DHS Quietly Moving, Releasing Vanloads of Illegal Aliens Away from Border
– Judicial Watch
“The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is quietly transporting illegal immigrants from the Mexican border to Phoenix and releasing them without proper processing or issuing court appearance documents, Border Patrol sources tell Judicial Watch. The government classifies them as Other Than Mexican (OTM) and this week around 35 were transferred 116 miles north from Tucson to a Phoenix bus station where they went their separate way. Judicial Watch was present when one of the white vans carrying a group of OTMs arrived at the Phoenix Greyhound station on Buckeye Road.
The OTMs are from Honduras, Colombia, El Salvador and Guatemala and Border Patrol officials say this week’s batch was in custody for a couple of days and ordered to call family members in the U.S. so they could purchase a bus ticket for their upcoming trip from Phoenix. Authorities didn’t bother checking the identity of the U.S. relatives or if they’re in the country legally, according to a Border Patrol official directly involved in the matter. American taxpayers pick up the fare for those who claim to have a “credible fear,” Border Patrol sources told JW. None of the OTMs were issued official court appearance documents, but were told to “promise” they’d show up for a hearing when notified, said federal agents with firsthand knowledge of the operation.
A security company contracted by the U.S. government is driving the OTMs from the Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector where they were in custody to Phoenix, sources said. The firm is called G4S and claims to be the world’s leading security solutions group with operations in more than 100 countries and 610,000 employees. G4S has more than 50,000 employees in the U.S. and its domestic headquarters is in Jupiter, Florida. Judicial Watch is filing a number of public records requests to get more information involving the arrangement between G4S and the government, specifically the transport of illegal immigrants from the Mexican border to other parts of the country. The photo accompanying this story shows the uniformed G4S guard that transported the OTMs this week from Tucson to Phoenix.
Outraged Border Patrol agents and supervisors on the front lines say illegal immigrants are being released in droves because there’s no room to keep them in detention. “They’re telling us to put them on a bus and let them go,” said one law enforcement official in Arizona. “Just move those bodies across the country.” Officially, DHS denies this is occurring and in fact earlier this year U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske blasted Border Patrol union officials for denouncing this dangerous catch-and-release policy. Kerlikowske’s scolding came in response to the congressional testimony of Bandon Judd, chief of the National Border Patrol Council, the labor union that represents line agents. Judd told lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee that illegal immigrants without serious criminal convictions can be released immediately and disappear into the shadows. Kerlikowske shot back, telling a separate congressional committee: “I would not stand by if the Border Patrol was — releasing people without going through all of the formalities.”
Yet, that’s exactly what’s occurring. This report, part of an ongoing Judicial Watch investigation into the security risks along the southern border, features only a snippet of a much broader crisis in which illegal aliens are being released and vanishing into unsuspecting American communities. The Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest addressed this issue just a few weeks ago in a hearing called Declining Deportations and Increasing Criminal Alien Releases – The Lawless Immigration Policies of the Obama Administration. Judd, the Border Patrol Union chief, delivered alarming figures at the hearing. He estimated that about 80% of apprehended illegal immigrants are released into the United States. This includes unaccompanied minors who are escorted to their final destination, family units and those who claim to have a credible fear of persecution in their native country. Single males that aren’t actually seen crossing into the U.S. by Border Patrol agents are released if they claim to have been in the country since 2014, Judd added.”
Criminal immigrants reoffend at higher rates than ICE has suggested
– Boston Globe
“They were among the nation’s top priorities for deportation, criminals who were supposed to be sent back to their home countries. But instead they were released, one by one, in secret across the United States. Federal officials said that many of the criminals posed little threat to the public, but did little to verify whether that was true.
A Globe review of 323 criminals released in New England from 2008 to 2012 found that as many as 30 percent committed new offenses, including rape, attempted murder, and child molestation — a rate that is markedly higher than Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have suggested to Congress in the past.
