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Spring break isn’t exactly a celebration known for bringing the best out in people, but this is a new low for humanity.

A video (which I will not link to) showing a group of college bros, shared on the Total Frat Move Instagram account two days ago, forcing a beached shark to shotgun a beer has received more than 570,000 views and has sparked serious outrage.

As you can imagine, comments ranged from frustration at the mistreatment of an animal in trouble to one person remarking that “sharks r gay.”

This behavior is absolute rock bottom for humanity. You can argue that environmental destruction for the cause of furthering humanity is justified, but such disgusting disrespect for living creatures is a shame we all carry with us.

I expect so much more out of our dipshit college bros.


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For 25 years now, the Energy Star program has given homeowners an easy insight into energy efficient products, from computers to toasters to ovens. Many homeowners seek out the blue logo to help save big bucks on the energy cost of their appliances.

But Trump, who I guess loves the idea of you paying more for operating your appliances, is set to gut the program’s already fairly limited operational budget.

Donald Trump is obsessed with blowing up the size of the U.S. military’s budget another $54 billion, but has to justify paying for it somehow. The $57 million budget for Energy Star is a part of his absurd, terrifying military buildup.

In total, Energy Star has saved $430 billion and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by around 2.7 billion tons, according to estimates in 2015.

Energy Star gives consumers a chance to make an educated, environmentally friendlier choice. Donald Trump doesn’t give a shit about you or the environment. Period.


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Last week it was pretty widely reported that Gustavito, a beloved hippopotamus who lived at the National Zoo of El Salvador, had been beaten and stabbed to death by unknown assailants.

Prosecutors are now saying that it looks like Gustavito died of poor care after no signs of wounds were found on the hippo’s body during post-mortem exam.

Gustavito, who was 15, died last Sunday.

A more detailed exam indicated that the hippo died of a pulmonary haemorrhage. The hippo was likely unable to breathe because of blood in the lungs.

The zoo reported that Gustavito had been beaten brutally which naturally prompted international outrage. No attack was caught on any of the zoo’s cameras as there were none in Gustavito’s enclosure.

Officials aren’t completely ruling out that Gustavito was attacked, but at this time, it doesn’t look like that’s what happened.


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Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Monday that the Justice Department is pursuing “responsible policies” for the enforcement of federal laws in marijuana-legal states.

“Experts are telling me there’s more violence around marijuana than one would think,” Sessions said in a meeting with reporters. He added that his department was reviewing the Obama administration’s memos that gave flexibility to states that had legalized marijuana through popular votes.

Of course, Sessions didn’t say what exactly he was doing, emblematic of a White House big on ideas and short on plans. NORML’s Executive Director, Erik Altieri, had a lot to say about Sessions’ violence claims. In a statement, Altieri said:

“Sessions’ latest comments describe a reality that only exists in the world of alternative facts. Marijuana legalization has not lead to increased crime or violence, but rather is associated with lowered youth use rates and access, increased tax revenue, and fewer arrests of otherwise law abiding American citizens. The truth is that legalization is working as voters have intended and that the new US Attorney General’s opinions are reckless, irresponsible, and outright false.”

States have begun to brace for clashes with the federal government. Oregon Governor Kate Brown defended her state’s reputation.

The Oregon recreational marijuana industry is well regulated and focused on ensuring safety and education,” she said in a statement. “In my meetings with administration officials over this past weekend in Washington DC, I was told over and over again they want to give more flexibility to the states.”

“The recreational marijuana industry is a great opportunity to build a nascent industry that could create good-paying jobs across Oregon. We should be focused on growing our economy and Oregon is dependent on the flexibility to do so.”


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It wasn’t known until recently, but approximately every 300 years, the Cascadia subduction fault erupts, causing a terrifying approximately 9.0 earthquake.

On Wednesday, scientists put out an alert that, after a semi-annual “slow slip” event near Seattle, the chances of a devastating earthquake have increased somewhat.

A slow slip event usually happens about every 14 months in the Puget sound area. It’s effectively a slow earthquake that happens over about 2 weeks.

During a slow slip, the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate, which typically moves toward the east, stalls out and moves west, putting pressure on the already volatile Cascadia subduction zone.

“It’s loading up the edge of the lock zone of the Cascadia subduction zone more rapidly than normal tectonic processes would do,” said Bill Steele, director of communications at the PNSN.

“You’re getting seven months of strain accumulation applied to the back edge of the fault over a week.”

The last time the Cascadia subduction zone erupted in a quake was in the year 1700. There exists only oral legends of the event from indigenous people, as well as the story of a “phantom tsunami” in Japan.

