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Steven Perez
Barry and Bunneh @ The Alamo http://instagram.com/p...
Barry and Bunneh @ The Alamo http://instagram.com/p/m88fmgKkGE/
You couldn't bring him the sun so he went to you. What a guy! - Spidra Webster
I promised Barry that I'd turn off the snow. :-) - Steven Perez from Android
Also, got to meet Wife and Waif. Tickled that they thought I wasn't real. :-D - Steven Perez from Android
#bunnehMoTO I swear there was a snow bank following him - MoTO Moca Blend from Android
So much awesome in one picture. - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Hey, you leave Vera alone. I raised her from a mere snowflake. :D - Steven Perez
i need to meet both you guys. :) - Big Joe Silence
Mega jealous! - Jenny H. from Android
*melts* - Heleninstitches
Too bad it was the briefest of meet ups. Unfortunately, no beers were killed. We will have to fix that next time. - MoTO Moca Blend from Android
Victor Ganata
Shit, there's skunk in my front yard between me and my front door with its tail up. I guess I should retreat, huh?
YES. - Steven Perez
Back away from the skunk! - Katy S
The first word says it all. - Eric - Watch Me Now
If you give it some space it might wander off on its own. - John (bird whisperer)
Paint a white line on the back of a black cat. Problem solved. - Johnny from iPhone
Crisis averted. I'm not entirely sure where it ran off to since the only real way out would have been past me, but I'm definitely not going to look for it. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Steven Perez
I'm at The Alamo (San Antonio, TX) w/ 6 others http://4sq.com/1jgjyI3
I'm at The Alamo (San Antonio, TX) w/ 6 others http://4sq.com/1jgjyI3
Whatever you do, don't pee on the Alamo. http://www.texasmonthly.com/daily-p... - Greg GuitarBuster
On Monday, a Texas man was sentenced to 18 months in state prison for pissing on the Alamo. - Greg GuitarBuster
I promise nothing. ;-) - Steven Perez from Android
edythe
How can I not be able to find my other shoe??
Is it on your head? - Todd Hoff
Look in the freezer. - Akiva
Do you have another pair where the other one is missing? - Uli
Burn the other shoe? Or other forms of destruction. Then you will never be able to find it. Or you could just stop looking, which is an imperfect solution, but would greatly reduce your chance of being able to find it. - Not Me
It is searching for lone sock. - Janet from FFHound!
Just wait for it to drop? - Steve and 4 other people from Android
Look under the bed again. - Steven Perez from Android
The cat ate it. - imabonehead
Melly
HAI ERRYBODY!
Hi, Dr. Nick! - LB: Ratchet Bear from Android
O HAI, MELLY! :-) - Steven Perez from Android
Steven Perez
If it was really a Good Friday, I'd still be in bed. Or, at least, having a nice breakfast. Oh, well. Kolaches at work will have to suffice. :) - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Good morning. - John (bird whisperer)
Good morning, John. :) - Steven Perez
But is is Friday Mr. B and hello to you. - VALZ SCARLETTS MAMA
Hey, Val. Yes, it is. :-) - Steven Perez from Android
Steven Perez
North Dakota Finds Itself Unprepared To Handle The Radioactive Burden Of Its Fracking Boom | ThinkProgress - http://thinkprogress.org/climate...
North Dakota Finds Itself Unprepared To Handle The Radioactive Burden Of Its Fracking Boom | ThinkProgress
"North Dakota recently discovered piles of garbage bags containing radioactive waste dumped by oil drillers in abandoned buildings. Now, the state is trying to catch up to an oil industry that produces an estimated 27 tons of radioactive debris from wells daily. Existing fines have apparently not been enough to deter contractors from dumping oil socks — coiled filters that strain wastewater and accumulate low levels of radiation. “Before the Bakken oil boom we didn’t have any of these materials being generated,” the state’s Director of Waste Management Scott Radig told the Wall Street Journal. “So it wasn’t really an issue.”" - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
North Dakota was a low tax/low service backwater whose main industry was SAC A-bomb delivery by bombers and missiles and of course wheat farmers... The Bakken Oil Boom has found the state and it's stolid libertarian leaning citizens totally unprepared. The State and local governments are overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of issues and by virtue of its low service tradition they have no... more... - WarLord
Steven Perez
The Harshest Abortion Ban In The Country Has Been Overturned | ThinkProgress - http://thinkprogress.org/health...
