Monday, November 21, 2016

Blue Over Healthcare and Trump Nightmares? --- Canada's Invasion Plans vs. the US -- If You'd Believe the Post

The Canadian Invasion can't come soon enough! Liberate us from outrageously expensive private healthcare, liberate us from Donald Trump.

The New York Post posted a review of sorts a year ago of a book on Canadian and U.S. plans to invade each other during different parts of the Nineteenth Century.

The secret Canadian plan to invade the US


The Post's story draws mainly from Kevin Lippert's "entertaining new history" “War Plan Red.”

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Pictures That Trump Would Rather Keep Secret

Donald Trump was embarrassed by these photos and unsuccessfully tried to suppress them.

Pictures That Trump Would Rather Keep Secret

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Case of Trump Rape of Child Progressing Forward --'The Independent' of UK

The Independent of the UK reported in "Donald Trump underage rape accusation: Judge sets date for hearing of lawsuit" that the child rape case is moving forward. Republican Party presidential nominee Donald Trump has been accused of raping a 13 year old girl at a party hosted by billionaire Jeffrey Epstein.

The International Business Times reported this morning,

Donald Trump Accused Of Raping 13-Year-Old Girl: Lawsuit From Casey Anthony Attorney Allowed In Federal Court


A federal judge in New York has set an initial date on which the two sides must appear in court, December, a month after Trump faces the presidential election.

Federal Judge Ronnie Abrams has ordered that the status conference hearing for 16 December in a New York court.
The British newspaper also reported,
A federal judge has ordered a status conference hearing after a woman filed a lawsuit claiming Donald Trump raped her when she was 13-years-old in 1994.
In the lawsuit a witness, identified by the pseudonym Tiffany Doe, alleges she saw Mr Trump and billionaire-paedophile Jeffrey Epstein repeatedly rape the plaintiff, identified as Jane Doe.
The complaint claims Epstein hired an unidentified woman to pick up teenage girls to bring to his parties.
The court order for December 16, 2016
The IBT reported more on the story this morning, "Donald Trump Accused Of Raping 13-Year-Old Girl: Lawsuit From Casey Anthony Attorney Allowed In Federal Court." 

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court of New York, alleges that Trump and financier Jeffrey Epstein raped two underage girls at several parties at Epstein’s apartment in Manhattan. The girls, identified in court documents as “Tiffany Doe” and “Jane Doe,” were allegedly promised money and modeling careers if they attended the parties.

The details described in the document are graphic. At one party, Trump is accused of tying one of the young girls to the bed before raping her while the victim repeatedly plead with him to stop.
Here is the full link for the lawsuit case brief submitted to the federal court, refiled last week in New York.

The Huffington Post also published this summer on the case of Trump's alleged rape:

Why The New Child Rape Case Filed Against Donald Trump Should Not Be Ignored

Gloria Allred Says More Women Are Contacting Her About Trump Misconduct

The Gothamist reports:

Gloria Allred Says More Women Are Contacting Her About Trump Misconduct

The lawyer, who has represented victims in high profile sex offender cases, that she is seeking more women who have been victimized by Republican Party nominee Donald Trump.

Gloria Allred, the civil rights lawyer who takes on high-profile targets, like Bill Cosby, Roman Polanski and, yes, Trump, confirmed to us that since the Access Hollywood tape's release, she has been "contacted by women who allege inappropriate contact by Mr. Trump."
From the Gothamist, yesterday, October 10, 2016:
More to the point, Allred discussed how Trump's words suggest criminal behavior. "If there is an unwanted or unconsented to touching of a person’s intimate parts such as the genital areas or a woman’s breasts, that could constitute a sexual assault or a sexual battery," she explained yesterday. She added that "when Rudy Giuliani was asked" on Sunday's political programs "if Donald Trump was describing a sexual assault on the recently released 2005 video, he responded, 'That’s what he was talking about.'" Allred said, "I am disgusted by what Donald Trump said and admitted that he had done on that video. An apology is not enough."
The Access Hollywood tape was discovered after the AP's report featuring former crew members on Trump's reality show, The Apprentice, describing his demeaning behavior towards women; in one example, he allegedly judges female contestants' breast sizes and discusses which women he'd want to have sex with. Allred released a statement last week, citing the numerous sexual harassment lawsuits and his lecherous behavior: "If Mr. Trump were to be elected president he would be the employer of the largest workforce in the country, federal government employees. Mr. Trump in that role would be sending a message through his past words and actions that sexual harassment of women in the workplace is acceptable and this could lead to other employers believing that they can follow Mr. Trump’s lead and openly sexually harass their female employees, thereby creating and condoning a hostile workplace for working women."
We need a President who respects the rights of women in the workplace not someone who creates a hostile and sexist environment for women who work and not someone like Mr. Trump who believes pregnancy is an inconvenience for employers; and who enables sexism. I call on Donald Trump to release all of his employees and former employees from their non-disclosure clauses so that they can tell the public what they suffered when they had the unfortunate experience of working for Donald Trump, and I urge him to promise not to retaliate against them if they tell the truth.
Donald Trump once made a remark to TMZ about me. He said "Gloria would be very very impressed" which TMZ suggested in the context of the interview with him meant that I would be impressed with his penis.
No Donald, I wouldn’t. What would impress me would be having Hillary Rodham Clinton in the White House, not a man who blatantly denigrates women in the workplace.
Allred, a Clinton supporter, was a delegate at the Democratic National Convention.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

