How Marshall Ganz found his calling as activist, scholar, mentor
The #NewOrleans mayor, LaToya Cantrell, signed an emergency declaration for the city on Friday amid concerns about saltwater from the the Gulf of Mexico that has been creeping up the drought-hit #Mississippi River in #Louisiana.
The declaration came amid concerns the #saltwater, which is impacting the river because it is at such low levels, could impact the drinking water of thousands of residents in the next few weeks
I wish the powerful ant lobby would get outraged and force the U.S. EPA to shut down Spartan Mosquito. Here's a recent video review from Amazon, one of many complaining that only ants are trapped (not mosquitoes). Ants also likely transport the boric acid back to their nests, killing them all. #pesticides #ants #insects #entomology #mosquitoes #epa #nature #mississippi https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R6U7PEVHPOS7X/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B09B1BP1JH#SpartanMosquito
In this short (4 min) episode, I dive deep into my library to discover an old journal that chronicled the horrifying last days of a man moving through the deep woods in #Mississippi long ago.
Some creatures are better left alone.
“White said there should be no taxpayer funding for “useless degrees" in “garbage fields” like Urban Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, German Literature, African American Studies, Gender Studies and Women's Studies. Claiming some academic programs are hotbeds of political radicalization…”
The Associated Press:
Mississippi auditor says several college majors indoctrinate students and should be defunded
"Mississippi's state auditor says numerous social science and humanities degree programs are 'indoctrination factories.'"
Oh, Omni. Just the layout and the distinctive title and body font swept me backward in time. I must have been between sixteen and twenty when I used to devour every issue of Omni. Just seeing images of the pages made me feel younger and more hopeful.
“White said there should be no taxpayer funding for “useless degrees” in “garbage fields” like #UrbanStudies, #Anthropology, #Sociology, German #Literature, #AfricanAmericanStudies, #GenderStudies and #WomensStudies.”
#Mississippi State Auditor and #BananaRepublican #ShadWhite ‘shad himself’ when he said #Anthropology and #Sociology are among the many #woke “garbage degrees” that should be defunded in the state that is perpetually ‘burning’ 🔥 from SOCIAL upheaval resulting from centuries old bigotry and disinformation. 👉 https://apnews.com/article/mississippi-college-majors-funding-cuts-aad5a0d5c7ab013d6c5489fd41e4dc54
#Mississippi auditor says several college majors indoctrinate students and should be defunded
> White said there should be no taxpayer funding for “useless degrees” in “garbage fields” like Urban Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, German Literature, African American Studies, Gender Studies and Women’s Studies. Claiming some academic programs are hotbeds of political radicalization,
> education, remains at the center of America’s culture wars.
#Mississippi #Republicans are celebrating a horrible appeals ruling that essentially allows the poor state to continue providing sub-standard #mentalhealth care. Mississippi is one of the 10 worst states in the nation for mental health care #access, and #outcomes. Republicans are committed to making sure the state maintains those poor rankings. Just another reason to #voteBlue!
#Drought expanded in the Midwest, Lower Mississippi Valley, Southwest and Pacific Northwest on the US #DroughtMonitor this week, while easing in #Texas. States along the Gulf Coast remain in the grip of intense #flashdrought. The low #MississippiRiver is hindering navigation along the lower part of the river and is affecting #water supplies below New Orleans.
I ended up ordering both the #Hobonichi #Techo and the #Cousin journals so I could get a sense of their size and weight. Even out here in the jungles of #Mississippi, #Amazon had next-day delivery for these (which is very, very rare).
I love the portability of the #Techo, but worry the pages might prove too cramped. I'm going with it, though, for the rest of 2023. If I feel constrained, I'll switch to the Cousin for 2024.
Meanwhile: I'm loving this little #journal.
How does the UAW strike impact MS auto plants? See here
Some of the most fascinating artifacts are personal journals of interesting people who've witnessed horrible creatures.
In tomorrow's episode, I dive deep into such writings to tell a listener what lurks in the forests of #Mississippi.
Mississippi Courts Won’t Say How They Provide #Lawyers for Poor Clients
Six years ago, the #Mississippi Supreme Court told judges around the state to file plans showing how they meet their obligations to poor defendants.
This summer, amid increased scrutiny of public defense in the state, the first one was filed.
We have a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Counseling Psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi. We hope to recruit applicants interested in providing clinical supervision of practicum students, as well as mentoring graduate student research.
Turns out the states with politicians who shout loudest about “protecting the children” are the worst at actually protecting actual children.
The report finds that #Mississippi, where I live, is the worst state for children.
#Drought has affected the quantity and quality of produce able to be grown in #Mississippi, and the meager selection of items available at farmers markets shows the impact. Yields are lower, and prices are higher.
"Long active in promoting conservative politics, the AFA 'believes true morality flows from biblical principles' and has been outspoken in its opposition to gay marriage, LGBTQ rights and abortion."
Baby turtles leave for sea from rare nest found on Mississippi beach.
"Baby turtles leave for sea from rare nest found on Mississippi beach
#Mississippi Will Soon Have Its First Out #LGBTQ+ Legislator
“There’s a lot of pressure and enough changes happening in the river that the Corps is going to be pushed to think more about how to be innovative,” says Renfro.
