Tuesday, February 23, 2016

February 23, 2016
UNISYS water vapor USA satellite (click here for 12 hour loop)

So far, tonight, there are two dead from the climate crisis. Anyone care about that?

That climate crisis storm is about two thirds the size of the country RIGHT NOW. 

February 23, 2016
UNISYS water vapor GOES East satellite (click here for 12 hour loop)

Below is a severe weather warning map from the Weather Underground (click here)

Severe thunderstorm watch and severe winds dominate the map, but, there is also flooding, tornadoes and fire warnings. It isn't a good night for the USA. 

This video is protected by the First Amendment of the USA Constitution.

It doesn't have anything to do with police officers. Try again.

It is as much about police as flood waters. Stop demonizing her. She is a great woman and a great entertainer. She is a very generous person and appears without being paid for a charity or two.

She is incredibly beautiful, voluptuous and obviously sexy. And she is married. 

The video is 4 minutes and 52 seconds long and the background police content is 22 seconds and I am being generous. This video is not about police. Not at all. 

There is going to be a lot of turbulence. The temperature differences along the fronts are too drastic.

February 23, 2016
2045 gmt
The Weather Channel Current Temperatures.

It is a hemispheric system. (click here) These winds have been located in this part of the country since last week. It has just been building up velocity.

February 23, 2016
3:35 pm est
NDFD (National Digital Forecast Data Base)

February 23, 2016
UNISYS Water Vapor USA Satellite (click here for 12 hour loop - thank you)

Senator McConnell is running for the presidency of the Academy Awards.

The Academy Awards work on a one year cycle. The nominees begin on midnight at the start of 1 January to midnight at the end of 31 December.

Senator McConnell has overthrown the USA Constitution for the Constitution and By Laws of the Academy Awards that accumulate it's nominees in one calendar and votes on them in the next. 

It is treason.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has drawn the line: President Obama will not get another Supreme Court nominee confirmed.

February 23, 2016
By Joan McCarter

...It's a dangerous plan,(click here) as vulnerable Republicans like Rob Portman, Pat Toomey and Mark Kirk know. McConnell's abysmal approval rating is already an anchor around their necks, and they will face very real backslash for his obstruction. 

Democratic Leader Harry Reid responded by pointing out what this means not just for Senate Republicans, but for the Republican party in general, setting the narrative for 2016. The Republican party is "abandoning its last vestiges of decency and unconditionally surrendering its moral compass to Trump and Cruz." Pretty much....

Transcript of Article 1 Section 6 Clause 1 (click here)

Section 6 Clause One
First, congressmen get paid by the government, at a salary they set themselves.
The idea here is to ensure that the president can't abuse his powers by arresting or jailing legislators who disagree with him. 
Second, congressmen have "legislative immunity"; that is, they cannot be charged with a crime for anything they say in Congress, and they cannot be arrested or harassed by the police unless they have committed crimes or other serious treason.

A citizen council needs to draw up the charge of treason for those willfully opposing the judicial nomination PROCESS of the USA.

The Senators and Representatives...shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony, and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same....

Koch just bought Rubio.

February 23, 2016
By Mike Allen 

Marc Short, (click here) the Koch brothers’ top political adviser in Washington and a trusted member of their inner circle for five years, is making a surprise move to the Marco Rubio campaign as a senior adviser as the Republican establishment ramps up efforts to stop Donald Trump.
Short — president of Freedom Partners, the Kochs’ umbrella political organization — will join the campaign in about a week and brings deep connections to the donor and grass-roots worlds....

September 16, 2013
The current of dark money (click here) that has flowed into the U.S. political system over the past three years -- as anonymously-funded outside groups have proliferated -- depends on secrecy.

And yet, even though anonymous donors have become a commonplace part of national elections, it came as a shock last week when a little-known group with strong ties to the Koch brothers stepped forward and acknowledged itself as the source of nearly a quarter of a billion dollars given to conservative groups in 2012. Freedom Partners, as the group is now called, was a silent behemoth during the last election, able to make use of the FEC's disclosure rules to keep itself in the shadows during a presidential campaign.

