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  • Did Clallam Co need an SMP Update in 2010?

    THE SHORELINE INVENTORY AND CHARACTERIZATION PROVIDE THE FOUNDATION FOR THE ENTIRE SMP UPDATE PROCESS

    BASED ON ECOLOGY’S  2010 CLALLAM COUNTY SHORELINE INVENTORY AND CHARACTERIZATION REPORT

    DID CLALLAM COUNTY  NEED A FULL BLOWN $600,000.00 SMP UPDATE?

    I THINK NOT.

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    —– Original Message —–

    From: pearl hewett

    To: earnest spees

    Sent: Monday, July 11, 2011 9:00 PM

    Subject: MY STATISTICS ON WRIA 17-19 SHORELINE INVENTORY AND CHARACTERISTICS

    I have finally finished reading all 7 ESA Adolfson chapters for WRIA 17-19 SHORELINE INVENTORY AND CHARACTERISTICS on line.

     I have addressed the Public Access to Private Property issue based on their own statistics.

    Freshwater and the Marine for WRIA 17-19 SHORELINE INVENTORY AND CHARACTERISTICS

    On the 18 Marine reaches

    Contaminated sites they found (3)

    Impaired water quality sites (12)

    Impaired water caused by temperature (4)

    On the 64 Freshwater reaches

    Contaminated sites

    (1) contaminate site on the R3 Dungeness,

    Several on R1 Elwha (how many is several?)

    (2) on the R2 on the Hoko.

    (29) impaired water quality sites (based on how many factors?)

    (34) sites are described as impaired water caused by temperature.

    As far as I can figure out, the water in Clallam County is impaired because it is not cold enough.

    COLD ENOUGH?

     Based on the data in their reports, the amount of tree canopy, public access  and development are NOT factors in the water temperature?

    Perhaps 50 years ago the water WAS cold enough?

    Do they really think that throwing logs in the water and removing barriers  will change the temperature of the water?

    Changing Climate is a scientific fact. (NOT GLOBAL WARMING)

    THEY ARE DREAMING….

     NOW, NO NET LOSS

     (10) CONTAMINATED SITES, AT THE MOST, ALL BEING CLEANED UP AS I WRITE THIS.

    IT’S ALL ABOUT THE FISH… and the dams… and the endangered species and not a damn word about the damn fishing nets.

    GET BETTER

    Pearl

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    DID CLALLAM COUNTY  REALLY NEED A FULL BLOWN $600,000.00 SMP UPDATE?

    FEB 24, 2015 DEPT. OF THE INTERIOR (DOI), the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the  maritime national wildlife refuge complex (NWRC)

    SMP PUBLIC COMMENT #584   022415 – DeptOfInterior       

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    “UNLIKE MANY OTHER AREAS OF PUGET SOUND CLALLAM COUNTY HAS PRISTINE  AQUATIC  AREAS AND SHORELINES THAT ARE IN GREAT CONDITION OR HAVE BEEN RESTORED AND PROVIDE MANY BENEFITS TO THE PEOPLE AND THE WILDLIFE IN THE AREA

    RECOGNIZING THIS FACT, WE SUGGEST THAT THE SMP FOLLOW A HIGHER STANDARD  THAN IS REQUIRED BY THE WA STATE SHORELINE MANAGEMENT ACT’S MINIMUM PROTECTION REQUIREMENT”

    THEY WHO?  THERE IS NO SIGNATURE ON THE COMMENT?

    THEY, GO ON TO SAY….

    THE MINIMUM NECESSARY IS A VAGUE TERM…

    AND THEY? EVEN PROVIDED THEIR OWN FWS FORM 3-2319 O2-06 FOR THE PLANNING COMMISSION AS A PROCEDURE TO FOLLOW FOR THE 2017 SMP UPDATE DRAFT.

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    DOE JEFFREE STEWARD QUOTE July 12, 2012  “I understand that you believe ecological functions have “improved” in Clallam County since 1976”

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    From: pearl hewett

    To: smp@co.clallam.wa.us

    Sent: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 7:01 AM

    Subject: Fw: SMP COMMENT ON CONTAMINATED SITES

    SMP COMMENT ON CONTAMINATED SITES

    WRIA 17-19 SHORELINE INVENTORY AND CHARACTERISTICS

    On the 18 Marine reaches

    Contaminated sites

    they found (3) 

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    On the 64 Freshwater reaches

    Contaminated sites

     (1) contaminate site on the R3 Dungeness,

     (Several) on R1 Elwha (how many is several?)

     (2) on the R2 on the Hoko.

     With all of the SMP concern about contaminated sites

    These are the FACTS

     Why is Green Crow the only contaminator mentioned by name?

     We should be given the exact location of every specific contaminated site and  the full  identity of EVERY contaminator.

     Pearl Rains Hewett

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    THE 2010 SHORELINE INVENTORY AND CHARACTERIZATION IN CLALLAM COUNTY PROVIDED THE FOUNDATION FOR THE ENTIRE 2017 SMP UPDATE PROCESS.

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    The   DEPT. OF THE INTERIOR (DOI), public comment above shall be included for the Planning Dept SMP Update.

    My comment below shall not.

    SMP Public Comment #162

    Posted on February 28, 2015 10:41 am by Pearl Rains Hewett

    IN 2010 Did Clallam County  really need a full blown $600,000.00 SMP Update?

    Based on ECOLOGY’S own  2010 Characterization and Inventory  report

    Based on the  best available science from 1992?

    I THINK NOT.

    WRIA 17-19 SHORELINE INVENTORY AND CHARACTERISTICS

    SMP PUBLIC COMMENT ON CONTAMINATED SITES

    Sent: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 7:57 AM

    ON THE 18 MARINE REACHES CONTAMINATED SITES THEY FOUND (3)

    ON THE 64 FRESHWATER REACHES CONTAMINATED SITES

    (1) contaminate site on the R3 Dungeness,

    (Several) on R1 Elwha (how many is several?)

    (2) on the R2 on the Hoko.

    With all of the SMP concern about contaminated sites

    These are the incomplete, censored scientific facts

    Why is Green Crow the only contaminator mentioned by name?

    (10) As a member of the Clallam County SMP Advisory Committee I am asking for the exact

    location of every specific contaminated site and the full identity of EVERY contaminator.

    Pearl Rains Hewett

    Sent: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 7:30 AM

    Subject: COMMENT ON WRIA 17-19 SHORELINE INVENTORY AND CHARACTERISTICS

    COMMENT ON

    WRIA 17-19 SHORELINE INVENTORY AND CHARACTERISTICS

    On the 18 Marine reaches CONTAMINATED sites they found (3)

    Impaired water quality sites (12) (based on how many factors?)

    Impaired water caused by temperature (4)

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    On the 64 Freshwater reaches CONTAMINATED sites

    (1) contaminate site on the R3 Dungeness, DNA testing determined bird poop and mammals

    Several on R1 Elwha (how many is several?)

    (2) on the R2 on the Hoko.

    (29) impaired water quality sites (based on how many factors?)

    On the 64 Freshwater reaches

    (34) sites are described as impaired water caused by temperature.

    SMP PUBLIC COMMENT Sent: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 7:57 AM

    Pearl Rains Hewett

    Member SMP Advisory Committee

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    ECOLOGYS 10 Unanswered questions  from July 12, 2012

     (1) Please provide copies of the scientific papers that definitively identify, the cause of marine and freshwater contamination?

    (2) Please provide copies of the scientific papers that definitively identify what caused the marine and freshwater contamination? People, development or industry or by birds, wild mammals or naturally present in the environment?

    (3) I am requesting a copy of the scientific papers on the DNA testing for impairment and contamination at the mouth of the Dungeness River.

    (4) Were ANY of the contaminated or impaired sites caused by? or as a result of? Clallam County 1976-2012 SMP failure to protect NNL of ecological function?

    (5) Please provide scientific papers on how the Clallam County SMP from 1976-2012 has failed to protect NNL of ecological function?

    (6) Please provide scientific papers on why DOE is demanding wider setbacks and buffer zones to protect NNL of ecological function?

    (7) Please provide scientific papers on how many single family residence were destroyed on Clallam County marine and freshwater shorelines, by rivers or tidal action as a result of? or caused by? or a failure? of Clallam County 1976-2012 SMP?

    (8) Please provide scientific papers on how many ecological disasters occurred as a result of? or caused by? or failure of? Clallam County 1976-2012 SMP?

    (9)Please provide scientific papers on how many injuries or deaths occurred as a result of? or caused by? or failure of? Clallam County 1976-2012 SMP?

     (10) As a member of the Clallam County SMP Advisory Committee I am asking for the exact location of every specific contaminated site and the full identity of EVERY contaminator.

    UNTIL the DOE can prove with site specific scientific papers that the Clallam County SMP 1976-2012 has caused any loss of ecological function, the current setbacks and buffer zones should remain in place or reduced.

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    SMP Handbook: Chapter 7, Shoreline Inventory and Characterization

    www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/shorelines/smp/handbook/Chapter7.pdf

    Last updated 3/23/2010. 1 … The inventory and characterization of your jurisdiction’s shoreline … must also be included in your Inventory and Characterization report. …. A draft list of inventory data sources (digital copy) for Ecology review and comment ….. plans – http://www.ecy.wa.gov/watershed/index.html ) or your own …

    THE SHORELINE INVENTORY AND CHARACTERIZATION PROVIDE THE FOUNDATION FOR THE ENTIRE SMP UPDATE PROCESS

    THE 2010 SHORELINE INVENTORY AND CHARACTERIZATION IN CLALLAM COUNTY DID PROVIDE THE FOUNDATION FOR THE ENTIRE 2017 SMP UPDATE PROCESS.

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    HOW MANY OF MY TEN SMP UPDATE  SCIENTIFIC QUESTIONS DID DOE JEFFREE STEWARD ANSWER WITH THE FOLLOWING RESPONSE?

    NONE period.

    JEFFREE STEWARD QUOTE July 12, 2012  “I understand that you believe ecological functions have “improved” in Clallam County since 1976”

    If you are interested in reading his full text July 12, 2012 response..  Welcome to it… it’s a bunch of bureaucratic blah… blah… blah…

     

    Merrill, Hannah

    From: Stewart, Jeff R. (ECY) [jste461@ECY.WA.GOV]

    Sent: Thursday, July 12, 2012 5:06 PM

    To: ‘pearl hewett’; zSMP; Ehlers, Paula (ECY); Skowlund

    , Peter (ECY); White, Gordon (ECY)

    Cc: Karl Spees; Jay Petersen; harry bell; Katie Krueger

    ; robert crittendend; Lois Perry; Sue Forde

    Subject: RE: JEFEREE STEWARD legal WRITTEN request for DOE WRITTEN answers

    Dear Ms. Hewett:

    Thanks for your reminder about several questions raised via email which are in the message below. As I indicated during Tuesday’s (7/10/12) Advisory Group meeting, in an effort to understand concerns you and others have expressed, Ecology representatives drove to Port Angeles in June, meeting with you and several Clallam County concerned citizens

    whom you had invited. That meeting was meant to address some of your concerns directly, and I thought we had a pretty good and frank exchange. Evidently, based on statements made since, you found our meeting somewhat less satisfactory.

    You have raised a number of pointed questions and asked for written responses. You have asked for “scientific papers” on a variety of subjects. You say my agency (and me specifically) has been “ignoring” your request. That is not my intent. Please understand, my job is to help Clallam County as well as several other jurisdictions to make progress in meeting legislatively required comprehensive updates to their Shoreline Master Programs. This various and complex work has to be done within limited timelines and budgets.

    I do appreciate the passionate engagement you demonstrate by active participation in the Advisory Committee. Ecology has limited resources and lots of responsibilities- we have to make choices that keep our focus on the work we have to do.

    Please remember that Ecology’s SEA Program leadership team did make an extra effort, driving to and from Port Angeles, listening to you and your colleagues, and sharing perspectives directly, face to face. We found that exchange helpful. We hope you and your colleagues also gained some understanding about the state’s perspective. At least that was our intention-and we had hoped it would be better received than just writing back and forth on details best addressed in other venues.

    I understand that you believe ecological functions have “improved” in Clallam County since 1976.

    And it is clear you believe the Department of Ecology is required to prove otherwise, point by point as noted. I did forward your message to Paula Ehlers. She and I discussed the request,

    and we both agree that, from what we have seen, Clallam County and their consultants are doing very competent and conscientious work in addressing the necessary scientific underpinnings that a shoreline program has to based on. We also recognize the County has been actively listening to and recording the concerns of all interested citizens and organizations, yours among them, and working those concerns in as the SMP update proceeds. We see our proper role as helping and encouraging the County in doing that work. We will proceed in doing that work.

    Again, thanks for your focus and engagement with Clallam County shoreline master program concerns.

    I hope we can continue to communicate as the work proceeds, showing mutual respect, and allowing for differences in perspective about what needs to be done.

    Sincerely,

    Jeffree Stewart

    Shoreline Specialist

    Washington Department of Ecology

    360-407-6521

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    YES. INDEED I DO BELIEVE ECOLOGICAL FUNCTIONS HAVE “IMPROVED” IN CLALLAM COUNTY SINCE 1976.

    BASED ON ECOLOGY’S 2010 DOCUMENTED CHARACTERIZATION AND INVENTORY  REPORT

    WITH FURTHER  DOCUMENTATION FROM FEB 24, 2015  FROM DEPT. OF THE INTERIOR (DOI), THE US FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE AND THE  MARITIME NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE COMPLEX (NWRC)

    IN 2010 Did Clallam County  really need a full blown $600,000.00 SMP Update?

    I THINK NOT.

