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Ratner: NSA Surveillance Program Needs to be Torn Apart from Branch to Branch

Michael Ratner: White House review panel report doesn’t go far enough and potentially undercuts the more serious reform of the NSA proposed by the U.S.A. Freedom Act –   December 20, 13
i still wish that the fbi and private spy agencies would be mentioned; it’s not just the nsa who’s spying on us!  chePasa’s been reading the 300-page nsa white house review panel’s report.
yes; abolish ALL of the spy agencies, public or private!  and i can’t imagine that edward snowden would ever be credulous enough to return to the US under some crap amnesty deal.

144 responses to “open menu: feel free to contribute links, music, thoughts, questions, peeves or dreams…

  1. Thanks for the Antarctica videos, wendye – last night tv had on ‘The China Syndrome’ and not to bring everybody down by that presently ongoing tragedy for life on earth, I was so impressed by Jack Lemmon in that movie, his entire persona – you can see it a bit in this clip and all I could hear him saying is ‘when will they ever learn?’

    Also as to the bottlenosed dolphins dying along the eastern seaboard – as a schoolgirl in New Zealand we came home by launch at night from a schooltrip and I stayed in the bow looking down at dolphins luminously outlined in the harbour – when you look down upon them they look motionless due to the up and down action of their tails, but effortlessly keeping up with the launch – magical they were.

    Just me and a dog tied to a capstan – everyone else playing games in the main cabin.

    And the dolphins. Sea angels.

  2. goodness, i’d forgotten the timing, juliania. morbid precognition. i’d forgotten that fonda was in it, to say the truth.

    seeing dolphins from a boat is an experience i envy, and i adore: ‘dolphins as sea angels’, although at first i read it as :dolphins: see angels. as though they were one and the same. who doth know, eh?

    i promise i’ll email, but that last one will take more attempts at comprehension than i’ve be able to give it just now. but i can say the thing for the others languishing in my inbox. O, what a cow i yam!

    mafr may have asked you for a report on the other thread. perhaps antarctica? i wasn’t sure…

  3. last night i dreamed that when i peeked in here this morning, realitychecker and hfc mofo had made comments. hfc’s avatar was full of a sparkly santa or something. batshit crazy is i, dreaming of blogging.

  4. http://www.theeastbeachesoflakewinnipeg.com/index-slides.html?gallery=The+East+Beaches&folio=The%20East%20Beaches

    This is about an hour away,

    ” It is the eleventh-largest freshwater lake on Earth. The east side of the lake has pristine boreal forests and rivers that are being promoted as a potential United Nations World Heritage Park. The lake is elongated in shape and is 416 km (258 mi) from north to south, with remote sandy beaches, large limestone cliffs, and many bat caves in some areas. Manitoba Hydro uses the lake as one of the largest reservoirs in the world. There are many islands in the lake, most of them undeveloped.”

  5. Um, report on Antarctica? Latest is they are stuck in the sea ice, and that is not as ho-hum as it sounds as there are icebergs out there in all of that like tiny continents so I would imagine some of the potential pressures are frightening. Several icebreakers coming to the rescue but not able to be there for a couple of days it sounds. Antarctica is not a place to fool with. Even some distance away its effects are scary.

  6. The American-Libyan Council for Trade and Investment, signed into force today by the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA), will work to regulate all commercial matters between Libya and the US. This will include a wide range of trade and investment issues such as market access, intellectual property rights, and labour and enviromental issues.

    Read more: http://www.libyaherald.com/2013/12/18/us-libyan-trade-and-investment-council-agreed/#ixzz2oavXZzez

  7. ha! thanks, mark. here is what OPIC is, including ‘advances US foreign policy’ (at least they’re being somewhat honest)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overseas_Private_Investment_Corporation

    under the functions and *possibilities* is ‘political risk insurance’, which includes:

    Political risk insurance is available for several different types of political risk, including:

    ‘Political violence, such as revolution, insurrection, civil unrest, terrorism or war;
    Governmental expropriation or confiscation of assets;
    Governmental frustration or repudiation of contracts;
    Wrongful calling of letters of credit or similar on-demand guarantees;
    Business Interruption; and
    Inconvertibility of foreign currency or the inability to repatriate funds.
    As with any insurance, the precise scope of coverage is governed by the terms of the insurance policy’

    Great stuff. :) plenty of leverage there; guess they don’t supply the military help to combat the 63 separate militias operating there, eh? oh…wait. Hedge yer bets, investors!

  8. http://www.eia.gov/countries/cab.cfm?fips=LY

    Last Updated: October 10, 2013 (Notes)

    Overview

    Libya is a member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, the holder of Africa’s largest proved oil reserves, and an important contributor to the global supply of light, sweet crude oil.

  9. whoa, nellie; that’s a long entry (pant, pant; i had to start scanning, never finished). but it did make me remember this gem, and i’m trying to remember the other moves gadaffi made re: oil and oil contracts that pissed off the global plutocrats. but anyway, matt taibbi:

    http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/taibblog/goldman-tries-fails-to-sell-soul-with-libya-deal-20110602

    (guess gadffi should have bought some o’ that thar insurance, lol.)

  10. lot of info there isn’t there?

    these investment banks, has there ever been anything like them, on that scale?

  11. They’re like icebergs. (The banks, that is.) Eventually the top melts and they roll…

  12. likely not, given that globalization (money knows no sovereign borders) allowed them pretty much carte blanche, and they do pretty much anything they like. i’d call the IMF, Fed, and world bank criminal enterprises, myself.

    i hope you’re right, if i understand what you mean, j.

  13. let’s hope you’re right Julianna,

  14. When we first heard from Snowden in his dramatic flight (remember, Hong Kong first, now isn’t that something?) I said over at fdl that I hoped this would put the kaibosh on the TPP.

    So much of the ‘front and center’ news that’s come from mainstream has been privacy issues and security claims, but the biggies were really what this does for business snooping on government enterprises, other businesses and the like – that’s where the angst comes in as those interests are all this government truly cares about – surely we know that by now. And those interests are hurting big time.

    I don’t understand the economy, but I don’t think I’m alone in that. They don’t understand it either.

  15. Thank you for your lovely lake, Mark! We have a small one, and cottonwoods below that line the Rio Grande all the way down to Albuquerque. Not nearly as pretty our lake as yours, but the view from the top of the dam is pretty spectacular, and it’s a grand walk or bike ride across.

  16. “Thank you for your lovely lake, Mark! ”

    Thank you for having a look. Glad you liked it. right now, the lake is completely covered with at least three feet of ice.

    we have more than one hundred thousand lakes, and hundreds of rivers here.

    all frozen solid.

  17. my goodness, juliania. when i saw the email of your comment, i couldn’t imagine what lake you were talking about. so i skedaddled upthread about two feet, and discovered it.

    oh, mafr, what an exquisite slideshow, and how wonderful to be so near such a wonderful lake. do you know which sort the blue birds were, or which owl? and are they paper birches or other birches, or quaking aspen?

    i think one of my favorite things is the molten glows the sunset can bring at times, and the photographer captured in so many of the photos.

    i almost asked if you ice fish there, but given that you’d said you don’t eat fish, no you wouldn’t. there were several winters in our lives that we pretty much lived on fish we caught in lakes near where we were living. trout. and i can scarcely want to taste one now. :)

  18. I have ice fished, it’s a lot of fun. The fun is more to do with sitting around with friends outside, in the winter, than fish.