At the head of the organization is Marc Short, who serves as Freedom Partners' president and on its board of directors. A longtime political operative who has worked for various conservative organizations and Republican politicians over the past 20 years, Short assumed his role at Freedom Partners in March 2013. A former "Koch operative," Short is now running an organization that Koch Industries maintains operates "independently of Koch Industries." A Freedom Partners spokesperson declined to go into details about just what role Short has in the group's grant-making process. And so we're left with questions, as is often the case when it comes to the world of dark money....

It is corruption. The organization, Freedom Partners' PRETENDS to be an autonomous organization from the PRIVATE Koch Industries.

...Freedom Partners' donor/members are reportedly drawn from the Koch brothers' semi-annual conferences, and membership reportedly requires paying at least $100,000 in annual dues. Freedom Partners claims "more than 200" members, but it raised more than $250 million between November 2011 and November 2012, suggesting that some members have contributed well over the minimum dues....

...And its board of directors is packed with individuals who currently work or have worked for the Kochs and Koch Industries in a variety of capacities. Short's official affiliation with the Kochs is, by comparison, relatively recent....

The Kochs are trying to mimic Goldman Sachs and it's disbursement of fledglings into government.  The difference is obvious. Members of the Koch Industry family working in the governments require patience and working through policy changes. Then, only to have such initiatives taken to court as the Koch's have no viable industries, they are always cleaning up from old, deserted methods of a country's economy.

The Kochs being involved directly with a Republican favorite son, creates the opportunity to create policies for Rubio to espouse as his own. So, no surprise when Rubio makes it into the Oval Office that the Republicans are prepped for what is to follow.

But, entertain this. Donald Trump is running a full head of steam into the RNC convention. There is every indication he will have a full compliment of delegates at the convention and cannot be challenged as the nominee. What if Adelson and Kochs provide large amounts of money into the campaigns of the remaining candidates competing with Donald Trump.

The crooked billionaires are attempting to create 'a drag' on the Donald Trump momentum. Who knows what is coming next from these jerks that want to control the power of the American people. When are the American people going to see this mess for what it is. It victimizes them and depersonalizes them into objects to control for a favorable outcome to private companies the public will never realize as stockholder returns.

If the other candidates can accumulate enough delegates to the convention, it might leave Donald Trump short and creates a brokered convention. These billionaires have too much money. Some of it belongs in the USA Treasury. I suppose that is what they are hoping to avoid by defeating Donald Trump.

If Ted Cruz is stating Nevada will be purged of it's federal lands, he is backing militias.

February 11, 2016
By Camila Domonoske

After 41 days, (click here) the Oregon occupation is over: All four militants who remained at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge have surrendered to the FBI.
David Fry, Jeff Banta, Sean Anderson and Sandy Anderson were the last four militants left at the wildlife refuge near Burns, Ore., on Thursday morning. A group of armed anti-federalists had taken over the refuge in early January, saying they were protesting the convictions of two Oregon ranchers on arson charges.
Banta and the Andersons left their weapons behind and walked into FBI custody on Thursday morning. More than an hour later, Fry followed them.
"No one was injured, and no shots were fired," the FBI said in a statement....

These are the guys Ted Cruz is pandering to for a base of support in Nevada.

"...not a pax Americana..."

We were a country that hated ignorance.

It isn't just politics. 

The USA has lost the vision of itself for it's peoples, our allies and the world.

The USA has forgotten it's heritage and what it is in the world, except, of course for war.

It has forgotten what peace is and how to achieve it. 

One of the reasons COP 21 is the most important document on Earth isn't because the USA can't react to flooding and sea level rise.

The reason COP 21 is the most important document on Earth is because the majority of the world is not the USA. By the way, Europe is way ahead of the USA for the explicit reason they believed the scientists and set policy to end any interruption of their lives. This past year has proven a challenge for the dams and sea walls around the cities, but, it would have been far, far worse without a government that believed the scientists. 

Countries like Bangladesh are an entirely different issues. Bangledesh is a delta. Asia could lose most of that coastal plain and then what comes of people already living in boats because there is no land for them to build on.

