Wednesday, November 02, 2011

There are many Americans that work in this industry all over this country.

I would urge the National Restaurant Association to honor the Americans that work for them and release any binding agreement regarding sexual harassment claims in regard to the Cain for President campaign. He is running for the highest office in the land. The NRA should be doing what is best for the country and for its association members and employees.

Oops, coal ash in Lake Michigan, Who knew? Fishing anyone? A little recreational boating maybe?

The site of a bluff collapse at the We Energies Oak Creek Power Plant in Oak Creek, Wis. is shown Monday, Oct. 31, 2011. A section of cliff the size of a football field gave way Monday at the southeastern Wisconsin power plant, creating a mudslide that sent a pickup truck and other equipment tumbling into Lake Michigan and swept several construction trailers toward the beach. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Mark Hoffman)

From the "Charleston Gazette"

Did the Republicans say DEREGULATION? 

How about regulations at all?

Wisconsin coal-ash spill renews calls for federal rules (click title to entry - thank you)

And leave our farmland in hands of whom exactly? 

The Energy Sector? 

I don't think so.

November 1, 2011 by Ken Ward Jr.

A super-saturated type of ash – used to help fill in a ravine more than 50 years ago at a We Energies power plant – may have triggered a massive landslide there Monday, sending that hazardous material and others funneling into Lake Michigan.

From "Dredging"

Ash Landfill at We Energies Power Plant Causes Major ConcernThat appears (click here) to be the cause of the mudslide at the coal-fired power plant, said Frank Schultz, waste and materials management supervisor for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’s southeast region.
Coal ash – which is the byproduct of burned coal and includes the tiny particles called “fly ash,” which used to vent out of smokestacks into the atmosphere – was used in the 1950s and 1960s to fill in a ravine that existed on the property, Schultz said. It was an unlicensed landfill then, he explained, and Monday morning’s mudslide began over that ravine.
“When (fly ash) gets too much water on it, the weight of the water helps it to flow down. (But) how did water get in there?” Schultz asked Tuesday. “The cap on the material was in place. Apparently, that capping wasn’t enough in this case.”...

The Keystone Pipeline is the worst pipe dream of the petroleum industry to date.

There are three distinctive reasons why the Keystone Pipeline is NOT a viable project.

1.  The extraction of oil from oil sands results in a NEGATIVE energy return.  The process uses an intense amount of energy to extract oil from sand and the process leaves a large carbon footprint.  When the process is finished the oil produces less energy than the process that extracted it.

2,  Besides the aquifers involved in the USA, there is senstive farmland facing drought that could be damaged if an accident occurs.  With fisheries threatened by deep water oil drilling and the Gulf Coast of Louisiana losing its fisheries to gross imbalance of toxins in the water; the primary source of grain that frequently feeds the world is the USA Midwest.  It is grossly unwise to allow ANY RISK of these lands, yet alone the water supply to them and the people that live there.  These agricultural lands have to be maintained in pristine condition without ANY THREAT to adverse outcomes including oil spills and gas explosions. 

3.  The environmental damage in Canada cannot be ignored by the USA in the processing of the oil sands.  If Canadians beieve destroying valuable lands where wildlife flourishes is okay then they can use the oil they extract in Canada without a pipeline across the most valuable agricutlural lands in the world.  Canada imports oil and needs these extractions more than the USA for the sincere energy cost they require and the environmental damage they cause.

Has the petroleum industry no conscience at all?  I think not.

If actions speak louder than words, then the petroleum industry is more immoral everyday. 

Desperate and immoral.  We don't want it and for God sakes leave the USA some decency and productive farm land.

While it is a good idea to track the debris from the tsunami that hit Japan after the earthquake...

...there is a chance it is not only a floating junk yard, but, also a radioactive floating junk yard.

NOAA (click title to entry - thank you) has predicted possible trajectories for the debris field using OSCURS (Ocean Surface Current Simulator) Year 1 = red; Year 2 = orange; Year 3 = yellow; Year 4 = light blue; Year 5 = violet Photo: Courtesy of J. Churnside, NOAA; created using Google

While I applaud Senator Daniel Inouye for his reaction to the information of the floating debris, it would be better if the UN Maritime Law Group asked the nations in the region, including Australia and Indonesia to act together to remove the debris and stop its journey.  If it is found to be radioactive, the entire ocean could be in peril along with fisheries and human beings.  I do believe there is a basis in Maritime Law that would allow for such international cooperation beyond sovereign borders.  If not the UN Security Council could take up the issue for a resolution.