The names of these criminals have never before been made public and are coming to light now only because the Globe sued the federal government for the list of criminals immigration authorities returned to neighborhoods across the country. A judge ordered the names released in 2013, and the Globe then undertook the work that the federal government didn’t, scouring court records to find out how many released criminals reoffended.
The Globe has also published, in conjunction with this story, a searchable database of the thousands of names that were disclosed to the news organization, so that crime victims, law enforcement officials, and managers of sex offender registries — who are often unaware of these releases — can find out if the criminals may still be in the United States.
The review does not indicate that immigrants are any more likely to commit crimes than native-born Americans — and in fact studies have shown that not to be the case. But the review reveals the damage inflicted on victims by criminals who were ordered to be deported when their sentences were complete, and were not, and it raises questions about how the government handled their cases.
The public rarely learns about ICE’s decisions to release criminals until something goes wrong — because immigration is the only law enforcement system in the United States that keeps such records secret.
ICE maintains that immigration records are generally private, and therefore exempt from disclosure under federal law. But others say the public should know who is making these decisions and why.
“There’s a serious question of who ICE represents. Who do they work for?” said Chester Fairlie, a lawyer for the mother of Casey Chadwick, a Connecticut woman murdered last year by a released criminal — a case that is intensifying calls for reform in ICE. “Public safety should trump any claim of privilege or confidentiality. It doesn’t come from statute. It doesn’t come from law. It comes from ICE deciding that that’s how it’s going to do things.”
Mexican Nationalists Turn Violent in San Jose, California Against Trump Supporters
– The Guardian
“Protesters attack Trump supporters, as Trump calls for Clinton to ‘go to jail’
What began as peaceful protests outside a Donald Trump rally in San Jose, California quickly descended into violence on Thursday night, with supporters clashing with anti-Trump demonstrators in running-battles around the convention center.
Inside the rally, the presumptive Republican nominee for president responded to a fiery speech earlier in the day by his main rival, Hillary Clinton, in which she lambasted him as “ temperamentally unfit” to be president and castigated his “thin skin”.
Trump struck out at Clinton, attacking her on her email controversy, saying: “I will say this: Hillary Clinton has to go to jail.”
A couple hours later, the demonstrators had mostly dispersed, but not until after some anti-Trump demonstrators had chased – and in some cases punched and attacked – departing Trump supporters, some of whom appeared intent on provoking and fighting as well, while other protesters tried to prevent the attacks.
Demonstrators waved Mexican flags and chanted in Spanish and English. One man yelled at Trump supporters entering the arena, “Somos mad Americanos que ellos.”
But as Trump supporters began trickling out of the venue, the tenor of the crowd shifted. One woman in Trump apparel taunted the crowd before retreating into the nearby Marriott hotel, prompting a shift in the mood of the crowd.
As more Trump supporters began leaving the arena, bands of mostly young men began chasing, and in some instances hitting, them. The protest grew chaotic.
Some protesters set red “Make America Great Again” hats on fire. Some burned small American flags.
At one point, a group of protesters entered the convention center parking lot, where Trump supporters were attempting to leave. Some banged on cars, yelling at the occupants. As protesters attempted to surround a Corvette, the driver gunned the engine, almost hitting several people and sending the protesters running.
As night fell, and riot cops began to move in on the protesters, Martha Garcia, a student from San Jose, expressed disappointment in the violence.
“It’s sad to see San Jose representing like this. Trump is the one igniting the hate. You can’t fight fire with fire,” she said.”
– Are these agitators for a foreign country, under color of the Mexican flag, seriously advocating violence against their political opponents? Do they realize they may be advocating violence against the majority of Americans?
San Jose, California police under fire after Trump rally
“SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — This Northern California city and its police department are facing mounting complaints of a tepid and tardy law enforcement response to attacks of Donald Trump supporters after a political rally.
Videos circulating online show physical clashes occurring in front of San Jose police officers dressed in riot gear and standing stoically in a line outside the convention center where Trump spoke. Critics also complained that assaults occurred on side streets near the venue that lacked police presence.
