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Oregon Wild...Unless We Let Them Have Their Tree Farm Future

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Thu, 03/26/2015
Doug Heiken with Oregon Wild is today's guest.  And The  NW Forest Plan is our second guest.  The conclusion of the whole effort is simply:  there is nothing left but preservation until there is nothing lft to preserve.  And that elusive vanishing point appears just beyond the horizon.
For now.
Whn will the so-called 'Timber Counties' wake up to their folly funding?
When will Oregon rein in the predators? Would be not be better 

When will Cascadia finally wake up to the fact that...

A  'managed' forest is a tree farm


http://www.oregonwild.org

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The Greenpeace ship, The Esperanza takes on Shell Oil's Arctic Antics

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Wed, 03/25/2015
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Two Days of Post-Equinox Rage with Tim Hermack, Robert Kraig and Lauren Randall, the Sierra Club

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Tue, 03/24/2015
1,  It's a literal demonstration in front of the Capitol steps to draw attention to debate on the Coal to Clean Energy legislation (SB 477; HB 2729), which would move electric utilities toward more local, renewable energy., more than 200 people are expected at the rally, which will feature speakers from the public health field, academia and business.
The rally is part of the Oregon Conservation Network's Clean Green Lobby Machine day at the Capitol, and several environmental bills will be highlighted.   Linfield College chemistry professor Jim Diamond will be at the rally to show support for the legislation from a scientific perspective.   "Recent studies indicate that the social costs of carbon associated with coal leads to costs on the order of 40 cents per kilowatt-hour, as opposed to the 11 or 12 cents per kilowatt-hour most people pay," says Diamond. "It's due to the health and environmental effects of coal."
71 percent of Oregon voters support the legislation, which would require Pacific Power and PGE to eliminate coal from their energy mix by 2025. Oregon's last in-state coal plant is scheduled to retire in 2020.
 
2, It’s time to talk Enbridge once again and the main group taking action against the energy giant, MICATS. When MICATS was born, the landscape here in Michigan was different. Enbridge was not often mentioned in the national rhetoric on tar sands, the infamous Line 6B was in the middle of being expanded, and Michigan was barely on the map in the world of tar sands activism, despite being home to the largest and costliest inland tar sands oil spill in this country’s history: the Kalamazoo River Spill. The community of southeast Michigan was suffering largely in silence from racist and calculated poisoning at the hands of Marathon Oil, the refinery that has been using Detroit as a dumping ground for decades. Silenced, ignored, and disregarded by decision-makers and regulatory bodies, this community is a classic example of environmental injustice and racism and is complicit in the perpetuation of tar sands crimes.
 
3, And then there’s this: Poised right in between a budding middle-class district and a neighborhood with a lower socio-economic status sits the Collingwood Garden in Toledo, Ohio. Intentionally placed in a formerly vacant lot (which had been empty for the twenty years prior), the Garden attempts to act as a bridge for the two very separate communities, and from my experience in attending a community event here at it’s near-inception, that intention seems to be playing out nicely. It was here that the metaphorical flag was hoisted on May Day in 2013. It should be added that this project began as, and still is, a guerrilla project. They now have the blessing of the city, who seems to be glad that someone is doing something with the land in a city where much of the infrastructure is collapsing, and where the people are fleeing, as is with much of Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, and probably soon to be the newborn boom-towns with their fracking projects in North Dakota and Texas.
From the Toledo Blade
 
4,  4, Our main chemical safety law – the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) – is outdated and deeply flawed, allowing more than 80,000 chemicals that have never been tested for safety to be used in the United States.1
Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and David Vitter (R-LA) have now introduced a bill to reform TSCA, but it is even worse than the existing law. Incredibly, the bill may have even been written by the American Chemistry Council, the lobbying arm of the chemical industry.2
Despite opposition from countless environmental groups and public health experts, this dangerous bill already has the support of a handful of Democrats.3 We need to stop Senate Democrats from helping Republicans do the bidding of the chemical industry.
 
5, Greenwashing children?  Shouldn’t that be illegal? In Vancouver yesterday Rising Tide ‘scientists’ laid out the case against fracking outside Science World in Vancouver.. The event was timed to coincide with  Science World’s way of celebrating  World Water Day.
Rising Tides’ said “we can’t sit idly by while Science World is working alongside Christy Clark to greenwash the Liquified Fracked Gas industry. Today we are not only engaging with and educating children in the dangers of fracked gas and its impact on the climate and environment but also reaching out to the management of Science World to consider the impacts of their actions”.
Rising Tide adds,  “as our popular education stalls showed today fracked gas is hugely environmentally damaging, opposed by local communities and fundamentally not an ethical or viable energy solution. The young kids passed our fracked gas quiz today, if only the same could be said for those planning the energy infrastructure of the region.”
 
6, Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet is on the move - even before the US government has approved the final permits.
The Greenpeace ship, Esperanza, is in the Central Pacific about 4,000 nautical miles off the West Coast of the US. They have been tracking Shell's monstrous oil rig the Polar Pioneer since it left Brunei Bay in Malaysia. Right now, Shell is heading North via Seattle to begin drilling for oil in the Arctic this summer.
The Pacific Ocean is the largest body of water on the planet. Finding one oil rig in its vastness was like finding a needle in a haystack - but Greenpeace’s ship, the Esperanza,  now have them in sight.
 
