The Media Fails To Report Why Toledo’s Water Is Contaminated

4 Aug algae blooms

Would You Drink This?

Would You Drink This?

The water is finally safe to drink, says the mayor of Toledo, Ohio, although some skepticism still remains.  “Residents of Toledo, its suburbs and small areas of southeastern Michigan began lining up for water Saturday after news of the contamination surfaced,”reported USA Today.  Most media outlets have failed to mention what caused the exuberant toxic, algal blooms. They are reporting the effect, not the cause.

This is not merely a result of Mother Nature randomly throwing a fit and creating a mess of Cyanobacterial blooms.  The amount of phosphorus going into the lake has risen every year since the mid-1990s, and toxic algal blooms will increase as more toxic runoff from fertilizer changes the ecosystem.  Unless the runoff from big farming is curtailed, this problem will continue to grow.  Imagine if an area as large as Chicago or NYC suffers from contamination like this Lake Erie mess. The NOAA Great Lakes Center For Excellence says, 

The increased presence of nutrients such as phosphorous is largely due to poor farming practices such as high use of fertilizers and presence of livestock near water supplies, as well as effluent and run-off from towns and cities near waterways…Pesticides and other chemicals may affect the natural grazers which would otherwise control algal growth and their presence increases the risk of blooms.

The view from above: Algae Blooms Gone Wild

The view from above: Algae Blooms Gone Wild

Naturally, Republicans will ignore the harsh reality that the lack of regulations on disposal of waste from industrialized farming caused the crisis.  They will deny that climate change could also be bringing more intense spring rains, which would wash more agricultural runoff into Lake Erie.  Remember the West Virginia crisis? Somehow, Speaker Boehner blamed President Obama for not enforcing those pesky EPA regulations. In 2012, the St. Louis Beacon touched on the reality of the EPA vs. the GOP:

The GOP-controlled U.S. House – in particular, the Energy and Commerce Committee – has taken aim at EPA regulations. In the first year after Republicans gained a House majority in 2010, about 160 votes were held against various environmental protections, including more than 80 votes on amendments or bills targeting the EPA.

True, environmental groups and water researchers have urged community leaders to cut down on the amount of fertilizer runoff into the shallowest of the Great Lakes.  But legislators in these Republican-controlled states have stopped short of mandating the restrictions leveled upon farmers.  As per usual, they know they are turning a blind eye to man-made pollution but will happily tell you it’s Mother Nature just acting crazy.  These folks push the fallacy that it’s impossible for man to destroy our planet.  What do you expect from idiotic evolution deniers?

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A Closely Knit Mormon-Controlled City Gives Us A Glimpse Into A Romney Administration

30 Jul

 

Ex-Police Chief Thomas Finn

Ex-Police Chief Thomas Finn

In April, 2013, the seven-year term of the Boulder City, Nevada chief of police was fired from his position.  During that time period, the small community that touches the Hoover Dam experienced one of the lowest crime rates in Nevada.  He was fired for one reason: he was one of the very few non-LDS officials in town.  Finn states, “For the past seven years I applied my education, training and experience to lead the police department with the goal of making Boulder City the safest community in the state of Nevada,” … “That goal was achieved almost every year.”  

According to Ex-Police Chief Thomas Finn’s allegations, ‘this bedroom burg is a seething cauldron of intrigue, revenge and discrimination, ruled by a small, closely knit cabal of power players, a group of folks who, you might say, are all cut from the same cloth.’  Much like the nepotism afforded to many of Willard Romney’s Mormon brethren during the hosting of the 2002 Salt Lake City (Pork Barrel) Winter Olympics, this closely-knit LDS run city has some dirty corruption.  Mr. Finn, now relocated to a Northern Nevada community is not giving up on exposing the unimaginable incompetence and abuse of power in Boulder City.  

Not just wearing a bowtie on a motorcycle, but really? A Teabag flag?

Not just wearing a bowtie on a motorcycle, but really? A Teabag flag?