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    HAVE MY TEN SCIENCE BASED QUESTION, FROM JULY 12, 2012,  TO ECOLOGY BEEN ANSWERED

     ABSOLUTELY NOT

    DOE REPRESENTATIVES HAVE IGNORED WRITTEN QUESTIONS, FROM JULY 12, 2012  TO NOV 7, 017 ON WRIA 17-19 SHORELINE INVENTORY AND CHARACTERISTICS REPORT, AND THE CLALLAM COUNTY SMP UPDATE, ASKED AND REQUESTED ON THE SMP PUBLIC  COMMENT SECTION ON THE CLALLAM COUNTY SMP UPDATE WEBSITE.

    The bottom line

    WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE NOV 7, 2017

    THE 2010 SHORELINE INVENTORY AND CHARACTERIZATION IN CLALLAM COUNTY PROVIDED THE FOUNDATION FOR THE ENTIRE SMP UPDATE PROCESS.

    UNLESS  ECOLOGY can prove with site specific scientific papers that the Clallam County SMP 1976-2017 has caused any loss of ecological function, the previous setbacks and buffer zones should remain in place or be reduced, on the 2017 SMP Update Draft by Clallam County BOCC


  • DOI NPS ONP ARAMARK J-1 Visa Holders?

    DEPT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)

    NATIONAL PARK SERVICE (NPS)

    OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK (ONP)

    AND, ARAMARK J-1 Visa Holders

    THE EXCHANGE VISITOR VISA (J-1) IS A NON-IMMIGRANT VISA ISSUED BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE THAT PROVIDES “COUNTLESS OPPORTUNITIES” FOR INTERNATIONAL CANDIDATES LOOKING TO TRAVEL AND GAIN EXPERIENCE IN THE UNITED STATES.

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    August 01, 2017 What ARAMARK did  with J-1 Visa Holders at Lake Quinault Lodge was just the tip of the iceberg. 16 JOBS TAKEN FROM OUR DEPRESSED LOCAL COMMUNITY WHERE FEW ARE WORKING.

    Same day,  QUESTIONING, What ARAMARK has done with J-1 Visa Holders at Lake Crescent Lodge?

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    August 9, 2017 QUESTIONING EVERYTHING ARAMARK

     I stopped at the at the ONP Fairholme Store, Fairholme Campground … What has ARAMARK done  with J-1 Visa holders, at the fairly large ONP campground, ideally situated near the water and with direct access to Lake Crescent, an Olympic National Park Service?

    This is what happened about 12 noon on Wed August 9, 2017.

    A kid wearing a ARAMARK tee shirt was coming out the back door of the Fairholme Store.

    I said, Excuse me, do you have a restroom?

    He said, yes but it’s out of order.

    Are there any other restrooms?

    Yes, he said, in the campground, go up there (west) and turn right.

    I said, And pay $30.00 just to go to the bathroom?

    No, he said, you can just sneak in…..

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    Really, I’LL just sneak into an ONP CAMPGROUND, in my car with  SIX TRUMP BUMPER STICKERS? (and not get a ticket?)

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    That did it… I asked, are you an American Citizen?

    He said YES.

    I mentioned foreign visa workers, Lake Quinault Lodge hired 16 of them?

    He said Do you mean J-1 Visa workers (So, I finally know what they are), what’s wrong with that?

    Wrong? I said, American citizens need work.

    He said, I never thought of that…

    I asked how many of them are there?

    The very nice kid said, OH,THERE ARE LOTS OF THEM.

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    So, what can I DOCUMENT?

    The J-1 Exchange Visitor Program was created in 1961 as part of THE FULBRIGHT-HAYES ACT

    AND,  FOR OTHER PURPOSES 1961-1971-2017?

    THERE ARE 15 CATEGORIES OF THE J-1 VISA, OF WHICH CULTURAL VISTAS IS A DESIGNATED PROGRAM SPONSOR FOR THREE: INTERN, TEACHER, AND TRAINEE EXCHANGES.

    CULTURAL VISTAS ALSO HOLDS SPECIAL DESIGNATIONS THROUGH WHICH IT SPONSORS INDIVIDUALS PARTICIPATING IN THE IAESTE program AND THE Work, English Study, Travel (WEST) program. MOREOVER, IN 2015, CULTURAL VISTAS WAS AMONG SELECT ORGANIZATIONS TO BE DESIGNATED AS A SPONSOR OF THE NEW U.S.-Mexico Internship Exchange Program

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    THE FULBRIGHT-HAYES ACT?

    THE ACT’S TITLE WAS DISARMINGLY SIMPLE: “…to amend the Surplus Property Act of 1944 to designate the Department of State as the disposal agency for surplus property outside the United States, its Territories and possessions, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.”

    The “OTHER PURPOSES” consisted of an ingenious marriage of necessity and IDEALISM. THERE WAS THE NECESSITY OF DIVESTING OURSELVES BY THE SALE ABROAD OF SURPLUS WAR PROPERTIES FOR NONCONVERTIBLE CURRENCIES RATHER THAN SCARCE DOLLARS.

    THE IDEALISM involved using a portion of the proceeds to enable Americans to learn and understand more about other countries, and the citizens of those countries to learn and understand more about us.

    An early history of the Fulbright Program,

    EXCERPTED FROM CAREER SENIOR FOREIGN SERVICE ( SES) OFFICER DONALD B. COOK’S HISTORY OF THE PROGRAM,

    written for the 1971 J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board’s annual report,

    The J-1 Exchange Visitor Program was created in 1961 as part of the Fulbright-Hayes Act, a public law written to “INCREASE MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE PEOPLE OF THE OTHER COUNTRIES THROUGH EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL EXCHANGES.” The U.S. Department of State has authority over the J-1 program.

    Under the Fulbright-Hays Act, the exchanges under the supervision of the Fulbright Scholarship Board were further extended geographically. BY 1971, THERE WAS SOME FORM OF ACADEMIC EXCHANGE WITH 100 COUNTRIES. Today, Fulbright operates in over 155 countries in all world regions.

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    AUG 10, 2017 I’M LOOKING FOR THE PART WHERE ACADEMIC AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS, CHANGED TO  AMERICAN JOBS BEING  GRABBED AND GIVEN TO VISA (J-1) WORKERS AND TAKEN AWAY FROM AMERICAN CITIZENS?

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    THE EXCHANGE VISITOR VISA (J-1) IS A NON-IMMIGRANT VISA THAT PROVIDES “COUNTLESS OPPORTUNITIES” (LOTS OF THEM) FOR INTERNATIONAL CANDIDATES (LOTS OF THEM) LOOKING TO TRAVEL AND (LOTS OF THEM) GAIN EXPERIENCE IN THE UNITED STATES.

    THE EXCHANGE VISITOR VISA (J-1) IS A NON-IMMIGRANT VISA ISSUED BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE.

    THE LAST TWO SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE WERE HILARY CLINTON AND JOHN KERRY APPOINTED BY OBAMA.

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     THE EXCHANGE VISITOR VISA (J-1) IS A NON-IMMIGRANT VISA THAT PROVIDES “COUNTLESS OPPORTUNITIES” (LOTS OF THEM) FOR INTERNATIONAL CANDIDATES (LOTS OF THEM) LOOKING TO TRAVEL AND (LOTS OF THEM) GAIN EXPERIENCE IN THE UNITED STATES.

    SO? LORD ONLY KNOWS? HOW MANY VISA (J-1) WORKERS  ARAMARK IMPORTED (LOTS OF THEM) ARE EMPLOYEED IN AMERICA AND NOBODY KNOWS HOW BADLY ARAMARK’S VISA (J-1) WORKFORCE(of 270,000+ ) HAS IMPACTED AMERICAN WORKERS et al, IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA?

     What has ARAMARK done  at Fairholme Store?

    What has ARAMARK done  at Log Cabin Resort?

    What has ARAMARK done at  Hurricane Ridge?

    THE TIP OF THE LOCAL WA STATE VISA (J-1) ARAMARK WORKERS ICEBERG.

    AUGUST 01, 2017 ARAMARK CORP. LAKE QUINAULT LODGE, BROUGHT IN 16 FOREIGN VISA WORKERS THIS YEAR FROM NIGERIA, INDIA, PAKISTAN, AND ROMANIA TO NAME A FEW. GUARANTEED EMPLOYMENT UNTIL OCTOBER.  WOW! 16 JOBS TAKEN FROM OUR DEPRESSED LOCAL COMMUNITY WHERE FEW ARE WORKING. 

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    AUG 10, 2017 I’M LOOKING FOR THE PART WHERE ACADEMIC AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE IN 1961, FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS, CHANGED TO  2017, AMERICAN JOBS BEING  GRABBED AND GIVEN TO VISA (J-1) WORKERS AND TAKEN AWAY FROM AMERICAN CITIZENS?

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    THIS IS AN ONLINE AD

    J-1 Visa Information – What is the J-1 Visa? – culturalvistas.org‎

    Adwww.culturalvistas.org/J1‎

    For students, trainees and teachers. Learn more about the J-1 non-immigrant visa

    What is the J-1 Visa?

    THE EXCHANGE VISITOR VISA (J-1) IS A NON-IMMIGRANT VISA ISSUED BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE THAT PROVIDES COUNTLESS OPPORTUNITIES FOR INTERNATIONAL CANDIDATES LOOKING TO TRAVEL AND GAIN EXPERIENCE IN THE UNITED STATES.

    The multifaceted J-1 Exchange Visitor Program, managed by the State Department, enables foreign nationals to come to the United States to teach, study, conduct research, demonstrate special skills or receive on the job training for periods ranging from a few weeks to several (5) years.

    It was developed to expose individuals from around the world to the culture and institutions of the United States and to foster a better understanding between nations on a variety of issues through educational and cultural exchange programs.

    THERE ARE 15 CATEGORIES OF THE J-1 VISA, OF WHICH CULTURAL VISTAS IS A DESIGNATED PROGRAM SPONSOR FOR THREE: INTERN, TEACHER, AND TRAINEE EXCHANGES.

    CULTURAL VISTAS ALSO HOLDS SPECIAL DESIGNATIONS THROUGH WHICH IT SPONSORS INDIVIDUALS PARTICIPATING IN THE IAESTE program AND THE Work, English Study, Travel (WEST) program. MOREOVER, IN 2015, CULTURAL VISTAS WAS AMONG SELECT ORGANIZATIONS TO BE DESIGNATED AS A SPONSOR OF THE NEW U.S.-Mexico Internship Exchange Program.

    For more information on the Exchange Visitor Program, visit: j1visa.state.gov.

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    The Early Years | Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

    https://eca.state.gov/fulbright/about-fulbright/history/early-years

    The FulbrightHays legislation was enacted by the 87th U.S. Congress on September 21, An early history of the Fulbright Program, excerpted from career senior …

    YEP, EXCERPTED FROM CAREER SENIOR FOREIGN SERVICE ( SES) OFFICER DONALD B. COOK’S HISTORY OF THE PROGRAM,

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    [USC03] 22 USC Ch. 33: MUTUAL EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL …

    uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml?path=/prelim@title22/chapter33&edition=prelim

    For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out below and Tables … L. 87–256 is also popularly known as the “FulbrightHays Act“.

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    FEB 1, 2017 – REX TILLERSON WAS SWORN IN AS THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S SECRETARY OF STATE


  • Sen. Cantwell Bipartisan Fix for Affordable?

    IF YOU DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE 500 LB. GORILLA IN WA DC, OBAMACARE’S UNAFFORDABLE FEDERAL HEALTHCARE FIX  JUST EMAIL OUT THE FOLLOWING AND CHANGE THE SUBJECT.

    —– Original Message —–

    From: Office of Senator Maria Cantwell

    To: phew@wavecable.com

    Sent: Tuesday, August 01, 2017 4:40 PM

    Subject: A BIPARTISAN FIX TO OUR AFFORDABLE HOUSING CRISIS

    FELLOW WASHINGTONIANS

    AN AFFORDABLE HOUSING CRISIS IS HAPPENING ACROSS OUR COUNTRY

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     LET’S CALL SENATOR CANTWELL (D) AFFORDABLE FIX A 50% INCREASE IN THE LOW-INCOME HOUSING TAX CREDIT (LIHTC)

    LET’S CALL SENATOR CANTWELL (D) AFFORDABLE FIX ABOUT $15 BILLION ANNUALLY.

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    Senators Cantwell and Hatch Reintroduce Affordable Housing Credit …

    www.enterprisecommunity.org/…/2017/…/senators-cantwell-and-hatch-reintroduce-af…

    Mar 8, 2017 – and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2017 (S. 548) , a …

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    RECENTLY Jul 18, 2016  THERE HAS BEEN A FLURRY OF LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS TO ADD YET MORE HOUSING SUBSIDIES TO THE HOUSING SECTOR, ALREADY ONE OF THE MOST HEAVILY SUBSIDIZED.

     Jul 18, 2016  How Much would It Cost?

    FOR EXAMPLE, S.2962 BY SENATOR CANTWELL WOULD INCREASE THE LOW-INCOME HOUSING TAX CREDIT (LIHTC) PROGRAM TO ABOUT $15 BILLION ANNUALLY (A 50% INCREASE)

     The legislation is very similar to the comprehensive version of the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act (S. 3237), introduced by Senators Cantwell (D) and Hatch  (R) in 2016

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    AND THE LATEST (S. 548)

    Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2017 (S. 548) – GovTrack

    https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s548

    1. S. 548. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reform the low-income housing credit, and for other purposes. In GovTrack.us, a database of bills in …
    2. S.548: Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2017

    About this Bill

    You can

    read the bill

    Sponsor

    Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.

