Friday, January 20, 2017

After 1,000 days, Flint is still without clean drinking water

Demonstrators protest over the contaminated water crisis outside of the venue where the Democratic U.S. presidential candidates’ debate was being held in Flint, Mich., on March 6, 2016.

January 16, 2017
By Caitlin Dickson

Thursday (January 20, 2017) marks exactly 1,000 days (click here) since clean drinking water last flowed from the faucets in Flint, Mich., where on April 24, 2014, state and local officials ceremoniously began supplying the city with improperly treated water from the Flint River.
Although the ensuing water crisis has long since faded from national headlines, for Flint residents, the ramifications of this disastrous, short-sighted attempt at cost saving are still very much a daily reality.
According to both both government officials and environmental researchers, there has been a steady decline in the overall levels of lead and other bacteria in Flint’s drinking water since it returned to Detroit’s system in October 2015. Still, the immense damage caused by pumping improperly treated river water through the city’s aged lead pipes is far from fixed.
Since March, the city has replaced lead service lines for just 780 homes in Flint. At a town hall meeting last week, officials estimated that it will take approximately three years to completely replace all of the city’s lead water-service lines — a project for which they have not yet secured funding....

This just makes me chuckle. Vladimir should retire with his beautiful young wife to raise and enjoy their magnificent children.

Considering the CEO of ExxonMobile was Trump's choice for Secretary of State, this purchase has the global world of petroleum all a flutter.

January 17, 2017
By Earnest Scheyder

Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N) (click here) said on Tuesday it will pay up to $6.6 billion to double its holdings in the Permian Basin of west Texas and New Mexico, the largest oil field in the United States.

The deal, Exxon's biggest since its 2009 buyout of XTO Energy, is the latest by oil producers across the Permian since last summer, with technological improvements and range bound oil prices fueling the buyouts.

Exxon is exchanging an initial $5.6 billion in stock for leases covering roughly 275,000 acres from the Bass family of Fort Worth, Texas. Additional payments of up to $1 billion will start in 2020, depending on how the acreage performs, Exxon said in a statement.

Most of the wells to be drilled on the land should provide "attractive returns" with oil prices CLc1 at or above $40 per barrel, Exxon spokeswoman Suann Guthrie said....

Now, when I read this purchase was made, I said to myself, "Self, why would ExxonMobile who is coveting Russian oil fields bother about West Texas's Permian geological formation. Just for fun, the Permian is 299.0 to 251.0 million years old. It has always been odd to realize the Christians of West Texas oilmen acknowledge the existence of "The Permian." They say the Earth is only a few thousands years old, but, recognize the aged reality of their oil. Interesting, isn't it? Curious.

At any rate, I said to myself, "Self, why would ExxonMobile who is coveting Russian oil fields bother about West Texas's Permian?"

January 20, 2017
by Adam Wilmoth

Oklahoma City - Strengthening oil prices (click here) have caused the U.S. oil patch to heat up, but the recovery is far from uniform.
Oklahoma's SCOOP and STACK plays are among the fastest-growing oil fields in the country, but even those have little comparison to the massive interest sparked in the vast Permian Basin, which stretches from Midland, Texas, into southeast New Mexico.
Demand for the Permian has led to staggering sales prices for leases in the area in recent weeks, including deals involving Oklahoma companies.

Tulsa-based WPX Energy Inc. last week agreed to buy 18,100 acres in the area for $775 million. Excluding production, the deal translates to about $28,500 per acre....

See, WPX Energy, Inc. never stopped to ask itself, "Self, why would Exxonmobile who is coveting Russian oil fields bother about West Texas' Permian?"

After all, there are such great companies such as WPX Energy, Inc. that plan to drill "The Permian" dry.

It is because of the oil companies like WPX Enegy, Inc. that Exxonmobile bought all those acres of leases of "The Permian."

The Permian Basin is so coveted and understood by Texas oil barons they have made detailed labels to it's formations.

Oh, by the way, the Republicans have enormous respect for the USGS when it makes maps of "The Permian" and "Eagle Ford." USGS employ scientists. Curious.

The reason Exxonmobile bought all those leases is to PROTECT itself from smaller operators such as WPX Enegy, Inc., in an attempt to control the glut of oil on the market.

November 21, 2016
By Robert Rapier

Last week (click here) the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) announced the largest estimate of continuous oil that it has ever assessed. The area assessed is in the Permian Basin, a region that has been producing oil continuously for nearly 100 years.