The attorney who had it in for Mr. Finn, the lawyer for the Mongols Motorcycle Gang Mr. Steve Stubbs (Stubby), understands now that “Karma is a bitch.”  He is under investigation for shady law practices and corruption involving collusion with the BCPD   Regarding the concern of the former Chief of Police, Stubby was pissed his gang friends were being closely watched, considering their history of violence.  Stubbs complained,

 “He was going to have a zero tolerance policy against the Mongols for every little thing. People were given handlebar tickets, jaywalking tickets, unconstitutional tickets,” said Stephen Stubbs, attorney for the Mongols.  

How dare a police chief closely monitor a motorcycle gang who ordered to shoot to kill any member of the Hell’s Angels who show up near the Mongols.  Another interesting case related to more Mormon corruption is the case against the son of City Attorney Dave Olsen.  His son Brian Olsen was arrested, but not charged in court, after Henderson police (the city between BC and Las Vegas) received a complaint about him from a female classmate who knew him from a cosmetology school that both attended.  The classmate complained that Olsen, when borrowing her cellphone, located and sent two nude photos of her to his email address, court records from the lawsuit show. Mormons are the most sexually repressed —and thus deviously clandestine— of any group. There is a reason there’s more anonymously accessed porn in Utah than any other state. What I’d like to know now is, why the DA declined to prosecute. I wonder how they came to this conclusion, that, if the girl had nude photos of herself on the phone, it was her own fault and got what she deserved…? Probably. 

Dave Olsen sued the Henderson Police, on behalf of his son, alleging police violated his constitutional rights to be free of unlawful arrest, false imprisonment and infliction of emotional distress. The judge ruled in favor of the Henderson PD and shortly thereafter, Finn was fired. 

Even the current City Manager is less than squeaky clean.  City Manager David Fraser has a problem paying his utility bills. In Boulder City, utilities such as power, water and garbage are paid through the city, which means the bills are public information. Records show that 11 times in the last 15 months, Fraser received delinquency notices from the city for not paying his bills. Four times, he was sent disconnect notices. Fraser, who earns $192,000 per year in salary and benefits, ordered city workers to stop the disconnections.

Mr. Finn and his wife Donna now reside in scenic Northern Nevada, far from the site of the misery inflicted upon him in Boulder City. Far from over, he intends to not only clear his own name and reputation which should never have been tarnished, but to show Boulder City who is running the show. He told a local CBS affiliate,

“I get regular contact from city employees and city residents who say, ‘you really may want to look at this.’ What else could they do to me? They tried to convict me of felonies. They fired me. They blast me still on a regular basis. I’m not going away,” Finn said.

Hopefully reason will prevail and Finn won’t stop pursuing his noble fight. Unfortunately, Willard Romney won’t go away, so we haven’t heard the last from him either. I’d much rather hear from the former BCPD Chief whose integrity far exceeds the members of the corrupt LDS community who served with him.  

 

To start the day …. International “Global” Tiger Day”!!

29 Jul

Vegasjessie:

The most gorgeous of all mammals, anyone killing a tiger is less than human. Happy Tiger Day!

Originally posted on It Is What It Is:

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~~July 29, 2014~~

Dedicated to the Great – Big Cats of the World

~~Description~~

The world is losing its Great Cats at a vicious speed. If we lose our apex predators, then we lose a vital part of this Earth. This page was created to help bring awareness and to be a voice for our Great-Big Cat Species. We must come together to help put a stop to this “Out of Control War” to kill our great cats, before it is too late. Once they are gone – there is no coming back.

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~~SOURCES~~

http://tigerday.org/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/GreatcatsoftheWorld/364092233663682?sk=info

http://greatcatsoftheworld.wordpress.com/2014/07/27/international-global-tiger-day-july-292014-freedom-for-tony-the-tiger/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Tiger_Day

http://www.earthtimes.org/politics/international-tiger-day-2014/2651/

https://www.facebook.com/InternationalTigerDay

http://globaltigerinitiative.org/

Tigers

~~BEAUTIFUL PICTURES HERE~~

http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/07/international-tiger-day

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International Tiger Day, also known as Global Tiger Day, is an annual celebration to raise awareness for tiger conservation, held annually on 29 July.