    Total Cosponsors

    19 (10 Democrats, 1 Independent, 8 Republicans)

    Introduced

    March 7, 2017

    Latest Major Action

    March 7, 2017

    See it on

    GovTrack

    See it on

    C-SPAN

    Bill Progress

    • Bill introduced in the Senate
    • Bill passed in the Senate
    • Bill passed in the House
    • Bill signed into law

    Bill Summary

    Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2017 This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code, with respect to the low-income housing credit, to rename the credit “the affordable housing credit” and make several modifications to the credit. The bill increases state allocations for the credit and modifies the cost-of-living adjustments. It also revises tenant eligibility requirements, with respect to: the average income test, income eligibility for rural projects, increased tenant income, student occupancy rules, and tenant voucher payments that are taken into account as rent. The bill revises various requirements to: establish a 4% minimum credit rate for certain projects, permit relocation costs to be taken into account as rehabilitation expenditures, repeal the qualified census tract population cap, require housing credit agencies to make certain determinations regarding community revitalization plans, prohibit local approval and contribution requirements, increase the credit for certain projects designated to serve extremely low-income households, increase the credit for certain bond-financed projects designated by state agencies, increase the population cap for difficult development areas, and eliminate the basis reduction for affordable housing properties that are allowed the credit and receive certain energy-related tax credits and deductions. The bill also modifies requirements regarding the reconstruction or replacement period after a casualty loss, rights related to building purchases, the prohibition on claiming acquisition credits for properties placed in service in the previous 10 years, foreclosures, and projects that assist Native Americans.

    (Source: Congressional Research Service)

    Bill Actions

    Date

    Description

    March 6, 2017

    Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

    Sources: Library of Congress, Clerk of the House of Representatives, Secretary of the Senate, Government Printing Office, Sunlight Fou

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     The bottom line on SENATOR MARIA CANTWELL(D)  EMAIL AUG 1, 2017

    I HOPE YOU WILL JOIN ME AS I CONTINUE FIGHTING TO EXPAND THE (2014 $6.7 BILLION) LIHTC  TO ABOUT $15 BILLION ANNUALLY (A 50% INCREASE) AND BUILD MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING, FOR MORE AMERICANS.

     OF COURSE SHE LEFT OUT THE AFFORDABLE $15 BILLION DOLLAR ANNUAL COST.

    $15,000,000,000.00

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    THE FULL TEXT OF SENATOR MARIA CANTWELLS AUG 1, 2017 EMAIL IS AT THE BOTTOM

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    HISTORY DOCUMENTS

     Market-based solutions are the only way to get home prices and rents …

    www.aei.org/publication/market-solutions-only-way-get-housing-back-in-line/

    Jul 18, 2016 – For example, S.2962 by Senator Cantwell would increase the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program to about $15 of government subsidies charged to all tax payers,” (iii) subsidized housing “invariably costs …

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    Nov 7, 2013 – How Much DID (LIHTC)  Cost? $6.7 BILLION DOLLARS  

    The Tax Break-Down: The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit …

    www.crfb.org/blogs/tax-break-down-low-income-housing-tax-credit

    Nov 7, 2013 – How Much Does It Cost? According to the Joint Committee on Taxation, the LOW INCOME HOUSING TAX CREDIT (LIHTC)  WILL COST $6.7 BILLION DOLLARS  IN FOREGONE REVENUE IN 2014

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    HOW THINGS WORK (OR NOT)

    Under The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC)

    the government allocates nonrefundable tax credits to state-run housing agencies

    who distribute them to housing developers

    that agree to make a portion of their units available to low-income renters.

    The housing developers who receive the tax credits

    then sell them to independent investors to help finance the actual development of the housing units.

    The investors are ultimately the ones who claim the tax credit

    rather than the low-income residents of the rental units or the developers.

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    Senator Hatch (R-UT)

     “One reason I support the LIHTC is that it… allows decisions on housing to be made within the communities where the housing is needed while involving the private sector.” – Senator Hatch (R-UT)

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    15  BILLION REASONS I OPPOSE THE LIHTC,  I  STAND WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP ON CUTTING FUNDING FOR LOCAL PROJECTS THAT SHOULD BE FUNDED BY STATES AND LOCALITIES THAT BENEFIT FROM THEIR USE…..

    SEATTLE, AND MANY OTHER BIG (D) CITIES AND STATES HAVE SELF INFLICTED “LOCAL CRISIS FUNDING ISSUES”

    IF A CITY OR A STATE CREATES A LOCAL CRISIS  WITH POOR PLANNING, GREED OR STUPIDITY MOST CERTAINLY, FEDERAL FUNDING MUST BE CUT AND THE CITY AND STATE MUST FIND LOCALLY FUNDING FOR THE FINANCIAL CRISIS THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR CREATING.

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    Priorities Poll | Maria Cantwell, U.S. Senator

    https://www.cantwell.com/action/2017-priorities-poll

    2017 Priorities Poll. … Will you take 30 seconds to take my 2017 Priorities Poll? First Name. Email Address … Access to affordable housingSeattle, WA 98111.

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    affordable housing | KNKX

    knkx.org/term/affordable-housing

    Leaders of the Rental Housing Association of Washington say the City … Officials who help low-income people get housing in Seattle say it’s not clear how … HOUSING ADVOCATES’ BIG PRIORITY IN 2017: Defending A $48 Fee … Cantwell Highlights Pierce County Affordable Housing Shortage, Pushes For Tax Credit Extension.

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    SEATTLE, AND MANY OTHER BIG (D) CITIES AND STATES HAVE SELF INFLICTED “LOCAL CRISIS FUNDING ISSUES”

    PRESIDENT TRUMP IS CUTTING FEDERAL FUNDING FOR LOCAL PROJECTS THAT SHOULD BE FUNDED BY STATES AND LOCALITIES THAT BENEFIT FROM THEIR USE…..

    SHALL WE START WITH FEDERAL FUNDING FOR (D) SANCTUARY CITIES AND THOSE WHO BENEFIT FROM THEIR USE.

    SEATTLE WA HAS A LOCAL SELF INFLICTED AFFORDABLE HOUSING CRISIS,  AS DO MANY OTHER BIG (D) CITIES

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    Aug 1, 2017 SENATOR CANTWELL (D)  email SAYS, IF WE DON’T TAKE (FEDERAL) ACTION NOW, AS MANY AS 15 MILLION AMERICANS WILL BE SPENDING HALF THEIR MONTHLY INCOME ON RENT BY 2025.

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    June 26, 2017 FREE THE OBAMACARE 15 MILLION AMERICANS, They’re not ‘losing’ insurance; they just won’t be forced to get policies they don’t want.

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    AND, REALLY, SENATOR CANTWELL (D) AUG 1, 2017  EMAIL SAID,  If we don’t take action now, to bolster the AFFORDABLE “HOUSING” CRISIS  program, IT’S LIKELY THAT ALMOST $1 BILLION IN INVESTMENTS WILL BE LOST IN THIS YEAR ALONE.

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    IN 2016 ALONE, OBAMACARE WILL COST AMERICAN TAXPAYERS A  TOTAL OF $110,000,000,000.00 $110 BILLION DOLLARS. IN JUST ONE YEAR, 2016  UNAFFORDABLE OBAMACARE WAS A  NATIONAL MEDICAL $110 BILLION DOLLARS FINANCIAL CRISIS.

    SO Aug 1, 2017 EMAIL, WA DC SENATOR CANTWELL (D) IN SEATTLE: WANTS A FEDERAL BIPARTISAN FIX TO OUR? THE AFFORDABLE “HOUSING” CRISIS?

    REALLY, SENATOR CANTWELL (D)  15 MILLION AMERICANS WILL BE SPENDING THEIR MONEY ON WHAT?

    REALLY, PRESIDENT TRUMP AND GOP, FREE THE OBAMACARE 15 MILLION AMERICANS THAT WILL BE SPENDING THEIR MONTHLY INCOME ON  UNAFFORDABLE HEALTH INSURANCE THAT THEY DON’T NEED AND DON’T WANT.

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    SEATTLE HAS A  SELF INFLICTED LOCAL CRISIS FUNDING THE HOMELESS, AS DO MANY OTHER BIG (D) CITIES

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    I STAND WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP CUTTING FUNDING FOR LOCAL PROJECTS THAT SHOULD BE FUNDED BY STATES AND LOCALITIES THAT BENEFIT FROM THEIR USE…..

    IN EXPLAINING THE CUT, THE PRESIDENT’S BUDGET THIS WEEK SAYS TRANSIT ISN’T A NATIONAL MISSION.

    “THE BUDGET PROPOSES REDUCED FUNDING FOR … LOCAL TRANSIT PROJECTS THAT SHOULD BE FUNDED BY STATES AND LOCALITIES THAT BENEFIT FROM THEIR USE,” IT SAYS.

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    BIPARTISAN SUPPORT?  LIKE OBAMACARE?  DODD-FRANK?

    BIPARTISAN AFFORDABLE SUPPORT?  FROM ELECTED DEMOCRATS AND BLUE HILLARY STATES?

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    REALLY…

    Support Affordable Housing today! | Maria Cantwell, U.S. Senator

    https://www.cantwell.com/action/support-affordable-housing-today

    Sign on to call on Congress to to encourage, support, and accelerate the construction of affordable housing.

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    AUG 2, 2017  REALLY,  SENATOR CANTWELL GO BACK TO WA DC

     GET YOUR DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES TOGETHER, SENATOR MURRAY AND REP. KILMER  AND  DO AN AFFORDABLE FIX ON OBAMACARE

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    JUNE 26, 2017 FREE THE OBAMACARE 15 MILLION  THE CBO DOESN’T BELIEVE THAT MILLIONS WILL “LOSE” THEIR INSURANCE IN 2018. INSTEAD, THE AGENCY THINKS THAT MILLIONS WILL HAPPILY CANCEL THEIR COVERAGE — EVEN THOSE WHO GET IT FOR FREE. THE REASON: THE SENATE BILL WOULD REPEAL THE OBAMACARE TAX PENALTY ON THE UNINSURED, KNOWN AS THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE.

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    Senate Health Care Bill Will Reduce Coverage by 15 Million. Good …

    www.nationalreview.com/article/448991/senate-health-care-bill-will-reduce-coverage-…

    Jun 26, 2017 – This week, the Senate will decide whether to end government … will lose medical coverage next year if the Senate GOP’s healthcare bill … 12.7 uninsured million people — more than twice as many … READ MORE: … Next Article ….. fewer preventable hospital deaths(2015) http://www.politifact.com/.
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    —– Original Message —–

    From: Office of Senator Maria Cantwell

    To: phew@wavecable.com

    Sent: Tuesday, August 01, 2017 4:40 PM

    Subject: A Bipartisan Fix to Our Affordable Housing Crisis

     

    Fellow Washingtonians,

    An affordable housing crisis is happening across our country.

    If we don’t take action now, as many as 15 million Americans will be spending half their monthly income on rent by 2025.

    That’s why I requested today’s hearing, to address the worsening affordable housing shortage gripping our nation, and discuss my Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act, that would expand the successful Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) – our most effective tool for addressing America’s affordable housing crisis.

    WATCH: Senate Finance Committee Hearing on the Affordable Housing Crisis

    Under my proposal, which is cosponsored by Finance Committee Chairman Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Ranking Member Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), and 16 others, the expanded LIHTC would help create or preserve approximately 1,300,000 affordable homes over a 10-year period – an increase of 400,000 more units than is possible under the current program.

    Senators from both parties spoke in support of the LIHTC program, presenting an opportunity for bipartisan action as tax reform negotiations begin.

    “One reason I support the LIHTC is that it… allows decisions on housing to be made within the communities where the housing is needed while involving the private sector.” – Senator Hatch (R-UT)

    “The LIHTC is a critical tool.” – Senator Brown (D-OH)

    “I’m a big supporter of Ms. Cantwell’s program… It has passed the test of time” – Senator Isakson (R-GA)

    “The LIHTC is the major tool available and strengthening that tool is the most important thing I believe we can do.” – Senator Cardin (D-MD)

    If we don’t take action now, to bolster the program, it’s likely that almost $1 billion in investments will be lost in this year alone.

    According to the National Association of Home Builders, annual LIHTC development supports approximately 95,700 jobs and $9.1 billion in wages and business income.

    “America’s housing affordability crisis affects millions of families in urban, suburban, and rural areas nationwide, and the federal government must do everything in its power to help communities address it—beginning with expanding the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit. We commend Senator Cantwell and her colleagues for pursuing a bipartisan solution to this pressing issue and urge every member of Congress to reflect on today’s hearing and support the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2017.” – Anthony J. Alfieri, president, Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition.

    My bill would also allow the 58,000 homeless students in the U.S. to finally access the affordable housing units created with LIHTC, expanding development opportunities in rural and Native communities and providing flexibility and financial feasibility to developments so they can more deeply target their units to the neediest individuals, including the homeless.

    Over the past year, I’ve met with local communities and visited affordable housing developments in Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane, Vancouver, Walla Walla, Longview, Kent, Bremerton, Bellingham, Portland, New York City and Salt Lake City and they’ve all told me the same thing: we need more affordable housing.

    I HOPE YOU WILL JOIN ME AS I CONTINUE FIGHTING TO EXPAND THE LIHTC AND BUILD MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING, FOR MORE AMERICANS.

    As always, you can contact me with your questions and concerns through my website. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook to stay updated on the issues. Let’s stay in touch!

    Sincerely,

    Maria

     

    Looking for assistance? Senator Cantwell’s office may be able to help.

    Click below to contact the office closest to you:

     

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    Priorities Poll | Maria Cantwell, U.S. Senator

    https://www.cantwell.com/action/2017-priorities-poll

    2017 Priorities Poll. … WILL YOU TAKE 30 SECONDS TO TAKE MY 2017 PRIORITIES POLL? First Name. Email Address … Access to affordable housingSeattle, WA 98111.