So if you live in Northern California, Oregon, Washington, or British Columbia, you might want to be extra sure you have some water and canned food stored.


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El Salvador has become known for violence. It’s among the world’s most violent countries, with an average of 14 people murdered each day. Most of the killings are carried out by various street gangs.

This violence now extends beyond people with the brutal beating of Gustavito, a well known, beloved hippopotamus who lived at the nation’s only zoo.

Many Salvadorans took to social media to mourn the loss of Gustavito. Some went to the zoo to pay their respects and leave flowers. Gustavito’s section of the zoo is closed until further notice.

“Here we’re used to seeing the dead every day,” Martin Castillo, a street vendor said Monday. “They kill us like flies, but this tops it all. They killed an animal that only entertained us.”

The attack happened last Tuesday night. Zookeepers did not see the hippo’s injuries until Thursday. Gustavo died late Sunday night.

The country’s justice minister has opened an investigation.


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Even after a deal was brokered with the EPA to keep it running through 2044, the owners of the Navajo Generating Station, the 7th largest carbon polluter in the U.S., have decided to shut it down.

The station, which is located near Page, Arizona, pumps out 14 million metric tons of carbon dioxide each year, but that’s not the reason it’s being closed down. At the core of the issue is money: cheap natural gas has made it so the NGS is just not viable anymore.

Even though there are clear negative effects on the health of the Navajo who live near it, the Navajo and Hopi tribes are bothered by the loss of revenue from the plant’s closure. The tribes are hoping that President Trump, an advocate for coal, will step in and intervene.

But even if the president did want to help, it would only delay the inevitable. No amount of money or deregulation can save coal at this point. It’s dying at the hands of the free market, and that’s okay.

While the plant is closing down, the infrastructure exists in the reservation for new electrical generation plants. The area is prime real estate for solar and wind power in particular. My hope is that the NGS will be replaced by cleaner power generation.


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Last week, the Trump administration alarmed marijuana advocates when Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, declared that the Trump administration would likely pursue greater federal enforcement against states that have voted to legalize marijuana.

At another press conference, Spicer said that marijuana was to blame for the opiate epidemic, signaling that the White House is unwilling to listen to facts regarding the plant’s use.

But numerous times throughout the campaign, Donald Trump said he’d leave marijuana alone.

“I wouldn’t do that [using federal authority to shut down recreational marijuana], no … I wouldn’t do that … I think it’s up to the states, yeah. I’m a states person. I think it should be up to the states, absolutely,” Trump said in an interview with KUSA-TV, a station in Colorado.

In Nevada, another state which legalized marijuana in November, Trump had more to say on the issue.

This leads me to believe that in a pretty profound way, Trump is not in charge of his own White House. His cabinet, many of whom are viciously anti-marijuana, appear to be calling the shots now. Why else would he flip on an issue he had deep opinions about?


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Since assuming office, President Trump has had regulations in his crosshairs. Today, Trump announced that he will instruct the EPA to “review and reconsider” the Waters of the United States rule.

Said rule makes it harder for the Army Corps of Engineers to drain wetlands and small streams for development and agricultural interests.

The executive order has not yet been signed, but the directive will impact about 30 states and numerous big business interests that have been vocal critics of the rule. But advocates argue that the rule is crucial.

“Without the Clean Water Rule’s critical protections, innumerable small streams and wetlands that are essential for drinking water supplies, flood protection, and fish and wildlife habitat will be vulnerable to unregulated pollution, dredging and filling,” said Bob Irvin, president of American Rivers.

But the agriculture industry is welcoming it, if a bit cautiously.

“We welcome this action, but realise a lot of work lies ahead to secure a policy that works in a fair and transparent manner,” said Mace Thornton, spokesman for the American Farm Bureau Federation.


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The Trump administration is expected to come out with a plan to cut a quarter of the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget, causing layoffs for about 20% of the agency.

The proposed cuts would remove about $2 billion from current spending and about 3,000 employees.

The White House has been laying out its plan for federal agencies as well as the budget as a whole, announcing a plan to add more than $50 billion to the defense budget and cutting domestic discretionary spending, like the safety net, by about the same amount.

Ultimately, congress is responsible for making the budget, but they will doubtless be looking to the White House for guidance. Democrats are gearing up to oppose it as furiously as possible, but without a majority in either legislative chamber, it will likely be futile.

These cuts will give us an EPA with fewer resources than at any time since Reagan was president. Their ability to enforce regulations that keep our air and water clean will be severely hindered. When it comes time to vote in 2018 and 2020, don’t forget this.


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