In 1998 Trump said that Bill Clinton was the Victim of the Women that Charged him with Sexual Assault

Disgraced Republican Party presidential nominee Donald Trump on Sunday paraded out the women who accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault in the 1990s.
First, he did this at his press conference and then he did this at the town hall debate in St. Louis, attempting to seat them in the front row. As we see below, about 20 years ago, he cast Clinton as the victim of the women.

Now, it is horrendous if Bill Clinton committed sexual assault against the women. However, it seems just gratuitous and self-serving if Trump only brings up the issue in the eleventh hour of his campaign when his numbers are sliding.

Read what Trump said in 1998 about his accusers. He only seems to be concerned for the women's rights and dignity now that he is opposing Bill Clinton's wife in an election. As reported at WSGW, FM Talk 100.5 of Carrollton, Michigan, "Flashback: Donald Trump Called Bill Clinton’s Accusers ‘Terrible’ and ‘Unattractive’ and Former President ‘Terrific’":

But if you rewind to 1998, the Republican presidential nominee had a very different view of the 42nd president, defending him as the real “victim” in the wake of the fallout of the Monica Lewinsky scandal and blasting the accusers as “terrible” and “unattractive.”
He also suggested that Clinton should have kept the scandal — which he said “should have been nothing — to himself.”
Days after President Clinton admitted to having an inappropriate relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, Trump said Clinton was a “victim” and critiqued the physical appearances of various women with whom Clinton had been accused of having extramarital relations at different times.
“It’s like it’s from hell, it’s a terrible group of people,” Trump said in an interview with FOX News’ Neil Cavuto on Aug. 19, 1998.
Asked by Cavuto if Clinton’s image as a “quasi-sex symbol” stood to somehow benefit from the alleged extramarital relations, Trump took issue with the characterization.
“I don’t necessarily agree with his victims, his victims are terrible,” Trump said. “He is really a victim himself. But he put himself in that position.”
“The whole group, Paula Jones, Lewinsky, it’s just a really unattractive group. I’m not just talking about physical,” he said.
“Would it be any different if it were a supermodel crowd?” Cavuto then asked.
“I think at least it would be more pleasant to watch,” Trump replied.

Then, we have Donald Trump's newest charge, his claim that Hillary Clinton as a lawyer laughed at a rape victim. This is a false charge. What she laughed at were procedural errors, and this laugh was not in the presence of the purported victim.
This only goes to show the depths of the Trump campaign desperation.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Woman Who Charged Trump with Attempted Rape; Plus Trump's Multiple Appearances on Howard Stern Objectifying Women; It's Time We Give Serious Attention to the Child Rape Allegations

More damning links on Trump's offensive sexual objectification: Jill Harth -who reports being raped by Trump / 'The Apprentice producer warns that worse material is coming / Trump's years of vulgar statements on the Howard Stern show / Trump barging in on Miss Universe dressing rooms / Creepy Trump statements about daughter Ivanka


The woman who Republican Party nominee Donald Trump said tried to rape her was speaking out yesterday, October 8. For details of the assault, read this Slate article from Friday, "The 1997 Lawsuit Alleging Trump Groped a Woman Just as He Bragged About on Video." (Of course, for legal reasons we should say "alleged," but can we doubt the claim, especially after all that we have heard this year about Trump's groping and sexually verbal abuse of women?)





In 1997, a makeup artist and former business associate named Jill Harth alleged that Trump had groped her on multiple occasions. In her suit, which you can read here, Harth described one of these advances as “attempted rape.” As the Guardian reported in July, that suit was dropped after Trump settled a separate business lawsuit with Harth’s partner George Houraney.
Harth, Houraney, and Trump were working on a pin-up competition together when Trump allegedly began making sexual advances. The project began in December 1992. According to Harth, in January 1993, Trump's behavior escalated. In her 1997 deposition, written about recently in the New York Times, Harth testified that at a business dinner Trump “name-dropped throughout that [meal], when he wasn’t groping me under the table.” Here’s how the lawsuit described the incident:


Then, the lawsuit alleges, Trump tried to get Harth into his daughter’s bedroom alone. When he was with Harth in Ivanka Trump’s bedroom, Trump allegedly groped her again.