Inouye Steps Up With Money for Tsunami Debris Cleanup (click here)

Scientists worried about tons of debris from the March tsunami in Japan approaching U.S. shores unchecked have gotten some help from U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye.
Hawaii's senior senator was able to insert $1 million into an appropriations bill passed by the Senate on Tuesday, according to a press release from Inouye's office.
Scientists and government officials estimate as much as 25 million tons of debris from the tsunami are headed toward Hawaii and the West Coast, and could begin washing up on coastlines as early as next year....

The difference between the way the GOP pays for infrastructure projects is the polar opposite of the way President Obama pays for them.

The Wall Street Journal is attempting to create the image that the Republican Governors elected in 2012 are "Obamaesque" but without the tax liability of the President's "American Job Act."

That is true, the Republican Governors are more than happy to use the Presidents proposals but to fund them on the backs of the Middle Class and Poor.  That is the difference.  The President wants to close loopholes to pay for the American Jobs Act, while the Republican Governors have absolutely problem further burdening the majority of taxpayers making less than $200,000 per year. 

I have a question.  For the amount of fuss the GOP raises over taxing those above $200,000 because there are many small businesses in that bracket, aren't their actually MORE sincerely small businesses in the tax bracket under $200,000?  So, why tax them more?  Taxing the lower income people will only sink them further in debt away from prospering and increasing their need for employees?  It is ridiculous what the GOP Governors are doing to their states.  They aren't giving the lower tax brackets a fighting chance at buying homes or improving their businesses to increase their wealth. 

The GOP is not a good party to benefit the American people.  They are draconian and ideological and corrupt.  The only resemblance the GOP Governors have to President Obama is the fact they have copied his priorities; proving once and for all, the Republicans have no ideas and the President is 100% correct on the economy.  The GOP causes more contracture in the USA economy and do not help the country recover.

...Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (click title to entry - thank you) has cut business taxes, signed a balanced budget and squeezed the state bureaucracy, achievements his fellow Michigan Republicans hope to use to help defeat President Obama here in 2012.

Mr. Snyder also has proposed spending billions of dollars on roads, bridges, broadband service and mass transit—the kind of programs advocated by Mr. Obama and scorned by many Republicans as a waste of money....

Speaker Boner's House took time to reaffirm the nation's motto? Really?

Was it that they didn't know it? 

If the USA House is looking for divine intervention with the economy, they have to look no further than #Occupy, because the movement is working hard and suffering adversity to remove the money changers from the country.

No need for a thank you, either.  Great patriots would have done it anyway.

…Senator Tom Harkin, (click here) an Iowa Democrat, and Representative Peter DeFazio, an Oregon Democrat, will introduce the bills tomorrow in their respective chambers. The bills will give the United States an increased role in the international debate over a transaction tax, which is likely to be discussed at the Group of 20 summit this week in Cannes, France.

“It’s a significant way to raise some needed revenue,” Harkin said in an interview today in Washington. “Quite frankly, I bet nobody would even feel it.”

The European Union in September proposed a financial- transaction tax that would take effect in 2014 and raise about $57 billion euros ($78 billion) a year. Germany and France have led a push for global implementation….

And in regard to the Visitor Center that is actually a fallout shelter for Congress, I like "E Pluribus Unum" better.  "In God We Trust" is alienating to people that are of a different understanding.  A visitor center should be inclusive and not exclusive.  All the great patriotic movements in the USA, including the civil rights movement, found strength and influence in a common understanding, common ground if you will.  Of many comes one.  That is the USA, to every person within its borders.

The transaction tax is most appropriate given the times we are facing.  To realize a transaction tax as a global revenue is to realize JUSTICE to the dynamics at play within the markets and the exorbitant profits of corporations.

If corporations are to be considered persons as the Roberts' court would see it, then they are among the wealthy in the USA and need to be taxed to their income levels as any citizen would be.  The Super Committee needs to use the Simpson-Bowles Tax Restructuring Model to effect sincere changes in the revenues of the USA.