 
7, Washington has accused Israel of spying on closed-door international talks with Iran about its nuclear program and relaying information from the meetings to the U.S. Congress as a way to build a case against the deal, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Citing more than a dozen current and former U.S. and Israeli officials, the WSJ said Israel eavesdropped on the negotiations and gathered information from “confidential U.S. briefings,” “informants” and “diplomatic contacts in Europe.”
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Letter to Iran, Land to the Cowlitz, Right to Work Hits Wisconsin & The Reverend Billy

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Thu, 03/12/2015

Today's Headlines
And the whole Week's Audio plus The Reverend Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping...Live and Uncut!!!

Listen or Lose Your Soul!!!

1, Port of Longview commissioners unanimously rejected the proposed Haven Energy propane export terminal Tuesday morning, voicing concerns about the safety and the true economic impact of the $300 million project.
Commissioners Lou Johnson and Darold Dietz said they would support the project, but not at the proposed 24-acre site near Berth 4. Commissioner Bob Bagaason said it came down to a matter of trust.
It was not immediately clear whether the vote killed the project,.
 
2,  The Oso Landslide's one year anniversary is coming up on March 22nd.  And the company that undertook the investigation is GEER.  The work of the GEER Association, in general, is based upon work supported in part by the National Science Foundation through the Geotechnical Engineering Program under Grant No. CMMI-0825734. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF. The GEER Association is made possible by the vision and support of the NSF Geotechnical Engineering Program Directors: Dr. Richard Fragaszy and the late Dr. Cliff Astill. GEER members also donate their time, talent, and resources to collect time-sensitive field observations of the effects of extreme events.
 
3,  The most detailed published scientific account of the mudslide, which was the deadliest in U.S. history, suggests that the disaster was years in the making in a valley with a history of huge landslides dating back thousands of years.   The report doesn't offer a definitive explanation for why the mountainside collapsed on that day. But it describes a devastating chain reaction sparked by rain and groundwater on a hillside left unsettled by years of smaller slides.
The report comes from a team of university and private-sector researchers who are part of the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER), a National Science Foundation-funded initiative to quickly dispatch scientists to evaluate natural disasters.
 
4,   Who doesn't love Medicare?  I guess we are about to find out...Aides to top House Republicans and Democrats are trying to negotiate a bipartisan compromise on the popular entitlement.   And yet every year there are threats to permanently revamp the program and introduce cuts in Medicare payments to doctor.   including a 21 percent reduction set to take effect April 1.  Really. That april 1st.As part of the talks, bargainers are considering budget cuts that could offset part, but not all, of the measure's costs, according to lobbyists following the negotiations. The estimated 10-year price of repealing the annual Medicare cuts is roughly $175 billion.
The lobbyists said Wednesday that the package also might provide money for a children's health program that would otherwise run out of money Oct. 1.
 
 
5,  North Carolina’s environmental officials have hit Duke Energy with a record $25 million fine over its role in contaminating local groundwater with pollution from a pair of coal ash pits at a disused power plant.   The Duke Energy power plant site in Sutton, North Carolina has a pair of unlined dumps estimated to hold 2.6 million tons of coal ash – the waste that’s left after burning coal for electricity – which contains arsenic, mercury, lead, and over a dozen other heavy metals, many of which are toxic.
Monitoring wells near the dumps showed the pollution – which is considered a public health risk – included nine metals, among them boron, thallium, selenium, iron, manganese, and other chemicals that exceed state groundwater standards. Thallium was used for decades as the active ingredient in rat poison until it was banned due to being highly toxic.
 
 
6,  Jim  Lobe of LobeLog.com and has written extensively on the “neo-cons.” 
He recently wrote "OMG! Cotton is Kristol’s Protege" and "GOP’s Man of the Moment Promoted by RJC’s Singer and Adelson," which states: "If Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) wasn’t the face of GOP Iran hawks, he is now. His letter making common cause with Iran’s hardliners to scuttle a nuclear deal puts Cotton, along with his 46 Republican co-signatories, in uncharted territory. ...
 
7,  Scarlet Letter anyone? Any letter Scarlet legislators? Any red stae senator got a stamp? So, this:  Iran is playing a helpful role against Islamic State militants in Iraq now, but once the extremists are vanquished, Tehran-backed militias could undermine efforts to unify the country, the top U.S. military officer said Wednesday.
Army Gen. Martin Dempsey told lawmakers that any move to counter IS is a 'positive thing." But he said there are worries about whether those Shiite militias will later turn against Sunni or Kurdish Iraqis and hamper efforts to bridge ethnic and political divisions that have made peace elusive in Iraq.
 
