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  • zoeschlanger:

    The Earth is Moving, And It’s Our Fault

    Oklahoma has had more earthquakes this year than California. States are rumbling that barely did before. It’s becoming clear that humans are causing quakes through fracking-related injection wells, but plenty of people aren’t convinced.

    The Earth, and the science of how everything works, is so big. We are so minute,” one Oklahoma state representative tells me. “For us to think that we have so much to do with these things is almost ludicrous.

    And yet, injection-induced quakes are real. Why are we—at the level of our politics and at the level of our individual imaginations—unable to face this? 

    As one USGS scientist puts it, “We’re kind of doing an experiment that we’ve never done before.”

    (via journolist)

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  • Public Health Roundup: “Yes Means Yes”, Healthy PA, Pregnancy Discrimination and more …

    Take the time to read these pieces from RH Reality Check: 

    By Tara Murtha: Feds Approve Pennsylvania’s Medicaid ‘Expansion,’ But Concerns Remain

    "While pleased that they may no longer have to refer to Pennsylvania as ‘the island of the uninsured,’ advocates still have serious concerns with the Healthy PA plan."

    By Teddy Wilson: Illinois Governor Signs Law Combating Pregnancy Discrimination

    "During a press conference announcing the new law, Gov. Pat Quinn said that women should not have to choose between being a mother and having a job."

    By Nina Liss-Schultz: California Legislature Passes ‘Yes Means Yes’ Bill

    "The California legislature on Thursday passed a first-of-its-kind bill that would change the standards of sexual consent on college campus from “no means no” to the affirmative ‘yes means yes.’"

    By Teddy Wilson: In Arkansas, A Lose-Lose Proposition for the Pro-Choice Movement?

    The Arkansas gubernatorial race features one firmly anti-choice candidate, and one with a vacillating stance on abortion rights.”

  • amaditalks:

    madamethursday:

    [Image: Three gifs of a Black woman in a red top speaking very emotionally into a news microphone with lots of people listening in the background. The captions read: “You took my son away from me! You know how hard it was for me to get him to stay in school and graduate? You know how many black men graduate? Not many! Because you bring them down to this type of level where they feel like I don’t got nothing to live for! They gonna try to take me out anyway!”

    the-uncensored-she:

    nelaguilvr:

    iamchantaya:

    rhomeporium:

    A mother’s worst nightmare.

    She was preaching

    this gave me chills

    RIP Michael Brown
    Let’s don’t erase the identity of this grieving woman speaking truth to power. She’s Michael Brown’s mother and her name is
    Lesley McSpadden. From the earliest hours after her son’s murder she’s been demanding accountability and transparency from a public body that has refused both at every turn.
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