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  • The Power Behind The Thrown?

    The “POWER BEHIND THE THRONE” refers to a person or group that informally exercises the real POWER of a high-ranking office, such as a head of state.

    In this case, The Power Behind the Thrown, are the Establishment’s  POLITICIANS that got thrown out in the 2016 presidential election.

    A Democrat, a Socialist and 16 Republicans from the establishment got thrown out. “BECAUSE AMERICAN VOTERS WANTED THE TRUTH”

    And as America’s voting citizens would have it….

    Donald J. Trump a non-politician  was elected President on Nov 8, 2016.

    Donald J. Trump is my president. He was sworn in on Jan 20, 2017.

    YEP.. A REAL, HONEST TO GOD MAN, SWORE ON A STACK OF BIBLES TO UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    From June 16, 2015, to date, the attacks on Donald Trump, by the public media in collaboration and  collusion with extreme activists have been horrendous and unceasing.

    Indeed, the establishments Government of politicians was dethroned  By Donald J. Trump
    The power of the liberal public media  was toppled by social media and the power of we the people.

     

    Hard power is the use of military and economic means to influence the behavior or interests of … Hard power contrasts with soft power, which comes from diplomacy, culture and history

    Which lead me to the historic U.S. government establishmented method to ensure the  smooth transition of power, as provide for, and done by our elected Democrat and Republican representative, by voting in the U.S. Congress, for those who consider themselves to be the permanent government of the United States of America. The un-elected  group at the highest level of government, that informally exercises the real POWER of  high-ranking office.

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    VIDEO: Ex-CIA Analyst Says Former Obama Staffers Sabotaging …

    www.thegatewaypundit.com/…/video-ex-cia-analyst-says-former-obama-staffers-sabo

    7 days ago – VIDEO: Ex-CIA Analyst Says Former Obama Staffers Sabotaging President Trump By Withholding Intel. Ryan Saavedra Feb 17th, 2017 9:57 …

    VIDEO: Ex-CIA Analyst Says Former Obama Staffers Sabotaging President Trump By Withholding Intel

    Ex-CIA Analyst Says It’s Time To Clean House

    Earlier this week ex-CIA analyst  Ret. Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, told Martha MacCallum of Fox News that he thinks that left over members of Obama’s administration are withholding information from the President.

    The interview with MacCallum came as the Wall Street Journal released a report claiming that intelligence officials are purposefully withholding information from President Trump. The Gateway Pundit was one of the first to report on the claims from the WSJ article.

    From The Free Beacon:

    “The problem is this, you have a lot of folks who are either career members of the intelligence community who are skeptical of the current situation or who were at one point political appointees who have burrowed themselves into the infrastructure who are now career intelligence officers,” he said.

    Shaffer said it is evident that there are people who are embedded in the current administration that have retained loyalties to past administrations. This causes them to “[judge] for themselves what they should or should not do regarding intelligence.”

    “The same mentality where you’ve seen people leaking is the same mentality you see people holding information,” he said.

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    Where the same mentality of the U.S. government does most of my business behindmyback.org; behind closed doors.

    My freedom of speech is guaranteed by the first amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

    Please read these documented comments.

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    The Secret Service of Obama’s 7000 (SES)

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    A government of strangers: Executive politics in Washington

    H Heclo – 2011 – books.google.com

    HOW DO POLITICAL APPOINTEES TRY TO GAIN CONTROL OF THE WASHINGTON BUREAUCRACY?

     HOW DO HIGH-RANKING CAREER BUREAUCRATS TRY TO ENSURE ADMINISTRATIVE CONTINUITY?

    THE ANSWERS ARE SOUGHT IN THIS ANALYSIS OF THE RELATIONS BETWEEN APPOINTEES AND BUREAUCRATS that uses the participants’ own words to describe the imperatives they face and the strategies they adopt.

    SHIFTING ATTENTION AWAY FROM THE WELL-PUBLICIZED ACTIONS OF THE PRESIDENT,

    High Heclo

    Cited by 981 Related articles All 2 versions Cite Save More

    Why would an American Citizen that voted for President Donald J. Trump  be concerned about executive politics with a government of strangers?

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    This is a long video, but if we want the truth to be know…

    The Power behind the Throne (The position of power occupied by the …

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=641Oyk3d5HM
    Nov 18, 2015 – Uploaded by PressTV Documentaries

    Investigating into today’s power structure in the UK and the role played by the British monarchy, this eye-opening …

    The bottom line..

    Trump is the President, he has the power and he has options.


  • Women’s Rights Matter

    page 1 Things That Matter
    A # 1 bestselling book by Charles Krauthammer.
    “Things That Matter”, his working title started as, “There’s More To Life Than Politics”
    A quotation from Keats, “Beauty is truth, truth beauty— that is all/ Ye need to know on earth, and all ye need to know”.
    “Turns out, we need to know one more thing on earth- politics”
    “In the end, everything must bow to the sovereignty of politics”
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    Is truth all you need to know?
    LEARNING FROM HISTORY is paramount to my comments.
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    a snippet from “The Disturbing, Shameful History of Childbirth Deaths”
    RELIABLE, SAFE, AND LEGAL BIRTH CONTROL ALLOWED WOMEN TO LIMIT AND TIME THEIR PREGNANCIES,
    AND IT LED TO A DECREASE IN ILLEGAL ABORTIONS, A LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN PREGNANT WOMEN HISTORICALLY.
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    PREVENTION IS BETTER THEN DEATH
    PLANNED PARENTHOOD Started as the American Birth Control League in 1921, and changed its name to “Planned Parenthood” in 1942
    PLANNED PARENTHOOD HAS BEEN PROVIDING TRUSTED HEALTH CARE FOR NEARLY 100 YEARS.
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    And, a bunch of ill advised conservatives are going to shut down the government in an attempt to defund this?
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    Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), has since grown and consists of approximately 85 affiliates and 820 clinics in the United States, with a total budget of USD $1 billion.
    Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), IS THE LARGEST U.S. PROVIDER OF REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH SERVICES, WITH CLINICAL INTERACTIONS FOCUSED ON BREAST AND CERVICAL CANCER SCREENING, HIV SCREENING AND COUNSELING, CONTRACEPTION, AS WELL AS MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH SERVICES and abortions.
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    The $5 billion presidential campaign? | TheHill
    thehill.com/blogs/…/presidential…/230318-the-5-billion-campaig…
    Jan 21, 2015 – The 2016 presidential election could cost as much as $5 billion,
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    My comment…
    With BILLIONS being spent? It is unbelievable that conservative political advisers have, and conservative candidates are using the following defunding agenda in an attempt to WIN the 2016 presidential election?
    REALLY? and, A GROUP OF MORE THAN 30 REPUBLICANS???
    Shutting down the government is a fool’s errand.
    If you want the BLAME, play the shutdown game AGAIN.
    Even if a conservative wins the primary election on this defunding agenda..
    In the long run? WOMEN HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE
    More women vote than men.
    Women will VOTE to protect their TRUSTED affordable healthcare and their constitutional rights provided by Planned Parenthood.
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    Conservatives Push Out Boehner Because He Wouldn’t …
    thinkprogress.org/politics/2015/09/…/boehner-steps-down/
    2 days ago – … pressure from the right wing of his conference” to defund Planned Parenthood. … Because He Wouldn’t Shut Down The Government Over Planned Parenthood … funding to avoid a government shutdown before October 1. … A group of more than 30 Republicans recently started threatening to force a …
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    The ugly truth about WA DC politics 1993-2015
    FEDERAL LAW SINCE 1993 “THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH REVITALIZATION ACT” of 1993 103rd Congress (1993-1994) legalized fetal tissue research. In addition, fetal tissue can be sold at a price that allows an organization to recoup the costs associated with it.
    Setting up Planned Parenthood to take the fall, using hidden cameras and edited videos with atrocious images.
    Going public and blaming Planned Parenthood? for complying with a liberal Act of Congress LAW?
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    Did you watch the CSPAN congressional debates on defunding?
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    Of course, the liberals failed to mention, their FAULT in passing the LAW? “THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH REVITALIZATION ACT”, Through no fault of Planned Parenthood, they were forced to comply with the liberal Act of Congress LAW.
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    AND, of course, if conservatives wanted a logical solution to to their problem with the 2001“NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH REVITALIZATION ACT” they could introduce and pass new legislation to address their concerns. about the “CLINICAL RESEARCH”.Defined as, research conducted with HUMAN SUBJECTS (OR ON MATERIAL OF HUMAN ORIGIN SUCH AS TISSUES (FETAL TISSUE), SPECIMENS…..
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    LEARNING FROM HISTORY
    In 2012, Planned Parenthood and ITS SUPPORTERS FEROCIOUSLY ATTACKED the Susan G. Komen Foundation when it sought to discontinue funding
    Feb 4, 2012 – DONORS RUSH TO SUPPORT PLANNED PARENTHOOD; Susan G. Komen for the … to defund Planned Parenthood,”
    ONE IN FIVE AMERICAN WOMEN HAS CHOSEN PLANNED PARENTHOOD FOR HEALTH CARE AT LEAST ONCE IN HER LIFE.
    Throughout its history PPFA has experienced support, controversy, protests, and violent attacks.
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    Even if a conservative wins the primary election on this defunding agenda..
    In the long run? WOMEN HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE
    More women vote than men.
    Women will VOTE to protect their trusted, affordable healthcare and the constitutional rights provided by Planned Parenthood.
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    WHO ARE THEY?
    We are a trusted health care provider, an informed educator, a passionate advocate, and a global partner helping similar organizations around the world. Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide.
    For nearly 100 years, Planned Parenthood has promoted a commonsense approach to women’s health and well-being, based on respect for each individual’s right to make informed, independent decisions about health, sex, and family planning.
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    CONGRESS PLANNED AND LEGALIZED THE “CLINICAL RESEARCH“.Defined as, research conducted with HUMAN SUBJECTS (OR ON MATERIAL OF HUMAN ORIGIN SUCH AS TISSUES (FETAL TISSUE), SPECIMENS…..
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    Planned Parenthood planned for BIRTH CONTROL AND OTHER THINGS THAT MATTER
    2015 THE ENTIRE RANGE OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD HEALTH AND ECONOMIC ISSUES.
    Abstinence
    Abusive Relationships
    Adoption
    AIDS
    Anatomy
    Birth Control for Men
    Birth Control Implant
    Birth Control Patch
    Birth Control Pill
    Birth Control Ring
    Birth Control Shot
    Birth Control Sponge
    Breast Cancer
    Breast Exams
    Breastfeeding
    Cervical Cap
    Chancroid
    Chlamydia
    Colposcopy
    Condom
    Copper IUD
    Crabs
    Cryotherapy
    Dental Dams
    Diaphragm
    Dysmenorrhea
    Ectopic Pregnancy
    Female Condom
    Fertility awareness
    Gender Identity
    Genital Warts
    Gonorrhea
    Healthy Relationships
    Hepatitis
    Herpes
    How Pregnancy Happens
    HPV
    HPV Test
    HPV Vaccine
    Infertility
    Infertility (Men)
    Infertility (Women)
    Intersex
    LEEP
    Mammograms
    Masturbation
    Men and Urinary Tract Infections
    Menopause
    Miscarriage
    Molluscum Contagiosum
    Outercourse
    Parenting
    Pelvic Exam
    PID
    Pre-Pregnancy Health
    Pregnancy Options
    Prenatal Care
    Pull-Out Method
    Scabies
    Sex
    Sexual Orientation
    Sexual Pleasure
    Spermicide
    Stages of Pregnancy
    Sterilization (Women)
    Syphilis
    Testicular Cancer
    Transgender
    Trich
    Urinary Tract Infection
    Vasectomy
    Yeast Infection
    Abortion
    Abortion Pill
    Abortion Procedures
    – See more at: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/#sthash.UEp9Evyj.dpuf
    This entry was posted in A Question of “WHAT ELSE?”, A Womans Right and Vote?, FACTS are troublesome things, Hello Congress is anybody home?, Learning From History?, Our Voice in WA DC, The Good vs. the Bad and the Ugly, The Power of Cyberspace, This Is The Law.