It was created in 2010 at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit. The goal of the day…

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Lindsey Graham Blames Obama For Every Problem On Earth While David Gregory Nods

25 Jul

The Most Lopsided Interview To Date: Gregory (left) Lets Graham (right) Off The Hook

The Most Lopsided Interview To Date: Gregory (left) Lets Graham (right) Off The Hook

I jokingly predicted earlier this week in a tweet Next on Sunday’s Meet The Press: Lindsey Graham and John McCain discuss how Obama arranged the downing of MH Flight 17.  Once again, Mr. Deference to Republicans with a side of hardline questions to Democrats, David Gregory, has engineered another episode of Meet The Press that could double as a commercial for the RNC.  After an interview with Secretary of State Kerry, where facts were given regarding Gaza, MH 17 and the Border Crisis, a smirking Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) appeared on the screen.  I recorded it and the transcript below is directly from the interview.  With regards to the Kerry comments, he said,

“That was the most delusional summary that I can imagine.  It scares me that he (Secretary Kerry) believes that the world is in such good shape.  America is the glue that holds the free world together.  Leading from behind is not working, the world is adrift, and President Obama has become the King of Indecision. His policies are failing across the globe and it will come here soon.”

Gregory asked what Kerry left out, saying “what is the administration not yet prepared to do that you think must be done?” (Since Graham deserves the final say on the matter,as his foreign policy ideas have been the model of peace and prosperity for the U.S.)

“What he didn’t call Putin the THUG that he is.  He didn’t call for the arming of the Ukraine so they can defend themselves against local separatists supported by Russia.  All the enemies of our nation are being well supplied, Russia and Iran are helping Syria, a 160,000 have been slaughtered, John Kerry, by Russian-supplied weapons to Assad. Syria has become a safe-haven for terrorists to attack our nation.” (from Syria?) He then commented on how the Europeans weren’t going to lead on the issue of laying heavy sanctions on Putin and we can’t keep “leading from behind. There’s a battle of wills between the KGB colonel and the “Community Organizer” (aka black guy) and the colonel is winning. “

Next Graham went into harsh criticism mode on the “deliberative” nature of the president.  He said, “it comes off as indecisive, he’s trying to be thoughtful, it comes off as weakness.”  He then supported aggressive US-European sanctions on Russia, especially in the banking sector and he finished up his rant on how we should rebuild the missile defense systems “that Obama took down.”

The final comment was regarding the border crisis.  Gregory asked if his party was prepared to move with the President on this.  He predictably said, “there will be NO MONEY….we have to streamline and quicken deportations, there will be no immigration reform because of the crisis on the border, I blame OBAMA for this moment.” He then stated the 2015 “Republican Congress” with the House leading (of course) will need to solve this immigration crisis or they won’t win the White House in 2016. However, they are not prepared in any way to cooperate with anyone to change anything.

The South Carolinian best bud of Senator McCain, in a very short time, blamed Obama for the border crisis, the crisis in Palestine and the Ukrainian mess.  Naturally, David Gregory had absolutely no challenges to any of those assertions and, in fact, followed up the interview with a largely Republican panel who parrotted Graham’s delusional ravings.

 

Supporting Palestine Is Not Supporting Hamas

25 Jul haaretz

We Must Remember The Refugees Of Palestine From The Formation Of Israel In 1948

History, once again way too kind to the Bush Crime Family’s escapades, has omitted the main reason the terrorist group Hamas was able to ascend to power in Gaza:  Bush pushed for Palestinian elections when Israel, amongst others, cautioned against this.  In June 2002, when Bush in a White House speech pressed for the Palestinians to “to elect new leaders” and “build a practicing democracy,” helped encourage an election in a tumultuous time when poor and desperate people often clinged to their guns and religion, as candidate Obama once said.  We all know how well that comment went over, even if it couldn’t have been more true.