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Given all the sickening things that we have heard that Trump has said and done, is it not time that we give serious attention and weight to the allegations that Trump raped a 13 year old child?

Here is the Huffington Post report just a few months ago on the allegations:

Why The New Child Rape Case Filed Against Donald Trump Should Not Be Ignored

Just consider these points about the witness in the case. It is rare that there are witnesses in such cases willing to come forward. The earlier dismissals of the case demonstrate the power Trump has to get such suits dismissed. Notice how she is afraid of consequences from Trump. This fear would be well founded when you see how glibly Trump threatened to have one of his "friends" deal with Rosie O'Donnell's girlfriend. (See yesterday's post at this page.) Trump is alleged to have raped 13 year old girl in 1994, while Trump was at a party held by Jeffrey Epstein, a now convicted sex offender of underage girls.

Tiffany Doe says that she recruited Jane Doe at the Port Authority in New York, persuaded her to attend Mr. Epstein’s parties, and actually witnessed the sexual assaults on Jane Doe:
I personally witnessed the Plaintiff being forced to perform various sexual acts with Donald J. Trump and Mr. Epstein. Both Mr. Trump and Mr. Epstein were advised that she was 13 years old.
It is exceedingly rare for a sexual assault victim to have a witness. But Tiffany Doe says:
I personally witnessed four sexual encounters that the Plaintiff was forced to have with Mr. Trump during this period, including the fourth of these encounters where Mr. Trump forcibly raped her despite her pleas to stop.
Tiffany Doe corroborates, based on her own personal observations, just about everything in Jane Doe’s complaint: that twelve year old Maria was involved in a sex act with Mr. Trump, that Mr. Trump threatened the life of Jane Doe if she ever revealed what happened, and that she would “disappear” like Maria if she did.
Tiffany Doe herself says that she is in mortal fear of Mr. Trump to this day:
I am coming forward to swear to the truthfulness of the physical and sexual abuse that I personally witnessed of minor females at the hands of Mr. Trump and Mr. Epstein . . . I swear to these facts under the penalty for perjury even though I fully understand that the life of myself and my family is now in grave danger.

Given all this, and based on the record thus far, Jane Doe’s claims appear credible. Mr. Epstein’s own sexual crimes and parties with underage girls are well documented, as is Mr. Trump’s relationship with him two decades ago in New York City. Mr. Trump told a reporter a few years ago: “I’ve known Jeff for 15 years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it, Jeffrey enjoys his social life.”
Powerfully, Jane Doe appears to have an eyewitness to all aspects of her claim, a witness who appears to have put herself in substantial danger by coming forward, because at a minimum Mr. Epstein knows her true identity.

The New York Daily News reported in "Pedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein told to be 'out of the country' ahead of book release" a few days ago that a book is due out tomorrow on the sordid life of Epstein. Unsurprisingly, Trump appears in the book, in an unflattering manner. Naturally, this will be a giant public relations disaster for the campaign and the Republican Party. Defiantly, Trump will not leave the race, so elected officials with the party have no choice other than to abandon him.

The blockbuster book is also expected to further embarrass celebs who once partied with Epstein. Among the allegations that popped up when the suits first started piling up against Epstein is a claim by an aspiring model that Trump raped her in 1994, when she was 13. The bloviating billionaire has vehemently denied the charge, which was voluntarily dismissed in September, but filed again earlier this week. A previous lawsuit by the same plaintiff was dismissed by a California federal court judge earlier this year.
Jeffrey Epstein served 13 months in prison for soliciting an underage prostitute.
Republican nominee Donald Trump's friend, Jeffrey Epstein


Jeffrey Epstein served 13 months in prison for soliciting an underage prostitute.

(AP)
“It’s no coincidence that this book is coming out just before the election,” says our source.


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Saturday, Bill Pruitt, the producer for the first two seasons of 'The Apprentice,' said that what has come out is just the tip of the iceberg, and that more is coming this month.  'The Independent Journal Review' ran this story, "'The Apprentice' Producer Just Left an Ominous Warning About 'October Surprise' Coming Next for Trump."

