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    TRUTH-POLITICS AND CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES

    American Citizens need to stand-up to the current stupidity and form a united front against the idiots who think they know what’s best for everyone else, our natural resources, our schools and our local counties.

    BURNING UP THE WEST: FEDS, GREENS CAUSE CATASTROPHIC FIRES

    Albert Einstein once said that the definition of insanity is; doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results…

    September 8, 2014 over a year ago….
    AS Capt. William E. Simpson – USMM WROTE THIS, AND AS A RESULT OF YET ANOTHER ENVIRONMENTALIST INTERVENTION,

    NUMEROUS PERFECTLY GOOD WEST COAST DAMS ARE BEING EYED FOR REMOVAL!

    OF COURSE THIS MAKES PERFECT SENSE TO THESE UPSIDE-DOWN THINKING PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY GIVEN THAT THE WEST COAST IS SERIOUSLY SHORT ON WATER AS IT IS, AND NEEDS MORE DAMS, NOT LESS!

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    HISTORY TRUTH AND POLITICS

    FEBRUARY 26, 2013, THE HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE ON PUBLIC LANDS AND ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION HELD A HEARING PRESIDED OVER BY NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN DOC HASTINGS (R-WASH.) that turns out to have been very relevant to the current burning issue of our national forest management. The subcommittee heard from a number of witnesses who testified concerning the superiority of state-managed forest lands versus the federally managed forests.

    TRUTH ON FEBRUARY 26, 2013 REP. HASTINGS noted that the much smaller forests managed by Washington State “generate an average of $168 million annually, support construction of public elementary, middle school and high schools statewide, facilities at the state’s universities, and other state facilities and institutions.
    TRUTH ON FEBRUARY 26, 2013 In comparison, THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MANAGING OVER 9 MILLION ACRES OF FOREST LAND contained within seven different national forests in the State of Washington, yet harvests just 2 percent of the new growth, yielding a four-year average of only $589,000 in revenue.”

    TRUTH ON FEBRUARY 26, 2013 CHAIRMAN HASTINGS noted further:
    Rather than offering all-too-familiar rhetoric of how complying with one federal law or another “costs too much,” IT’S TIME FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ADJUST HOW IT DOES BUSINESS, and honor its own STATUTORY RESPONSIBILITIES TO MANAGE THE FORESTS, INCLUDING ALLOWING SUFFICIENT TIMBER HARVESTS, THAT BENEFIT FORESTED COUNTIES AND THEIR SCHOOLS, AS WELL AS IMPROVE DECLINING FOREST HEALTH

    AND, REDUCE THE THREAT AND SOARING COSTS OF CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRE.
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    AUG 24, 2013 HISTORY TRUTH AND POLITICS ON CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES FIRES

    BURNING UP THE WEST: FEDS, GREENS CAUSE CATASTROPHIC FIRES …
    Burning Up the West: Feds, Greens Cause Catastrophic Fires
    www.thenewamerican.com/…/environment/…/16396-burning-up-the-we…
    AUG 24, 2013 – Burning Up the West: Feds, Greens Cause Catastrophic Fires … radical environmentalists that have thwarted all reasonable attempts at proper forest …. HASTINGS pointed out that the federal Northwest Forest Plan for California, …
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    Sept. 8, 2014 HISTORY TRUTH AND POLITICS ON CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES FIRES

    NORTHWEST WILDFIRES AND THE ‘GREEN’ ENVIRONMENTALIST
    NORTHWEST WILDFIRES AND THE ‘GREEN …
    www.survivalbased.com › Blog › Homesteading
    Sep 8, 2014 – The EPA, BLM, U.S. Forestry and their environmentalist (‘Green’) support base claim that they want to preserve habitat and save endangered .
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    TRUTH AND POLITICS SEPT 29, 2015
    DEADLY CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES FIRES HAVE KILLED 9 PEOPLE

    UPDATED: MONDAY, 28, SEPTEMBER 2015 WASHINGTON – OREGON – CALIFORNIA
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    Northwest Large Fire Information Summary – NWCC :: Home
    gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/…/fire_info.aspx
    National Interagency Fire Center
    (102 KB); 2014 MEDIA WILDFIRE COVERAGE GUIDELINES FOR OREGON AND WASHINGTON • Adobe Acrobat … UPDATED: MONDAY, 28TH SEPTEMBER 2015 at 07:19:57 AM …
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    TRUTH AND POLITICS CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES FIRES
    California wildfires burn hundreds of homes – CNN.com
    www.cnn.com/2015/09/14/us/california-wildfires/
    Sep 14, 2015 – Northern California’s Valley Fire — one of several in the state — has killed 1 and … California wildfires rage, threatening lives and homes. By Greg Botelho and Dan Simon, CNN. Updated 1:51 AM ET, Tue September 15, 2015 ….. Already, hundreds of homes have been destroyed, and some 9,000 more are …
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    2015 TRUTH AND POLITICS – CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES FIRES
    Northwest wildfires break records for cost, size this summer
    www.kgw.com/story/news/local/2015/06/…wildfire…/71264920/
    Sep 21, 2015 – Here’s a look at the latest Pacific Northwest wildfire information, updated daily. … Chelan Fires; First Creek Fire, Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, WA, 2015 Kari Greer/USFS …. wildfires. It started in mid-August and had burned 110,422 acres by … This wildfire destroyed at least 26 homes and prompted extended …
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    The comment below on catastrophic wildfires fires was posted on September 8, 2014

    I AM POSTING THIS DEADLY CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES FIRES – TRUTH AND POLITICS COMMENT , AGAIN ON SEPT 29, 2015,

    IN PART, BECAUSE…. NINE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED IN OUT OF CONTROL WILDFIRES IN 2015

    Three firefighters killed in Washington’s Twisp Fire – CNN.com
    www.cnn.com/2015/08/20/us/wildfires-western-states/
    Aug 20, 2015 – Three firefighters have died in a wildfire in north-central Washington, the state’s governor said on his website. Four firefighters were injured, …
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    Wildfires In Northern California Kill 6 People, Destroy Nearly …
    www.huffingtonpost.com/…/california-wildfire_55ff…
    Ten active wildfires in Northern California continue to threaten a thousand more homes. AP. Posted: 09/21/2015 06:42 AM EDT … Those fires killed five people, and on Sunday authorities announced that a body was found in the ashes of a …
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    Bottom line snippets

    NORTHWEST WILDFIRES AND THE ‘GREEN’ ENVIRONMENTALIST

    Posted on September 8, 2014

    THINKING AMERICANS NEED TO STAND-UP TO THE CURRENT STUPIDITY AND FORM A UNITED FRONT AGAINST THE IDIOTS WHO THINK THEY KNOW WHAT’S BEST FOR EVERYONE ELSE, OUR NATURAL RESOURCES, OUR SCHOOLS AND OUR LOCAL COUNTIES.

    WHILE THE GOOD PEOPLE OF SISKIYOU, JACKSON, JOSEPHINE AND KLAMATH COUNTIES ARE SUFFERING FROM RECORD HIGH UN-EMPLOYMENT AS THEY WATCH HELPLESSLY AS BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF TIMBER IS TURNED TO ASH EACH YEAR.

    September 8, 2014
    AS I WRITE THIS, AND AS A RESULT OF YET ANOTHER ENVIRONMENTALIST INTERVENTION,

    NUMEROUS PERFECTLY GOOD WEST COAST DAMS ARE BEING EYED FOR REMOVAL!

    OF COURSE THIS MAKES PERFECT SENSE TO THESE UPSIDE-DOWN THINKING PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY GIVEN THAT THE WEST COAST IS SERIOUSLY SHORT ON WATER AS IT IS, AND NEEDS MORE DAMS, NOT LESS!
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    An unedited comment