If anyone seems to take the side of the suffering civilians in Gaza, they are called “anti-semitic.” People generally fail to realize Semitic means relating to the peoples who speak the Semitic languages, especially Hebrew and Arabic.  So an anti-semite would be against both sides in this dreadful conflict.  I must admit, I was one of those people who fell for the tired meme, “the Palestinians don’t care about their own people and use them as human shields.”  I wrote an article about that a few days ago and I’ve evolved on my position in just one week.  I must apologize for my misguided assumptions based on listening to the media, most who have an axe to grind against the Muslims in this conflict.  The problem is Hamas, not the innocent civilians of Gaza. 

To be very clear, I am against ALL religions.  I believe religion is the cause of the subjugation of women and children, war, unjustified hate that tries to hide its prejudice by making the occasional charitable deed to offset the inherent evil in a man-made construct of religion.  I am a minority in America.  I am also vehemently against war, especially a religiously motivated war.  But this war is actually one very much like the displacement of Native Americans based on Manifest Destiny in the nineteenth century.  Up until the formation of the Jewish State, the area was occupied by roughly 85% Muslims, and it was a real place called Palestine.  Many say Palestine is not a “real” country, but the folks who lived there for hundreds of years would beg to differ.  I’ve heard more times than I can count no neighboring Arab nation would take them.  Then again, what country opens immigrants with open arms these days?  Look how America treats our Central American refugees. 

Palestinian Refugees Flee By The Thousands In 1948

Palestinian Refugees Flee By The Thousands In 1948

Take a look at this video of Palestine in 1896, an Ottoman territory at the time. It was a typical Middle Eastern nation, where Jerusalem, then population 500,000, was much like Cairo, Damascus and Beirut. The land was abruptly divided when the Zionists formed the nation of Israel in 1948, divided by not only religious disagreements but for the simple fact the residents were forced onto reservation-like conditions after hundreds of years of living on their own land.  Add things like blockades of supplies, disruption of utilities and curfews, the Palestinians were not welcomed by Israeli society but were treated, from the onset, like pariahs. The “catastrophe,” or “nakba,” of Israel’s creation, during which hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled or were driven from their homes into exile. Seldom have I heard in the American media the perspective from the Palestinians side. The Center for Research on Globalization, based out of Montreal, Quebec tells a different story here about Israel.

It took six months to complete, consider the toll, and understand the Nakba’s meaning. It displaced 750,000 to 800,000 people – men, women, children, the elderly and infant civilians. Many hundreds or thousands of others were killed. Sweeping destruction was carried out. It erased 531 villages and 11 urban neighborhoods in Tel-Aviv, Haifa, Jerusalem and other cities….Golda Meir said: “There are no Palestinians” and Menachem Begin and Nobel Peace Prize recipient called Palestinians “two-legged beasts” and said Jews were the “Master Race” and “divine gods on this planet.”

History clearly remembers there was another person in Nazi Germany that claimed they were also the  “master race;” the irony here is pretty astounding. There are a growing number of disenchanted IDF Israelis who have grown tired of military-only solutions to problems.  By taking this position, these people are often imprisoned for their pacifist beliefs. If war is the only solution, the ideology of Netanyahu and his neocon friends McCain, Cruz and Graham will sadly prevail in the region.

Israel Invades Gaza, Hamas Uses Palestinians As Martyrs

19 Jul irondomebest

 

Israel's Iron Dome Protects Citizens While Hamas Exploits Human Shields For Weapons

Israel’s Iron Dome Protects Citizens While Hamas Exploits Human Shields For Weapons

At midnight on May 14, 1948, the Provisional Government of Israel proclaimed a new State of Israel and President Truman and the U.S. officially recognized the provisional Jewish government.  Since that time, there has been interminable war, with displaced Palestinians existing with the plight of the “coloreds” of pre-1994 Apartheid South Africa.  The Gaza Strip is a region the size of Detroit with a population of roughly 1.6 million. There’s constant suffering at the hands of the Islamic Hamas government who promote the ideology that martyrs are good for their movement.   Israelis easily dominate the economically and militarily inferior Palestinian people and there really is very little hope for happiness for the people of Gaza anytime in the near or distant future.  