Pruitt posted this on Twitter Saturday night, "As a producer on seasons 1 & 2 of #theapprentice I assure you: when it comes to the #trumptapes there are far worse. #justthebegininng"

While some have speculated that Pruitt has a non-disclosure agreement, it is unclear whether or not this would apply to Pruitt or if a violation could be legally defended in the interest of the "public good."
Buzzfeed, among others, has swooped in to get the goods from Pruitt, if such goods actually exist. And judging by the footage with Access Hollywood's Billy Bush, it's no stretch of the imagination that another smoking gun video exists.

And before Friday's bombshell hot mike recordings of Trump's and Billy Bush's extremely lewd conversation and the widely disclosed vulgar actions towards women on 'Apprentice,' there were revelations of Trump's crude remarks earlier this year. For example, see this clip from Inside Edition, uploaded by the show on February 25, 2016, regarding Trump's late 1990s appearances:

7 Crude Comments Donald Trump Made About Women on Howard Stern

Donald Trump's crass musings on women are now being unearthed. Buzzfeed has published a rundown of the billionaire's comments from his appearances on Howard Stern beginning in the late 1990s. "A person who is very flat-chested is very hard to be a 10," Trump told Stern. He also said he found Angelina Jolie unattractive because of her lips. He spoke often of Princess Diana, saying he could have bedded her. Trump also said he wanted children with Melania, but he wouldn't spend time with them.

And see also this clip by Huffington Post, uploaded to YouTube, on May 23, 2016. He has said very terrible things. --Including from appearances on the show this year.

Just to remind you, several times, it has been reported that several times Trump has made statements that he views his daughter in sexual terms.  Including making these statements with her on the TV stage sitting right next to him. See this clip, "Donald Trump Obsessed with Daughter's Body, Would Have Sex With Her," last September on the David Pakman Show.

 TRUMP'S INNUMERABLE & GROSS APPEARANCES ON HOWARD STERN'S SHOW:

Trump told Howard Stern it's OK to call Ivanka a 'piece of a--'


Washington Post, reporting Saturday, October 8, on how he spoke of how voluptuous his daughter Ivanka was, how 35 year old women were over the hill, how he was OK with having sex with 24 year old women.

And the paper linked this with its article, "More Trump tapes surface with crude sex remarks":


ADDITION:
New CNN article on Nancy O'Dell, the woman who fought off the sexual advance in Ivanka's bedroom, which Trump referred to in the Access Hollywood video.
Also from CNN: "Donald Trump to Howard Stern: It's okay to call my daughter a 'piece of ass.'"
Washington Post: Trump says women need to check-out at age 35; Trump owes up to barging in on dressing rooms of Miss Universe contestants.  Including sexual banter on daughter Ivanka's attractiveness.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Rosie O'Donnell's Awesome 2006 Donald Trump Imitation & Her Revelation of His Bankrutpcies -- He Responded By Threatening Her Girlfriend

Yeah! to Rosie O'Donnell. Click on links for the great Rosies video on Donald Trump.

Just to spare you the research trouble, this all dates back to Rosie's 2006 appearance on ABC TV's 'The View.' But first a recent gem.

Rosie earlier this year on 'Entertainment Tonight:'

ET Interviewer, referring to Donald Trump, Republican nominee: "What will you do if he becomes president? Is it time to leave the country?"

Rosie, looking directly at the camera,
"He   will   never   be    president!"

Maybe the real reason that Donald Trump doesn't like Rosie O'Donnell is that she did the best imitation of Trump during her on 'The View' - click here for the link to the 2006 video, and that was 10 years before Alec Baldwin did his on Saturday Night Live last week. She also criticized Trump for forgiving the party crazed coking (as in cocaine, not the soft drink) episode of beauty pageant crown winner, Tara Conner, Miss USA.


You can skip past the self-centered candidate's pronouncements, and get to Rosie gems, beginning at 1:30.

She lists out Trump's marital infidelities and then says mockingly, "And he's the moral compass for 20 year olds! Sit and spin, my friend."

Listen to how forward seeing she was, that she points out that he got off, scot-free for his multiple bankruptcies.  And this was years before the rest of us and the media had caught wind of the fact that he's an incompetent in financial matters.

Further driving the dagger is that she pointed out that the inheritance from Daddy Fred (who died in 1999) is a main resource that got him on good financial footing after his 1990s business failures. "You know what saved him the second [bankruptcy] time, after his father died he paid off all his bankruptcy. This is not a self-made man."
"This guy is like one of those snake oil salesmen on 'Little House on the Prairie.'"

(This is what was known about Trump's immunity through his multiple bankruptcies in the spring of the previous year, 2005, from Legal Zoom.)


The videos linked here include a clip where Donald Trump clearly threatened Rosie O'Donnell's girlfriend at the time.

Watch the video at 4:50 in which Trump responds by clearly threatening her girlfriend, "She ought to be careful. 'Cause I'll have one of my friends to pick up her girlfriend. And I think that it will be easy to do."

