Friday, March 28, 2014

Geraldo Rivera on O'Reilly tonight was incredible. I agree completely with his statements. I sincerely mean that. It appears he has done some analysis and was not the least bit interested in throwing hubris around.

I also believe O'Reilly made a racist statement about him, but, you were gracious enough to let it slide. O'Reilly owes Mr. Rivera an apology. It would not hurt Bill O'Reilly to learn respect of others matters. It was racist. It wasn't chummy joking or anything else. It was racist.

Mr. O'Reilly has lost the ability to be a journalist. He is now a WWF persona and evidently his new tilt is being a racist. If he was dedicated to being a journalist he would have invited Congresswoman Lee to his show to dissolve the slanderous language and explore her words and point of view as well. But, if she had a real point to make it might actually mean the right wing rant is nothing but racist lies.

Mr. O'Reilly is correct, he has every right to be a racist in the USA and say racist things as he said on his program tonight.
Paulson was in office from July 10, 2006 – January 20, 2009. That was 176 days in 2006. 365 days in 2007. 366 days in 2008 because it was leap year. And 20 days in January 2009.

That is a total of 927 days in office. With 70 trips to China that means he was there about every 13 days. He was commuting.

The trip from Washington, DC to Beijing, China non-stop is 13 hours and 53 minutes. That means former Secretary Paulson traveled 27 hours and 46 minutes round trip. That is one full day, 3 hours and 46 minutes.

So, the 13 days now gets whittled down to less than 12 days and then there is the time in China.  I never saw a picture during the time he was Secretary of the Treasury of him walking the Great Wall of China. 

Previous to Paulson taking office in 2006, the Treasury Secretary was John Snow. The financial community was going nuts. The banks knew they were in trouble and they knew Snow could not do anything to help them. His policies didn't address the new indulgences post deregulation under Bush, mortgage backed securities, derivatives and swaps. Wall Street bearly had a clue yet alone John Snow. 

I remember the headlines in 2006, there was a lot of pressure on Snow to resign and he did. When Bush chose Paulson to replace Snow the financial community was happy. It was strongly believed "Hank" Paulson was the man to turn everything around. 

Needless to say, Hank Paulson perhaps knew slightly more than Snow as to how to stop the markets from imploding, so he turned instead to China and building a new empire.

Lehman Brothers was the first to implode and declare bankruptcy in 2008 and everyone was laughing. This long standing investment bank was crumbling into chump change. They were full of hubris. The housing collapse started in 2007, but, the consumers of the USA Dream had no clue until the end of 2008. 

In reflection, when Paulson was confirmed into office in 2006 the reason the financial community was happy because they could count on Hank to find a way to bail them out. All I can say is that Jamie Dimon never needed the help, but, then he wasn't Secretary of the Treasury nor was he asked. I have to wonder if Dimon became Secretary of the Treasury what the bailout would look like if it occurred at all.

Those that live in glass houses should not throw stones.

Secretary Paulson was in office for two years.

He make seventy trips to China out of the US Budget.

Then realize the seat in his office rarely got warm and oversaw the Great Recession. 

Today, the former Secretary Paulson has a new investment bank in China. Now you tell me why he became Secretary of the Treasury in the first place. 

Where was former Secretary Paulson in December after the global economic collapse?

Published: December 5, 2008 

BEIJING — There was an agreement (click here) to make it easier for foreign banks to trade bonds in China. There were memorandums on energy conservation. And there was the creation of a formal partnership to encourage a Kansas town shattered by a tornado to share green reconstruction methods with an earthquake-devastated city in Sichuan Province.

For Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr., the two days of economic dialogue with Chinese officials that ended Friday produced a modest stream of achievements, including pledges by both nations to spend $20 billion to help finance trade in developing countries.

Even if the marquee economic conference that Mr. Paulson helped establish in 2006 was supposed to be more about big ideas and less about deliverables, the pressure to come up with tangible successes has been hard to resist.

This year was no exception, and the jointly issued “fact sheet” listed five pages of agreements on issues like forest management, food safety, plug-in hybrid cars and offshore wind farms....

The Treasury secretary, Henry M. Paulson Jr., left, met the Chinese president, Hu Jintao, while in Beijing for economic talks.

December of 2008 Paulson, who was on his way out of office in Janaury, was on the USA's dime and holding economic talks with China. Like. What?

I wasn't designed. I was born according to my genetics.

The dialogue by Fischer is oppressive and victimizing. I don't care that he doesn't care about what other people think, because that only validates how completely ostracizing he is of many other cultures, including those in the USA.

How to be a Tool of the Petroleum Industry 101.

BP today (click here) more than doubled its maximum estimate of how much crude oil spilled into Lake Michigan earlier this week from its Whiting refinery in Northwest Indiana.