    There is a village of ice fishing people on the Red River a few miles from here, where there are hundreds of tents and shacks set up with people fishing. for miles along the river. lots of socializing going on there.

    I snowmobiled to the middle of lake wpg once, there is a point in the centre where the ice is pushed up in a column twenty or thirty feet, high and running off for miles.

    I looked up might be a northern hawk owl. trees are aspen, or poplar.

  19. http://www.pbase.com/photosbydennis/root

    lots of good bird and animal pictures for manitoba and the internationally famous winnipeg folk festival.

  20. oops, i was wrong then. yes, it can be a lot of fun, but without shleter on a windy lake, it can also be quite cold and miserable. :) on lake erie, folks would drag shanties out onto the ice with old pickups with chains. that a lot of alcohol was consumed over the day caused not a few of the fishermen’s wives to make some dark jokes about it all, lol.

    the liquid ice column in the middle of lake winnipeg sounds (not to over-use the term, but) awesome. thanks for the ID of the birds and trees, and for the great page of dennis’s photos. i’ve already peeked in on a few categories, and insects are next. then owls.

  21. ice fishing seems to go with
    alcohol.
    that fellow has some amazing photos, he must spend a lot of time on that.

    glad you got something out of it. this is a great part of the world.

  22. Our lake hasn’t frozen over in several years now but we do get plenty of wildlife. I went hunting for a site to show you – lots of information at wiki but here’s one I particularly liked –

    http://nativeamericanencyclopedia.com/cochiti-dam-and-reservoir/

    I didn’t know there was a native american encyclopedia – and I was amazed they have a photo there of the outlet below the dam into the Rio Grande – I tried to photograph that once from the roadside and was warned away in no uncertain terms by a local Cochiti tribesman – I asked should I delete the photo I’d just taken and he said very firmly yes, so I did – same shot as this one. That area, particularly the cliff to the side is hallowed ground for the pueblo, and my understanding was that the agreement they made with the Corps of Engineers was to leave much more of it standing than actually was left. I would love to see pictures of the area before the dam was built as it must have been a beautiful spot originally. Seagulls still migrate upriver to this spot, quite amazing so far from the sea now, but they do that to the Great Salt Lake also.

  23. just looked at a map, there’s a lot to see down there!

    It reminded me of “when you’re lost on the streets of Juarez, and it’s winter time too”

    is this anything familiar?

  24. sister Megan Gillespie Rice

  25. Thank you, mark(mafr)! It is very much like that out here, especially around the lake, but we are in the southeast segment of the northwestern quadrant, so we do have mountains and not the fierce weather that has been sweeping across those open spaces. There’s one of those windmills out on pueblo land, though, and we even have a few buffalo. Not as woodsy as you or wendye but it’s not unusual to see or hear coyotes and they are not the scruffy kind but like small wolves, lovely beasts.

  26. This will give you the idea – why I love to go up on my roof.

    http://www.cochitilake.org/

  27. bless your hearts for creating some content here; sorry to be awol, but needs must, and all that. burned out and needing to catch up on life’s chores, correspondence and…energy.

  28. “This will give you the idea ”

    sure looks starkly beautiful, thanks!

  29. Our beautiful mountains used to be clothed in pinon pines – fires in the years before wendye’s denuded them – Los Alamos is to the north, so all firefighters concentrated on not having that go up in smoke. It really changed us back into mountain desert in a hurry.

    Rest, wendye, but take a look at yesterday’s (29th) commondreams articles, a few goodies in there. The one that caught my attention is by Robert Perry on the New York Times RETRACTION of their absolutely certain claim that the chemical warfare bombs in Syria came from the regime. Woops, sorry, said they – on page 8.

    This from a comment concerning Antarctic possible tragedy – had to weed it out of positively inane comments at the Guardian:

    “…The dilemma though is much tougher than simply breaking the ice, it is what happens once a line is attached to the marooned vessel (ask Flanagan of the Flanagan Ice Yachting Team, Summer 2013) getting this little boat out will almost certainly result in catastrophic damage caused first by the ice that trapped it, then the pressure of the breaker looming up on it, my guess is that this Vanity Cruise will result in that little boat going to the bottom of the sea, it is looking increasingly likely as each hour passes…”

  30. “Up on the roof” – love it :~))

  31. i will try to rest, ww; thank you, and try to look for parry’s ‘woops’ piece. addict that i do be, i did spend some time trying to find out more about jesus huerta, who was shot to death in durham, nc, in a cop car with his hands cuffed behind him. the coroner is calling it suicide. and the cops maintain that it must be so, tra la la…

    JT’s version is great, too, but iirc mafr said that laura nyro had written it. i just wanted a less plaintive version when i dug one out. :)

  32. shoot, i’d meant to say that the comments under the guardian pieces on the marooned ship aren’t just inane, many are downright dark and inhumane. wishing them ill is beyond the pale, even if some folks onboard are paying customers. some of the climate change deniers are weird, too, but question: isn’t one of the effects of climate change known to have been that the ice on the southern icecap *has been increasing* (not that it’s probative, just a known fact for now)?

  33. 2013 Goldman environmental prize winner Kim Wasserman Chicago, shut down two coal burning power plants.

    short video

    http://www.goldmanprize.org/recipient/kimberly-wasserman

  34. Thanks for your comment about Antarctica, wendye – as I just signed in over there to put a couple of comments on the latest item – I can only think these are highschool kids on a spree – maybe were assigned to follow the guardian blog and are resentful or something – they are totally stupid and I wish that paper would start limiting these comments – particularly as it should be evident the people on board that vessel must be scared out of their wits by now. If they are reading those comments, how must it be affecting them?

    I also fault the Guardian for not screening their own coverage as it has made some unfortunate videos that are empty of content except for passengers whooping it up on the ice, or partying in luxurious quarters with chefs delivering sumptuous meals. It does remind one eerily of the Titanic. I do wish them all to safety, most of all the reporters and crew. They will be very, very fortunate to escape this mess.

    It rather reminds me of the young man so excitedly broadcasting from the lip of Mt. St. Helens the day before it erupted and eliminated his camp. Never have forgotten those two days – his youthful spirit of scientific discovery that really had been a joy to see in a young person, and then it eradicated by the power of what he was attempting to convey. That’s tragedy in my book, and I so hope it doesn’t happen again.

  35. zounds, mark; talk about a righteous community organizer! look at that smile; she helped moved two sooty mountains. thanks.

  36. oh, dear; i hadn’t seen the onboard party videos. i guess those must have been what prompted the comments about elites, yada yada, as though the whole expedition were one grand lark. hard to know what the comments that the site *did* delete might have said, but moderating too much can work both ways on sites, no? at places like fdl, i rue the fact that moderating and banning are capricious enough that it all resembles the greater governmental control that sites like it…purport not to be.

    one piece at the guardian hastened to report that the paying customers were helping aid the science, which did remind m e that many archeo expeditions have paying members who do in fact do a lot of the grimmest labor, and are glad to, just to be so involved. ;)

  37. via yves smith at naked capitalism who says:

    “You must watch this talk, even if some parts are a bit technical for mere mortals. No matter how bad you think the NSA’s information surveillance and capture is, I can just about guarantee that this will show you that it’s an order of magnitude worse than you imagined.