    NORTHWEST WILDFIRES AND THE ‘GREEN’ ENVIRONMENTALIST
    Posted on September 8, 2014 by Capt. William E. Simpson
    As I write this I am vexed by the fact that nearly 100,000 thousand acres of pristine forests are burning and nearly one-million acres of forest (public forests) have burned to the ground in and around the Pacific Northwest so far this year alone. The vast majority of these forests are publically owned and managed by Federal agencies under the overview of the EPA (http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2014/07/northwest_wildfires_more_than.html).
    As a result of the flames, heat and smoke, thousands of forest animals have died and many others are suffering with severe injuries and their habitat is now long-gone. Wildfires are indiscriminate killers of endangered species, as well as numerous other species of birds and many other forest animals. It’s impossible to put an economic value on a forest full of life; but having said that; and simply from a renewable resource point of view, just the trees that have been lost had an economic (timber) value in excess of a billion dollars!
    The EPA, BLM, U.S. Forestry and their environmentalist (‘Green’) support base claim that they want to preserve habitat and save endangered species, but by way of their own actions, policies and regulations, more habitat and species have been lost over the past decades under their management policies than were lost ever before, and are being lost, every year, year after year at an alarming rate!
    Albert Einstein once said that the definition of insanity is; doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results…
    So the question is why are we losing so much forest? And the answer is very simple… the forests are being mismanaged through the continued bungling-intervention of the EPA, the ‘environmentalists’ and the ‘green’ movement into the arena of forestry.
    I know something about the subject of forests and forest management since I grew-up living, working, hunting and fishing in the area of the forests that are being consumed by these incredibly massive fires, which have become a recurring annual theme over the past two and a half decades since the intervention of the ‘environmentalist’ into the area for forest management practices. But who are these ‘environmentalists’ anyway.
    Generally speaking (and there are exceptions), the ‘environmentalists’ who have taken an interest in controlling how our public forests are used don’t live in the forests, and they view the human race (you, me our families and friends) as less valuable and relevant than a frog, fish, or a tree. They are people who seem to lack an understanding of the principals of renewable manageable resources, and who have become activists against those who would use the public forests responsibly, having had relatively little (if any) time and relevant experience living in or working in our forests themselves. Many of them are aligned with the concepts and principals of the ‘progressive’ socialist movement. If you debate them, many of these same people will quickly remind you of their ‘degrees’, etc… In other words, they are telling you that they ‘know it all’, and certainly more than you. However, anyone who has successfully managed a forest knows (as is seen in privately owned and managed forests) that reading some books in college and going on a few field trips just doesn’t cut it; a piece of paper hanging on the wall is no substitute for actual experience that is gained over many generations of successful forest management. No more so than someone trying to be a farmer with the same token experience… it just doesn’t work.
    And coincidentally, many of the books that some universities are using in their forestry programs are authored by some of the same ‘green’ environmentalist forest managers who have had a hand in developing the current failed forest management polices as applied over the past two decades; just look what’s happening! Books and lectures simply cannot teach common sense or instill the on-the-ground experience that loggers and foresters develop over the span of their lives, and through generation after generation of families working in the woods. There’s just no debating when it comes to the contrast between the current recurring disaster management model, and the past successes in forest management with sustainable and renewable timber harvests, combined with abundant wildlife habitat; without the mammoth annual fires we are experiencing today.
    Here (the link just below) is an important (precedent example) of how proper forest management, which includes selective logging and other proper management practices, saved a forest and stopped a major wildfire: http://cronkitenewsonline.com/2011/12/experts-decades-of-logging-treatments-helped-stop-wallow-fire-at-reservation/
    In the early 1970’s I worked in the woods logging and then later worked as a millwright for Southern Oregon Plywood. My brothers were also loggers as were many of my friends and countless others who lived in Southern Oregon. Like farmers who tended to their fields and cared for them year after year, and who depended upon those fields and the resulting crop production, loggers cared for the forests; they had to; forests were the lifeline for their family’s financial security.
    Loggers and their families also spent a lot of time in the woods even when they weren’t working; they hunted and fished in the forests for generations. And through that continual close contact with the forest and the wildlife, loggers gained more knowledge about the forests and the animals that lived there than many of the scientists, giving them a unique understanding of the intricate and complex interactions of the biodiversity that exists in the forests.
    As just one example of the many successful practices of loggers; dead and dying trees and underbrush (fuel for fires) were removed and eliminated during selective harvesting of the forests, and in the process of harvests, small access roads were made, which served as fire breaks and access for firefighters in the event of a fire. During that time and preceding decades, back when loggers were allowed to log public forests, fires that burned hundreds of thousands and millions of acres of timber were very rare, almost non-existent. And that was because the forests were healthy and the density of the forest and the underbrush were kept to a minimum as a result of proper management and continued annual harvests. Forests were managed as a sustainable and renewable resource, which in turn benefited the wildlife with sustainable reliable habitat and in the process, also provided recreational opportunities for the people. That former relationship between loggers and the forest was truly symbiotic.
    I can still recall the spotted owl debacle, where loggers, who for all intents and purposes were the caretakers of the forests were completely closed-out of the public forests in wholesale fashion as a result of the ‘green’ movement and environmentalists! All logging came to a complete halt as well as the associated management practices. This resulted in the shutdown of numerous West Coast lumber mills and the loss of tens of thousands of jobs in and related to the timber industry which was thereafter decimated.
    During the lobby by the ‘green movement’ and environmentalists, they argued that the rate of logging prior to the 1990’s would eliminate the old growth forests… here is a quote:
    “Environmentalists admit that saving the owls’ habitat could cost jobs. But, they argue, these jobs will vanish no matter what. For if cutting continues at its current rate of 125,000 acres a year, the old-growth forests will be gone within thirty years and the mills forced to close anyhow.” (taken from this article: http://www.scu.edu/ethics/publications/iie/v4n1/ ).
    However, as we have all witnessed, since the transition to the ‘green movement’s’ ban on logging in public forests, we are in fact actually losing many hundreds of thousands of acres of forest annually! It’s a travesty of monumental proportions… when people like these try to play God, the results are usually tragic and harm both humanity and the wildlife.
    Through the use of politics combined with bad science the ‘green movement’ and environmentalists led the way to the implementation of seriously flawed policies (regulations) and practices. The EPA and the BLM along with Federal forestry agencies and their environmentalist support base had in the early 1990’s effected a major management policy change in order to supposedly save forest habitat for a species of owl (spotted owl) that was ‘allegedly’ endangered (http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19930114&slug=1679945)
    Result: In the early 1990’s Federal forests became off-limits to loggers.
    Of course under the ‘new management’ practices of the environmentalist-led EPA, BLM and Federal Forestry Departments, the forests became (and are) very seriously overgrown leading to unhealthy stands of trees (with dead and dying trees) that were vulnerable to disease, insects and of course fire, as did the underbrush.
    Forests became so dense that if a fire started (regardless of reason)… the fire would burn extremely hot and spread very fast; it’s so simple a child can understand the concept… more fuel, more forest fire.
    And at the end of the day, many years later after Feds and the ‘green’ environmentalists kicked the loggers out of the forests and took-over, placing ‘their’ policies, regulations and management practices into place, the spotted owl population has continued to drop! This is irrefutable evidence that their interventions, policies and regulations have utterly failed to affect the owls, and in that failure, the public interest has lost even more animals and habitat to fire! Through their own actions, we now have even more animals heading towards potential extinction! What a contradiction to the claims of these people!
    Under the ‘green environmental’ forest management polices/practices (‘hands off, no logging’), forests have become so dense that when lightning starts a fire, instead of just burning-off a relatively small area before the fire is brought under control, as it was in the days of managed logging, fires today now burn entire tracks of forests amounting to hundreds of thousands of acres annually, all of which is burned to the bare ground!
    LET’S KEEP IN THE MIND THAT THIS IS NOW THE NEW ‘NORM’, and since it takes many decades for the trees to be re-established, the net result is that we are losing more and more forest annually, instead of gaining more forest area and wildlife habitat; just the opposite of what the environmentalists and the EPA preach to the public. So what’s the point?
    You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure this one out…. Just look at the annual total acres that are burned to the ground… It’s truly shocking that this is even allowed to continue as it has, year after year.
    So much for the ‘habitat’ of the spotted owl! And of course the habitats for dozens of other species were (are) lost as well. As of this writing, I am down in the area of the fires interviewing local people, and hundreds of thousands of acres of ‘critical habitat’ (old growth and other trees) has been converted to the ash that is falling from the sky; it’s like a nuclear winter without the radiation. Ash from the burned forests is covering entire cities!
    It’s a fact that under the continued management of the public’s forest lands by the same idiotic policies, we now have annual forest fires that devastate huge areas of forest, and in the process destroy all of the trees, as opposed to having some of the trees harvested resulting in a healthy forest as had existed in the past; forests which then were also more fire-resistant. Some may try to argue that the fires are a result of the drought. Of course that’s a ruse to deflect blame from the implementation of a seriously flawed management policy. In the prior era of managed forest harvests, we also had periods of severe drought, without the results we are seeing today. Added to which, forests which are selectively logged and managed are far more fire resistant, drought or not, and that fact is undeniable.
    So which method makes more sense? Sustainable logging as it was successfully practiced for nearly a century; or…. The current ‘green environmentalist’ methods where no logging is allowed in public forests resulting in hundreds of thousands of acres of forests regularly burning to the ground leaving nothing but ash and bare ground that is devoid of plant life and subject to severe erosion?
    The erosion of the scorched earth in-turn leads to excessive silt run-off into the streams and rivers, which covers the critical gravel beds in the streams and rivers that are required for the fish eggs of spawning fish such as Salmon. Of course the recent decline in Salmon and Steelhead runs are certainly associated to this situation. Additionally, the loss of forests results in the loss of critical shade trees in and around watersheds, which results in the warming of stream and river water temperatures; this also adversely affects the fish populations.
    The late Summer and Fall storms of the Pacific Northwest which spawn the lightning that ignite the forests also provide the downpours that wash the silt into the streams and rivers that resulted from the aftermath of the massive forest fires. And this silting of the waterways comes at the worst possible time… just as the Salmon are moving upriver to spawn in the gravel beds of the rivers and streams. However, with the overburden of silt that has washed-down off the now barren mountain sides, the gravel beds are covered in silt and are no longer viable for the spawning Salmon. This is not an optimal situation for the spawning Salmon; in fact, it can cause entire runs of Salmon to fail in their efforts to reproduce! As a fisherman myself, this situation is beyond frustrating.
    As anyone can easily see, the relative newcomer green environmentalist-scientists have it all wrong, and every year since the implementation of their fatally flawed concepts and polices we watch as more and more forests are consumed by massive fires such as those that are burning as I write this.
    If these forests were properly managed and logged as they were just 30 years ago in the Pacific Northwest, we would have trees still standing and abundant animal habitat in areas that are now burned to the dirt, and we would have renewable forest harvests as in the past providing full-time jobs for thousands of people. And as it was in the past, healthy standing forests shading the watersheds and minimized erosion, providing optimal water temperatures and low water turbidity in the streams and rivers resulting in abundant runs of fish, something that local Indian tribes greatly desire.

    Instead, thanks to the intervention of the EPA, the ‘green movement’ and environmentalists, we have less and less forest, which leads to less and less water, and less fish,

    WHILE THE GOOD PEOPLE OF SISKIYOU, JACKSON, JOSEPHINE AND KLAMATH COUNTIES ARE SUFFERING FROM RECORD HIGH UN-EMPLOYMENT AS THEY WATCH HELPLESSLY AS BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF TIMBER IS TURNED TO ASH EACH YEAR.
    And in the end, with the forests burned to the ground, if a few spotted owls survive the blaze, the spotted owl has no trees and no habitat. So what was the point?
    It just doesn’t get any dumber than this. We have the blind leading the blind.
    THINKING AMERICANS NEED TO STAND-UP TO THE CURRENT STUPIDITY AND FORM A UNITED FRONT AGAINST THE IDIOTS WHO THINK THEY KNOW WHAT’S BEST FOR EVERYONE ELSE, OUR NATURAL RESOURCES, OUR SCHOOLS AND OUR LOCAL COUNTIES.

    Some readers might be thinking; why should I care? Or, how does this affect me since I live across the U.S. from these wildfires. We all need to care and take action because this kind of mismanagement can happen anywhere environmentalists stick their noses into areas where they have less than adequate experience.

    AS I WRITE THIS, AND AS A RESULT OF YET ANOTHER ENVIRONMENTALIST INTERVENTION, NUMEROUS PERFECTLY GOOD WEST COAST DAMS ARE BEING EYED FOR REMOVAL! OF COURSE THIS MAKES PERFECT SENSE TO THESE UPSIDE-DOWN THINKING PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY GIVEN THAT THE WEST COAST IS SERIOUSLY SHORT ON WATER AS IT IS, AND NEEDS MORE DAMS, NOT LESS!
    Are we going to wait until these clowns let it all burn?
    Cheers! Bill
    Capt. William E. Simpson – USMM
    http://www.WilliameSimpson.com
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/NauticalPrepper


  • Part (1) Who’s Planning Our Future?

    Part (1) Who’s Planning Our Future?

    NOT ONE SINGLE ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES OF AMERICAN CITIZENS?

    http://openspacepugetsound.org/people-partners

    PEOPLE INVOLVED IN ROSS?  American Citizens? Not so much

    Who’s Paying for ROSS? American taxpayers, pretty much

    Where are they doing ROSS?  From Washington DC to Washington State

    APPOINTED GOVERNMENT INVOLVED IN ROSS? Up to their  eyeballs

    WHO’S INVESTING IN THE GREEN FUTURES MARKET?

    NON GOVERNMENT TAX EXEMPT ORGANIZATIONS?

    SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS?

    GLOBAL INVOLVEMENT? WATER INVOLVED? NATURAL RESOURCES?

    WHO’S 100-YEAR PLAN FOR  GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE?

    WHO’S REGIONAL PLAN TO ADVANCE GREEN URBANISM?

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    Part (1) Who’s Planning Our Future?

    NOT ONE SINGLE ELECTED REPRESENTATIVE OF “WE THE PEOPLE”

    MENTIONED IN THE ROSS PLAN?

    Read it and weep.Of the People? By the People? For the People?

    Draw your own conclusions, Good? Bad? Ugly? Outrageous?

    http://openspacepugetsound.org/people-partners

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    WHO IS ROSS?

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    PEOPLE INVOLVED

    ROSS Project Team

    Nancy Rottle, ROSS Co-Director

    Director, Green Futures Research + Design Lab, University of Washington

    Nancy is a registered landscape architect with over fifteen years of leadership roles in professional practice and eight years teaching at the University of Washington. She has a wide range of practice experience including large scale GIS-based planning and has won numerous awards for research, planning and design. In 2005 she co-directed Open Space Seattle 2100, a planning process to develop a 100-year plan for Seattle’s green infrastructure.

    The University of Washington’s Green Futures Research + Design Lab is the organizational home to the ROSS.

    John Owen, ROSS Co-Director

    AIA, Partner, Makers Architecture, Planning and Urban Design

    John’s experience in urban design, regional and statewide planning spans decades. in that time he has helped the State prepare a new WAC for the Shoreline Management Act, and worked with the Puget Sound Regional Council to develop environmental management in addition to implementing numerous urban design strategies. In addition to his work at Makers, John provides leadership on the Watershed Open Space Strategies work of the ROSS

    Jeff Raker, ROSS Senior Planner

    Jeff has ten years of expertise in regional growth, transportation, and economic development planning. He has provided technical analysis; decision support; and policy development guidance on issues ranging from smart growth in rural areas and transit-oriented development to workforce development and “social capital” initiatives to improve access to cultural organizations. His Masters in Urban & Regional Planning from University of Greenwich & Saxion Universities of Applied Sciences explored the role of regional planning in advancing Green Urbanism. Jeff has led the development and coordination of the ROSS for the past three years

    Ginger Daniel, ROSS Planner – Regional Initiatives

    Ginger has over fifteen years of experience working for governments and non-governmental advocacy organizations to advance large-scale social and environmental change on international, national and local levels. With a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Washington, she also brings green infrastructure planning and design expertise with a focus on social equity. Ginger oversees the ROSS’ open space services approach, regional task forces and communications work.

    Steve Whitney, ROSS Leadership

    As a Program Officer with the Bullitt Foundation, Steve focuses on the protection of natural capital and associated ecosystem services in the major metropolitan regions of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Prior to joining the Foundation, he spent fourteen years with The Wilderness Society first as director of its National Parks Program in Washington D.C., and later as Northwest Regional Director and Deputy Vice President. Under his direction, the Bullitt Foundation had been an anchor funder for the ROSS.

    Sue Abbott, ROSS Leadership

    Sue has worked with the National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails and Conservation (RTCA) program for over 20 years. Her work specializes in building coalitions and partnerships, designing public outreach strategies, facilitation, organizational development, community visioning, resource assessment, plan development and environmental education and stewardship. The National Park Service generously provides technical assistance to the ROSS project.