The questions about the San Jose police response came while Trump launched a rally Friday afternoon in Redding, California, a politically conservative city 350 miles north of San Jose. Trump called those who attacked his supporters Thursday night a “bunch of thugs.”
Thursday night, a group of protesters attacked Donald Trump supporters who were leaving the candidate’s rally in San Jose. A dozen or more people were punched, at least one person was pelted with an egg and Trump hats were grabbed from supporters and set on fire on the ground. There were no immediate reports of injuries, but police declared the gathering an unlawful assembly and began moving into the remaining crowd to break it up about 90 minutes after the rally ended.
San Jose police chief Eddie Garcia commended his officers’ response to the violence after the Thursday night rally, saying the 250 officers on hand showed “discipline and restraint.”
Garcia said uniformed officers refused to break from their “skirmish line” to break up nearby scuffles because they weren’t deemed life threatening and that “additional force can incite more violence in the crowd.”
…Continue reading @ SF Gate
Donald Trump Supporters Terrorized By Raging Mobs In San Jose – A Democrat Mayor and Police Chief Watched It All…
“Last evening in San Jose California a violent mob of several hundred were allowed by the San Jose Police Department and Democrat San Jose Mayor to attack Donald Trump supporters as they were leaving the rally venue.
Now, I strongly welcome anyone to challenge the wording emphasized in the above paragraph because what you are about to see is clear evidence the local San Jose authorities ALLOWED this violence/terrorist activity to occur.
San Jose is a sanctuary city for illegal aliens. Remember, all of these videos took place within sight of the San Jose police department, the police officers therein, and the San Jose police Chief Eddie Garcia. According to his own statements, Chief Garcia spent two full days preparing his officers and leadership for the event. He was right there on scene, at the mobile command center. Garcia watch this all as it took place.”
Kamala Harris’ Two Roles – State’s Top Cop and Senate candidate – Leave Dekraai Seal Beach Murder Case in Limbo
– OC Register
Photo: CINDY YAMANAKA, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
– Kamala Harris’ tv ads claims she fights for the little guy, this case proves that is hardly the case. Having just suffered a major loss in Federal Court, Harris shies away from major murder case in Orange County.
“California Attorney General Kamala Harris is talking a lot these days in her bid to become a U.S. senator, but one subject she’s not mentioning is her complex role in Orange County’s highest-profile criminal case – the penalty phase in the trial of confessed mass murderer Scott Dekraai.
Nearly 16 months after an Orange County Superior Court judge ordered Harris’ office to take over Dekraai’s prosecution, the case remains in limbo.
Two actions – an appeal of the judge’s order and a separate investigation of county prosecutors, both led by Harris’ office – figure to delay the case for years.
Harris’ actions raise the specter that the misuse of jailhouse informants by prosecutors in Orange County could, in a small way, play a role in the state race for Senate.
Dekraai has admitted killing eight people in a 2011 shooting at a hair salon in Seal Beach, the most lethal mass murder in county history.
Last year, as prosecutors and defense lawyers argued whether Dekraai should face the death penalty, Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals ruled that the Orange County District Attorney should be removed from the case because the office could no longer be trusted to be fair.
Goethals’ ruling came after he determined that local sheriff’s deputies either lied or willfully withheld information about jailhouse informants.
Relatives of Dekraai’s victims say any delay in his punishment means, for them, extended pain and fear.
But while Harris’ roles in the case might be key reasons for the delay, the victims’ relatives blame others for the slow pace of justice.
“The OCDA and the Sheriff’s Department both got greedy on an open-and-shut case,” said Beth Webb, whose sister was killed in the rampage.
“This is going to be in the courts for the next 20 years because of the appeals.”
– The question is continually asked why is Kamala Harris dragging her feet on justice for Californians?
The answer is simple: She is merely running out the clock, so she can leave the legal mess behind in California and with a senate victory snake off to the Washington DC circus./CJ
BUSTED: U.S. Senate Candidate Kamala Harris Got Political Start From Her Connected Boyfriend
“Kamala Harris got her political start as the girlfriend of California Assembly Speaker Willie Brown. She was 29, he was 60 and he helped advance her career with political patronage.