    PRESIDENT TRUMP IS WORKING ON TAX REFORM – THE BUDGET
    As a Hardworking Taxpaying Voting American citizen, what are your priorities?

     


  • Obama’s Infrastructure “The Fast Act”

    (a) SHORT TITLE.—This Act may be cited as the ”Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act” or the ”FAST Act”.

    TALL ORDERS, this is a 490 page document

    WITH ALL THE  DEMOCRAT’S BELLS AND WHISTLES EMBEDDED

    Elaine Chao sworn in as transportation secretary – The Washington Post

    www.washingtonpost.com/…sworn-in…transportation…/3d12bd26-e80b-11e6-903d-9b…

    Jan 31, 2017 – Elaine Chao was sworn in as transportation secretary by Vice … STORY: Trump transportation secretary pick Elaine Chao confirmed in Senate, …

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    I’m sure somebody in the Trump Administration  is reading it….
    TO FIND OUT WHAT’S IN IT.
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    I did not read the full report.
     BUT, I DID READ ENOUGH TO RED FLAG PARTS! (below)
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    Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act or the FAST Act – FHWA …

    https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/fastact/

    On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act (Pub. L. No. 114-94) into law

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    THE DEMOCRAT’S FACT SHEET AND THE DEMOCRAT’S  FUNDING
    HOW MANY AMERICAN TAXPAYERS DOLLARS HAVE THEY SPENT SINCE ENACTMENT?
    HOW MUCH HAVE THEY GOT STASHED?

    Sec. 1402. Highway Trust Fund transparency and accountability.

    Sec. 1403. Additional deposits into Highway Trust Fund.

    Apportionment – FAST Act Fact Sheets – FHWA | Federal Highway …

    https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/fastact/factsheets/apportionmentfs.cfm

    Total funding for Federal-aid highway formula programs. 

    THE FAST ACT AUTHORIZES A TOTAL COMBINED AMOUNT ($39.7 BILLION IN FY 2016, $40.5 BILLION IN FY 2017, …

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    JUST ASKING? JUST SAYING…

    HOW MANY TIMES HAVE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS BEEN TAKEN BY THE GRANTED?

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    Surface Transportation Block Grant Program – FAST Act Fact Sheets …

    https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/fastact/factsheets/stbgfs.cfm

    [FAST Act § 1109(a)].

    THE STBG PROMOTES FLEXIBILITY IN STATE AND LOCAL TRANSPORTATION DECISIONS AND PROVIDES FLEXIBLE FUNDING TO BEST ADDRESS STATE AND LOCAL …

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    RED FLAGS?
    THE  DEMOCRAT’S BELLS AND WHISTLES EMBEDDED
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    TAKEN BY THE GRANTED UNDER SEC. 79002?
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    SEC. 79002. REALLOCATION OF FUNDS.

    TITLE LXXX—CHILD SUPPORT ASSISTANCE

    Sec. 80001. Requests for consumer reports by State or local child support

     enforcement agencies

    TITLE LXXVIII—TENANT INCOME VERIFICATION RELIEF

    Sec. 78001. Reviews of family incomes.

    TITLE LXXIX—HOUSING ASSISTANCE EFFICIENCY

    Sec. 79001. Authority to administer rental assistance

    Sec. 32101. Revocation or denial of passport in case of certain unpaid taxes.

    Sec. 75001. Exception to annual privacy notice requirement under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act

    Sec. 1409. Milk products.

    Sec. 24303. Vehicle event data recorder study.

    Sec. 1301. Satisfaction of requirements for certain historic sites

    Sec. 1302. Clarification of transportation environmental authorities.

    Sec. 41009. Funding for governance, oversight, and processing of environmental reviews and permits.

    Sec. 1415. Administrative provisions to encourage pollinator habitat and forage on transportation rights-of-way.

    Sec. 5512. Access to National Driver Register.

    Sec. 1413. National electric vehicle charging and hydrogen, propane, and natural gas fueling corridors.

    Sec. 1414. Repeat offender criteria.

    TITLE XLIII—PAYMENTS TO CERTIFIED STATES AND INDIAN TRIBES

    Sec. 43001. Payments from Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund

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    [PDF]FAST Act – Congress.gov

    https://www.congress.gov/114/bills/hr22/BILLS-114hr22enr.pdf

    SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS.

    (a) SHORT TITLE.—This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Fixing Amer-

    ica’s Surface Transportation Act’’ or the ‘‘FAST Act’’.

    (b) TABLE OF CONTENTS.—

    The table of contents for this Act is as follows:

    1. R. 22 (A 490 page report

    Subtitle C—Acceleration of Project Delivery

    Sec. 1301. Satisfaction of requirements for certain historic sites

    Sec. 1302. Clarification of transportation environmental authorities.

    Sec. 1303. Treatment of certain bridges under preservation requirements.

    Sec. 5512. Access to National Driver Register.

    PART I—DRIVER PRIVACY ACT OF 2015

    Sec. 24301. Short title.

    Sec. 24302. Limitations on data retrieval from vehicle event data recorders.

    Sec. 24303. Vehicle event data recorder study.

    TITLE XXXII—OFFSETS

    Subtitle A—Tax Provisions

    Sec. 32101. Revocation or denial of passport in case of certain unpaid taxes.

    Sec. 41007. Litigation, judicial review, and savings provision.

    Sec. 41008. Reports.

    Sec. 41009. Funding for governance, oversight, and processing of environmental

    reviews and permits.

    TITLE XLIII—PAYMENTS TO CERTIFIED STATES AND INDIAN TRIBES

    Sec. 43001. Payments from Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund

     

    DIVISION F—ENERGY SECURITY

    Sec. 61001. Emergency preparedness for energy supply disruptions.

    Sec. 61002. Resolving environmental and grid reliability conflicts.

    Sec. 61003. Critical electric infrastructure security.

    Sec. 61004. Strategic Transformer Reserve.

    Sec. 61005. Energy security valuation

    TITLE LXXV—ELIMINATE PRIVACY NOTICE CONFUSION

    Sec. 75001. Exception to annual privacy notice requirement under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act

    TITLE LXXVIII—TENANT INCOME VERIFICATION RELIEF

    Sec. 78001. Reviews of family incomes.

    TITLE LXXIX—HOUSING ASSISTANCE EFFICIENCY

    Sec. 79001. Authority to administer rental assistance

    1. R. 22—10

    Sec. 79002. Reallocation of funds.

    TITLE LXXX—CHILD SUPPORT ASSISTANCE

    Sec. 80001. Requests for consumer reports by State or local child support

     enforcement agencies

    Subtitle E—General Provisions

    Sec. 5501. Delays in goods movement.

    Sec. 5502. Emergency route working group.

     Subtitle D—Miscellaneous

    Sec. 1401. Prohibition on the use of funds for automated traffic enforcement.

    Sec. 1402. Highway Trust Fund transparency and accountability.

    Sec. 1403. Additional deposits into Highway Trust Fund.

    Sec. 1404. Design standards.

    Sec. 1405. Justification reports for access points on the Interstate System.

    Sec. 1406. Performance period adjustment.

    Sec. 1407. Vehicle-to-infrastructure equipment.

    Sec. 1408. Federal share payable.

    Sec. 1409. Milk products.

    Sec. 1410. Interstate weight limits.

    Sec. 1411. Tolling; HOV facilities; Interstate reconstruction and rehabilitation.

    Sec. 1412. Projects for public safety relating to idling trains.

    Sec. 1413. National electric vehicle charging and hydrogen, propane, and natural gas fueling corridors.

    Sec. 1414. Repeat offender criteria.

    Sec. 1415. Administrative provisions to encourage pollinator habitat and forage on transportation rights-of-way.

    Sec. 1416. High priority corridors on National Highway System.

    Sec. 1417. Work zone and guard rail safety training.

    Sec. 1418. Consolidation of programs.

    Sec. 1419. Elimination or modification of certain reporting requirements.

    Sec. 1420. Flexibility for projects.

    Sec. 1421. Productive and timely expenditure of funds.

    Sec. 1422. Study on performance of bridges.

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    TITLE LXXV—ELIMINATE PRIVACY NOTICE CONFUSION

    Sec. 75001. Exception to annual privacy notice requirement under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act

    SO WHAT’S NEW ON WIKI LEAK?

    “YEAR ZERO”… 8000 PAGES

    IN 1954 THOSE IN POWER KNEW IT WAS JUST A MATTER OF TIME.


  • 55,403 U.S. Drug Overdose Deaths 2015

    55,403 US Drug Overdose Deaths 2015

    FROM 2000 THRU 2015 OVER 500,000 AMERICAN PEOPLE DIED FROM DRUG OVERDOSES

    AS OF 2016, AN AVERAGE OF 78 AMERICANS ARE DYING EVERY DAY FROM OPIOID OVERDOSE.

    BEHIND EVERY LETHAL OVERDOSE STATISTIC THERE IS  A REAL PERSON THAT DIED.

    AND THERE IS A REAL FAMILY AND REAL FRIENDS THAT ARE GRIEVING.

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    WITH 55,403 VICTIMS IN THE U.S. EPIDEMIC  OF DRUG OVERDOSE DEATHS IN 2015

    IT WAS PRIORITY NUMBER FOUR (4) ON THE LIST OF CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL IN 2016

    #4 Preventing Prescription Drug Overdose

    CDC  DRUG MONITORING PROGRAMS?

    MONITORING, YOU’VE ALL SEEN THE AD ON TV….. AREN’T YOU GOING TO DO SOMETHING? NO, I’M JUST HERE TO MONITOR THE SITUATION…. I’LL LET YOU KNOW WHEN I SEE SOMETHING…

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    ACCORDING TO NEW DATA PUBLISHED TODAY IN CDC’S MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY WEEKLY REPORT.DEC 18, 2015

    Half a million Americans died from drug overdoses in the past 14 …

    qz.com/…/half-a-millionamericansdied-from-drugoverdoses-in-the-past-14-years/

    DEC 19, 2015 – NEARLY HALF A MILLION AMERICANS—499,446 TO BE PRECISE—DIED FROM DRUG OVERDOSES BETWEEN 2000 AND 2014, DATA RELEASED DEC. 18, 2015 BY THE CDC …

    FROM 2000 TO 2014 NEARLY HALF A MILLION, NEARLY 500,000 AMERICANS DIED FROM DRUG OVERDOSES. OPIOID OVERDOSE DEATHS, INCLUDING BOTH OPIOID PAIN RELIEVERS AND HEROIN, HIT RECORD LEVELS IN 2014, WITH AN ALARMING 14 PERCENT INCREASE IN JUST ONE YEAR

      Drug overdose death hit record numbers in 2014

    U.S.  DRUG OVERDOSE DEATHS  2000-2015 499,446  plus 55,403 TO BE PRECISE

    DRUG OVERDOSE IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF ACCIDENTAL DEATH IN THE US, WITH 55,403 LETHAL … OPIOID ADDICTION IS DRIVING THIS EPIDEMIC, WITH 20,101 OVERDOSE DEATHS.

    AS OF 2016, AN AVERAGE OF 78 AMERICANS ARE DYING EVERY DAY FROM OPIOID OVERDOSE.

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    CDC ACTIVITIES IN THE SELECTED STATES will include making prescription DRUG MONITORING PROGRAMS easier to use and access, supporting health system and insurer efforts to improve opioid use, and EVALUATING INTERVENTIONS TO UNDERSTAND AND SCALE UP what works to prevent opioid overdose.

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    CDC  DRUG MONITORING PROGRAMS?

    MONITORING, YOU’VE ALL SEEN THE AD ON TV….. AREN’T YOU GOING TO DO SOMETHING? NO, I’M JUST HERE TO MONITOR THE SITUATION…. I’LL LET YOU KNOW WHEN I SEE SOMETHING…

    SO CDC FINALLY SAW SOMETHING……

     OVER 500,000 AMERICANS WERE DEAD FROM DRUG OVERDOSES

    A QUOTE FROM MADD, MOTHER’S AGAINST DRUNK DRIVERS, BEHIND EVERY STATISTIC IS A REAL PERSON KILLED OR INJURED IN A PREVENTABLE CRASH

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    SO CONGRESS  FINALLY DID SOMETHING

    Jul 14, 2016 – Congress Passes Landmark Opioid Bill

    AN ACT WITH 100 PAGES AND OVER 36,000 WORDS. (click on the link below and read it)

    Who wrote it and how many members of congress actually read it?

    THE UNFUNDED COMPREHENSIVE ADDICTION AND RECOVERY ACT 2016

    The first major federal addiction legislation in 40 years, and the most comprehensive effort undertaken to address the opioid epidemic, encompassing all …

    AND, OBAMA FINALLY DID SOMETHING

    AFTER NEARLY 8 YEARS IN OFFICE, DURING WHICH TIME, 2008-2016, HIS ADMINISTRATION AND THE ESTABLISHMENT ALLOWED THE DRUG EPIDEMIC TO RUN AMOK, KILLING OVER HALF A MILLION PEOPLE AMERICAN PEOPLE BETWEEN 2000-2015

    OBAMA SIGNED THE UNFUNDED COMPREHENSIVE ADDICTION AND RECOVERY ACT (CARA)

    AN ACT WITH 100 PAGES AND OVER 36,000 WORDS. (click on the link below and read it)

    Text – S.524 – 114th Congress (2015-2016): Comprehensive Addiction …

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    Congress Passes Landmark Opioid Bill – the … – Drug Policy Alliance

    www.drugpolicy.org/…/congresspasses-landmark-opioid-bill-comprehensive-addicti…

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    The bottom line..