    Executive Committee

    Executive Committee Chair

    • Ron Sims, Puget Sound Partnership, Executive Committee

    Committee Members

    • Dave  Somers , Snohomish County, Councilmember
    • Elizabeth Babcock, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, Natural Resource Specialist
    • Steve Whitney, The Bullitt Foundation, Program Officer
    • Michael Linde, National Park Service, RTCA Program Manager
    • Ron Shultz, Washington State Conservation Commission, Director of Policy
    • Barb Chamberlain, Bicycle Alliance of Washington, Executive Director
    • Kelly Mann, Urban Land Institute Northwest, Executive Director
    • Howard Frumkin, University of Washington School of Public Health, Dean
    • Kaleen Cottingham, Washington Recreation & Conservation Office, Director
    • Thatcher Bailey, Seattle Parks Foundation, Executive Director
    • Marc Daily, Puget Sound Partnership, Deputy Director
    • Jennifer Eberlien, United States Forest Service, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie Forest Supervisor
    • Charlotte Garrido, Kitsap County, County Commissioner
    • Cynthia Welti, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, Executive Director
    • Joanna Grist, Washington Wildlife & Recreation Coalition, Executive Director
    • Joe Kane, Washington Association of Land Trusts, Vice President (Executive Director, Nisqually Land Trust)
    • Paul Kundtz, The Trust for Public Land, Washington State Director
    • Christie TRUE, King County Department of Natural Resources &Parks, Director
    • Dennis Canty, American Farmland Trust, Pacific Northwest Regional Director
    • Gene Duvernoy, Forterra, President
    • Brian Boyle, UW School of Forest Resources, NW Environmental Forum Leader
    • Terry Williams, Tulalip Tribes, Fisheries & Natural Resources Commissioner
    • Josh Baldi, WA Department of Ecology, Special Assistant to Director
    • David Fleming, Public Health Seattle-King County, Director
    • Ken Konigsmark, , Rural Resident & Conservation Specialist
    • Andrew Hayes, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Alternate to Peter Goldmark
    • Ryan Dicks, Pierce County, Alternate to Pat McCarthy
    • Lisa Dulude, Snohomish County, Office of Energy & Sustainability
    • Tracy Stanton, Earth Economics, Policy Director & Program Leader

    Technical Advisory Committees (TACs)

    Role: Work Sessions & Targeted Strategy Development for Preliminary Comprehensive Strategy.

    Ecosystems Technical Advisory Committee

    Committee Co-Leads

    • Bob  Feurstenberg, King County, Co-lead
    • Critter Thompson, Independent, Co-lead

    Committee Members

    • George Blomberg, Port of Seattle
    • Gordon Bradley, University of Washington, School of Forest Resources
    • Taylor Carroll, Forterra
    • Dave Cook, Geoengineers
    • Nicole Faghin, Faghin Consulting
    • Keith Folkerts, Kitsap County Natural Resources Division
    • Abby Hook, Hook Knauer LLP
    • Peter Hummel, Anchor QEA
    • Mark Isaacson, King County Water and Land Resources Division
    • Gino Luchetti, King County Department of Natural Resources
    • Tom Murdoch, Adopt-a-Street Foundation
    • Susan O’Neil, Puget Sound Partnership
    • Doug Osterman, Puget Sound Partnership
    • James Rasmussen, Duwmamish River Cleanup Coalition
    • Elaine Somers, USEPA Region 10
    • Kari Stiles, Puget Sound Partnership
    • Jennifer  Thomas, Parametrix
    • Chris  Townsend, Puget Sound Partnership

    Rural and Resource Lands Technical Advisory Committee

    Committee Co-Leads

    • Lauren  Smith, King County Executive’s Office, Co-lead
    • Skip  Swenson, Forterra, Co-lead

    Committee Members

    • Melissa Campbell, PCC Farmland Trust
    • Ryan Dicks, Pierce County
    • Mary Embleton, Cascade Harvest Coalition
    • Leif Fixen, Snohomish Conservation District
    • Joy Garitone, Kistap Conservation District
    • Brock Howell, Futurewise
    • Joe Kane, Nisqually Land Trust
    • Kirk Kirkland, Pierce County Open Space Taskforce
    • Joan Lee, King County Rural and Regional Services Section
    • Bobbi Lindemulder, Snohomish Conservation District
    • Doug McClelland, Washington State Department of Natural Resources and Mountains to Sound Greenway
    • Jay Mirro, King Conservation District
    • Linda  Neunzig, Snohomish County Agricultural Services
    • Rene Skaggs, Pierce Conservation District
    • Sandra Staples-Bortner, Great Peninsula Conservancy
    • Dan Stonington, Northwest Natural Resource Group

    Recreation and Trails Technical Advisory Committee

    Committee Co-Leads

    • Jennifer  Knauer, Hook Knauer LLP, Co-lead
    • Amy  Shumann, Public Health – Seattle + King County, Co-lead

    Committee Members

      • Kevin Brown, King County Parks Division
      • Karen Daubert, Washington Trails Association
      • Martha Droge, National Park Service Pacific West Region
      • Jessica Emerson, King County DNRP
      • Robert Foxworthy, King County DNRP
      • Deborah Hinchey, University of Washington School for Public Health
      • John  Hoey, Trust for Public Land
      • Amalia Leighton, SVR Design
      • Ian  Macek, Washington Department of Transportation
      • Josh Miller, Bicycle Alliance of Washington
      • Jane  Moore, Washington Coalition of Promoting Physical Activity
      • Thomas O’Keefe, American Whitewater
      • Dennis Oost, Kitsap County
      • Chris Overdorf, Elm
      • Lisa  Quinn, Feet First
      • Kimberly Scrivner, Puget Sound Regional Council
      • Tom Teigen, Snohomish County Parks and Recreation
      • Diane Wiatr, City of Tacoma
      • Don Willot, North Kitsap Trails Association
      • James Yap, Snohomish County Parks and Recreation

    Urban and Community Technical Advisory Committee

    Committee Co-Leads Chair

    • Ben Bakkenta, Puget Sound Regional Council, Co-lead
    • Joe  Tovar, TovarPlanning, Co-lead

    Committee Members

    • Gordon  Bradley, University of Washington School of Envirionment and Forest Resources
    • Vicky Clarke, Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council
    • Dan Dewald, City of Bellevue
    • Leif Fixen, Snohomish Conservation District
    • Eric Hanson, Port of Seattle
    • Gwendolyn High, Washington Wildlife & Recreation Coalition
    • John  Hoey, Trust for Public Land
    • Mark  Hoppen, Snohomish Health District
    • Amalia Leighton, SVR Design
    • Joshua Monaghan, King County Conservation District
    • Chip Nevins, City of Seattle Parks Division
    • Rocky Piro, Puget Sound Regional Council
    • Andrea Platt-Dwyer, Seattle Tilth
    • Lauren  Smith, King County Executive’s Office
    • Sean Sykes, NAIOP Sustainable Development Committee
    • Chris Townsend, Puget Sound Partnership
    • Tim  Trohimovich, Futurewise
    • Alison VanGorp, Forterra
    • Julie West, Seattle and King County Public Health

    Regional Challenges Task Forces

    Climate Change Mitigation + Adaptation

    Task Force Chair

    • Rachel Gregg, EcoAdapt

    Task Force Members

    • Paul Fleming, Seattle Public Utilities
    • Hilary Franz, Futurewise
    • Bob Freitag, UW Institute of Hazards Mitigation Planning and Research
    • Lara Hansen, EcoAdapt
    • Lyn Keenan, GeoEngineers
    • Meade Krosby, University of Washington Climate Impacts Group
    • Keith Maw, Independent
    • Eileen Quigley, Climate Solutions
    • Jeff Rice, Puget Sound Institute
    • Nancy Rottle, University of Washington, Green Futures Research and Design Lab
    • Amy Snover, UW Climate Impacts Group
    • Tracy Stanton, Earth Economics
    • Jill Sterett, Sterett Consulting, LLC

    Biodiversity

    Task Force Co-chairs

    • Fred Koontz, Woodland Park Zoo, Co-chair
    • Abby Hook, Hook Knauer, Co-chair

    Task Force Members

    • Kitty Craig, The Wilderness Society
    • Keith Folkerts, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
    • Josh Lawler, University of Washington
    • Lorna Smith, Western Wildlife Outreach
    • Kari Stiles, Puget Sound Partnership
    • Jennifer van der Hoof, King County
    • Jen Watkins, Conservation NW
    • Cynthia Wilkerson, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

    Human Health

    • Brian Saelens, Seattle Childrens Research Institute, Co-Chair
    • Leann Andrews, University of Washington, Coordinator

    Task Force Members

    • Kathleen Wolf, UW School of Environmental & Forest Sciences Co-Chair
    • Branden Born, UW Department of Urban Design & Planning
    • Andrew Dannenberg, UW Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences
    • Barbara Wright, Public Health Seattle-King County

    Social Equity

    • Richard Gelb, King County Department of Natural Resources, Co-chair
    • Ginger Daniel, Regional Open Space Strategy, Staff Coordinator

    Contributors to date

    • Steve Hamai, Seattle Public Utilities,  Contributor
    • Rashad Morris, The Bullitt Foundation,  Contributor
    • Skye Schell, Forterra,  Contributor
    • Ben Bakenta, Puget Sound Regional Council,  Contributor

    Economic Development

    • Jeff Raker, Regional Open Space Strategy, Staff Coordinator

    Contributors to date

    • Henry Izumizaki, The Russelll Family Foundation, Contributor
    • Ken Konigsmark,  Contributor
    • Sarah Lee, Puget Sound Regional Council, Contributor
    • Doug Peters, WA Department of Commerce,  Contributor
    • Vikram Sahney, REI,  Contributor
    • Jason Thibideau, Puget Sound Regional Council,  Contributor

    Ecosystem Services and Regional Prioritization

    Committee Chair

    • Tracy Stanton, USFS Urban Waters Partnership, Committee Chair

    Committee Members

    • Dale Blahna, US Forest Service
    • Josh Baldi, WA Department of Ecology
    • David Batker, Earth Economics
    • Fletcher Beaudoin, PSU Institute for Sustainable Solutions & Cascadia Ecosystem Partnership
    • Mark Buckley, ECONorthwest
    • Ginger Daniel, Regional Open Space Strategy
    • Brent Davies, EcoTrust
    • Tom DeLuca, University of Washington
    • Zach Ferdana, The Nature Conservancy
    • Ricahrd Gelb, King County Department of Natural Resources
    • Anne Guerry, University of Washington
    • Kevin Halsey, EcoMetrix Solutions
    • William Labiosa, US Geological Survey
    • Josh Lawler, University of Washington
    • Sara O’Brien, Willamette Partnership
    • Jeff Raker, Regional Open Space Strategy
    • Scott Redman, Puget Sound Partnership
    • Elaine Somers, US Environmental Protection Agency – Region 10
    • Stephanie Suter, Puget Sound Partnership
    • Paula Swedeen, Swedeen Consulting
    • Brian Walsh, Puget Sound Partnership

    Governance and Finance

    Committee Listing, Coming Soon

    Puyallup-White Watershed Advisory Group

    • Leslie Ann Rose, Citizens for a Healthy Bay
    • Jennifer Arnold, Bonneville Environmental Foundation
    • Bryan Bowden, National Park Service
    • Dennis Canty, American Farmland Trust
    • Ryan Dicks, Pierce County Dept. of Sustainability
    • Kimberly Freeman, Pierce County
    • John Garner, Metro Parks & PC Biodiversity Network
    • Andrew  Hayes, Washington Department of Natural Resources
    • Colin Hume, WA Department of Ecology
    • Tom Kantz, Pierce County Surface Water Management
    • Kirk; Kirkland, Forever Green Council
    • Krystal Kyer, Tahoma Audubon
    • Russ; Ladley, Puyallup Tribe
    • Teresa Lewis, Pierce County
    • Ryan Mello, Pierce Conservation District
    • Jane Moore, Forever Green Council
    • Tristan Peter-Contesse, Puget Sound Partnership
    • Jordan Rash, Forterra
    • Lorin Reinelt, King Co. River & Floodplain Mgmt.
    • Dave Seabrook, Puyallup River Watershed Coalition
    • Marianne Seifert, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Dept.
    • Lisa Spurrier, Pierce County Watershed Services
    • Jeffrey; Thomas, Puyallup Tribe
    • Michelle Tirhi, Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife
    • Robert Warren, Bonneville Environmental Foundation
    • Sarah Wilcox, Pierce Conservation District

  • Epidemics? Measles and Terrorism

    Epidemics? Measles and Terrorism

    The Epidemic spread of  Terrorism? ISIS, ISIL, Al-Qaida,  SHIITE MILITIAS

    The Epidemic spread of Measles?

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    Full Definition of EPIDEMIC.

    1 : an outbreak of disease that spreads quickly and affects many individuals at the same time : an outbreak of epidemic disease.

    2 : an outbreak or product of sudden rapid spread, growth, or development of, relating to, or of the nature of an epidemic.