It is easy to ask people to practice population control, but, it is never applied in the way it needs to be and all too often, belief systems get in the way and any progress is lost completely. 

How can American policies ask people in Bangledesh to practice population control when it doesn't promote 'Planned Parenthood" within it's own borders? AND, it doesn't provide help to countries in a need to address it's population growth? 

There was a time when the USA was a model country for most of the world. It's people thought wisely about the future, wanted quality of life for it's children, valued public education from K or Pre-K through the university for a future of cutting edge everything. 

Today the USA is a disgrace for it's loss in leadership in the world and allows it's children to live in poverty with educations that will take them nowhere except more poverty.

Case study: coping with flooding in Bangladesh (click here)

Bangladesh is an LEDC. The land is densely populated. Most of the land forms a delta from three main rivers - Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna. Twenty-five per cent of Bangladesh is less than 1 metre above sea level. Flooding is an annual event as the rivers burst their banks. Bangladesh also experiences many tropical cyclones. The low-lying land means it is easily flooded from the coastal waters.

There will be problems. but, don't think it is contained in the coastal USA.

What will the height of the Mississippi River be, when there is sea level rise in the Gulf of Mexico?

Water can be very clear and potable directly from a stream because it runs so fast and over rocks. While every American has not experienced a clear and clean mountain stream, they exist. What happens to water in rivers and streams when it's height rises permanently and the flow rate slows?

Is the USA ready for the challenge or will it continue it's EMERGENCY RESPONSE which never solves the problem, but, provides a bandaid to it. 

How many cities and towns in the USA have a hydrologist working on it's water issues with the changing climate? Is the USA able to do better than react to emergencies? If not, why not?  

February 22, 2016
By Justin Gillis 
The worsening of tidal flooding in American (click here) coastal communities is largely a consequence of greenhouse gases from human activity, and the problem will grow far worse in coming decades, scientists reported Monday.
Those emissions, primarily from the burning of fossil fuels, are causing the ocean to rise at the fastest rate since at least the founding of ancient Rome, the scientists said. They added that in the absence of human emissions, the ocean surface would be rising less rapidly and might even be falling.
The increasingly routine tidal flooding is making life miserable in places like Miami Beach; Charleston, S.C.; and Norfolk, Va., even on sunny days.
 Though these types of floods often produce only a foot or two of standing saltwater, they are straining life in many towns by killing lawns and trees, blocking neighborhood streets and clogging storm drains, polluting supplies of freshwater and sometimes stranding entire island communities for hours by overtopping the roads that tie them to the mainland.
Such events are just an early harbinger of the coming damage, the new research suggests....

Syria may be finding a governance and India shows the signs of losing it. Why? The same reason as Syria, water shortage.

New Delhi — A state government (click here) in India promised to introduce a bill to grant coveted “backward” status to a relatively prosperous caste group, officials said Monday, in an effort to quell protests that have raged for the past four days.

Typical socio-economic answers to environmental stress. The wealthy become priviledged from some bargaining point, in this case, a return of the caste system. And what is the result? Violence.

India is a billion people. It is not Syria. 
The protesters, members of the Jat caste group, had blocked roads around the capital, set fire to railway stations and cars, and temporarily shut down a crucial canal that is a major source of the city’s water. Nineteen people were killed in the violence in surrounding Haryana State, and fears of water shortages led New Delhi to close its schools to conserve its supply.

This isn't about war. it is about promoting higher values and recognizing the trigger to the violence. I cannot think of a better leader for India to move past old stereotypes and move into an understanding of life as it is, not as an excuse to environmental stress.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is very well equipped to lead India into a civil peace BEFORE it gets uncontrollable.
The main thoroughfare in the area, Grand Trunk Road, which had been reopened on Sunday, was blocked again by fighting on Monday morning, the police said. Still, a state official said, 80 percent of the roads that had been closed were open again on Monday morning.
Roshan Shankar, an adviser to the Delhi government, said the authorities had regained control of a canal that supplied water to New Delhi, though the canal was badly damaged. For now, he said, the government was using existing reserves and other water bodies to meet the need. He said severe, widespread shortages had not been reported so far....

