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The White Feminists Who Love Whitesplaining

[Content Note: Racism; whitesplaining.]Three days after Patricia Arquette's problematic Oscar commentary, white feminists are still whitesplaining at marginalized women who took issue with her comments. And, to a far lesser degree, other...Show More Summary

In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...[Check-In: Is everyone still enjoying/valuing the In the News feature? Let me know in comments if it's a feature you appreciate. To be abundantly clear: I'm not looking for reasons to not do it! Nor am I seeking praise for doing it. Show More Summary

Open Thread

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Quote of the Day

[Content Note: Racism.]"The fundamental challenge for my side is the seemingly inexorable change in the composition of presidential electorates. And there's no reason to believe that that's going to stop magically."—Republican pollster...Show More Summary

Net Neutrality Update

Kate Knibbs at Gizmodo: Things are looking good for net neutrality. On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission will vote on whether to treat the internet more like a public utility. This vote comes after a lengthy political battle over the best course of action, but it looks like that fight is winding down. Show More Summary

Question of the Day

Riffing on yesterday's QotD: What is your idea of the perfect burger? Toppings? Bun? The bun can make all the difference, right?!Naturally, any kind of burger (beef, turkey, veggie, black bean, etc.) counts, and "I don't like burgers of any description" is a perfectly cromulent answer.

Republicans Think People Aren't Entitled to Food

[Content Note: Racism; war; food insecurity; class warfare.] Former Republican Representative Ron Paul, who wanted to be your president and now wants his son to be your president, did an interview with libertarian blowhard Lew Rockwell...Show More Summary

Open Thread

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TV Corner: The Parks & Rec Finale

[Content Note: Bullying. Spoilers.] Last night was the series finale of Parks and Recreation, so here is a thread for discussion about the episode, the series as a whole, your feelings about the show, etc.The final season takes place...Show More Summary

"Religious Freedom" in Indiana

[Content Note: Christian Supremacy.]Yesterday, the Indiana State Senate passed a "religious freedom" bill, with all 40 Senate Republicans voting for it and all 10 Senate Democrats voting against it:The legislation is intended to protect...Show More Summary

Question of the Day

Suggested by Shaker SisterShimmy: "What do you like on your pizza? ('I don't like pizza' is a perfectly cromulent answer.)"I am pretty flexible on pizza toppings, although I'm not super keen on black olives or anchovies, because I find them too salty. Pretty much anything else, though. Including pineapple![Got a good suggestion for a Question of the Day? Let me know here!]

Referendum Politics: California’s Pioneering Plastic Bag Ban on Hold

California’s recently-legislated ban on disposable plastic bans–the first in the nation–will not take effect on July 1, 2015 as the new law mandates.  That’s because industry opponents of the legislation have  qualified for the November 2016 election a referendum measure that seeks to repeal the new law. Last fall I wrote on this site about […]

CIT Group, OneWest Bank say merger would be good for poor neighborhoods

The chief executives of New York commercial lender CIT Group and Pasadena's OneWest Bank promised Thursday that the planned OneWest buyout would be good for poor neighborhoods, while critics said the $3.4-billion combination would create a "too big to fail" institution with inadequate...

Let’s Strengthen California’s Climate Goals

A few days ago, I wrote a post taking issue with the idea that AB 32’s emissions limit expires in 2020.  Here’s a follow-up.  Even with AB 32’s influence beyond 2020, California is right to want to do more.  Through the leadership of Senators De Leon, Pavley, and others in the legislature, there’s a package […]

Cyberattacks pose growing threat to U.S., intelligence chief says

Despite the danger posed by Islamic State and other extremist groups, the nation's top intelligence official warned Thursday that sophisticated cyberattacks like the recent hack of Sony Pictures posed a greater threat to the United States.

Accelerating Cost-Effective Green Stormwater Infrastructure: Learning from Local Implementation

California decision makers focused on responding to the current drought might question whether stormwater deserves a slice of their attention right now. Although it might be tempting to relegate stormwater planning, management decisions,...Show More Summary

Prioritizing Livestock Emissions

Under AB 32, California’s climate change law, “greenhouse gas” is defined to include carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and some fluorinated gases. But the bulk of the state’s efforts to date have focused primarily on the first. CO2 is undeniably the primary offender: It accounts for about three quarters of annual global emissions, and is […]

Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart to star in 'Electra Woman and Dyna Girl' reboot

Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart, two of YouTube's biggest stars, will appear in a reboot of the 1970s TV show "Electra Woman and Dyna Girl."

The Climate-Nutrition Nexus

The  advisory panel on nutrition ruffled some congressional feathers by taking environmental impacts into account.  The panel’s report concludes that “a dietary pattern that is higher in plant-based foods, such as vegetables, fruits,...Show More Summary

5 Things To Remember When Buying Home Appliances

Shopping for home appliances? It's tempting to buy the first thing that fits your budget, but use these tips to save resources, money & stress long term The post 5 Things To Remember When Buying Home Appliances appeared first on Sustainablog.

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