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    MEDIA COVERAGE?

    THE MEASLES EPIDEMIC?

     In the U.S.A created immediate wide spread public panic, a media public awareness alerts with big maps of how fast and where it had spread. Mass media warnings on how if the Measles epidemic was allowed to run out of control and was left unchecked it would be disastrous.  They reported the statistics on how many deaths and serious complication per thousand. The need for immediate action/vaccination, and our elected representatives and law makers both federal and state, started passing immunization laws and demanded NATIONAL POLICY, And an all hands on deck STRATEGY.

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    MEDIA COVERAGE?

    THE TERRORIST EPIDEMIC? Not so much?

    THE GLOBAL EPIDEMIC  OF TERRORISM ISIS, ISIL SHIITE MILITIAS AL-QAIDA?

    NOT MUCH!

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    IF YOU WANT THE TRUTH? February 6, 2015 C-SPAN

    Download Phillip Smyth’s Presentation (PDF)

    THE FIGHT AGAINST ISIL: SHIITE MILITIAS AND THE COALITION EFFORT

    With big maps and illustrations  showing how fast and where it has spread.

    THE TERRORIST EPIDEMIC that has spread quickly and has affected many individuals at the same time. The outbreak or product of sudden rapid spread, growth, or development of, relating to, TERRORISM or of the nature of an epidemic.

    MEDIA COVERAGE?

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    And, then there is this? MEDIA COVERAGE?

    THE RHETORIC OF OPPORTUNITY?  February 6, 2015

    Feb. 6, 2015 U.S. National Security Advisor, Ann Rice

    While  the  world is faced with the ISIS terrorists and their middle east barbaric atrocities?

    She called it a U.S. OPPORTUNITY?  Another U.S. opportunity to avoid the U.S. war on terror strategy? 

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    FACTS ARE TROUBLESOME THINGS

    But, only for those who cannot acknowledge the TRUTH

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    THE FIGHT AGAINST ISIL: SHIITE MILITIAS AND THE COALITION EFFORT

    Michael Knights, Phillip Smyth, and P. J. Dermer

    February 6, 2015 C-SPAN

    Download Michael Knight’s Presentation (PDF)

    Download Phillip Smyth’s Presentation (PDF)

    Six months into the coalition air campaign, ISIL has finally been ejected from Kobane, but the hard work of rolling back the group’s territorial gains in Syria and Iraq remains. As airstrikes continue, two distinct approaches are being taken to counter the challenge on the ground. In Iraq, Baghdad and Washington are working to reconstitute and field an integrated Internal Security Force. And in Syria, Iran and the Assad regime are deploying a series of Shiite militias to combat ISIL.

    To discuss these differing regional approaches, The Washington Institute is pleased to host a Policy Forum with Michael Knights, Phillip Smyth, and Ambassador Brett McGurk. Watch live starting at 1:00 p.m. EST on Friday, February 6, 2015.

    Michael Knights is a Lafer Fellow at the Institute and author of its just-released study The Long Haul: Rebooting U.S. Security Cooperation in Iraq.

    Phillip Smyth is a researcher at the University of Maryland and author of the blog Hizballah Cavalcade, which focuses on Shiite Islamist militarism in the Middle East. The Institute will soon release his latest study, The Shiite Jihad in Syria and Its Regional Effects.

    P. J. Dermer is a retired Army colonel who served multiple tours in the Middle East, including two in Iraq. He participated in standing up both civil and defense institutions in Iraq and served as the senior military advisor for reconciliation and to Iraqi forces in Baghdad in 2008. Since retiring from the military, he has worked in Iraq in private business development and consulting.

    http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/the-fight-against-isil-shiite-militias-and-the-coalition-effort

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     Phillip Smyth – The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

    www.washingtoninstitute.org/…

    Washington Institute for Near East Policy

    Phillip Smyth is a researcher at the University of Maryland. He writes the blog Hizballah Cavalcade, which focuses on Shiite Islamist militarism in the Middle East …

    Phillip Smyth, a terrorism researcher at the University of Maryland, said Obama’s history of reluctance was born out of a post-9/11 reality, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which “crafted a presidency where there was a pushback to earlier policies. Obama’s own worldview aside, many Americans felt that after years of fighting, the best solution was to just pull out and allow other powers to pick up the slack.”

    Smyth added that in lieu of the United States “acting unilaterally or leading from the front,” it clearly took a “backseat” approach.

    Rodban said: “In many circles, analysts now consider America’s response to 9/11 to be an overreaction that pulled the country into two wars that it couldn’t win, against an amorphous enemy it couldn’t beat. As a candidate, Senator Obama criticized the Bush doctrine and promised to end America’s wars, reverse what he saw as the previous administration’s overreach, and end the notion that the United States is the world’s policeman.” Rodban added that “the Obama doctrine has mainly been defined by what it’s not.”

    Regarding the Syrian crisis, Smyth said there was collective “paralysis in many circles, and in others poorly hashed-out strategies” that stemmed from “the will to not really be involved.” He added that “9/11 in some ways blinded policy-makers, since it helped craft a simpler narrative of the United States versus an evil actor.”

    Obama’s presidency has been marked by a strong hesitation to engage in any fight that the United States cannot win. However, he may have just entered one against an ambiguous entity and ideology whose very nature makes it virtually impossible to gauge progress or success in defeating.

    Despite years of Obama attempting to disengage from the region, on the 13th anniversary of 9/11 his speech highlighted the fact that a U.S. foreign policy marked mostly by inertia has little place long-term in the Middle East.

    Last Update: Thursday, 11 September 2014 KSA 15:59 – GMT 12:59

    http://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/analysis/2014/09/11/From-al-Qaeda-to-ISIS-what-s-changed-since-9-11-.html

    What has changed from Al-Qaeda to ISIS? Between Sept 11, 2011 and Feb. 6, 2015

    MEDIA COVERAGE?

    CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT? NOT MUCH!


  • How Complicated is it?

    How Complicated is WHAT?

    THE IF AND WHEN OF US SECURITY STRATEGY? ON TERRORISTS, WARS  and  FOREIGN POLICY?

    “IS SO COMPLICATED” THE PRESIDENT AND HIS PRESS SECRETARIES ARE TIP TOEING AROUND IN THE ROSE GARDEN LIKE IT’S A MINE FIELD.

    “WE DON’T HAVE A STRATEGY YET” OBAMA SAID

    AUG 28, 2014 – FEB 2, 2015?

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    Hearing National Security Strategy | Video | C-SPAN.org

    C-Span‎ – 2 days ago

    January 29, 2015 … Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger, Madeleine Albright, and George Shultz testified at …

    (I watched it, did you?)

    JANUARY 29, 2015 HISTORY  LESSONS FROM SCHULTZ,  KISSINGER  and ALBRIGHT ON  U.S. INVOLVEMENT IN THE MIDDLE EAST WARS, TERRORISTS, STRATEGY, DIPLOMACY AND  FOREIGN POLICY

    Jan 29,2015,  Is the U.S.A. in trouble?

    “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”

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    Testimony and comments by Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger, Madeleine Albright, and George Shultz on C-SPAN hearing on National Security.

    THE US SECURITY  STRATEGY?

    January 29, 2015 HISTORY  LESSONS FROM SCHULTZ,  KISSINGER  and ALBRIGHT ON  U.S. INVOLVEMENT IN THE MIDDLE EAST WARS, TERRORISTS, STRATEGY, DIPLOMACY AND  FOREIGN POLICY.

    Jan 29, 2015 SCHULTZ,  KISSINGER  and ALBRIGHT

    “What are your greatest  concerns?”

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    Meanwhile back ON THE HILL …. BETTER BONE UP ON  YOUR  HISTORY  LESSONS

    “Education: the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.”

    “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”

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    If you are concerned? 62% of AMERICAN’S ARE (continue reading)

    Don’t kill the messenger

    “Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.”

    I’ve spent  over 30 hours, since listening on C-SPAN, to the testimony from SCHULTZ,  KISSINGER  and ALBRIGHT , researching, digging up current and historical documents and facts. I have included snippets and comments from entities with very diverse and well informed backgrounds.

    HOW “COMPLICATED” IS  OBAMA U.S. SECURITY STRATEGY?

    My comment, Based on the understanding of a reasonable person?

    It could be  ESPECIALLY INSIDIOUS because of the domino effect and the feedback runaway and  wherein impacts between offending and offended countries  including  Radical Religious terrorism of sizable mass spalls off on smaller countries from allied support for the force of US military Support and weapons.

    The offending and offended country, Radical Religious entities, terrorists,  can then hit other countries, creating even more widespread refuges problems, genocide, killing of Christians, more beheadings of diversified individuals from international origin and capture, more demands for ransom, from all countries that support the war on terrorism  and if a  large allied defense  backing  US Military support, weapons, boots on the ground, sanctions and  intervention  were to occur?

    Such as between a the U.S.A. , Iran, Iraq, Israel, Afghanistan, Russia,  SYRIA,  and, we must  toss in China and Africa etc. too!   Or as the result of hostile actions in space, bombing, DRONES, then the resulting POLITICA L debris cascade, ESPECIALLY INSIDIOUS because development and proliferation of nuclear weapons could be used and could render the defense of  legal borders  and sovereignty of states  essentially impossible.

    WHAT’S SO COMPLICATED ABOUT THAT?

    THE US GOVERNMENT, OBAMA,  MUST NOT OFFEND ANY OF OUR ALLYS, OUR ENEMIES, TERRORISTS, RELIGIOUS ENTITIES, NATIONALITIES, OR  OFFEND ANY OF  THE LEADERS OF ANY OF THESE FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS AT ANYTIME?

    “The difference between using an offending word and a non-offending word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”

    YOU CAN PLEASE SOME OF THESE FOREIGN  ENTITIES  SOME OF THE TIME?

    Who knows what the future might bring? The nation seethes with ethnic, sectarian, tribal and ideological grievances.

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    More news for SCHULTZ, KISSINGER and ALBRIGHT National Security Jan. 29,2015

    Jan 29, 2015 SCHULTZ,  KISSINGER  and ALBRIGHT

    “WHAT ARE YOUR GREATEST  CONCERNS?”

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    KISSINGER – ISIS

    Iran wants to development and use nuclear weapons to bomb Israel.

    SCHULTZ  Iran wants to development and use nuclear weapons to annihilate  Israel.

    Give Syria us military weapons “YES”  BUT, security to protect the weapons?

    SCHULTZ  SECURITY WARNING.. If there is LOOTING there is no SECURITY.

    SCHULTZ  ON  “MISSION CREEP” one objective at a time, get in, do it and get out.

    Defeating  ISIS, a revolutionary force that doesn’t recognize regional borders.

    Russia and Syria “the NO BORDERS concept and  loss of states SOVEREIGNTY by assertive domination”

    SCHULTZ EUROPEAN DEPENDENCY ON RUSSIAN OIL

    TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATION

    TAKING DOWN OUR POWER GRID

    OBAMA DRAWS LINES? BUT DOES NOT FOLLOW THROUGH…

    my words… “Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightening that does the work.”

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    Jan 29, 2015 SCHULTZ  STRATEGY, DIPLOMACY and  FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC POLICY

    (his hindsight is 20/20)

    United Religions Initiative

    664 Cooperation Circles in 85 Countries – United Religions …

    www.uri.org/the_world_of_uri

    United Religions Initiative Logo. | Register | Give | The Latest | Resources … 664 Cooperation Circles in 85 Countries.

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    2009 ALBRIGHT’S  STRATEGY, DIPLOMACY AND FOREIGN POLICY

    May 19, 2006  (nearly nine years ago)

    Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright acknowledges that her new book “The Mighty and the Almighty” flies in the face of conventional wisdom on foreign policy.

    May 19, 2006 “DIPLOMATS IN MY ERA WERE TAUGHT NOT TO INVITE TROUBLE.

     AND NO SUBJECT SEEMED MORE INHERENTLY TREACHEROUS THAN RELIGION.”

    Albright sought to expand relations with AMERICAN MUSLIM LEADERS

    Decision makers need to do a better job of understanding RELIGION’S role in the world. She also suggests the government should use religious leaders to support and explain U.S. foreign policy.

    WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND ISLAM BETTER. I think we all have a tendency to generalize, to focus on the worst part of what is happening under the auspices, SO TO SPEAK, OF ISLAM. AND THAT’S EXTREMISM AND SOME OF THE VIOLENCE.

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    TOO BAD THE BOOK WAS NOT A BEST SELLER

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    Jan 29,2015 SCHULTZ SECURITY WARNING..

    Give Syria us military weapons “YES” , BUT, secure and protect the weapons?

