Morning Cup – Murmurations

Are you familiar with murmurations? Those haunting, fascinating flocks of starlings moving about in the sky, constantly changing shape and direction, looking something like a cross between synchronized swimmers and Dementors?
Scientists are still trying to figure out how the birds are able to coordinate movement like that without crashing into each other. But they think they’ve landed on the reason why: The flock gathers and moves as necessary to foil the attempts of predators.
Good morning, FAM. It is Friday, the 27th of January. Yesterday, we were told that Mexico will pay for the wall/no, a tax will pay for the wall/no, it is either a tax or a tariff will pay for the wall…meanwhile, chief strategist Steve Bannon suggested the media should just shut up. And Executive Orders keep flying.
Things were awfully quiet in Michigan by comparison. Not that we don’t remain aware that Flint’s water situation has been put on mute, that our fresh waters remain threatened and for sale to corporate interests, and gerrymandering has made a mess of much. Among other things.
We’re on it, our FAMflock is.
Today we’d like you to review actions we’ve called for through the week, and see if there are any you missed that you can pick up. (Will put links to earlier posts from the week in the comments.) The new action of the day is to turn your attention toward water. Pick one or both: Nestle’s bid to increase their drilling capacity, or shutting down Enbridge #5.
Alrighty, FAMily. Pour your mug. Set your compass.
Forward into Friday!
*1* (national)
Contact your senators and your representative in favor of H.R. 458, which would require the Sec. of Transportation to conduct study of Environmental and Economic impacts of oil spill in Great Lakes.
**2** (state)
We are waiting for the announcement of a public hearing on Nestle’s proposal, but meanwhile, contact the DEQ with your concerns and opposition to increasing Nestle’s groundwater extraction permit. Email Carrie Monosmith at, or send mail to Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Office of Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance, P.O. Box 30241, Lansing, Michigan 48909. Comments must be received by March 3, 2017.
The Trump White House has removed ACA/Obamacare advertisements reminding citizens to enroll before the January 31 deadline.  You can see the ad on YouTube.  And share it.
The American Immigration council goes over some facts about immigrants.
“For more than a century, innumerable studies have confirmed two simple yet powerful truths about the relationship between immigration and crime: immigrants are less likely to commit serious crimes or be behind bars than the native-born, and high rates of immigration are associated with lower rates of violent crime and property crime. This holds true for both legal immigrants and the unauthorized, regardless of their country of origin or level of education.
Turns out that proposedban on immigration from Muslim majority countries in the middle east is somewhat qualified.  The exclusions?  Countries where Trump Organization “has done business or pursued potential deals.”
Executive orders are coming in fast and furious, but will they fly?
HR 458 (Calls for a study of the impact of an oil spill on the Great Lakes.)

Ezra Klein:  Trump’s real war isn’t with the media — it’s with facts.

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day.  Never forget.

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