UofL Monroe Administration Gives Museum 48hr Notice: Threatens Destruction of Millions of Natural History Specimens

Note: The Louisiana higher education system has been under assault by the state government for years and I believe it is the canary in the coal mine for a very plausible possible future we face with a defunded and under attack US education system. How long until curated  cultural resources are under attack? The University of Louisiana at Monroe,  Museum of Natural History said in a facebook post today (below) that university administrators have demanded that 6.5 million plant and fish specimens find a new home on campus within 48 hours, find a place to donate them too, or be will be destroyed mid-July.  Space is needed for the track team to expand and host meets which will "Help the local economy and generate revenue for the university". Dear Friends,   It is my sad duty to report to you that the ULM administration has decided to divest the research collections in the Museum of Natural History. This includes the...
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[DAPL] Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) spokeswoman Vicki Granado confirmed this morning that construction has resumed "immediately after receiving the easement."

On Wednesday The Army Corps of Engineers gave Energy Transfer Partners formal permission to lay pipe under Lake Oahe. This was the final regulatory challenge preventing the pipeline from being completed and has been cleared the way for completion of the 1,200-mile, $3.8 billion pipeline. Work has been stopped for months due to protests by the Standing Rock Sioux and their court battle with the developer and the Army Corps of Engineers. The Corp is responsible for the federal land where the last segment of the pipeline will be laid. After taking office President Donald Trump moved swiftly to get the pipeline construction moving. The Corps originally launched an environmental impact study (EIS) on Jan. 18, but Trump signed an executive action on January 24th directing the The Army Corps of Engineers to allow Energy Transfer Partners to proceed with construction. Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) spokeswoman Vicki Granado confirmed this morning that construction has resumed "immediately after receiving the easement." Workers had already drilled entry and exit holes...
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North Dakota: Acting Army Secretary directs Army Corps to grant Dakota Access Pipeline Easement.

North Dakota: Acting Army Secretary directs Army Corps to grant Dakota Access Pipeline Easement.
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DAPL protests for nothing? Trump & Pence are on the attack for "Waters of the U.S" which is what engaged the Corps.

It is important to remember that the DAPL project is for oil, not Natural Gas. As a result the project does not automatically invoke FERC. Instead, (some) cultural resources are protected because the Corps of Engineers has oversight on water crossings because of the "Waters of the U.S" laws.  Today, as President Trump swore his oath to the office of President the Whitehouse.gov website switched over. The new website removed the pages dedicated to Climate Change and instead, there is now a new page "An America First Energy Plan". This is very relevant to DAPL because this policy position page clearly shows that Waters of the U.S is under direct attack. From https://www.whitehouse.gov/america-first-energy For too long, we’ve been held back by burdensome regulations on our energy industry. President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule. Lifting these restrictions will greatly help American...
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Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) appointed to be chairman of Committee on Indian Affairs. Oh, and he supports DAPL and Keystone and does not agree with lands being transferred back to tribes.

  North Dakota Senator John Hoeven "I am honored to serve as the chairman [of the Committee on Indian Affairs] ... and look forward to working with [newly elected] Vice Chairman [Sen. Tom] Udall [D-NM] and members of the Committee to pass legislation that helps improve the lives of people across Indian Country," Hoeven said. Senator Hoeven also said    The ongoing protest activities which at times have turned violent are being prolonged and intensified by the Obama Administration’s refusal to approve the final remaining easement at Lake Oahe. This inaction has inflamed tensions, strained state and local resources, and, most importantly, is needlessly putting people at risk including tribal members, protestors, law enforcement officers, construction workers, and area residents our farmers and ranchers who live and work in the area. Full Transcript here:  https://www.scribd.com/book/332821662/1130-Dakota-Access-Pipeline-Remarks-for-Publication His opinion on the current status of DAPL “So it is time – it is past time – for the protestors to stand down and to recognize that...
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CRM Industry in the Age of Trump (from Acra)