    Jacob Appelbaum makes clear that the degree to which the NSA not only controls the Internet but on a routine basis inserts all sorts of surveillance tools into not just computers and smart phones but also communications infrastructure. He also provides an extensive list of service providers, manufacturers, and devices that have either been compromised or are active collaborators.

    Appelbaum debunks the idea that you as an individual can take comfort in the idea that you are too small and insignificant to be of notice to the NSA…

    If nothing else, watch the section starting at 48:30. Oh, and in case you missed it, the NSA can compromise “air gapped” (as in never connected to the Internet) computers. And don’t miss the part that starts at 56:00. And see the related Der Spiegel article here.

    she recommends that at a minimum we watch from 48 minutes on to whenever you need to stop. :)

    kgb went wonky imaging what it all might lead to at the end of obey’s post here at #27:

    http://my.firedoglake.com/obey/2013/12/29/catch-2013-yossarian-is-upset-again/

  38. Well, I swear I can see the shadow of a face on the blank parts of my screen, but it’s not moving so I’m picking it to be angelicly inspired :~]

    I actually posted that about the coverage before I even saw the New Year’s celebration – just came from a good Google update on the practicalities (after hunting all around for something more explanatory) – really very poor coverage going on given the amount of scrutiny the situation is getting, but Google has a nice factual piece from Australia on what is actually taking place. At least I hope it is.

    But still on google I came to this fascinatingly wellwritten piece (by a female of course) – when you want to sit and relax and read about something you didn’t know, this would be it – and not too long either.

    http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2012/07/mount-erebus/judson-text

    Comparing the Erebus disaster (which this doesn’t mention, all about creepy cyanobacterial mats and the beauties of the place – at least take a look at the accompanying photo) I was thinking at least there are no kids on the current escapade, but no, the gin guzzling revelers have at least one 12 year old along with. Ai cas’ acerbo!

  39. Thanks for the Der Spiegel link, wendye. My thought would be, lest we obsess over the fragility of our computer connections, that the crazies can’t really {{melt}} us all, since we are the !!99%!!, without ending the computer ##revolution## completely – many, many of us (and I suspect the ones we most enjoy reading from) have fairly few $$sous$$ to our names – and if I get another questionmark on my screen obliging me to quit or go broke keeping on with this merry caper – the former will be my immediate healthy response – so if they want to maintain us charismatic, creative suppliers of frivolity (we know who we are) and thusly the \\economy// -dashes represent fingers in the Nixon position – hands off us, I say. (And decipher all of that at your peril.)

  40. I also wanted to say that forced acronyms seem to indicate these people are on a very low intelligence platform somewhere approaching guardiancommentmentality.

    Now I’m going out to sit in the sun.

    The end.

  41. welcome, and thank you for the mt. erebus link. as to your thoughts about there being too many of us, jacob applebaum had a lot to say about that. i’d gotten confused at DN, but this is indeed from 2012, and not at all pleasant to hear, and that was before…snowden’s documents, mind you.

  42. “Antarctic rescue: icebound ship’s passengers to be airlifted ‘within hours’

    Australian Maritime Safety Authority says helicopter operation will start on Thursday while weather remains favourable”

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/02/antarctic-rescue-icebound-ships-passengers-to-be-airlifted-within-hours

    :)

  43. MANILA: The Philippine government said Thursday that it will try to speed up the burial of some 1,400 bodies, which remained in open mass graves almost two months after typhoon Haiyan struck the central Philippine province of Leyte.

    Read more: Philippine govt to speed up burial of typhoon victims – Latest – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/latest/philippine-govt-to-speed-up-burial-of-typhoon-victims-1.453298#ixzz2pFzmCPJH

  44. Shirzaz Iran, mosaics, mosques and shrines

    http://www.pbase.com/bmcmorrow/shirazmosqueshrine&page=all

  45. All species uniquely express evolutionary brilliance and have a purpose, a reason for being, a right to exist, and are necessary to maintain life’s full potential. From the lowly worm to soaring eagles, to the human race – all naturally evolved life has value and relies upon all the rest. Even seemingly noxious disease organisms and man-eating predators have a role to play in maintaining ecological balance.It is not too late to embrace an ecology ethic. But the longer we wait, the more limited our options.
    Despite pernicious trends in ecological decline – and allowing for the possibility of a deep resiliency to the Earth System of which we are unaware – out of love of life, we owe it to Earth, kindred species, and kids everywhere to try everything possible to save being.
    http://www.ecoearth.info/blog/2013/10/essay_ecology_is_the_meaning_o.asp

  46. it’s a great piece by dr. barry, but i think he pulled his punches a bit with this:

    “For capitalism to have any future and avoid social, ecological, and economic collapse on a dead planet, it must learn to price external costs and environmental risk now, while rejecting its obsession with growth as the ultimate measure of well-being. Otherwise industrial capitalism will have to be replaced soon just so most may survive, let alone thrive.”

    given that capitalism *requires* financial growth and continuing expansion, there’s no way to reign it in that i can imagine. it’s exactly where the adage ‘a business must grow or die’ came from.

    thanks for the article; it’s a good one.

  47. Thanks to you both, and mafr/mark’s last link about a dead planet would indeed have me doing another expletive rant were it not that the following has me in ‘yes, that’s the answer!’
    mode – hats off to Vandana Shiva:

    http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/03-7

    She is so right.

  48. I think what she says makes sense for Indiam but does not apply in North America. India is still mostly a rural country. Most of the people live outside the cities.

    Having driven through a lot of farm country in Canada and the USA, I can say, that is not true here. homesteads are abandoned, country towns are shrinking, and families are small. There is nobody to do the labour as she describes it. There is in India.

    What non factory farm labour there is here is seasonal, poverty wage work done by migrant paupers. North Americans won’t do it, till the wages go up. Easy to fix, but……

    I think small is better, for instance a thousand cattle spread out on a hundred farms, would be less harmful than a thousand cattle on a ten acre feed lot.

    as far as pulling punches, there is no system, totalitarian, Nazi, communist, socialist, capitalist, you name the system, where the planet has been placed first, second or even tenth on the list of concerns.

    Why the people with power can’t see this, is hard to understand. The rest of us, are just anaesthetized to almost everything.

    I thought the ecology article was outstanding, wish somebody that mattered would read it and wake up.

    I hope the new Pope comes out with something on this, as he has on other things.

    Julianna I got a book about a woman from Ithaca New York, who goes to live and work on a cattle ranch in New Mexico. Looking forward to reading it. twilight of the tenderfoot by dianne ackerman. Many of the ranchers speak only spanish.

  49. I read a description (by the famous population biologist,Erlich) of the eco system as being like a plane, each species is a rivet, the rivets are falling off, as the rivets fall off, the plane, for a while, can continue to fly with less and less of them, but eventually reaches a point it can’t as the wings fall off.