    AND THEN OBAMA SAID…

    Statement by the President on the Comprehensive Addiction and …

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/…/statement-president-comprehensive-addiction-and-rec…

    JUL 22, 2016 -YEP… OBAMA SAID,  NOW, IT’S UP TO REPUBLICANS TO FINISH THE JOB AND PROVIDE ADEQUATE FUNDING TO DEAL WITH THIS PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS…….

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    PRESIDENT TRUMP IS GOING TO BUILD A WALL AGAINST THE DRUGS POURING ACROSS OUR SOUTHERN BORDER, DRUGS FROM MEXICO.

     WHEN TRUMP SAID AMERICA FIRST? WHEN TRUMP SAID,  “BUILD THE WALL” THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS AT HIS RALLIES ERUPTED IN CHEERS.

    BEHIND EVERY LETHAL OVERDOSE STATISTIC THERE IS  A REAL PERSON THAT DIED.

    AND THERE IS A REAL FAMILY AND REAL FRIENDS THAT ARE GRIEVING.

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    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the leading national public health …. The CDC OFFERS GRANTS THAT HELP MANY ORGANIZATIONS EACH YEAR bring health, safety and awareness …

    Just as CDC works with state and local health departments, the agency also partners with other nations’ ministries of health to prevent disease and save lives. In 2017, CDC has committed to the milestones laid out in the Global Health Security Agenda.

      CDC’s Role in Global Health Security

      Global Health Security – Prevention

      Global Health Security – Detection

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    FINALLY, THE GOOD NEWS IS PRESIDENT TRUMP, AMERICA FIRST, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES APPOINTS THE DIRECTOR OF THE CDC AND THE APPOINTMENT DOES NOT REQUIRE SENATE CONFIRMATION.

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    HERE’S A LOOK BACK AT CDC TOP HEALTH STORIES IN 2016 AND WHAT’S TO COME IN 2017.

    CDC Year in Review: Working 24/7/365 | CDC Online Newsroom | CDC

    www.cdc.gov › Newsroom Home › Press Materials › Digital Press Kit

    When CDC activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

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    #1 Protecting Pregnancies by Responding to Zika

    Sep 29, 2016 – Congress Finally Passes Zika Funding Bill; Provides $1.1 Billion.

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    #2 Protecting Americans by Combatting Antibiotic Resistance

    Jul 13, 2016 – Passed Senate; Passed House; To President; Became Law … SEC. 3. Task force for combating antibioticresistant bacteria; advisory council on …

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    #3 Preventing Cancer  the $6.3 billion legislation easily passed the Senate in a vote of 94-5.

    Congress Passes 21st Century Cures Act, But Critics Sound a Sour Note

    fortune.com/2016/12/07/congresspasses-21st-century-cures/

    Dec 7, 2016 – It’s the biggest health reform legislation passed by Congress since … to pass the 21st Century Cures Act and authorize funding for the Beau Biden Cancer ..

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    #4 Preventing Prescription Drug Overdose

     

    NUMBER FOUR (4) ON THE LIST OF CDC PRIORITIES IN 2016

    WITH 55,403 U.S. EPIDEMIC  OF DRUG OVERDOSE DEATHS IN 2015

    CDC  DRUG MONITORING PROGRAMS?

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    CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL (CDC) IS FUNDING THE U.S.A.?

    CDC IS “FUNDING”  44 STATES AND WASHINGTON, D.C., THROUGH CDC’S OVERDOSE PREVENTION IN STATES EFFORTS, WHICH PARTNERS WITH AND SUPPORTS STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENTS IN IMPLEMENTING KEY PREVENTION AND SURVEILLANCE ACTIVITIES ADDRESSING BOTH PRESCRIPTION AND ILLICIT OPIOIDS.

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    AND THE  CDC FOUNDATION?  AN INDEPENDENT, NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION IS FUNDING? BUILDING?LAUNCHING? 900 GLOBAL PROGRAMS AROUND THE WORLD?

    ESTABLISHED BY CONGRESS AS AN INDEPENDENT, NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION, the CDC Foundation connects the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with private-sector organizations and individuals to build public health programs. Since 1995, the CDC Foundation has provided more than $662 million to support CDC’s work, launched nearly 900 programs around the world and built a network of individuals and organizations committed to supporting CDC and public health.

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    CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL (CDC) IS FUNDING THE U.S.A.?

    ACTIVITIES IN THE SELECTED STATES will include making prescription DRUG MONITORING PROGRAMS easier to use and access, supporting health system and insurer efforts to improve opioid use, and evaluating interventions to understand and scale up what works to prevent opioid overdose. Enhanced surveillance funding. The program improves surveillance of opioid overdoses by increasing the timeliness of nonfatal and fatal opioid-involved overdose reporting, identifying associated risk factors with fatal overdoses, and disseminating surveillance findings to key stakeholders working to prevent opioid-involved overdoses.

     THE 12 “FUNDED” STATES ARE: KENTUCKY, MAINE, MASSACHUSETTS, MISSOURI, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW MEXICO, OHIO, OKLAHOMA, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, WEST VIRGINIA, AND WISCONSIN.

    FRONTLINE “FUNDING”  IN 2016, 14 OF THE 29 Prevention for States PROGRAMS RECEIVED SUPPLEMENTAL” FUNDING” TO SUPPORT THEIR WORK: CALIFORNIA, COLORADO, INDIANA, KENTUCKY, NEW MEXICO, NEW YORK, OHIO, OREGON PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, TENNESSEE, UTAH, WASHINGTON, AND WISCONSIN.

    Investing in communities. The newly created Prescription Drug Overdose Data-Driven Prevention Initiative WILL “AWARD FUNDS” DURING THE NEXT THREE YEARS TO 13 STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. “These FUNDS” will help American communities develop opioid overdose prevention programs that work for them.

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    BEHIND EVERY STATISTIC IS A REAL PERSON DIED

    UNDER THE PREVIOUS OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, THE WORLD WOULD LITTLE NOTE, NOR LONG REMEMBER FROM 2000 TO 2014 NEARLY HALF A MILLION, NEARLY 500,000 AMERICANS DIED FROM DRUG OVERDOSES. OPIOID OVERDOSE DEATHS, INCLUDING BOTH OPIOID PAIN RELIEVERS AND HEROIN

    UNDER PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ADMINISTRATION  NOV 9, 2016 – “THE FORGOTTEN MEN AND WOMEN OF OUR COUNTRY WILL BE FORGOTTEN NO LONGER.

    REMEMBER WHEN 58,209 AMERICANS DIED IN THE VIETNAM WAR. AMERICA BUILT A WALL OF REMEMBRANCE IN WA DC. AN ONLINE AD SAYS…. THE VIRTUAL WALL & FIND YOUR VIETNAM VETERAN TODAY.

    Perhaps PRESIDENT TRUMP  should built two walls, even three walls.

    FIRST TRUMP’S SOUTHERN BORDER WALL,  STOP THE DRUGS POURING INTO OUR COUNTRY

    TRUMPS  SECOND WALL IN WA DC, THE VIRTUAL WALL AGAINST DRUGS. FIND YOUR AMERICAN LETHAL DRUG OVERDOSE FAMILY MEMBER TODAY.

    REMEMBER MADD…. BEHIND EVERY STATISTIC IS A REAL PERSON KILLED OR INJURED IN A PREVENTABLE CRASH Mothers Against Drunk Driving – Fight the Statistics – Donate – madd.org‎

    STATISTIC (2015) 55,403 U.S. DRUG OVERDOSE DEATHS AND THOSE INJURED BY ADDICTION?

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    “JUST SAY NO” was an advertising campaign, part of the U.S. “WAR ON DRUGS”, prevalent during the 1980s and early 1990s, to discourage children from engaging in illegal recreational drug use by offering various ways of saying no.

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    ]Opioid Addiction 2016 Facts & Figures (ASAM) – American Society of …

    www.asam.org/docs/defaultsource/advocacy/opioidaddictiondiseasefactsfigures.pdf

    2016 Facts & Figures. Opioid AddictionAddiction is a primary, chronic and relapsing brain disease characterized by an individual … Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic, with 20,101 overdose deaths … Available at http://www.asam.org/docs/publicy- · policy-statements/1definition_of_addiction_long_4-11.pdf?sfvrsn=2.

    NATIONAL OPIOID OVERDOSE EPIDEMIC

    • Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the US, with 55,403 lethal drug overdoses in 2015. Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic, with 20,101 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers and 12,990 overdose deaths related to heroin in 2015

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     OVER HALF A MILLION AMERICANS HAD TO DIE BEFORE CONGRESS DID SOMETHING.

    BEHIND EVERY LETHAL DRUG OVERDOSE STATISTIC IS A REAL PERSON

    BY SEX, AGE, RACE, AND HISPANIC ORIGIN

    Health, United States trend tables with data on health risk factors

    PAGES 146-147-148- 149 OF A 461 PAGE DOCUMENT

    Table 27(page1of4).DEATH RATES FOR DRUG POISONING AND DRUG POISONING INVOLVING OPIOID ANALGESICS AND HEROIN, BY SEX, AGE, RACE, AND HISPANIC ORIGIN: UNITED STATES SELECTED YEARS 1999–2014

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    THIS IS THE LINK TO THE REQUIRED YEARLY REPORT BY THE CDC

    it is a 461 page report in compliance with section 308 of the Public Health Service Act.

    Health, United States, 2015 – CDC

    https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus15.pdf

    health risk factors, prevention, health insurance, and personal health care expenditures. … Many Trend Tables in Health, United States present data according to …

    Health, United States,2015 is the 39th report on the health status of the nation

    and is submitted  by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human

    Services to  the President and the Congress of the United States in compliance

    with Section 308 of the Public Health Service Act. This report was compiled

    by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center

    for Health Statistics (NCHS)

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    EVERY YEAR… YEAR AFTER YEAR 2000-2015

    Health, United States,

    EVERY YEAR  FROM 2000 THRU 2015

    A REPORT ON THE HEALTH STATUS OF THE NATION AND IS SUBMITTED  BY THE SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

    TO  THE PRESIDENT AND THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES IN COMPLIANCE WITH SECTION 308 OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT.

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    OVER HALF A MILLION LETHAL DRUG OVERDOSES 2000 thru 2015

    HOW MANY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS  BOTHERED TO READ THE 2015 461 PAGE REPORT IN COMPLIANCE WITH SECTION 308 OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT.

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    HOW MANY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS  BOTHERED TO READ THE JUL 14, 2016   UNFUNDED COMPREHENSIVE ADDICTION AND RECOVERY ACT (CARA)

    THE ACT WITH 100 PAGES AND OVER 36,000 WORDS?

    BEFORE THEY VOTED ON IT?

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    The bottom line..

    AND THEN OBAMA SAID…

    Statement by the President on the Comprehensive Addiction and …

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/…/statement-president-comprehensive-addiction-and-rec…

    JUL 22, 2016 -YEP… OBAMA SAID,  NOW, IT’S UP TO REPUBLICANS TO FINISH THE JOB AND PROVIDE ADEQUATE FUNDING TO DEAL WITH THIS PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS…….


  • $5.4 Billion for DOE’S “albedo modification”?

    To fight global warming, Senate calls for study of making Earth reflect …

    By Adrian Cho 
    www.sciencemag.org/…/fight-global-warming-senate-calls-study-…
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    Science Apr 19, 2016 – Controversial “albedo modification” should be explored, scientists say. … Albedo modification “is not a solution to global warming, it is only a way to …. of the U.S. Government documents (patents, climate/weather modification …To fight global warming, Senate calls for study of making Earth reflect more light
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    By definition
    Albedo is the technical term for the proportion of sunlight
    that Earth’s surface and atmosphere reflect back to space
     Albedo modification  AKA…. “geoengineering”
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    Unedited full text

    Budgetmakers in the U.S. Senate want the Department of Energy (DOE) to study the possibility of making Earth reflect more sunlight into space to fight global warming. Earth’s reflectivity is known as its albedo, and the request to study “albedo modification” comes in the details of a proposed spending bill passed by the Senate appropriations committee to fund DOE, the Army Corps of Engineers, and related agencies for fiscal year 2017, which begins 1 October. The bill does not specify how much money should be spent on the research.

    Critics argue that albedo modification and other “geoengineering” schemes are risky and would discourage nations from trying to reduce their emissions of carbon dioxide, the heat-trapping gas that comes from the burning of fossil fuels and that is causing global warming by absorbing increasing amounts of energy from sunlight. Still, climate researchers say they should find out what its potential of albedo modification might be.

    “The recommendation is great,” says Joyce Penner, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Albedo modification “is not a solution to global warming, it is only a way to avoid, perhaps, a tipping point in the climate.” David Keith, an atmospheric physicist at Harvard University, says, “Ignorance is not a good basis for making decisions, so learning more about this is extremely valuable even if we find out that it will never work.” Keith adds, however, that the few existing studies suggest albedo modification could help ameliorate some effects of global warming.

    The call for further research comes in a bill that would provide $5.4 billion for DOE’s Office of Science next year. It also builds on the recommendations of a February 2015 report from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) entitled Climate Intervention: Reflecting Sunlight to Cool Earth. That report warned explicitly that albedo modification shouldn’t be deployed now because the risks and benefits were far too uncertain. Still, the committee urged further research to find out what those risks and benefits might be.

    The Senate appropriations committee wants DOE to do that research. “As other nations have launched research programs on albedo modification, the Committee recommends the Department review the findings of the NAS report … and leverage existing computational and modeling capabilities to explore potential impacts of albedo modification,” says a report that accompanies the Senate budget bill. The direction is included in a section outlining priorities for the Office of Science program in biological and environmental research, which currently has an annual budget of $609 million.

