Thursday, October 07, 2010

When are Republican Candidates for Office going to be asked about their positiion on the Crime by the Bush/Cheney energy policy that allows the contamination of the USA by Natrual Gas Companies?

Not an alien probe—a wellhead for hydraulic fracturing, with injection pipes.

When is Hydraulic Fracturing going to be prosecuted by State Attorney Generals for the deceptive practices that exist in the LACK of education of the public and potential lease holders to the dangers of these practices by the industry that propagates the damage?  Once Hydraulic Fracturing occurrs the land is virtually worthless.  Once has to wonder if that is what the 2008 Housing Bubble was all about?  Wall Street knew the 2005 Bush/Cheney Energy Bill was catatrophic to land values by these practices and decided to get what they could and get out.  Why invest in a wasteland?

Black shale is an interesting topic.  It isn't all methane, sometimes it is uranium.  But, methane beds cannot exist without it.  Believe me the natural gas industry is fully prepared to have a very condesending discussion with those whom's lives they will destroy.  Isn't agricultural produce and crops important to people?  No one minds eating food contaminaed with methane?  See, if all this land is contaminated and there is food that is needed to be produce, what choice is left, but, to eat it.

...However, the “gas rush” (click title to entry - thank you) in the Marcellus Shale formation in upstate New York and Pennsylvania has caused hydraulic fracturing to bubble to the surface of public consciousness: it may now come into widespread use in a densely populated region unaccustomed to fossil fuel resource extraction. Since the process—like most large-scale industrial processes—can have negative consequences, the near-certainty of its widespread adoption in this region has resulted in public controversy, as people weigh the benefits of economic gain against health and environmental risks.
And the debate has been loud, as would be expected when enough natural gas to satisfy US demand for at least a decade is set against possible harm to the water supply for almost 10 million people in one of the world capitals of media,
finance, and law. It’s not natural gas per se that’s sparked a firestorm of controversy, it’s the technique—hydraulic fracturing—used to extract it....

The realities of geologic formations aren't really discussed much by the public.  Most folks purchase a home on a small piece of land and that is all they know about it.  /But, the fact of the matter is, there is a whole lot more to know and most states should mandate complete geological information at the time a person purchases a home.

Environmental & Economic Interests Clash Over Marcellus Shale (click here)

The problem with the exploitation of the public in relation to Hydraulic Fracturing is that when they sign on the dotted line, they haven't got a clue what they are signing on for. 

There is also a difference in the 'content' of Devonian Black Shale.  (Devonian is a period of Earth's history.  Prehistoric. The reason there is Devonian Black Shale in Jordan and the USA at probably the same surface depth, is becuase of Plate Techtonics.)  It si widely known in the Middle East, oddly enough.  Interesting isn't it?

Campanian-Maastrichtian oil shales of Jordan Al Lajun Oil Shale (click here)
31°12'50'' N / 35°52'06'' E
(section OS in Lüning et al. in prep.)
The Campanian Maastrichtian is organic-rich in several parts of North Africa and Arabia. As in this example from Jordan, such "black shales" are often asociated with phosphorites.

Spectro-gamma-ray measurements. Note that both organic-rich and phosphoritic strata tend to enrich uranium which complicates the use of U as a proxy for either TOC or phosphorite concentration.

You know.  It is really unfortunate Columbus discovered America before Wall Street had a chance to exploit it.  Huh?

The Dangers of Hydraulic Fracturing is already known. It robs quality of life of more than half the nation of the USA.

I demand the SEC investigate the blatently negligent and dangerous practices of ExxonMobile.


Natural Gas Fracking Risk Assessment  (click title to entry - thank you)

May 30, 2010

...To make up for the complete absence of SEC filings from ExxonMobil covering environmental or regulatory risk, shareholders took the unusual step of filing their own assessment of these risks with the SEC.

New social proposals usually only receive between 5-7% of the vote. But, demonstrating that mainstream investors are already aware of and concerned about the risks that hydraulic fracturing poses to the nation’s water supplies, it received over 26% support.
Two concepts are essential to investor confidence: disclosure and the mitigation of risks. But two thirds of the 31 states have no regulations covering hydraulic fracturing, none require an accounting of the fracking fluid remaining, and only ten even want to know what chemicals were injected.
The disaster in the Gulf of Mexico teaches us that there is a risk with no oversight. Drowning government in a bathtub risks taking all of us down the drain along with it....

Say good-bye to Michigan jobs complements of Rick Snyder. Why would anyone want him for Governor.