    If there is LOOTING there is no SECURITY.

    LOOTING Spring 2004. April 2003, during the mayhem that followed the collapse of Saddam Hussein’s regime, looters entered the Iraq National …

    World affairs editor, BBC News March 19, 2008

    Vice-President Dick Cheney came to Baghdad and talked about “the phenomenal improvement in SECURITY”. That day more than 60 Iraqis were killed in bomb attacks.

    Catastrophe! Ten Years Later  2013 Looting, Destruction, and Preservation of Cultural Heritage in Iraq and the Wider Middle East

    LOOTING Apr 28, 2014 – Recently, villagers have increasingly extended their cemeteries, houses, and fields onto these significant Egyptian sites, looting them in the process.

    ISIS: The Spoils of the “Great Loot” in the Middle East

    July 1, 2014 Adding yet more warfare to the current crisis in the Middle East will perpetuate exactly what the imperial powers set out to do: TEAR AN ENTIRE REGION OF THE WORLD ASUNDER.

    By Conn Hallinan,

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    THE COMMITMENT?  

    COST OF NATIONAL SECURITY – National Priorities Project

    What counts as national security depends on your perspective.

    Some people consider wars overseas to be national security.

    http://nationalpriorities.org/cost-of/

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     Jan. 29,2015  KISSINGER QUESTIONS  ON STRATEGY 

    What do we seek to achieve or prevent?  What lengths are we willing to take to achieve.

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    Iraq War Facts, Results & Statistics at January 31, 2012 … War-Spending – About $1 trillion of US taxpayers’ funds spent or approved for spending through 2011.

    03/14/13 The Iraq War cost the United States,  MORE THAN $3 TRILLION according to the calculations of at least one Nobel prize-winning economist

    Total US National Security Spending, 2014-2015 … as the human costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan ( and worldwide)  continue to grow. …

    On-Budget Federal Budget Authority is $2.9 TRILLION IN 2014 and $3.2 TRILLION IN 2015.

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    Indeed, the 62% of concerned American citizens should be asking the same questions of their president and elected representative in WA DC.

    What do we seek to achieve or prevent? 

    What lengths are we willing to take to achieve?

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    AFTER THIRTEEN YEARS OF WAR?

    THE WAR TOLL ON THE HUMAN RACE?

    THE TEN $10 TRILLION DOLLARS?

    HOW MANY DEAD AND WOUNDED WARRIORS?

    HOW MANY DEAD CIVILIAN CAUSALITIES?

    HOW MANY HOMELESS MORE REFUGEES?

    WHEN WILL THEY NAME AND IDENTIFY THE ENEMY?

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    Just asking…

    HOW ABOUT SOME  HOME LAND SECURITY? TO PROTECT AMERICAN CITIZENS FROM HOME GROWN TERRORISTS? AND PROVIDE DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY?

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    COST OF CONFLICT?

    The price of conflict TO THE HUMAN RACE?

    To bring new insights to the debate on global SECURITY?

    The idea is to examine this cost, not only in terms of the deaths and casualties and the economic costs borne by the people involved, but also the social, developmental, environmental and STRATEGIC costs of conflict.

    Jan 7, 2015 – Last year saw a dramatic escalation of the MIDDLE EAST’S REFUGEE CRISIS. SYRIA’S … UP TO 13 MILLION  SYRIANS AND IRAQIS HAVE BEEN DISPLACED FROM THEIR HOMES.

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    History

    Oct 21, 2011 – Pivotal events in Iraq from the March 2003 invasion to the December 2011 withdrawal of U.S. troops

    Who knows what the future might bring? The nation seethes with ethnic, sectarian, tribal and ideological grievances.

    Jan 29,2015  Kissinger said,  A strategy driven budget, NOT  A budget driven by Strategy? (I don’t know what that means?)

    OBAMA Strategy? Aug 28, 2014 – “We don’t have a strategy yet,”

    Obama strategy?  Feb 2, 2015

    Jan. 29, 2015 SCHULTZ  avoid  MISSION CREEP, one objective at a time, get in, do it and get out.

    Sep 18, 2014 – Mission Creep, a term that has come to describe a gradual shift in objectives during the course of a military campaign, often resulting in

    Sep 23, 2014 – America’s Mission Creep To War In The Middle East. BBC. How Obama’s War Against ISIS Just Keeps Growing…

    Nov 7, 2014 – … ask Congress for $5 billion for military operations in the Middle East … suggestions that the doubling of forces amounted to mission creep.

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    My comment and question?

    THE U.S. MILITARY HAS BEEN “MISSION CREEPING”  around in the Middle East for 13 years.

    WHAT WAS THE STRATEGY?

    Middle Eastern oil has enchanted global powers?

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    JAN. 29, 2015 Overall consensus, SCHULTZ,  KISSINGER  and ALBRIGHT

    Speak softly and carry a big stick.

    Oops, About the U.S. Military  big stick?

    JAN. 29, 2015 KISSINGER THE STATE OF OUR “MILITARY POWER?” “IS NOT ADEQUATE”

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    History

    Iraq war shows limits of US power

    World affairs editor, BBC News

     March 19, 2008 More importantly, the war has shown the limits of American power. It is clear the United States can only manage to fight two small wars at a time.

    We have seen how hard it is for the Americans to deal with a few thousand lightly-armed volunteers

    Iraq and Afghanistan have stretched the US armed forces almost to breaking point. America after the invasion of Iraq is no longer the superpower it was before.

    On Monday, Vice-President Dick Cheney came to Baghdad and talked about “the phenomenal improvement in SECURITY“. That day more than 60 Iraqis were killed in bomb attacks.

    Germany’s 19th-Century Chancellor, Otto von Bismarck, said that GREAT POWERS HAD TO BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN THEY PUT THEIR MILITARY STRENGTH TO THE TEST. UNLESS THEY ARE OVERWHELMINGLY SUCCESSFUL, HE MEANT, THE PERCEPTION WILL BE THAT THEY HAVE BEEN DEFEATED.

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    MORE Albright 2009,

    Well, because I think that in looking at what was going on in the world, it was evident that religion and the force of religion and people’s interpretation of how they saw God, really is very much a part of international relations. Rather than keeping religion and religious leaders out of things, we need their help.

    We are dealing with very basic issues of human existence. And, everybody comes with a certain amount of their own history –thousands of years of culture and history.

    She believes President Bush has alienated potential allies around the world who disagree with his religious beliefs. “GOD IS ON OUR SIDE?” (I remember  the quote, and thought at the time, boy she’s right,  that is really going to set them off)

    Albright sought to expand relations with AMERICAN MUSLIM LEADERS

    Decision makers need to do a better job of understanding religion’s role in the world. She also suggests the government should use religious leaders to support and explain U.S. foreign policy.

    Our diplomats are very well trained and they are very capable. But, they have not really focused on religion per se as a subject of study. A Secretary of State has economic advisors and arms control advisors and environmental advisors. And so, I would advocate having religious advisors that are complementing all the other advisors.

    complete text at

    http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/2006/05/19/may-19-2006-madeleine-albright/1845/

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    HAVE I GOTTEN YOUR ATTENTION? WATCH THIS

    Hearing National Security Strategy | Video | C-SPAN.org

    C-Span‎ – 2 days ago

    January 29, 2015 … Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger, Madeleine Albright, and George Shultz testified at …

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    WANT MORE HISTORY?

    Behind My Back | The Art of War

    www.behindmyback.org/2013/09/11/the-art-of-war/

    Sep 11, 2013 – 544-496 BC), the author of The Art of War (孫子兵法), an immensely influential ANCIENT CHINESE BOOK ON MILITARY STRATEGY. Sun Tzu …

    “THERE IS NO INSTANCE OF A COUNTRY HAVING BENEFITED FROM PROLONGED WARFARE.

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    Behind My Back | Kilmer on the art of war

    www.behindmyback.org/2013/10/24/kilmer-on-the-art-of-war/

    Oct 24, 2013 – Subject: KILMER : Responding to “The Art of War” —– Original Message —– From: Representative Derek Kilmer To: phew@wavecable.com …

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    Behind My Back | INHERITING THE NATIONAL DEBT

    www.behindmyback.org/category/inheriting-the-national-debt/

    Nov 13, 2013 – “We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt” Thomas …. at http://famguardian.org/Subjects/Politics/thomasjefferson/jeff1340.htm.

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    Behind My Back | NO MORE US WAR AND CONFLICT

    www.behindmyback.org/category/no-more-us-war-and-conflict/

    May 17, 2014 – Cost of Conflict is a tool which attempts to calculate the price of conflict to the human race. … http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cost_of_conflict# …

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    IT’S PERSONAL

     In 1999 FIVE BLOCKS FROM MY HOME in Port Angeles WA, one of “THOSE ISLAMIC EXTREMIST TERRORISTS” with a trunk full of explosives came into my town in the USA, across the international border from Canada.

    STRATEGY ? TERRORISTS? I asked Rep. Kilmer at Port Angeles WA Town Hall Meeting  about  Unmentionable Islamic extremist terrorists?

    Rep. Kilmer did  respond, but Rep. Kilmer did not answer my  question…

     


  • Health Impacts of Electromagnetic Pollution?

    Health Impacts of Electromagnetic Pollution?

    It is imperative the U.S. Congress focus on the connection between unchecked growth in electromagnetic fields and the Electrosensivity of  all living things on earth.

    Three U.S. Governors HAVE Acknowledge Health Impacts of Electromagnetic Pollution from Wireless Technologies.

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    Dr. Robert O. Becker, M.D. ­ twice nominated for the Nobel Prize, one of the foremost experts on EMR. “I have no doubt in my mind that at the present time,

    THE GREATEST POLLUTING ELEMENT IN THE EARTH’S ENVIRONMENT IS THE PROLIFERATION OF ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS.

    I consider that to be far greater on a global scale, than warming, and the increase in chemical elements in the environment.”

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    Telecommunications Act of 1996?

    Posted as  “Against the Law to try to Protect One’s Health?”

    and its unexpected consequences, offer vivid lessons in……

    WHAT HAPPENS WHEN PUBLIC POLICY IS MADE LARGELY WITHOUT EITHER INFORMING OR CONSULTING THE PUBLIC?

     ELECTROSENSIVITY  IN PEOPLE

    Headache, Sleep disturbances (Insomnia), Dizziness, Nausea, Heart Palpitations, Heart Pain, Concentration Problems, Fatigue, Listlessness, Indigestion, Reddening of Skin, Tingling Sensations, Anxiety Attacks, Memory Problems, Swollen Lymph Nodes, Excessive Thirst, Frequent Urination, Vision Problems, Tinnitus (Ringing in the Ears), Increase in allergies/sensitivities, etc.

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    SOME DO NOT attribute these symptoms to something that they cannot perceive with their five senses ­ sight, smell, touch, hearing, or taste ­ and end up misattributing them to something else. 

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     “Today, unprecedented exposure levels and intensities of magnetic, electric, and electromagnetic fields from numerous wireless technologies interfere with the natural information system and functioning OF HUMANS, animals, and plants. The consequences of this development, which have already been predicted by critics for many decades, cannot be ignored anymore. Bees and other insects vanish; birds avoid certain places and become disorientated at others. Humans suffer from functional impairments and diseases. And insofar as the latter are hereditary, they will be passed on to next generations as pre-existing defects”.

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    Are EMFs Killing Insects, Frogs, Birds And US? – Rense

    www.rense.com/general81/emfs.htm

    Are Microwaves Killing The Insects, Frogs, And Birds? And Are We Next? 3-20-8 … If all the insects, amphibians, and birds are disappearing, how much longer …

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    New U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Reports on EMF and …

    electromagnetichealth.org/…/emf-and-warnke-report-on-beesbirds-and-

    May 18, 2009 – Ulrich Warnke, PhD, “Bees, Birds and Mankind”, is also attached below. … /BeesBirdsMankindDestroying-Nature-by-Electrosmog-Ulrich- …

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    18.05.2009 by Camilla Category Electromagnetic Health Blog

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    Critique of National Association for Independent Schools Statement

    08.09.2014 by emily Category Electromagnetic Health Blog

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    Electromagnetic Radiation Safety

    www.saferemr.com/

    Mobilize, a feature-length documentary about cell phone radiation, premiered on September 12, 2014.

    The film explores the potential long-term health effects from cell phone radiation and examines recent scientific research and the challenges politicians face trying to adopt precautionary legislation. Featuring interviews with experts, wireless industry representatives and prominent politicians, THE FILM ILLUMINATES HOW INDUSTRY’S ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL INFLUENCE CAN UNDERMINE PUBLIC HEALTH.  Including

    Oct 17, 2014 Health effects of electromagnetic radiation exposure from cell phones, Wi-Fi, and Smart Meters.