The Permian Basin lies underneath western Texas and southeastern New Mexico. The geology of the Permian Basin is rich and complex, both horizontally and vertically. The Permian Basin has commercial accumulations of oil and gas in stacked layers, at depths ranging from 1,000 feet to more than 25,000 feet. The greater Permian is made up of several subsidiary basins, the largest of which are the Midland and the Delaware.

The new USGS assessment is of the Wolfcamp shale in the Midland Basin portion of Texas’ Permian Basin. The new USGS survey estimates that there are 20 billion barrels of undiscovered, technically recoverable oil in the Wolfcamp alone. Quoting from the USGS news release:

“The fact that this is the largest assessment of continuous oil we have ever done just goes to show that, even in areas that have produced billions of barrels of oil, there is still the potential to find billions more,” said Walter Guidroz, program coordinator for the USGS Energy Resources Program. “Changes in technology and industry practices can have significant effects on what resources are technically recoverable, and that’s why we continue to perform resource assessments throughout the United States and the world.”...

ExxonMobile is not a company run on hubris. It is a pragmatic corporation that already knows how much it is going to cost to ATTEMPT to drill the Russian Arctic.

ExxonMobile is taking on a monopoly of major oil formations to control the price of oil. ExxonMobile is not as immoral as BP with their drilling that pushes every limit that costs human lives and collapsed fisheries.
Safety at Sakhalin (click here)
Despite the harsh weather conditions, ExxonMobil has more than 28 million hours without a reportable incident at our Sakhalin project. Hear ExxonMobil employees talk about putting safety first.

One has to ask what is reportable and whom's definition.

Russia isn't stupid. Russia needs it's fisheries. It is a sole communist country that most major Western powers want to see collapse. If Russian oil operations did to the Russian fisheries what BP did to the Gulf of Mexico and American fisheries, there would be dire consequences. See, Russia has an incredible REGULATORY INFRASTRUCTURE and the integrity of the natural world in that country proves it!

Now, Sakhalin is an extreme environment, BUT, it ain't the Arctic Ocean. 

Sakhalin is at the southern edge of the Sea of Okhotsk. These are gulls flying over a break in the sea ice of the Sea of Okhotsk to dive into frigid waters to catch fish for their dinner.

But, Russia wants to drill in the Arctic Ocean. The Arctic Ocean is not the north  Pacific nor is it the Bering Sea. Okhotsk and Bering are small bodies of water bound by land and interrupted by island chains. The Arctic Ocean is none of that.

ExxonMobile are among the few multinational companies with assets enough to contain the petroleum industry on it's own terms. That is why ExxonMobile purchased heavily in "The Permian." The company knows there is oil in West Texas. That is the least of it's concerns, but, it is tired of all the small operators sinking the price of oil. So, ExxonMobile is creating it's own special insurance against either complete collapse of Russia and/or failure in the Russian Arctic Ocean.


Honestly, do I have to spell out everything?

If Donald Trump removes any or all the sanctions with Russia, IMPEACH! 

All of this is well thought through by ExxonMobile, it just needed a President of the USA to cooperate.

Another entry in the journal of "It is so very OVER!"

January 20. 2017
By Casey Smith

Samson Resources Corp. (click here) has laid off 66 employees at its Tulsa headquarters and 70 overall, the company confirmed Thursday.

As of this fall, Samson had employed about 200 at its Tulsa headquarters and close to 400 employees companywide.

The shale-oil driller filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in September 2015 when it was $4.2 billion in debt.

Developments in the case, which was filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, have included the sale of several oil-and-gas property interests to raise more than $600 million for creditors....

...Samson was founded during the early 1970s by Charles Schusterman. The Schusterman family sold the oil and gas driller to private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. for $7.2 billion in 2011.

It is amazing how some people can see the handwriting on the wall while others see millions in false hopes.

While yet others are committed to making it work for the best outcomes.

January 20, 2017
By Casey Smith

...2. Who are some of the network’s customers (click here) and what is the production capacity like?

The BOK arena is supplied steam and chilled water. It can use as much as 2,700 tons of chilled water and 20,000 mlbs. (millipounds) of steam an hour.

The David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center is supplied steam and chilled water. The building can use as much as 2,500 tons of chilled water and 33,000 mlbs. of steam an hour.

