California Environment – Nov 2015

Global Warming –

– Frontline / PBS

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Very interesting documentary from Frontline on the Global Warming/Climate Change/Extreme weather debate.

Frontline – Climate of Doubt

“At the beginning of Chapter 21 of George Eliot’s novel, Daniel Deronda, the author tells us:

It is a common sentence that Knowledge is power; but who hath duly considered or set forth the power of Ignorance? Knowledge slowly builds up what Ignorance in an hour pulls down. Knowledge, through patient and frugal centuries, enlarges discovery and makes record of it; Ignorance, wanting its day’s dinner, lights a fire with the record, and gives a flavor to its one roast with the burnt souls of many generations.”

…and there are those who say that the humanities are no longer necessary for today’s students.”

NASA Study: Antartica is Not Shrinking – Nov 2015

– Breitbart- Nov 3, 2015:

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Antarctica is growing not shrinking, according to the latest study from NASA. Furthermore, instead of contributing to rising sea levels, the still-very-much-frozen southern continent is actually reducing them by 0.23 mm per year.

What accounts for the difference in this study from others?

“But the satellite measurements used in the latest NASA report tell a different story. Unlike previous studies – many largely based on guesswork because the continent is so vast and inhospitable, meaning that data is extremely limited – they use satellite altimeters to calculate changes in the surface height of the ice. What they show is that the amount of ice lost by glaciers collapsing into the sea has been exceeded by the gain in ice mass from accumulated snow.”

Read the story here:

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/11/02/nasa-shock-study-antarctica-growing-not-shrinking/

 

 

Obama To Turkey: Seal Off The Border To Syria, Turkey To Obama: Handle Mexico First

–  DailyCaller / Jonah Bennett

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“President Barack Obama wants Turkey to close its 60-mile-long border with Syria to end the influx of new Islamic State fighters pouring into Syria and Iraq.

If Turkey acquiesces to Obama’s demands, no entry points will remain between the two countries. The entire border is 550 miles long, The Wall Street Journal reports.

But a Turkish official quickly pointed out to The Wall Street Journal the irony in Washington’s call to close off the border, given the U.S. is completely unable to stop flows in and out of Mexico.

In response, a U.S. official said, “If we were at war with Mexico, we’d close that border.”

– No they wouldn’t. Any administration that can provide arms to known enemy terrorists could hardly be counted on to realistically defend a border.

Obama in Paris: ‘Mass Shootings Don’t Happen in Other Countries’

– PJ Media

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President Selfie: Clueless In Paris

“While giving a press conference in Paris, President Barack Obama told reporters that the mass shootings that plague the United States just never happen in other countries.

“With respect to Planned Parenthood, obviously, my heart goes out to the families of those impacted,” Obama said in response to a reporter’s question. “I mean, I say this every time we’ve got one of these mass shootings; this just doesn’t happen in other countries.”

– Don’t happen in other countries? Like France? Like Norway? Truly an embarrassment on a global scale.

More here: Obama Cluelesss In Paris

 

 

 

 

….Meanwhile Gov Moonbeam is in Paris solving the Universe while dodging Oil Investment Questions in California

– Dan Walters / Laer Pierce Washington Times

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– From several sources all about ‘environmental’ green Jerry Brown has been involved in all sorts of deals which benefited himself, his family and campaign donors.

Jerry Brown, alone among the Brown children, didn’t get a share of the business, but that changed after Alaskan oil came on the scene and threatened the monopoly Indonesian oil had in California’s power plants.

Chevron had just finished building a refinery in El Segundo that was designed to process Alaskan crude to compete against Indonesian oil for the California power-plant market. Before the facility could refine a barrel of North Slope crude, however, Jerry Brown’s Air Resources Board – headed up by his former campaign manager, Tom Quinn – passed a new air-quality standard for sulfur just barely too high for Chevron to meet with Alaskan oil. That cemented the Indonesian monopoly, and the Brown family, as the only oil provider to the California power industry.

Not surprisingly, when Jerry Brown left the governorship, Pat Brown finally gave him his own cut of the family oil business.

“To this day, Jerry’s very sensitive about it,” Mr. Walters told me. “He just hates the idea that people will bring it up because what it is, is the Brown family is in partnership with these corrupt, murderous dictators. It’s not something that a Jerry Brown wants to be associated with.”

The junta generals of Pat Brown’s day have given way to the more transparent, democratic government that rules in Indonesia today. The question here in California is: Will Jerry Brown also become more transparent and share with voters the details of this foreign influence on his personal finances?”