  50. Thanks, anonymous, for your point of view. I would beg to disagree because I do believe the coming generation is taking stock of the situation in America and doesn’t like what it is seeing in many places. And I myself come from a small nation of small farmers that is losing its own intensely rich heritage in favor of ‘the American way’ with business agriculture taking over half the landscape and rich gentry occupying the other half. Something about that scheme is not right, even though it benefits those that have ownership more than they have a right to benefit.

    Bit by bit we must ourselves encourage that taking back of the land. They did it in parts of South America, so it is not just India that has the willpower and manpower to do this. We have huge numbers increasing of people with hardly any meaningful work to do – I met a man on the bus yesterday who simply travels now from bar to bar and that is his day. This country is crying out for the kind of restoration Vandana Shiva proposes. So is the human race.

    We need to turn our spears into plowshares, every one of us.

  51. hi julianna that was me, (anonymous) could’t get my wordpress thing to work…would not log in.

  52. what i’d meant by ‘pulling his punches’ is that he said he knew what capitalism requires, but implied that it *might be tamed*; i’ve just lost faith in that by now. the financial class owns government by now; that’s who the Oligarchs are, so…

    but i’d agree that small agriculture in at least the west is problematic for a lot of reasons (save for some gardening, which can hardly be called ‘subsistence’ in so many cold locales). for one, the price of any farm machinery is prohibitive, gasoline costs a lot, and getting things to market is costly. we learned that the adage ‘before you plant, your crop must be essentially sold’ turns out to be true.

    what some folks are turning to now is forming small growing cooperatives, sharing machinery, know-how, seeds, and i don’t know what all. the ones here are in their infancy, and i dunno if they hope to have their endeavors finance their life bills or what, especially given the fact that in usual, or historically anyway, years, we have a ninety-day growing season.

    it’s been hard to see that evo morales declared that the planet should be granted ‘personhood’, then see how far he has failed the planet with agribusiness, gmo’s, and more. he and his adminstration seem to have fallen into a major neoliberal capitalist trap. such a shame it is, as many of us had such high hopes for bolivia.

    the zapatistas seem to be doing it right though, eh? :) wonder how many attended their recent ‘little school’? all their missives are in spanish, so i haven’t been able to keep up.

  53. I thought a bit of possible good news was worth posting

    “COULD corals survive ocean acidification against the odds? That’s the hope raised by reefs found to be thriving in naturally acidified waters.”

    So Kathryn Shamberger of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts and her colleagues were surprised to find that coral reefs around the Palau archipelago in the west Pacific were dense and diverse – even though the pH of the water and the amount of carbonate were unusually low (Geophysical Research Letters, doi.org/qnj).

    http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22129503.500-pacific-coral-happy-as-acidity-of-the-ocean-rises.html#.Ushja_3e4YU

  54. any time a person who starts out right like morales, and then goes wrong, I just think of NSA.

  55. thank you for the good news, and yes, we could use some. i’m not quite sure what you mean by ‘i think of nsa’, so i went and dug out this piece james petras published recently in case you (or anyone) wanted to read it. as i’d said, i’d been reading similar stuff at counterpunch. as i said, the sum of it made me think of…obomba, and the way he can hide behind his color, party, and ‘pleasing most political factions’.

    http://my.firedoglake.com/greydog/2014/01/01/james-petras-the-most-radical-conservative-regime-bolivia-under-evo-morales/

  56. Wonderful practical comment about small cooperatives, wendye – that should satisfy both mafr and me, and you are correct that growing (or creating)anything to sell is a bit more ambitious than simple selfsubsistence, which is hard enough in itself as pioneer stories can attest. I was just reading an article on getting kids back into playing in the mud – something all my grandkids do with one lot of them on a nearby working cattle spread (small) and all the cousins intermingling. I’m so happy to see that as it was my own experience growing up. Very, very important.

    On your Morales and personhood remark, this I just read at counterpunch quite blew my mind – a huge story I think:

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/01/03/every-person-has-a-name/

    It reminds me that on icons the name has more significance than the actual painting itself. Happy Sunday.

  57. I meant to say also, thanks mafr for the good story about the coral.

  58. Hi you are welcome.

    I meant that when a promising leader betrays their followers, I think they’ve probably been blackmailed by somebody who has dirty information on them.

    julianna did you see what I mentioned about the book set in your state?

  59. If there was ever a case for GMO development, it would be the RNAi Interferon identification of the acid tolerant corals’ genes, and their interferon inoculation of the non-resistant reefs, worldwide. Still, it’s only treating the symptom; when we already have the law to stop Its CAUSE: the Clean Water Act (CWA) pollution ELIMINATION DEADLINE, to have been effected A QUARTER CENTURY AGO –
    “FEDERAL WATER POLLUTION CONTROL ACT (CWA)
    (33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.)
    AN ACT To provide for water pollution control activities in the Public Health Serv- ice of the Federal Security Agency and in the Federal Works Agency, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
    TITLE I—RESEARCH AND RELATED PROGRAMS
    DECLARATION OF GOALS AND POLICY
    SEC. 101. (a) The objective of this Act is to restore and main- tain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the Nation’s waters. In order to achieve this objective it is hereby declared that, consistent with the provisions of this Act— (1) it is the national goal that the discharge of pollutants into the navigable waters be ELIMINATED by 1985.” ;
    even though it’s too late for US’ continental corals in the Florida Keys, already ecosystemically collapsed to less than 7% left (its why the Keys can [aptly] only offer artificial “reef” ‘wreck’ diving anymore). And those of the Hawaiian islands are soon to be well and truly Fukushima’d. The rest of the world’s may yet be saved, if they reject the epitome of US’ environmental disregard and wisely institute such effective preventive and corrective measures Concurrently, NOW!

  60. skip the book, it’s the lives of cattle ranch cowboys.

  61. to bruce: interesting angle on possibly tweaking other coral reefs with ‘interferon innoculation to ph’, but as you seem to know only too well: there is such a vast potential for unintended consequences. i guess that understanding underlies the definition of ‘ecosystems’, no?

    To mafr: i do see your point about blackmail, the nsa (you might add interference from the cia and ‘economic hit men’, but by the simple standard you mentioned, i could say a parallel is back obomba. our hopes quickly turned to nopes.

    in my disappointment re: morales, i did some major musing about human frailty, including thoughts on the love of power. we here in indian country have learned the hard way, too, that first american leaders can be just as ripe for corruption as the next person, or so it seems. when i’d read chellis glendinning’s pieces at counterpunch, i was sad. when i read that morales had called the indigenous ‘savages’, i was sick.

    to juliania: i’ve thought on and off more about the difficulties of tiny farming in the west, and i won’t bore you with my musings. i’ve searched and searched for that pretty good revolution video that popular resistance sent about, and i can’t find it in either my crowded inbox or my stored messages. i checked at their website as well, and looked on youtube. nopers.

    but i have collected some links to perhaps do a post on the zapatismo movement; amy goodman just had a program on the 20th anniversary of their original uprising, and i grabbed some links on their summer ‘little school’. wish i knew spanish. but they’ve been creating autonomous regional caracols (five of them) and self governance in chiapas, schooling themselves, creating careful agricultural cooperatives, and a whole lot more.

    dunno how they stand to wear those black ski masks and face handkerchieves, though. srsly.

  62. Apologies, mafr, I didn’t see the book – could you mention it again? My little library might have it as they carry a lot of local ones. And if they don’t, I can request it.