  • Ways and Means for Fighting 2015 Wildfires?

    Ways and Means for Fighting 2015 Wildfires?

    Images for CUTTING FIRE LINES with bulldozers IN 2015?

    WHY ARE FIREFIGHTERS CUTTING FIRE LINES BY HAND  using The famous Pulaski tool that combines a cutting axe blade on one side and a trenching tool on the other. IMPLEMENTS TO FIGHT A FOREST FIRE, ONE TO CHOP AND ONE TO HOE, the combined an axe and a grub hoe.

    May 1, 2014 – WHEN?  An approximately 30,000-pound machines can cut about one to three miles of fire lines per hour, depending on the circumstances. BULLDOZER …

    I watched some of the Aug 25, 2015 basic fire training exercises on TV. CUTTING FIRE LINES BY HAND USING THE FAMOUS PULASKI TOOL AND SHOVELS?  The first 125 Oregon Guard troops called up to fight fires completed their training on Tuesday. Part of the training includes a physical test, where you put on a 45-pound vest and walk three miles in 45 minutes, said Winston. Another 250 troops start training on Wednesday.

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    Nov 3, 2008 – THE BACK BONE OF THE WAR ON FIRE ARE THE “FIRE DOZERS”. CATERPILLAR D-6 IS A MASTER OF FIRE LINES WITH SKIN OF …

    WHY ISN’T THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CUTTING FIRE LINES WITH A CATERPILLAR D-6?

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    THIS IS A FEDERAL CONGRESSIONAL ISSUE.

    THE NATIONAL MONUMENT DOES NOT ALLOW THE DIGGING OF FIRE LINE, CUTTING OF FIRE LINE BY BULLDOZERS OR THE DROPPING OF RETARDANT BY AIR TANKERS “except to protect life or historic, important structures,” Rubin said.

    Because the Blue Basin Fire, and a small portion of the larger Sugarloaf Fire, ARE BURNING WITHIN THE NATIONAL MONUMENT, he said firefighters must change how they contend with the blazes.

    “There are so many fossil beds throughout there that THEY DON’T WANT US TO MAKE FIRE LINES,” BALLOU SAID. “THEY DEFINITELY DON’T WANT US TO USE BULLDOZERS.”

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     H.R.3465 — NATIONAL FOREST ROADLESS AREA CONSERVATION ACT.

    NATIONAL FORESTS WERE PUT OFF-LIMITS TO MOTOR VEHICLES. Various forms of this bill have been introduced by Inslee and Senator Cantwell since 2002.

     MALHEUR NATIONAL FOREST Chainsaw use is prohibited. NO VEHICLE TRAVEL on those FS roads where access has been impeded or blocked by earthen berm, logs, boulders, barrier, barricade or gate, or as otherwise identified in the Fire Order.

    08/15/2015: STRAWBERRY MOUNTAIN WILDERNESS IS CLOSED DUE TO WILDFIRE.

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    THE WILDERNESS ACT (SECTION 4 (C)) STATES

    THAT THERE SHALL BE “NO USE OF MOTOR VEHICLES”.

    REP DEREK KILMER, SENATOR MARIA CANTWELL AND PATTY MURRAY REINTRODUCED AND WANT MORE “NO USE OF MOTOR VEHICLES” AND MORE RESTRICTED WILD OLYMPICS, WILDERNESS, WILD AND SCENIC RIVERS

    GOVENOR JAY INSLEE SUPPORTS THIS “WILD” LEGISLATION

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    THE NATIONAL MONUMENT DOES NOT ALLOW THE DIGGING OF FIRE LINE, CUTTING OF FIRE LINE BY BULLDOZERS OR THE DROPPING OF RETARDANT BY AIR TANKERS……

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    INDEED, THERE SHALL BE NO USE OF MOTOR VEHICLES, THE “FIRE DOZERS” CATERPILLAR D-6 ,THE MASTER BUILDER OF FIRE LINES,  ON THE HORRIFIC RAGING WILD FIRES BURNING  IN WA STATE.

    INSTEAD OF USING MOTOR VEHICLES “FIRE DOZERS”  TO FIGHT WA AND OREGON RAGING FOREST FIRES?

    The Aug 25, 2015 basic fire training exercises on TV. Firefighters are being taught TO CUT FIRE LINES BY HAND USING THE FAMOUS PULASKI TOOL AND SHOVELS?

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    Resources Falling Short as Washington Wildfire Grows Into Historic Monster

    NBCNews.com‎ – 21 hours ago

    Scores more firefighters raced Tuesday to the Okanogan Complex of fires, the biggest …

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    Washington state battles worst wildfire in history – MSN.com

    www.msn.com/en-za/video/comedy/…wildfire…/vi-BBm5i5n?…

    MSN

    1 day ago – “The only way to deal with them is like eating an elephant, one bite at a time. And there’s still a lot to eat,” Pechota said.

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    THIS IS AN AMERICAN  TRAGEDY,  THE LOSS OF YOUNG FIREFIGHTERS, THAT MAY WELL BE REPEATED

    The fire consumed them — killing the three men and injuring four others.

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     MY ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES,

    GOVENOR JAY INSLEE  SENATOR MARIA CANTWELL AND MURRAY

    Officials mourn lost firefighters – The Wenatchee World

    https://www.wenatcheeworld.com/news/…/officials-mo…

    Wenatchee World

    6 days ago – Tidwell and Regional Forester Jim Peña joined a press conference at Chelan County’s Fire Station … PATTY MURRAY AND MARIA CANTWELL, U.S. Rep. … The three fallen men were the first to die upon being overtaken by a wildland blaze in … “These fires have burned a big hole in our state’s heart,” Inslee said.

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    THE WILDERNESS AND ROADLESS AREA AND REDUCING THE RISK OF CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES? (INCLUDING THE LOSS OF YOUNG FIREFIGHTERS)

    U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., introduced – THE WILDERNESS AND ROADLESS AREA “RELEASE ACT”  This is just common sense,” McCarthy said. “By opening these lands up to the residents of our local communities and across the country for their use and enjoyment, we can help create jobs, boost local economies AND REDUCE THE RISK OF CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES.”

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    JOE WALSH, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE, “Science changes,” Walsh said. “We like to use the latest science we have, SO WE’RE ALWAYS ON THE CUTTING EDGE.”

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    THE SCIENCE DIDN’T CHANGE…CONGRESS CHANGED THE RULES.