8,  Sounds like a fun weekend:  drones and off-roaders - plus guns of course.  Yesterday The United States said that it is sending small unarmed drones, armored Humvees and other assistance to Ukraine in its fight against Russian-backed separatists. Lethal weapons were not included, to the dismay of some U.S. lawmakers.  The White House said President Barack Obama is still considering whether to send weapons to Ukraine's military, weighing the risks that such aid could further inflame conflict in which more than 6,000 people have died.  Risks?  Risks?  There are very likely an assortment of nukes still floating around the region  
 
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Drone on the Range: Code Pink's Ann Wright Live from the Anti-Drone action at CREACH AFB

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Thu, 03/05/2015
Here’s a summarized, paraphrased report that I got from TomDispatch today:
 
Are Pilots Deserting Washington's Remote-Control War?
A New Form of War May Be Producing a New Form of Mental Disturbance
By Pratap Chatterjee (http://www.tomdispatch.com/authors/pratapchatterjee)
 
Drone pilots are quitting in record numbers.  And Code Pink’s appearance at the Nevada Command Center, CREACH, has got to be at least a little unnerving: it is as if their mums or older sisters showed up at their workplace to call them out as the murderers that they are.
But the kill lists keep gushing out of the White House, the leaks  have become gushing taps…This is all supposed to be secret, y’know.  If we just change the word “leaker’ to ‘whistleblower’ it would be a different scenario entirely.  We would be hearing more about The Espionage Act, ‘treason’, ‘terror’…
Relax, it’s just a little leak. in Washington’s ongoing “covert” drone wars in the Greater Middle East.
 
The administration’s top officials don’t hesitate to discuss or even brag about the program. In this, it follows in a tradition established in the 1980s by President Ronald Reagan in which “covert wars” -- in his case, in Central America -- were fought in remarkably open and publicity-conscious ways. Meanwhile, their supposedly secret nature kept them from serious oversight. In this way, covert and overt were wedded in a process intended to free the White House and the CIA to do as they wished.
 
As a result, in the post-9/11 years, at least in the mainstream media, drone assassination campaigns have generally gotten a remarkably free ride. While those “militants” always seem to go down for the count, it’s rarely mentioned in the same reports that, in places like Yemen, the local terror outfits that Washington means to crush from the air, militant by militant, terrorist leader by terrorist leader, only seem to grow.
 
More than a decade of intense experience with drones teaches us at least one salient lesson: our robot warriors make war in the usual sense of the term, but in another way as well. In places that are not officially American war zones, their operations also regularly generate war.  They are part of that problem. And let’s add a second lesson from these droning years into the mix. The U.S. has pioneered the drone as a weapon for a new kind of war. In the process, it has opened drone flyways down which many countries and undoubtedly terror organizations, too, will one day travel. The recent decision of the Obama administration to spread drone technology by selling armed drones to its allies will only hasten the process.
 
TomDispatch regular Pratap Chatterjee, suggests today, a new and important critique of Washington’s drone wars is emerging from a thoroughly unexpected place: the drone pilots themselves. Explain it as you will, they are taking their hands off the joysticks and voting against drone war with their feet -- and possibly, though the subject couldn’t be murkier, their consciences.
 
 
The U.S. drone war across much of the Greater Middle East and parts of Africa is in crisis and not because civilians are dying or the target list for that war or the right to wage it just about anywhere on the planet are in question in Washington. Something far more basic is at stake: drone pilots are quitting in record numbers.
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Bibi's Bluster: "It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing"

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Wed, 03/04/2015
"...a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing...."

- Shakespeare

Meanwhile, back in Switzerland, the 6-plus-one continue serious talks that do in fact signify something.  And they chose for the most part to ignore that fact the fat little baby Bibi had shite himself again on the world stage and needed his nappies changed.  
How stupid are Americans?
This is how: Netanyahu's approval rating went up after his speech.  Odd too because the speech itself overlooked the threat of ISIS and al-Qaeda...

'America: Stupid and Proud of it!'
- They should put that on the money instead of 'In god we trust'

That said...
Here are a few of the headlines that we had to leave out because Grant Smith's words are far more important.

1,  GRANT F. SMITH, (202) 342-7325, cell: (202) 640-3709, [email protected], @IRmep
    Smith is director of the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy and has recently won release of the report. He wrote the piece "U.S. Confirmed Existence of Israeli H-Bomb Program in 1987," which states: "The 1987 report’s confirmation of Israel’s advanced nuclear weapons program should have immediately triggered a cutoff in all U.S. aid to Israel under the Symington and Glenn Amendments to the U.S. Foreign Assistance Act. ...
 
2, Sunnyside, Wash., Oil Spill Cleanup Could Take Weeks – and cost a hell of a lot more than originally anticipated.
The state Ecology Department says it could take weeks to clean up as much as 1,500 gallons of used motor oil that spilled into the Yakima River at Sunnyside.
The oil leaked Sunday from a tank at a former feedlot and traveled through 10 miles of irrigation canals and 14 miles of a meandering stretch of the river.
The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the area includes the Sunnyside Wildlife Refuge.
Ecology Department spokeswoman Joye Redfield-Wilder says it’s the worst oil spill in the Lower Yakima Valley in 17 years.    A cleanup contractor is using absorbent pads, protective booms and vacuum pumps.
 