3. What trends in corporate sustainability have there been in recent years?

Companies around the world are learning that sustainability is more than a buzzword; they’re understanding that evaluating how they’re using water and energy resources and then finding ways to do so more efficiently, contributes to a healthy bottom line.

Sustainability is at the very core of Veolia’s three business activities, and we’re actively working to provide valuable solutions for municipalities, business and industry so that together, we use resources more wisely and replenish and protect them.....

Still yet another assault on the First Amendment when it favors right wing politics, hence cronys.

Everyone knows gun rights activists such as Nathan Dahm are funded by gun money. How do people run a campaign to match a gun money campaign when their funding is cut off to facilitate their freedom of speech.

January 20, 2017
By Dale Denwalt

Oklahoma City — A bill filed in the Oklahoma Senate (click here) aims to silence critics in the gun control debate who use public funds to get their word out.

The bill would ban the use of taxpayer money to lobby against gun rights expansion.

State Sen. Nathan Dahm’s legislation would cover all public employees, but he specifically cited attempts by universities and local governments to sway opinion about his bills and others filed by lawmakers.

Those institutions regularly hire lobbyists to advocate for or against a broad swath of measures, and Oklahoma’s higher education system has come out strongly against proposals that would, for example, allow guns on campuses. 

The control of political speech is becoming more and more the methods Republicans to oppress others with valid concerns and a point of view. Gun safety groups that do not want guns on campus should be receiving EQUAL FUNDING to match those received by candidates and lobbyists of the gun lobby. How else can the public and concerned citizens be heard.

When citizens are silenced it has the appearance of permission for such corrupt measures in the state legislatures. It is time for monies to be available to allow EQUAL TIME and EQUAL REPRESENTATION of such topics that effect the safety of citizens.   

The new Cold War. Russia's Putin challenges Donald Trump to re-guage a new nuclear weapons race.

It is 12:02 PM on January 20, 2017 and there are no incoming that we, the people, know of.

Putin knows the USA is replacing it's nuclear arsenal over time. This is a strong man lie about a new nuclear race. Neither Putin or Trump can afford it.

September 25, 2016
By Thomas Watkins

Hidden underground in steel-and-concrete silos (click here) across rural America, more than 400 intercontinental ballistic missiles point to the skies, poised for launch -- and ready to obliterate cities across the world.

First designed in the 1960s at the height of the Cold War, the Minuteman nuclear weapons are starting to show their age, and replacement parts are difficult to find for the weapons designed in an analog age....

...Over the next 20 years, the U.S. Air Force will switch out the entirety of its Minuteman III fleet with an as-yet-unnamed new missile known only as the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD).

The Air Force estimates the cost of the GBSD, to be introduced late in the 2020s and phased in over the following decade, will be around $86 billion over the missiles' life cycle of about 50 years....

...The Air Force "doesn't know how we are going to afford this," said Laicie Heeley, a nuclear expert at the Stimson Center, a nonpartisan anti-nuclear proliferation think tank in Washington....

It is a lie.

The return to the Cold War and mass production of nuclear weapons is a lie. 

No such thing will occur. No country can afford it.

Putin lies. The "Strong Man" is a myth.

...The complex system (click here) has been updated and enhanced over the years, but is aging and due for replacement. That replacement is the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD), a follow-on system designed to incorporate emerging strategic missile technologies to increase performance, security, nuclear safety and surety while reducing life cycle costs and modernizing the infrastructure. GBSD represents a recapitalization of the full weapons system.
Northrop Grumman is ideally suited to design this system....

Senator Sanders is there as well. This is a live "You Tube" site.

January 21, 2017
...Obama, (click here) who will continue to live in Washington, was leaving town with his family after the inauguration for a vacation in Palm Springs, California. He planned to address a farewell gathering of staff at Joint Base Andrews before boarding his last flight on the military aircraft that ferries presidents on their travels.
Obama began his day with a final visit to the Oval Office and goodbye tweets echoing a farewell letter he had penned to the American people.
"I won't stop," he tweeted. "I'll be right there with you as a citizen, inspired by your voices of truth and justice, good humor, and love.

There was a better answer for the world and the Russian people.

January 20, 2017

Former US President Bill Clinton (click here) and former First Lady Hillary Clinton arrive for the Presidential Inauguration of Donald Trump.

An exclusive hospital? Really? Wow, someone is paranoid.