From the article by:  Laer Pierce @ the Washington Times

 

 

 

Porter Ranch gas leak increasing California’s greenhouse gas output by 25 percent

– KPCC

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“Natural gas has been spewing from a ruptured well near Porter Ranch for a month, and the state Air Resources Board estimates the leak is so large that it’s increasing California’s atmospheric load of methane — the primary component of natural gas — by 25 percent.”

by Sharon McNary @  KPCC

– The leak is still spewing at this point, while our state and UC leaders are busy preparing to head off to Paris to discuss how to cut back on greenhouse gases.

Our tax dollars at work: UC brings California’s climate change message to Paris

On topic from Scientific American ClimateWire, this article on the Artic Permafrost on Nov 19, 2015:

““[The boreal] is such a large biome on the planet and, as a consequence, changes in that system have direct impacts on the global climate,” she said one evening, sitting on a dock jutting out into Goose Lake. Flies flitted around, and a loon laughed in the background.

“I’m not doing a very good job explaining this,” she said suddenly, with a sigh.

The boreal covers 5.3 million square miles in Europe, Asia and North America, and is an ancient carbon sink. About 20,000 years ago, ice sheets that had covered all of Canada rolled back into the Arctic. Coniferous forests rapidly expanded northward, their roots firmly planted on permafrost.

As the planet entered the summer-like Holocene Epoch 11,500 years ago, some of the southern reaches of the permafrost thawed and forests there turned to bogs and fens, which are known in Canada as muskeg. In that sense, the boreal has always been a shifting landscape.”

by Gayathri Vaidyanathan and ClimateWire

– My takeaway is that this happened before and the Earth dealt with it. Read it and decide for yourself.

Not sure I’d agree with the tone of the headline.

Right here: Permafrost Meltdown Raises Risk of Runaway Global Warming

Homeland Insecurity – Nov 2015

U.S.-Backed Syrian Rebels Destroy Russian Helicopter with CIA-Provided TOW Anti-Tank Missile

– PJMedia

“An emergency NATO session has been called for later today following Turkey shooting down a Russian SU-24 aircraft earlier today — reportedly the first incident of a NATO country shooting down a Russian or Soviet plane.

But following that shoot-down as Russian rescue helicopters searched for the pilots of that airplane, at least one of the helicopters was destroyed by U.S.-backed Syrian rebels using a CIA-provided TOW anti-tank missile.

Question: How did ISIS get these destructive weapons? Who in the US Govt ordered this?

Was this TOW missile acquisition related to Benghazi and is Hillary Clinton responsible? Or was she just following Obama’s orders?

Global Risk Insights provides an alternate take here, positing that our Saudi ‘allies’ have supplied the TOW’s with Obama’s approval:  Global Risk Insights

….And more here from theConservativeTreeHouse:

“On August 12, 2013 Joe DiGenova, attorney for one of the Benghazi whistleblowers, told Washington D.C.’s WMAL that one of the reasons people have remained tight-lipped about Benghazi is because 400 U.S. missiles were “diverted to Libya” and ended up being stolen and falling into “the hands of some very ugly people.”

DiGenova represents Benghazi whistleblower Mark Thompson. He told WMAL that he “does not know whether [the missiles] were at the annex, but it is clear the annex was somehow involved in the distribution of those missiles.”

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– The detailed story here:  ConservativeTreeHouse on Benhazi

Finally, an excellent article on how the US TOW missiles ended up in Al-Queda’s hands thanks to Obama

– wearechange.org

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“Given the Syrian rebels’ history of openly working along side or defecting to Al Qaeda groups, it is highly doubtful the US government did not predict the TOW missiles would end up in Al Qaeda’s hands.

It is more likely the US provided the rebels with the TOW missiles whilst knowing it would end up in the hands of Al Qaeda. Indeed it has been widely accepted, that Jabhat Al Nusra, ISIS and Ahrar al Sham, another Al Qaeda-linked group, are the most powerful groups opposing the Syrian army. The CFR wrote:

The Syrian rebels would be immeasurably weaker today without al-Qaeda in their ranks.

Whilst in future these weapons may be used against American personnel, for now the US is desperate for a victory against the Syrian government. The US might find reports of arms ending up with Al Qaeda embarrassing, but such embarrassment can be mitigated by controlling the amount of attention it gets from the US-run media.”

The whole story here:  We Are Change.org

Joni Mitchell – Court & Spark Short Film

joni mitchell: “Court & Spark” / lauren hutton, keith carradine in “Welcome to L.A.” (mashup)

– Youtube

– Great take by the filmmakers on a great Mitchell song.  Quite the LA portrait.

More here

Environment – Frankenfish? Nov 2015

US FDA clears genetically modified salmon for human consumption

– Reuters – Nov 19 2015

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“U.S. health regulators on Thursday cleared the way for a type of genetically engineered Atlantic salmon to be farmed for human consumption – the first such approval for an animal whose DNA has been scientifically modified.

Five years ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration first declared the product, made by Massachusetts-based AquaBounty Technologies, to be as safe as conventional farm-raised Atlantic salmon.

