Sunday, April 21, 2013

April 21

You Have to See It to Believe It: What It's Like to Have Fracking in Your Backyard



Earth Day campaigns usually focus on reducing the burning of fossil fuels via transportation (ride your bike, walk, carpool) - however, MORE fossil fuels are used in the ANIMAL AG BUSINESS than ALL forms of transportation combined! The GREATEST impact one can have on the planet is by greening his/her


The Denver Post just reported that people were shot in Denver's Civic Center during Saturday's pot rally, one that attracted thousands given Colorado's rational decision to finally legalize small amounts of it for recreational use. According to the Denver Post, Denver Police tweeted that one victim was shot in the leg and another person was also down with unknown injuries. Also, paramedics on the scene claim that at least three people were shot and that all three victims are now en route to Denver Health Medical Center.

3,530 shooting deaths since Sandy Hook.


Boy Scouts Propose Allowing Gay Scouts, But Not Gay Scout Leaders

Food Infections Rose In 2012, But Government Is Still Gutting Food Safety Programs

Tea Party Congressman Exploits Manhunt For Suspected Boston Bomber To Advance Weaker Gun Laws

Maureen Dowd looks as the disconnect between the Senate of the lobbyists, and the wishes of the people, and somehow concludes the fault is at the other end of the street.

How is it that the president won the argument on gun safety with the public and lost the vote in the Senate? It's because he doesn't know how to work the system. And it's clear now that he doesn't want to learn, or to even hire some clever people who can tell him how to do it or do it for him.

It's unbelievable that with 90 percent of Americans on his side, he could get only 54 votes in the Senate. It was a glaring example of his weakness in using leverage to get what he wants. No one on Capitol Hill is scared of him.

Somehow I had the idea that Congress was there to represent the people, and that when 90 percent of the people want something, it's shouldn't be on the president to make it happen. I had no idea that only the president was accountable to the public.
President Obama thinks he can use emotion to bring pressure on Congress. But that's not how adults with power respond to things. He chooses not to get down in the weeds and pretend he values the stroking and other little things that matter to lawmakers.
So, using emotion, say pointing out the families in Newtown who lost beautiful children, isn't how adults do things? Adults need their pitiful egos petted and their little things stroked? That, Mo, may be the single most idiotic paragraph I've read. Ever. Tell you what, let's see how much ego-boo these assholes get when we bench them for not doing what the voters want.


In addition to filing papers with local authorities and the Environment Protection Agency that said there was no risk of fire or explosion, the West Fertilizer Company owned fertilizer plant that exploded in West, Texas earlier this week evidently did not inform the Department of Homeland Security that they had over 500,000 pounds of highly explosive ammonium nitrate on hand.

From Reuters

(Reuters) – The fertilizer plant that exploded on Wednesday, obliterating part of a small Texas town and killing at least 14 people, had last year beenstoring 1,350 times the amount of ammonium nitrate that would normally trigger safety oversight by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Yet a person familiar with DHS operations said the company that owns the plant, West Fertilizer, did not tell the agency about the potentially explosive fertilizer as it is required to do, leaving one of the principal regulators of ammonium nitrate – which can also be used in bomb making – unaware of any danger there.

Fertilizer plants and depots must report to the DHS when they hold 400 lb (180 kg) or more of the substance. Filings this year with the Texas Department of State Health Services, which weren't shared with DHS, showthe plant had 270 tons of it on hand last year.

Beyond the obvious implication that company management is culpable for the deaths that resulted from this explosion, the fact that this much explosive material, which Timothy McVeigh to bomb the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995, killing 168 people and inuring nearly 700 more, has gone unreported suggests to me that it could very easily fall into the wrong hands.

For perspective — McVeigh used only 4,800 pounds of ammonium nitrate fertilizer to bomb the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. The West Fertilizer Company had over 500,000 pounds on hand last year deep in the heart of Texas and the Department of Homeland Security was completely unaware of it.

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