But Rosie was tough. See the clip of her at 6:06, the next day on 'The View.'

Trump, just like he's doing in 2016 to Alicia Machado, he kept up the attack, and went on 'Anderson360' to attack. He lied when Anderson Cooper asked for him to address his multiple bankruptcies.

See this other video, on 'Anderson Live,' with a guest host filling in for Cooper. In this 2012, O'Donnell reported that the Trump Steakhouse in Las Vegas got a C health rating.

Friday, October 7, 2016

The Republicans dawdled - Now Hurricane Matthew could spread ZIka problem up the Atlantic coast


How Hurricane Matthew Could Make the Zika Virus Exponentially Worse The virus is likely to spread from Florida in the aftermath.

The largest concentration of Zika cases in the United States is in and around Dade County, which may be spared the direct impact of the storm, but a huge rain event like Matthew quite obviously would leave massive amounts of standing water within which Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that carried the virus, could breed and thrive.
(A large part of the hot zone is at an elevation of nine feet above sea level. Some predictions have the area being inundated by a 12-foot storm surge.)
And it is not just puddles, either. Think about how water can pool in piles of debris, and in scattered wreckage. Think about endless heaps of worthless household junk. Think about thousands of evacuees leaving the current hot zones in and around Miami. Now think about all the crews coming from all over the country to help with the recovery effort over the next several months, walking amid the debris, turning it over in the heat that always follows a hurricane. Now think about all those crews going back to Iowa or Maine.

The most direct precedent probably is the experience of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. A 2008 report from the Centers for Disease Control demonstrated how the mosquito-borne West Nile virus spiked in the immediate aftermath of the storm.
The immediate increase in cases may be attributed to increased human exposure to mosquitoes. Tens of thousands of persons in the hurricane-affected region were living in damaged housing or were waiting outside for days to be evacuated. The sudden decrease in WNND cases in the hurricane-affected areas 3 weeks after landfall could be attributed to reduced human exposure caused by eventual evacuation and aerial application of insecticides. The increase in WNND incidence in 2006 might also be due to increased human-mosquito exposure as a result of mosquito larval habitat creation (root ball voids from fallen trees, and flooded abandoned swimming pools), continued substandard living conditions, and increased outdoor reconstruction activities.

Yes, Hurricane Matthew IS Stronger Because of Global Waming


HURRICANE MATTHEW IS STRONGER, AND IT'S PART OF A PATTERN IN THE CURRENT ERA OF INTENSIFYING STORMS Matthew set a new record as the longest lived Category 4 (or higher) Atlantic hurricane in October — 84 hours. By Monday, it had already “generated the most accumulated cyclone energy” of any Atlantic hurricane ever recorded in the eastern Caribbean.
As a result, the 2016 hurricane season has “already generated the most accumulated cyclone energy in the Atlantic in October since 2005” (the year of Katrina, Rita, and Wilma).
Hurricane Matthew is super strong — because of climate change
“Category 4 and 5 hurricanes could double or triple in the coming decades,” expert warns.

Hurricane Matthew is slowly approaching the East Coast where it is expected to wreak havoc with storm surge, wind, and rain. Matthew has already set a number of records — and global warming is giving it a boost.
Hurricanes “extract heat energy from the ocean to convert it to the power of wind, and the warmer the ocean is, the stronger a hurricane can get if all other conditions that it needs to exist are present,” meteorologist and former hurricane hunter Jeff Masters explained last month on Living on Earth. “So, scientists are confident that as we continue to heat up the oceans, we’re going to see more of these high-end perfect storms.”
LATEST FROM SE FLORIDA: parts could be uninhabitable for months -- Melbourne office of National Weather Service, as of early Friday morning --As of 2 AM storm bypassed SE coast, but it could hit Central coast of the state
Let’s look at some of the latest climate science. One 2013 paper found that “since 1975 there has been a substantial and observable regional and global increase in the proportion of Category 4–5 hurricanes of 25–30 percent per °C of anthropogenic global warming.” Another 2013 paper concluded that “dramatic changes in the frequency distribution of lifetime maximum intensity (LMI) have occurred in the North Atlantic,” and the stronger hurricanes “have become more intense.”
In other words, warming oceans create stronger hurricanes, like the one we’re seeing now.