AquaBounty’s product will not require special labeling because it is nutritionally equivalent to conventional farm-raised Atlantic salmon, the FDA said on Thursday.

AquaBounty says its salmon can grow to market size in half the time of conventional salmon, saving time and resources. The fish is essentially Atlantic salmon with a Pacific salmon gene for faster growth and a gene from the eel-like ocean pout that promotes year-round growth.

Activist groups have expressed concerns that genetically modified foods may pose risks to the environment or public health. Several on Thursday said they would oppose the sale of engineered salmon to the public, while some retailers said they would not carry the fish on store shelves.

Kroger Co, the nation’s largest traditional grocery chain, has “no intention of sourcing or selling genetically engineered salmon,” spokesman Keith Dailey said. Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods Market Inc also confirmed that they do not intend to carry the product.

The agency on Thursday also issued draft guidelines on how food manufacturers could identify whether the salmon in their products are genetically modified. The guidelines state that such labeling would be voluntary.

Stotish said in an interview that AquaBounty will follow the FDA’s rule for labeling and currently “there would be no requirement for labeling.

Activist group Friends of the Earth estimates that at least 35 other species of genetically engineered fish, along with chickens, pigs and cows, are under development. The FDA’s decision on salmon may set a precedent that could make approval for other genetically modified animal species easier.”

– by Lucy Nicholson @ Reuters

More here: GMO Salmon Approved

– Let me see if I get this: 1) there is no market for this product, 2) they develop it anyway, 3) there are major potential downstream risks, 4) they don’t have to LABEL it.

Great. Like the EPA, the FDA is supposed to protect us, no endanger us. Approve it will little testing, fine. Shame on you. Don’t label it, don’t inform me?

Shame on all of us for letting it happen.

World Politics – The Syrian Refugee Crisis – Nov 2015

Obama Admin blows off Gov Moonbeam

– BloombergView

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– Proving the theory that even a broken clock is right at least once a day…..Gov Jerry Brown asks the right question regarding Obama Refugee relocation program:

“In a call with senior Obama administration officials Tuesday evening, several governors demanded they be given access to information about Syrian refugees about to be resettled by the federal government in their states. Top White House officials refused.

On the call several Republican governors and two Democrats — New Hampshire’s Maggie Hassan and California’s Jerry Brown — repeatedly pressed administration officials to share more information about Syrian refugees entering the United States. The governors wanted notifications whenever refugees were resettled in their states, as well as access to classified information collected when the refugees were vetted.

Brown said he favored continuing to admit Syrian refugees but wanted the federal government to hand over information that would allow states to keep track of them, the GOP state official said.

McDonough responded to Brown that there was currently no process in place to give states such information and the administration saw no reason to change the status quo. The non-governmental organizations that help resettle the refugees would have such information.”

– by Josh Rogin @ Bloomberg

– Great article. So the Federal Govt has information, including ‘classified’ information on these ‘refugees’ but refuses to share that information with the states because no current process exists? Why not simply create a new process to share that info?

Recall one of the lessons from 9/11 was the silos of govt refusing to share critical information.

Wonder how Big Govt Jerry Brown feels about his Sanctuary Cities policy in California, refusing to cooperate with the Big Govt Federal authorities on immigration now that they are refusing to cooperate with him?

Why wouldn’t the Obama Admin want to share such vital information? Equally important, why wasn’t this news covered by the MSM?

More here: BloombergView

Obama administration has to change its refugee process, says Jerry Brown

– HotAir

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“What exactly is so unreasonable about Brown’s requests anyway? If problems arise with refugees, it won’t be the FBI that deals with the acute issues, but state and local law enforcement. Should they not have access to the information garnered in the vetting process, especially since the White House insists it will be comprehensive enough to allay all fears of potential trouble?”

See the entire article here: Hotair

– The article notes how ABC News dropped the ball not covering Moonbeam’s questions.

 

Six Men from Pakistan, Afghanistan Busted Illegally Entering Arizona from Mexico

– Breitbart

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“A highly trusted federal agent working under the umbrella of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has confirmed to Breitbart Texas that a group composed of 5 Pakistani men and 1 man from Afghanistan was captured by U.S. Border Patrol agents after having illegally crossed the porous U.S.-Mexico border in the Tucson Sector of Arizona.

Border Patrol agents were unable to do extensive interviews with the six Middle Eastern men because the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) took over the matter. The aliens were immediately transferred to Tucson where the FBI took custody.”

More here: Breitbart

 

Feds approve US Citizenship for 15 Foreign Terrorists Then Hide Info from Congress

– Drudge / Daily Caller Nov 18 2015

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– It can’t be this easy to become a US Citizen.

“Dozens of the U.S. citizens arrested in recent years on terror-related charges are immigrants admitted to the United States legally who later obtained citizenship.