3,  But take heart, Northwest Officials Unite Against Coal And Oil Trains
More than 150 elected officials from across the Northwest have teamed up to speak out against coal and oil trains. Their new group held its third meeting in Portland Tuesday.
 
 
4,  U.S. Park Police are investigating a report of shots fired near the National Security Agency's headquarters Tuesday evening. A spokesperson for the police said the NSA is investigating damage to one of its buildings that appeared to be from gunshots. The incident unfolded along the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32 in Fort Meade, Maryland. The NSA is located nearby.
Which makes it a good time to remember that NSA Bulk Telephone Metadata Program Reauthorized Until Parts of PATRIOT Act Potentially Sunset  In a post on its official Tumblr, the United States' Office of the Director of National Intelligence noted that it sought and received a reauthorization of its telephony metadata program, authorized under Section 215 of the Patriot Act. The reauthorization lasts until June 1, 2015. Why that date? The NSA has your answer, ready-made: The Government sought renewal of this authority to and including June 1, 2015 in order to align the expiration date of the requested order for this program with the June 1, 2015 sunset of Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act.
 
5,  NSA spying inquiry: UK-German intelligence-sharing dispute deepens | 3 Mar 2015 | Germany's efforts to investigate National Security Agency (NSA) spying are being hampered by Britain's refusal to co-operate amid threats to break off intelligence-sharing agreements, a German newspaper has reported. The claims note a heightening of tensions between Downing Street and the German Chancellery over intelligence-sharing. According to German newspaper reports, the Bundestag's investigation into the NSA could be halted if any UK secrets are revealed.
 
6,  On February 23, when Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government -- backing a sweeping anti-terrorism bill to expand state surveillance powers and criminalize speech deemed to potentially "advocate" terrorism -- closed down debate on the same bill after only three days of discussion. Bill C-51 -- drafted in response to two recent lone-wolf attacks [false flags], including one that ended in a shootout in the Ottawa House of Commons -- broadens the scope of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), including allowing it to intercept private communications with closed-door judicial authorization...Apparently emulating the United States by ramping up state powers and surveillance in the name of security is not enough. Canadian officials routinely hand over CSE data to their counterparts south of the border, and they have already agreed to share citizens' biographic data with the US Border Patrol. Ontario police have even gone one step further and given confidential medical information to US officials, leading to Canadians being denied entry simply for having suffered a previous episode of mental illness.
 
7,  Top cop: Web trolls should be given lifetime social media bans --Mr Barton is in charge of intelligence gathering for the Assoc of Chief Police Officers across all 43 UK forces. | 1 Mar 2015 |A chief constable is calling on Facebook and Twitter to ban trolls for life as social media places a huge strain on police resources. Mike Barton, head of Durham Police, says there was a 40 per cent rise in charges relating to improper use of electronic messages in England from 2010-13. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has also called for a ban on online trolls.
 
7,  Former CIA director and Army Gen. David Petraeus admitted Tuesday that he handed eight "black books" containing highly classified information, including codes and the identities of covert officers, to his mistress for four days in 2011 and then lied about it to the FBI. Petraeus has agreed to plead guilty to one count of retaining classified information in a deal in which prosecutors agreed not to charge him with more serious crimes such as obstruction of justice and lying to the FBI, the Justice Department announced Tuesday, saying it would recommend probation. Two weeks before he resigned, Petraeus was interviewed at CIA headquarters by two FBI agents, who told him they were conducting a criminal investigation of alleged security breaches, according to court documents released Tuesday...
 
8, Barack Obama would veto a bill recently introduced in the US Senate allowing Congress to weigh in on any deal the US and other negotiating countries reach with Iran on its nuclear capabilities, the White House said on Saturday. "The president has been clear that now is not the time for Congress to pass additional legislation on Iran. If this bill is sent to the president, he will veto it," said Bernadette Meehan, a spokeswoman for the White House's National Security Council. The US and five other major powers are seeking to negotiate an agreement with Iran to curb its nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions.
 
 
9,  Police in the United States have arrested five activists who were protesting against crimes committed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Dozens of people gathered outside the Washington Convention Center where Netanyahu, who arrived in the US on Sunday, is due to speak. The protesters held a sit-in on the first day of the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which is one the most powerful pro-Israel lobbying groups in the US.
 
10, Half of American voters think that congressional Republican's inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak on Capitol Hill was a bad idea. Forty-eight per cent of respondents in a new poll say they disapproved of Republican House Speaker John Boehner offering the Middle Eastern leader an invitation to speak to Congress without first clearing it with President Obama. Thirty per cent of all respondents favored letting Netanyahu speak, with more than 20 per cent saying they didn't know enough to answer.
 
11, Iran's top nuclear negotiator said on Saturday that "scaremongering" by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu won't stop the Islamic Republic and world powers from reaching a final nuclear deal. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the world should not allow the hard-line Israeli leader to undermine peace. He was referring to Netanyahu's planned speech to Congress next week on the emerging nuclear deal that he considers dangerous. "Through scaremongering, falsification, propaganda and creating a false atmosphere even inside other countries, [Israel] is attempting to prevent peace," Zarif told reporters during a joint news conference with his Italian counterpart, Paolo Gentiloni.
 
