Thursday, October 17, 2013

End fracking in Colorado ! What is wrong with this picture? Subsidies to the petroleum industy? Yeah I think so

October 18, 2013
UNISYS Water Vapor Satellite of North and West Hemisphere (click here for 12 hour loop - thank you)

There is a decending severe weather front in the upper Midwest.

The Weather Channel 
Current Temperature Map 

Colorado is still struggling after the devastating floods and here comes winter. Freezing temperatures will hamper recovery to this area of the country.

By Mitchell Byars
Camera Staff Writer

Immigration Reform in California

I would suggest the Governors that can accomplish State's Right legislation to protect our undocumented workers do so while the Congress in DC attempts to actually legislate in a meaningful way.

If California can accomplish this there are no excuses for anyone else. 

California Governor Jerry Brown (C) is surrounded by state and local officials after he signed AB60 into law during ceremonies in Los Angeles on Oct. 3, 2013. Reuters/Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti

The Governor signed the following bills today: (click here)

• AB 4 by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) – Prohibits a law enforcement official from detaining an individual on the basis of a United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) hold after that individual becomes eligible for release from custody, unless specified conditions are met.

• AB 35 by Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D-West Covina) – Provides that immigration consultants, attorneys, notaries public, and organizations accredited by the United States Board of Immigration Appeals are the only individuals authorized to charge a fee for providing services associated with filing an application under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's deferred action program.

• AB 524 by Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (D-South San Francisco) – Provides that a threat to report the immigration status or suspected immigration status of an individual or the individual's family may induce fear sufficient to constitute extortion.

• AB 1024 by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) – Allows applicants, who are not lawfully present in the United States, to be admitted as an attorney at law.

• AB 1159 by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) – Imposes various restrictions and obligations on persons who offer services related to comprehensive immigration reform.

• SB 141 by Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) – Requires that the California Community Colleges and the California State University, and requests that the University of California, exempt a United States citizen who resides in a foreign country, and is in their first year as a matriculated student, from nonresident tuition if the student demonstrates financial need, has a parent or guardian who was deported or voluntarily departed from the U. S., lived in California immediately before moving abroad, and attended a secondary school in California for at least three years.

• SB 150 by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) – Authorizes a community college district to exempt pupils attending community colleges as a special part-time student from paying nonresident tuition.

• SB 666 by Senator Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) – Provides for a suspension or revocation of an employer's business license for retaliation against employees and others on the basis of citizenship and immigration status, and establishes a civil penalty up to $10,000 per violation.

Slate (click here)

I really don't want to hear how labor unions are against immigration reform.

“They’re paying taxes and they’re contributing,” says Eliseo Medina of undocumented immigrants. “What we need, though, is to make sure that they all can be full contributors.”

National labor official (click here) Eliseo Medina was in Milwaukee today, saying immigration reform would help workers.

Opponents of a path to citizenship for undocumented workers sometimes argue that the immigration bill now on hold in Congress would lead to some current U.S. citizens losing their jobs. That’s not the way Medina sees it.

Medina – the recently-retired secretary-treasurer of the Service Employees International Union, who also chairs the SEIU's immigration initiative – says many of the estimated 11 million undocumented people in the United States are already working.

“They’re paying taxes and they’re contributing,” says Medina. “What we need, though, is to make sure that they all can be full contributors.”
He says legalizing undocumented workers will take workers out of the underground economy and lead to job creation for American workers – not job loss. He also says some SEIU members are undocumented, and it's time for them to be able to stop living in fear.

A challenge for the immigration bill, though, is to re-ignite congressional debate over the measure. Congress may have just ended the federal shutdown, but it isn't clear what other measures they plan to take up this fall. Medina says immigration advocates are contacting many members of Congress today.

Medina was in Milwaukee to help honor the pro-immigrant group Voces de la Frontera.

Eliseo Medina (click here) is described by the Los Angeles Times as "one of the most successful labor organizers in the country" and was named one of the "Top 50 Most Powerful Latino Leaders" in Poder Magazine. The International Secretary-Treasurer of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Medina also leads the union's efforts to achieve comprehensive immigration reform that rebuilds the nation's economy, secures equal labor- and civil-rights protections for workers to improve their wages and work conditions and provides legal channels and a path to citizenship. Medina's work to help grow Latino voting strength in the 2012 elections is widely recognized as a key factor in propelling the 2013 debate in Congress over commonsense immigration reform....