From ACRA: http://www.acra-crm.org/page-18085 CRM Industry in the Age of Trump More than 3,500 people recently viewed the presentation "The CRM Industry in the Age of Trump" by ACRA's government relations consultant, Marion Werkheiser. Many people also completed the survey that accompanied the presentation. As promised, here you’ll find our advocacy team’s responses to your most frequently asked questions and a summary of other survey data. We look forward to advancing our our agenda in the days ahead. To support ACRA’s advocacy fund, please contribute here. Every bit helps! If you are not yet a member of ACRA, you can join here. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS When should we panic? Don't panic, act! While the political winds have changed, we have a plan, and we are actively engaged in partnerships that are essential so that we can protect our priorities. What are the best arguments in favor of our positions?   The $1 Billion CRM industry, which supports projects in every Congressional district in...
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Rare aerial glimpse of isolated Indians of the upper Humaitá (Brazil), body art, weapons, and malocas (communal huts)

In December 2016 photographer Ricardo Stuckert was on assignment in the Brazilian state of Acre photographing indigenous tribes across all of Brazil.  While Stuckert was on a helicopter flight with José Carlos Meirelles from Brazil’s indigenous affairs agency, Fundação Nacional do Índio (FUNAI) to visit Jordão near the border of Peru the helicopter encountered thunderstorms. These thunderstorms forced the pilot to make an unexpected detour which took them directly over an isolated settlement of thatched huts carved into the dense jungle. The indigenous group that they flew over has no formal name as they live in near complete isolation from the rest of brazil, so they are referred to as the “isolated Indians of the upper Humaitá.”. "Isolated" is a key word in understanding this group though as they are not completely unaware of the outside world as evidenced by reported incidents of contact since 1910, including raids by them to gain access to steel hatchets and machetes. You...
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ShovelBums sent out its 10,000th posting today.

ShovelBums sent out its 10,000th job posting today. This is exactly seventeen years and eight months since the very first job posting was submitted on April 30, 1999 by Susan E Butler for a Berger job (below). It is interesting to note that there is no email address provided in the ad, you were supposed to either mail or fax in your vita. It would be another seven days before ShovelBums LLC reached it's first milestone - 200 members. ShovelBums then reached 1,000 members in February 2000 and today there are 17,917 members (I was kinda hoping it would hit 18,000 this year, but that gives me something else to look forward too :-). It is amazing to look back at the first 100 postings before I switched the list to being moderated, it was a complete cluster and amazing anyone continued to join! But then ShovelBums hit it's groove and here we are today! I estimate ~40,000...
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This is insane -> Trump advisors aim to privatize oil-rich Indian reservations

Native American reservations cover just 2 percent of the United States, but they may contain about a fifth of the nation’s oil and gas, along with vast coal reserves. Now, a group of advisors to President-elect Donald Trump on Native American issues wants to free those resources from what they call a suffocating federal bureaucracy that holds title to 56 million acres of tribal lands, two chairmen of the coalition told Reuters in exclusive interviews. The group proposes to put those lands into private ownership - a politically explosive idea that could upend more than century of policy designed to preserve Indian tribes on U.S.-owned reservations, which are governed by tribal leaders as sovereign nations. The tribes have rights to use the land, but they do not own it. They can drill it and reap the profits, but only under regulations that are far more burdensome than those applied to private property. "We should take tribal...
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December 5th, 1941. 75 years ago today Dr. Seuss drew this cartoon.

75 years ago on December 5th 1941 Theodor Seuss Geisel, AKA Dr. Seuss was working for the New York newspaper PM as a political cartoonist when he crafted this single prescient panel.      Three days later on December 8th Geisel produced this panel which served as a retrospective on American foreign policy.   Dr. Seuss worked for three years as a political cartoonist for PM newspaper creating over 400 panels in his distinctive style. About half of these were reproduced in Dr. Richard H. Minear's book Dr. Seuss Goes to War. Fortunately with he help of UC San Diego Dr. Minear was able to get the entire body of work archived and easily accessible at http://library.ucsd.edu/speccoll/dswenttowar/index.html With the pending 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor on Wednesday Dec 7, 2016 I found these cartoons to be an interesting perspective on the world view of the United States as the country leaped from isolationistic policies to becoming fully engaged...
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Army Corps Denies DAPL Easement! Undertaking EIS for alternative route.

