Sunday, March 25, 2012

Climate and sea level rise are related, but, climate can be hostile to life even though the ice fields of Earth are not completely melted.

...Earth’s glaciers and ice caps (click title to entry - thank you) outside of the regions of Greenland and Antarctica are shedding about 150 billion tons of ice annually, according to a new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder.
The total mass ice loss from Greenland, Antarctica and all Earth’s glaciers and ice caps between 2003 to 2010 was 1,000 cubic miles, about eight times the water volume of Lake Erie.
“The total amount of ice lost to Earth’s oceans from 2003 to 2010 would cover the entire United States in about 1 and one-half feet of water,” said CU-Boulder physics Professor John Wahr, who helped lead the study….
The measurements are important because the melting of the world’s glaciers and ice caps, along with Greenland and Antarctica, pose the greatest threat to sea level increases in the future, Wahr said....

Conservationists understand stranding more than most.

"Habitat loss and drought"

It wasn't long ago peers would state, it will be really scary when mammals start to be added to the threatened and endangered lists.


Are we this willing to strand ourselves again under leadership that victimizes the Middle Class ?

Are we going to strand our Seniors? Leave them to chance? The Republicans reject the health care insurance overhaul and state they will provide a private insurance option for Medicare.
What? None of it makes sense. How can a party seek to overhaul Medicare and leave other Americans stranded without a chance for their own wellness or survival? This is a plan? It doesn't even recognize the current law.
The suggestion by this incredible revelation of changing the way Medicare is abandoned for private insurance is a trap that will only further stand our citizens. There is no prevention for increases in cost for private insurances. If the Republicans are elected to majorities in 2012, there won't be any State Exchanges either. So, Mr. Ryan is a deceptive author that seeks to change the vision of our benevolent country.
I heard someone from the CBO speak today stating it would be a far better answer for health insurance if everyone was employed. Imagine that. An employee from the CBO stumping for the GOP. That would be a good idea if Wall Street Republicans didn't continually victimize the majority of citizens and health insurance companies didn't remove those that are ill from their roles. Such an answer by a CBO employee is completely blind to the reality of our capitalized based democracy in an environment of destroyed regulations and those that seek to continue to destroy the barriers between profits at the price of human life.
This plan by Ryan isn't realistic nor moral.
March 25, 2012 2:20 PM 

Lucy Madison

(CBS News) 
Republican Congressman Paul Ryan (click title to entry - thank you) on Sunday defended his controversial 2013 budget proposal, telling CBS' "Face the Nation" that the plan would help America avoid a debt crisis while creating jobs and spurring economic growth.
"We're putting the budget on a path to balance and to pay the debt off. We want to avoid a debt crisis. The president's budget brings us closer to a debt crisis," Ryan told CBS' Norah O'Donnell.
Ryan's proposed budget, which he unveiled last week, drew immediate criticism from Democrats, who say it places the burden of reducing the deficit solely on the backs of the middle-class and the elderly.
Ryan on Sunday argued that his proposal requires sacrifice from all Americans - and disputed theWhite House claim that it would give millionaires a $150,000 tax cut.
"Those numbers are obviously not credible," Ryan said.
In addition to adding a private insurance option for seniors using Medicare, Ryan's budget would overhaul the tax code and would create just two income tax brackets - 25 percent and 10 percent. The proposal is unlikely to pass the Senate, controlled by Democrats, and has little chance of becoming law. It does, however, set up an ideological battle between the left and the right over budget priorities as the 2012 election nears....

Our cities have become stranded and now a Governor actually thinks treating democracy as a burden is the answer.

Those that stranded up here are believed by the electorate to have the answer?


We are willing to destroy democracy to prove it, too?

We were stranded here by the Plutocrats that removed 'work' from the USA and now we are suppose to be resurrected by the same people that threw it away in the first place?  Where does that add up? Our cities are suppose to sell assets, abandon democracy and relinquish treasuries in order to 'find a way.' What is happening to this country? How can it be tolerated?