...Medina's career as a labor activist began in 1965 when, as a 19-year-old grape-picker, he participated in the historic United Farm Workers' strike in Delano, Calif. Over the next 13 years, Medina worked alongside labor leader and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez and honed his skills as a union organizer and political strategist; eventually rising through the ranks to serve as the United Farm Workers' national vice president....

The UFW Executive Board in 1973 included veteran farmworker organizers and activists:
(l-r) Dolores Huerta, Mack Lyons, Richard Chavez, Cesar Chavez, Eliseo Medina,
Philip Veracruz, Gilbert Padilla, Marshall Ganz and Pete Velasco.

Good job! They did it!

I wish someone would calculate the size and weight of the meteor before it entered Earth's atmosphere. This is what is left over.

MOSCOW, October 16 (RIA Novosti)
A rock (click here) thought to be the biggest fragment so far of a meteorite that exploded over Russia’s Urals region in February was lifted from the bottom of a lake Wednesday in a massive recovery effort broadcast live by Russian TV.
“This is the daddy of previously recovered pieces… See this black crust? This is a visitor from space. … The crust is very thick, [with traces of] smelting, rust and dents,” Sergei Zamozdra, a scientist at Chelyabinsk State University, told reporters at the scene.
The fragment lifted from the bed of Chebarkul Lake in the Chelyabinsk Region weighed about 600 kilograms (1,323 pounds) before it cracked into three pieces during the recovery operation.
“This fragment was quite big, and, apparently while being pulled, it cracked and split into three parts. However, the two biggest fragments weigh 570 kilograms [1,256 pounds] in total,” Chelyabinsk Region Governor Mikhail Yurevich said in a statement.
The exact weight of the three pieces combined is unknown, because the scales broke when the needle reached 570 kilograms.
After being carefully studied by scientists, the biggest fragment will be put on display at a local museum....

It is all genetic investigation. Imagine a Grizzly Bear with a white coat; that would be a yeti.

The Indian tribes are correct. It was real, but, elusive. 
By Elizabeth Barber
October 17, 2013
...Bryan Sykes, (click here) a geneticist at the University of Oxford, has announced that two pelts said to belong to the yeti match DNA from an ancient polar bear. He proposes not that ancient polar bears are hiding in the rugged Himalayas, but that so-called “yetis” are in fact brown bear and polar bear hybrids, a species as of yet unknown to science.
Dr. Sykes’ findings have not yet been published but will be broadcast Sunday in a television special on the UK’s Channel 4....

And not to go unnoticed.; JP Morgan proved it's loyalty to the citizens of the USA; as if it had to.

I would never reduce this initiative by Morgan to a publicity stunt. It was the sweetest offer a CEO could have made and to the people involved at the mercy of the Republicans in Congress, this is heroic.

This isn't the first time Morgan has risen to the occasion. Of course, in the past it was just as self-serving as heroic during the financial meltdown of 2008, but, this was an incredible realization of devotion to the human condition in the USA that can't go unnoticed. These are the most vulnerable in our nation, but, they are also very valuable to a baseline economy. It was not a minor offer.

Thank you.

October 15, 2013
By Ted Robbins 

JPMorgan Chase (click here) says it will cover Social Security and Welfare payments for its customers if the government goes into default or the shutdown continues....

And while the Republicans carried out their political strategy to treason the USA Constitution; the Russians sent a wake-up call.

What is that? 

It is the exhaust of a test launch of a Russian ICBM missile in acceleration to it's destiny.

Where did it happen?

In close enough proximity of the International Space Station to be noticed. 

It was no mistake. 

Evidently, Russia will seek to destroy the ISS if the USA engages in significant warfare that can be facilitated by bouncing signals off the station. I am quite confident the Russian strategy in warfare includes knocking every satellite out of the sky to disable any Star Wars capacity the USA has accumulated. 

Now, what are we doing parking missiles on Russia borders that will be disabled nearly immediately and quite possibly without a guiding vector will fall to Earth and destroy the very site it was launched from?

.."A missile launch seen from space: (click here) an unexpected surprise!" Parmitano wrote in a post on Oct. 11. One of the Italian astronaut's photos shows a curving contrail left in the missile's wake and another features a wispy cloud formed in space after the missile disintegrated.
Russia's Strategic Rocket Forces launched the missile, according to a blog post on The Topol/SS-25 missile launched from Kapustin Yar to the Sary Shagan test site in Kazakhstan.
"According to a representative of the Rocket Forces, the test was used to confirm characteristics of the Topol missile, to test the systems of the Sary Shagan test site, and 'to test new combat payload for intercontinental ballistic missiles,'" wrote on Oct. 10.