Matthew spun up from a tropical storm to a Category 5 superstorm in an alarming 36 hours. The latest research says this is also a result of global warming. “Storms are intensifying at a much more rapid pace than they used to 25 years back,” explained the author of a 2012 study. “They are getting stronger more quickly and also [to a] higher category. The intensity as well as the rate of intensity is increasing.”
A 2015 study, “A climatological study of the effect of sea-surface temperature on North Atlantic hurricane intensification,” found a statistically significant relationship between higher intensification values and higher sea surface temperature [SST] values. “On average, mean intensification increases by 16 percent for every 1°C increase in mean SST.”
This warming-driven trend toward more rapid intensification [RI] is very worrisome. “The vast majority (79 percent) of major storms are RI storms,” and “the most intense storms are those that undergo RI,” according to a 2016 study. The latest storm tracks for superstorm Matthew have it threatening the southeast coast.

See the conclusion of the article at Think Progress.

Scientist Speaks out, amidst media blackout"Amid Media Blackout over Climate Change Links to Hurricane Matthew, Top Scientist Speaks Out" -- Democracy Now

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Oil Spills? -How About Fracking Spills? One Company Shuts Down Drilling in PA

NOW FRACKING CHEMICAL SPILLS; ACADEMICIANS POINT OUT: NATURAL GAS IS DIRTIER IN SOME WAYS THAN COAL

Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska, British Petroleum ("BP") spill in the Gulf of Mexico ... They have been pretty rough. And now these are the poster cases for what is very risky with traditional petroleum fuel.

Now we have an out-of-country chemical spill in Pennsylvania that has prompted the hydrofracking (hyrdraulic fracturing or fracking) company to shut down its fracking operations in Pennsylvania.

Huffington Post tells us (April 21, 2011) that Chesapeake Energy Corporation will suspend its operations in the state because chemical-ridden water is flowing out of a well near Canton in Bradford county:

"Fracking Spill In Pennsylvania Prompts Chesapeake Energy To Suspend Gas Drilling Across State."
A natural gas company has suspended "fracking" at all of its wells throughout Pennsylvania until it figures out the cause of a spill in the northern part of the state.

Chesapeake Energy Corp. said Thursday that crews have significantly reduced the flow of chemical-laced water from its out-of-control well near Canton in Bradford County.

Spokesman Brian Grove says that the exact cause of Tuesday night's breach is unknown, but that it's located in a wellhead connection.

Thousands of gallons of drilling fluids were spilled. They escaped containment, crossed over farm fields and went into a stream.

Grove says initial testing of area waterways has shown "minimal impact, if any."

Fracking is short for hydraulic fracturing and involves injecting chemicals into the ground to release natural gas.

And earlier this month (April 11) the New York Times reported that the very process of extracting any natural gas leaks methane gas into the environment (albeit, this gas dissipates into the air faster than other chemicals or compounds).

In Tom Zeller's "Studies Say Natural Gas Has Its Own Environmental Problems" scientists explain how the much promoted natural gas option is not the clean fuel that its promoters claim. Zeller's article quotes Cornell University ecology and environmental biology professor Robert Howarth on how there are methane losses from 3.6 to 7.9 percent.

The upshot?: "When all is factored together, Mr. Howarth and his colleagues conclude that the greenhouse gas footprint of shale gas can be as much as 20 percent greater than, and perhaps twice as high as, coal per unit of energy."
Read more at page one and at page two of Zeller's article.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Clinton's Reasons for Her Dismissive Laughter - Why Should We Put Up with It?

Nothing exemplifies airy righteous privilege like Hillary Clinton's brushing off questions by the use of her dismissive laugh. The laugh, or derisive cackle, sends the message, “It is preposterous that I am even being challenged or questioned. Therefore, I don't need to answer your questions. I don't need to give your questions the dignity of an answer.”

Take a look at this video, to see Clinton at her dismissive worst.


Aside from dismissing the interviewer's questions, there are other reasons why she could be laughing. She is deflecting questions that she would rather avoid answering. By laughing at the questions she is changing the subject. Whereas her husband could slip into difficult situations, and he would end up giving awkward answers, and George H.W. Bush would deflect insinuations of infidelity by formally refusing to answer the question, Hillary Clinton is more adept at managing uncomfortable questions. She just rejects those questions she does not want to answer. Her laugh evades the awkwardness of a formal refusal or a response that it is none of the questioner's business.

Perhaps Clinton is trying a maneuver similar to neurolinguistic programming. In NLP speakers try to manipulate voters' thinking. Her laughing at questions could succeed in getting journalists or the general public to fall into line with her dismissal. This worked particularly well with the reportage of the Benghazi hearing. She laughed in response to a congresswoman's question. And much of the media response was accompanied by headlines adopting the idea that the congresswoman was inappropriate in asking her questions, not that Clinton was inappropriate for her laugh.