{Please Share!} The Army Corps of Engineers has decided to deny the easement for the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the National Congress of American Indians said in a statement Sunday. The decision would essentially halt the construction of the oil pipeline right above the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and it also comes as demonstrators across the country flocked to North Dakota in protest. "Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it will not be granting the easement to cross Lake Oahe for the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline," the tribe said in a statement. "Instead, the Corps will be undertaking an environmental impact statement to look at possible alternative routes." "Our prayers have been answered," NCAI President Brian Cladoosby said in a statement. "This isn't over, but it is enormously good news. All tribal peoples have prayed from the beginning for a peaceful solution, and this puts us back on track." Jo-Ellen Darcy,...
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Ace Hardware *is* selling propane to DAPL Water Protectors. See Ace company statement below

Oak Brook, Ill., December 01, 2016 Ace Hardware statement on North Dakota protest and product sales Update: As of Thursday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. local time, Ace Hardware stores in Bismarck, N. D., are in-stock and selling 1 lb. propane canisters.  At Ace, our local store owners take great pride in serving their neighbors and it is our policy to serve all customers without discrimination and to follow all laws in each respective community. We understand the concerns that have been shared with us regarding product sales related to the recent protests in North Dakota and have been working very hard to gather all of the facts from our locally-owned Ace stores that operate in the area and local authorities. To be candid, we've been working feverishly to unearth all of the facts, which have been cloudy at times. In an effort to clear any misunderstanding and/or misinformation, Ace Hardware can now confirm that there...
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Acra cancels live webinar "CRM in the Age of Trump" and releases canned video.

[Please share this timely update] Methinks #ACRA does not understand momentum. Because over 2,000 people registered for the live webinar "CRM in the age of Trump" they decided to cancel it because they were worried they could not support the bandwidth (hello, anyone heard of Amazon web services?).  So instead ACRA decide to pre-recorded it this AM for #CRMArch's and release it like a podcast(*). Boring. Regardless. We all need to watch this video and come up to speed on what likely will be rapidly changing laws in our profession. You can watch the ACRA video here: http://shovelbums.net/l/cdm-in-age-of-trump-video Here is a transcript of the video: http://shovelbums.net/l/crm-in-age-of-trumptranscript You can fill out the survey here: http://shovelbums.net/l/acra-survey   (*) On the positive side, my basement flooded this weekend so I don't have to stop cleaning to watch it live now! :-)  
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Lincoln's thoughts on Mike Pence's reception at Hamilton

Abe's thoughts on Mike Pence's reception at Hamilton.
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Let's be honest here. Ever generation has had its own ugly reaction to refugees.

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Admit it. SNL is going to be awesome again for the next four years!

You know it is true!
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Donations to Planned Parenthood in Mike Pence's name

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The 2016 election polls are not wrong. You are.

 Folks, You need to put this to rest and focus your energy on making things better. The polls were not ever wrong. All the polls showed you was the *likelihood* of an outcome. No one ever said Trump would categorically lose. The majority of the polls just said that it was most likely he would not win, but there was always a very reasonable chance he would. If you are diagnosed with a disease and you are told that with 100% certainty you will pass away in a month, the odds are not in your favor. But if you are told you have a 28.6% chance of not passing away you will walk away thinking "That's good, I have a chance". So please quit obsessing over the polls.    Images from 538    
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Will Donald Trump dispense with Section 106 when building his "wall"

Will Donald Trump dispense with Section 106 and environmental laws when building his "wall". And if not, who will we bill our hours to? Will we just send the invoices directly to Mexico?
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With climate denier Myron Ebell as Trump's pick to run the EPA what is the future for Historic Preservation?

Myron Ebell a well known climate denier who revels in making academics squirm has been picked by Trump's to run the EPA. An agency Trump has sworn to dismantle because it is a job killer. What are your thoughts on the future of historic preservation under this administration?  According to documents Trump does not have a great track record of being interested in preserving history. Especially if it stands in the way of his timeline. From the article "The Trump Files: When Donald Destroyed Historic Art to Build Trump Tower" "To build his skyscraper, Trump first had to knock down the Bonwit Teller building, a luxurious limestone building erected in 1929. The face of the building featured two huge Art Deco friezes that the Metropolitan Museum of Art wanted to preserve. The museum asked Trump to save the sculptures and donate them, and the mogul agreed—as long as the cost of doing so wasn't too high. But...
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