Russia also conducted a similar test from Kapustin Yar to Sary Shagan in June 2012, said....

The USA Star Wars' capacity is basically mute. Billions and trillions of USA dollars spent on more military hardware and software has been proven to be antiquated and worthless.

The picture above right is the missile moving away from the ISS in the Thermosphere, about 220 miles above Earth, toward it's target. The awkward pattern is simply the telemetry straightening the trajectory (hence the increased acceleration and unique puff of smoke) and the diffusion of the vapor into the larger air mass of Earth.

And where was the nation's media? Playing with ratings and readership, that's where.

And in related news...think USA Navy capacity. What was that message about launching the submarine nukes? THERE will never be enough cybersecurity that is trustworthy.

October 16, 2013
By Edward Kovacs
...For instance, (click here) the position, course, cargo, country of origin, speed name and Mobile Maritime Service Identity (MMSI) status of a ship can be changed. An attacker can also create fake vessels – for instance place an Iranian vessel packed with nuclear cargo on the US coastline. 

Cybercriminals can leverage the vulnerabilities to create and modify buoys and lighthouses. They can also create and modify search and rescue aircraft.

In addition to the vulnerabilities in the systems of the service providers, the researchers have also uncovered security holes in the AIS protocol itself. 

These flaws can be exploited to disable AIS on a vessel. In a plausible real-life scenario described by the experts, Somalian pirates can make a ship that enters their sea space disappear from AIS, but they can still be able to track it.

The AIS protocol vulnerabilities can also be leveraged to fake a “man in the water” distress signal, fake a “closest point of approach” alert and trigger a collision alert, send false weather information to a ship, and launch a flood attack by sending AIS traffic much more frequently than is normal....

Edward Snowden was recognized as an important whistleblower while living in Russia.

Published time: October 10, 2013 12:45
Edited time: October 11, 2013 12:16 

Edward Snowden’s revelations (click here) of NSA surveillance programs prove that the US has abandoned the rule of law, betraying its own constitution, whistleblower Thomas Andrews Drake, told RT.
A group of US whistleblowers and activists has present Snowden with a Sam Adams Award for ‘Integrity in Intelligence’ in Moscow on Wednesday....
Other recipients:
2002: Coleen Rowley
2003: Katharine Gun
2004: Sibel Edmonds
2005: Craig Murray
2006: Samuel Provance
2007: Andrew Wilkie
2008: Frank Grevil
2009: Larry Wilkerson, former chief of staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell and Iraq War critic.
2010: Wikileaks and Julian Assange
2011: Thomas Andrews Drake and Jesselyn Radack 
2012: Thomas Fingar, former chairman of the National Intelligence Council
2013: Edward Snowden
The film below came to the world compliments of "The Julian Assange Show" (click here), a release of Wikileaks. 

Every government agency that works to protect the citizen and improve their lives suffered significant furloughs during the shutdown. OUTRAGEOUS, MORALLY REPREHENSIBLE AND BLATANT CRONYISM.

Posted on behalf of Sara Reardon.

Not only are government researchers barred (click here) from their own labs during the government shutdown, but they cannot travel anywhere else, either.
Researchers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) who were in San Francisco, California, attending a meeting on cytokines found their trips unexpectedly cut short when the government began shutting down at midnight on 1 October.  As soon as the news broke, NIH officials told the travelling researchers to come back immediately “by any means necessary”.
The organizers quickly rescheduled the meeting so that all the NIH employees could give their talks before the agency officially shut down. “They told us giving a talk after that was a federal crime,” says one NIH immunologist who asked that her name not be used, as she is not authorized to speak to the press....

  1. Andrea Coutu said:
    As a Canadian, I didn’t think this shut-down would affect me much. However, I was surprised to find out that it is affecting my consulting business. I often do consulting for US firms or organizations and I sell books on setting consulting fees and running a consulting business through a major US bookstore. Because of the shut-down, I can’t fill out the necessary paperwork about the reciprocal tax agreement Canada has with the US. So my clients are now able to hang on to 30% of my fees for tax purposes – and I have to remit Canadian taxes too. I will be glad when the IRS is up and running again. I feel for all the people in the US who are obviously harder hit by this shutdown than this Canadian who already has universal healthcare.

How much of the failure of Detroit was due to waste from private industry? Koch TAR SANDS waste.