    Nov 3, 2008THE BACK BONE OF THE WAR ON FIRE ARE THE “FIRE DOZERS“. CATERPILLAR D-6 IS A MASTER OF FIRE LINES

    DOZERS: The Commanders of the War on Fire – YouTube

    May 1, 2014A BULLDOZER WEIGHING approximately 30,000-pounds  can STILL cut about one to three miles of FIRELINE PER HOUR, depending on the circumstances. ..

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    CONGRESS CHANGED THE RULES.

    H.R.3465 — National Forest “ROADLESS”  Area Conservation Act. NATIONAL FORESTS WERE PUT OFF-LIMITS TO MOTOR VEHICLES.

    THE WILDERNESS ACT (SECTION 4 (C)) STATES THAT THERE SHALL BE “NO USE OF MOTOR VEHICLES, MOTORIZED

    THE NATIONAL MONUMENT DOES NOT ALLOW THE DIGGING OF FIRE LINE, CUTTING OF FIRE LINE BY BULLDOZERS OR THE DROPPING OF RETARDANT BY AIR TANKERS

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    THE SCIENCE DIDN’T CHANGE…CONGRESS CHANGED THE RULES.

    1983 Bulldozers in Fire Management: Current Designs and Uses

    https://books.google.com/books?id=eLXSSApNhbAC

    Robert W. Steele, ‎Richard J. Barney – 1983 – ‎Bulldozers

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    Behind My Back | The Roadless Crew Cantwell and Inslee

    www.behindmyback.org/2014/04/…/the-roadlesscrewcantwell-and-insl

    Apr 25, 2014 – The Roadless Crew Cantwell and Inslee. H.R.3465 — National Forest “ROADLESS”  Area Conservation Act. Various forms of this bill have been introduced by Inslee and Cantwell since 2002.

    NEARLY 60 MILLION ACRES OF NATIONAL FORESTS WERE PUT OFF-LIMITS TO MOTOR VEHICLES, LIKE? OFF-LIMITS TO CUTTING FIRE LINES WITH BULLDOZERS during the Clinton administration.

    THE WILDERNESS ACT? (SECTION 4 (C)) STATES THAT

    THERE SHALL BE “NO USE OF MOTOR VEHICLES, MOTORIZED … LIKE? WILD AREAS OFF-LIMITS TO CUTTING FIRE LINES WITH BULLDOZERS?

    THE NATIONAL MONUMENT DOES NOT ALLOW THE DIGGING OF FIRE LINE, CUTTING OF FIRE LINE BY BULLDOZERS OR THE DROPPING OF RETARDANT BY AIR TANKERS

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    Washington’s Department of Natural Resources is looking for citizen volunteers who have red cards showing they have WILDLAND FIREFIGHTER TRAINING. People with blue cards showing firefighting equipment training are also needed.

    REALLY? WILDLAND?  FIREFIGHTER?

     THE WILDERNESS ACT? NATIONAL PARK WILDERNESS? WILD OLYMPICS? WILD AND SCENIC RIVERS? NATIONAL MONUMENTS? National Forest Roadless Area Conservation Act

    LIKE  WILD AREAS OFF-LIMITS TO MOTOR VEHICLES?

    LIKE? WILD AREAS OFF-LIMITS TO CUTTING FIRE LINES WITH BULLDOZERS

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    Images for CUTTING FIRE LINES with bulldozers 2015

    DOZERS: The Commanders of the War on Fire – YouTube

    ▶ 9:54

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=alECYNLdLec

    Nov 3, 2008 – Uploaded by Gérard Angé

    THE BACK BONE OF THE WAR ON FIRE ARE THE “FIRE DOZERS“. CATERPILLAR D-6 IS A MASTER OF FIRE LINES WITH SKIN OF …

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    1983 Bulldozers in Fire Management: Current Designs and Uses

    https://books.google.com/books?id=eLXSSApNhbAC

    Robert W. Steele, ‎Richard J. Barney – 1983 – ‎Bulldozers

    Reports on status and changes in use of bulldozers in fire control and related … BULLDOZERS ARE MAINLY UTILIZED TO CUT FIRE LINES TO MINERAL SOIL IN HEAVY FOREST FUELS …

     May 1, 2014 – The approximately 30,000-pound machines can cut about one to three miles of fire lines per hour, depending on the circumstances. Bulldozer …

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    Behind My Back | WOW Let Nature Take Its Course

    www.behindmyback.org/2015/07/14/wow-let-nature-take-its-course/

    JUL 14, 2015 – OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK WILDERNESS WILDFIRE POLICY “LET IT BURN” … FORESTS WERE PUT OFF-LIMITS TO MOTOR VEHICLES, ROAD BUILDING … “

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    Fire Suppression – USFS History – Forest History Society

    www.foresthistory.org › … › Policy & Law › Fire

    Forest History Society

    Mar 17, 2015 – When the U.S. Forest Service was established in 1905, it was given managerial control of these lands, soon renamed national forests. … IT BEGAN WITH ALLOWING NATURAL-CAUSED FIRES TO BURN IN DESIGNATED WILDERNESS AREAS.

    THE WILDERNESS ACT (SECTION 4 (C)) STATES THAT THERE SHALL BE “NO USE OF MOTOR VEHICLES, MOTORIZED ... Off-highways vehicles (OHVs) are typically four wheel drive vehicles, …. lands were first put offlimits to development as Wilderness Study Areas.

    THE WILDERNESS ACT? NATIONAL PARK WILDERNESS? WILD OLYMPICS? WILD AND SCENIC RIVERS? National Forest “ROADLESS” Area Conservation Act

    LIKE WILD AREAS OFF-LIMITS TO MOTOR VEHICLES?

    LIKE? WILD AREAS OFF-LIMITS TO CUTTING FIRE LINES WITH BULLDOZERS

    AND WOW, THE NATIONAL MONUMENTS?

     THE NATIONAL MONUMENT DOES NOT ALLOW THE DIGGING OF FIRE LINE, CUTTING OF FIRE LINE BY BULLDOZERS OR THE DROPPING OF RETARDANT BY AIR TANKERS

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    MALHEUR NATIONAL FOREST Chainsaw use is prohibited. NO VEHICLE TRAVEL on those FS roads where access has been impeded or blocked by earthen berm, logs, boulders, barrier, barricade or gate, or as otherwise identified in the Fire Order.

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    Public-Use Restrictions – USDA Forest Service

    www.fs.usda.gov/…/alerts-notice…

    United States Department of Agriculture

    Restrictions can affect where you are allowed to smoke, the types of roads you can … roads WHERE ACCESS HAS BEEN IMPEDED OR BLOCKED BY EARTHEN BERM, LOGS, BOULDERS, barrier, barricade or gate, or as otherwise identified in the Fire Order.

    LIKE? OFF-LIMITS TO CUTTING FIRE LINES WITH BULLDOZERS WHERE ACCESS HAS BEEN IMPEDED OR BLOCKED BY EARTHEN BERM, LOGS, BOULDERS?

    INSTEAD OF USING MOTOR VEHICLES  LIKE, “FIRE DOZERS”  TO FIGHT WA AND OREGON RAGING FOREST FIRES?

     The Aug 25, 2015 basic fire training exercises on TV. Firefighters are being taught AND TRAINED TO CUT FIRE LINES BY HAND USING THE FAMOUS PULASKI TOOL AND SHOVELS?

    GO FIGURE?

    JOE WALSH, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE, “Science changes,” Walsh said. “We like to use the latest science we have, SO WE’RE ALWAYS ON THE CUTTING EDGE.”

    THE SCIENCE DIDN’T CHANGE…CONGRESS CHANGED THE RULES.


  • WA State Budget Non-Essentials?

    WA State Budget Non-Essentials?

    Washington state readies for possible shutdown – The …

    There is no mention of the word “nonessential” agencies  in the 12 pages of the  WA State budget office planning for state agency operations OFM,   Because? Well,  “nonessential” seems a bit hurtful,  and shutdowns  Highlights Basic Fact: Most of Government is ‘Non-Essential’

    Who’s Essential? What’s Essential?  What are  non-essential government agencies and their employees?  

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    THE priorities of the BUDGET OFFICE? have been posted on  a list of what each agency will do if a budget deal isn’t reached by June 30, 2015.

    Please read it, IF THE WA STATE BUDGET IS OF INTEREST TO YOU (as a taxpaying citizen?)

    The List of agencies is in alphabetical order ( not in order of SHUTDOWN IMPACTS)

    IT’S  AN ACTUAL  LIST OF WHO’S, WHO…..

    Who’s Essential?  And, What’s Essential for WA State Citizens.

    Contingency planning for state agency operations OFM …

    www.ofm.wa.gov/contingency/Agency_Contingency_Plans_Summary_

    May 29, 2015 – Contingency planning for state agency operations OFM summary of agency impacts. Office of …. Housing Operating and Rent, WA Global.

    Across the spread sheet in this order

    1. Agency

    2. Summary of Impact

    3. Activities Continuing w/o Appropriation (Mandated  Constitutionally or Federal Law)

    4. Activities from Accounts Appropriated in Transportation Budget

    5 Activities from Non-Appropriated Accounts

    6. Emergency Life/Safety Response

    7. SELECTED SHUTDOWN IMPACTS

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    I  have selected a few examples below.

    Who’s Essential?  And, What’s Essential?

    And? what are the  ” 2 FTES” HEALTH mentioned below FOR  EMERGENCY LIFE/SAFETY RESPONSE?