In a statement, the company said a malfunction in a new distillation unit forced up to 39 barrels or 1,638 gallons of oil into the lake just across the Illinois border. A day earlier, the company had estimated that 18 barrels at most had been spilled.

BP said it based its latest estimate on the amount of oil collected by vacuum trucks and absorbent booms, along with an inventory of the waxy balls of oil that cleanup crews scoured from a beach on BP’s property. Strong winds appear to have pushed most of the oil toward a shallow cove between the refinery and an ArcelorMittal steel mill....

The BP Whiting Refinery in Whiting, In. (Photo courtesy of the Post-Tribune of Northwest Indiana)

The nation's largest in-land refinery that has Canadian crude piped in from the tar sands in Alberta, Canada. 

Some of the most toxic sludge in the world is now running into Lake Michigan.

CHICAGO (October 19, 2009) (click here) - The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today issued an objection to the operating permit for BP North America’s refinery in Whiting, IN that will require the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to rewrite the permit. The decision is a victory for the citizens and environmental groups who petitioned EPA to object to the permit in August 2008 on the grounds that it did not accurately account for the large increases in dangerous air pollution that would be caused by BP’s expansion of the refinery. The petition was submitted by Environmental Law & Policy Center, Hoosier Environmental Council, Natural Resources Defense Council, Save the Dunes Council, Sierra Club, Susan Eleuterio and Tom Tsourlis....

May 24, 2012
By Michael Hawthorne
Chicago Tribune reporter

In a move that promises cleaner air (click here) throughout the Chicago area, BP on Wednesday agreed to spend more than $400 million to settle legal complaints about chronic pollution problems at the oil company's sprawling refinery in northwest Indiana.
Steps that BP committed to take at its Whiting refinery, the nation's sixth-largest, will significantly reduce emissions of lung-damaging soot and other noxious air pollution. The deal also sets a precedent for other oil companies as the industry overhauls refineries nationwide....

The Associated Press
June 14, 2013 11:22PM

An environmental group (click here) that helped push BP PLC to a multimillion-dollar settlement last year over air emissions at its Northwest Indiana oil refinery says the sprawling complex’s revised wastewater permit falls short of what’s needed to protect Lake Michigan’s waters.

BP’s Whiting refinery is nearing completion of a $3.8 billion expansion that will make it a top processor of heavy crude oil extracted from Canada’s tar sand deposits.

Environmental groups have raised concerns that the project, set for completion later this year, will result in worsened pollution in the area and warn that tar sands oil contains elevated levels of impurities....

Here are the responsible parties:

Indiana environmental officials approved a permit allowing BP to discharge higher amounts of pollution into the lake, pressure from the public and Chicago area politicians, forced BP to back away from the higher amounts. 

It is another North Carolina: "Dump Here."

IDEM Office of Water Quality: Permits on Notice (click here)
Voted YES on scheduling permitting for new oil refinieries (click here)

Voting YES would allow floor debate on H.R.5254, the Refinery Permit Process Schedule Act, which provides for the following:

The EPA, upon the request of a state governor, shall provide scheduling and financial assistance relevant to consideration of federal refinery authorizations. 

The President shall designate at least three closed military installations as potentially suitable for the construction of a refinery. 

BP is really racking up the environmental failures, aren't they? Another "Too Big to Fail." Texas refinery, Gulf spill and now this. Pence received a quarter million from the energy sector for his Governor's race. However, his largest donors were individuals with deep pockets, not the Middle Class.

Every time there is a BP crisis, it upticks it's rhetoric promising to INVEST more. It's primary strategy IS "Too Big Too Fail." When the Texas explosion occurred BP promised to spend billions to improve the refinery. BP buys it's place in the world and then disregards the rules. 

According to the most recent report about New Jersey Bridgegate is interoffice relationship.

The report reflects a relationship between Mr. Stepien and Ms. Kelly after she assumed Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor of New Jersey.

...Kelly relied heavily on him during this transition....

That statement implies Ms. Kelly was somewhat incompetant in her position and acted as a surrogate to Mr. Stepien. In other words, Mr. Stepien never stopped being Deputy Chief of Staff while also running the political campaign for Governor.  Who knows? But, if the love relationship is true and then Ms. Kelly ended the relationship, the implications are that after the re-election she took a 'big decision' on her own to abrasively rub her former lover's nose in it.

Mar. 27, 2014, 12:20 PM
Brett LoGiurato

...Kelly had become Deputy Chief of Staff, (click here) assuming the post left vacant by her predecessor, Stepien, who had departed in April 2013 to run the Governor’s re-election campaign. Because Stepien was her "benefactor," Kelly relied heavily on him during this transition. And at some point after Stepien’s departure to run the campaign, Kelly and Stepien became personally involved, although, by early August 2013, their personal relationship had cooled, apparently at Stepien’s choice, and they largely stopped speaking....