The visit of Nepal's Prime Minister is a perfect example of Prime Minister Modi. He seeks peace as the basis of relationships. He trusts and then builds on that trust. I am sure he didn't expect his people to need him in a way that would maintain the peace in face of environmental stress.

February 22, 2016
By Ankit Panda  
Nepal’s Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli (click here) is currently on a six-day trip to India. His trip has the overarching purpose of restoring ties between Nepal and India, two neighbors and historic partners that have drifted apart over the past year due to a political crisis stemming from Nepal’s new constitution, which was promulgated last year. Before leaving Kathmandu for India, Oli acknowledged that “in the last few months there have been many misunderstandings between our two countries.” Accordingly, he said, “We now want to get our relationship back on track.”

This is not about a vetting practice.

There is no training for the role of taxi driver. What Uber reveals in the USA is the condition of the people as well. Both, Uber and the American people are in a desperate state to provide services to make money. 

I realize Jason Dalton did unspeakable violence, but, he has a witness to a phone call that sent him over the edge. I want to know who was on the other end of that phone call? 

He was a father of two. I am assuming the children are okay and nothing happened while there father was trying to earn money as an Uber driver. I want to know if Uber dispatch was at the other end of the phone. What broke him into a maniac driver? 

It isn't unusual for free lancing taxi drivers, even gypsies, to be armed. Something happened and I want to know what it is. From the sounds of it he experienced at least temporary insanity. There is a witness to that fact.

The story is too big to let go. This is about the state of affairs of the poor in American. The working poor to be exact.

Kalamazoo, Michigan has about the same unemployment rate as Michigan's average at 5.9 percent. Michigan's unemployment rate is 5.4 percent. 

There are two children tonight that don't know what happened to their father. To top it all off, the victims make it to the emergency room alive only to be evaluated for organ harvest.

There is so much wrong with this picture and it doesn't get better. Americans complain about the condition of their quality of living and nothing changes. Not for the working poor. These folks need training and encouragement. They have impossible situations and for some reason can't find their way out of them. Working for Uber is an impossible situation. No one drives for Uber because they are successful, happy and experiencing job security.

I can only wonder what goes on with Air B&B, too. All these internet companies that toy with the lives of 'room for profit space' are detrimental to the American economy. They are not only detrimental to the economy, they are detrimental to quality of life and consumer safety. Those companies should have already dissolved for the liability they create, but, they are rescued because someone wants to find a better vetting process. 

Since when does the American public have information to improve an Uber vetting process? This is a company that doesn't care about people, if it did it would have closed up shop a long time ago and liquidated to pay liability payoffs.

So, we have a driver over the edge because of a phone call, a hospital already over the edge and playing god to improve the delivery time of harvested organs, children abandoned and a country that actually thinks it can 'work through' any problem a human being can have as a community of caring and wonderful people.


February 22, 2016
By Alexandria Sage and Mary Wisniewski 

The deaths of six people in Kalamazoo, Michigan, (click here) who authorities say were shot by a driver for Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL], have revived scrutiny over how the ride service vets its drivers, an issue that has plagued it for years.
Uber, which said it is cooperating with the police investigation, said its safety protocol is robust and adequate. The San Francisco company will not change the way it vets its drivers in the aftermath of the shooting, Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan said Monday.
"If there is nothing on someone's record, no background check will raise a red flag," Sullivan told reporters on a conference call.
Jason Dalton, 45, who is being held without bail, had no prior criminal record and passed the company's background check.
But critics, including taxi companies that compete with Uber, say the car service could do more to protect passengers.
Uber has been criticized over allegations of rapes and other assaults by its drivers around the world, and on Friday a former Uber driver in Boston was convicted of assaulting a passenger, according to the Boston Globe....

There was a time in the USA when Concealed Carry actually meant something. It is a joke now. 

Republicans have puppet strings and they are directly attached to profits and this is the result of deregulation of every aspect of American life to find the profits where they are hiding.