“Can we create a solution to Neptune Pass that balances the restoration needs of the area with the navigation needs? I don’t think it has to be one versus the other.”
Alabama Describes Proposed Nitrogen Gas Execution; Seeks to Become First State to Carry It Out
>The state described the procedures for the proposed new execution method in a redacted court filing. Alabama is seeking to become the first state to execute a prisoner using nitrogen. Nitrogen hypoxia has been authorized as an execution method in #Alabama, #Oklahoma and #Mississippi, but no state has used the method (yet) https://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2023-08-29/alabama-describes-proposed-nitrogen-gas-execution-seeks-to-become-first-state-to-carry-it-out #deathpenalty #capitalpunishment #execution
#Mississippi elects openly gay lawmaker for first time in state’s history
> Victory for #FabianNelson, a Democrat, leaves Louisiana as only state never to have elected LGBTQ+ person to its legislature
#FabianNelson, a 38-year-old #realtor from #Byram, prevailed over #RoshundaHarrisAllen, an #education #professor at #TougalooCollege and #alderwoman in #Byram. #Republicans did not field a #candidate for the #generalelection, so Nelson will go on to #represent the #district.
> ... the agency’s testing protocols for persistence, bioaccumulation and toxicity are “unsuitable for complex mixtures” and contended that these substances are similar to existing petroleum-based fuels....
> When Doa first saw the 1-in-4 cancer risk for the jet fuel, she thought it must have been a typo. “... let alone a 1.3-in-1,” said Doa. “This is ridiculously high.”
#MariaDoa #Pascagoula #Mississippi
#BioAccumulation #Persistence #Petroleum
/HT @iffybooks and @diogenes
State record alligator capture in #Mississippi at 364 kilograms and 4.3 meters long. https://www.wapt.com/article/mississippi-alligator-record-length-2023/44936401
Today in Labor History August 28, 1955: Teenager Emmett Till was brutally murdered on this day in Money, Mississippi, for speaking "inappropriately" to a white woman. The brutality of the murder and the lack of justice for his family helped to mobilize opposition to segregation in America. An all-white jury acquitted Till’s killers, Roy Bryant and his half-brother J. W. Milam. The next year, both men publicly admitted in an interview with Look magazine that they had tortured and murdered the boy. The magazine paid them selling $4,000 (equivalent to $43,000 in 2022) for the story. Between 1876 and 1930, over 500 African Americans were lynched in Mississippi, alone, and over 3,000 across the South. A memorial marker for Emmett Till, erected in 2006, was defaced with "KKK", and then completely covered with black paint. 8 more markers were erected at sites associated with Till's lynching in 2007. Some of these were vandalized, too. One of the signs received over 100 bullet holes. In 2018, three University of Mississippi students were suspended from their fraternity after posting to Instagram a photo of them posing in front of the bullet-riddled marker, with guns.
Mississippi is among the states feeling effects from the #Midwest’s sweltering #heatdome this week. On Thursday, the National Weather Service in Jackson, Miss., reported a #heatwave in central and southern parts of the state, with highs approaching all-time heat records of 104 to 107 °F.
Fire In the Sky
An amazing morning filled with mesmerizing colors as the clouds moved across the sky. Lake Lamar Bruce, Saltillo, MS
#lake #lakelife #fishing #fishinglife #nature #photooftheday #photographer #photography #outdoorphotography #outdoors #travel #pic #naturephotography #mississippi #tupelo #art #picoftheday #lakelamarbruce #artprints #wallart #homedecor #landscapephotography #rural #country #countrylife #sunrise #sunset #explore #artprint #blessed
Power Outages Top 500,000 As Severe Weather Batters Several States
Story by Jan Wesner Childs, August 7, 2023
"More than 500,000 homes and businesses were without power across five states as severe storms packing damaging winds and hail battered the South and moved east.
"Top power outage numbers as of about 6:15 p.m. eastern time, according to PowerOutage.us: more than 130,000 in #NorthCarolina; about 120,000 in #Georgia; more than 100,000 in #Maryland; about 97,000 in #Tennessee; and 73,000 in #Virginia.
"The severe weather was part of an outbreak of severe storms in the East and South expected to produce widespread damaging wind gusts, hail, flooding rainfall and isolated tornadoes.
"Areas likely to be most affected were northern Alabama, northern and central Georgia and much of South Carolina northward to the mid-Atlantic. Cities include #Atlanta, #Baltimore, #Charlotte, #Philadelphia and #WashingtonDC."
Climate change, New Orleans, Mississippi River ... via The Washington Post (gift article).
"But since 2010, the U.S. Gulf Coast has seen a sudden burst of rapid sea level rise, with rates that scientists didn’t expect to see until late this century. At its center lie the wetlands that make up the first line of defense for New Orleans,..."
This is huge.
"United States 5th Circuit Court of Appeals decided Friday, ... that the prohibition constitutes cruel and unusual punishment, violating the Eighth Amendment."
