Thursday, November 05, 2015

Text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (click here)

The text of the Agreement was released by TPP Parties on 5 November 2015 and can be accessed by chapter below. The text will continue to undergo legal review and will be translated into French and Spanish language versions prior to signature....

November 5, 2015

U.S. unions, lawmakers and interest groups (click here) questioned the long-awaited text of a landmark U.S.-backed Pacific trade deal on Thursday, setting up a potentially long and difficult path to ratification by the United States, the biggest of the 12 partners.

Arguments over the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, aimed at cutting taxes and tariffs on commerce in 40 percent of the world's economy, are set to focus on transparency and how the pact affects workers and businesses.

"It's worse than we thought,” Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, told reporters on a conference call after examining the full text of the pact, which was unveiled early on Thursday.

U.S. labor representatives, who had already voiced opposition to the deal, said the agreement contained weak, poorly worded or unenforceable provisions....

President Assad should know if they found something or manufactured it.

Mustard Gas is more a genocidal agent than a war compliment. It's effects are found in the long term and not the immediacy of the battlefield.

November 5, 2015

Chemical weapons experts (click here) have determined that mustard gas was used in a Syrian town where Islamic State insurgents were battling another rebel group, according to a report by an international watchdog seen by Reuters.
A confidential Oct. 29 report by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), a summary of which was shown to Reuters, concluded "with the utmost confidence that at least two people were exposed to sulfur mustard" in the town of Marea, north of Aleppo, on Aug. 21.
"It is very likely that the effects of sulfur mustard resulted in the death of a baby," it said.
The findings provide the first official confirmation of use of sulfur mustard, commonly known as mustard gas, in Syria since it agreed to destroy its chemical weapons stockpile, which included sulfur mustard.
The report did not mention Islamic State, as the fact-finding mission was not mandated to assign blame, but diplomatic sources said the chemical had been used in the clashes between Islamic State and another rebel group taking place in the town at the time.
"It raises the major question of where the sulfur mustard came from," one source said. "Either they (IS) gained the ability to make it themselves, or it may have come from an undeclared stockpile overtaken by IS. Both are worrying options."
Syria is supposed to have completely surrendered the toxic chemicals 18 months ago. Their use violates U.N. Security Council resolutions and the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention....

Sulfur mustard is a type of chemical warfare agent. (click here)  These kinds of agents cause blistering of the skin and mucous membranes on contact. They are called vesicants or blistering agents. .

...Sulfur mustard is not found naturally in the environment.

Sulfur mustard was introduced in World War I as a chemical warfare agent. Historically it was available for use in the treatment of a skin condition called psoriasis. Today it has no medical use....

Excuse for #43 and a therapy tour for JEB!. I don't think so.

November 5, 2015
By Peter Baker

Washington — After years of holding back, (click here) former President George Bush has finally broken his public silence about some of the key figures in his son’s administration, issuing scathing critiques of Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.
In interviews with his biographer, Mr. Bush said that Mr. Cheney built “his own empire” and asserted too much “hard-line” influence within George W. Bush’s White House in pushing for the use of force around the world. Mr. Rumsfeld, the elder Mr. Bush said, was an “arrogant fellow” who could not see how others thought and “served the president badly.”...

13 years later and a college appliction. College Deans and Chancellors need to be checking their student identities.

November 5, 2015
By Amber Roberson

Vestavia Hills, Ala. —A child (click here) reported missing from Vestavia Hills 13 years ago has been found unharmed.

"I've been doing this 25 years and its something I've never experienced before," said Lt. Johnny Evans, of Vestavia Hills police.
According to Vestavia Hills police, Julian Hernandez, who is now 18, was reported missing by his mother on Aug. 28, 2002. Police say he was suspected to have been abducted by a non-custodial parent. 
"They (investigators) spent tireless hours doing everything they could to try to find him," said Evans.
Jefferson County District Attorney Brandon Falls said the case broke when Julian Hernandez was trying to apply for college when his Social Security number didn’t....
I heard a report about a 30 second conversation between USA and Russian jet pilots over Syria. I like that. I think that is great. I am hoping 30 seconds turned into far more.

It is time China, Russia and The West find peace leading to non-proliferation. The world has become too small and if it is possible to cooperate over Syria we can find that resolve all the time. There is no disagreement that can't be resolved in peace and in support of the entire global community.

Cooperation and mutual respect can be achieved. President Obama and his administration is capable of achieving it. Hate is not a complimentary form of relationship for any country today. Pope Francis knows peace is possible. He also knows the children of the world are important enough to make it happen.

November 5, 2015

Cairo -- The Egyptian minister (click here) for civil aviation insisted Thursday that its airport security is up to international standards, and said there was no evidence yet to support the theory that a bomb was planted on the Metrojet plane that came apart over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.

"The investigation team does not have yet any evidence or data confirming this hypothesis," Hossam Kamal said....

I have to admit the debris field tells the story. I can't dismiss what I see there.
There is no reason for a tail section to be intact as the rest of the jet obviously was destroyed into a million pieces. It doesn't look as though the tail belongs to the rest of the jet. The only way that tail stayed intact is if it fell and hit the ground first while the remaining jet was still moving forward away from the tail section and the fuel tanks ignited. The break in the tail would have exposed the cargo area of the jet including fuel and electric wiring. The electrical system for a jet isn't like house wiring, it is industrial and would have been carrying substantial charge that could have ignited a central fuel tank.

The main part of the jet fell symmetrically. That means the explosion was more center than any other parts of the jet. The more I think about the debris field the more I see the incident in the sky. I think it is obvious.

The turbine fins from the engines look just like TWA 800.

The only reason I would change my mind is the questioning of the staff revealed the actual delivery of a bomb. If there was absolute proof of a bomb it would raise other questions about the jet and it's fall to Earth, but, proof is proof.
The jet downing in Egypt. My only doubt revolves around the tail section. It was a full three miles from the rest of the debris. It was first thing to hit the ground. It just was. The flash could be full fuel tanks when the jet's integrity was compromised. Electrical sparks occurred and the fuel ignited.

If that picture proves false then so be it, but, the tail section would not necessarily have landed so far from the rest of the debris and INTACT. The tail section appears intact and looks as though it fell off the jet. I can't deny the physics. The three mile distance and intact appearance of the tail section is overwhelming in that debris field.

I am finished. The climate extremes and a fractured tail section is too much for me to rule out.

I wish never happened.