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Gov. Beshear Donates Nearly $16K from Inaugural Fund to Feeding Kentucky

Governor also signs proclamation declaring today Hunger Free Day in Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 28, 2021) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear signed a proclamation declaring Jan. 28, 2021, as Hunger Free Day in Kentucky and made a surprise donation to the group Feeding Kentucky of nearly $16,000 left over from the Beshear-Coleman inaugural fund.
During a virtual event Thursday morning, the Governor praised the advocates and workers on the front line helping to make sure Kentucky families stay fed, work made tougher by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In the best of times, your work is daunting. During COVID, it has been nothing short of heroic,” Gov. Beshear said. “The entire commonwealth owes you all a debt of gratitude but also – crucially – more than just words of thanks. Your efforts deserve our full support.”
Gov. Beshear made a surprise announcement during Thursday’s event with hunger organizations and advocates that he was donating $15,673 leftover from the Beshear-Coleman inaugural fund to Feeding Kentucky, an organization that helps feed Kentuckians in need. Remaining inaugural funds can only be donated to 501(c)(3) charitable organizations.

Governor's Communications Office
governor@subscriptions.kentucky.gov

Add a verse to my song!

(Sung to the tune of, "Ding Dong, The Wicked Witch is Dead)

Ding-dong, the trump is gone! Which old trump? The dumpity trump.
Ding-dong the wicked trump is gone
Wake up, you walking dead, fold your flags, Biden is Prez.
Wake up, the wicked trump is gone!
He’s gone where the impeached go, down to Mar-a-Lago
We take back Air Force 1, stick a fork in him, he's done,
Ding-dong! The wicked trump is gone!


Is anyone else getting this message on your stimulous check?

When I go to the IRS site, it says:

"Payment #2 Status - Not Available
We are unable to provide the status of your payment right now because:

We don't have enough information yet (we're working on this), or
You're not eligible for a payment."

When I go to FAQs, it says I'll have to file my 2020 tax return before I can get it. I got the last one right away, no problem.

Frustrating.

Paypal question

I had to return some items, and the amount was refunded to my Paypal account. I'm trying to use that to purchase something else now, and Paypal just defaults to my debit card, instead of using the refund credit.

Any ideas on proceeding?

Let's Stay In--Song for a Covid Christmas

Heart, from A Lovemongers Christmas

URGENT: This animal could be euthanized if not adopted soon.

From the RescueMe's Great Pyrenees postings.



Details:
"I shared this post from Facebook. I am in NC and post originated in Jasper TN. I can be reached at Tammy L. Morgan on FB

CONTACT
Tennessee

304-890-0390

Gawd, I hate people that dump animals!! The animals don't understand what has happened to them, or why. And they are good hearted enough to wonder if the owner is going to come back for them. If I didn't already have 3 Pyr's, I'd go get him.


Can anyone help? Even if its just to foster him for awhile?

URGENT: This animal could be euthanized if not adopted soon.

From the RescueMe's Great Pyrenees postings.



Details:
"I shared this post from Facebook. I am in NC and post originated in Jasper TN. I can be reached at Tammy L. Morgan on FB

CONTACT
Tennessee

304-890-0390

Gawd, I hate people that dump animals!! The animals don't understand what has happened to them, or why. And they are good hearted enough to wonder if the owner is going to come back for them. If I didn't already have 3 Pyr's, I'd go get him.


Can anyone help? Even if its just to foster him for awhile?

Don Jr. holds forth at a Motel 6

Apparently this has gone viral on the web.

Human-made materials now equal weight of all life on Earth

The amount of concrete, asphalt, metal, and plastic on Earth is growing fast. This year may mark the point when artificial stuff outweighs living things.

ENVIRONMENTALISTS OFTEN SAY that humanity needs to shrink its planetary footprint. Now, a new study has demonstrated how literally massive that footprint is.

While the mass of Earth’s life forms stands at about 1.1 trillion metric tons (1.2 trillion U.S. tons) and has not changed much in recent years, the so-called “anthropogenic mass” of artificial materials is growing exponentially. The mass of everything people have built and made, from concrete pavements and glass-and-metal skyscrapers to plastic bottles, clothes, and computers, is now roughly equal to the mass of living things on Earth and could surpass that this year, according to research published today in Nature.

The finding may bolster the argument that Earth has entered the Anthropocene, a proposed geologic epoch in which humans are the dominant force shaping the planet. As senior study author Ron Milo of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel puts it, the world is undergoing a material transition that “happens not just once in a lifetime, but once in an era.”

While that insight is more symbolic than scientifically meaningful, the material scale of the human enterprise helps explain how we’ve managed to transform global nutrient cycles, alter the climate, and drive myriad species to the brink of extinction.

This isn’t the first attempt to weigh humanity’s impact on the planet. In 2016, a team of scientists estimated the weight of the “technosphere”—including not just wholly artificial buildings and products, but also the approximate weight of the land and seafloor that we’ve excavated, modified or trawled to build cities, plant crops, raise livestock, and catch fish. They came up with a figure of 30 trillion tons. Other recent studies have tracked changes just in the biological world, such as the amount of carbon stored in plants or the number of chickens on the planet.

But to the authors’ knowledge, there hasn't been a comprehensive analysis looking at changes in the weight of the artificial and biological worlds simultaneously but separately. That has made it difficult for scientists to draw an apples to apples—or apples to iPhones—comparison.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2020/12/human-made-materials-now-equal-weight-of-all-life-on-earth/?cmpid=org=ngp::mc=crm-email::src=ngp::cmp=editorial::add=Animals_20201210&rid=2D7EBD8232363870D75E126868635ACF

31 species declared Extinct - IUCN Red List

There are now 128,918 species on the IUCN Red List, of which 35,765 are threatened with extinction.

(snip)

All of the world’s freshwater dolphins now threatened
With the tucuxi (Sotalia fluviatilis) moving from Data Deficient to Endangered, all of the world’s freshwater dolphin species are now listed as threatened on the IUCN Red List. This small grey dolphin species found in the Amazon river system has been severely depleted by incidental mortality in fishing gear, damming of rivers and pollution. Eliminating the use of gillnets – curtains of fishing net that hang in the water – and reducing the number of dams in tucuxi habitat are priorities to enable numbers to recover. Enforcing the ban on the deliberate killing of tucuxis is also essential.


(snip)
The IUCN Red List
Global figures for the 2020-3 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species:

TOTAL SPECIES ASSESSED = 128,918
(Total threatened species = 35,765)
Extinct = 902
Extinct in the Wild = 80
Critically Endangered = 7,762
Endangered = 13,285
Vulnerable = 14,718
Near Threatened = 7,644
Lower Risk/conservation dependent = 180 (this is an old category that is gradually being phased out of The IUCN Red List)
Least Concern = 66,469
Data Deficient = 17,878
The figures presented above are only for those species that have been assessed for The IUCN Red List to date. Although not all of the world’s species have been assessed, The IUCN Red List provides a useful snapshot of what is happening to species today and highlights the urgent need for conservation action. Relative percentages for threatened species cannot be provided for many taxonomic groups on The IUCN Red List because they have not been comprehensively assessed. For many of these groups, assessment efforts have focused on threatened species; therefore, the percentage of threatened species for these groups would be heavily biased.



Long, but worthwhile article:
https://www.iucn.org/news/species/202012/european-bison-recovering-31-species-declared-extinct-iucn-red-list
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