Governor Snyder worked with the brain trust of Michigan universities whom built a company out of genius and then sold the company to Wall Street and exported it out of Michigan. This man can actually be trusted to rescue cities? Destroying democracies is not the answer. Not even close. If he had a record of rescuing companies and putting Michiganders back to work I could understand how people would see hope within his abilities, but, that wasn't at all the case, what did everyone believe was going to happen?

Published: Friday, March 23, 2012, 6:35 PM     
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2012, 8:20 PM

Flint, MI -- Mayor Dayne Walling (click title to entry - thank you) and the Flint City Council officially regained their power to govern the city today, but their newly rediscovered authority could last mere days.

The state of Michigan is appealing to a higher court the Tuesday court ruling that invalidated Gov. Rick Snyder's appointment of Flint emergency manager Michael Brown.

In court briefs filed today, the state asked the Court of Appeals to suspend Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina's order barring the emergency manager from office. Aquilina ruled the state violated the Open Meetings Act in appointing Brown....

The court granted a motion for immediate consideration of the appeal, said treasury spokesman Caleb Buhs, and could make a decision as soon as Monday....

Schools are stranded with overcrowding and no answers. This is the USA?

There is no federal program that can repair our children's educations if the infrastructure is not a priority.  The 'real' American Job Act provided for rebuilding our infrastructure, repairing schools, building new ones where they are needed. Where have our priorities gone?

I was never educated in a school trailer.  Not one day in my career did I ever attend a class in a trailer.  Not one day.

The stress of overcrowding has to add to the pressures that cause bullying and violence. It obviously adds to poor outcomes for children and no doubt early dropouts from high school.

Published Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012 | 2 a.m.
Updated Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012 | 3:03 a.m.
Every weekday morning (click title to entry - thank you) Tiffany Leard walks 10 minutes from her Henderson home to Del Webb Middle School located less than a mile away.
Next year, the 11-year-old sixth-grader might be bussed more than three miles away to Bob Miller Middle School if her neighborhood is rezoned under a Clark County School District proposal to alleviate overcrowding at Del Webb.
The attendance zone proposal baffles Tiffany’s father, Kelley Leard, who moved his family from Summerlin to Henderson eight years ago specifically for the area schools — ranked among the best in the valley. Never did he fathom his house — located in the housing development just next to Del Webb — would be rezoned to any other school....

There is this incredible phenomena that has accompanied the housing bubble. It is the reality of homeless children and their ability to maintain some degree of normalcy to learn and at least grown out of their stranding in the USA educational system.

Oddly, though, it is not a new phenomena.

Principal Leadership Magazine, Vol. 4, Number 8, May 2004

Defining and Identifying Homeless Youth (click here)

According to federal law, homeless children include those who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. McKinney-Vento recognizes a wide range of living situations as homelessness, such as frequent mobility or living in shared housing (often a crowded residence with several other families), motels, cars, parks, makeshift housing, or shelters.
Unless students are directly referred to the school as homeless students, staff members will often need to make judgment calls to identify homeless students and offer assistance. Although some students will volunteer their personal information, many homeless students will make oblique references to where they are staying. Students may also indirectly indicate that they are homeless through changes in their habits and appearance, such as increased sleepiness; wearing the same clothes frequently or other personal care issues; a decreasing quality of school work; and most often, and absences from school.
While it is important to respect students' right to privacy, it is also essential for homeless students to know their legal rights under McKinney-Vento. Homeless students should be offered every opportunity to continue to attend their schools of origin and have access to all other appropriate services to help them achieve in school.

The American food supply, listeria, e.coli and now pink slime.

A nation abandoned to sugar surges.

Sugar coated (click title to entry - thank you)

We're drowning in high fructose corn syrup. Do the risks go beyond our waistline?

Stranded, what choice is there?