 Ardesta CEO Rick Snyder

HandyLab chairman Rick Snyder, CEO of Ardesta, funded HandyLab

THIS HAS CONFLICT OF INTEREST WRITTEN ALL OVER IT.  Typical.  Wall Street finds a couple of brilliant minds from University of Michigan and robs them blind.  Typical.  He is a corporate raider.  He helped himself to a nice profit from this and didn't give a damn about the people of Michigan.  What a louse.

Wait a minute.  Something smells rotten in Denmark.  Rick Snyder is an adventure capitalist?  He's Wall Street.  And he used innovation out of Michigan University to rob the State of a very promising company?

What a minute here.  There is something not quite kosher.

Snyder was Chairman of Ardestra the financing company that took HandyLab out of Michigan by selling it to a multinational company?

This is the Rick Snyder that is running as a Republican for Governor of Michigan?  What makes any Michigander believe he won't act to destroy Michigan all over again after it is being brought back from the brink by Governor Granholm.  Snyder is a Bush Republican.  He is Wall Street.  He hates Michigan.  No different "W" did.  He's anti-union.

What a mistake this is.  Oh, boy what a mistake this is.

Look, Rich Snyder is NOT an inventor here.  HandyLab was founded by two women, founded by U-M grads Kalyan Handique, known as "Handy," and Sundaresh Brahmasandra, 

HandyLab was Michigan born and bred.  Snyder is the manipulator.  He was the one that moved HandyLab to some prominence and then sold the Michigan based company to Becton, Dickinson and Company.. BD is huge.  They don't need this company.  They are cannibalizing.  They bought it to stop the competition.  HandyLab is a brilliant concept, no different than the electric car.  BD bought the company to stop it from becoming bigger than BD is.

That is all this is.

Snyder is a; venture capitalist.  If Michigan thinks they have problems now, wait until he is done.  Dear God is killed a burgeoning company that could have grown in leaps and bounds and provided many, many more jobs to Michigan citizens in the future.

Holy smokes.  What a horrible guy.  Stop him.  He'll destroy the place.  He is out to use up resources and won't give a damn about any Michiganders quality of life.

The viral potential of HandyLab's "Jaguar" device, which helps doctors quickly identify infections, could eventually lead to additional manufacturing, technology and sales jobs in Ann Arbor.  (click title to entry - thank you)

CUTTING EDGE.  HandyLab had cutting edge equipment to diagnosis and isolate virus.  Do you how difficult that is?

In the spring of 2009, (click here) a novel influenza A (H1N1) virus (swine origin influenza virus [S-OIV]) emerged and began causing a large outbreak of illness in Milwaukee, WI. Our group at the Midwest Respiratory Virus Program laboratory developed a semiautomated real-time multiplex reverse transcription-PCR assay (Seasonal), employing the NucliSENS easyMAG system (bioMérieux, Durham, NC) and a Raider thermocycler (HandyLab Inc., Ann Arbor, MI), that typed influenza A virus, influenza B virus, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and subtyped influenza A virus into the currently circulating H1 and H3 subtypes, as well as a similar assay that identified H1 of S-OIV.,,,

When is every citizen going to realize they are being lied to and it is darn hard to regrown and economy.  It is virtually IMPOSSIBLE to regrown an economy with OPPORTUNISTS like Synder.  Oh, he'll produce an income for Michigan alright, by selling every asset and everything that comes out of its brain trust to some multinational company somewhere.  INCLUDING the Wind Energy Factories Granholm worked so hard to build.

WHEN are people going to learn who to trust?

This company could have marketed this with some help and increased sales to global markets.  Whoever made the Board at HandyLab believe they had to divest of their interests in order to sell their product globally?  They just weren't talking to the right people and Snyder played them like a fine fiddle.  What a bastard.

GM tried it too with Opel.  But, it didn't work.

...GM’s European branch Opel (click here) has developed a hybrid-electric van concept based on the Voltec engineering underpinning the Chevy Volt. Called the Vivaro e-Concept, it is definitely designed for European tastes. So could it come to America?...
BRUSSELS — More than one million signatures have been gathered in a legal bid to "freeze" GM crop cultivation in the European Union, but a Brussels official said Wednesday the complaint would be passed to "political" advisers.
Environmental campaigners Greenpeace and Avaaz announced that the online petition target had been crossed, seeking to use a new citizen charter created under the European Union's Lisbon Treaty to put authorisations on hold.
However, the leading expert on the European parliament committee handling questions surrounding GM farming, German Green lawmaker Gerald Hafner said there could be a legal challenge.
Under Lisbon, if a million citizens from a broad base of EU countries lend their names to moves to change the law, the European Commission, the bloc's day-to-day executive, is obliged to consider the grievance....