12, Thousands of acres of wheat and other cereal crops have been destroyed by Israeli police in the Palestinian Bedouin village of Rakhama in Negev. According to Ali Freijat, a local resident, as many as 14 Israeli tractors escorted by in excess of 50 Israeli police vehicles destroyed the agricultural products and leveled the land early on Tuesday, Ma'an news agency reported. Reports also said on Sunday that Israel plans to carry out more demolitions in an area populated by Palestinian Bedouins near al-Quds (Jerusalem). Tel Aviv authorities say they want to build settlements and military structures in the area.
 
13,  Russia's Strategic Missile Forces are ready to react to any nuclear strike even if it is lightning fast, SMF Central Command chief said. A retaliatory strike would take place in all circumstances, "without hesitation," he added. "If there's a challenge to repel a lightning-fast nuclear in any given conditions - it will be done in fixed time, that's dead true," the Strategic Missile Forces Central Command's chief, Major-General Andrey Burbin, told Russian News Service on Saturday. Russia's strategic missile forces are positioned geographically in such a way that no global strike can knock them out completely, Burbin said.
 
14, Manmade global warming helped spark the brutal civil war in Syria by doubling to tripling the odds that a crippling drought in the Fertile Crescent would occur shortly before the fighting broke out, according to a groundbreaking new study published on March 2.  The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is the first to attribute the drought in Syria in large part to global warming.
In doing so, it provides powerful evidence backing up the Pentagon and intelligence community’s assessments that climate change is likely to play the role of a “threat multiplier” in coming decades, pushing countries that are already vulnerable to upheaval over the edge and into open conflict.
 
15,   The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has proposed a plan to allow leasing for oil and gas drilling in the waters off the Atlantic and Arctic coasts. Perhaps BOEM is in need of a little history lesson.
Nearly five years after BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill -- the worst in our country's history -- oil continues to pollute the Gulf of Mexico. 1 In 2012, Shell's attempt at Arctic oil drilling failed dramatically when one of its drilling rigs ran aground off of Kodiak Island, Alaska.2 After 26 years, the Exxon Valdez oil tanker disaster remains one of the most devastating oil spills in our history, and the wildlife of Prince William Sound has still not recovered.
Despite this astonishing record, Big Oil could get the green light to lease and drill in the Atlantic and Arctic oceans!




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Stephen Zunes on Iran and Israeli Lies plus: Gwen Hallsmith on Public Banking

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Tue, 03/03/2015
So far this week Air Cascadia has made its way through the thickets and the brambles, torn in all directions and scared before the blood has dried.
Here are a few quotes:
1, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has arrived in the US to argue against a possible nuclear deal with Iran.   Netanyahu says the deal would be inadequate to prevent Tehran from acquiring a nuclear bomb   He is due to give a speech in Congress on Tuesday which was not agreed in advance with the Obama administration, angering the White House.   The speech comes two weeks before Israeli elections, with his Likud party under pressure in domestic polls. The US and other powers - the so-called P5+1 - are negotiating with Iran on its nuclear programme. They want a framework agreement by the end of the month which addresses concerns that Iran is seeking nuclear weapons technology, something Tehran denies.
2, A Union Pacific freight train derailed Monday morning, sending five railcars off the tracks near Oakridge.Of the five cars, only one remained upright during the incident at 4:10 a.m. in an isolated area of the Cascade Range, according to Union Pacific spokesman Francisco Castillo. Only two of the derailed cars were loaded, he said.   No one was hurt and no hazardous materials were involved.  .Seven other freight trains were delayed as a result of the accident. .The accident damaged 86 feet of rail, 10 to 20 railroad ties, a signal and a train detector, as well as clips and tie plates, said Castillo, who did not immediately have a cost estimate for the repairs.
Across the state, another train derailed Monday near Meacham in Umatilla County.
 
 
3, The City of Cleveland claims that 12-year-old Tamir Rice was responsible for his own death by police shooting.  If it’s too hard to believe, you can read the article yourself.
This is not a tragedy. This is not tragedy that needs healing and closure. It is racialized murder coming from political leadership in suits and uniforms with straight faces. And oh let us demand of each other that we refuse to slide into some kind of purgatory of bloggy snarkiness over this. There is no witty comment that survives this. We can't drink, have sex, make money - to head-fake our way out of this.
 
4, While the U.S. government has continued a policy with Israel of neither confirming nor denying the existence of Israel's nuclear weapons arsenal since the Nixon administration, a researcher has just obtained release of U.S. government documents "detailing the U.S. government's extensive help to Israel in that nation's development of a nuclear bomb," reports Courthouse News. Courthouse News continues: "The government fought to delay release of the 386-page report in hearings before Judge Tanya Chutkan in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, who expressed skepticism with the government's reasons for refusing to provide a single unclassified document.
 
5, James  Risen made it clear that he was quite prepared to go to jail before he would reveal his sources for the story. Given the importance of the information he reported to the American public, he should be considered a hero — someone who is ready to go to prison to be able to provide information that enables them to know what their government is doing in their name, with their taxpayer money.Needless to say, Mr. Risen’s position in this case also made him a hero to American journalists and their colleagues around the world. He was a champion of freedom of the press, who also made it possible for American journalists to continue to offer their sources a credible promise of confidentiality when they provided a journalist information the public ought to have.
 