  63. I didn’t mean to ever suggest that the cultivation of the land is gonna be easy on an individual scale, but when you take into account that most of the sweet corn available for consumption in the good ol’ USA is now genetically modified, even most seed stock as well, doesn’t it behoove us, if we yearn for an occasional ear to enjoy (and who doesn’t) to figure out a way to grow our own? I’m working on a patch right now, and when it was warm a few days ago, I got my compost into the soil (can’t be done where the ground is frozen – but there are ways to warm it up – fresh manure would be one.) If I can have a small plot and nurture the biotics of that small plot of earth, I can feel I am contributing to the health of the planet, and the great thing is that even crop failures do that.

    And if everybody did it…

    That’s what I mean by small is beautiful.

    (Nothing against cattle ranchers, mafr! My daughter lives on a cattle ranch – they have goats and ponies and solar experiments up the wahoo!)

  64. what you, and now i, are really doing is gardening, not farming. i was musing about the practicalities and difficulties of the latter, again, especially in terms of distances from any urban centers, needed for a variety of reasons, obviously. hardly any transportation in most areas of the west, etc.

    but yes, even small farms can rarely sustain a family’s life, if you consider the wide variety of things that can’t be produced in certain areas. even if, as in africa, small villages specialized, then traded among themselves, crops would be limited. plus, once i looked up how much food the average adult ate in a year, and found it staggering.

    yes, if we all have our little plots, and a few fruit or not trees where possible, it helps. but mainly spiritually and for adding to the oxygen supply, rather than the limited foods it produces. but srsly, we used to grow a virtual truck garden, and put up everything we could, and still had to buy a lot of things. it got to be too much eventually, of course. :)

    but sure, we grow things we might not have access to otherwise. i depend on several crops every year. but i’ve given in to gmo corn: i love masa products way too much to abstain.

    but do have a care using fresh manure; it can burn the root fibers of the plants with the ammonia and phosphorus…iirc the latter correctly; something else, too. pretty crucial to compost it for a year or more. nice your soil’s warm already; ours is rock hard. brrrrrrr.

  65. Apologies, mafr, I didn’t see the book

    Hi, It’s not very good,

  66. I watched a fantastic documentary about the Everly brothers. Their father was a coal miner from Kentucky, and a musician, friend of many who became famous singers/ musicians.

    they played the tune Nine pound hammer, which is by Merle Travis, here are the lyrics

    This nine pound hammer, it’s a little too heavy
    For my size, baby, for my size
    I’m goin’ on the mountain, gonna see my baby
    But I ain’t comin’ back, well, I ain’t comin’ back

    Roll on buddy, don’t you roll so slow
    Tell me, how can I roll, when the wheels won’t go?
    Roll on buddy, pull a load of coal
    Now, how can I pull, when wheels won’t roll?

    It’s a long way to Harlan, it’s a long way to Hazard
    Just to get a little brew, just to get a little brew
    Well, when I’m long gone you can make my tombstone
    Outta number nine coal, outta number nine coal

    Hey, roll on buddy, don’t you roll so slow
    How can I roll, when the wheels won’t go?
    Roll on buddy, pull your load of coal
    Tell me, how can I pull, when wheels won’t roll?

    They mentioned that their dad, Ike Everly worked in number nine mine, and drove by to show it to us. Their father’s friend Mose Rager was interviewed, a great guitar player and coal miner. Mose said he set the record, 43 tons of coal in one day.

    last few days I Listened to a lot of Everlys, and never realized how much sorrow there is in their music. The amount of great music out of the South is absolutely remarkable.

    Merle Travis

  67. niiiice, mafr. i like this one, too, with doc watson, i think. we saw him with merle in boulder once.

  68. very nice rendition

  69. that’s a hard read, mafr, and an sincerely ugly situation. i’d never heard of the medical abortion pill, but that’s no a very effective rate, and makes me wonder about side effects. the requirements for docs are strictly punitive, of course. but i really hadn’t believed fro so long that roe would be chipped away at. how odd they piece didn’t mention kansas, as that used to be the state trying to pass the most extreme anti-abortion laws.

    dunno if i’ll write about it or not, there never seems to be a lack of almost emergency topics to post about.

    by the way, some of the links you brought to harvey wasserman’s most recent post were gobsmacking.

  70. How bout this one…

    “The NRC’s station blackout rule requires operators to conduct an analysis of what would happen in the event of a power outage at a reactor, a similar scenario to what took place in Japan.

    the rule does not impose regulatory requirements on operators. it instead allows operators to develop their own plan for responding to a blackout, Borchardt said.

    “Different sites could come up with different approaches,” he said. “Some have installed gas turbines as a backup. Others have installed batteries that last for different time periods.”

    BORCHARDT SAID THE AVERAGE BATTERY AT A U.S. PLANT LASTS BETWEEN FOUR AND EIGHT HOURS.

    A review of battery life will be part of an initial 90-day review of nuclear safety. The NRC will then determine whether to take immediate action or fold the review into a longer-term assessment that will be conducted after the U.S. gathers more information about the Japanese disaster.

    Borchardt also said that U.S. nuclear relicensing will likely not be sidelined by the broad NRC review of reactors.

    http://www.nuc.berkeley.edu/node/3560

    Alex Jones, is the only place I’ve heard consistent coverage of Fukushima. His guest today, said these things are not accidental.

    Alex says a lot of things that I don’t like, but at least he’s talking about this.

  71. there’s going to be a collision between this stupidity, and climate change, with all of the power outages all over the US, it’s appears to be likely that some nuclear reactor somewhere in the USA will have a melt down due to the lack of back up power.

    and a child in grade four, could explain how insane this is.

  72. Neil Young stridently tells the truth to Jian Gomeshi about the Alberta Tar Sands during his latest music tour in support of the indigenous people being screwed by the Canadian Govt. Scroll down to the middle of the page to see the radio link in full.

    http://www.cbc.ca/q/blog/2014/01/13/neil-young-oilsands-occupation/

    Inspiring and remind me never to question Mr Young in an adversarial fashion. Enjoy
    nonq

  73. wonderful, and thank you. i’d found this link a day or two ago, stuck it on my word doc for my current post, figured i’d follow it up. Oh! it may have been when i checked in with idle no more, and it was in their tweet queue. laughed with mr. wd cuz i’d have to thank neil a bit, even though i’d not been much of a fan of his for a decade or two. used to have a friend in boulder who’d sing: ‘keeps me searching for that pot of gold…wah wah…

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/aboriginal/neil-young-set-to-kick-off-honour-the-treaties-tour-1.2491818

    but oh, my, did i love buffalo springfield and other neil-included bands! we will remind you; glad he got very cranky, lol.

  74. Most honest thing I’ve heard in years about this disaster.

    and unlike the scientists, who are unfortunately the main speakers on these things, he’s not worried about being angry.

  75. well, you’re quite up on it all, mafr, so i’ll take that one to the bank, so to speak. loved the line: “Borchardt also said that U.S. nuclear relicensing will likely not be sidelined by the broad NRC review of reactors.”

    well, all righty then. don’t let safety get in the way of progress. but srsly, how many accidents may have happened that we don’t know about? ya read suspicions about it here and there. but no, i don’t like a lot of alex jones things, kinda like i don’t always exactly trust washingtons blog. i had a conversation with anthony freda after he was on his show once. :) ach, all i can find on youtube that’s short enough to watch is a recent one.