It’s Official: The Crash of the U.S. Economy has begun (click title to entry - thank you)

Global Research

June 14, 2007

It’s official. Mark your calendars. The crash of the U.S. economy has begun. It was announced the morning of Wednesday, June 13, 2007, by economic writers Steven Pearlstein and Robert Samuelson in the pages of the Washington Post, one of the foremost house organs of the U.S. monetary elite.

Pearlstein’s column was titled, “The Takeover Boom, About to Go Bust” and concerned the extraordinary amount of debt vs. operating profits of companies currently subject to leveraged buyouts.

In language remarkably alarmist for the usually ultra-bland pages of the Post, Pearlstein wrote, “It is impossible to predict when the magic moment will be reached and everyone finally realizes that the prices being paid for these companies, and the debt taken on to support the acquisitions, are unsustainable. When that happens, it won't be pretty. Across the board, stock prices and company valuations will fall. Banks will announce painful write-offs, some hedge funds will close their doors, and private-equity funds will report disappointing returns. Some companies will be forced into bankruptcy or restructuring.”

Further, “Falling stock prices will cause companies to reduce their hiring and capital spending while governments will be forced to raise taxes or reduce services, as revenue from capital gains taxes declines. And the combination of reduced wealth and higher interest rates will finally cause consumers to pull back on their debt-financed consumption. It happened after the junk-bond and savings-and-loan collapses of the late 1980s. It happened after the tech and telecom bust of the late '90s. And it will happen this time.”...

In 1993 the people of the USA were already stranded in their health care.

A generation later, the circumstances of the American people were no better, but, actually worse.  The people had gotten used to the mistreatment of the health care industry and it was a chronic struggle to make ends meet while obtaining life saving care, if one was lucky enough not to be dropped.

There was a time in the USA a health insurance policy was considered simply a benefit expected when working a job. It cost minimal or no cost as an employee, had a deductible of $100, a 20% deductible up to the first $1000 and then fully covered after that amount.  That is unheard of now.  What occurred was the 'idea' of funding the nation with HMOs that would be cheap, excellent care. It was the time of Richard Nixon. The disaster continued and Americans found they could not afford either the insurance or the health care and people died.  

They died from abandonment of their providers or lack of health care insurance. The American people lost their security in their ability of obtaining health care because they were stranded by Wall Street. If their policies no longer turned a profit because of ill health, they were no longer a worthy commodity.

The examples of government intervention to temper the disaster spans decades including SCHIP, Medicare and Medicaid.

The examples of government regulation of consumer commodities also spans decades including rubber, gas and butter during WWII. The government has the power to act in protection of the people including regulation of commerce when it becomes adverse to life.

In the words of Judge Laurence Silberman, (click title to entry - thank you) a leading conservative who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush, the lawsuits challenging the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that most Americans have to either carry health insurance or pay slightly more income taxes have no basis “in either the text of the Constitution or Supreme Court precedent.” Nevertheless, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit broke with three other appeals courts to hold the law unconstitutional last August.
The 11th Circuit decision was wrong, and the Supreme Court will reject it. Here are the three reasons why.

- Congress has broad power to regulate the national economy

Nearly 200 years of Supreme Court precedent establish that the Affordable Care Act's insurance coverage provision is constitutional. A provision of the Constitution known as the Commerce Clause gives Congress power to “regulate commerce … among the several states.” And many Supreme Court decisions hold that Congress has broad power to enact laws that substantially affect prices, marketplaces, or other economic transactions—including transactions in the national health care market....

- The minimum coverage provision holds the Affordable Care Act together

The Constitution also gives Congress the power “[t]o make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution” its power to regulate interstate commerce. As Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia explains, this means “where Congress has the authority to enact a regulation of interstate commerce, it possesses every power needed to make that regulation effective.”...

- Congress has broad leeway in how it raises money

Congress also has the authority to “lay and collect taxes” under the Constitution. This power to tax also supports the minimum coverage provision, which works by requiring individuals who do not carry health insurance to pay slightly more income taxes. Taxpayers who refuse insurance must pay more in taxes while those who do carry insurance are exempt from this new tax. For this reason, the law is no different than dozens of longstanding tax exemptions, including the mortgage interest tax deduction, which allows people who take out home mortgages to pay lower taxes than people who do not.