    REALLY? only 2 FTES on call for  WA STATE emergency health response.  and a skeleton crew in public health lab and assess potentially fatal biological threats and chemical exposures.

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    1. Agency HEALTH

    2. Summary of Impact PARTIAL  SHUTDOWN

    3. None

    4. N/A

    5. Activities from Non-Appropriated Accounts, Activities from the Nursing Resource Center, Temporary Worker Housing, Ambulatory Surgical Facilities, and Impaired Physician and Immunizations accounts

    6. EMERGENCY LIFE/SAFETY RESPONSE?

     2 FTES ON CALL FOR EMERGENCY RESPONSE. SKELETON CREW IN PUBLIC HEALTH LAB TO CONDUCT NEWBORN SCREENINGS……

    6.  2 FTES ON CALL FOR EMERGENCY RESPONSE. SKELETON CREW IN PUBLIC HEALTH LAB AND ASSESS POTENTIALLY FATAL BIOLOGICAL THREATS AND CHEMICAL EXPOSURES.

    7. SELECTED SHUTDOWN IMPACTS Suspension of non-emergency investigations of health professions misconduct; HIV client services; WOMEN, INFANTS AND CHILDREN FOOD AND NUTRITION; inspections of shellfish operations, X-ray equipment, health care facilities or other operations regulated by agency. New license applications will not be processed. Potential loss of federal funding from the Child Nutrition Act

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    Washington state readies for possible shutdown – The …

    www.spokesman.com/…/2015/…/washingtonsta

    The Spokesman‑Review

    May 30, 2015 – Jay Inslee says he doesn’t expect a state government shutdown on July 1 and legislative leaders say they are doing everything to avoid one, … budget office Friday posted a list of what each agency will do if a budget deal isn’t reached by June 30. … Tags:2015 Washington Legislaturegovernment shutdown.

    Go read the list, a 12 page document,  posted by the BUDGET OFFICE of what will each agency do http://ofm.wa.gov/contingency/Agency_Contingency_Plans_Summary_2015.pdf

    Start here, this  is an enigma, a person or thing that is mysterious, puzzling, or difficult to understand.

    1. Agency  FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

    2. Summary of Impact  PARTIAL SHUTDOWN

    3. Activities Continuing w/o  Appropriation (Mandated Constitutionally or Federal Law)

     Minimal staff required to support THE GOVERNOR IN HIS CONSTITUTIONAL DUTIES.  On-call staff required to support THE STATE TREASURER’S OFFICE IN PERFORMANCE OF ITS CONSTITUTIONAL DUTIES

    4. blank?

    5. Activities from Non-Appropriated Accounts Staff in the following divisions:  Director’s Office, BUDGET DIVISION, State HR Division and Office of Chief Information Office Staff in the following divisions:

    6. Emergency Life/Safety Response NONE

    7. SELECTED SHUTDOWN IMPACTS (Blank)

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    Hmmm…

    FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT? PARTIAL SHUTDOWN?

    Minimal staff required to support THE GOVERNOR IN HIS CONSTITUTIONAL DUTIES

    On-call staff required to support  THE STATE TREASURER’S OFFICE IN PERFORMANCE OF ITS CONSTITUTIONAL DUTIES

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    What CONSTITUTIONAL DUTIES?

    We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, PROMOTE THE GENERAL WELFARE, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves AND OUR POSTERITY, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

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    Please, Read THE LIST, A 12 PAGE DOCUMENT,  POSTED BY THE BUDGET OFFICE.

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    My Constitutional Right to Freedom of Speech allows me to post my personal opinion and this comment on my website.

    The summary of WA State agency impacts. The usual Political SHUTDOWN blame game?  Parisian blackmail? An opportunistic hostage taking opportunity? Holding  citizens essential services hostage, making American Citizens  fearful and threatening “we the people”.

    This published hit List  is  a constitutional failure in  PROMOTING THE GENERAL WELFARE by  THREATENING CITIZENS HEALTH, And a constitutional failure  on securing the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves AND OUR POSTERITY BY THREATENING OUR ECONOMY AND PROSPERITY.

    When government actions threaten the future of American citizens, and those American citizens fear the  government.  It is unacceptable  to me.

    “What is the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this MUDDLED world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone?”

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    Our WA State Governor and elected representative,  can’t find a $$$ solution to the STATEWIDE FINANCIAL Budget CRISIS,  Can’t Agree on EMERGENCY DROUGHT $$$ funding,  while under contempt for NOT funding $$$ education, and while facing a predictable $$$ COSTLY season of extreme wildfires.

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    Read THE LIST, A 12 PAGE DOCUMENT,  POSTED BY THE BUDGET OFFICE

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    IF THE WA STATE BUDGET IS OF INTEREST TO YOU (as a taxpaying citizen?)

    1. Agency NATURAL RESOURCES

    2. . Summary of Impact  PARTIAL SHUTDOWN

    3. Activities Continuing w/o Appropriation (Mandated Constitutionally or Federal Law)

    Minimum staffing of timber harvest contracts (that fund WA State schools?)

    4.. Activities from Accounts Appropriated in Transportation Budget Activities funded from Forest Fire Protection Assessment Account, Access Road Revolving Fund, State Forest Nursery Revolving Fund, Contract Harvesting Revolving Account, Parkland Trust Revolving Account and Natural Resources Equipment Fund

    5. Activities from Non-Appropriated Accounts (none listed)

    6. Emergency Life/Safety Response

     Emergency fire suppression and law enforcement activities (paid from non-

    appropriated Parkland Trust Revolving Account

    7. SELECTED SHUTDOWN IMPACTS by the BUDGET OFFICE (NONE)

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    1. Agency WA STATE PARKS COMPLETE SHUTDOWN

    2 Summary of Impact  COMPLETE SHUTDOWN.

    3. Activities Continuing w/o Appropriation (Mandated  Constitutionally or Federal Law) None

    4. Activities from Accounts Appropriated in Transportation Budget Road maintenance funding

    5  Activities from Non-Appropriated Accounts State Parks Education & Enhancement Account, BOATING & SAFETY EDUCATION Certification, Parks Improvement Account

    6. EMERGENCY LIFE/SAFETY RESPONSE?  NONE

    7. SELECTED SHUTDOWN IMPACTS by the BUDGET OFFICE

    Cancellation of current camping/cabin reservations and

    scheduled special events. CLOSURE  OF STATE PARKS

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    ECONOMIC & REVENUE FORECAST COUNCIL SHUTDOWNS?

    FISH & WILDLIFE PARTIAL SHUTDOWN Washington/Oregon Columbian River Compact hearings and

    activities related to care of Endangered Species Act listed fish and wildlife under agency care.

    6. EMERGENCY LIFE/SAFETY RESPONSE?  2 FTEs for emergency response.  Suspension of fish and wildlife enforcement activities, most hatcheries operations, and certain sport and commercial fisheries

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    ECOLOGY PARTIAL  SHUTDOWN Activities funded from Electronics Product Recycling, Product Stewardship Programs, Basic Data, Coastal Protection, and State Agency Parking accounts, Industrial Insurance Premium refunds, North Lake Shipyard Trust Fund and Yakima Railroad Trust Fund.

    6. Emergency Life/Safety Response, 1FTE to screen oil spill and hazardous material spill  reports. 1 FTE on call to assess dam safety incident  reports

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    WA State COMPLETE SHUTDOWNS

    What’s Essential? What’s  non-essential government agencies and their employees?

    I repeat, There is no mention of the word “nonessential”  in the 12 page budget office planning for state agency operations OFM. Well,  because? “nonessential” seems a bit hurtful,  and shutdowns  Highlights Basic Fact: Most of Government is ‘Non-Essential’

    This is a very interesting … (non-essential)

    PUGET SOUND PARTNERSHIP COMPLETE SHUTDOWN

    1. Agency PUGET SOUND PARTNERSHIP

    2. Summary of Impact COMPLETE SHUTDOWN

    3. Activities Continuing w/o Appropriation (Mandated  Constitutionally or Federal Law) “NONE”

    4. Activities from Accounts Appropriated in Transportation Budget N/A, 

    5 Activities from Non-Appropriated Accounts N/A, 

    6. Emergency Life/Safety Response “NONE”

    7. SELECTED SHUTDOWN IMPACTS (blank?)

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    MORE COMPLETE SHUTDOWNS

    HISPANIC AFFAIRS COMPLETE SHUTDOWN

    HISTORICAL SOCIETY COMPLETE SHUTDOWN

    HORSE RACING COMMISSION COMPLETE SHUTDOWN

    LIQUOR CONTROL BOARD COMPLETE SHUTDOWN

    INDIAN AFFAIRS COMPLETE SHUTDOWN

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    HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION COMPLETE SHUTDOWN?

    HEALTH CARE AUTHORITY  PARTIAL SHUTDOWN Limited activities of Public Employee Benefits, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance programs to continue until state withdrawal. Suspension of state-only programs such as medical services for aged, blind and disabled and children’s health care program for undocumented children. Payments to providers for service delayed. Health Benefit Exchange call center and IPA services to enroll individuals in QHPs or Medicaid can be paid for with grant funding during July and Aug. only

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    LICENSING PARTIAL? SHUTDOWN (How BIG  would a full shut down be?)