The theme of abrasive personality about Stepien somewhat carries through if indeed his former lover was going to 'stick it' to his ego.  

January 18, 2014

Republicans (click here) who worked closely with Chris Christie’s former campaign manager say Bill Stepien is a world-class political operative, a numbers geek and ground-game guru who knows how to get the vote out.

“He came into our campaign in the summer of 2008 when we were at a low point and in a matter of weeks helped turn it around,” said Steve Schmidt, who directed John McCain’s presidential campaign. “He knows his craft. He has common sense, and he gets things done.”

But Stepien was also seen by some Republicans as abrasive, imperious and quick to act against party members he considered wayward...

No matter the truth or dynamics about the relationship between the two, the report brings new perceptions to the public understanding it didn't have before. No one was saying anything about a former love relationship and I don't know what that means either. Did no one sincerely know until this report was published or did the absence of this reality serve a different purpose?

I would expect at least the tabloids wandering into the territory of "...resigned Christi officials were also former lovers...." 

January 18, 2014

- See more at:
Republicans who worked closely with Chris Christie’s former campaign manager say Bill Stepien is a world-class political operative, a numbers geek and ground-game guru who knows how to get the vote out.

“He came into our campaign in the summer of 2008 when we were at a low point and in a matter of weeks helped turn it around,” said Steve Schmidt, who directed John McCain’s presidential campaign. “He knows his craft. He has common sense, and he gets things done.”

But Stepien was also seen by some Republicans as abrasive, imperious and quick to act against party members he considered wayward. - See more at:

California is not tornado ally.

At least four homes have been damaged in northwest Missouri as violent weather packing high winds, funnel clouds and at least one tornado swept across the state.

POSTED: 09:14 PM CDT Mar 27, 2014 

Hail and heavy rain (click here) also pelted parts of the state beginning Thursday afternoon, but no injuries were reported by early evening.
A trained spotter for the National Weather Service reported a tornado on the ground for six miles in the Trenton area of northwest Missouri's Grundy County. Emergency management said a house near Tindall lost its roof, and a road and bridge barn in the town was heavily damaged.
In nearby Daviess County, emergency management said high winds damaged two homes in Jameson and a mobile home in Winston.
Tornado sirens blared in parts of central Missouri as the storms moved eastward....

4:47 PM PDT Mar 27, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —The National Weather Service (click here) has confirmed a Roseville neighborhood was hit by a tornado on Wednesday evening -- and preliminary reports show it's an EF-0, but still on the higher end, with strong winds ripping through the area.

An EF-0 is classified by wind speeds of 65 to 85 mph.
Glenn County experienced official EF-0s, as well. Some minor damage has been reported southwest of Chico.

The morning kicked off with showers, and then the clouds broke. Rain, thunderstorms and funnel clouds were reported well into the evening hours....

A storm cloud at Pleasant Grove Boulevard in Roseville (March 26, 2014) Alan Blaich/KCRA

Congratulations Chris on your new baby. Everyone is happy for you.

This so called debate was a shouting match to GAIN CONTROL with the woman shouting louder than Chris. This loud mouth is being considered a victory by the Right Wing extremists. That is type. The GOP isn't about policy, it is about politics.

The political rhetoric enforced by this woman is then bought into by the pundits, passed to the electorate as 'the path to victory.' The political dialogue of the GOP is so dysfunctional it has no basis in policy. Then their electorate wonders why the government doesn't work for them. It has no basis in governing. 

How many pinocchios did she get on this thing?  

Republicans are very combative in their language and demeanor. Not a civilized bone in their body. This is victory by volume alone, I would think this is a learning experience to prevent this mess.

...But in Connecticut, (click here) a smoothly functioning website, run by competent managers, has successfully enrolled so many patients that officials are offering to sell their expertise to states like Maryland, which is struggling to sign people up for coverage.

The disparities reveal a stark truth about the Affordable Care Act: With the first open enrollment period set to end Monday, six months after its troubled online exchanges opened for business, the program widely known as Obamacare looks less like a sweeping federal overhaul than a collection of individual ventures playing out unevenly, state to state, in the laboratories of democracy.

The White House said on Thursday that more than six million people have signed up for private plans, a significant political milestone for the Obama administration. Independent analysts estimate that an additional 3.5 million Americans are newly insured under Medicaid — figures the law’s backers hail as a success....

The enrollment numbers are a real victory for the Democrats, especially when considering the obstruction TACTICS of the Republicans in the federal and state governments.

The only method of oppressing the citizen this time by the GOP was to, excuse the analogy, cut off the new laws legs and then telling it to walk. So, the idea any outreach to EMPOWER the citizens was going to work was a dreamscape given the rhetoric AND actions by the Republicans. But, it has proven to be far more than a dreamscape. The goals are being met. The federal internet site was never suppose to be relied on so heavily. They did it against impossible odds.