But her laughing response to serious questions is an insult on many levels. It is an insult to members of Congress, to the press and to the electorate. Remember this as you vote today.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Tuesday's Snows and a Primary Turn-Out Prediction

Tuesday's weather will benefit Bernie Sanders and the younger voters in New Hampshire's primary, as the storm is concentrated all through that state, less so, neighboring Vermont and Massachusetts. New Hampshire is due to have snowfall concentrated in the overnight hours.

The snow's benefit to one candidate is expected, as inclement weather is expected to impair travel for older voters than it is for younger voters. Senator Bernie Sanders tends to benefit from younger voters, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tends to benefit from older voters.

The question is, whom do older and younger voters prefer in the Republican field?


Web sites have commented on how weather affects general election turnout. For example, see this piece from the Constitution Center, "Bad weather has track record of swinging some elections." But it is hard to find sites giving general analyses of weather effect patterns upon primary elections. We could expect that inclement weather lowers turnout in primary, as well as in general elections.
Snow or heavy rain probably makes Get Out the Vote harder in primaries, such as tomorrow's primary in New Hampshire.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Iowa Caucus' Big News: Christie is FINISHED

Bizarrely, the media has some sort of obsession for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. He makes it into nearly every newscast. Yet, he's always been stuck in a third tier status.
Tonight in the Iowa Republican Caucus we have the terrific news that Chris Christie is in second to last place, at 2%, just topping psycho Rick Santorum.
So, the New York-based national media will have to give a whole lot less attention to Christie and even more attention to Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, senators from southern states.
CLEAR DEMISE OF THE MODERATE CAMP
Aside from the news of Cruz, Trump, Rubio, Carson lead position of 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th place,  the moderates, the voices of reason and maturity, Jeb Bush and John Kasich, failed to break 10%.
No moderate GOP candidate will likely, pull ahead, unless some huge turn around happens in the New Hampshire.

10:26 pm: CNN predicts that Texas Senator Ted Cruz has won the Iowa caucus.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

December 19 Democratic Debate: Corporate Media Pushing Interventionist Agenda Again


Much is made of FoxNews' interventionist agenda.

The same can be said, of course, to a far subtler degree, about the other corporate media outlets. Last night was a prime example.

On ABC News' debate in Manchester, New Hampshire moderators David Muir and Martha Raddatz injected their particular inherent issue position slants. Ostensibly, this debate was hosted by local ABC affiliate WMUR, the first and for most of its history the only commercial television in the state. However, the the two network hosts ran the debate. Raddatz was particularly egregious, as she was arguing with candidates, as though she was one of the debate participants. She tenaciously pushed her perspective of how to deal with disorder in the war-torn Middle East. And she was impatient when the answer was not professing a posture aggressive enough for her.

It is not the role of the media to frame issues and set agenda. Yet, this is what Raddatz did. When the media push an obsession with foreign wars and when they push their desire for United States involvement they are pushing their agenda.

Bernie Sanders has said that we should not have the degree of ISIS obsession that we are having. He pointed out that this takes away from attention to the economy, as he did when he called for more attention about two weeks ago to the economic needs of American cities such as Baltimore. This is absolutely correct. Of course, ISIS is a vile, horrendous scourge on humankind, across continents, and the ISIS threat must be dealt with resolutely. But every time that there is obsession with foreign issues, there is diversion from issues of domestic concern. Raddatz should not be arguing with candidates, engaging in rebuttals, in response to candidates' answers.

The media and the neo-conservative interventionist politicians push a policy of reflexive US involvement in many if not most international controversies that arise. This is not appropriate. This takes away attention to domestic needs. Additionally, we should resolve American issues, such as inadequate domestic economic development, rather than military ventures. Diverting attention away from domestic inequality and inadequate economic development and channeling attention to international unrest is a way to paper over inequality. We should recognize the effects of the media's agenda setting and question why we must allow its interventionist priorities become immediately adopted as policy, without exercising any independent critical thinking.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

MSNBC and the Media Blackout on Bernie Sanders

MSNBC is putting a media blackout on Bernie Sanders. Its greatest offense was when it dismissed Ed Schultz.

The word behind the cancellation is that MSNBC's corporate masters, Comcast ordered the firing, over Schultz's coverage of the Trans Pacific Partnership (PPP), as reported by Alternet in "MSNBC Cans Only Cable TV Host Who Extensively Covered TPP."

Have any doubts? Read here:
It has to be noted that Comcast, the company that owns MSNBC, is a big supporter of the TPP. Comcast hired a phalanx of lobbyists to spearhead a targeted campaign to push for Trade Promotion Authority, which recently passed. Included among the individuals it was paying was the former chief of staff for former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA).
Act now, while the momentum and popular outrage over Schultz's dismissal is still fresh. Please sign the petitions of protest over the firing at MoveOn and at Change.org.