    Management Support Services;

    Information Services Division;

    Customer Relations Division with the exception of funding for payment of credit card fees associated with vessel registration; Programs & Services Division; portions of the Business & Professions Division, specifically1a assistant director and administrative assistant position; Limousine Licensing; For Hire Vehicle Licensing; Driver Training Schools; Auto Dealers & Manufacturer Services; Hulk Hauling, Tow Truck, Off-Road Vehicle Dealers, Snow Mobile and Wrecker Licensing; Prorate and Fuel Tax/International Fuel Tax Agreement. Activities from the landscape Architect, Geologist, Funeral Directors and Embalmers, and Cemetery Licensing account.

    Licensing Integrity Unit provides licensing data to law enforcement agencies and will require at least 1 full-time FTE and 1 on-call/backup person in the event of a shutdown. In addition, 1 on-call person will be needed to handle questions and maintain access to law enforcement information.

    PARTIAL SUSPENSION OF” BUSINESS” PROFESSION DIVISION DUE TO SUSPENSION

    of the following licensing activities: appraisal management companies; architects; auctioneers; bail bonds; body art/tattooists; camp resorts; collection agencies; combative sports; commercial telephone solicitors; cosmetologists; court reporters; employment agencies; firearms; home inspectors; metal recycling dealers; notary public; private investigators; professional engineers/land surveyors; real estate appraisers; real estate brokers; security guards; sellers of travel; timeshares; Uniform Commercial Code; vessel dealers; vessel credit card payments; whitewater river outfitter.

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    PLEASE, GO ONLINE AN READ THE

    Contingency planning for state agency operations OFM …

    www.ofm.wa.gov/contingency/Agency_Contingency_Plans_Summary_

    May 29, 2015 – Contingency planning for state agency operations OFM summary of agency impacts. Office of …. Housing Operating and Rent, WA Global.

    I just read and posted a few of the examples.

    Another chapter in the book of revelations by Pearl Revere


  • A WA D.C. Response to More Wild?

    A WA D.C.Response to More Wild?

    Is this Sen. Cantwell’s  rationalizations and justification for more “WILD”?

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    From: Office of Senator Maria Cantwell

    To: phew@wavecable.com

    Sent: Tuesday, June 09, 2015 1:09 PM

    As usual the politically correct, unusually prompt, written response does not include problematic words.

    Like …. DESIGNATE MORE WILD AND EXPANDING MORE WILD OLYMPICS OR WILDERNESS

    (I did not  ask about or mention electronic warfare testing in Washington)

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    Some government, somebody asked me to TELL CONGRESS WHAT I THINK ABOUT H.R. 2665 To designate and expand wilderness areas in Olympic National Forest in the State of WA.

     So I DID. I was the first responder. My POPVOX PROFILE IS Constituent 413580

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    Nobody asked me to  TELL CONGRESS WHAT I THINK ABOUT  S.1510  to designate and expand wilderness areas in Olympic National Forest in the State of Washington, and to designate certain rivers in Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park as wild and…

    BUT, I did it anyway.. I sent it to

    —– Original Message —–

    From: pearl hewett

    To: Bryant Hopkins

    Sent: Tuesday, June 09, 2015 8:54 AM

    Subject: I oppose S.1510 More Wilderness

    Please disseminate  my comment to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee …

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     Senator Cantwell’s  prompt response on what?

    Hmmm… It appears that my  “WILD” comments have put some WA D.C, WA State elected representatives on the defensive, scrambling to rationalize and justify the MORE “WILD” legislation that Sen. Murray and Rep. Kilmer  KEEP introducing, and KEEP introducing, and Sen. Cantwell KEEPS supporting.

    And in FACT… Sen. Cantwell actually brags, in her email to me, below about introducing THE ROADLESS AREA CONSERVATION ACT TO PROTECT 58.5 MILLION ACRES INCLUDING TWO MILLION ACRES IN WASHINGTON STATE.

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    MY UPDATED MESSAGE’S TO CONGRESS…

    I opposed S.1510  AND I opposed H.R. 2665 To designate and expand wilderness areas in Olympic National Forest in the State of Washington, and to designate certain rivers in Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park as wild and scenic rivers, and for other purposes. because…

    You were elected and sent to WA D.C. for other purposes, TO FIX THE BROKEN ECONOMY AND CREATE JOBS. Please focus on that task.

    TAKING MORE PACIFIC NORTHWEST PUBLIC FOREST LAND, PUBLIC NATURAL RESOURCES, FOR “WILD OLYMPIC” WILDERNESS DOES NOT GROW THE ECONOMY OR JOBS IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST.

    YOU and Congress can’t afford to take care of the National Wild, Wilderness lands that YOU  have already designated.

     In 2014,there were 757 WILDERNESS AREAS OF NATIONAL PUBLIC PARK PUBLIC LAND.

     In 2014 the “WILD” WILDERNESS AREAS TOTALED 109,511,966 ACRES IN 44 STATES.

    YOU started as 9,100,00 million acres of designated wilderness, in 2014 it had grown to an astounding 109,511,966 million acres of designated wilderness.

    CONGRESS, AS OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES, PLEASE FOCUS ON THE ECONOMIC PRIORITIES AND LEGISLATE IN AND FOR THE BEST ECONOMIC INTEREST OF THE  318,881,992 MILLION PEOPLE THAT LIVE  IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

    WE NEED MORE JOBS NOT MORE WILDING.

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    Just saying… Just asking?

    Was this really a WA D.C. Response to More Wild?

    No documentation.. we must rely strictly upon…

    The circumstantial, coincidental evidence of the “timing” of Sen Cantwell’s  prompt response.

    I sent my Senate comment to WA D.C.

    Tuesday, June 09, 2015 8:54 AM

    SUBJECT: I OPPOSE S.1510 MORE WILDERNESS

    (I did not ask about or mention electronic warfare testing in Washington)

    Hmmm… Four hours and fifteen minutes later…

    —– Original Message —–

    From: Office of Senator Maria Cantwell

    To: phew@wavecable.com

    Sent: Tuesday, June 09, 2015 1:09 PM

    Subject: From the Office of Senator Cantwell

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     Snippets that matter? TO “WE THE PEOPLE”? (full text of Sen. Cantwell’s letter below)

     Since being elected to the Senate, I have committed myself to protecting our nation’s environment and natural resources.

    I have worked tirelessly to preserve our amazing natural treasures while boosting Washington’s recreation and tourism industries at the same time.

    AND,  INTRODUCED THE ROADLESS AREA CONSERVATION ACT TO PROTECT 58.5 MILLION ACRES OF OUR NATION’S LAST REMAINING PRISTINE FOREST LANDS, INCLUDING TWO MILLION ACRES IN WASHINGTON STATE.

    —————————————————————————————-

     

    —– Original Message —–

    From: Office of Senator Maria Cantwell

    To: phew@wavecable.com

    Sent: Tuesday, June 09, 2015 1:09 PM

    Subject: From the Office of Senator Cantwell

    Dear Ms. Hewett,

    Thank you for contacting me regarding proposed electronic warfare testing in Washington. I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.

    On October 2, 2014, the U.S. Navy announced that it would conduct electronic warfare training over Navy property at Pacific Beach, Washington, as well as over U.S. Forest Service lands on the Olympic Peninsula. The planned training missions will involve fixed electronic emitters on Pacific Beach, as well as occasional use of mobile electronic emitter vans on U.S. Forest Service land. As you are likely aware, the Navy currently conducts in-flight exercises in these areas with aircraft based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

    I appreciate the concerns expressed by constituents about impacts of noise caused by flight training at NAS Whidbey and about how the placement of these electronic emitters may increase the number of training flights. Please be assured that I take these concerns very seriously, and will continue to monitor further developments in this matter. I continue to urge the Navy to engage in open dialogue with concerned citizens, and I will continue to work to promote transparency regarding the Navy’s training missions in the Pacific Northwest.

    Since being elected to the Senate, I have committed myself to protecting our nation’s environment and natural resources while ensuring Americans continue to have access to the outdoor recreational opportunities that they love.

    I believe we have a responsibility to protect our state and nation’s rugged natural beauty and pristine and historic lands for the collective benefit of current and future generations. From expanding Mt. Rainier National Park, to creating the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park at the mouth of the Columbia River, I have worked tirelessly to preserve our amazing natural treasures while boosting Washington’s recreation and tourism industries at the same time. I have also opposed making the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge available for oil exploration, and introduced the Roadless Area Conservation Act to protect 58.5 million acres of our nation’s last remaining pristine forestlands, including two million acres in Washington State.

    I will keep your thoughts in mind should I have the opportunity to consider legislation affecting the Navy’s planned training missions in the U.S. Senate.

    Thank you again for contacting me to share your thoughts on this matter. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of further assistance.

    Sincerely,
    Maria Cantwell
    United States Senator

    For future correspondence with my office, please visit my website at
    http://cantwell.senate.gov/contact/

    ACKNOWLEDGED FROM  BRYANT  RECEIVING MY  EMAIL

     —– Original Message —–

    From: Hopkins, Bryant (Energy)

    To: pearl hewett

    Sent: Tuesday, June 09, 2015 9:01 AM

    Subject: RE: I oppose S.1510 More Wilderness

     

    I will pass this information on the committee. Thank you for your concern.