  • DCD Directing EBOLA Training?

    DCD Directing EBOLA Training?

    THE DCD PROGRAM FOR TRAINING  EBOLA  HEALTHCARE WORKERS should include the use of this 2011 technology.

    Glo Germ Powder a product designed to simulate the spread of germs.

    Special UV rays revealed more than a dozen hot spots of potential contamination.

     The glow in the dark simulated germs were everywhere and on everything.

    STOP TRYING TO GUESS HOW OR WHY?

    DETERMINE  EVERY POTENTIAL CONTAMINATION FOR WHAT IS HAPPENING AND ELIMINATE THEM.

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    If the DCD is to SCIENTIFICALLY  identify the spread of EBOLA?

    Use the Glo Germ Powder on a test dummy, use the apartment, use the ambulance, use the airplane, use the ER room, use the ER caregivers, go through all of the motions, the clean-up team for the apartment, the disposal of the contaminated objects, test everything and everyone after the decontamination process.

    Special UV rays SHALL reveal the hot spots of potential contamination.

    Stop guessing how EBOLA may? is? being spread, the technology is available.

    USE IT!

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    Facts are troublesome things.

    If you then touch your eyes, mouth or nose before washing your hands,you may become infected.

    Washing contaminated items can splash the germs up to three feet

     The germs can live for up to 24 hours on a contaminated surface

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    DCD PROTOCOL ON  Nov. 11, 2009  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    GERMS SPREAD BY CONTACT “Good Morning America” WARNING.

    I remember watching the program, IT WAS UNFORGETTABLE. Cohen was unaware?

    Glo Germ Powder a product designed to simulate the spread of germs

    Special UV rays revealed more than a dozen hot spots of potential contamination. The germs were everywhere and on everything.

    Washing contaminated items can splash the germs up to three feet.

    The germs can live for up to 24 hours on a contaminated surface

    If you then touch your eyes, mouth or nose before washing your hands, you may become infected ——————————————————————————————————————

    GERMS SPREAD BY CONTACT

    Sharon Cohen’s kitchen looked spotless. The toaster sparkled, the utensils shined and the dishes in the sink looked clean.

    But when the lights went off, Cohen’s kitchen lit up. Cohen was unaware “Good Morning America” had treated the chicken she had just cooked with Glo Germ Powder, a product designed to simulate the spread of germs

    Special UV rays revealed more than a dozen hot spots of potential contamination in her kitchen that appeared when she prepared the two packages of chicken, despite diligent washing.

    If the Glo Germ Powder had been the real stuff, the kinds of bacteria found on raw chicken, it could be dangerous. Chicken can carry salmonella, which is the No. 1 cause of food-borne illness in the United States.

    Of the 1.4 million people who contract salmonellosis every year, 15,000 are hospitalized and more than 400 die, ACCORDING TO THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION.

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    Facts are troublesome things.

    Infectious diseases Causes – Mayo Clinic

    www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/…/con-20033534

    Mayo Clinic (no date on this article?)

    Three ways infectious diseases can be spread through direct contact are: … These germs can also spread through the exchange of body fluids from sexual contactE. coli, for example, is a bacterium present in or on certain foods

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    Infectious diseases can be caused by:

    Direct contact

    An easy way to catch most infectious diseases is by coming in contact with a person or animal who has the infection. Three ways infectious diseases can be spread through direct contact are:

    • Person to person. A common way for infectious diseases to spread is through the direct transfer of bacteria, viruses or other germs from one person to another. This can occur when an individual with the bacterium or virus touches, coughs on or kisses someone who isn’t infected.

    These germs can also spread through the exchange of body fluids from sexual contact or a blood transfusion.

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     Indirect contact

    Disease-causing organisms also can be passed by indirect contact. Many germs can linger on an inanimate object, such as a tabletop, doorknob or faucet handle.

    When you touch a doorknob handled by someone ill with the flu or a cold, for example, you can pick up the germs he or she left behind. If you then touch your eyes, mouth or nose before washing your hands, you may become infected.

    Animal to person. Being bitten or scratched by an infected animal — even a pet — can make you sick and, in extreme circumstances, can be fatal

    Food contamination

    Another way disease-causing germs can infect you is through contaminated food and water. This mechanism of transmission allows germs to be spread to many people through a single source. E. coli, for example, is a bacterium present in or on certain foods

    Viruses. Even smaller than bacteria, viruses cause a multitude of diseases — ranging from the common cold to AIDS.

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    REMEMBER  THIS?

    Brianne Kiner – The 1993 Jack in the Box E. coli Outbreak

    www.billmarler.com/key_case/jack-in-the-box-e-coli-outbreak/

    E. coli attorney Bill Marler represented over 100 victims of the Jack in the Box E. coli … Bill Marler is a food poisoning attorney who champions the cause of children … (602 of them from Washington State) and led to 171 hospitalizations and 4 deaths.

    Most often, E. coli spreads when someone eats food that contains the bacteria.

    Infections due to Escherichia coli bacteria can cause severe, bloody diarrhea.

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    GERMS SPREAD BY CONTACT DCD PROTOCOL? ON  Nov. 11, 2009

    Oct. 15, 2014 ARE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAFE FROM EBOLA?

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    Source

    Is Your Chicken Safe From Salmonella?

    Nov. 11, 2009

    By MORGAN ZALKIN and RICHARD BESSER

    Richard Besser More from Richard »

    Chief Health and Medical Editor

    via

    http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/HealthyLiving/chicken-safe-salmonella/story?id=9049797

    GERMS SPREAD BY CONTACT DCD PROTOCOL? ON   Oct. 15, 2014?


  • The “Magic” Immigration Act

    The Magic Immigration Disappearing ACT?

    NOW YOU SEE THEM? NOW YOU DON’T?

    57,000 ILLEGAL’S?

    Feds Announce SURPRISE PLAN To End Use Of Military Facilities For Immigrant Children

    The NEW Magic Immigration Disappearing ACT?

    About 57,000 minors, mostly from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, crossed into the U.S. since October. MORE THAN 30,000 HAVE BEEN RELEASED TO SPONSORS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING 211 IN WASHINGTON STATE.

    Indeed, THIS IS NOT  ” A MAGIC DISAPPEARING ACT “

    IT IS “THE NEW IMMIGRATION CATCH AND RELEASE ILLEGAL ALIENS ACTION PROGRAM”

    MAGIC by definition: conjuring tricks and illusions that make apparently impossible things seem to happen, a supposed supernatural power that makes impossible things happen

    ACT by definition; behavior that is intended to impress or deceive other people,  somebody’s actions or behavior considered as entertainment or used as an assessment of that person’s worth

    The disappearance of 57,000 ILLEGALS is definitely an ACT!

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    NOW YOU SEE THEM, 57,000 ILLEGAL’S? NOW YOU DON’T?

    MORE THAN 30,000 illegal’s  released …. And? What happened to the other 27,000?

    They have definitely “NOT”  fallen off the American gravy train.

     IF THEY ARE IN THE U.S.A., THEY ARE ALL ON THE AMERICAN GRAVY TRAIN,  by definition: a position in which a person or group receives excessive and unjustified money or advantages …

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    Have the 57,000 illegal’s, illegally  crossed US borders  and fallen into the arms of?

    The Immigration Dream Act?

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    Illegal immigrants released to illegal immigrants?

    AS 57,000 illegal’s, are moving forward in the continuation, of the “GENERATIONAL” illegal immigration pattern,  on the path to citizenship created and promoted by?

    The Immigration Dream Act?

    “How’s come it’s gone from 1,200, now it’s down to 190 children at Fort Sill? Well the answer is, the children are being released. And they are being released to sponsors who are in the country themselves illegally,” Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) told Fox News. “It’s very difficult to understand who we are releasing these children to and certainly it’s impossible to do criminal background checks on people who are in this country illegally.”

    Who are these Illegal immigrants being released to? illegal immigrants?

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    The Immigration Dream Act?

    DREAM by definition: something that somebody hopes, longs, or is ambitious for, usually something difficult to attain or far removed from present circumstances.

    ACT by definition; behavior that is intended to impress or deceive other people,  somebody’s actions or behavior considered as entertainment or used as an assessment of that person’s worth

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    The CREST Immigration Act?

    CREST by definition, McCain’s office just said that “it’s an acronym.” So just a catchy word. many acronyms attempt to relate to the subject of the bill, but some (like CREST) are just completely random.

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    How about? The new immigrants CATCH AND RELEASE ACT? (NICRA)

    Don’t you just love the words to describe the 57,000 illegal immigrants?

    Children? (when it has been reported that 91% are TEENAGERS)

    Children Jul 22, 2014 – According to a new Pew Research report, in fiscal year 2013, 91% OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT “CHILDREN” APPREHENDED AT THE BORDER WERE TEENAGERS.

    Good Grief!  What is 91% of 57,000 that are illegal Teenage immigrants?

    51,870 TEENAGERS? How many documented their AGE? How many are males? From how many different countries? How many are GANG affiliated?

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    The new Immigration CATCH AND RELEASE Disappearing ACT?

    The Immigration Dream Act?

    The CREST Immigration Act?

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    Host? Shelter? House? caring for?  detain?

    Indeed, it is not “A MAGIC DISAPPEARING  ACT”

    it is “THE NEW IMMIGRATION CATCH AND RELEASE ILLEGAL ALIENS ACTION PROGRAM”

    Feds Announce Surprise Plan To End Use Of Military Facilities For Immigrant Children … end it use of three military bases to HOUSE illegal immigrant children … “As a result, we expect the Ft. Sill facility to no longer be CARING FOR …

    Lewis-McChord will not HOST unaccompanied minors

    Mass. military bases no longer asked to SHELTER immigrant CHILDREN

    Our military bases are no place to house DETAINED CHILDREN,” said Rep. Martha Roby, an Alabama Republican who led the charge against HHS …

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    the bottom line

    Indeed, it is not “A MAGIC DISAPPEARING ACT”

    It is “THE NEW IMMIGRATION CATCH AND RELEASE ILLEGAL ALIENS ACTION PROGRAM”

    As 57,000 illegal’s, are moving forward in the continuation, of the “GENERATIONAL” illegal immigration pattern,  following the path to American citizenship, created and promoted by,

    The Immigration Dream Act?

    This is an American Nightmare.

     


  • The Congressional “Can Kickers”?

    The CONGRESSIONAL “CAN KICKERS”?

    WHY? AND HOW DOES CONGRESS DO IT?

    WHY? If you kick the can down the road, you delay a decision in hopes that the problem or issue will go away or somebody else will make the decision later.

    HOW? INDEED.

    BY USING AMERICAN TAX DOLLARS?

    BY TAXING? BY ROBBING PETER? PAUL? AND MARY?

    BY INCREASING? BY DIVERTING? BY OVERSPENDING?

    BY PULLING FUNDS FROM? BY PUSHING FUNDS TO? BY INCLUDING MEASURES?

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    HOW MANY CANS HAS CONGRESS KICKED?

    So far, Congress has made 21 short-term extensions to the highway fund.

    KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE HIGHWAY.

    The bill is funded by pulling $10.8 billion from other areas of the budget, including pension taxes and customs fees. The Senate has a similar bill, but it includes measures to increase taxes to pay for the fund.

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    SOUNDS MIGHTY FAMILIAR?

    HOW MUCH WOOD WOULD A WOOD CHUCK? if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

    We’ve all heard the answer to that age-old question:

    He’d chuck the wood that a woodchuck COULD chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood.

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    HOW MANY  CANS WOULD A CONGRESS KICK, IF A CONGRESS COULD KICK CANS?

    We’ve all heard the answer to that age-old question

    A CONGRESS WOULD  KICK THE CANS THAT A CONGRESS COULD KICK , IF A CONGRESS COULD KICK CANS.

    So far, Congress has made 21 short-term extensions to the highway fund.

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    SO WHAT NEW?

    THE 2014 “IMMIGRANT DISASTER”

    A NEW CONGRESSIONAL $3.7  BILLION DOLLAR “CAN KICKING”

    If you kick the can down the road, you delay a decision in hopes that the problem or issue will go away or somebody else will make the decision later.

    THIS PROBLEM IS NOT GOING AWAY!

    So, let’s JUST SWEEP? KICK? 60,000- 65,000 illegal alien immigrants UNDER THE RUG and transport them all over the United States, without INFORMING or obtaining the CONSENT of the citizens that live in these American cities, towns and states.

     

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    FEDERAL CONGRESSIONAL “CAN KICKERS”?