They Keystone XL Pipeline will increase the cost of gasoline per gallon. NOT decrease it.

...As the debate intensifies, (click title to entry - thank you) arguments over the Keystone XL pipeline have grabbed the front pages of newspaper sand headlines of the evening news shows. But the media has focused little attention focused on the real consequences of the pipeline, among them, a probable increase by some estimates of gasoline prices in the Midwestern United States of 30 cents per gallon for regular and 10 to 20 cents per gallon elsewhere.

But that is not where the flow of money will stop. Oil from Canada’s tar sands will supply a feedstock to the U.S. refining industry, which is enjoying explosive growth in exports. In the words of CNN Money, “The United States is awash in gasoline. So much so, in fact, that the country is exporting a record amount of it.”...

The cost of accessing oil sands and extracting the oil and refining it is expensive. It is expensive from an extraction to its pollution of CO2 among other forms of air and water pollution as well as destruction of wildlife habitat.

...In the words of CNN Money, “The United States is awash in gasoline. So much so, in fact, that the country is exporting a record amount of it.”
In September 2011, the United States exported 430,000 more barrels of gasoline a day than it imported, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. That is about twice what it exported at the start of the year, and “experts and industry insiders say the trend is here to stay,” reported CNN Money....
The problem with gas prices is NOT supply, but, speculation. The price setting capacity is at the whim of Wall Street. It has nothing to do with how much oil is in the market. There is plenty and it is being exploited for the purpose of cash flow as a commodity.
There will be far less petroleum reserves for future generations of Americans if they ever need it, because, the greed merchants are claiming it all now.
Years ago, Brian Schweitzer went to Saudi Arabia to help them develop their own food sources, now as Governor he isn't facilitating a climate for agriculture, but, who cares really if he can grow food supply in Saudi Arabia, the USA will be just fine as a dessert.
March 22- 23 at Billings Crowne Plaza
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(Helena, MT) -- Governor Brian Schweitzer (click here) announced that Harold Hamm of Continental Resources, the largest independent oil producer in the Bakken region, will keynote the Montana Ambassadors annual meeting and conference. The conference theme is Imagine the Possible and will be held at the Billings Crowne Plaza March 22-23. 

Hamm, Chairman and CEO of Continental Resources, founded the predecessor company in 1967 as an oilfield service provider, later expanding to focus on the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas properties in Oklahoma. In 1993, Continental Resources expanded into the Rocky Mountain region, first into the Red River Units of Montana and the Dakotas, and then into the Bakken Shale play in Montana and North Dakota. The company is now the third largest crude oil producer in the Rocky Mountain region, the largest leaseholder and driller in the Bakken Shale and the largest leaseholder in the Anadarko Woodford in Oklahoma, with additional operations in the South and East regions of the United States....  

Montana Schweitzer and Howard Hamm are Keystone XL Pipeline Buddies

These men want to continue to strand the people of the USA with hideous gas prices from now and forever.  

Mr. Romney accepted Harold Hamm, the CEO of Continental Resources has his energy advisor.  Is there anything else to say.  Harold Hamm has been the person behind the Keystone XL Pipeline. I'd like to know what he has on TransCanada, a hell of a binding contract probably.  Hamm just won't take no and expects the USA to bend every rule in the book for it.  Wow.

At any rate Hamm is all about dirty oil from Canada and a pipeline that will make him more money.  He'll claim the expenses of building it while collecting subsidies at the same time.  Nothing like taking money from the people of the USA with two fits.  But, that is something Romney understands and admires, so why expect anything else from these two.

...Gov. Brian Schweitzer said (click title to entry - thank you) he and Hamm first met during negotiations for the Keystone XL pipeline. Producers in North Dakota were frustrated because pipeline developers didn't have much interest in transporting North Dakota crude....

These men have no respect for a healthy environment or the fact there are huge tracts of land suffering from drought. I mean what have we got here?