    Bryant

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    FULL TEXT OF MY EMAIL TO BRYANT

    —– Original Message —–

    From: pearl hewett

    To: Bryant Hopkins

    Sent: Tuesday, June 09, 2015 8:54 AM

    Subject: I oppose S.1510 More Wilderness

    Please disseminate  my comment to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee …

    I oppose S.1510  to designate and expand wilderness areas in Olympic National Forest in the State of Washington, and to designate certain rivers in Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park as wild and…

    Please disseminate  my comment to the

    Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee …

    ——————————————————————————–

    As elected representatives you were  sent to WA D.C., to fix the broken economy and create jobs. Please focus on that task.

    TAKING PACIFIC NORTHWEST PUBLIC FOREST LAND, PUBLIC NATURAL RESOURCES, FOR “WILD OLYMPIC” WILDERNESS DOES NOT GROW THE ECONOMY OR JOBS IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST.

    Congress can’t afford to take care of the National Wild, Wilderness Parks that  have been designated.  In 2014,there were 757 WILDERNESS AREAS OF NATIONAL PUBLIC PARK. In 2014 the “Wild” wilderness areas TOTALED 109,511,966 ACRES IN 44 STATES.

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    MONEY GROWS ON TREES IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST

    AS MONEY COMES FROM PAPER, AND PAPER IS FROM TREES,

    MONEY GROWS ON TREES IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST

    THE MEANING OF THE STATEMENT DOES HAVE SOME USE,

    TREES GROW THE ECONOMY AND JOBS  IN  THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST

    MONEY DOES GROW ON TREES IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST.

    AND IT IS ALWAYS A GOOD STATEMENT TO “LIVE” BY IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST.

    IT DOES HAVE SOME USE FOR A VOTING CITIZENS COMMENT to  the Senate committee Energy and Natural Resources  AND the House committee on  Natural Resources.

    AS OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES, PLEASE FOCUS ON THE ECONOMIC PRIORITIES AND LEGISLATE IN AND FOR THE CITIZENS BEST ECONOMIC INTEREST.

    Pearl Rains Hewett

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    Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee …

    https://www.congress.gov/committee/senateenergy-and-naturalresource

    Publications on FDsys for Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee … areas in Olympic National Forest in the State of Washington, and to designate certain …. A bill to amend title 54, United States Code, to limit the authority to reserve …

    S.1510 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)

    A bill to

    Sponsor: Sen. Murray, Patty [D-WA] (Introduced 06/04/2015)
    Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
    Latest Action: 06/04/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

    I oppose S.1510  to designate and expand wilderness areas in Olympic National Forest in the State of Washington, and to designate certain rivers in Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park as wild and…

    Please disseminate  my comment to the

    Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee …

    ——————————————————————————–

    My thank you email to Bryant

    From: pearl hewett [mailto:phew@wavecable.com]
    Sent: Tuesday, June 09, 2015 11:55 AM
    To: Hopkins, Bryant (Energy)
    Subject: I oppose S.1510 More Wilderness

    Bryant,

    Thank you for taking my June 9, 2015 phone call.


  • Drought Forums for Tribes and Citizens

    Drought Forums for Tribes and Citizens

    Question on Drought by Keith “I asked Jeff Marti  HOW MUCH INFLUENCE DO TRIBES HAVE IN THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS.  Jeff Marti  said, “ABSOLUTELY NONE”!

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    A Question  for ECOLOGY  

    HOW MUCH INFLUENCE DO TRIBES HAVE IN THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS FOR COMMUNITY DROUGHT FORUMS?

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    [PDF]Tribal Consultation and Coordination Policy of the U.S. …

    Tribal Consultation and COORDINATION Policy of the U.S. Department

    of Commerce

    The Department’s mission encompasses many complex issues where cooperation

    and MUTUAL CONSIDERATION AMONG GOVERNMENTS (FEDERAL, STATE, TRIBAL, AND

    LOCAL) are essential. The Department and operating units will promote intradepartmental and interagency COORDINATION AND COOPERATION

    to assist Tribal governments in resolving issues requiring mutual effort.

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    Jeff Marti  email THE FORUM WE, ECOLOGY, RECENTLY ATTENDED IN SEQUIM WAS ORGANIZED BY THE JAMESTOWN S’KLALLAM TRIBE” in “COOPERATION” with the DUNGENESS WATER USERS MANAGEMENT GROUP and included participation by LOCAL GOVERNMENTS as well.

    A Questions for ECOLOGY

    If?  Ecology attends and participates  IN  “COOPERATION” WITH THE JAMESTOWN S’KLALLAM TRIBE?

    Why can’t Ecology attend and participate   IN  “COOPERATION” WITH THE CITIZENS of WA State?

    OR? did ECOLOGY ACTUALLY attend and participate  IN THE JAMESTOWN S’KLALLAM TRIBE COMMUNITY DROUGHT FORUM AS  REQUIRED BY THECOORDINATION” Policy of the U.S.?

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    A Question for ECOLOGY

    HOW MUCH INFLUENCE DO CITIZENS HAVE IN THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS FOR PUBLIC DROUGHT FORUMS?

    Should ECOLOGY attend and participate IN COOPERATION WITH WA STATE CITIZENS?

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    Jeff Marti, “We are still considering whether additional forums elsewhere would be APPROPRIATE” 

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    A Question for ECOLOGY

     WOULD THE ONLY “APPROPRIATE”  COMMUNITY DROUGHT FORUMS,

    FOR WA STATE CITIZENS, IN EMERGENCY DROUGHT AREAS

     BE REQUIRED TO BE ORGANIZED AND REQUESTED BY GOVERNMENTS?

     FEDERAL, STATE, TRIBAL, AND LOCAL  USING INTRADEPARTMENTAL AND INTERAGENCY COORDINATION AND COOPERATION?

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    A question for ECOLOGY  

    Would it be APPROPRIATE for  ECOLOGY to attend and participate IN COOPERATION WITH WA STATE CITIZENS?

    IF YOU’RE A NORMAL PERSON, YOU’D ANSWER “YES,  USUALLY it Would  be APPROPRIATE for  ECOLOGY to attend and participate IN COOPERATION WITH WA STATE CITIZENS

    HOWEVER, THE ISSUE OF COMMUNITY DROUGHT FORUMS FOR TRIBES VS. COMMUNITY DROUGHT FORUMS FOR CITIZENS  ISN’T THAT SIMPLE.  IT ACTUALLY BOILS DOWN TO A “VALUE JUDGMENT” OF WHAT WE WANT OUR WORLD TO LOOK LIKE.

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    [PDF]Tribal Consultation and Coordination Policy of the U.S. …

    ORGANIZED BY ELECTED GOVERNMENT and TRIBES?  FEDERAL, STATE , TRIBAL, AND LOCAL USING INTRADEPARTMENTAL AND INTERAGENCY COORDINATION AND COOPERATION?

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    Question for ECOLOGY?

     ARE CITIZENS EQUALLY AS IMPORTANT AS TRIBES?

    IF YOU’RE A NORMALPERSON, YOU’D ANSWER , YES, CITIZENS USUALLY ARE EQUALLY AS IMPORTANT AS TRIBES .

    HOWEVER, THE ISSUE OF IMPORTANCE OF TRIBES VS. THE IMPORTANCE OF CITIZENS  ISN’T THAT SIMPLE.  IT ACTUALLY BOILS DOWN TO A “VALUE JUDGMENT” OF WHAT WE WANT OUR WORLD TO LOOK LIKE.

    Tribal Consultation and Coordination Policy of the U.S. …

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    A CITIZENS REQUEST FOR A COMMUNITY DROUGHT FORUM

    WE CAN HOST YOUR MEETING! I’LL HANDLE EVERYTHING; DOE JUST HAS TO SHOW UP.

    The best location for a future drought meeting is Quinault. We are exactly in the middle of the west side of the Olympics; one hour for Forks citizens to drive and one hour for Aberdeen/Hoquiam citizens to drive. To hold a meeting in either Forks or Aberdeen/Hoquiam requires the other citizens to drive two hours, one way, for such a meeting.

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    LAST Response from Ecology on Citizen’s  request for a Community Drought Forum

    Jeff Marti

    I hope that gives you some background on our drought process.  I also appreciate your request to hold a drought forum in the Quinault area.   I can’t confirm at this point whether a forum will be scheduled for the Quinault area, but we are considering your request.

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    JAMESTOWN S’KLALLAM TRIBAL COMMUNITY DROUGHT FORUM

    May 21, 2015 6:00-8:30PM Guy Cole Convention Center Sequim, WA 98382

     

    OBJECTIVES:

    • To provide information about the current drought and how it is impacting water supplies (for humans and wildlife).
    • To describe drought response to date by various entities.
    • To answer questions and hear concerns people have about the drought.
    • To let people know what they can do to try to lessen the impacts of drought.

     

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    ANOTHER CITIZENS REQUEST FOR A COMMUNITY DROUGHT FORUM ….

    Citizens are human, please  provide information about the current emergency drought and how is it  going to impact citizens water supplies?

    What is the worst case scenario? For farmers, loggers, fishermen and the tourist industry?

    What is WA State drought emergency preparedness plan for wildfires?

    Is WA State, DNR, Ecology etc. prepared for the worst?

    Citizens  want specific answers on how the drought emergency will affect their lives in the areas where they live and the local economy?