  76. I missed this yesterday at counterpunch, but it is really worth a read – especially the medical billing segment. I’m getting bills for items I have no idea about- could be legitimate, but do I know? Ralph’s points are well taken, I feel, and more and more the internet (as far as being a fount of information) is most definitely shrinking.

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/01/13/the-age-of-gee-whiz-technotits/

  77. And whilst I’m on the subject, a day later Ralph homes in on that medical billing item:

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/01/15/medical-price-gouging/

    Well done, Nader Raiders!

  78. And okay, why not three kiwis in a row? This will be interesting to watch down under:

    http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2014/01/15/showtime-thinking-about-kim-dotcoms-internet-party/

  79. we like three kiwis, lol. ack, i’d seen those first two links earlier via email, but as i don’t go to docs, know nothing about the aca except for, well, you know… we won’t buy a plan, and it’s a piece of shit, i didn’t comment.

    but if i get a chance, i’ll look at the kim dotcom party, juliania. thanks; others may well also.

  80. yesterday wikiLeaks released the ‘environmental’ chapter of the ttp language as of Jan. “Hostile Environment: TPP Green Chapter “Virtually Meaningless”

    http://www.theglobalmail.org/blog/hostile-environment-tpp-green-chapter-virtually-meaningless/807/

  81. Yes, I commented yesterday on Brandon’s Roundup at FDL – wasn’t noticed, I guess as only seven comments there when I looked just now – he did reply nicely, said he would include it. Good thing you have made it a diary – great minds think alike!

  82. i thought the text was worth keeping handy, juliania. :)

    ‘appalachian mountaintop removal in google earth and maps’; it was embedded in this satire wondering whether or not we should ‘disband west virginia‘ since the free market isn’t working quite quickly enough.

  83. Joan As Policewoman

    To Be Loved

    I’m so happy to be loved
    throw me down and light me there
    ’cause I’m an awful mess
    and you love me too
    I haven’t a care
    we’re eternity
    oh, I feel the sigh on
    every breath that’s met us here
    this night dreams fantastic
    and it’s ours, my dear

    how on earth could you have found me
    huddled under grapes of wrath
    I will never know but forever I ask
    how I got so lucky
    all this time proceeding
    silent in processional
    the words, they escape me through my singing cage
    of how I love you too

    it’s safe
    to be alone
    and be lonely
    but I found a gun
    with no safety
    and I am going to
    shoot down my ghost town
    completely

    ’cause I konw there’s a
    place for us
    I made it, I made it

    I am through with sharing all my love
    I have outgrown crowding up my house
    when you found me, I could not be loved
    but then I found me and I’m happy to be loved.

  84. ooooh, i love joan. the magic is a favorite.

    sorry everyone, but my laptop’s hard drive crashed, so i’m on mr. wd’s this is wendyedavis, by the way). gotta find something new i can afford, so i may not be present too very often, at least as…mysownself. :)

  85. Again, it’s beyond sad that the iLoveMountains.org spokeslady at ~2:40 in the Google/earth overview of 5/7/2009 is apparently unaware of the CWA water Pollution ELIMINATION DEADLINE (which only needs presidential EXECUTIVE ACTION NOW, To be effected: STOP Permitting; exclusively enforce ‘Freedom Industries’ and ‘mountaintop removal’-type cases, instead); rather than spinning “reinvention” of the wheel, with their “co-sponsored” clean water ‘protection’ act Do-Over. (But then, even NRDC senior counsel, RFK Jr. won’t fight this battle!). Sadistically instead disband WV and deadly refrain Denver:

    Where LIVE Other voices of reason?

  86. is that what you were telling me that i failed to grasp? oh, my. well, i just checked, and the video was uploaded im may of 2009; dunno what pushes they made back then. there’s an action item on their website, not enough, but at the bottom of the page is contact info. perhaps you’d want to get in touch with them? i tried to get a link for the deadline info, but failed in the brief time i took.

    http://ilovemountains.org/

    i learned the song from john prine. :)

  87. that’s one of the best bands and pieces of music i’ve been introduced to in a long time, mafr. thank you ever so much for bringing it to us. i’ll go look for more soon… such voices, especially the lead. (is the camera on the woman at the piano mistakenly?) a tad hard to hear the harmonies, but what i can hear sounds very nice. gorgeous violin and cello, too. so very plaintive. wee drops of rain tapping on the roof ever sooo gently.

    (oh, and that was me earlier; i finally twigged to the fact that i could log mr. wd out, sign myself in. takes a real genius, eh?)

  88. hi, glad you liked it, heavenly unreal ancient voice, the pianist /singer is Antony Hegarty.

  89. Sent the law’s DEADLINE excerpt to the mountain-lovers above, and their Appalachian Voices’ Lawyer ED Cormons; however, I was earlier simply too sad to send the Prine original with its terminally heart-breaking final verse:
    “When I die let my ashes float down the green river
    Let my soul roll on up to the rochester dam
    I’ll be halfway to heaven with paradise waitin’
    Just five miles away from wherever I am.”

  90. thanks a lot for finding out about E.F. Bealle. That guy really dug into things, and was very determined.

    Sad news.

  91. welcome, mark. and fuck FDL management for believing punishing the messenger is more crucial than left-paging or front-paging the news is. the site continues to behave just like the greater society we so abhor.

  92. oh, bruce; good on you. have you heard back from them?

    and mafr: i really didn’t think he was singing lead, but i’ll cop to being a bit of a bigot, thinking he was a she. mightta been the hat? but altogether gorgeous, it was.

  93. no, that’s definitely him singing.

    He is a transgender person.

  94. i should have said that i’d gotten that after looking for more of their music. there was one title song, apparently from one named with ‘birds’ in the title. i’d wondered about using it fro ef beall’s small eulogy post, but it wasn’t quite what i’d wanted in the end.

    when i can download music to my realplayer again, i’ll love snagging some of theirs. different tastes again, but mr. wd wasn’t quite sure that he liked anthony’s voice. (the weirdo, lol)

  95. mafr

    well done interview with a successful small organic farmer.

    “As I begin looking for concrete ways to advance local agriculture, I’m going to talk to some established players about what they see as the problems and potential for the immediate future.”

    http://grist.org/food/sustainable-farming-needs-math-as-much-as-mulch-says-one-veteran/

  96. Thanks for that article, mafr. It made me think of my childhood, holidays spent on my two uncles’ farms, one a dairy and the other sheep. Both farms were family farms for production, not just sustainability, and yes, they were extremely labor intensive. The entire family on each was employed in producing milk and cream, or in wool production, with both having side production of animals for slaughter. There were no immigrant laborers, but on the dairy farm an extra uncle was employed and on the sheep farm a family of maori lived and worked. They mostly farmed their own garden but were on call for major projects.

    I guess you could call the systems in some sense cooperative, since the milk and separated cream got picked up by a truck and hauled off to be processed. We kids used to push out a trolley on rails with the big cans on it, mornings and evenings, just as you would put out mail for the mailman. When last I lived in New Zealand fifteen years ago, there still was a morning milk delivery to my house – I put out the number of empty bottles I wanted with plastic chips purchased from the local store.

