Older blog entries for proclus (starting at number 2093)

Sign this to help save the #bees - #bee

Honey Bees are dying at an alarming rate, and this winter marked the worst losses by far. Last week, the European Union took a major step to protect our bee population – placing a two year ban on the pesticides thought to be responsible - but the U.S. is still finding excuses for inaction. Sign this petition urging the EPA to take action now:

http://act.credoaction.com/sign/eu_ban/?sp_ref=0000e0p9.4.75.e.0.2&referrer_akid=7850.2988458.wpROx2&source=e_sp

Syndicated 2013-05-08 19:43:00 (Updated 2013-05-08 19:43:41) from proclus

Save Our Wildlife From Border Walls

Our elected representatives are finally ready to tackle the thorny issue of immigration reform. But some members of Congress are using this opportunity to push the same destructive, unhelpful border-security policies that have already caused massive damage to the lands at our borders, along with their people and wildlife.

We need your help to make sure immigration reform helps, instead of hurts, the biodiversity of our borderlands.

Current immigration reform proposals call for billions of dollars to expand the ineffective, wasteful, incredibly destructive border wall. They want the Department of Homeland Security to waive environmental review for wall-building and border-enforcement activities, and they want to push their agenda through without public input.

This could wreak real havoc, hurting wildlife, causing major flooding and erosion, and doing massive damage to national parks and refuges.

Please take action now to send a clear message to your senators: "No Walls, No Waivers."

Take action here: http://action.biologicaldiversity.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY...

Syndicated 2013-05-08 19:30:00 (Updated 2013-05-08 19:30:16) from proclus

Stop the Sea Otter Slaughter

Alaska's famously charismatic sea otters are finally on a slow road to recovery. After they were almost wiped out by greedy hunters and trappers in the international fur trade, limits were placed on hunting -- allowing only Alaskan natives to hunt the otters, for their native handicrafts.

But the playful animals' recovery could quickly be derailed: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now trying to change the definition of handicrafts in a way that will likely lead to more sea otter killings.

Take action now to tell the Fish and Wildlife Service to stop its backdoor attempt at predator control -- it will hurt vulnerable sea otters.

Take action here: http://action.biologicaldiversity.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY...

Syndicated 2013-05-06 20:58:00 (Updated 2013-05-06 20:58:39) from proclus

GOA reported a possible executive order to waive #HIPAA rules to seize guns. - #nra #tgdn #gunrights #2a #tcot #rights #privacy #molonlabe

Proposed HIPAA modifications are a blunt tool, which will lead
inevitably to violations of medical privacy, and wrongful gun
confiscations. Psychiatrists will be forced to carpet bomb the gun
rights all their patients in order to avoid undue liability. It is
wrong to violate gun rights and patient privacy by these
extra-judicial means. Most mental patients are not dangerous to
anyone. These proposals will aggravate mental illness stigma, and
people will avoid treatment. Rightful gun owners will be forced to
appeal their gun rights to the very people who don't think anyone
should have guns. These proposals wrongfully burden the exercise of
gun rights, which cannot be violated w/o due process and reasonable
cause. Violating privacy rights will only create more feelings of
hostility in mental health patients. Medical privacy intrusions leave
people vulnerable to many kinds of attacks. If we weaken HIPAA for
gun control, then all of our rights are in danger. Patients will be
referred for psychiatric care for invalid reasons in order to seize
their guns.

#GOA: Obama Administration Trying to Grab Guns Through Executive Order
http://bit.ly/12LtIab #nra #2a #tgdn #tcot #rkba #molonlabe

Regards,
proclus
http://www.gnu-darwin.org/

Syndicated 2013-05-06 20:38:00 (Updated 2013-05-06 20:38:59) from proclus

Liberty Reservoir - #Baltimore #Maryland #biking #carfree

Here are some photos of Liberty Reservoir from the Liberty Road bridge. Woods, lake, river are all to be found here. There are some hills, and some would likely consider the bicycling to be a little advanced, so use care.

Use to Metro rail or 40 Quickbus to get you closer and maximize your time. There's a boat ramp and fishing, etc. It would be no surprise to find someone to rent you a boat. Swimming in season is sometimes found in the river areas to the south, although it is reportedly prohibited in the reservoir.

If you are looking for a little freedom outside the city, this is a great candidate. The west side of the lake is Carroll County, with Howard county in the Patapsco river valley to the south. Eldersberg has many amenities, and for the ambitious, you are almost half way to Frederick. I'm thinking of planning a trip from here to the Potomac river and its famous bike trail. ;-)