 
6, This item takes us back a few weeks, but not enough to make a difference in the zeitgeist…More than five years after the single-payer system was scrapped from ObamaCare policy debates, just over 50 percent of people say they still support the idea, including one-quarter of Republicans, according to a new poll.The single-payer option – also known as Medicare for all – would create a new, government-run insurance program to replace private coverage. The system, once backed by President Obama, became one of the biggest casualties of the divisive healthcare debates of 2009.The idea remains extremely popular among Democrats, with nearly 80 percent in support, according to the poll, which was shared first with The Hill by the Progressive Change Institute.
 
7, The Vermont Workers’ Center and the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative say single payer health care could still be on the table.Building off the financing plan that Gov. Peter Shumlin used in deciding not to proceed with single payer, the study, published in February, says the state can use progressive tax structures to provide a universal program by 2017.The plan would give medical, dental and vision coverage for all Vermont residents, but would exclude those who work in Vermont but commute from other states.
 
The City of Cleveland claims that 12-year-old Tamir Rice was responsible for his own death by police shooting.  If it’s too hard to believe, you can read the article yourself.
I urge activists who live in their isolated outposts called "issues" - including those of us who reside within issues that we think include all the others, the big ones like Peace activism and Environmental activism, to understand that state-sanctioned violent insanity of the kind we see with Tamir Rice is a death gene that is in each of our bodies now.
This is not a tragedy. This is not tragedy that needs healing and closure. It is racialized murder coming from political leadership in suits and uniforms with straight faces. And oh let us demand of each other that we refuse to slide into some kind of purgatory of bloggy snarkiness over this. There is no witty comment that survives this. We can't drink, have sex, make money - to head-fake our way out of this.
We must reclaim our last goodness for this, as ripped and shredded as it might be. We can't possibly be free of this as long as it exists, and it is a flourishing killer, expanding in our bizarro reversed-out morality. This militarized-and-marketed racism is designed to seamlessly merge with all the old verities like "freedom" and "security" and "prosperity." Certainly no American can say that this is not central to their work if they are dedicated to health, to democracy, to growing loving communities.
Racism kills people, yes. Racism kills a 12 year old with a toy gun in a playground and slams his sorrowing big sister to the ground and handcuffs her but racism just as surely kills a smartly dressed hipster a thousand miles away living on save-the-world foundation grants. Racism kills all the good causes and so it has become the only progressive cause at this time in our history. Racism is the only issue until we are killed by it or we are free of it and we are all free.
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Tales from the Encryption, Decryption, Deception

program: 
Air Cascadia
program date: 
Fri, 02/20/2015
Today's guest, William
  Binney is a former high-level National Security Agency intelligence official who, after his 2001 retirement after 30 years, blew the whistle on NSA surveillance programs. His outspoken criticism of the NSA during the George W. Bush administration made him the subject of FBI investigations that included a raid on his home in 2007. Even before Edward Snowden’s NSA whistleblowing, Binney publicly revealed that NSA had access to telecommunications companies’ domestic and international billing records, and that since 9/11 the agency has intercepted some 15 to 20 trillion communications. Snowden has said: "I have tremendous respect for Binney, who did everything he could according to the rules." 

This from The Intercept.  Look carefully in the darkest corners of the distant cupboards.  There is so much more than dust in there...

The Intercept is reporting: "American and British spies hacked into the internal computer network of the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world, stealing encryption keys used to protect the privacy of cellphone communications across the globe, according to top-secret documents provided to The Intercept by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.
 
"The hack was perpetrated by a joint unit consisting of operatives from the NSA and its British counterpart Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ. The breach, detailed in a secret 2010 GCHQ document, gave the surveillance agencies the potential to secretly monitor a large portion of the world’s cellular communications, including both voice and data.
 
"The company targeted by the intelligence agencies, Gemalto, is a multinational firm incorporated in the Netherlands that makes the chips used in mobile phones and next-generation credit cards. Among its clients are AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint and some 450 wireless network providers around the world. The company operates in 85 countries and has more than 40 manufacturing facilities. One of its three global headquarters is in Austin, Texas and it has a large factory in Pennsylvania.
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How to Hide a Bribe...

program: 
Air Cascadia
program date: 
Fri, 02/20/2015
Corrupt Judges Cuyahoga County
Janet Phelan
 
I am writing you with a number of further concerns about Cuyahoga County Magistrate David M. Mills. What I have uncovered in the intervening time between our first email exchange has led me to question his fitness for his position.
 
David M. Mills, prior to ascending to a position of magistrate at Cuyahoga County Court, was a "dead beat Dad."  Followng the  divorce to his first wife, Katherine Mills, she appealed to the court  on several occasions  to have him compelled to pay  child support for their sole child. The support requirements were a mere $70 a month, hardly backbreaking. One must question how an individual with this history could possibly be considered fit for a family court assignment. I understand that Mills has climbed the ladder at Cuyahoga Court and is now in a directorial position.
 