    Albedo modification would work by lacing the atmosphere with tiny particles or aerosols that would reflect sunlight and mimic natural processes. For example, in 1991 the volcano Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines spewed 20 million tons of sulfur dioxide into the stratosphere, which spans altitudes from 10 to 50 kilometers. There, the sulfur dioxide produced aerosols that reflected enough sunlight to reduce global temperature by an estimated 0.3°C for 3 years. Albedo modification might also work by using aerosols to seed cloud formation in a lower atmospheric layer called the troposphere.

    However, the NAS report also noted that the potential effects of albedo modification remain poorly understood and quantified. Scientists lack even the observational tools to measure the effects of albedo modification, the report states. To make up for those shortcomings, the report called for a research program, including smaller scale field trials, whose goal “should be to improve understanding of the range of climate and other environmental effects of albedo modification, as well as understanding of unintended impacts.”

    For decades studying albedo modification has been taboo in the United States, Keith says, for fear that it would distract from the ultimate goal of zeroing out carbon emissions. But given the potentially catastrophic effects of global warming, scientists have an obligation to study the idea, he says. “Because the burden will fall so disproportionately on the poor I think there’s a moral imperative to do it,” he says.

    Even if albedo modification won’t work, the research would pay big dividends, Penner predicts. Among the most uncertain elements in climate models are the effects of aerosols and their interactions with clouds—just the things involved in albedo modification—she says. Because of those uncertainties, researchers can estimate only that doubling atmospheric carbon dioxide from preindustrial levels would increase global temperature between 1°C and 5°C. “If we knew the aerosol forcing we could reduce that range,” Penner says.

    If the federal government turns a blind eye to albedo modification, the research will be done anyway by countries such as China and researchers sponsored by nongovernmental organizations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Keith says.

    So the real choice is between exploring albedo modification openly or in relative secrecy, he says: “I believe in sunshine and democracy, and I really think this should be done by the U.S. government and in a transparent way.”

    The Senate language is a long way from becoming law. The full Senate has yet to act on the measure, which ultimately would have to be reconciled with DOE spending levels approved by the House of Representatives. Any final bill would have to be signed by the president.

    DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf4148

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    Public Release Event: Climate Intervention Reports » Climate Change …

    nas-sites.org/americasclimatechoices/public-release-event-climateinterve

    Feb 14, 2015Climate Intervention: Carbon Dioxide Removal and Reliable Sequestration and Climate Intervention: Reflecting Sunlight to Cool Earth.

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    Climate Intervention – National Academies

    dels.nas.edu/…/cli
    National Research Council (U.S.) Commission on Ge…

    Climate Intervention. Carbon Dioxide Removal and Reliable Sequestration. Reflecting Sunlight to Cool Earth. CLIMATE INTERVENTION IS NO SUBSTITUTE for …

    Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, Ocean Studies Board

    Climate Intervention
    Carbon Dioxide Removal and Reliable Sequestration
    Reflecting Sunlight to Cool Earth
    CLIMATE INTERVENTION IS NO SUBSTITUTE
    for reductions in carbon dioxide emissions andadaptation efforts aimed at reducing the negative consequences of climate change. However, as our planet enters a period of changing climate never before experienced in recorded human history, interest is growing in the potential for deliberate intervention in the climate system to counter climate change.
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    This study assesses the potential impacts, benefits, and costs of two different proposed classes of climate intervention:
    (1) carbon dioxide removal and
    (2) albedo modification (reflecting sunlight). Carbon dioxide removal strategies address a key driver of climate change, but research is needed to fully assess if any of these technologies could be appropriate for large-scale deployment. Albedo modification strategies could rapidly cool the planet’s surface but pose environmental and other risks that are not well understood and therefore should not be deployed at climate-altering
    scales; more research is needed to determine if albedo modification approaches could be viable in the future.
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    To date, most research on countering the impacts of climate change has focused on
    mitigating climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions or on adapting human and natural systems to make them more resilient to the effects of a changing climate. In contrast, climate intervention—purposeful intervention in the climate system to counter climate change—has received little attention.
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    Despite growing interest in climate intervention (also called geoengineering)
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    over recent years, there is a lack of information on the impacts, benefits, and costs of these technologies. These reports provide a scientific assessment to help inform the technological, ethical, legal, economic, and political discussions surrounding the topic of climate intervention.
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    Box 1.
    Proposed Climate Intervention Strategies
    This study considers two proposed classes of climate intervention:

    Carbon dioxide removal strategies would actively remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and sequester it reliably.–

    Albedo modification strategies would reduce the amount of sunlight absorbed by Earth in order to cool the planet’s surface.
    As the Committee analyzed specific carbon dioxide removal and albedo modification
    strategies, it became apparent that there are vast differences in the research needs, and the extent of the environmental and social risks associated with the two classes of approaches.This led the Committee to separate the climate intervention topics considered in this study into two separate reports
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    Box 2.
    Carbon Dioxide Removal Strategies
    Considered in This Study
    •Changes in land use management to enhance natural carbon sinks such as forests and agricultural lands
    •Accelerated weathering in the ocean and on land to enhance natural processes that remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere •Bioenergy with carbon capture and sequestration
    •Direct air capture and sequestration of carbon dioxide
    •Ocean iron fertilization to boost phytoplankton growth
    and enhance take-up of carbon dioxide
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    Box 3.
    Albedo Modification Strategies Considered in This Study
    •Stratospheric aerosols that help reflect sunlight back into space
    •Marine cloud brightening to enhance reflection of sunlight
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    ALBEDO MODIFICATION POSES POORLY UNDERSTOOD RISKS
    Theoretical and observational data indicate albedo modification has the potential to offset some of the consequences of global warming within years and at a relatively low direct cost. However, deploying albedo modification techniques at climatically important scales
    would bring an array of environmental, social, legal, economic, ethical, and political risks.
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    FOR FULL TEXT PLEASE GO TO…..

    PDF]Climate Intervention – National Academies

    dels.nas.edu/…/cli
    National Research Council (U.S.) Commission on Ge…

    Climate Intervention. Carbon Dioxide Removal and Reliable Sequestration. Reflecting Sunlight to Cool Earth. CLIMATE INTERVENTION IS NO SUBSTITUTE for …

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    CONCLUSION
    Climate change is a global challenge, and addressing it will require a portfolio of responses with varying degrees of risk and efficacy. There is no substitute for dramatic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate the negative consequences of climate change, together with adaptation of human and natural systems to make them more resilient to changing climate.
    However, if society ultimately decides to intervene in Earth’s climate,
    the Committee most strongly recommends any such actions be informed by a far more substantive body of scientific research—
    encompassing climate science and economic, political, ethical, and other dimensions—than is available at present ———————————————————-

    The call for further research comes in a bill that would provide $5.4 billion for DOE’s Office of Science next year.

    It also builds on the recommendations of a February 2015 report from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) entitled Climate Intervention: Reflecting Sunlight to Cool Earth.

    That report warned explicitly that albedo modification shouldn’t be deployed now because the risks and benefits were far too uncertain.

    Still, the committee urged further research to find out what those risks and benefits might be. The Senate appropriations committee wants DOE to do that research.

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    The bottom line
    So the real choice is between exploring albedo modification openly or in relative secrecy, he says: “I believe in sunshine and democracy, and I really think this should be done by the U.S. government and in a transparent way.”
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    Just saying
    I NEVER RECEIVED ANY RESPONSE FROM THIS REQUEST

    US Climate Change Study Explores Weather Modification

    The U.S. study was expected to be finished in the fall of 2014.

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    Just saying…. Just asking???
    David Keith, an atmospheric physicist at Harvard University, says,
    “Ignorance is not a good basis for making decisions?
    so learning more about this is extremely valuable ($5.4 billion?)
     even if we find out that it will never work?
    REALLY?

  • How Dam Dumb is the US Government?

    How Dam Dumb is The US Government?

    Drought and Flooding in U.S.A are a DAM  shame.

    APRIL 14, 2016 EMAIL FROM SENATOR MARIA CANTWELL

     She’s Just saying… DROUGHT IS A  SHAME

    An unprecedented drought last year and 15 YEARS OF DROUGHT ACROSS THE AMERICAN WEST have demonstrated the need to rethink U.S. water management for the 21st Century. Since 1980, droughts have cost the United States more than $200 billion. The drought last year caused widespread and serious impacts for communities, agriculture, industry and the environment. As drought is predicted to continue in the coming years and as communities throughout the United States face significant water-security challenges, it is a crucial time to evaluate and develop new strategies at the national level.

    Just saying…Senator Cantwell does not mention the removal of Dams or Flooding, period

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    MAR 24, 2016 – FLOOD IS THE LARGEST CONTRIBUTOR TO CATASTROPHIC LOSS WORLDWIDE.

    Just asking? April 16, 2016

    WHY DOES THE U.S. GOVERNMENT (MEMBERS OF CONGRESS)

    REFUSE TO CONNECT THE COST OF THE REMOVAL OF DAMS?

    WITH LOSS OF HYDROELECTRIC WATER POWER?

    WITH  THE COST OF DROUGHT?

    THE COST OF FLOODING?

    THE COST OF FEMA?

    AND THE COST OF MANDATORY NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE?

    How Dam Dumb do they think American Voting Taxpaying citizens are?

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    Just saying… June 28, 2013,  nearly three years ago

    Flooding is a Dam Shame

    Posted on June 28, 2013 7:31 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

    DROUGHT IS A DAM SHAME

    CHINA WAS SO DAM SMART THAT THEY BUILT THE BIGGEST DAM IN THE WORLD.

    The U.S. Government (CONGRESS) IS SO DAM  DUMB THEY HAVE allowed the removal  800/1100 DAMS IN THE USA

    A DAM shame drought and flooding … A Congressional Disaster

    THE USA DAM REMOVAL POLICY CREATES LOSS OF DAM LIFE, DAM MISERY AND DAM SUFFERING FOR MILLIONS OF DAM AMERICANS EVERY DAM YEAR.

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    HE WHO CONTROLS THE WATER CONTROLS THE WORLD?

    Behind My Back | WOTUS “Water Runs Down Hill”

    www.behindmyback.org/2015/09/04/wotus-water-runs-down-hill/

    Sep 4, 2015 – … fields that are fallow, sitting idle this year, because of the drought,” he said. … A Congressional Disaster · A DAM SHAME DROUGHT AND FLOODING …

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    The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is the primary underwriter of flood insurance policies in the United States. The program was established in 1968 through the passage of the National Flood Insurance Act.

    SO?  Congress mandated federally regulated or insured lenders to require flood insurance on properties that are located in areas at high risk of flooding.

    FEMA Flood Map Service Center | Welcome!

    https://msc.fema.gov/

    Federal Emergency Management Agency

    The FEMA Flood Map Service Center (MSC) is the official public source for flood hazard information produced in support of the National Flood Insurance …

    ADDING INSULT TO MANDATORY FLOOD INSURANCE…

    Behind My Back | 2014 FEMA’s Warped Data?

    www.behindmyback.org/2014/03/22/2014-femaswarpeddata/

    Mar 22, 2014 – From Maine to Oregon 2014 FEMA FLOOD MAPS have often been built using outdated, inaccurate data. Homeowners, in turn, have to bear the …

    THE USA DAM REMOVAL POLICY CREATES LOSS OF DAM LIFE, DAM MISERY AND DAM SUFFERING FOR MILLIONS OF DAM AMERICANS EVERY DAM YEAR.

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    Just saying… June 28, 2013,  nearly three years ago

    Flooding is a Dam Shame

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    Just saying… April 16, 2016

    A NON- GOVERNMENT AGENCY CLAIMS THEY ARE THE NATIONAL LEADERS OF/IN  THE U.S. CONGRESS FOR REMOVING DAMS.

    HAS THE CONGRESS OF UNITED STATES GOT A GREEN RING IN IT’S NOSE?

    JULY 6TH, 2009

    WA DC AMERICAN RIVERS CALLED ON CONGRESS TO FULLY FUND THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND (LWCF) THIS YEAR.  UNDER REPRESENTATIVE NORM DICKS’S (D-WA) LEADERSHIP, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PROVIDED AN INVESTMENT OF ALMOST $400 MILLION FOR THE LWCF. 

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    ACCORDING TO AMERICAN RIVERS THEY ARE THE NATIONAL LEADER IN REMOVING OUTDATED AND UNSAFE DAMS, and improving the operations of hydropower dams. Learn More »

    Jun 12, 2013 – According to American Rivers, 65 US dams were removed in 2012, joining the nearly 1,100 dams that have been removed across the US since 1912. Nearly 800 of those dams were removed in the past 20 years. … World Map …

    ACCORDING TO AMERICAN RIVERS WE ARE HELPING COMMUNITIES IMPROVE THEIR FLOOD PROTECTION

    ACCORDING TO AMERICAN RIVERS THEY FIGHT TO PROTECT OUR NATION’S LAST, BEST FREE-FLOWING RIVERS WITH WILD AND SCENIC RIVER DESIGNATIONS.

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    JULY 6TH, 2009

    WA DC AMERICAN RIVERS CALLED ON CONGRESS TO FULLY FUND THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND (LWCF) THIS YEAR.  UNDER REPRESENTATIVE NORM DICKS’S (D-WA) LEADERSHIP, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PROVIDED AN INVESTMENT OF ALMOST $400 MILLION FOR THE LWCF. 