    I guess this is why I am so enthusiastic about small family farms – it was how I grew up in New Zealand. The system worked. My uncles earned enough overall to leave the farms to sons and retire to nice seaside holiday homes, and that was fine – they had earned it.

    Unfortunately, big agribusinesses have changed all that. It seems, as the farmer in your piece admitted, once you get to a certain size it doesn’t really work any more. You have to be a mathematician then, because the math will make or break you.

  97. I guess my above comment is seasoned by one I saw attributed to Pete Seeger when he marched with Occupy – I can’t remember it exactly but it was to the effect of ‘Beware of big leaders; what we need is a lot of little leaders. I do think what we need is a lot of little farms, each lovingly tended. And I don’t think we need a whole lot of science about the macro and micro organisms in the soil – they’ve done their job beautifully with just a little help from us as friends of the earth, lo these thousands of years.

  98. mafr

    hi glad you saw that, thought you would get something out of it. and clearly as you previously said, it’s possible to operate a small farm successfully, if you’re really smart and really hardworking. no holidays probably. thanks for the remembrance of your time on the farm. I hung out a farm when I was a child, and I sure loved it.

    I just saw a short documentary about ds lawrence,(sp) the British author of some famous novels; he spent time in New Mexico, liked it and owned a ranch there, and and is buried there.

    I think Pete Seeger was right. occupy had no leaders, so nobody to corrupt.

  99. They are our godchildren.

  100. kind of, abandoned Godchildren.

  101. lot of those kids have dark red hair.

  102. for them, and all the orphaned and suffering children in the many diasporas caused by the West’s desire to control the world and it resources by endless war. and for those other children in the same condition, caused by other world or state powers:

  103. Because I’ve Eurasian grandchildren, Every DAY I take the Peace Train to wherever I can oppose the depredations and deprivation by the intolerable BS (Buffalo Soldiering) of the Obamanable Bush Shadow, who instead ought universally empathize with his kin of whatever color, wherever they abide. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPazGVuBXmY

  104. oh, i do love that one; maybe all his songs, really. i’d love to hear more about your eurasian grandchildren, and bless you for taking the peace train always. otoh, i still need to come to grips with my own violent thoughts and anger, even at those who should be comrades in our common struggle.

  105. http://www.smirkingchimp.com/thread/david-swanson/38984/what-ever-
    happened-to-women-and-children-first
    Suffice to say, the two Afghan youngsters in the first Swanson shot
    Could BE the two (preschool and 2nd grade) sons of my Caucasian
    daughter and her Korean/American husband; but for the 9000 miles of
    Earth and incalculable injustice in between! It reminds me daily of
    the stakes; and keening for ALL their current And FUTURE conditions
    keeps me tireless in peace pursuit with y’all, Yusuf, Swanson; et
    al. They, and children on the way deserve so much and surely No
    LESS!

  106. it’s now “first to be killed”

  107. switching gears, i just ran into sarah jarosz, my goodness, what a treat she and her group are.

  108. Love all these reflections on beautiful children, and as I just read another Vandana Shiva piece at CommonDreams – I will add that the beauty begins in our very dna – love this quote:

    “As geneticist Dr Mae Wan Ho said: “Instead of the linear, one-way information flow envisaged in the central dogma from DNA to RNA to protein and ‘downstream’ biological function, there is intricate cross-talk between the organism and its environment at all levels, with feed-forward and feed-back cycles in the epigenetic and metabolic networks of molecular interactions that mark and change genes as the organism goes about its business of living… The organism is doing its own natural genetic modification with great finesse, a molecular dance of life that’s necessary for survival. Unfortunately, genetic engineers do not know the steps or the rhythm and music of the dance.”

    I too have very mixed grandkids, one of whom, Tenzin, has his 9th birthday tomorrow, the very day I as one of nine faced death rolling off the Annapolis/Washington highway and landing (the car that is) upside down beneath an incompleted part of it. We all survived.

    The rhythm and music of the dance.

  109. Tenzin is a Tibetan བསྟན་འཛིན given name, meaning “to conquer the wisdom of Buddha”

  110. nice tunes specially peace train.

  111. wish i knew wth Dr Mae Wan Ho was talking about, but i can at least *feel* the rhythm of the dance in my better moments.

  112. Jonathan H. Kittiwake!

    But, shorter Ho: We learn and live Or NOT!

  113. This was such an enlightening article to me, I’ve cut short my morning wade through nakedcapitalism to pass it on – we know about Frank Church – this is the other guy (also more background on what went on then.) And Bella Abzug too, bless her! Comments good also.

    http://pando.com/2014/02/04/the-first-congressman-to-battle-the-nsa-is-dead-no-one-noticed-no-one-cares/

  114. Thanks, mark, for the comment on Tenzin – his dad is a translator of Tibetan wisdom into Chinese, being of Chinese parents but raised in a Tibetan monastery – beautiful person. I am so honored to have him as my son-in-law.

  115. Coming down the Pike, past the Church to the Schorr, the burning Bush(s) have landed in the woodpile and are now razing the Village! Next, the JEB is UP!

  116. you are welcome, I wondered if it was similar to , Tenzing norgay sherpa climber of Everest.

    I learned that he was from Nepal, so probably.

  117. “This was such an enlightening article to me, ”

    me too.

    plus ça change plus le meme chose.

    So far same result. pathetic sleeping populace will take the streets for a sporting event.

  118. and don’t forget daniel shorr in the blessings. and of course, the great seymour hersh! but yes, here we are, still asleep. i signed this site up for one of the ‘the day we fight back’ banners, and the code just came in (not that i can tell what to do with it exactly), but it seems that it will help create emails to Critters with major objection to the spying (maybe just specifies nsa, sadly), but urging support for the ‘usa freedom act’. and that is NOT the one i prefer; it’s the one shahid buttar rec’s, and it’s almost totally abolitionist. so…i’m in a quandary how to proceed; maybe just take note of the day here…and let everyone do what they will.

    too bad it takes a subscription to read at nsfwcorp (think i got that half-right). you probably know that it was ames and levine who were partners with matt taibbi at their muckraking paper in moscow. they were ‘advised’ one day that their publication was being shut down, so the came back to the states, and i believe, then, formed exiled online. dunno what their relationship to pando is, but thank you for the good link, ww.

    dunno when taibbi left, but che pasa said he edited ‘the beast’ for a time before he went to rolling stone.

    http://exiledonline.com/

  119. good Pacifica radio one hour with and about Pete Seger. quite a bit about Pete and his friend Woody guthrie. Great tune by odetta one grain of sand. I wish I could find it somewhere.

    http://fromthevaultradio.org/home/

    There’s an interesting comment about a Harry Bridges San Fran dockworker/organizer who got into trouble for refusing to unload a Nazi flagged vessel in the thirties, and therefore being called a commie.

  120. Last night I heard sen. Boxer talking against the keystone pipeline, and had with her a Doctor from Canada, who has researched illness like cancer that afflict communities near tar sands development.

    She says she’s worried about illness and tar sands oil. I’m skeptical.

    I think it’s something else.

    She seems to be in tune with Obama.

    I think there’s lots of shale oil in the USA to be dug up. Canadian tar sands is not needed.

