physical systems to showcase innovations at SmartAmerica Expo

June 11 event at Washington Convention Center features keynotes and live demonstration of the ?nternet of Things’ in action

Smart America logo

On June 11th, 24 teams will come together to demonstrate the potential of cyber-physical systems.
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June 9, 2014

Just as the Internet transformed the way people interact with information, cyber-physical systems (CPS) are transforming the way people interact with engineered systems. Cyber-physical systems integrate sensing, computation, control and networking into physical objects and infrastructure. Already, CPS innovations are driving development in sectors such as agriculture, energy, transportation, building design and automation, healthcare and advanced manufacturing. New advances in CPS will enable capability, adaptability, scalability, resiliency, safety, security and usability that will far exceed the simple embedded systems of today.

In December 2013, the SmartAmerica Challenge was launched as a way to bring together leaders from industry, academia and the government in order to show how cyber-physical systems (also known as ‘the Internet of Things’) can create jobs, new business opportunities and greater capabilities for citizens. Since then, 24 teams from more than 100 participating organizations have joined forces to tackle some of the biggest societal challenges of our time–from emergency response systems to next-generation transportation systems to smart healthcare.

On June 11, 2014, the teams will come together at the Washington D.C. Convention Center to showcase their vision for a smarter America driven by advances in CPS.

See the demonstrations and hear from speakers from the White House, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Commerce and other government agencies, companies and universities from across the United States.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be ongoing demonstrations and speakers covering healthcare, smart energy, transportation and disaster response. These demonstrations will include robotics, autonomous vehicles, UAVs, search dogs, 3-D printing, security technology, healthcare systems and advanced vehicle communications.

Who:

Todd Park, U.S. Chief Technology Officer and Assistant to the President

Dan Tangherlini, Administrator, U.S. General Services Administration

Farnam Jahanian, Assistant Director for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, National Science Foundation

Chris Greer, Senior Executive for Cyber-Physical Systems, National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce

Richard McKinney, Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Transportation

Bryan Sivak, Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

What:

SmartAmerica Expo: A Showcase of CPS innovations from teams representing government, academia and industry.

When:

Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Media and the public are welcome throughout the Expo.

Where:

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt Vernon Pl., N.W., Washington, D.C., near the Mt. Vernon Square/7th St. Convention Center Metro stop on the Green and Yellow lines.

Why:

To hear how advances in cyber-physical systems are impacting sectors such as smart manufacturing, healthcare, smart energy, intelligent transportation and disaster response, and how these advances deliver socio-economic benefits to America.

To learn more, visit the SmartAmerica website.

To talk with exhibitors or speakers about their work, journalists are encouraged to contact NSF’s Aaron Dubrow who can help arrange onsite interviews: adubrow@nsf.gov, (703) 292-4489.

Throughout the event, we will tweet news and images from @NSF and @NSF_CISE. For additional up-to-the-minute information, follow the official event hashtag: #SmartAmerica.

-NSF-

Media Contacts
Aaron Dubrow, NSF, 703-292-4489, adubrow@nsf.gov

Related Websites
Smart America: http://smartamerica.org/
NSF Cyber-Physical Systems: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14542/nsf14542.htm

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2014, its budget is $7.2 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives about 50,000 competitive requests for funding, and makes about 11,500 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $593 million in professional and service contracts yearly.

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How much fertilizer is too much for Earth’s climate?


Discovery
How much fertilizer is too much for Earth’s climate?

Helping farmers around the globe combat greenhouse gas emissions and climate change

tractor in a corn field at the NSF Kellogg Biological Station LTER site.

Applying nitrogen fertilizer to corn at the NSF Kellogg Biological Station LTER site.
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June 9, 2014

The following is part fifteen in a series on the National Science Foundation’s Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network. Visit parts one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, and fourteen.

Helping farmers around the globe apply more precise amounts of fertilizer nitrogen can combat climate change.

That’s the conclusion of a study published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In the paper, researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) provide an improved prediction of nitrogen fertilizer’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural fields.

The study uses data from around the world to show that emissions of nitrous oxide (N2O), a greenhouse gas produced in soil following nitrogen addition, rise faster than previously expected when fertilizer rates exceed crop needs.

Nitrogen-based fertilizers spur greenhouse gas emissions by stimulating microbes in the soil to produce more nitrous oxide.

Nitrous oxide is the third most important greenhouse gas, behind carbon dioxide and methane.

Agriculture accounts for about 80 percent of human-caused nitrous oxide emissions worldwide, which have increased substantially in recent years due to increased nitrogen fertilizer use.

“Our motivation is to learn where to best target agricultural efforts to slow global warming,” says MSU scientist Phil Robertson. Robertson is also director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Kellogg Biological Station Long-term Ecological Research (LTER) site, one of 25 such NSF LTER sites around the globe and senior author of the paper.

“Agriculture accounts for 8 to 14 percent of all greenhouse gas production globally. We’re showing how farmers can help reduce this number by applying nitrogen fertilizer more precisely.”

The production of nitrous oxide can be greatly reduced if the amount of fertilizer needed by crops is exactly the amount that’s applied to farmers’ fields.

When plants’ nitrogen needs are matched with the nitrogen that’s supplied, fertilizer has substantially less effect on greenhouse gas emissions, Robertson says.

“These results vastly improve the ability of research to inform climate change, food security and the economic health of the world’s farmers,” says Saran Twombly, a program director in NSF’s Division of Environmental Biology, which funded the research through the LTER Program.

Lead author and MSU researcher Iurii Shcherbak notes that the research is especially applicable to fertilizer practices in under-fertilized areas such as sub-Saharan Africa.

“Because nitrous oxide emissions won’t be accelerated by fertilizers until crops’ nitrogen needs are met, more nitrogen fertilizer can be added to under-fertilized crops without much affecting emissions,” says Shcherbak.

Adding less nitrogen to over-fertilized crops elsewhere, however, would deliver major reductions to greenhouse gas emissions in those regions.

The study provides support for expanding the use of carbon credits to pay farmers for better fertilizer management and offers a framework for using this credit system around the world.

Carbon credits for fertilizer management are now available to U.S. corn farmers, says Robertson.

The research was also funded by MSU and by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center and the Electric Power Research Institute.

—  Cheryl Dybas, NSF (703) 292-7734 cdybas@nsf.gov
—  Layne Cameron, MSU (517) 353-8819 layne.cameron@cabs.msu.edu

Investigators
Douglas Landis
Thomas Schmidt
Katherine Gross
Stephen Hamilton
G. Philip Robertson

Related Institutions/Organizations
Michigan State University

Locations
Michigan

Related Programs
Long-Term Ecological Research

Related Awards
#1027253 The KBS LTER Project: Long-term Ecological Research in Row-crop Agriculture

Total Grants
$4,103,781

Related Websites
NSF Grant: The KBS LTER Project: Long-term Ecological Research in Row-crop Agriculture: http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1027253&HistoricalAwards=false
NSF Kellogg Biological Station Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Site: http://lter.kbs.msu.edu/
NSF Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network: http://www.lternet.edu
NSF News: Scientists Develop New Carbon Accounting Method to Reduce Farmers’ Use of Nitrogen Fertilizer: http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=123848
NSF News: Marginal Lands Are Prime Fuel Source for Alternative Energy: http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=126498
NSF Publication: Discoveries in Long-Term Ecological Research: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13083/nsf13083.pdf