The Russian Class Structure Wedding Cake

January 19, 2017
By Svetlana Reiter and Pavel Miledin

The Kremlin (click here) is planning to build an exclusive health clinic for President Vladimir Putin and senior officials, according to documents seen by Reuters and to medical sources familiar with the project.

The proposed three-storey building, in the grounds of the Kremlin-run Central Clinical Hospital in a Moscow suburb, will have space for 10 inpatients at a time and communications systems that under Russian law are reserved for the president, prime minister and other senior figures, according to design and planning documents.

The clinic, estimated in the documents to cost 2.9 billion roubles ($48.11 million) to build, will be fitted with VIP suites, a swimming pool, rooms where patients can hold meetings, and posts for aides, the plans show....

I am sure the hospital will be a polonium (click here) free environment.

This exclusive hospital is more of the isolation being enforced by Russian President Putin. The leadership will be receiving better health care than the people. Does Putin actually believe he hasn't become the very 'class' of citizen that was overthrown by the peasants in the early 1900s.

By Dr. Jonathan Smele

Russia signalled her withdrawal from World War One soon after the October Revolution of 1917, and the country turned in on itself with a bloody civil war between the Bolsheviks and the conservative White Guard. Jonathan Smele charts this turbulent episode in the forging of post-tsarist Russia.

...Food riots, (click here) demonstrations and a mutiny at the Petrograd Garrison in February 1917 forced Nicholas II to abdicate as war still continued. A Provisional Government led by liberals and moderate socialists was proclaimed, and its leaders hoped now to pursue the war more effectively.

Real power in Russia after the February Revolution, however, lay with the socialist leaders of the Petrograd (later All-Russian) Soviet of Workers' and Soldiers' Deputies, who were elected by popular mandate (unlike the ministers of the Provisional Government)....


...Anti-Bolshevik militias and military units (click here) were formed in piecemeal fashion in mid 1918, prompted by the uprising of the Czech Legion. There was no planning or coordination: units simply formed in response to local conditions, events or Bolshevik policy. Together they became known as the Whites, an umbrella term that described anyone opposed to Lenin and his government. Because the colour white was traditionally associated with the Romanov monarchy, the implication was that the White armies were monarchist, however this was not always true. Large numbers of republicans, liberals, democrats and non-Bolshevik socialists fought with or alongside White counter-revolutionary forces. The Whites were not just volunteers either. Like the Red Army, several White armies filled their ranks by conscripting peasants in areas they controlled....

Interesting. The former and disgraced President Yanukovych enjoyed militias throughout Ukraine while disarming the national military. The Russians have a real 'thing' about militias, huh?

November 14, 2014

...Until now Russian gun enthusiasts (click here) were only permitted to carry firearms for hunting or target shooting after obtaining a license through the Interior Ministry. Russian gun licenses are to be renewed every five years, and applicants face strict background checks and are required to take gun safety courses.

The addendum to the law now lists self-defense as a legally acceptable reason for carrying a weapon.

However, a 2011 Levada poll found that 81 percent of Russians opposed easing the existing gun regulations.

In spite of its restrictive gun laws, Russia has seen its share gun violence. In 2012, a 30 year old lawyer opened fire on his colleagues at a pharmaceutical company, killing six. Just last year, 15-year-old straight A student, Sergey Gordeyev, killed a teacher and a police officer after taking 29 students hostage....

I don't know how accurate the article is or if it is based in reality at all, but, for the most part oligarch or no oligarch the Russia people are not able to be a part of any local militias. But, I suppose there is no Western influence to fight in the first place as in Ukraine.

I recommend President Putin read inspiring books to help his failing political popularity.

"Absolutism and Ruling Class" (click here)

It is a bit dated, but, available to anyone wishing to read it on Google. I think Google is in Russia.

President Putin needs to realize isolating the privileged in Russia is not the answer for national security. The beauty of Russia has always been how it's people were primarily of one mind. They were a collective if you will. 

Now, the people in power are taking advantage of their power over and above the needs of the people. This is the new Russia? Isolation in fear of the West?

President Putin needs to return to being an international leader and remove troops from Ukraine including Crimea. Crimea was a hostage to Russia politics. Those politics locked President Putin into the current circumstances that have brought Russia misfortune and not prosperity.