The Harshest Abortion Ban In The Country Has Been Overturned | ThinkProgress
"A federal judge permanently struck down North Dakota’s six-week abortion ban on Wednesday. The so-called “fetal heartbeat” measure, which used to represent the harshest ban in the nation, had already been temporarily blocked from taking effect while the legal challenge against it proceeded. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland ruled that the law is “invalid and unconstitutional” and “cannot withstand a constitutional challenge,” pointing out that Roe v. Wade guarantees the right to abortion up until the point of viability." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
America the voiceless: Voters can’t compete with big campaign cash | Al Jazeera America - http://america.aljazeera.com/article...
"It’s not just your imagination: The influence of money in politics has indeed drowned out the voices of American voters, a new analysis shows, with runaway corporate lobbying and a lack of campaign finance reform to blame for giving much more political weight to the wealthy. Researchers at Princeton University and Northwestern University compared the public’s influence on 1,779 policy issues between 1981 and 2002, finding that more often than not, the interests of wealthy groups and individuals won out over the demands of the general public. For instance, when 80 percent of the public asked for a change of some sort, they got their way only about 43 percent of the time. The study, its authors say, points to the overwhelming power of wealthy lobbying groups and individuals backing certain interests in American politics, and the marginalization of voters and public advocacy groups." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
California drought gives boost to anti-fracking movement | Al Jazeera America - http://america.aljazeera.com/article...
"California is known for the twin threat of natural disasters from drought and earthquakes, with both phenomena certain to give many residents serious concern. But there is one group that is starting to reap serendipitous marketing ammunition from the state’s current historic drought and the ever-present worry of ground-shaking tremors: the anti-fracking movement. “California faces two interlinked crises, a water crisis and a climate crisis, and fracking makes both of these problems worse,” said Kassie Siegel, senior counsel for the Center for Biological Diversity, a nonprofit conservation group." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
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Campaign fundraising is bribery | Al Jazeera America - http://america.aljazeera.com/opinion...
"The bribery allegations against California state Sen. Leland Yee expose the folly of the U.S. Supreme Court’s logic in its April 2 decision in McCutcheon v. FEC, which struck down restrictions on the amount of money individuals may donate to federal campaigns in an election cycle. The only legitimate reason to set limits on funding politicians’ campaigns, according to the court’s majority opinion, authored by Chief Justice John Roberts, is explicit trades of campaign dollars for action — quid pro quo corruption. The court pointedly dismissed “the possibility that an individual who spends large sums may garner ‘influence over or access to’ elected officials” as a reason to limit campaign donations." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
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om nom nom nom nom nom :) - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Mr. B loves his snacks. Hi there sweetie. - VALZ SCARLETTS MAMA
Good afternoon. - John (bird whisperer)
Hey, Val. :) - Steven Perez
Good afternoon, John. :) - Steven Perez
Shannon - GlassMistress
FB chat message "Hello pretty, I am Prince Alberto from Australia i am marine engineer i saw your profile now and decided to leave you a message,i have a friendly feelings which show sincerity,would love to know more about you,wait to hear from you soon thanks." RIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT
You better jump on that! - Yvonne from FFHound!
He wants to buy some of your artwork. No? - Joe - Systems Analyst
Definitely follow up. You could end up joining the Australian royal family! - Steel Penguin Slippy
I'd check with Melly. She might be able to vouch for the guy ;-) - Heleninstitches
Is Prince Alberto in a can? - Steven Perez from Android
Yeah ... I'll get right on that. - Shannon - GlassMistress
Australian royalty can't be beat - Steve C
And his Australian English is impeccable! - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Totally legit, this. - Uli
friendly feelings! - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
I need to take straighter photographs, man. Or get better at straightening them out in Lightroom. #devilinthedetails
No way, crooked, blurry photos are the new thing. - Steven Perez from Android
Teach doesn't like it unless it fits the overall composition. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
He's more a Law of Thirds guy but I'm more a Golden Ratio or pure symmetry girl. Trying out the his way though. :) - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
I like your way. :) - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
Rule of Thirds is probably the easiest to estimate, but the other styles might suit particular subjects better. - John (bird whisperer)
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Can I get one of those little tubes with the bubble inside that lets you know you're straight for my camera?