Harris, who is now running for U.S. Senate to replace Barbara Boxer, is now the Attorney General.
Harris’s ties to Brown came up during her bid for San Francisco District Attorney in 2003. San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen once called Harris “the Speaker’s new steady.” Brown went on to become the first black mayor of San Francisco.
As Brown’s time as speaker drew to a close in 1994, he named Harris to the California Medical Assistance Commission, a job that came with a $72,000 annual salary. Brown had previously appointed her to the state Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board.
She “was described by several people at the Capitol as Brown’s girlfriend,” the Los Angeles Times reported at the time.
Although that job paid nearly $98,000, Harris’ term was set to expire in five weeks when Brown tapped her for the Medical Assistance Commission slot. That body met only monthly and the $72,000 position was not consider a full-time job.
The Brown-Harris affair didn’t last long. She was spotted dating talk show host Montel Williams in 2001, but Brown continued to support her, helping her as mayor to become San Francisco’s first black district attorney over Terence Hallinan, a popular two-term incumbent.
Harris was narrowly elected California’s Attorney General in 2010. The election was widely seen as fraudulent.
Despite voter registration rolls that showed Democrats outnumbering Republicans statewide by some thirteen percent, Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley led Harris by 34,000 votes after more than 7 million were counted. But after provisional ballots were counted, she was declared the winner by approximately 50,000 votes.”
Supreme Court Delivers Huge Blow To EPA’s Ability To Control Private Property
“The U.S. Supreme Court just made it easier for individuals and companies to challenge federal agencies’ authority to regulate private property under federal law — a decision with huge implications for a major Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation.
Chief Justice John Roberts sided with Hawkes Co., a family-owned business in North Dakota, that wanted to extract peat from wetlands they owned in northern Minnesota. The court said Hawkes could immediately challenge a federal agency’s decision to prevent them from using their private property.
Did Obama’s Teleprompter Gets Stuck on Stutter Going After Trump?
Obama Tries to Trash Donald Trump and Turns into a Stuttering Mess
– Apparently Obama’s teleprompter got stuck while he tried to wing it, or he read it ver-ver-ver-batim.
“The agenda I am putting forward will put us in the right direction.”
UCLA SHOOTING: ANOTHER GUN FREE ZONE
Victim disarmament policy claims more lives
“At least two people were killed during a shooting on UCLA campus today in yet another victim disarmament gun free zone.
“A UCLA police spokesperson said officers responded to an engineering lab and asked students to go to a secure location after the campus-wide alert system issued a notification,” reports NBC News.
According to California state law, gun ownership is strictly regulated on the campus of UCLA.
Under Penal Code 626.9 PC, known as California’s Gun-Free School Zone Act, which was enacted in 1995, students are prohibited from carrying a gun within 1,000 feet of school grounds.
UCLA’s own campus policy also, “Prohibits the transportation and possession of firearms and other dangerous weapons on the grounds of UCLA campus, off-campus buildings owned or operated by the University, areas adjacent to University Property or to activities of or programs conducted by the University, whether on or off University Property.”
In October last year, California Gov. Jerry Brown also signed into law SB707, which banned students from carrying concealed weapons on school grounds and college campuses.”
Two reported dead in murder-suicide on UCLA campus
– Daily Bruin
“Two people died in a murder-suicide at UCLA’s Engineering IV building early Wednesday, police said.
The shooting took place in a small office around 10 a.m., said Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck at a press conference. Both the shooter and another person died at the scene.
Several news agencies reported William Klug, a UCLA mechanical and aerospace engineering professor, was killed in the shooting.
The shooter, a male adult, was found dead with a gun. Officials said they could not release more information about the shooter’s identity.
The campus wide lock down was lifted around noon, and most buildings reopened around 12:10 p.m. Officials instructed people to avoid Westwood Plaza.
Police began to let people into the Engineering IV building to reclaim their belongings at about 2 p.m. Officers said they will let students out of the building after they have cleared each floor.