World opinion tends to sympathize with the people of Gaza, and aside from hawkish conservatives in both Israel and the U.S., most feel the Netanyahu Government is in the wrong.  In a world where developed countries are gradually abandoning religious dogma, logic would conclude religion is a very arbitrary means of determining sovereignty.  American Conservatives who believe the Jews are God’s Chosen People defend Israel’s right to mistreat Palestinians. Misery for Gaza is compounded by a government that is more than happy to use them as human shields for their own rockets and not vice versa.  On HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher, the host said

“I feel terrible for a Palestinian child who dies,” Maher said, “but if it’s your father, your brother, your uncle who’s firing those rockets into Israel, who’s fault is it really? Do you really expect the Israelis not to retaliate?” 

The panel agreed: “Israel builds an “Iron Dome” to defend its citizens from missiles, Hamas uses its citizens to defend its missiles.”  But the Israelis have always prevailed in every conflict since its birth mainly because of their values.  Unlike the Jihadist-mentality of Palestine’s Hamas, Israel does everything to protect, educate and care for their citizens.  Maher even said out of necessity, Israel has become very good at defending itself, largely because of the Jewish expertise in science. “Jews have, I think, 155 Nobel Prizes, Muslims have two. That seems like kind of a big advantage for team Hebrew.” Religion creates the problem on two fronts:  both sides use it to lay claim to the land.  The most notable difference: Hamas uses religion to martyr its people while the other side uses religion and science to protect its people.

Thank To Uncle Rupey, Two Continents Are Denying Climate Change

17 Jul

Australia and the U.S. have a common enemy.

Australia and the U.S. have a common enemy.

I thought America was way behind the times on the science of climate change, given the positions of so many anti-science, anti-evidence Republicans who populate our House of Representatives. Our northern neighbor, Canada, is surprisingly anti-environmentalist, considering they are socially more progressive than the U.S. with their single payer healthcare.  Canadian PM Harper, who is as committed to proliferating the production of dirty Alberta tar sands oil as (America’s fossil fuel sweet-hearts) Charles and David Koch; stands in unison with the ultra-conservative Australian PM, Tony Abbott.  Salon reported,  “President Obama has stayed far from these two other world leaders when it comes to climate policy. He is pursuing a number of avenues to reduce the United States’ emissions with his National Climate Plan, including the recent announcement of the Environmental Protection Agency’s plans to substantially reduce emissions from power plants.”  

Abbott Fiddles While Australia Burns

Abbott Fiddles While Australia Burns

I was both relieved and troubled to know Australia out-devolved the United States and completely abolished the carbon tax yesterday. The Australian media mogul, Rupert Murdoch, a big player in the denial 0f climate change, is a strong supporter of Heritage Foundation policies and Australia’s move to abolish all progress in the area of renewable energy. Australia was once a leader on climate action. This cabal of the anti-conservationist movement,  formed by the unlikely triumvirate of Murdoch, Grover Norquist and PM Abbott has  dealt a lethal blow to the future prevention of climate change disasters.  This denial movement has shaped legislation on two continents, both very susceptible to the rising sea levels that are imminent with our current carbon emissions. Curiously, yesterday was also the day Mr. Murdoch publically offered to buy Time Warner Cable, which includes the very cash lucrative HBO, for $80 billion.  Currently that bid has been rejected, but he is determined to find a price that will be acceptable for the massive merger.  With control of the media on two continents, unfettered pollution will only become a bigger problem with the media devoting little to no attention to the crisis of man-made climate change.

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