I can tape a mini-level to your camera. - Steven Perez from Android
I'm sure there's an accessory for that. Or you could get a small level and align it with whatever edge of the camera is the straightest (if the camera is on a tripod). I use a gridline display and try to align one of the gridlines with a straight line in the photo. - John (bird whisperer)
You could get a camera app with self-levelling crosshairs, and use it to train your eye, so to speak. Actually, you can probably get a small spirit level with some kind of audio signal to let you know it's sitting true, or an app on your android/idevice to do the same. - Steel Penguin Slippy
Yep there are lots of hot shoe devices just look up spirit level for camera or camera level on amazon. - Steve C
Steve, yup, that's exactly what I found on Amazon! Some of those are pretty cool actually. :) My tripod has levels built-in but I don't walk around/use it frequently. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
My Android phone has a level app. - Betsy
Yup, I've used the iPhone one. Works well. - Ken Morley
Um. Why not use the grid in camera? - Lnorigb from FFHound!
Because it's clearly not enough for me. Get it? Clearly? Because I use contacts to see as I'm nearsighted and light-sensitive. Contacts don't help with light sensitivity though. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Steven Perez
Prominent Republican: Women Need To Be Paid Less So They Can Find Husbands | ThinkProgress - http://thinkprogress.org/economy...
Prominent Republican: Women Need To Be Paid Less So They Can Find Husbands | ThinkProgress
"In an op-ed published by the Christian Post, Phyllis Schlafly — the founder of the Eagle Forum — maintained that increasing the pay gap will help women find suitable husbands: 'Another fact is the influence of hypergamy, which means that women typically choose a mate (husband or boyfriend) who earns more than she does. Men don’t have the same preference for a higher-earning mate. While women prefer to HAVE a higher-earning partner, men generally prefer to BE the higher-earning partner in a relationship. This simple but profound difference between the sexes has powerful consequences for the so-called pay gap. Suppose the pay gap between men and women were magically eliminated. If that happened, simple arithmetic suggests that half of women would be unable to find what they regard as a suitable mate. Obviously, I’m not saying women won’t date or marry a lower-earning men, only that they probably prefer not to. If a higher-earning man is not available, many women are more likely not to... more... - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
This literally made my head hurt - MoTO Moca Blend
Flabbergasted. - ronin
Tell that to my parents, Chris's parents, my aunt and uncle.... - Heather, 30k Camper
The world is filled with asshats. :^( - Friar Will
One the one hand they define marriage as between one man and one woman but then attach the caviet "As long as the bank balance is right" - Johnny from iPhone
If she is right, then the only logical solution is to not cut her pay, but allow her to have 2 husbands. ;-) - April Russo
the only logical solution for women payed more than men is to marry other women with a better income, oh NO WAIT - 無家可歸82 from FFHound(roid)!
I had a boss who was lovely, but she would insist that I must feel bad because Helen was earning more than me... I didn't, of course ;) - Pete
I feel really bad for women who make so much money the prospective husband pool is almost empty. - Eivind
^^Haha! That's EXACTLY the kind of woman I'm looking for, Eivind. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
My erstwhile spouse has a double Bachelor's degree, and a Master's Degree. She has been working for the same company for 16 years now. Her current income in 2014 dollars is one half of my income 16 years ago (in 1998 dollars.) I was in a riskier, more outwardly stressful career, but there's no way I was 2 or 3 times more valuable to my employer than she is to hers. The only upside is... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Reading this post is good for us Italians. It shows that we are not the only ones with nutcase politicians. - Alice Twain
Beyond words! - Son of Groucho
She kind of reminds me of Mary Poppins. Though I doubt she ever got as high as this dingbat - Mo Kargas
Mary Carmen
I am so disgusted with hypocrisy and laziness.
Word. - Tamara J. B.
Hey! Those are my two main features. - Steven Perez from Android
Me too. (Timed to be deliberately ambiguous) - Steel Penguin Slippy
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Reaching for the prize, as usual. :) - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
you can do it Mr.B!!! - VALZ SCARLETTS MAMA
Hey, Val. :-) - Steven Perez from Android
Good morning. - John (bird whisperer)
Good morning, John. :-) - Steven Perez from Android
Steven Perez
The skeptics are wrong — the gender pay gap is very very real - Vox - http://www.vox.com/2014...
The skeptics are wrong — the gender pay gap is very very real - Vox
"The commonly cited statistic that American women suffer from a 23 percent wage gap through which they make just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns is much too simplistic. On the other hand, the frequently heard conservative counterargument that we should subject this raw wage gap to a massive list of statistical controls until it nearly vanishes is an enormous oversimplification in the opposite direction. After all, for many purposes gender is itself a standard demographic control to add to studies — and when you control for gender the wage gap disappears entirely! Of course that's completely trivial. The question to ask about the various statistical controls that can be applied to shrink the gender gap is what are they actually telling us. The answer, I think, is that it's telling how the wage gap works." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
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A Brutal Allergy Season Is Ahead. Blame the Polar Vortex. | Mother Jones - http://www.motherjones.com/environ...