UCLA officials canceled all Wednesday classes.
Elaheh Alizadehbirjandi, a graduate student in mechanical engineering, said she heard people yelling in the hallway when she arrived to work on the fourth floor of the Engineering IV building at about 9:40 a.m.
She said she heard people tell a man to drop his gun and turn himself in, and locked herself in her office.
Officials sent a Bruin Alert at about 9:50 a.m. to instruct students and faculty to stay in secure locations and lock buildings and classrooms.
LAPD Capt. Andy Neiman said the initial emergency call, which came shortly after 10 a.m., reported three shots heard with possible casualties. He added police prepared to respond to an isolated shooting, but a flood of additional callers prompted involvement from multiple law enforcement and emergency agencies in the area, including UCPD, LAPD, LA Fire Department, California Highway Patrol and the FBI.
Jenny Hu, a second-year financial and actuarial math student, said she was in a computer science lab on the second floor of the Mathematical Sciences building when she received the notification.
“It was a really tense moment, and nobody knew what to do,” she said. “We locked all the doors, shut off computer monitors and turned off the lights.”
Duy Ngo, a fourth-year biochemistry student, said classmates tied a wire to the door to prevent people from entering their classroom in W. G. Young Hall. Ngo said about 10 armed police officers forced entry into the room without announcing their presence, so students were unsure whether they were shooters or police.
“I immediately put my hands up because I didn’t want to get shot at,” Ngo said.”
Federal prosecutors seek to seize San Bernardino Terrorist attacker’s life insurance policies worth 275k
“Federal prosecutors on Tuesday filed a lawsuit to seize payments on life insurance policies taken out by San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook in the years before the December attacks.
The U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles filed the civil asset forfeiture lawsuit for the two policies worth a total of $275,000.
Farook took out the two policies, one worth $25,000 in 2012 and the other, worth $250,000, in 2013, prosecutors said.
His mother was named as beneficiary of both policies. Farook’s wife, Tashfeen Malik, died with him in a shootout with authorities after the Dec. 2 attack during which they shot and killed 14 people.
The U.S. attorney’s office says that under federal law, assets derived from terrorism against the United States are subject to forfeiture. The lawsuit seeks to seize both the proceeds and the policies themselves.
“Terrorists must not be permitted to provide for their designated beneficiaries through their crimes,” U.S. Attorney Eileen M. Decker said. “My office intends to explore every legal option available to us to ensure these funds are made available to the victims of this horrific crime. We will continue to use every tool available to seek justice on behalf of the victims.”
IT layoffs at insurance firm are a ‘never-ending funeral’
Workers train replacements as some IT duties shift overseas
“The IT layoffs at MassMutual Financial Group will happen over a period of many months, and it’s going to be painful for employees.
Employees say they are training overseas workers via Web conferencing sessions. There are contractors in the office as well, some of whom may be working on temporary H-1B visas. Employees say they notice more foreign workers in the hallways.
Approximately 100 employees are affected. They work in IT support and infrastructure, which includes managing operating systems, virtualization, databases and other systems.
The employees are angry but can’t show it. A loss of composure, anything other than quiet acquiescence, means risking two weeks of severance pay for each year on the job. But maintaining composure is hard to do.
“I know a few people that are probably close to a breakdown,” said one IT employee.
Many employees are over the ages of 40 and 50, and have worked for years at the firm. Some have been rebadged to Cognizant Technology Solutions, a U.S.-based IT services contractor and major user of H-1B visa workers. Most of the layoffs are expected to take place between June and October, say employees, but the company put the entire process at around 18 months.
A second IT employee described the emotional impact of the layoffs on employees in this way: “It’s like a never-ending funeral.”
Two MassMutual employees were contacted directly by Computerworld. A third was reached through Sara Blackwell, a Florida labor attorney, who began hearing from MassMutual employees before the layoffs were officially announced. None of the employees wanted to be identified by name.