    To Senator’ s Maria Cantwell, Patty Murray

    and Representative Derek Kilmer 7/16/2014

    Indeed, THE 2014 “IMMIGRANT DISASTER”  is COMPLICATED.

    COMPLICATED by definition,  difficult to understand, DEAL WITH, or EXPLAIN

    1. A reasonable person would be incapable of  understanding the difficulty of it?

    2. That the issues of the problems are too difficult to deal with?

    3. That the issues of the problems are too difficult to explain?

    So, let’s JUST SWEEP 60,000- 65,000 illegal alien immigrants UNDER THE RUG and transport them all over the United States, without INFORMING or obtaining the CONSENT of the citizens that live in these American cities, towns and states.

    Please have someone in your office research and update you, so that you can provide an immediate response to the ON GOING July 15, 2014 immigration Crisis.

    DO NOT LEGISLATE  $3.7  BILLION TAXPAYERS DOLLARS TO PAY FOR THIS.

    WITHOUT CLOSING OR SECURING THE BORDERS.

    OR,  AGAIN,  AS USUAL, CONGRESS SHALL JUST  BE KICKING  ANOTHER CAN DOWN THE ROAD.

    Just like on July 15,2014, passing a temporary transportation bill. a temporary patch for the Highway Trust …

    Still, just a concerned American Grandmother

    Pearl Rains Hewett

     

     


  • Drowning in Stormwater Runoff Tax?

    SO? WHO IS Drowning in WA STATE Stormwater Runoff Taxes?

    THE Regional Stormwater Monitoring Program (RSMP)

    Participants  in The Phase I and II permit will help fund the monitoring and data analysis  (KING COUNTY, FOR EXAMPLE, MUST PAY $15,000 FOR THE FIRST YEAR AND $74,540 FOR SUBSEQUENT YEARS TO PARTICIPATE.)

    The updated rules are contained in the state’s new Municipal Stormwater permits which are administered by the Washington Department of Ecology.

    ECOLOGY IS DESIGNATED BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY TO UPHOLD THE FEDERAL CLEAN WATER ACT

    Phase I Washington Municipal Stormwater Permit

    Phase I Cities and Counties

    Seattle
    Tacoma
    Snohomish County

    King County
    Pierce County
    Clark County

    Participants  in THE PHASE I permit will help fund the monitoring and data analysis. (KING COUNTY, FOR EXAMPLE, MUST PAY $15,000 FOR THE FIRST YEAR AND $74,540 FOR SUBSEQUENT YEARS TO PARTICIPATE. in The Regional Stormwater Monitoring Program (RSMP)

    SO?  WHO IS Drowning in WA STATE Stormwater Runoff Tax?

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    Phase II Western Washington Municipal Stormwater Permit

    The Phase II permit for western Washington covers at least 80 cities and portions of five counties with an effective date of September 1, 2012. The updated 2013-2018 permit became effective on August 1, 2013.

    The new PHASE II MUNICIPAL STORMWATER PERMIT, which covers the next most populated areas and affects nearly 100 cities around the state.

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    My comment

    PORT ANGELES WASHINGTON IS THE ONLY PART OF  CLALLAM COUNTY DESIGNATED IN THE  PHASE II MUNICIPAL STORMWATER PERMIT and The Regional Stormwater Monitoring Program (RSMP)

    Participants  in THE PHASE II permit will help fund the monitoring and data analysis.

    IF FOR EXAMPLE, KING COUNTY MUST PAY $15,000 FOR THE FIRST YEAR AND $74,540 FOR SUBSEQUENT YEARS TO PARTICIPATE.

    HOW MUCH IS THE CITY OF PORT ANGELES TAXING ITS CITIZENS TO PAY TO PARTICIPATE AND FUND THE Regional Stormwater Monitoring Program (RSMP)

    AND, WHY HAS CLALLAM COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION  BOTHERED TO PREPARED A 81 PAGE DRAFT ON STORMWATER RUNOFF?

    When, PORT ANGELES WASHINGTON IS THE ONLY PART OF  CLALLAM COUNTY DESIGNATED IN THE  PHASE II MUNICIPAL STORMWATER PERMIT and The Regional Stormwater Monitoring Program (RSMP)

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    CITIES AND COUNTIES  INCLUDED IN ECOLOGY’S STORMWATER PERMIT

    Western Washington

    Phase II Cities

    Phase II Counties
    Phase II county permits apply to urban areas

    around permitted cities.

    Cowlitz County
    Kitsap County
    Skagit County
    Thurston County
    Whatcom County

    Aberdeen
    Algona
    Anacortes
    Arlington
    Auburn
    Bainbridge Island
    Battleground
    Bellevue
    Bellingham
    Black Diamond
    Bonney Lake
    Bothell
    Bremerton
    Brier
    Buckley
    Burien
    Burlington
    Camas
    Centralia
    Clyde Hill
    Covington

    Des Moines
    DuPont
    Duvall
    Edgewood
    Edmonds
    Enumclaw
    Everett
    Federal Way
    Ferndale
    Fife
    Fircrest
    Gig Harbor
    Granite Falls
    Issaquah
    Kelso
    Kenmore
    Kent
    Kirkland
    Lacey
    Lake Forest Park
    Lake Stevens

    Lakewood
    Longview
    Lynden
    Lynnwood
    Maple Valley
    Marysville
    Medina
    Mercer Island
    Mill Creek
    Milton
    Monroe
    Mountlake Terrace
    Mount Vernon
    Mukilteo
    Newcastle
    Normandy Park
    Oak Harbor
    Olympia
    Orting
    Pacific

    Port Angeles
    Port Orchard
    Poulsbo
    Puyallup
    Redmond
    Renton
    Sammamish
    SeaTac
    Sedro-Woolley
    Shoreline
    Snohomish
    Snoqualmie
    Steilacoom
    Sumner
    Tukwila
    Tumwater
    University Place
    Vancouver
    Washougal
    Woodinville

    These cities are legally obligated to try to control water that runs off pavements, roofs and streets in built areas every time it rains.  The rules governing how cities and other jurisdictions manage stormwater runoff and are contained in municipal permits, which were recently updated in Washington State

    There are actually two Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permits: one for Western Washington and one for Eastern Washington . That’s because each side of the state has very different climate conditions, soils, and geology, which are important considerations when thinking about how water moves around.

    THE WESTERN WASHINGTON PHASE II MUNICIPAL STORMWATER PERMIT, which goes into effect on August 1, 2013, covers 80 medium and small cities and the urban portion of four counties.

     The Eastern Washington Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permit, which takes effect one year later, covers 18 cities and urban areas in six counties. Both will remain in effect for five years.

    There are significant differences between two region’s Phase II permits.

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    Western Washington Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permit

     

    The new WESTERN WASHINGTON permit contains important new requirements in three areas:

    New watershed-scale stormwater planning requirements

    New monitoring and assessment requirements

    New low-impact development (LID) requirements

    The first major change is based on the concept that many pollution and flooding problems are best addressed at the watershed level. That wider focus also helps identify the most cost-effective pollution control strategies to meet clean water goals. The watershed planning process, outlined in an earlier post, requires Phase II permittees to work with counties and other municipalities in the watershed. After pulling together water quality data, flow records, biological baselines, and zoning maps, they must collectively develop strategies to change land use plans and development codes in ways that can manage polluted runoff more effectively.

    The second major change involves the new Regional Stormwater Monitoring Program (RSMP) that will collect information on water quality, habitat, and biota in the Puget Sound basin; conduct regional studies of stormwater practices; and develop a public information repository. PERMITTEES CAN EITHER PAY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE REGIONAL PROGRAM OR comply with individual monitoring requirements on their own. The benefit of the RSMP is that it will provide a comprehensive approach to monitoring in the Puget Sound basin

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    FOR EXAMPLE Participants  in THE PHASE I permit will help fund the monitoring and data analysis. (KING COUNTY, FOR EXAMPLE, MUST PAY $15,000 FOR THE FIRST YEAR AND $74,540 FOR SUBSEQUENT YEARS TO PARTICIPATE.)

     

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    Phase I Cities and Counties

    Seattle
    Tacoma
    Snohomish County

    King County
    Pierce County
    Clark County

     

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    Phase II PERMITTEES HAVE TO INCORPORATE LID STANDARDS INTO THEIR DEVELOPMENT CODES BY DECEMBER 31, 2016 (except for newly added permittees, who have an extra year to comply). Once those are in place, builders and landowners will be required to consider and use low-impact development best management practices (BMPs) when they’re developing or redeveloping land. The process is detailed in Appendix 1 to the Western Washington phase to the phase II  permit  Depending on the size of the project, where it’s located, and where runoff winds up, builders must work from one of two lists of recommended low-impact development practices. The developer must consider each BMP on the list, in the order listed, and use the first one that is feasible.

    Or, some developers have a second choice. Rather than using the specific LID techniques on the list, some projects can instead elect to meet a LID Performance Standard that compares pre-development stormwater flow rates to post-development flow rates and sets standards that the project must meet.

     

    the Phase I permits, which go into effect on August 1, 2013 and will remain in force for five years. The permits cover discharges from large and medium municipal separate storm sewer systems, commonly known as “MS4s,” found in the most populated areas of the state.

    The Phase I permit applies to Clark, King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties; the cities of Seattle and Tacoma; the ports of Seattle and Tacoma; WSDOT;  and other large permittees such as the University of Washington, Seattle School District, Metropolitan Park District of Tacoma, Washington State Military Department, Tacoma Community College, and some flood control and diking districts.

    By law, those entities are required to limit polluted runoff that can flood neighborhoods, degrade fish habitat, and dump chemicals and nutrients into rivers and oceans. Here are the three biggest changes they’ll need to incorporate under the new municipal stormwater permits:

     

    New monitoring and assessment requirements

    New low-impact development (LID) requirements

     

    By October 31 2013—a mere 6 months away—each county must pick one watershed as its initial test case. The first step is to assess current water quality, pollution levels, flow patterns, and biological health in the watershed. The second is to build a rainfall and runoff model that predicts how different land use changes and building scenarios that replace natural areas with pavement would affect all those variables. Finally, each county must submit a “watershed-scale stormwater plan” to the Department of Ecology by October 1, 2016.

    Monitoring and Assessment

    Phase I permittees must also provide an annual report to the Department of Ecology that describes all the stormwater studies that they or their contractors have undertaken. In addition, the cities, ports, and counties must begin monitoring in one of two ways: paying into a regional stormwater monitoring program or going it alone.

    Most permittees can choose to participate in the new  “Regional Stormwater Monitoring Program” (also known as RSMP) created by a coalition of federal, tribal, state, and local governments and business, environmental, agriculture, and research interests. The research program will collect information on water quality, habitat, and living creatures that are affected by stormwater in the Puget Sound basin. It will also conduct regional studies of stormwater practices and develop a publicly accessible information repository. Participants will help fund the monitoring and data analysis. (KING COUNTY, FOR EXAMPLE, MUST PAY $15,000 FOR THE FIRST YEAR AND $74,540 FOR SUBSEQUENT YEARS TO PARTICIPATE.)

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    https://www.google.com/#q=wa+state+stormwater+2014New watershed-scale stormwater planning requirements

    http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/stormwater/municipal/MuniStrmWtrPermList.html

     

    As reported online in

    http://daily.sightline.org/2013/05/09/the-skinny-on-was-new-stormwater-permits-1/

    http://daily.sightline.org/2013/05/16/the-skinny-on-was-new-stormwater-permits-2/


  • To Kilmer on FEMA Flood Ins.

    Derek,

    Halting and/or delaying the increased cost of FEMA flood Insurance is NOT a solution, it is just another example of KICKING A $27 BILLION DOLLAR CAN DOWN THE ROAD.

    JUST, another example of a delay, to give congress time to create another arbitrary solution and create legislation to make all American taxpayer’s financially responsible for someone else’s personal problem.

    What difference does it make?

    The American taxpayer is damned if congress does and the American taxpayer is  damned if congress does not

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    www.fema.gov/flood-insurance-reform-act-2…

    In July 2012, the U.S. Congress passed the BIGGERTWATERS FLOOD INSURANCE REFORM ACT OF 2012 (BW-12) which calls on the Federal Emergency Management 

     We were financially damned when they passed the Reform  ACT in 2012 when FEMA was ONLY $18 Billion dollars underwater.

    We were financially damned with the additional $7 billion dollar cost of  Hurricane Sandy to FEMA

    We are financially damned  here and now Feb 26,  2014

    They said FEMA IS $24 BILLION Dollars under water?