A Brutal Allergy Season Is Ahead. Blame the Polar Vortex. | Mother Jones
"One week ago, I purchased the first asthma inhaler I've owned since the 8th grade. I'd shown up at my doctor's office short of breath, and a lung function test promptly revealed that I was inhaling about one-fifth as much air as a healthy 24-year-old should be. "We're expecting a lot of cases like you," my doctor told me as he wrote my prescription. "It's going to be a hell of a pollen season." And for that, you can blame the polar vortex—the extreme cold system that repeatedly hovered over much of the United States this year—along with the rest of this winter's brutal weather. Those cold snaps helped spawn a spring allergy season so intense that it already has its own headline-ready nickname: the "pollen vortex."" - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Considering how bad the last two years have been, I think I want to move to Antarctica. - Heather, 30k Camper
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You Know What Doesn’t Work So Well? Private Prisons « Main Street - http://blog.workingamerica.org/2014...
"The myth put forth by private prison corporations like Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and the GEO Group that private prisons are cheaper than public prisons is shattered by a new report from In the Public Interest, thus undercutting the primary rationale for prison privatization efforts across the country. When pushing for contracts with the many states that use private prisons, these corporations claim they are the better option because they can run prisons more cheaply than the government can. But this report not only dispels that idea, it highlights some of the less-than-savory activities the corporations engage in because of the perverse incentives created by these contracts." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
"The report details several methods through which private prison companies mislead governments and the public about their supposed cost savings, particularly hiding costs of private prisons, inflating public prison costs, benefiting from mandated occupancy minimums and delaying cost increases until after contracts are signed." - Steven Perez
"Numerous studies have shown that private prisons are more expensive than their publicly run counterparts. The report details a series of meta-analyses of individual studies conducted on the comparative costs between public and private prisons, and all of them found that cost savings, at best, were minimal for private prisons—in many cases, private prisons were more expensive. One of... more... - Steven Perez
Steven Perez
It Took 50 Years, But The University Of Alabama Has Finally Embraced Integration | ThinkProgress - http://thinkprogress.org/home...
It Took 50 Years, But The University Of Alabama Has Finally Embraced Integration | ThinkProgress
"It’s official: the University of Alabama is on the record supporting racial integration – in the year 2014. Last week Alabama’s Student Senate passed a resolution supporting the complete integration of Greek life at the university. The renewed conversation about race at the historically troubled campus began after a black female student with a 4.3 GPA was denied by all 16 of the school’s sororities. An earlier resolution supporting racial integration had failed by a wide margin." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
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Triumph of the Drill: How Big Oil Clings to Billions in Government Giveaways | Mother Jones - http://www.motherjones.com/politic...
Triumph of the Drill: How Big Oil Clings to Billions in Government Giveaways | Mother Jones
"Over the past century, the federal government has pumped more than $470 billion into the oil and gas industry in the form of generous, never-expiring tax breaks. Once intended to jump-start struggling domestic drillers, these incentives have become a tidy bonus for some of the world's most profitable companies." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
The Lawyer Behind the Supreme Court's Latest Campaign Finance Decision Has a New Cause: Sarah Palin for Senate | Mother Jones - http://www.motherjones.com/mojo...
The Lawyer Behind the Supreme Court's Latest Campaign Finance Decision Has a New Cause: Sarah Palin for Senate | Mother Jones
"When the Supreme Court recently demolished yet another chunk of the nation's campaign finance laws, Dan Backer arguably cheered louder than anyone. It was Backer, a Washington, DC-area attorney active in conservative politics, who had convinced an Alabama businessman named Shaun McCutcheon to challenge the government's limit on the number of candidates, party committees, and political action committees an individual can contribute to in a single election cycle. (The basic limits on how much money that donor can give to each candidate, party, or PAC remain intact.) Backer, who represented McCutcheon, responded to the news of the Supreme Court's decision by tweeting (in apparent reference to William Wallace in Braveheart): "FREEEEDOMMMMM!!!!" Backer's victory is shining some light on another high-profile cause of his: Convincing Sarah Palin to run for US Senate." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
Governor Bans Minimum Wage Increases And Paid Sick Leave Laws | ThinkProgress - http://thinkprogress.org/economy...
