Environment – Frankenfish? Nov 2015

US FDA clears genetically modified salmon for human consumption

– Reuters – Nov 19 2015

Slabs of Salmon are displayed at a market. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Slabs of Salmon are displayed at a market. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

“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

Veteran’s Day – Nov 2015

11/05/2015

Volunteers for Vets

– Caltech steps up

 

“For the last three years, Caltech students and staff have been lending a hand at Pasadena City College, providing free tutoring and mentoring to some of the campus’s nearly 800 student veterans. This past spring, 19 Caltech community members participated. Their involvement is part of a larger volunteer program, run through PCC’s Veterans Resource Center (VRC)—established in 2010 under a grant from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office—that provides support and guidance to the campus veterans.

– Written by Dave Zobel

– See more at: http://www.caltech.edu/news/volunteers-vets-48691#sthash.ZixrrDs3.dpuf

 

Music – Missiles of October Close Out Nearly 25 Year Run at Marine Room in Laguna Beach – Nov 2015

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– Youtube

It was night filled with mixed emotions as long time local legendary band, the Missiles of October played their last gig at the Marine Room in Laguna Beach after over 24 years of playing the Sunday afternoon spot for lucky locals and assorted visitors from all over the world.

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Old fans, new friends, regulars and used to coulds all showed up for a great evening of music and fun.

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For those of you who weren’t there, here are some rough cuts of what you missed:

First video: Apologies to David Witham on piano for not panning ’round to catch his solo, but Richard Bredice’s blistering guitar solo makes up for it, and takes the room to another dimension, and gives an indication of the level of musical prowess on hand that night.

2nd video:

The Band takes a riff on Les McCann’s “Compared to What” with audience and crowd shots.

 

Production note: The audio is not optimal as we had only the on-board Canon camera mike, no credits either as these are completely rough. Set playback to 720 or 1080p HD.

More to come. Bob Hawkins, the original guitarist sits in on a co-composition of his and Poul’s, Back to the Basics:

The Missiles of October Band will take up residence at the White House in Laguna Beach on Sundays, starting Nov 15th from 4pm to 8pm.

More info on the White House here: http://whitehouserestaurant.com/events-calendar

Tech – New Immigration Data System is a 3.4 Bil Failure – Nov 2015

– Washington Post

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DC bureaucrats waste 3.4 Bil designing info system no one can use basically

“Heaving under mountains of paperwork, the government has spent more than $1 billion trying to replace its antiquated approach to managing immigration with a system of digitized records, online applications and a full suite of nearly 100 electronic forms.

A decade in, all that officials have to show for the effort is a single form that’s now available for online applications and a single type of fee that immigrants pay electronically. The 94 other forms can be filed only with paper.

This project, run by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, was originally supposed to cost a half-billion dollars and be finished in 2013. Instead, it’s now projected to reach up to $3.1 billion and be done nearly four years from now, putting in jeopardy efforts to overhaul the nation’s immigration policies, handle immigrants already seeking citizenship and detect national security threats, according to documents and interviews with former and current federal officials.”

– by  November 8 at 8:40 PM

– Excellent article on how a comprehensive federal program resulted in comprehensive failure. No surprises there I guess.

I especially liked the following:

“From the start, the initiative was mismanaged, the records and interviews show. Agency officials did not complete the basic plans for the computer system until nearly three years after the initial $500 million contract had been awarded to IBM, and the approach to adopting the technology was outdated before work on it began.”

Nice.

Remember those salient facts the next time you hear for a comprehensive fix to anything federal.

Sadly or or not, Silicon Valley, a Google or Amazon is probably a better fit to solve problems like this, certainly not the dysfunctional and moribund Washington D.C. bureaucracies.

More here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/a-decade-into-a-project-to-digitize-us-immigration-forms-just-1-is-online/2015/11/08/f63360fc-830e-11e5-a7ca-6ab6ec20f839_story.html