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    FORMAT Agenda JAMESTOWN S’KLALLAM TRIBAL COMMUNITY DROUGHT FORUM

     

     

    TIME

    TOPIC

    SPEAKER

    6:00 – 6:25 1.   Welcome and Introductions

    • Drought Overview
    • Status and Response
    Michael Gallagher and Jeff MartiWA Department of Ecology
    6:25 – 6:45 2.   Water 101 and Water Supply Outlook(Snowpack, Precipitation, Streamflow) Scott PatteeNatural Resources Conservation Service
    6:45 – 7:05 3.    Fish and Wildlife Impacts/Needs During Drought Teresa ScottWA Department of Fish and Wildlife

    Scott Chitwood

    Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe

    7:05 – 7:45 4.   Wildfire Preparation/Weather Forecasts Julie Knobel and Bryan Suslick WA Department of Natural Resources

    Andrew Haner

    National Weather Service

    7:45 – 8:25 5.   PANEL DISCUSSION           Local Actions Related to Water Supplies/Drought

    • Water Users Association
    • Washington Water Trust
    • City of Sequim
    • Clallam PUD
    • Washington Department of Health
    MODERATOR:  Mike Gallagher, WADOE 

    Ben Smith

    Amanda Cronin

    David Garlington

    Tom Martin

    Ginnie Stern

    8:25 – 8:30 6.   Closing Remarks Michael Gallagher and Jeff MartiWA Department of Ecology

     

     

     


  • Past and Present Drought in WA State

    History of Droughts in Washington State

    An interesting read on WA State DROUGHT PLANS

    BEFORE THE INSTREAM FLOW RULES.

    History of Droughts in Washington State_1977.pdf  A 43 page document

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    PRESENT DROUGHT PLANS FOR CITIZENS IN WA STATE?

    AFTER THE INSTREAM FLOW RULES?

    May 24, 2015  The WA statewide drought emergency PLAN?.

    Hmmm…  LAWMAKERS have yet to act on DOE’s request for $9.6 million in drought relief funds. The request came in late March, weeks after legislators began putting together spending plans.

    UPDATE: WHAT’S THE HOLDUP ON THE $9.6 MILLION IN DROUGHT RELIEF FUNDS?

    What’s the problem?

    WATER FOR CITIZENS IS WORTH FIGHTING FOR…

    IT’S A VALUE JUDGMENT

    At a drought committee meeting Monday, Honeyford reminded Stanford that he had been willing to embrace Stanford’s drought preparation bill in exchange for the House approving legislation to let the city of Lynden draw water from the Nooksack River in Whatcom County.

    Tribes and environmental groups oppose the bill, which passed the Senate.

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    THE “CITIZENS  REVIEW” OF ECOLOGY’S DROUGHT PLANS IN WA STATE?

    What YOU can expect at a COMMUNITY DROUGHT FORUM?

    This  Report by Lois Krafsky-Perry
    for Citizen Review
    Posted Saturday, May 23, 2015

    Sequim/Dungeness community listens to drought concerns

    IT’S A MUST READ

    http://citizenreviewonline.org/sequimdungeness-community-listens-to-drought-concerns/

    CITIZENS REVIEW  is an online  resource for disseminating critical information to keep citizens informed

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    AS PROVIDED ABOVE BY LOIS…

    We the people have partners too….

    My website, behindmyback.org,  is dedicated to investigating, researching, documenting, UPDATING and disseminating critical information to help keep American citizens informed by posting and reporting things they don’t know. This is just one chapter in the book of revelations by Pearl Revere.

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     A 43 page document History of Droughts in Washington State_1977.pdf

    MEDIA Drought alert Sun., Feb. 6, 1977  

    WOW! THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

    Dear Reader: On February 16, 1977, Governor Dixy Lee Ray established the “Governor’s … drought occurrences in the State of Washington since 1900. Various.

    OCR Text

    Northwest Officials ponder energy outlook By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Some nfflntnla HUn n*a« nn n_.. «-L. nn«<m.»». .i~-i_i_n.. M .-. THE DAILY NEWS—21 Angeles, Wash., Sun., Feb. 6, 1977

    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Nervous government weather- watchers are mobilizing for battle should a Pacific Northwest drought short-circuit electric power and whither crops this spring. Homeowners may be asked — or forced — to reduce their electrical use. During Christmas, Seattle City Light asked its 370,000 customers not to use outdoor decorative lighting. Further sacrifices may be around the corner if a serious drought occurs.

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    MEDIA COVERAGE?   2015 WA STATE DROUGHT?  

    NOT SO MUCH..

    CAPITAL PRESS  Published:  

    Their full media report is  here

    Washington’s late reaction to drought revives legislation …

    www.capitalpress.com/Washington/…/washingtons-late-react

    Capital Press May 14, 2015 – A House bill to revise how the state prepares for a drought sank in the Senate, but may resurface in the special session.

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    Ecology’s  current drought report is sort of an interesting reading.

    Last revised: May 22, 2015

    Washington Drought 2015 | Washington State Department …

    www.ecy.wa.gov/drought/

    3 days ago – Washington State Weekly Drought Update – Office of Washington State … Current Snow Water Equivalent (SWE) % of Normal – View Map …

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    And more history…. a response from Ecology

    —– Original Message —–

    From: Marti, Jeff (ECY)

    To: pearl hewett

    Sent: Friday, May 22, 2015 5:23 PM

    Subject: RE: History of Droughts in Washington State

    Pearl, good sleuthing.   1977 was indeed a bad drought year, which triggered the (still ongoing) Yakima water rights adjudication.

    Here’s a couple more reports that you might find interesting.

    Jeff

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    Jeff Marti

    Water Resources Program

    360-407-6627

    jeff.marti@ecy.wa.gov

    2005 Drought Response Report to the Legislature

    www.ecy.wa.gov/biblio/0611001.html

    • 2005 Drought Response Report to the Legislature … While it is generally viewed as a climate anomaly, in fact drought is the dry part of the normal climate cycle.

    Drought Response 2001: Report to the Legislature

    www.ecy.wa.gov/biblio/0111017.html

    Author(s), Curt Hart. Description, This legislative report outlines how the state agencies responsible for managing Washington’s emergency drought activities .

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    History of Droughts in Washington State 1900 to 1977 etc…

    Title History of Droughts in Washington State
    Publication Type Report
    Year of Publication 1977
    Authors Staff, GAHEWEC
    Keywords climate, droughts, environment, historic, history, washington, water
    Title History of Droughts in Washington State
    Publication Type Report
    Year of Publication 1977
    Authors Staff, GAHEWEC
    Keywords climate, droughts, environment, historic, history, washington, water

     



  • Are You A Normal Person?

    Are You A Normal Person?

    The is a DIRECT QUOTE OF ECOLOGY’S ANSWER  to a basic question.

    Aren’t people more important than fish?

    IF YOU’RE A NORMAL PERSON, YOU’D ANSWER “YES, PEOPLE USUALLY ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN FISH.”

    HOWEVER, the issue of instream flow isn’t that simple.  It actually boils down to a “VALUE JUDGMENT” of what we want our world to look like.

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    VALUE JUDGMENT by definition

    An assessment of a person, situation, or event. The term is often restricted to assessments that reveal the values of the person making the assessment rather than the objective realities of what is being assessed.

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    WA STATE DEPT OF ECOLOGY  Answers to your basic questions,

    http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wr/instream-flows/isf101.html

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    ARE INSTREAM FLOWS ALL ABOUT PROTECTING FISH? WHAT ABOUT PEOPLE?

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    SO? WHAT ABOUT PEOPLE?

    ARE YOU A NORMAL PERSON?

     By definition.. NORMAL is also used to describe individual behaviour that CONFORMS TO THE MOST COMMON BEHAVIOUR IN SOCIETY (known as conformity). Definitions of normality vary by person, time, place, and situation – it changes along with changing societal standards and norms.

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    ARE PEOPLE USUALLY MORE IMPORTANT THAN FISH?

    By definition.. USUALLY?

    1. Commonly encountered, experienced, or observed

    2. Regularly or customarily used

    3. In CONFORMITY with regular practice or procedure:

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    ARE PEOPLE  MORE IMPORTANT THAN FISH?

    USUALLY…….

    By definition.. HOWEVER

    1. In spite of that

    2. nevertheless

    3.  by whatever means

    4.  in whatever manner

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    It actually boils down to aVALUE JUDGMENT” (by definition)

    An assessment of a person, situation, or event. The term is often restricted TO ASSESSMENTS THAT REVEAL THE VALUES OF THE PERSON MAKING THE ASSESSMENT rather than the objective realities of what is being assessed.

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    THE VALUES OF THE PERSON MAKING THE ASSESSMENT?

     WA STATE DEPT OF ECOLOGY VALUES FISH BEFORE PEOPLE?

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    Hmmm… THE $$$ VALUES  OF EARTH ECONOMICS ?

    devoted to promoting ecosystem health and ecological economics

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    WA STATE DEPT OF ECOLOGY

    Introduction to Instream Flows and Instream Flow Rules
    Answers to your basic questions,

    http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wr/instream-flows/isf101.html

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    What was the question?

    Are instream flows all about protecting fish? What about people?

    What was ECOLOGY’S Answer?

    Isn’t instream flow really an issue of “water for fish” vs. “water for people”?  Aren’t people more important than fish?  If you’re a normal person, you’d answer “yes, people usually are more important than fish.”  However, the issue of instream flow isn’t that simple.  It actually boils down to a value judgment of what we want our world to look like.  Fish are in fact just one of many organisms that live in streams but they often offer a gauge of overall environmental health.