General Motors to close Belgian Opel factory

Posted on: October 5th, 2010 
Opel is set to close one of its factories in Belgium.
General Motors Europe, the company that owns Opel, has announce that it is set to close its Opel assembly line in the Beligian city of Antwerp, with a total loss of around 1,200 jobs. The manufacturer planned to shut the factory earlier in the year, then held back with the hope that it would find a buyer by the last week of September.
As the search for investors failed however, the plant will now shut down at the end 2010. Along with the 1,200 jobs that will be cut by the closure, 1,400 jobs were already lost at the troubled Antwerp this year.
The car plant, which was established in 1924 and employed over 7,000 staff at the height of its powers, is the first of its kind in Europe to become a victim of a global slump in consumer demand since the recession in 2008....

STOP Snyder, he'll destroy Michigan.  The road back from 2008's Republican Carpetbagging doesn't happen overnight.  Americans have to get their minds around it or they will end up back there AGAIN !!

Fudging the process and bundling mortgages is how we got into this disaster in fhe first place.

...Critics, particularly consumer groups, (click title to entry - thank you) said the measure for interstate notarizations would have made it even easier for banks and other lenders to rush the foreclosure process.  JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and GMAC Mortgage have stopped foreclosures in nearly half the states, pending investigations into the process.... 

On Wednesday, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. suggested that the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force, which Mr. Obama createdto examine any type of financial fraud, might examine the reports of foreclosure fraud.

The president’s decision against signing the measure was his first veto intended to kill a bill; he has pocket-vetoed a measure once before, but only because it was duplicative of other legislation.... 

It would seem as though major lending institutions are taking at least as seriously as the President and his Cabinet.  I don't know why Republicans won't it?  After all the wealthy seem to believe it is prudent to review and investigate the problems affiliated with this mess.

Banking And Lending Law (click here)

Certainly the US Chamber of Commerce believes the investment banks are in error.  Then again they oppose some of the most hideous provisions.  The problem with 'institutions' of the Plutocracy is that they have too much money to throw around.  They should be held responsible for 'government costs' when they are proven to be simply obstructing law rather than having sincere reasons for litigation.  There should be some kind of penalty for 'frivolous' legal proceedings like this.

Contact: 888-249-NEWS
Rule Imposes Unjustified Costs, Empowering Special Interest Shareholders and Disrupting Fragile Economic Recovery
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Business Roundtable today filed a  legal challenge to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) final rules requiring a corporation to include in its proxy materials director nominees put forward by a shareholder (or group of shareholders) who have owned three percent or more of company stock for at least three years. Eugene Scalia and Amy Goodman of Gibson, Dunn, and Crutcher LLP will be counsel to the Chamber and Business Roundtable on this litigation...

You believe this one?  The US Chamber of Commerce is too lazy to send out 1099 forms.  How is the government suppose to know what is being transacted for tax purposes if there is no reporting?  Boy Scouts Honor?  Dig the words OPPRESSIVE REGULATION !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If I have my way, Small Businesses, SINCERELY SMALL BUSINESSES will be the bulk of the GDP in the USA.  They can purchase electronic bookkeeping systems for very little monies that can automatically print the forms to be mailed with little to no cost except for the paper and the postage.

GET OVER IT !  Small businesses are going to dominate the USA and they will be important in reporting income to the treasury.  Honestly.  Where do these institutions get these ideas from?  According to the US Chamber of Commerce every Small Business is TOO POOR AND TOO OPPRESSED AND TOO BURDENED to process paperwork properly.  Well, then I guess the US Chamber of Commerce isn't doing a good job if Small Business Owners are empowered to pay the USA Treasury.  Give me a break.  They are such bastards.

Release Date: Sep 14, 2010 
Contact: 888-249-NEWS
‘In this economy, there is little defense for supporting oppressive regulations on small businesses,’ Says Josten

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President for Government Affairs, R. Bruce Josten, issued the following statement today on the Senate’s failure to pass Senator Johanns’ amendment to repeal the burdensome 1099 reporting requirement included in the health care law:

“Today the Senate obstructed a measure that would’ve prevented an avalanche of new paperwork for small business owners. Their refusal to recognize that small businesses will now be forced to spend precious time and resources reporting to the federal government rather than producing, growing, and creating jobs for Americans demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding about the challenges facing this economy. In this economy, there is little defense for supporting oppressive regulations on small businesses that will hamper their ability to put people back to work.”