    EASY-TO-SEARCH FEDERAL FUNDING DATABASE FOR SUCH PROJECTS

    This database provides information on

    STATE AND FEDERAL FUNDING AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS FOR RECREATION AND CONSERVATION PROJECTS. IT INCLUDING MORE THAN 80 FEDERAL AND 30 STATE SPECIFIC PROGRAMS FOR PROJECTS RANGING FROM NEW RIVER ACCESS POINTS TO HABITAT RESTORATION AND LAND PROTECTION.

    THESE FUNDS WILL BE USED ACROSS THE COUNTRY to protect critical watersheds and, in conjunction with previously preserved waterways, WILL FORM THE BASE OF THE NATIONAL BLUE TRAILS SYSTEM. – October 1st, 2014  American Rivers Launches New Blue Trails Guide

    SINCE 2008, THE CONSERVATION ALLIANCE HAS GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED AMERICAN RIVERS’ WORK to protect 150 miles of the most pristine Wild & Scenic Rivers in the North Cascades.

    THE CONSERVATION ALLIANCE IS A GROUP OF MORE THAN 185 OUTDOOR INDUSTRY COMPANIES THAT DISBURSES COLLECTIVE ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DUES TO GRASSROOTS ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS, SUCH AS AMERICAN RIVERS.

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    behindmyback.org

      CATEGORY ARCHIVES LWCF $450 MILLION IN 2016

      Obama Plus the LWFC Land Grabs

    Posted on February 22, 2016 1:19 pm by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

    OBAMA’S PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LAND GRABS PLUS THE LWFC?

    Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is a Federal program

    AS OF OCTOBER 2015, DESCRIBING IT (LWCF) AS A “SLUSH FUND”, ROB BISHOP (R) OF UTAH, CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE, HAD BLOCKED A VOTE ON REAUTHORIZATION.

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     JULY 6TH, 2009

    (Washington, DC) —  A new wide-ranging report released today by the private, bipartisan Outdoor Resources Review Group recommends creating a new nationwide system –

    AMERICAN RIVERS CALLED ON CONGRESS TO FULLY FUND THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND (LWCF) THIS YEAR.  UNDER REPRESENTATIVE NORM DICKS’S (D-WA) LEADERSHIP, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PROVIDED AN INVESTMENT OF ALMOST $400 MILLION FOR THE LWCF. 

    October 1st, 2014

    – See more at: http://www.americanrivers.org/blog/american-rivers-launches-blue-trails-guide/#sthash.wUNCgH58.dpuf and boost river health. Learn More »

    Blue Trails Climate Change Dams & Dam Removal Discover Rivers Floods & Floodplains Fracking Grants Hydropower Most Endangered Rivers National River Cleanup River Restoration Stormwater & Sewage Take Action Urban Rivers Water Pollution Water Supply Wild and Scenic Rivers

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    Flooding is a Dam Shame

    Posted on June 28, 2013 7:31 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

    DROUGHT IS A DAM SHAME

    CHINA WAS SO DAM SMART THAT THEY BUILT THE BIGGEST DAM IN THE WORLD.

    HE WHO CONTROLS THE WATER CONTROLS THE WORLD?

    IN THE USA THE GOVERNMENT WAS AND IS SO DAM STUPID THEY DECIDED THAT HYDRO ELECTRIC POWER WAS NOT DAM CLEAN, DAM CHEAP, DAM RENEWABLE DAM ENERGY, NOT DAM FLOOD CONTROL AND NOT DAM DROUGHT AND DAM PROPERTY LOSS PREVENTION.

    THE DAM CHINESE GOVERNMENT IS SO DAM SMART THEY WORK IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE DAM PEOPLE.

    THE CHINESE DAM PREVENTS THE DAM LOSS OF LIFE, BILLIONS OF DAM DOLLARS IN PROPERTY DAMAGE, PROVIDES DAM CHEAP, DAM CLEAN, DAM RENEWABLE, DAM ENERGY AND HELPS KEEP THEIR DAM ECONOMY STRONG.

    THE CHINESE DAM CONTROLS THE DAM WATER RELEASES THE DAM WATER TO ELIMINATE THE DAM DROUGHTS

    WHAT PART OF THIS DAM CHINESE POLICY DOES THE DAM US GOVERNMENT NOT UNDERSTAND?

    THE US GOVERNMENT IS SO DAM DUMB

     THEY WORK FOR THE DAM NON-GOVERNMENT LOBBYIST

    AND THE DAM NON-GOVERNMENT SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS.

     SAVE THE DAM SALMON AT WHAT COST?

    AS DICTATED BY THE DAM US GOVERNMENT

    THE BEST DAM INTEREST OF THE DAM PEOPLE IN THE USA BE DAMMED

    THE DAM PEOPLE IN THE DAM USA ARE FLOODED AND CLEANING UP THE DAM WATER DAMAGE FOR SIX DAM MONTHS OF THE YEAR.

    THE DAM PEOPLE IN THE USA SUFFER THE DAM DROUGHT FOR THE OTHER SIX DAM MONTHS OF THE YEAR

    THE CHINESE DAM CONCEPT IS TO BUILD AND KEEP DAMS TO PROVIDE CLEAN RENEWABLE ELECTRIC POWER, CONTROL THE DAM WATER AND PREVENT THE DAM FLOODING AND RELEASE THE DAM WATER TO PREVENT DROUGHT

    THE USA DAM REMOVAL POLICY CREATES LOSS OF DAM LIFE, DAM MISERY AND DAM SUFFERING FOR MILLIONS OF DAM AMERICANS EVERY DAM YEAR.

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    Flooding is a Dam Shame

    Posted on June 28, 2013 7:31 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

    Just saying… June 28, 2013

    Just asking?  April 16, 2016

    How Dam Dumb is The US Government?

    Drought and Flooding in U.S.A are a DAM  shame.

     FLOODING IS A DAM SHAME

    MAR 24, 2016 – FLOOD IS THE LARGEST CONTRIBUTOR TO CATASTROPHIC LOSS WORLDWIDE.

    HE WHO CONTROLS THE WATER CONTROLS THE WORLD?

    Behind My Back | WOTUS “Water Runs Down Hill”

    www.behindmyback.org/2015/09/04/wotus-water-runs-down-hill/

    SEPT 4, 2015 – … fields that are fallow, sitting idle this year, because of the drought,” he said. … A Congressional Disaster · A DAM SHAME DROUGHT AND FLOODING …

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    MAR 24, 2016 – FLOOD IS THE LARGEST CONTRIBUTOR TO CATASTROPHIC LOSS WORLDWIDE. … Agency and the US Congress to determine how the National Flood Insurance Program … and the inertia around the status quo could endure until loss events occur that force reactionary funding from the public sector

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    ‘Catastrophic damage’: Midwest flood death toll rises to 24 …

    www.theguardian.com › US News › Missouri The Guardian Jan 3, 2016

    Spate of storms and flooding results in $3.5bn loss to U.S. …

    aon.mediaroom.com/2016-04-06-Spate-of-storms-and-flooding-results-i… Apr 6, 2016 – The report reveals that seven severe U.S. convective storm events

    Nat Cat | GCCapitalIdeas.com

    www.gccapitalideas.com/tag/nat-cat/

    March 22nd, 2016

    Risk Financing for Flood: Emerging Opportunities

    Posted at 1:00 AM ET

    Flood is the largest contributor to catastrophic loss worldwide. Recent initiatives from Guy Carpenter and Marsh & McLennan Companies, both involving the peril of flood, demonstrate the diversity of approaches that can be brought to bear. In the United Kingdom, we are involved in a project where the insurance industry is working in concert with the government to adjust the industry’s approach to the peril of flood and maintain the private sector’s role as the source of insurance protection without a resultant increase in the public sector’s liability.

    IN THE UNITED STATES, A PROJECT IS BEING SPONSORED BY THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY AND THE US CONGRESS TO DETERMINE HOW THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM MIGHT BE PRIVATIZED AND HOW IT MIGHT UTILIZE REINSURANCE TO SUPPORT ITS RISK MANAGEMENT EFFORTS, AND THEREBY MOVE POTENTIAL LOSS EXPOSURE OFF THE PUBLIC BALANCE SHEET.

    Continue reading…

    March 24th, 2016

    US Flood – The Road Ahead

    Posted at 1:00 AM ET

    The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is the primary underwriter of flood insurance policies in the United States. The program was established in 1968 through the passage of the National Flood Insurance Act.

    Continue reading…

    March 29th, 2016

    Risk Analytic Tools, Part I

    Posted at 1:00 AM ET

    Public sector-related data can be expansive, containing census data, property risk characteristics, historical loss information, risk rating matrices and natural hazard event scientific tracking. In order to facilitate packaging the sometimes unwieldy data in a way that is useful for risk decision making, utilizing outside resources to improve data transparency can be valuable. Public sector resources devoted to building tools that measure risks that are perceived as “uninsurable” can unlock private sector funding.

    Continue reading…

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    Risk Analytic Tools, Part II

    Posted at 1:00 AM ET

    In addition to internal risk management, models are typically used in risk transfer negotiations. Both traditional and alternative risk markets require extensive analysis of portfolios when considering risk transfer. Sharing a portfolio’s standardized model output is critical to imparting the loss potential of a particular portfolio from which risk-capital can be unlocked to support the risk financing needs of a reinsurance buyer. Using technology is critical when partnering governments with the private sector. Whether partnering with developed or emerging economies, these tools bring together the risk knowledge and historical data of the public sector with risk management techniques of the insurance industry. The result is an enhanced understanding of risk that provides stability and attracts partners.

    Continue reading…

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    March 28th, 2016

    Closing the Protection Gap

    Posted at 1:00 AM ET

    We have identified seven preconditions essential in the movement towards resiliency and de-risking public sector exposure.

    Continue reading…

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    April 7th, 2016

    US Residual Markets, Part I

    Posted at 1:00 AM ET

    The US residual property insurance market segment is comprised of Fair Access to Insurance Requirements (FAIR) Plans, Beach and Windstorm Plans and two state run insurance companies – Florida Citizens Property Insurance Company (Florida Citizens) and Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation (Louisiana Citizens). These insurance facilities grew out of the civil strife in the 1960s to ensure continued access to insurance in urban areas. Over time they have evolved and their mandate has grown beyond their urban focus. Today these facilities are significant providers of some of the most wind- and earthquake-exposed property insurance in the country.

    Continue reading…

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    April 11th, 2016

    US Residual Markets, Part II

    Posted at 1:00 AM ET

    The recent 2015 reinsurance renewals in this area demonstrated further expansion in the manner and means by which these insurance providers utilize private-sector capital to support their businesses. Traditional reinsurance remains a core component of most residual market risk financing programs. Typically these risk financing plans will also rely on retained profit, assessments and debt facilities in concert with the various forms of reinsurance to manage their exposures. The utilization of alternative risk financing capital through catastrophe bonds and/or collateralized reinsurance continues to grow with eight of 12 facilities that utilize traditional reinsurance also accessing risk transfer capacity through catastrophe bonds and/or collateralized reinsurance to help manage their loss exposures. The chart below details the increasingly diverse set of risk financing approaches employed by 11 coastal markets.

    Continue reading…

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    MAR 24, 2016 – FLOOD IS THE LARGEST CONTRIBUTOR TO CATASTROPHIC LOSS WORLDWIDE. Agency and the US Congress to determine how the National Flood Insurance Program … and the inertia around the status quo could endure until loss events occur that force reactionary funding from the public sector (1). … February 25th, 2016 …

    In the United States, a project is being sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the US Congress to determine how the National Flood Insurance Program might be privatized and how it might utilize reinsurance to support its risk management efforts, and thereby move potential loss exposure off the public balance sheet.

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    WHAT HAS THE WORLD BANK AND THE WORLD COMMISSION ON DAMS REPORT GOT TO DO WITH  DAMS IN THE U.S.A.?

    WHAT HAS THE UNITED STATES INSTITUTE OF PEACE, TRUTH COMMISSION: COMMISSION FOR HISTORICAL CLARIFICATION (COMISIÓN PARA EL … UNITY (URNG),

    AND THE U.N. SECRETARY GENERAL ON FEBRUARY 25, 1999.

    GOT TO DO WITH  DAMS IN THE U.S.A.?

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    the world bank & the world commission on dams report q&a

    siteresources.worldbank.org/INTWRD/…/WB&WCDQ&A.p…

    World Bank

    The World Bank believes that the World Commission on Dams Report has made a great contribution in framing many of the major issues in this contentious and …

    The World Bank Versus the World Commission on Dams

    www.water-alternatives.org/index.php/allabs/99-a3-2-22/file

    by R Goodland – ‎2010 – ‎Cited by 9 – ‎Related articles

    KEYWORDS: World Bank, hydropower, big dams, oustees, displacement, …..

    Truth Commission: Guatemala | United States Institute of …

    www.usip.org/…/truth-commissionguate

    United States Institute of Peace

    Truth Commission: Commission for Historical Clarification (Comisión para el … Unity (URNG), and the U.N. Secretary General on February 25, 1999. The report …

     


  • An Endangered Gopher Tax?

    The Thurston County Commissioners in collusion with the US Fish and Wildlife Service have created a novel method of extracting additional tax dollars from prospective new homeowners in Washington State.  According to public documents, Thurston County staff has proposed a new gopher tax, up to $42,000 for new homeowners who might consider building a home on or near land that might be inhabited by a rodent called the Mazama Pocket Gopher.  This gopher tax (called “mitigation” in planner-speak) would be in addition to any other fees, permits, taxes, or other costs that might be imposed on the construction of a new home in Thurston County, Washington.  For direct links to the concept files written and presented by Thurston County planning staff go here and here.