In addition, questions remain unresolved about his financial affairs. Two loans taken out on  property--- the house shared with his second wife, Pamela Sabo,  do not appear to be satisfied.
 
Here are the AFN numbers of concern:  00641399; 00429489
If you have other input concerning these transactions I would appreciate being so alerted.
There are growing concerns in several sectors that judges are using home loans to receive inappropriate monies; ie money laundering. It is my understanding that a federal lawsuit is brewing, naming judges in a number of jurisdictions as involved in this scheme. Given these issues, Mills' loan history is of concern.
 
I am also wondering what happened to the foreclosure case. I see where both Mills and his ex-wife, Katherine, were served with foreclosure notice. I see then where Katherine filed for bankruptcy, which derailed the foreclosure, then shortly thereafter canceled her bankruptcy case. I am wondering how the over $30,000 owed on the property was subsequently paid.
 
During his tenure on the bench in Cuyahoga County, Mills also represented several parties in both Cuyahoga and also in Lorain County. I understand that you are alleging that he received no compensation for these cases. We will need to set up an arrangement wherein his financial records for the relevant time periods are opened up for review.
Parenthetically, I also see where Mills was subject to several civil rights lawsuits. Strangely, these suits were never heard but were quickly dismissed by other judges, who may have been in a position to try to protect Mills.
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Cindy, Craig Corrie, The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice...and You

program: 
Air Cascadia
program date: 
Wed, 02/18/2015
The Institute for Public Accuracy shares this with me and I want to share it with you.  More importantly, please share it with others:  

    On Tuesday, Human Rights Watch released a statement: "Israel: Dangerous Ruling in Rachel Corrie Case" about "Israel’s Supreme Court on February 12, 2015, exempt[ing] the Israeli defense ministry from liability for actions by its forces..."

    Cindy and Craig are the parents of Rachel Corrie, who was killed in 2003 by Israeli troops in Gaza with a bulldozer while she was attempting to protect a Palestinian home from being demolished. Together, Cindy and Craig founded Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice. They issued a statement after the court ruling: "The Supreme Court decision ignores international law arguments regarding the protection of civilians and human rights defenders in armed conflict and grossly violates the internationally recognized right to effective remedy. ... Rachel’s case provides yet another example of how the Israeli justice system is failing to provide accountability."

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From the Did You Know That You Knew Desk:
The truth about Israel's Nuclear arsenal is in the air...just as Israel beatss it's little drum for Big War in the Middle East.  It may not be going too far to suggest that the presence of Israel in the region is the reason for the burgoning conflict.
So here's the word on the US's complicity in building up Israel's nuclear arsenal way back there in the Ancient Eighties:

    Courthouse News reports: "In the midst of controversy over the Israeli prime minister's plans to address Congress next month, a researcher has won the release of a decades-old Defense Department report detailing the U.S. government's extensive help to Israel in that nation's development of a nuclear bomb.

     "'I am struck by the degree of cooperation on specialized war making devices between Israel and the U.S.,' said Roger Mattson, a former member of the Atomic Energy Commission technical staff.
 
    "The 1987 report, 'Critical Technology Assessment in Israel and NATO Nations,' compares the key Israeli facilities developing nuclear weapons to Los Alamos and Oak Ridge National Laboratories, the principal U.S. laboratories that developed the bomb for the United States.

    "The tightly held report notes that the Israelis are 'developing the kind of codes which will enable them to make hydrogen bombs. That is, codes which detail fission and fusion processes on a microscopic and macroscopic level.'

    "The release comes after Grant Smith, director of the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy filed a FOIA request last year and followed with a lawsuit in September seeking to compel release of the report.

    "The government fought to delay release of the 386-page report in hearings before Judge Tanya Chutkan in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, who expressed skepticism with the government's reasons for refusing to provide a single unclassified document.
     
    "The report's release this week has substantial political ramifications."

    Smith wrote the piece "U.S. Confirmed Existence of Israeli H-Bomb Program in 1987," which states: "The 1987 report’s confirmation of Israel’s advanced nuclear weapons program should have immediately triggered a cutoff in all U.S. aid to Israel under the Symington and Glenn Amendments to the U.S. Foreign Assistance Act. ...

    "Informal and Freedom of Information Act release of such information is rare. Under two known gag orders -- punishable by imprisonment -- U.S. security-cleared government agency employees and contractors may not disclose that Israel has a nuclear weapons program. GEN-16 is a 'no-comment' regulation on 'classified information in the public domain.' 'DOE Classification Bulletin WPN-136 on Foreign Nuclear Capabilities' forbids stating what 63.9 percent of Americans already know -- that Israel has a nuclear arsenal." 
 
    Also see Smith's piece "Lawsuit Challenges U.S. “Ambiguity” Toward Israel’s Nuclear Arsenal," which states: "Los Alamos National Laboratory nuclear analyst James Doyle wrote candidly about Israel’s nuclear weapons for a magazine in 2013. After a congressional staffer read the article, which had passed a classification review, it was referred to classification officials for a second review. Doyle’s pay was then cut, his home computer searched, and he was fired." 