The national paper of record likewise is doing a poor job, with an implicit political agenda. See the analysis at Alternet, "Why Is the NY Times Basically Doing a Blackout on Bernie Sanders? The New York Times' Sanders coverage is intellectually dishonest."

Thom Hartmann has given a few analyses of the media blackout of Sanders, earlier this summer, in "The Media's "Wave of Silence” on Sen. Bernie Sanders & Why" and in the last week, in "The Bernie Sanders News Blackout Continues...."

MSNBC gave an early view of how it was going to bat for Clinton and against Sanders when it gave extended time to Claire McCaskill of Missouri as she engaged in hyperbole, trying to make Sanders out to be an extremist, far beyond acceptable boundaries of American politics. Click here for the video of McCaskill redbaiting Sanders.

You can push social issues and fair treatment for different communities, as when the station points out inhumane policies regarding women's reproductive rights, Republican obstruction against marriage equality or other goals for LGBT fairness, or runaway police violence against unarmed black people. But do not ever tread on issues of economic power. Otherwise Comcast will make sure that you get the axe.

And what has the MSNBC tone been like on the station since the decision to let Ed Schultz go?

It is grasping at arcane side-distractions to divert attention from the surging momentum behind Bernie Sanders. A prime example of this is its pundits' steady drumbeat for Vice President Joe Biden to enter the race. Beyond this, it is just approaching candidates on a personality focus, instead of giving attention to the candidates' positions on the issues, such as Biden's personal tragedy of losing his son to brain cancer.

However, voters will realize that Biden is just another mainstream Washington politician, with too long a record of supporting corporations.

Twitter and other social media users, use this hashtag to protest MSNBC's firing of Sanders: #StopBernieBlackout

POSTSCRIPT:
Until this evening, the only major cable news network reporting Bernie Sanders' mere six percentage point margin behind Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire was none other Fox News.  CNN and MSNBC today restricted their reportage to push speculation of a Joe Biden candidacy. They noted Clinton's persistently weak poll numbers. Yet, if her numbers were weak, shouldn't the networks report which candidate was cutting into her potential support? --That is Bernie Sanders? No, they never uttered her name. Yet, it was Fox News that this evening reported the six digit difference. Only in the evening of August 4 did MSNBC report online the news of the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll that showed the Democratic presidential nomination race to be tightening between Clinton and Sanders in New Hampshire. A WUMR TV poll reported the same narrow margin between Clinton and Sanders.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Time for.a Boycott, Disinvestment and Sanctions Campaign Against the Dominican Republic?

There is a nation in our hemisphere that has declared that all people of a defined "type" must go into camps, and must be expelled by the end of the summer.

Sound familiar? Specifically, the government of the Dominican Republic has declared that black Dominicans must go into concentration camps, which the government euphemistically calls "shelters." The government wants people to register their nationality status by tomorrow, June 18. Afterwards, it would appear, the army is slated to take action, as the Nation reports in "Concentration Camps in the Dominican Republic?":

General Rubén Darío Paulino Sem, the army official in charge of the deportation, says the expulsion will start this Thursday, June 18. Sem has been overseeing the construction of seven concentration camps—which he calls “shelters,” or “centros de acogida”—where Dominicans suspected of being of Haitian descent will be housed until a “final evaluation” can be made.

The world should not naively wait until things get worse. Witness Nazi Germany in the 1930s or Rwanda or Bosnia, in each case, before matters really heated up. People said, "oh, this is just talk. Let's wait and see what happens. This could just be talk." Witness Bosnia, with the hair-splitting about whether and when harassment or killing could be deemed the hint of genocide to come or the beginning of genocide.

As Chris Hayes reported on MSNBC last night, this is not just a matter of Haitian nationals in the Dominican Republic, but it is in reality a campaign against black people in the Dominican Republic. On this note we should applaud the Washington Post for being more alert to the ethnic cleansing character of this harassment. By contrast, the New York Times is introducing the story with the more tepid approach by referring to the targets as Haitians.

So, I dare human rights activists and leftist organizations to fight potential ethnic cleansing or genocide and challenge the Dominican government where it will hurt: its economy. Wouldn't a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign be in order? Has Israel made camps for Arabs, told them to register with the government and threatened to expel them? It would be interesting if all the activist organizations making Israel its sole or number one focus would stay silent on this one.

As one might draw from the Washington Post article, the United States had some responsibility in countenancing the racist harassment against Haitians. In both the 1930s, under a Democratic administration that of Frankin S. Roosevelt, mind you, the U.S. supported strongmen that led mass killings of Haitians and black Dominicans. And we did not challenge these massacres.