Recently we have just experienced the dust from the pet coke taking a life of its own during last Friday's storm, and shown is a picture taken by Anthony Martinez of the dust on 109th and Buffalo . We also have a video of the dust from the pet coke creating the same effect during a storm off the Detroit river on July 27, 2013. Click on the link below for video access. 

First it was Detroit, now ‘PetKoch’ piling up in Chicago' (click here)
 by Kari Lydersen

...Coal, crushed limestone, slag from steel mills and other bulk materials have long been stored along the river, shipped in and out on barges. But these piles, they suspected, were petroleum coke, or “petcoke,” the byproduct of refining heavy tar sands oil.
In July piles of petcoke made bi-national headlines as dark clouds swirled over the Detroit River by the Ambassador Bridge leading to Canada. That petcoke was from the Marathon Detroit Oil refinery, which has expanded to process tar sands oil.
In August, Southeast Chicago residents saw similar clouds themselves. One local resident posted a photo on Facebook after an August 30 wind storm, showing a billowing thick black haze.
As in Detroit, the Chicago piles are part of the business empire of the Koch brothers, earning the nickname “PetKoch.” KCBX, an affiliate of Koch Carbon which is a subsidiary of Koch Industries, owns large parcels of land along the Calumet River.
An industry website says the commodities handled at KCBX are typically 80 percent coal and 20 percent petcoke....

This Koch GARBAGE is deadly. It is tiny particulates and will cause lung damage. This is a lawsuit filed in North Carolina with Duke Energy Progress,Inc.. It affects everything, air and water quality as well as home values. 
Chapel Hill, NC  –  Conservation groups (click here) today filed suit in federal court against Duke Energy Progress, Inc., to clean up the company’s toxic coal ash pollution of Sutton Lake near Wilmington, N.C, and coal ash pollution of groundwater at its Sutton Plant.  The coal ash pollution threatens to destroy the fishery of Sutton Lake, a popular regional fishing lake, and is moving toward the groundwater wells that supply drinking water for the nearby Flemington community, a diverse low-income neighborhood.  The Southern Environmental Law Center filed the Clean Water Act suit in United States District Court on behalf of Cape Fear River Watch, the Sierra Club, and the Waterkeeper Alliance....  

Fukushima was hit by a mega-typhoon on October 16, 2010. Besides attempting to strip Japan of their USA indebtness through bankruptcy; now there is every reason for them to believe the USA national media doesn't care about them either.

October 16, 2013

After tens of millions (click here) of people in Japan felt the wrath of Typhoon Wipha, the storm now races away from the country leaving behind both destruction and death.
Winds of hurricane force lashed parts of the greater Tokyo area as rainfall reached between 150 mm and 300 mm (6 to 12 inches).
The center of Wipha tracked within 50 to 100 miles southeast of Tokyo early Wednesday morning, local time, having top sustained winds comparable to a minimal hurricane.
The combination of these extreme weather cases caused fatal landslides. BBC New reported 14 deaths so far, many from the highly populated Japanese capital of Tokyo. With more than 50 others unaccounted for, its possible the death toll will continue to rise....

Rescue workers look for survivors as they stand on the rubble of a house buried by mudslides after a powerful typhoon hit Oshima on Izu Oshima island, about 120 kilometers south of Tokyo Wednesday morning, Oct. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) 

Strong typhoon heads for Japan's nuclear plant (click here)

October 16, 2013

A typhoon described as the "strongest in 10 years" is closing in on Japan on a path that will take it towards the precarious Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Japan's Meteorological Agency says Typhoon Wipha is packing winds of nearly 200 kilometres per hour near its centre and is bringing heavy rains.

The storm is travelling in from the Pacific south of Japan and is moving north at 35 kilometres an hour.
"It is the strongest typhoon in 10 years to pass the Kanto region (Tokyo and its vicinity)," Hiroyuki Uchida, the agency's chief forecaster, told a news conference.
"It is expected to have a great impact on the traffic systems in the metropolitan area during commuting hours," he said.

All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines cancelled a total of 45 flights, affecting 4,350 passengers, ahead of the typhoon, Jiji news agency reported....

A stenographer in the House of Representatives had a nervous breakdown yesterday.

The trauma of being exposed to Republican ruthlessness proved too much for even the House staff. I thought her reaction, even in her delirium was interesting; she doesn't consider the actions of the Republicans 'of God.' 