Well done. 

Oh, yes, the word was 'oppress the citizens.' Just look across the spectrum of the American public and tell me the GOP dogma actually results in policy that works. Where? Housing? It was used as a wealth tool for Wall Street and their bailouts and quantitative easing. Food security? It wasn't until the Obama Administration did the FDA finally have their teeth back and then to address hunger they cut food stamps and school lunch programs. Where in the GOP rhetoric is there actually policy and governing? Not. Destroy government and seek to destroy public infrastructure so occasional million/billionaires can 'make a buck.' Dear God, we had bridges collapsing because of cuts in government spending for decades.  

My comments about 'the woman' is sexist? Not from what I am hearing from Republicans, it fits right in. She must like it. I just thought she should feel at home.

I think of near border Russian troops similar to the Right Wing Propaganda media of the USA. It brings pressure.

It is aggressive to effect the political balance of the Ukraine. By the way, the uniforms of post soviet states are basically the same of that of Russians. Why?

That uniform for the post soviet states is about 20 years in need of updating. I hope their 'dress uniforms' at least reflect the sovereign nation where they belong.

But, besides being a sizable invasion force, they are putting pressure on the citizens of the Ukraine. Putin is denying there is a troop build up. He seems to be misinformed which might be signs of a destabilizing Russia and burgeoning on a coup. If the Kremlin has no clue about their military forces, that is not a good sign. 

Russian forces on patrol close to the Crimean city of Simferopol, on March 5, 2014 (AFP Photo/Alexey Kravtsov)

Washington (AFP) - Nearly 100,000 Russian (click here) forces have massed on Ukraine's border, a top Ukrainian defense official told an American audience Thursday, giving a number far higher than US military estimates.
"Almost 100,000 soldiers are stationed on the borders of Ukraine and in the direction ... of Kharkiv, Donetsk, " Andriy Parubiy, chairman of Ukraine's national security council, said via a webcast from Kiev.
"Russian troops are not in Crimea only, they are along all Ukrainian borders. They're in the south, they're in the east and in the north," Parubiy said.
After its intervention in the Crimean peninsula, Russia is plotting to foment separatist sentiment elsewhere and Kiev fears a possible incursion in the country's east, he told the Atlantic Council, a Washington think tank....

Bangedesh is a riverine country. It basically is one large delta.

A relatively small country (click here) along the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh is nearly surrounded by India and has been shaped by it. Between 40 and 50 million years ago, India collided with Eurasia, elevating the Himalaya. Eroded by wind and water, the newly uplifted land shed sediments, which now cover almost all of Bangladesh. Tectonic activity also deformed rock layers in eastern Bangladesh.
On November 9, 2011, clear skies allowed the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite an unobstructed view of Bangladesh. This natural-color image shows all of that country, as well as parts of India, Burma (Myanmar), and the Bay of Bengal. Included in the scene are the Sundarbans of the Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta.

The Geological Survey of Bangladesh explains that most of the sediments covering the country are geologically young—deposted in the last 10,000 years. Deltaic silt and sand and mangrove forests dominate the southwestern part of the country. Sand and gravel cover the northwestern parts. Northeastern Bangladesh is covered by a combination of clay, peat, gravel, and sand....

Their plight is not going to end soon. As a matter of fact they will not be able to reclaim land for generations if at all. The erosion process will not reverse even if the area suddenly becomes drought. The land is washing away into the sea.

The people displaced and living in severe conditions must be considered Climate Crisis Refugees clinging to life. If people are living in boats they are refugees. India has a large population already, but, it may be the one country closest to identity of these people. These circumstances will not change. The people have to move away from the water and onto higher elevations. This is permanently flooding lands.

The conditions they are living in are completely unhealthy. They are used to thinking about the Ganges as a holy place. It is not alien for them to believe they are with a holy state. The Ganges River is very long and flows through higher elevations. The people need to adjust to their reality. The spiritual leaders of India are compassionate and able to address people in a meaningful way.

Bangladesh, (click here) with its low elevation and severe tropical storms, is among the countries most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, though it has contributed little to the emissions that are driving it. Credit Kadir van Lohuizen for The New York Times 

As a side note, this is the habitat of the Bengal Tiger. It is already endangered. There has been increases in the population of the tigers simply because poaching has been contained.

These people are best helped by settling within cities where they can learn a trade and make a living for their families. In some ways, this plight has been a gift from god masked by tragic loss of their land. They can maintain their culture and add flavor to their chosen new residential areas.

Their children can have better outcomes by attending schools that will provide better opportunity. Their current circumstances are victimizing their children with no real path for their future. 

The global community can come together around the definition of what exactly a Climate Crisis Refugee is and how best to address it.