In the USA daily consumption is 19,150,000 barrels per day.  Each barrel is 42 US gallons of crude oil. That estimate is from 2010.
Mr. Hamm's Continental Resources owes and operates the lands in North Dakota of the Bakken Fornation. It was named after the original owner of the property. The oil reserve of the entire Bakken Forrmation has a maximum assessementt of 18 billion barrels of which only 3.0 to 4.3 billion barrels are accessible with state of the art technology.  That available assessed capacity was at the end of 2007, so there is far less today.

If there were still 4.3 billion barrels of crude oil available for the refinery today and it was all gasoline, which it isn't that would mean the entire Bakken Formation would yield enough oil for the USA for 225 days.  That is it!  Less than a years supply of crude oil will come out of these lands for the USA.

The Keystone XL Pipeline is not about supply oil that will bring the price of gas down.  This pipeline has been a dreamscape by billionaires in the USA that simply don't care about the future of the children of this nation and the fact Earth is simply too hot to continue on this path.

The State Department Environmental Impact Statement fails (click here) to adequately analyze lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused by the pipeline. Extraction and refinement of oil sands are more GHG-intensive compared to conventional oil. The EIS estimates that the additional annual GHG emissions from the proposed pipeline could range from an additional “12-23 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent… (roughly the equivalent of annual emissions from 2 to 4 coal-fired power plants)” over conventional crude oil from the Middle East. The EPA believes that the methodology used by the State Department is inaccurate and could underestimate GHG emissions by as much as 20 percent. Given that the expected lifetime of the Keystone XL pipeline is fifty years, the EPA notes that the project could yield an extra 1.15 billion tons of GHGs using the quantitative estimates in the EIS.

The energy sector have been locked into looking in all the wrong places. The fact the petroleum industry has been a complete disaster throughout its history, including the fact we have a planet on meltdown, we cannot simply allow more of the same at any cost. The Keystone XL Pipeline is an unnecessary project by a billionaire who can't get over his own dependency on crude oil. Somewhere in all this is a justification during the Bush/Cheney White House that energy independence means drilling regardless of environmental costs. It is outrageous. Never once do these men entertain the idea of peace and breaking the addiction to oil, but, only continuing the dependency and seeking only wealth as if the people of the USA can actually continue this fantasy.

Drilling for crude oil is a fantasy and we don't need it.  It is not going to solve the nation's problems, but, only continues to strand American citizens for yet another generation of exploitation.

...Last year was quite a year for oil and gas disasters.(click here) In addition to the BP blowout, there was a leak on BP's TransAlaska pipeline, a million-gallon oil spill in Michigan, and a gas explosion that destroyed 37 homes and killed eight people in California. So it would seem like a lousy time for a Canadian company to propose building a pipeline, the Keystone XL, right through the middle of the continent—especially one that may be unnecessary and that even some oil companies think is overpriced....

Ford Evos Concept - Technology - Full Length Video

From this time forward personal transportation is no longer about petroleum, it is about responsibility.

The is the Ford Evos. (click here for more photos).

It is incredible technology seeking to create a sincerely personal automobile.

The vision of tomorrow is completely remarkable and I am very hopeful the USA is solving its problems.

It's Sunday Night

No Stranding Allowed

"Stranded" by Van Morrison

    I'm stranded at the edge of the world
    It's a world I don't know
    Got no where to go
    Feels like I'm stranded
    And I'm stranded between that ol' devil and the deep blue sea
    And nobody's gonna tell me, tell me what, what time it is
    Everyday, everyday, it's hustle, hustle time, hustle time
    Everyday and every way, one more, one more mountain to climb
    It's leaving me stranded
    In my own little island
    With my eyes open wide
    But I'm feeling stranded
    Every, every, everyday, it's hustle time
    Every way, one more mountain to climb
    I'm stranded between the devil and the deep blue sea
    There ain't no where else to be
    'Cept right here and I'm stranded

"Stranded" by Van Morrison