My best wishes for her and her family. I hope she recovers and is back at work as soon as she is able. It leaves me wondering what level of trauma the rest of our federal staff has experienced. I think the President needs to direct a message of gratitude from the nation for their continued loyalty.

Published time: October 17, 2013 09:58 

The woman, identified as Dianna Reidy, (click here) an official reporter with the Office of the Clerk, stunned House members when she took the Speaker’s Chair while the vote was in progress and said, “Praise be to God Jesus Christ.”

"He will not be mocked. He will not be mocked. Don't touch me. He will not be mocked," the stenographer continued as she was led away by security officers. "The greatest deception here is not 'one nation under God.' It never was. Had it been, it would not have been."

She continued, "The Constitution would not have been written by Freemasons. They go against God. You cannot serve two masters.”

According to Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the presiding officer at the voting, Reidy "came up to the podium area beneath where I was standing and asked me if the microphones were on. I said that I didn't know. I assumed that perhaps I was chatting too much to the helpful parliamentarians around me. Then she suddenly faced the front and said words like 'Thus spoke the Lord.' And, 'This is not the Lord's work,’” Ros-Lehtinen said, as quoted by Fox News.

Ros-Lehtinen banged the gavel and called ‘order’ several times, but that did not stop Reidy from continuing with her monologue.

"I hammered to get control and hush her up,” the presiding officer explained. “She said something about the devil. It was sudden, confusing and heartbreaking. She is normally a gentle soul."

Reidy was questioned by US Capitol Police after her removal from the House floor and was later taken to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation. It was not immediately clear whether criminal charges would be filed....

So, let's see what has been going on since the federal government was shutdown.

This was a long time strategy of the Vice President's as well. From what was told, the White House document shredder had a chute from Scooter Libby's office.

A former Halliburton manager (click here) has pleaded guilty to destroying evidence after the rig explosion that spawned BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Sixty-two-year-old Anthony Badalamenti of Katy, Texas, faces a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine after his guilty plea Tuesday in U.S. District Court to one count of destruction of evidence. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 21.
Badalamenti was the cementing technology director for Halliburton Energy Services, BP's contractor on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. Prosecutors said he instructed two Halliburton employees to delete data during a post-spill review of the cement job on BP's blown-out Macondo well.
Last month, a federal judge accepted a separate plea agreement that calls for Halliburton to pay a $200,000 fine stemming from Badalamenti's conduct.

The National Institutes of Health took a huge hit with this government shutdown. The Congress should be ashamed.

Hardly the least of the Congressional assaults was the near loss of the stem cell lines. It was a matter of less than a month by the time this was settled.

A skeleton staff at the US National Institutes of Health has struggled to keep experiments afloat. Bill Branson/NIAMS/NIH

...On 1 October, (click here) after federal budget negotiations reached an impasse and forced the shutdown, the NIH sent 73% of its 18,646 employees home. During the second week of the shutdown, the US Department of Health and Human Services put nearly 1,000 more on unpaid furlough, or enforced leave. As Nature went to press, there were suggestions that the Republican-controlled US House of Representatives could come to a deal with the presidential administration and the Democratic-controlled Senate, which could reopen the govern­ment. But during a visit to the NIH on 9 October,Nature found remaining staff members grimly working to keep crucial research efforts afloat. Notably, 1,437 clinical studies are continuing and a few trials have been able to enrol a handful of desperately ill patients. Technicians at animal facilities have stayed on, ensuring that the NIH’s 1.4 million rodents and 3,900 non-human primates receive care. And several hundred employees are allowed to maintain irreplaceable cell lines.
Yet researchers are still finding themselves severely hobbled. One of the worst problems, some say, is the ban on ordering necessary lab materials such as enzymes and chemicals for culturing cells. “We can hold out for maybe a couple weeks with what we have, then we’re in real trouble,” says one lab head from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Like all of the NIH employees who spoke to Nature, he asked to remain anonymous because he is not authorized to talk to the media. Many experiments are being frozen — in some cases literally — as labs decide which can continue, which must be put on hold and which have to be abandoned. “If this goes on, whole experiments will begin to crumble,” says the NIAID researcher....

A new hero is on his way to Washington, DC. Perhaps when he arrives with his 'can do' spirit the place will actually change.

Newark's mayor (click here) has used charisma and social media to pursue a Senate seat, but may have to change tack in Washington

The charisma is genuine. I thank Mayor Booker for taking on the challenge of a US Senator. I am sure his tenure will be as unique as he is with sincere leadership and understanding of the people.