The Chamber led 2,434 businesses, chambers, and associations from all 50 states in sending a letter to the Senate highlighting the business community’s commitment to repealing the 1099 reporting mandate included in the health care law. Tomorrow dozens of Chamber small business members will come to Washington to let their Members of Congress know that this provision must be repealed.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

 Well, Murdoch is just being a good Boy Scout I suppose.

Murdoch: 'Just being a good member' of U.S. Chamber (click here)

Speaking of News Corp., Keach Hagey buttonholed Rupert Murdoch this evening and asked him about his company's contributions to the RGA and to the Chamber of Commerce:
“It doesn’t reflect on Fox News,” he said. “It had nothing to do with Fox News. The RGA [gift] was actually [a result of] my friendship with John Kasich.”
...This gift, together with another $1 million News Corp. gift to the GOP-friendly U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has given Fox’s critics their strongest ammunition to date for arguing that the channel is not an objective observer, as it claims, but a player in the political process.
Because of this, some have speculated that News Corp. never intended the gifts to become public.
Murdoch told POLITICO that this was half right.
“The RGA we did,” expect to become public, he said. “We didn’t expect the other one.”
...“We are members of the Chamber of Commerce, and I just thought I was being a good member,” Murdoch said.

Joe Miller states Lisa Murkowski is the Alaskan aristrocacy. Perhaps. But, Miller is a hypocrit.

There seems as though Alaskans have one clear choice that speaks to the real issues, not the extremist issues.

Miller states he abhores Murkowski and her loyality to Wall Street, but, on his website Joe Miller clearly states he endorses: "The Contract From America,"  The Contract form America clearly states, "Stop the Tax Hikes."  (click here)  The only people receiving tax hikes are those making over $250,000 Adjusted Gross Income.  Therefore, Joe Miller endorses tax cuts for the wealthy.  You know, the aristocracy he claims Lisa Murkowski belongs to.

John A. Farrell

Tea Party Candidate Joe Miller's Government Spending Hypocrisy  (click here)

By John Aloysius Farrell

Posted: September 21, 2010

Share ThisAnother day, another Tea Party hypocrisy.

It seems that U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller of Alaska--the anti-socialist, constitutional purist who professes to believe in minimalist government--did not spurn the federal handout when it came to his own wallet. He pocketed $7,000 of our money in the form of federal farm subsidies.
According to his spokesman, Miller took the money back in the 1990s, when Democrat Bill Clinton's administration was presiding over a roaring economy and, working with a Republican Congress, paying off the debts of the Reagan-Bush years. When Miller was on the receiving end of our money, his attitude toward government was apparently different than it is now, when he's deploring institutions like Social Security and unemployment insurance.
[See an Opinion slide show of the 2010 elections’ bad candidates.]
Given the state of the economy, it's natural for voters to be angry. Given that voters are angry, it's natural that hypocrites, know-nothings, and con men and women will enter politics, and attempt to capitalize

It's up to Democrats, sound-minded Republicans, and independent voters to weed the frauds out.

REALISTIC OPTION.  It is nothing but the truth!  Substance and character matters over 'populous fervor' created for the purpose of manipulating the electorate.  Time to wake up to reality, not history.

Story last updated at 6:48 PM on Wednesday, October 6, 2010
McAdams offers realistic option  (click here)

I am so tired of the divisiveness in our community and the war of words in our papers. Finally this season, a person has emerged who I believe is a viable choice for "moderates" in the right/left divide. I attended both events here in Homer for U.S. Senate candidate Scott McAdams and was very pleasantly surprised.
The heated rhetoric and inflexibility coming from the Alaska's right makes it clear neither Republican Party candidate should be elected. Intelligent, articulate, McAdams offers a sensible, realistic alternative to the wackiness of Joe Miller who believes unemployment benefits are unconstitutional and who would do away with Medicare, Social Security and other federal programs.
McAdams also is far superior to "write-in" candidate Lisa Murkowski who abandoned Alaska during her time in the Senate to march "lock-step" with the party of "No." Now she's making a desperate attempt to match Miller's appeal with the Tea Party fringe.
Mr. McAdams knows Alaska. He won't turn his back on federal aid desperately needed for schools, roads, water and other vital infrastructure. McAdams supports responsibly developing ANWR and has ideas for making Alaska a "Silicon Valley" of renewable energy. He is the mayor of Sitka, a teacher, a husband, a father, a fisherman and I believe McAdams is the only rational choice to represent Alaska in the U.S. Senate.
Judith Nester

I am sure everyone has seen this waste of real estate. The Airplane Boneyard.