    I’m thinking Obama is going to can the Keystone XL, not because he’s concerned about the climate, but because his clients don’t want that oil, they have their own. There is a huge amount of what they call shale oil under the ground in the US.

    “Drilling intensity in U.S. shale oil plays skyrocketed from a few hundred wells brought online (e.g., becoming productive) before 2011 to more than 4,000 in 2012 – a figure that outpaces the total number of oil and gas wells (both conventional and unconventional) brought online in the same year in the rest of the world (except Canada).”

    http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/publication/23191/shale_oil_boom.html

  121. “The United States is home to the largest and most concentrated oil shale deposits in the World. The Department of Energy states that the total oil shale resource in the United States could potentially exceed 6 trillion barrels of oil. In fact, due to oil shale, Colorado’s Piceance Basin contains the most concentrated hydrocarbon deposit on Earth.

    A relatively small area in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming contains the richest oil shale deposits in the entire World. About 70% of the resource is located on federal lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The other 30% is located on private land, state land, and other lands.”

    http://www.eccos.us/oil-shale-in-co-ut-wy

    In other words, the amount of oil dug up, refined and burned won’t go down, but instead of Northern Canada, it will come from within the USA.

  122. well, you do make me wonder if you’re right about O not building the rest of the keystone xl, but…is boxer up for election this cycle? oy, is that process dark, not to mention water-guzzling, and grotesquely filthy stuff. already energy corps have filed on colorado river water that’s totally been *over-appropriated* cuz the co water compact was created in a heavy precipitation cycle. what.a.mess.

    loads of uranium on the UT/CO border too, and permits seem up.

    i remember a million years go arguing at some tim wirth do about the efficacy of oil shale. damn. interesting what mark udall said about it all on one of your link’s link. ‘good reduction of acreage…let’s see about the rest’. a true politician, i guess.

    where is our Manhattan Energy project again? Oh, the $ is paying for resource wars abroad….

  123. Only for a Bush Shadow like Oilybomber would the (sun)light right over his head NOT Illuminate!

  124. it might crash on the shortage of water.

  125. another signal, that obama will can the pipeline, Ed Schultz, basically a spokesman for Obama, has abruptly switched from pro pipeline to, holding meetings with people opposed to it.

    I guess we’ll see, soon enough.

  126. that’s interesting if schultz is an O mouthpiece. i read your comment to mr. wd, and he volunteered that npr spoke at length last evening about the major dangers of oil being carried in tankers of various sorts. they seem to have become a similar mouthpiece, but perhaps they hadn’t gotten the new memo?

    wish i could remember better, bu hasn’t steve horn been making the case that ‘they’ don’t even need that leg built now?

    the water: my fear is that if they want deeded (adjudicated) water, they will find judges who rule in their favor. will there be a whole new class of ’eminent domain’ water rulings?

  127. not familiar with the water, which is going to be scarce, or coming down in floods.

    WD did Harry Reid “fix up” the unemployment insurance people that got thrown off, around christmas? He said that was the first thing he was gonna do in January.
    Or is that ancient history, and nobody cares anymore?

  128. It’s said that none of that oil will stay in the USA or Canada, it’s for export, and that the pipeline if built would raise the price of gas per gallon.

    I know that in North Dakota, where the gas and oil mining is big, there is a shortage of propane this winter.

    a few years ago, right in the middle of farm work, there was a shortage of diesel.

    gotta love big business, and their friends.

  129. poor you in Colorado, if they start digging up that crud.

    funny, I heard a sob story yesterday about the people in west texas eagle something, complaining about the noise and smell from fracking, which is like being beside a cement factory.

    seems nobody in the government cares. They’ve tried, and just can’t get any help from the gumint. sad eh?

    I wonder now, if they like having government off their backs?

  130. hmmm. while the global oligarch may have jut begun to twig to the fact, i can easily believe that the next world war will be over water not energy (pipelines, shipping lanes, off shore drilling, (even the arctic is increasingly building up now). you can survive on less oil, even if it’s tough, but water? no way, and as truly potable water supplies are dwindling, and dams are being built to offset that trend for the moment (and killing off farmers and farming downstream), life needs water. requires water. i only have dim memories of projects that indicate some algae, some pretty water kudzu-like plant, can clean water, but i have no idea if that includes any of the zillion toxins, including various radioactive ones.

    but: no relief yet for the long-term unemployed (harry blames it on mean republicans, kinda skirting by the fact that a lot of dems voted for the budget that should have provided some relief. he’s right that the R’s hate UI, but then…the dems just said they’d get it done later…. so now the econ forecast was downgraded again, hedge funds seem to be bailing a li’l bit on housing rental security bundles, dunno about the auto loan ones…and meanwhile the capitalist world media is making sure that socialism in venezuela will be murdered. damn it’s dark out there.

    i do remember folks saying that the sludge oil from tarsands, and i guess now shale, will go to china where they can’t afford to care, or something like that….

    texas: a great example of Lemon Socialism, eh? privatize the profits, socialize the risks and downsides. gotta love it. but hey; at least the analysts on the optic nerve centers are gettin’ some jollies. crikey.

  131. let’s subscribe to this woman’s channel.

  132. The Pakistani Taliban have announced a month-long ceasefire aimed at reviving stalled peace talks with government. BBC

    I predict a drone strike within days, that kills Pakistani Taliban, and others.

  133. i just saw it at the guardian, too. i back your prediction, mark.

    what is that woman’s channel?

  134. just click on the video, to watch it at youtube, and you’re there. I signed up for her channel.

  135. cool. thanks for the idea. i reckon i’m already so far behind on reading and listening material that i won’t, but i reckon you’ll bring the good ‘uns. :)

  136. ‘Hubble captures incredible image of galaxy being ripped apart’

    ‘Rosetta the comet chaser awakes, a cosmic Catherine wheel and the Hand of God – in pictures’:

    This month’s roundup of the best space-related imagery includes the wake-up signal from a hibernating spacecraft, the spectacular Southern Pinwheel Galaxy, and a nebula powered by a dead, spinning star. Plus: the Tarantula Nebula, a new home for the space shuttle’s successor, and a glimpse of the universe as it was 13bn years ago

    http://www.theguardian.com/science/gallery/2014/feb/18/month-space-rosetta-comet-chaser-god-pictures

  137. Toxic Trail: The landmark Superfund program is supposed to clean up the country’s toxic waste. But as one site in Silicon Valley shows, it’s leaving behind its own legacy of environmental problems.

    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2014/mar/-sp-toxic-waste-silicon-valley-trail

    “Below some of the world’s most expensive real estate, in the heart of Silicon Valley, pipes and pumps suck thousands of gallons of contaminated water every hour from vast underground toxic pools.

    Giant industrial filters trap droplets of dangerous chemicals at the surface, all in the hope of making the water drinkable again and protecting the workers of tech giants such as Google and Symantec from toxic vapors.

    But that costly journey to the surface is only the start of a toxic trail with no clear end. Once it leaves Mountain View, California, the toxic waste gets shipped, treated and burned in places like Oklahoma and Arizona, discharging waste in small towns and on a Native American reservation, and in some cases creating even more harmful chemicals, The Center for Investigative Reporting has found.”

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