    Smith also wrote the piece "Poll: Netanyahu Should be Investigated for Nuclear Weapons Tech Smuggling Before U.S. Visit," which states: "In 2012 the FBI declassified and released files (PDF archive) of its investigation into how 800 nuclear weapons triggers were illegally smuggled from the U.S. to Israel. According to the FBI, the Israeli Ministry of Defense ordered nuclear triggers (krytrons), encrypted radios, ballistic missile propellants and other export-prohibited items through a network of front companies. Smuggling ring operations leader Richard Kelly Smyth alleged that Netanyahu worked at one of the fronts -- Heli Trading owned by confessed spy and Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan -- and met with him frequently to execute smuggling operations.

Background: See by Sam Husseini: "The Absurd U.S. Stance on Israel’s Nukes: A Video Sampling of Denial," which features major U.S. government officials declining to forthrightly acknowledge that Israel has a nuclear weapons arsenal. For example, in 2010, then-Senator Russ Feingold said, "I’m not free to comment on that."
 
See by Jim Lobe about Netanyahu's claims about Iraq WMD's in 2003: "Remember Bibi’s Wisdom on Iraq."

See from Nima Shirazi "Benjamin & His Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Lies: Netanyahu Cries 'Wolf'...Again" about his allegations regarding Iran's nuclear program. 
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Comments

membership means more

your threat of quitting your membership gives me two options for analysis:

1) you gave money to Theresa via KBOO.

2) if Theresa died tomorrow, you'd give up your membership.

my interpretation

1) that's cool, man.  you support community-based radio based solely on your dedication to one weekly half-hour show. that demonstrates that Theresa's voice represents/intrigues you (and many, many others); however you don't feel represented by any one of the other 500 people who volunteer their time and energy in the 24/7 endevour, and you don't value the input (and miraculous existence!) of the other 5-10,000 members and ten times as many listeners; neither do you support the KBOO mission of including as many underrepresented voices as possible on the air, with natural turnover, schedule changes and opportunities as new people arrive.  Membership gives you the power to affect the decision-making, which is why you gave money to Theresa via KBOO; and, by golly, you will do everything in your power to keep her on the air, and you want the KBOO website visitors to know how you feel when they read the comments.  You'd even like them to join you in your fight.

2) wow.

my opinion

Personally, Theresa's show is one of my  favourites and there are plenty of shows that I not only don't like or don't listen to, but also complain about out loud.  It's my radio station, and, like my family, I will not be quiet when they need to shape up or ship out.

writing inflammatory statements on the webpage will remain simply that: inflammatory statements with a reaction or two from trolls (see the 20 pages of Anonymous written about me because of the audio I submitted that Jenka edited), which, in the end, result in: NOTHING.  If you want to chat with others online, that's fine, but you should know that nothing said here is considered in the Committee meetings. It's just an informal public forum, not policy binding.

my advice

Instead of threatening us (volunteers, members, listeners and our very existence), why not use your valuable internet time to phrase it as, for example, a question to which one of us could easily respond:  "Have there been any changes to Theresa's show?  I noticed lately that it has been preemented or even cut.  It is my favourite show. [I fear Air Cascadia will take its place--not necessary but very telling that you chose Chris' page to write it--ed.]. "  You can copy the question to Theresa's email (though I know from experience she doesn't respond) and/or print it out and put it in her cubby hole at the station. And/or show up to the meetings.  And/or call Theresa during her show--she takes calls, you know.  Ask her if she'll train or mentor you to do the same kind of work she does.

p.s.  Air Cascadia basically is the AM News is Chris Andreae: i was engineering {i'm flattered that you liked it}and was very sad when it was cut--but that is the way of the station; we adhere and adapt to the ever-fluctuating needs of the larger community--but i watched, with great pleasure, as it morphed into Air Cascadia.  Though i adore Dennis Bernstein, 15 less minutes of his voice is no skin off my back. 

Highting!

Crystal

air cascadia

im a conservative right wing trucker and i think cris andrae is the greatest broadcaster on the radio. i try to listen when i dont need traffic reports.
her scathing commentary is the best. i would join kboo but i fear america will become too weak and barry will force me to find a green job soon . keep up the good work
michael j

The anchor news program

The anchor news program Democracy Now, conveiniently aired at 11 AM so that all could tune in was moved to 7 AM with a result that most if not all of the people who work nights won't be tuning in as they are still sleeping. Also missed the 40th anniversary bash as it was inconveinently held from 4 to 10 Pm, on a weekday, which would exclude anyone working swing from attending unless they took a day off. Why couldn't this have been held on a Saturday or Sunday?
Air Cascadia is a very rough and unpolished program that leaves me tuning to OPB or just turning it off.
The choppy, emergent voice of Cris Andreae is certainly a large part in that.
If it is true that Press Watch will be axed for this then it will be an easy decision to withhold future pledges from this listener.

What happened to Presswatch?

Is Air Cascadia taking over what Therisa has been doing? If so, I may give up my membership. First, the am news gets axed to accomodate Democracy Now, now is Presswatch going under the plow?

 

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