EPA Approved a Fuel Ingredient Even Though It Could Cause #Cancer in Virtually Every Person Exposed Over a Lifetime
An #EPA document shows that a new #Chevron #fuel ingredient has a lifetime cancer risk more than 1 million times higher than what the agency usually finds acceptable — even greater than another Chevron fuel’s sky-high risk disclosed earlier this year.
This is an event so horrific, so racist, it's almost - but only almost - hard to believe it took place this year.
In rural Braxton, #Mississippi, this January, six white cops raided a home without a warrant and without any official purpose. Once inside, they beat, tased, tortured, and sodomized the two Black men living there, eventually shooting one in the mouth.
All because "a white neighbor had complained that Black people were staying with a white woman."
“Six former law enforcement officers in #Mississippi have been charged with federal civil rights offenses against two Black men who were brutalized for more than an hour during a home raid, before an officer allegedly shot one of the men in the mouth.” #legal
When police took Jimmy into custody, they followed protocol for people charged with a crime: mug shot, fingerprints.
But Jimmy had not been charged with a crime. His father asked the county to bring Jimmy in for a mental evaluation & treatment after he'd threatened to hurt family members & himself.
On his booking form, under "offence," was a single word: “LUNACY," a charge that doesn't exist.
USA billionaires are openly waging war & Americans are tone policing each other.
it's that SUBURBAN mentality.
what's happening in #Texas #Alabama #Mississippi #Florida is an all out Civil War of SECESSION paid for by Musk, Bezos, Thiel, Gates, Cook, Waltons, Devos, Kochs along with their 700+ American billionaire cohorts
REPUBLICANS ARE THE BILLIONAIRES' USEFUL IDIOTS
Dallas is taken hostage by billionaires?
take away what their billionaires love most.
then do it again to all of them
In Mississippi, serious mental illness or #SubstanceAbuse can land you in jail, even if you aren’t charged with a crime.
The state is a stark outlier in jailing so many people for so long, but many officials say they don’t have another option.
Share this with teenagers and young adults in your life who may be facing censored libraries at school and in many communities.
The Seattle public library is proving free digital library cards to teens and young adults nationwide!
Books Unbanned | The Seattle Public Library
#Mississippi man arrested and charged by indictment for allegedly engaging in cyberstalking and communicating interstate threats, targeting "his victims based on their actual or perceived religion, that is, the Jewish faith." https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/man-arrested-cyberstalking-and-making-antisemitic-threats-targeting-synagogues-and-jewish
Via Democracy Docket:
NEW: Justice Department asks to join a federal lawsuit challenging a #Mississippi law that seats unelected judges in Hinds County, home to Jackson. DOJ argues the law discriminates against the county's majority-Black residents & violates the 14th Amendment. #legal #DOJ https://t.co/KdJ40onEO9
The Great Outdoors
Mornings spent outdoors are always enjoyable, but some mornings are special. For me, this was one of those mornings at Lake Lamar Bruce in Saltillo, MS.
#lake #lakelife #nature #outdoorphotography #mississippi #photooftheday #photography #picoftheday #sunrise #photo #photograph #thegreatoutdoors #country #art #artprint #southernliving #lakehouse #wallart #homedecor #AYearForArt #BuyIntoArt #blessed #sunset #pic #fishing #fish #peaceful #serenity
A study published in March 2023 found that #oil and #gas exploration and fluid extraction cause increased rates of subsidence."
Mississippi Says Poor Defendants Must Always Have a Lawyer.
Few Courts Are Ready to Deliver.
‘Extreme threat’: Large swathe of southern US at dangerous ‘wet bulb temperature’
by Jeremy Tanner - 06/29/23
"Readings of a key indicator of heat exposure danger have reached the highest possible threat level in multiple southern states, as well as in a few states in the #Midwest.
"When it comes to the 'wet bulb temperature,' nearly all of #Louisiana, #Mississippi, and #Arkansas are under 'extreme threat.' The wet bulb temperature measures multiple stressors on the human body in direct sunlight, not in the shade, as the #HeatIndex does.
"When it’s hot, humans sweat to cool off, but if the humidity is also high enough there’s a point at which sweat loses its cooling effect.
"The upper limit that humans could withstand was thought to be 95 F at 100% humidity, according to a 2010 study. New research out of Penn State University’s Noll Laboratory found that the critical limit is in fact even lower – 88 F at 100% humidity."
Serenity At The Lake
I always enjoy the simple yet dramatic moments outdoors. Davis Lake, which is located in Tombigbee National Forest just a few miles from the Natchez Trace Parkway, makes a great setting for sunsets.
#lake #lakelife #lakeview #fishing #fish #fishinglife #photography #photography #nature #naturephotography #outdoors #mississippi #davislake #sunset #photo #photooftheday #picoftheday #sunrise #wallart #art #homedecor #country #AYearForArt #BuyIntoArt
Somebody in Cleveland, Mississippi, sent me some photographs of mosquitoes massed near her front door. Images aren't that clear but I'm wondering whether anyone can help me ID them. They look like Anopheles quadrimaculatus, and that might make sense given rice farming in area. #mosquito #mosquitoes #diptera #Mississippi