     Instream flow is an issue of water and river management – seeking ways to maintain healthy, diverse ecosystems that contribute to a high quality of life while sustaining our basic life functions and economies.  Accomplishing this goal is never easy, as it involves integration of scientific knowledge and societal demands within a set of legal limitations.

    But informed and effective instream flow management should afford a healthy, enjoyable existence for people while maintaining healthy, diverse aquatic resources.   It’s much more complicated than “keeping a little water in the creek for the fish.”

    Instream Flow Council

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    WA STATE ELECTED LEGISLATORS VALUE JUDGMENT?

     INSTREAM FLOW IS AN ISSUE OF WATER FOR CITIZENS

    An assessment of a person, situation, or event. THE TERM IS OFTEN RESTRICTED TO ASSESSMENTS THAT REVEAL THE VALUES OF THE PERSON MAKING THE ASSESSMENT rather than the objective realities of what is being assessed.

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    THE OBJECTIVE REALITIES OF WHAT IS BEING ASSESSED?

    Start here

    EVEN,  BEFORE GOVERNOR INSLEE’S WA STATE DROUGHT DECLARATION

    INSTREAM FLOW WAS AN ISSUE OF WATER FOR CITIZENS

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    Behind My Back | High, Dry and Destitute

    www.behindmyback.org/2015/02/01/highdry-and-destitute/

    Feb 1, 2015 – High, Dry and Destitute WA State citizens, private property owners and farmers, in Skagit and Clallam County have been left HIGH, DRY AND 

    DESTITUTE  by definition, WITHOUT THE BASIC NECESSITIES OF LIFE.

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    WHAT’S NEXT?

    AFTER, GOVERNOR INSLEE’S WA STATE DROUGHT DECLARATION?

    INSTREAM FLOW IS NOW A  CRITICAL ISSUE OF WATER FOR CITIZENS

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    WHAT’S NEXT?

    Community Drought Forum

    May 21, 2015

    6:00-8:30PM

    Guy Cole Convention Center

    202 North Blake Avenue, Sequim, WA 98382

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    Please GO PUBLIC with this.

    Invite every “CITIZEN” that is critically affected by

    Ecology’s WA State Drought Response?

    2015 Dungeness Dry Year Leasing Program FAQs

    GOT QUESTIONS? WANT ANSWERS?

    PLEASE  attend this Clallam County Community Drought Forum

    JEFF MARTI DROUGHT COORDINATOR WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY WILL BE THERE TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS.

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    ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT ECOLOGY’S WATER VALUE JUDGMENT?

    GOT QUESTIONS? WANT ANSWERS?

    WATER RESOURCES ADVISORY COMMITTEE (WRAC)

    Meetings are normally attended by about FORTY PEOPLE WHO REPRESENT STATE AGENCIES, LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, WATER UTILITIES, INDIAN TRIBES, ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS, CONSULTANTS, LAW FIRMS AND OTHER WATER STAKEHOLDERS. 

     GOT QUESTIONS? WANT ANSWERS?

    CONTACT

    Chris Anderson
    Department of Ecology, Water Resources Program
    e-mail: chris.anderson@ecy.wa.gov
    Phone: 360-407-6634

     


  • Water for Fish vs. Water for People?

    Water for Fish vs.  Water for People?

     Aren’t people more important than fish? 

     If you’re a normal person, you’d answer “yes,

    people USUALLY are more important than FISH.” 

    HOWEVER, THE ISSUE OF “INSTREAM FLOW” ISN’T THAT SIMPLE.  IT ACTUALLY BOILS DOWN TO A VALUE JUDGMENT

    WA  STATE LAW IS CLEAR THAT INSTREAM FLOWS  “MUST” BE SET AT LEVELS THAT PROTECT AND PRESERVE FISH

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    WA STATE DEPT OF ECOLOGY

    Introduction to Instream Flows and Instream Flow Rules
    Answers to your basic questions,

    http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wr/instream-flows/isf101.html

    What is an instream flow? Answer…

    Why are stream flows important? Answer…

    What is an “instream flow rule”? Answer…

    Are there instream flows set in my watershed? Answer…

    How could setting instream flows affect me? Answer…

    Are instream flows all about protecting fish? What about people? Answer…

    How are instream flow numbers determined? Answer…

    Why are instream flows sometimes higher than the flow in the stream? Answer…

    Why not set flow levels lower than the existing flows in the stream? Answer…

    What are the laws that allow Ecology to set flows by rule? Answer…

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    GOT QUESTIONS?  ECOLOGY’S GOT ALL THE BASIC ANSWERS

    Introduction to Instream Flows and Instream Flow Rules …

    www.ecy.wa.gov › Water Resources › Instream Flows In Washington

    This web page answers basic questions about instream flows and instream flow rules.

    Introduction to Instream Flows and Instream Flow Rules

    This web page answers basic questions about instream flows and instream flow rules.

    What is an instream flow? Answer…

    Why are stream flows important? Answer…

    What is an “instream flow rule”? Answer…

    Are there instream flows set in my watershed? Answer…

    How could setting instream flows affect me? Answer…

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    Are instream flows all about protecting fish? What about people?

    Answer…

    Washington state law requires that instream resources, including fish, have adequate flow levels to protect and preserve them.

    When setting flows, a lot of discussion centers around fish needs because fish are considered an “indicator species” – setting instream flow levels adequate for fish generally provides flows adequate for other instream resources. And fish needs can be more easily quantified by existing methods than other instream values.  This is why fish studies are usually the basis for determining instream flow numbers.

    Adequate stream flows are important for instream resources and values that directly impact people, including water quality, recreational activities like fishing, boating and swimming, and the scenic and aesthetic qualities of natural settings that Washington State is famous for. (Also see the question Why are stream flows important?)

    When making decisions about water right permits, it is necessary to know how much is needed and how much is available.  Adopting instream flow rules help Ecology determine whether there is enough water for additional out-of-stream uses and support local communities in managing their current and future water needs.

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    ISN’T INSTREAM FLOW REALLY AN ISSUE OF

    “WATER FOR FISH” VS. “WATER FOR PEOPLE”? 

     AREN’T PEOPLE MORE IMPORTANT THAN FISH? 

     IF YOU’RE A NORMAL PERSON, YOU’D ANSWER

     “YES, PEOPLE USUALLY ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN FISH.” 

     HOWEVER, THE ISSUE OF INSTREAM FLOW ISN’T THAT SIMPLE. 

     IT ACTUALLY BOILS DOWN TO A VALUE JUDGMENT

    of what we want our world to look like.  Fish are in fact just one of many organisms that live in streams but they often offer a gauge of overall environmental health.

    Instream flow is an issue of water and river management – seeking ways to maintain healthy, diverse ecosystems that contribute to a high quality of life while sustaining our basic life functions and economies.  Accomplishing this goal is never easy, as it involves integration of scientific knowledge and societal demands within a set of legal limitations.

    But informed and effective instream flow management should afford a healthy, enjoyable existence for people while maintaining healthy, diverse aquatic resources.   It’s much more complicated than “keeping a little water in the creek for the fish.”

    Instream Flow Council

    Welcome to the Instream Flow Council (link as provided above by ecology)

    The Instream Flow Council (IFC) is a NON-PROFIT organization made up of state, provincial, and territorial fish and wildlife agencies working to improve the effectiveness of instream flow programs and activities for conserving fish and wildlife and related aquatic resources.

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    How are instream flow numbers determined? Answer…

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    Why are instream flows sometimes higher than the flow in the stream?

    Answer…

    While the amount of water in the stream is considered when determining instream flow numbers, they cannot be based solely on existing levels (see next question).

    STATE LAW IS CLEAR THAT INSTREAM FLOWS MUST BE SET AT LEVELS THAT PROTECT AND PRESERVE FISH and instream resources over the long-term.  The instream flows reflect levels that would be beneficial for fish if those flows were present in the stream.

    Actual stream flow levels naturally vary throughout the year due to seasonal changes and water use.  So the differences between the actual stream flows and instream flows will also vary throughout the year.

    If the instream flow number is high relative to the average stream flow in the stream in the summer, this does not mean that the instream flow number is wrong.  Rather it means that the stream will provide more fish habitat in wet years than in dry ones.  Protecting the occasional “good water year” is needed to preserve a healthy population of fish.  If we want to protect the habitat available in those good wet years, then the instream flow needs to be set at that higher flow level.

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    Why not set flow levels lower than the existing flows in the stream? Answer…

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    What are the laws that allow Ecology to set flows by rule?

    Answer…

    The legal authority to set instream flows by rule comes from laws passed by the state legislature, including:

    • Construction projects in state waters (RCW 77.57.020)
    • Water code (RCW 90.03.247)
    • Minimum water flows and levels (Chapter 90.22 RCW)
    • Water resources act of 1971 (Chapter 90.54 RCW, particularly section 020)
    • Watershed planning (RCW 90.82.080

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    The bottom line

    The nuts and the Boltd of it

    THE ISSUE OF “INSTREAM FLOW” IS REALLY VERY SIMPLE. 

    IT ACTUALLY BOILS DOWN TO A VALUE JUDGMENT

    NO MORE FISH BEFORE PEOPLE