    For Whistleblowers, please go here to learn more 

    The $42,000 gopher tax is likely to become law later this year.   Two of the three Commissioners (Sandra Romero and Cathy Wolfe) have been supportive of the plan and the process for many years now.  In addition, the Thurston County Planning Department has been largely controlled by the US Fish & Wildlife Service for years – many of the county employees are entirely subsidized by USFWS grant money.  This has been a concern of property rights advocates for many years because local county staff won’t question their orders from USFWS when their jobs depend on grant dollars from that federal agency.

    Another aspect of the gopher tax that has local observers concerned is the current plan for much of this money to be transferred to an out-of-state nonprofit organization.  Some of these gopher tax monies would stay in Thurston County, but it appears that after insiders get their cut, most of these funds would be sent to an out-of-state organization to manage local taxpayer-purchased land that could be set aside as bonus pocket gopher habitat.

    The Pocket Gopher – Endangered Animal or Convenient Excuse?

    The Thurston County Mazama pocket gopher was listed as a threatened species by the USFWS in April,  2014.  The listing process was controversial, and generated a lot of local citizen backlash as well as open ridicule by rural Thurston County residents directed at the Commissioners, USFWS, and others who championed the original listing process.  Most casual observers could see that something was very wrong in Thurston County.

    Protesting pocket gopher listing
    A pirate might know it is stealing, but Thurston County calls it a tax or a “fee.” It is all about the money.

    Pocket gophers are considered pest rodents throughout most of the United States where they live.  They are prolific and resilient creatures, often found in areas that have been heavily disturbed by agriculture or forestry efforts.  In fact, the two largest concentrations of pocket gophers in Thurston County were found at the Olympia Airport and the surrounding industrial park and at the nearby Fort Lewis Firing Range.  Interestingly, the very gophers who USFWS claims are threatened, thrive in the middle of the artillery impact range on a piece of land that has been repeatedly pulverized, destroyed, and burned for most of a century.  Now, both USFWS and the Thurston County planning department argue that building a home on 5 acres will so harm the gophers that a prospective homeowner must pay $42,000 for permission to apply for a home – maybe.

    Few observers accuse the USFWS of staying true to science or the facts when it comes to listing endangered species.  On the east side of Washington State, USFWS attempted to list the “White Bluffs Bladder Pod” as an endangered species certain that this plant was so rare that it justified land restrictions.  However, a local agricultural organization took samples of the “endangered” plant, conducted DNA tests, and determined that it was a very common weed found in many Western States.  USFWS still plans to list the plant as endangered regardless of the truth or science.  This wouldn’t be the first time USFWS has listed an animal on the Endangered Species list that wasn’t endangered.  In some cases, the listed animals haven’t even been proven to exist.

    The pocket gopher listing process has become just as silly.  No USFWS employee is willing to say how many of these endangered pocket gophers actually exist.  In fact, they tend to become angry if anyone dares ask.  Partly, this is because past population counts have proven to be wildly inaccurate.  Another reason government staff requires forced ignorance of the gopher population numbers is that it would lead to a logical question which they also refuse to answer – how many gophers do you need for them to no longer be considered threatened?  None dare even think these thoughts, at least not if you want the grant gravy train to continue.  Solving a real problem has never been the goal.

    Gophers can be killed, just not by humans
    Gophers are a natural part of the food chain, but Thurston County is the ultimate predator and plans to profit from the gopher tax they impose on new home owners.

    Interestingly enough, the DNA samples for this “endangered” gopher exist at the Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife, but they refuse to allow an outside organization to take samples for an independant DNA test.  It is illegal for someone to trap a gopher and take independent samples – you could be arrested and get a criminal record like this guy.  Willful ignorance appears to be the order of the day in Thurston County and at the USFWS.  Science and the facts are entirely irrelevant.  The process is the point and the punishment.

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    Thurston County Invents $42,000 Gopher Tax for New …

    https://www.wethegoverned.com/thurstoncountyinvents42000gopher

    We the GovernedThurston County Invents $42,000 Gopher Tax for New Homeowners. March 1, 2016 Glen Morgan 2 Comments. The Thurston County Commissioners in collusion with the US Fish and Wildlife Service have ….. gallup poll results, they are here: http://www.gallup.com/poll/5392/trust-government.aspx.

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    Subject: County Gopher Tax??

    BRILLIANT! These greenies in Thurston County have outdone themselves here. Is this coming to all WA Counties in the future? Great article by our CAPR Director, Glen Morgan:

    Glen Morgan – Short Bio | We the Governed

    https://www.wethegoverned.com/glenmorgan-short-bio/

    Jan 10, 2016 – Glen Morgan was the Grassroots Director and the Property Rights Director … Alliance for Property Rights (CAPR) “for exemplary performance in …

    https://www.wethegoverned.com/thurston-county-invents-42000-gopher-tax-for-new-homeowners/

    You can all learn a LOT from Glen’s website at: www.wethegoverened.com

    Stevens County CAPR,Chapter 15
    Rene’ Holaday
    www.capr.us/STEVENS/
    email: mrromantico@earthlink.net…don’t send anything to: rholaday7@hughesnet.com -I never open it. 😉
    509-935-8377

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    Just asking? Just saying….

    MORE PETTY LARCENY IN WASHINGTON STATE?


  • Page (1) She Said American’s Are Not Stupid

    Page (1) She Said American’s Are Not Stupid

    And, I resent the hell out of clever elected politician’s that think we are.

    Gruber said,  “It’s a very clever, you know, basic exploitation of the lack of economic understanding of the American voter,” And, “They proposed it and passed OBAMACARE, because the American people are too stupid to understand the difference,”

    REALLY, Politicians are clever and American people are stupid

    The law was written behind closed doors  DEMOCRATS intentionally made the law confusing to mask the fact that the law instituted a new tax. Why’d the DEMOCRATS do this? Voters don’t like new taxes.

    DEMOCRATIC Policymakers crafting the law had to take POLITICS into account. And ALL POLITICIANS know that Voters don’t like new taxes.

    “It’s a very clever, you know, Elected politicians passed the Obama care Act  in the senate on December 24, 2009, and passed in the house on March 21, 2010. because the American people are too stupid to understand?  Call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever?

    POLITICIANS ARE CLEVER? AND REALLY, AMERICAN VOTERS ARE TOO STUPID TO  VOTE THEM OUT IN 2016

    As a concerned American Citizen, WATCH, THE NEWS, Be informed.

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    WATCH THE NEWS RESEARCH AND DOCUMENT
    (1) C-SPAN CABLE-SATELLITE PUBLIC AFFAIRS NETWORK, IS AN AMERICAN CABLE AND SATELLITE TELEVISION NETWORK THAT WAS CREATED IN 1979 BY THE CABLE TELEVISION INDUSTRY AS A PUBLIC SERVICE.
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    SHE SAID, DON’T BOTHER TO WATCH
    WA STATE KBTC-TV PUBLIC TELEVISION. WHO KNEW THAT

    THE WA STATE KBTC TV PUBLIC TELEVISION IS “CERTAINLY NOT NEWS”?
    Starting in the spring of 2012, New Media Solutions (NMS) was contracted to re-format and produce the KBTC PROGRAM.

    KBTC New Media Solutions (NMS) Tom Layson HE SAID HE SPECIALIZES IN BRAND JOURNALISM. IT IS CERTAINLY NOT NEWS OR JOURNALISM, BUT IS RATHER A FLAVOR OF VIDEO PRODUCTION AND MARKETING THAT BORROWS FROM NEWS’ documentary and cinema verite styles.

    TO BRING VISUAL STORYTELLING TO THE PEOPLE, ORGANIZATIONS AND ENTITIES most importantly, more effectively harnesses authentic performances
    New Media Solutions (NMS) is here with to help KBTC NONPROFIT PUBLIC TELEVISION tell it, the BATES TECHNICAL COLLEGE WAY with video production designed to grow sales, solicit funding, win clients, explain and train, and elevate brands
    http://www.newmediasolutions.tv/about/

    The KBTC station originally signed on the air September 25, 1961 as KTPS-TV, owned by TACOMA PUBLIC SCHOOLS Its offices and broadcasting center are located on the campus of owner BATES TECHNICAL COLLEGE

    WA STATE KBTC-TV PUBLIC TELEVISION IS OWNED BY BATES TECHNICAL COLLEGE.

    Over half of KBTC’s funding comes from viewers who support local public television through generous donations.

    Pacific Legal Foundation, QUESTION EVERYTHING

    WHERE DOES THE REST OF KBTC’s funding COME FROM?
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    (2) WATCH CBC Canada program “The National” for the global prospective
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    (3) WATCH FOX NEWS for the most urgent NEW problems
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    (4) WATCH The Local News for local crime and violence
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    (5) WATCH THE WEATHER CHANNEL the Global weather phenomena, whether the weather is global warming? climate change? or just part of Natural Born Monsters. Apr 16, 2014 – The jet stream’s plunging pattern is a long-standing natural phenomenon?

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    WATCH THE GROWING ….
    ‘Climate change industry’ now a $1.5 trillion global business …
    www.washingtontimes.com/…/climate-change-ind…
    The Washington Times
    Aug 11, 2015 – “The $1.5 trillion global ‘climate change industry’ grew at between 17 and …. 1.5 trillion dollar industry BUILT ON GOVERNMENT FUNDING OF AGENDA DRIVEN APPOINTED AGENCIES, GRANTS AND FUNDING TO NGO GLOBAL, NON-GOVERNMENT NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AND PRIVATE FOUNDATIONS.
    DON’T FORGET THE PRESIDENTIAL EXECUTIVE ORDERS… GOVERNMENT UNIONS AND APPOINTED JUDGES.
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    WATCH THE GROWING NATIONAL DEBT OF THE DEAD ….
    BUILT ON GOVERNMENT FUNDING OF AGENDA DRIVEN APPOINTED AGENCIES, UNIONS, GRANTS AND FUNDING TO NGO GLOBAL, NON-GOVERNMENT NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AND PRIVATE FOUNDATIONS .
    DON’T FORGET THE PRESIDENTIAL EXECUTIVE ORDERS… GOVERNMENT UNIONS AND APPOINTED JUDGES. (redundant? hardly)

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    SHE SAID, LAST BUT NOT LEAST, WATCH WHAT’S GOING ON BEHIND OUR BACKS BEHIND CLOSED DOORS AND QUESTION EVERYTHING ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT’S PARTISAN POLITICAL AGENDA, period….
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    This is my 608th documented, investigative report posted on my website. Each published report requires several hours of research, to read thousands of words online, to become informed, to fully document the facts, from more than one reliable source, connect the dots, “She Said He Said” and track down the TRUTH AND POLITICS (today’s 6:45am to 2:00pm)
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    LEARNING FROM HISTORY
    Below, is just ONE CLASSIC EXAMPLE of what you can document, when you watch, when you do in-depth research and question everything.
    Every time I watched KBTC-TV PUBLIC TELEVISION, I knew there was something really weird going on with their political liberally slanted agenda programming?
    INDEED, QUESTION EVERYTHING
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    IF YOU ARE A CONCERNED CITIZEN AND REALLY WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICAN?
    WATCH THE NEWS LISTED ABOVE NUMBERS (1) THRU (5).

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    IF YOU WANT PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT WATCH PUBLIC BROADCAST STATION (PBS)
    OR IF YOU WANT? YOU CAN WATCH THE ” BS” FROM NEW MEDIA SOLUTIONS (NMS) ON KBTC-TV PUBLIC TELEVISION.
    WATCH THE VISUAL STORYTELLING TO THE PEOPLE, WATCH THE AUTHENTIC PERFORMANCES AND, TASTE THE FLAVOR OF(NMS) VIDEO PRODUCTIONS CINEMA VERITE STYLES.
    VERITE STYLES a documentary technique developed by the Soviet filmmaker Dziga Vertov (1896-1954)

    One of Dziga Vertov films is famous for the range of cinematic techniques.

    VERTOV INVENTS, DEPLOYS OR DEVELOPS, such as double exposure, fast motion, slow motion, freeze frames, jump cuts, Dutch cuts, extreme close-ups tracking shots, footage played backwards, stop motion animation and self-reflexive visuals (at one point it features a split-screen tracking shot; the sides have opposite Dutch angles).

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    she said “NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL (NMS) 2015 ENTERTAINMENT”

    VIDEO PRODUCTIONS CINEMA VERITE STYLES.
    The Man with the Kinocamera, or Living Russia)[1] is an experimental 1929 silent documentary film, with no story and no actors,[2] by Soviet director Dziga Vertov, edited by his wife Elizaveta Svilova.
    Vertov’s feature film, produced by the film studio VUFKU, presents urban life in the Soviet cities of Kiev, Kharkov, Moscow and Odessa.[3] From dawn to dusk Soviet citizens are shown at work and at play, and interacting with the machinery of modern life.
    TO THE EXTENT THAT IT CAN BE SAID TO HAVE “CHARACTERS,” THEY ARE THE CAMERAMEN OF THE TITLE, THE FILM EDITOR, and the modern Soviet Union THEY DISCOVER AND PRESENT IN THE FILM.

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    Page 1, She Said – He Said, is just another chapter in the Book of Revelations by Pearl Revere
    to be continued….


  • Catastrophic Wildfires Matter

    Catastrophic Wildfires Matter
    page 2 “Things That Matter”
    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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    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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    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
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    CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES FIRES – TRUTH AND POLITICS
    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.
    Albert Einstein once said that the definition of insanity is; doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results…
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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- 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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    Sep 8, 2014 HISTORY TRUTH AND POLITICS 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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    DEADLY CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES FIRES HAVE KILLED 9 PEOPLE
    TRUTH AND POLITICS SEPT 28 2015
    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 28, 2015,
    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
    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.
    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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    NORTHWEST WILDFIRES AND THE ‘GREEN’ ENVIRONMENTALIST (full text)
    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
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