Governor Bans Minimum Wage Increases And Paid Sick Leave Laws | ThinkProgress
"At a time when many states and cities are working passing minimum wage increases, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) has gone in the opposite direction and signed a law banning cities from passing higher wages. The bill also bans them from enacting paid sick days or vacation requirements. The law will stymie the efforts of activists in Oklahoma City, where a labor federation has led the push on a petition to raise the city’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. The state’s current minimum has been set at the federal level of $7.25. In 2012, 64,000 workers in the state earned $7.25 an hour or less, making up 7.2 percent of all hourly workers, a larger share than the 4.7 percent figure for the country as a whole." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
WATCH: Congressman Tells Black Constituent He's Not Sure The Civil Rights Act Is Constitutional | ThinkProgress - http://thinkprogress.org/justice...
WATCH: Congressman Tells Black Constituent He's Not Sure The Civil Rights Act Is Constitutional | ThinkProgress
"GAINESVILLE, Florida — Last week, former presidents and dignitaries celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, which bans many forms of employment discrimination and whites-only lunch counters, among other things. This week, a Republican congressman declared that he’s not sure if the Civil Rights Act is even constitutional. Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL), a freshman congressman aligned with the Tea Party, held a town hall Monday evening in Gainesville where he fielded a wide range of questions from constituents. One such voter was Melvin Flournoy, a 57-year-old African American from Gainesville, who asked Yoho whether he believes the Civil Rights Act is constitutional." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
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Florida House Passes Bill Making It Easier For People To Arm Themselves During A Natural Disaster | ThinkProgress - http://thinkprogress.org/justice...
Florida House Passes Bill Making It Easier For People To Arm Themselves During A Natural Disaster | ThinkProgress
"“The bells of liberty are surely ringing throughout Florida today.” said state Rep. Heather Dawes Fitzenhagen (R). The cause of Fitzenhagen’s delight is a bill that would allow people with no criminal record to carry a concealed weapon without a permit in crisis or evacuation scenarios. Her bill, which applies to natural disaster scenarios such as hurricanes or forest fires and emergencies declared by the governor or local authorities, passed the state House of Representatives by a 80-36 margin." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
"Other lawmakers are not quite so excited about this bill. Democratic Rep. Victor Torres, a retired New York City transit police officer, opposed the bill noting that guns in places like storm shelters could be dangerous and increase tension in an already stressful scenario — “[y]ou are talking about introducing concealed firearms into an environment that is already teeming with... more... - Steven Perez
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Pennsylvania Teen Convicted Of A Crime For Recording Bullies At School | ThinkProgress - http://thinkprogress.org/justice...
Pennsylvania Teen Convicted Of A Crime For Recording Bullies At School | ThinkProgress
"A 15-year old boy with ADHD, comprehension delay disorder, and an anxiety disorder recorded classmates bullying him in school. But instead of reprimanding the tormentors, school officials targeted the boy for wiretapping — and he was later convicted of disorderly conduct by a district judge." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
Congressman Denies Manmade Climate Change, Calls It 'An Agenda-Driven Science' | ThinkProgress - http://thinkprogress.org/climate...
Congressman Denies Manmade Climate Change, Calls It 'An Agenda-Driven Science' | ThinkProgress
"GAINESVILLE, Florida — Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) readily admits he’s “not smart enough” to determine the roots of climate change. He is, however, able to rule out one possible cause: humans. The freshman congressman’s remarks came in an interview with ThinkProgress Monday following a town hall meeting. Asked about the spate of extreme weather, including weeks of punishing drought, that has gripped parts of Florida in recent years, Yoho dismissed the idea that it could be a symptom of manmade climate change. “I think it’s a natural occurrence,” the Tea Party-aligned lawmaker said." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
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For Young Women, Sexual Violence Is The New Normal | ThinkProgress - http://thinkprogress.org/health...
For Young Women, Sexual Violence Is The New Normal | ThinkProgress
"Most young women assume that being harassed, assaulted, and abused is simply something that everyone experiences, according to the results from a forthcoming study that will be published in the next issue of the journal Gender & Society. The perception that gender-based violence is normal dissuades most victims from reporting those crimes. In order to arrive at those conclusions, sociologist Heather Hlavka analyzed interviews conducted with 100 young women between the ages of three and seventeen years old. The interview subjects had been identified as potential sexual assault victims through an advocacy group that works to combat child abuse. Hlavka discovered that most of those girls rationalized their everyday experiences of abuse and harassment, simply believing there was nothing unusual about being victimized." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
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