When local Massachusetts media first reported the layoffs in early April, MassMutual didn’t disclose the name of the contractor, or explain that some of the work was moving overseas. Employees have had to sign nondisclosure agreements as part of their severance, and were told not to talk to outsiders. These kinds of gag orders have been criticized by lawmakers.”
Washington State to Teach Transgenderism to Kindergartners
“By fall 2017 Washington state public schools will begin teaching gender expression to kindergarteners under newly-approved health education learning standards that designate sexual health a “core idea” of public K-12 education.
While some aspects of sexual health aren’t taught K-12 (HIV prevention begins in fourth grade), one component of sexual health titled “Self-Identity” begins in kindergarten, where students will be expected to “Understand there are many ways to express gender.”
The state’s health education glossary defines gender as “A social construct based on emotional, behavioral, and cultural characteristics attached to a person’s assigned biological sex.” Gender expression, meanwhile, is defined as “The way someone outwardly expresses their gender.”
These definitions differ from the state’s definition of “biological sex”: “Based on chromosomes, hormones, and internal and external anatomy.”
Rasmussen Poll: 71% of Democrats Say Clinton Should Run Even if Under Felony Indictment
“The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 43% of Likely U.S. Voters think Clinton should immediately stop campaigning if she is charged with a felony in connection with her use of a private e-mail server while secretary of State. Fifty percent (50%), however, think she should continue running until a court determines her guilt or innocence.
Forty percent (40%) of all voters say they are less likely to vote for Clinton because of the e-mail issue, while nearly half (48%) say it will have no impact on their vote. Just eight percent (8%) say the issue makes them more likely to vote for the former first lady.”
Hillary Supporter Snaps Snoozin’ Bernie at Memorial Day Event
“A fellow Democrat posted a snapshot of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) apparently nodding off during a Memorial Day ceremony in the Presidio military cemetery in San Francisco on Monday.
Zoe Dunning, a gay rights activist, veteran, Hillary Clinton supporter, and high-ranking member of the San Francisco Democratic Party, posted the photograph to Facebook, with the following message:
Attending the Memorial Day Ceremony honoring the over 1 million Americans who have lost their lives serving our country, and watching Bernie Sanders fall asleep during it. There is nothing I can really add here. #imwithher
Responses on Facebook were less than enthusiastic. One man, Richard Stone, posted:
Zoe, thanx for your service. But I’m VFW and elected green (county council) and I still honor Bernie’s dedication to veterans rights. This is sheer artifice and a desperate attempt to disparage someone who has a stellar record of vets rights, nothing more to add here, #SMDFH
Sanders has an excuse other than age: he has kept a punishing campaign schedule, criss-crossing the Golden State and holding several rallies and meetings per day in an effort to turn out his vote and upset Clinton on June 7.
Clinton has been more sparing in her schedule, partly because she has deployed her husband, former president Bill Clinton, to reach some of the more far-flung rural communities.
Sanders serves on the Veterans Affairs committee in the U.S. Senate.”
“Well at least Bernie was there to honor our servicemen and women. Where was Obama? Flying around Asia and basically saying once again that America is the problem and the starting point of all the world’s ills. So what if Bernie took a little snooze? Obama has been asleep at the wheel for the last 7 1/2 years.”
Undocumented immigrant arrested for using dead veteran’s identity to get VA benefits
– Foxnews Latino
“Police in Arizona arrested an undocumented immigrant who had been using a deceased veteran’s identity to get medical and Social Security benefits.
Rene Ortiz Quintana, 69, took the identity of Ruben J. Gallardo, who has been dead since 1994, to get Social Security, VA and other Federal, state and local benefits since 2012.
Quintana, who has lived in the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant for around 50 years, used Gallardo’s information to an Arizona identification card, a state health card, a Phoenix health plan card and a VA choice card. The choice card allows veterans to get medical care at Non-VA facilities.
Police charged Quintana with fraudulent schemes, theft and seven counts of identity theft along with six counts of forgery. It is not clear whether the immigrant will have to pay back the money.”