More than 70 U.S. residents have been publicly arrested and charged with conspiring to help, attempting to help, or actually helping terror networks such as Islamic State in recent years. At least 15 of them received U.S. citizenship after being admitted to the country legally, including one of the Boston bombers. ”

– By Rachel Stolzfoos @ DailyCaller

Read the whole story here

 

EXCLUSIVE — REPORT: 8 SYRIANS CAUGHT AT TEXAS BORDER IN LAREDO

– Breitbart

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The whole story @ Breitbart.com

 

HONDURAS CATCHES 5 SYRIANS WITH STOLEN GREEK PASSPORTS HEADED TO U.S.A.

– Breibart

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More here:  http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/11/18/honduras-catches-5-syrians-with-stolen-greek-passports-headed-to-u-s-a

– When Honduras is better at vetting fake Syrian ‘refugees’ than the United States, something is very wrong.

Please note neither President Obama or Governor Brown have yet to provide details on how they can possibly ‘vet’ or do a thorough background check on people who have no documents. Even if they have ‘documents’ it may be next to impossible to assure that many ‘refugees’ will not get through to the US with forged or stolen documents.

Based on this article and others, it is clear since 9/11 that people we let into the country so easily can do devastating and lasting damage to our culture and society. Why wouldn’t we take every precaution?

Maybe Gov Brown will hold a press conference tomorrow to assure how he will personally ensure no terrorists are among the ‘refugees’ he so desperately wants to bring into California?

It might be better if we reminded Gov Moonbeam, that one of our cultural values is: women and children first.

That will be enough for a state like California, but we should tell the president and the gov, women and children first. Let’s see how that goes over with the ‘refugees.’

 

 

Immigration – Nov 2015

Accept Syrian refugees but screen carefully Gov. Jerry Brown says

– What? – How do you do that Jerry?  No details

– SacBee Nov 16 2015

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– by  Jeremy B. White @ SacBee

“Breaking with other governors who have warned that admitting Syrian refugees would undermine American security, Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday advocated preserving “America’s traditional role as a place of asylum” but stressed the need for thorough vetting.”

– Except how do you vet people who possess the most insecure identity currently in the world. See the article below for how simple it is to acquire fake passports that are virtually undectable.

– How do you run a background check on a Syrian ‘refugee’ if we don’t cooperate with the Syrian government on a level that would permit any identification, criminal, terrorist or otherwise?

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif, took a similar stance to Brown on Monday, saying during a television interview that “California will not be one of those states” that turns away refugees.” Great.

 – After the Kate Steinle murder in San Fran, Brown can’t seem to ensure the safety of Californians against people in the country illegally, how will he ensure safety by letting in more people we know absolutely nothing about their background, criminal, terrorist or otherwise?
Will they go to California’s Sanctuary Cities to evade the Feds?
More from the Sacbee: Here

Does Jerry Brown let people into his home without verifying identity. If not, why is that good enough for the state of California? Remember once in the country it becomes a huge and expensive undertaking to track down any radical jihadi terrorists among the refugees.

If any crazed jihadi can buy a fake Syrian passport, how in the world will Jerry Brown ensure he is not importing people capable of a attack on the scale of this weekend’s massacre in Paris? And will Jerry Brown take responsibility?

And remember that Gov Moonbeam has made it simple and easy for people in the country illegally to obtain a state driver’s license, that will allow the bearer to board an airplane or buy a gun or anything else.

It doesn’t take a seer to see this could end disastrously.

Daily Mail Reporter Claims Fake Syrian Passport Fooled Expert

– Mediaite Nov 16

 

Politics – Environment – Nov 2015

California Coastal Commission approves:

“America’s largest beach-front nuclear waste dump.”

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Congratulations.

Now what?

Well, here’s a great article for a start, regarding the misuse of funds for a controversial idea at the former and still radioactive nuke in San Onofre:

“Associated Press reported over the weekend that already-shuttered plants, like the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station between San Diego and Los Angeles, have been dipping into funds for decommissioning facilities in the future, with the government’s blessing, to pay for storing on site the spent fuel the feds failed to take off their hands as promised.

In light of the seemingly endless delay, Southern California Edison proposed moving 2,700 spent fuel assemblies at San Onofre from highly vulnerable above-ground pools to steel canisters, wrapped in concrete, topped with steel and more concrete, and buried beneath the bluffs by the ocean. The waste would lay 125 feet from a seawall and be dangerously radioactive for thousands of years.

Earlier in the month, the California Coastal Commission approved what one critic called “America’s largest beach-front nuclear waste dump.”

– Ken Broder @ allgov.com/usa/us

Read the entire article here:

http://www.allgov.com/usa/ca/news/top-stories/money-to-decommission-san-onofre-nuclear-plant-used-instead-to-store-waste-on-site-151029?news=857735