    He said FEMA IS $27 BILLION Dollars under water?

    whether  congress delays the  July 2012, the U.S. Congress passed the BIGGERTWATERS FLOOD INSURANCE REFORM ACT OF 2012 (BW-12) , spreads it out, it  or not

    And indeed we are damned by the FEMA flood insurance REMAPS

    Using broad purple marking pens? running purple lines around every piece of land that’s near or  touching water?  rather than using available scientific resources.

    The private property owner is arbitrarily judged GUILTY by FEMA, until they can prove at their own expense, that their property IS NOT IN A FLOOD PLAIN

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    Rep. Kilmer has suggested that FEMA? reimburse homeowners who successfully appeal flood maps, and create a consumer advocate to help homeowners who have flood insurance and mapping concerns.

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    Sen. Landrieu blasts White House for opposition to bill delaying flood insurance premium increases http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/01/sen_landrieu_blasts_white_hous.html

     

    Updated January 28, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    “Delaying implementation of these reforms would further erode the financial position of the National Flood Insurance Program, which is already $24 BILLION IN DEBT,” the Office of Management and Budget said on behalf of the White House

    “The flood insurance program is $27 BILLION IN DEBT,” Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., said Monday. “I recognize that some flood insurance rate increases under Biggert-Waters could be painful to certain homeowners.

    WASHINGTON — Sen Mary Landrieu . , D-La., Tuesday sharply criticized what she called theObama administration’s “short-sighted, misguided and irresponsible” opposition to legislation delaying flood insurance premium increases for four years.

    Though the statement of administration policy didn’t include a veto threat, Landrieu said the White House’s position, “threatens the very foundation of the National Flood Insurance Program and will only saddle taxpayers with higher costs when disasters strike.”

    Just before the White House policy statement was released the Senate voted 86-13 to begin debate on legislation that would delay most increases resulting from the 2012 Biggert-Waters Act so, sponsors say, FEMA can complete an affordability study and Congress can work to insure that policyholders don’t face unaffordable flood insurance premiums. The bill’s sponsors said people will be priced out of the flood insurance program if premium increases contemplated by FEMA under Biggert-Waters are implemented — putting taxpayers on the line to help out homeowners devastated by future hurricanes and storms.

    “How this Administration thinks it can ‘ensure that economically distressed policyholders are not unduly burdened’ before it completes the affordability study or certifies that its maps are accurate and reliable is completely mind-boggling,” Landrieu said. “That is exactly the kind of backward and upside-down thinking that got us into this mess in the first place.”

    In its statement Monday night, The White House expressed concern about the fiscal impact of the delays on the National Flood Insurance Program.

    “Delaying implementation of these reforms would further erode the financial position of the National Flood Insurance Program, which is already $24 billion in debt,” the Office of Management and Budget said on behalf of the White House. “This delay would also reduce FEMA’s ability to pay future claims made by all policyholders.”

    Former Sen. J. Bennett Johnston, D-La., who knows a little bit about presidential maneuvering, said he doesn’t see the White House statement blocking the legislation.

    “It’s not a setback. If it costs money, they (Office of Management and Budget aides) have to be against it,” Johnston said. But they know how to issue a veto threat, and there is none here. They wouldn’t dare do that to Mary in an election year.”

    Johnston also suggests the bill will also pass the House, despite opposition from some influential Republicans, possibly with a modification such as a three-year delay in rate hikes instead of the four-year delay in the current Senate bill. “They don’t want to kill their own Senate candidate,” Johnston said of Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, the GOP’s top challenger to Landrieu.

    The Biggert-Waters law was passed by large margins, and won the votes of every Louisiana congressional member. But news of large rate increases facing their constituents has led to efforts to at least delay the increases so Congress can come up with a permanent fix. Landrieu, who is up for re-election in 2014, said she voted for Biggert-Waters because it was incorporated into a large omnibus bill that included legislation to funnel Clean Water Act fines from the 2010 BP oil spill to the Gulf CoStill, she spoke out against the bill during Senate debate, warning Congress would have to reconsider the issue soon to fix the obvious problems with the law — mainly, in her view, its failure to consider affordability a key factor in whether people will sign up for flood insurance.

    “I know the President is coming to the Capitol tonight to talk about expanding opportunities for the middle class,” Landrieu said. “He can start by joining our strong, deep and broad coalition’s efforts to support the millions of families and businesses that are on the edge of losing everything they have worked for through no fault of their own.”

    “They wouldn’t dare do that to Mary in an election year,” former Sen. J. Bennett Johnston on why Obama won’t veto flood insurance bill.

    The Obama administration statement said that “FEMA is working diligently with the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a study on insurance affordability for economically distressed policyholders.”

    “The Administration recognizes that many policyholders may be challenged financially by the new rates and remains committed to working with the Congress to develop approaches that ensure economically distressed policyholders are not unduly burdened while maintaining the financial stability of the NFIP,” the statement said.

    The statement didn’t express outright opposition to the legislation, as some previous statements on other bills have.

    Cassidy, Landrieu’s leading opponent in the 2014 Senate race,  also criticized the White House statement.

    “It is disappointing that the President does not understand that how FEMA is interpreting Biggert-Waters is contributing to the unaffordability of flood insurance,” Cassidy said. “Millions of homeowners, including many Louisianans, are suffering due to FEMA’s implementation of the Biggert-Waters Act.”

    Congress recently passed a bill sponsored by Cassidy that delays some of the increase through Sept. 30, 2014. But he says a more comprehensive bill is needed, particularly to help people who are faced with immediate increases if they sell their homes. It has made some homes unsellable, according to realtors.

    Michael Hecht, president and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc. and a leader of the nationwide Coalition for Sustainable Flood Insurance, also criticized the White House opposition.

    “On the eve of the State of the Union, an address that will reportedly focus on ‘the middle class, the economy and economic fairness,’ it is inexplicable that the Administration and FEMA have come out with a statement opposing common-sense delays to out-of-control flood insurance premiums,” Hecht said.

    The Senate could vote on the bill delaying premium increases for four years, and several amendments, including one by Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., by Wednesday night or Thursday morning. His amendment would eliminate the four-year delay in rate hikes, and instead phase in rate increases at 25 percent of existing rates each year for four years. Under Biggert-Waters, the annual increases are either 20 or 25 percent of the difference between the current rate and the anticipated new rate resulting from the Biggert-Waters changes.

    “The flood insurance program is $27 billion in debt,” Toomey said Monday. “I recognize that some flood insurance rate increases under Biggert-Waters could be painful to certain homeowners. That’s why I suggest a slower phase-in for rate increases triggered by a home sale and for properties most dramatically affected by remapping.”

    The 86 votes to begin debate on the delaying legislation showed how the flood insurance rate increases resulting from Biggert-Waters had drawn concern across the United States. Still, there’s some strong opposition. Thirteen senators, all Republicans, voted against allowing debate to begin: Sens. John Barrasso, R-Wy.; Tom Coburn, R-Ok.; Bob Corker, R-Tenn.; Mike Crapo, R-Idaho; Mike Enzi, R-Wy.; Dean Heller, R-Nev.; James Inhofe, R-Ok.; Mike Lee, R-Ut.; Jerry Moran, R-Ks.; Rand Paul, R-Ky.; Pat Roberts, R-Kan.; and Richard Shelby, R-Ala. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa., did not vote.

    Landrieu used her remarks on the Senate floor, to say that Pennsylvania is having more flood insurance remaps, 1,425, than any other state — meaning his constituents will be among the most impacted by Biggert-Waters.

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    And, then there is this

    Is FEMA shortchanging Hurricane Sandy victims?

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

     http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/investigators&id=9429405

      Eyewitness News

    NEW YORK (WABC) — The agency whose mission is to help speed recovery after disastrous storms may in fact be preventing families left homeless by Sandy from rebuilding.

    Our investigation has found that on Long Island FEMA appears to be undercutting on insurance claims leaving families no better off than they were days after the 2012 storm.

    Nearly a year-and-half after Sandy, Kathy Gullo still lives in a trailer. What was left of her home, she had torn down after 4 different engineering inspectors came to the same conclusion: it should be demolished and rebuilt.

    Hoffer: Engineer after engineer, said it is less costly and safer if you rebuild? Gullo: Than try to fix it. Hoffer: Everyone except for the insurance company? Gullo: Except for the insurance company.

    Although she had coverage for $300-thousand dollars in flood damage, she only received $138-thousand dollars from FEMA’s Flood Insurance Program which pays the vast majority of Sandy flood claims.

    “We’ve been trying to get them to understand that they didn’t do the right thing and we’re waiting for more money before we can even start,” Gullo said.

    Hoffer: I can put my hand in this crack. I can see outside. Peter Mastrandrea: Yeah.

    Two engineer reports blame the “flood surge” for cracking Peter Mastrandrea’s foundation making his home in Massapequa ”unsafe for habitation,” but FEMA’s engineer found the cracks were not caused by pre-existing conditions. FEMA agreed to pay Peter $46-thousand.

    Mastrandrea: It’s criminal. Hoffer: You thought you were covered? Mastrandrea: Evidently I wasn’t. Neither were thousands of other people.

    Christa Higbee of Wantaugh had to use her entire 401k retirement money to fund repairs to her home after FEMA insurance gave her $70-thousand dollars for what was nearly $300-thousand in damages.

    Hoffer: You whole floor is ruined? Higbee: Demolished everything. We won’t be retiring forever. I’m sure of it because of this.

    These stories and those of many other families we’ve spoken to suggests FEMA is underpaying on claims on a massive scale. David Charles worked as an adjuster for 36 years. He’s now an advocate for homeowners and he says the underpayment on Sandy claims by FEMA is the worst he’s ever seen.

    “These people have had their rug pulled out from under them by all kinds of tricky techniques to not pay claims. It’s just wrong,” Charles said.

    HE’S CONVINCED FAMILIES DISPLACED BY SANDY ARE PAYING FOR THE SINS OF KATRINA IN WHICH LAX OVERSIGHT LED TO HUGE WASTE THAT HAS LEFT FEMA’S FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM $24 BILLION DOLLARS IN THE RED.

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    Inserted documentation on Hurricane Katrina

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

    THE HURRICANE SURGE PROTECTION FAILURES IN NEW ORLEANS ARE CONSIDERED THE WORST CIVIL ENGINEERING DISASTER IN U.S. HISTORYand prompted a lawsuit against the US Army Corp of Engineers (USACE), the designers and builders of the levee system as mandated by the Flood Control Act of 1965  RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE FAILURES AND FLOODING WAS LAID SQUARELY ON THE ARMY CORPS IN JANUARY 2008 BY JUDGE Stanwood Duval  , U.S. DISTRICT COURT, BUT THE FEDERAL AGENCY COULD NOT BE HELD FINANCIALLY LIABLE BECAUSE OF Sovereign Immunity   IN THE Flood Contro lAct  act of 1928  There was also an investigation of the responses from federal, state and local governments, resulting in the resignation ofFederal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)  director Micheal D. Brown and of New Oeleans Police dept. (NOPD) Superintendent Eddie Compass

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    Release date:  October 22, 2012 Release Number: DR-1603/07 – 986

     To date, FEMA has obligated approximately $6.4 billion in public assistance funding for Katrina and Rita related recovery work throughout the city of New Orleans.

    The actual cost of Hurricane Katrina’s damage http://useconomy.about.com/od/grossdomesticproduct/f/katrina_damage.htm

    The Louisiana death toll was 1,836 people. Old age was a contributing factor, since 71% of those who died were 60 years or older, while nearly half of those were more than seventy-five. Sadly, at least 68 were found in nursing homes, possibly abandoned by their caretakers. After the disaster, nearly 200 bodies were left unclaimed. Over 700 people were unaccounted for. The storm killed or made homeless 600,000 pets. (Source: HurricaneKatrinaRelief.com, Fox Facts )

    The actual cost of Hurricane Katrina’s damage was between $96-$125 billion, with $40-$66 billion in insured losses. Half of these losses were a result of flooding in New Orleans. An estimated 300,000 homes were destroyed or otherwise made uninhabitable.

    If FEMA only paid out $6.4 Billion?  Who else covered the balance of the  $40-$66 billion in insured losses?

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      Eyewitness News NEW YORK (WABC) –continued

    “Real injustice. The financial ruin for many families that just don’t deserve it and believed that they had good coverage,” he said.

    Our investigation has found that the average claim payment by FEMA to New Yorkers for Sandy damages is $64-thousand dollars. That’s around the same amount as this couple received from FEMA even though the cost to repair all the damage to their home is estimated at $240-thousand dollars.

    “We had a false sense of security that we had homeowners and flood insurance and in the events of something like this they would make good and help us rebuild and instead 15 months later we are homeless,” Richard Santeramo of Wantaugh said.

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