Feds give thumbs-up to fracking off California coast
– San Diego Union-Trib
“An environmental assessment from two federal agencies released Friday determined that fracking off the coast of California causes no significant impact, thus lifting a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing that was instituted earlier this year.
“The comprehensive analysis shows that these practices, conducted according to permit requirements, have minimal impact,” Abigail Ross Hopper, director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, said in a statement.
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement joined in the assessment, which analyzed well stimulation treatments on 23 oil and gas platforms off California’s coast between 1982 and 2014, and came back with a “Finding of No Significant Impact.”
The Center for Biological Diversity, the environmental group that filed a lawsuit that resulted in the moratorium, said Friday it is considering filing another suit in light of the agencies’ decision.
“Offshore fracking is just an incredibly dangerous activity and we certainly wish the federal government was taking stronger actions to protect our oceans and our coast,” Miyoko Sakashita, the director of the center’s oceans program, told the Union-Tribune.
The environmental assessment looked at fracking — in which high-pressured fluids are pumped into a well to break through rock formations to loosen oil and gas — as well as impacts from waste water that is disposed in the process.
Companies still need to go through the federal application and permitting processes to frack at individual sites.
Industry officials welcomed the Friday’s announcement.
“Offshore energy is a vital source of jobs and revenue for both California and the U.S., and the sooner operations offshore California can resume the better,” Randall Luthi, president of the National Ocean Industries Association, said in a statement, dismissing the lawsuit that led to the assessment as “hyperbole” from “extreme environmental groups.”
The agencies’ assessment looked into and oil and gas platforms on the Outer Continental Shelf, in federal waters.
Waters within three miles of California’s coast are subject to state rules, which Sakashita said are stricter.”
The Missiles of October | Papa Dukie (Love is a beautiful thing)
– Poul Pedersen and the Missiles of October Band perform “Papa Dukie (Love is a beautiful thing)” live:
“Back in the day In our sleepy little town Out of nowhere A hippie band came around They set up camp (Down by the river) Close to So So Curve (behind the levee) Folks said stay away (them people are dirty) Tell deputy Momio get down there in a hurry Nanananananana (2x)………….”
Stories of amazing and unusual valor in service of country
“The modern idea of Memorial Day in the United States arose after the Civil War, the conflict that has spilled the most American blood.
After more than 620,000 soldiers perished, the still-young nation turned its thoughts toward honoring the graves of its war dead.
May was chosen because that’s when spring flowers are at their peak bloom.
The leader of the Grand Army of the Republic, an association of Union Army veterans, was a driving force.
“Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten, as a people, the cost of a free and undivided republic,” Gen. John Logan wrote to his followers in 1868.
After World War I, a conflict that claimed more than 400,000 American lives, the day was expanded to honor all U.S. war dead.
Finally, in 1971, Congress pegged the national holiday known as Memorial Day to the last Monday of each May.
This series of stories tells the stories of nearly three dozen Americans who went into battlefields and displayed great courage.”
Study says teens are spending nearly all their waking hours staring at screens
– Business Insider
“Facebook, news apps, Snapchat — there’s endless temptation for bored teens to take out their smartphones and scroll.
The Washington Post recently wrote an in-depth piece on kids these days and their social media usage, and in it was this startling statistic, courtesy a 2015 study by the nonprofit group Common Sense Media: Teens are spending nearly nine hours a dayconsuming media.
And children ages eight to 12 are spending nearly six hours a day doing the same thing.
Let’s say the average teen wakes up at 7 a.m. and goes to bed at 10 p.m. — that means that nine of their 15 waking hours are spent on their phones, computers, or tablets. The rest of those six hours are likely spent in school.
To put that in perspective, that’s nearly double the time that the average American spends looking at their phones.
The kids themselves estimate they’re spending much less time looking at their screens. Another related Washington Post story, “Who are these kids?”, went inside the Center for Generational Kinetics, a consulting firm that studies Generation Z and spends time talking to teens and tweens about their phone habits. According to researchers at the firm, teens spend between two and five hours a day in front of screens.”