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The photographs were taken three years apart: the green and hydrated version in 2011 and its parched sister in 2014. The lake has frequently been cited as a prime example of the drought's destruction...

The sky-is-falling headlines are no joke


A study recently published in the journal Science reported that the western United States has lost over 63 trillion gallons of water, or roughly four inches of water spread across the region. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, about half of California is mired in an "exceptional drought," and the rest of the state is almost as bad...

So what's being done? California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a $687 million relief package into law in March, which will provide money for "storm water recapturing, expanded use of recycled water, better management of groundwater storage and stronger water conservation measures," Reuters reported.

On  national level, there are currently two dueling bills, one from the Senate and another from the House of Representatives, to aid in drought relief. They're currently stalled...
I'm shocked. SHOCKED that our Congress has, yet again, stalled on another piece of legislation!

OK I lied. I'm not surprised because this shit's been going on for way too long. Seriously.

Talk about America’s decline is usually wrong. But how else would you describe a country that, in a world of exploding tensions, is unable to confirm dozens of ambassadors to foreign posts because of partisan squabbling?

Even by Washington standards, the Senate Republicans have hit a new low for hypocrisy. They denounce President Obama’s inaction on foreign policy — and simultaneously refuse to confirm his nominees for U.S. ambassadors to such hot spots as Turkey, on the front lines against the Islamic State, and Sierra Leone, epicenter of the Ebola outbreak.

Let’s say it plainly: This is how nations lose their power and influence, when they are unable to agree even on basic matters such as diplomatic representation. The decision-making system breaks down, and the public is too bored or disunited to take action. Sadly, that’s a snapshot of the United States in 2014.

The State Department said Tuesday that it has 65 nominees awaiting confirmation . A few of them are ill-prepared political appointees who bungled their confirmation hearings and, frankly, whose nominations should be withdrawn. But 40 are career diplomats with distinguished careers whose only misstep was to get caught in the Washington morass of partisan politics. The average wait time for nominees who managed to clear the Foreign Relations Committee is 237 days.

Here’s a map of America’s dysfunction: Eleven of our empty embassies are in Africa, where disease and terrorism are spreading, and countries are desperate for U.S. leadership. Nine are in Eastern Europe, where Russian President Vladimir Putin is on the march. Six are in East Asia, where China is flexing its muscles. Worried about the Middle East? Sorry, but we lack ambassadors to the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, in addition to Turkey.

The State Department’s Foreign Service doesn’t even have a director-general. Arnold Chacon, a distinguished career diplomat, has been waiting 326 days for confirmation. John Estrada, a decorated former sergeant major of the Marine Corps who was born in Trinidad and Tobago, has waited 394 days to be confirmed as ambassador there. The Senate hasn’t confirmed assistant secretaries of state to oversee the United Nations or arms control negotiations or global energy affairs.

Consider the case of Guatemala: Senators give windy speeches about stopping that country’s migration of undocumented children. Yet for 86 days, they have stalled the nomination for a new ambassador to Guatemala, who could deliver the message in person.

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In other news, racism is real. Jon Stewart explains.

Here is my collection of news featuring police brutality against blacks.

But why only blacks? Because of this bullshit:



I know the GoFundMe thing on the cop closed, but just having it out there is pretty freaking telling. Darren Wilson hasn’t been charged with a crime. He doesn’t have to hire a lawyer. He’s on paid leave, so he’s not losing wages. The money would not be covering his expenses, because he doesn’t have any additional expenses. This would have been a reward. He’d be getting a reward for murdering an unarmed black kid.

To clarify even further:

A COP CHOKES A WHITE BOY AFTER A ROWDY PARTY UNTIL HE PASSED OUT AND GETS FIRED ASAP.

A COP PUTS AN ASTHMATIC BLACK MAN IN A CHOKE HOLD UNTIL HE DIED AND WE’RE STILL WAITING FOR SOMETHING TO FUCKING HAPPEN.

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SRSmith Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014   Writer
Thanks for the :+fav: on 'I've been interviewed...', I hope you found the interview interesting!
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MalcolmShortt Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the :+fav:
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TheLadyMorgana Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hello.  :)  Your photographs are stunning!
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BlackBowfin Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hello there.  Thank you kindly for the fave.  Have a great Sunday. :)
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Thank you for the fave on the story.
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