Russians need to realize they are not on Earth alone. They are part of a larger part of humanity. It is very depressing to realize Russia was leading in climate and potential to peaceful solutions, including non-proliferation. The treaty with Ukraine that allowed the removal of nuclear weapons after the Soviet Union dissolved was a part of the way Russia was changing the world. Now, because of dysfunctional politics Russia is returning to the old Cold War in encouraging the building of nuclear weapons that would put the Cold War to shame. 

Today Putin's Russia is a country scared for itself to the point of self-destruction with increasing nuclear numbers of warheads while the people are becoming sick in a way the country can't afford to treat them, but, their leadership is exempt from that possibility. 

Every Russian loves their children, however, today the possibility of the longevity of the Russian children is reversing. 

Moscow  – At a televised debate (click here) about Russia's healthcare system last year, a young doctor asked President Vladimir Putin why so many senior officials sought medical treatment abroad - and if the president was one of them. Putin replied he was not.

That is not true of President Putin's family, however. His youngest child (click here) was born in recent years out of Russia.

He said he used the Central Clinical Hospital, a vast complex on the outskirts of the Russian capital where for decades the top echelons of the Soviet and Russian leaderships have sought treatment. But he acknowledged there was a problem with healthcare at home: Russian state hospitals and clinics, even the best of them, were not up to the job.

"Doctors who work at the TSKB (Central Clinical Hospital) believe that the level of professional training, the financing, the equipment, don't meet modern standards. A lot needs to be reformed there," Putin told the audience.

The Kremlin administration now has a solution: Putin's staff have commissioned plans for a new unit at the Central Clinical Hospital, specially designed to treat the country's most senior officials, according to technical plans seen by Reuters and to medical sources familiar with the project....

The Russian people need and deserve to have the best health care today, but, unfortunately the foolish politics of "Strong man and brinkmanship with the USA" is still lingering on into the 21st Century. Such politics are hurting the Russia people and this new exclusive hospital is more proof of it.
Very sorry to hear about the health conditions of the senior Bush family. 

I am sure they will bounce back. I understand First Lady Barbara Bush is already doing better.

If I recall President George H. W. Bush has a significant history of lung conditions. He has a difficult time over coming infections and the like. Last time perhaps his immune system was looked into and he needed some infusions to improve it; if I remember correctly. That is not an indication there is a controversial issue at hand, it is simply that he is aging. 

Perhaps he needs to change his socks and prepare his parachute to raise his spirits and improve his outcome. 

I wish them well.

Social Exercise

Every American needs to make a time capsule today.

Place all the income and expenses they have into a shoe box or in a plastic bag and place it in a safe place. Date and time the entries. Make sure there are utility costs, water costs, cable costs and any other information INCLUDING medical expenses. 

Listing the cost of medical expenses is important.

Prescriptions today and their cost.

Cost of medical insurance. Those disabled and seniors on Medicare and/or Medicaid should include the cost of Medicare Part B. What seniors pay for Medicare Part B are very often over looked as legitimate monthly medical bills. Add co-pays and deductibles paid during the previous year. 

Decide what recreational dollars are available to you. Record how you have spent them and the enjoyment received from those dollars.

Keep track of how well the children and grandchildren did previous to today. Where did they go to school, where do they socialize, are they happy and what problems did they face if any. What were the school costs to the parents/family to educate the child(ren) in the household.

How much did the house cost, interest rate, maintenance costs, etc. When recording utility costs include the "per unit" charge and usage.

Record any donations to charities, if any. How are those charities doing today and providing the services they were founded to provide to the community. 

How about the retirement funds? How much is in the 401k or 401b. How is job security today? 

What kind of condition is the community and neighborhood in. Is there a healthy budget for the schools, town services and what are the property taxes today?

Food costs and quality. Can you find all the ingredients needed to feed the family or oneself. Are they healthy? Are there health risks connected to that food? Ask oneself if health risks are important. There have been severe changes in the concern of American health in the years since 2001, especially in the ages of 50 year old white men. 

How are the children doing? Are they growing and developing as they should. 

How are the working poor doing? Are they moving out of the poverty that plagues them and becoming part of the Middle Class? Are you a member of a union? What does anyone know about a union and the potential for their work place to be improved with a union? Does one fear a union and why?

Holidays, holiday pay, overtime pay, benefits including health, vacation and retirement. How are things going? 


Basically, what has one's life been. The time capsule can be a joint effort by a couple and family or individuals can have their own time capsule. If possible include receipts and proof of the way life is today.

Digital time capsules can be tampered with.

Good luck!