What are they doing there?  Leaking oil?  Put people back to work reclaiming land, cleaning up these Wall Street messes and recycling materials.

Some take religious journeys to sacred places, (click title to entry - thank you) others gather at the home fields of beloved sports teams. But my pilgrimage? One day it will be here, to the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group outside of Tucson. Better known as the "Boneyard," it's the place where nearly 5,000 aerospace vehicles have gone to die....

Industry doesn't need to cut down more forests, they need to work with what they already have and have ruined in the way of land quality.

The Danube River and its tributaries run from France to the Black Sea.

No one is doing anything to stop the poisons from entering the general water quality of the entire region?  You've got to be joking?  Europe is looking at generations of contaminated water on a planet that is drying up?  Really?

Hungary toxic sludge reaches Danube branch (click title to entry - thank you)

Caustic red mud spill that killed four people has reached Mosoni-Danube, branch of Europe's second longest river 
Mark Tran and agencies, Thursday 7 October 2010 11.03 BST 
A toxic red mud spill that killed four people in western Hungary has reached the Mosoni-Danube, a southern branch of the Danube, Hungarian disaster officials said today.
Tibor Dobson of Hungary's national disaster unit told Reuters the spill reached the branch of Europe's second-longest river near Hungary's border with Slovakia and Austria this morning.
But Dobson said the highly caustic slurry has been reduced to the point where it is unlikely to cause further damage to the environment. The pH level of the sludge, originally above 12, is now under 10, he said. However, a harmless level is between 6 and 8.
There are fears that the toxic torrent will cause serious ecological damage to the Danube after being carried downstream by tributaries. The sludge is expected to reach the river by the weekend or early next week.
Hungary's prime minister, Viktor Orban, who visited one of three villages inundated by red sludge, today declared one area a write-off....

This should be a wake call for every government on Earth.  If they think they have problems with clean water now, imagine not having local waters supplies at all.

Is that Alcoa smelting plant still in Iceland?  We have more aluminum cans in recycle than Carter has little liver pills, what do we need an aluminum smelting plant for?

Saturday, August 14, 2004
Sunday, Aug. 08, 2004  (click here)
In the remote and barren highlands of eastern Iceland, the herds of reindeer and flocks of pink-footed geese suddenly have some company. Hundreds of workmen have moved into the unspoiled valleys northeast of the Vatnajökull icecap, where glacial rivers flow through magnificent canyons in a starkly beautiful volcanic landscape. The men are working on the Kárahnjúkar Hydroelectric Project: a vast network of dams, reservoirs, tunnels, power stations and high-tension lines to support a new aluminum-smelting plant for the U.S. multinational Alcoa on a fjord some 70 km to the east. At a total projected cost of $2.2 billion for the smelter and its hydropower system, it's the biggest construction project in Iceland's history — and it's taking shape in one of Europe's last remaining large wilderness areas. Little wonder that it has sparked a furious debate over whether economic growth can co-exist with environmental care in this place that few people ever visit.

Alcoa primary aluminum smelters  (click here)

Alcoa has 25 smelting plants globally.  If the global community continues to allow this mess to continue to be propagated we'll never use recycled aluminum.  Is anyone thinking about this?  We don't need any more and some of these can be shut down.  Put people to work recycling the aluminum we already have.  It's sort of like sunshine, you only need so much before it causes cancer.

...The first was the so-called "hidden people"--(click here) or, to put it more plainly, elves--in whom some large number of Icelanders, steeped long and thoroughly in their rich folkloric culture, sincerely believe. Before Alcoa could build its smelter it had to defer to a government expert to scour the enclosed plant site and certify that no elves were on or under it. It was a delicate corporate situation, an Alcoa spokesman told me, because they had to pay hard cash to declare the site elf-free but, as he put it, "we couldn't as a company be in a position of acknowledging the existence of hidden people." The other, more serious problem was the Icelandic male: he took more safety risks than aluminum workers in other nations did. "In manufacturing," says the spokesman, "you want people who follow the rules and fall in line. You don't want them to be heroes. You don't want them to try to fix something it's not their job to fix, because they might blow up the place." The Icelandic male had a propensity to try to fix something it wasn't his job to fix....

I just love the fascination with anthropology by Wall Street, don't you?