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Another day, another U.S. media outlet wakes up to the grim reality of a world where the climate deniers and delayers reign. This time it’s the The Salt Lake Tribune, with it’s powerfully headlined editorial: A killing climate: Global warming unchecked …
“Sadly, far too often in Utah government leaders and others dismiss global warming as a scare tactic by environmental activists with agendas that include cleaner energy sources and mass transit as substitutes for the fossil fuels that power the state and national economies.
“Such ignorance, blind or willful, has transformed climate change into a political issue rather than the global threat it clearly is proving to be. Somehow, achieving American oil independence is seen as an imperative far more compelling than reducing carbon emissions that, at their current rate of production, will profoundly alter the lives of our grandchildren and their posterity.”
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Utah could give Mitt Romney his largest margin on Election Day, but the state's biggest newspaper is rooting for his rival. The Tribune's editorial board says the Romney it praised for turning around the 2002 Olympics is not the same Romney running for president in 2012.
The biggest newspaper in the state likely to give Mitt Romney his biggest margin on Election Day has endorsed Barack Obama for president.
The Salt Lake Tribune's endorsement, which is titled "Too Many Mitts," praises Romney for his "singular role in rescuing Utah's organization of the 2002 Olympics from a cesspool of scandal" and declares him Utah's "favorite adopted son."
But the newspaper's editorial board says the Romney it has gushed over since his 2002 Olympic performance is not the same Romney running for president in 2012.
"As the party's shape-shifting nominee," the Tribune says, "Romney has raised the most frequently asked question of the campaign: 'Who is this guy, really, and what in the world does he truly believe?' "
The endorsement praises Obama as "a competent leader who, against tough odds, has guided the country through catastrophe and set a course that, while rocky, is pointing toward a brighter day."Utah could give Mitt Romney his largest margin on Election Day, but the state's... more
Unfortunately, political campaigns are becoming easier and easier to predict even if the outcomes aren’t. However, there is plenty to differentiate the candidates. The problem is trying to figure out what the differences are. Perhaps the easier way is to differentiate candidates’ supporters instead. First up, Willard Mitt Romney’s Romneylans. Don’t worry Obamunists; you’ll have your chance in the fish barrel too.Unfortunately, political campaigns are becoming easier and easier to predict even if... more
Bahrain convicts 9 medics of protest ties; 9 freed
Protesters Powerful, But Putin Even More So
Occupy the Court: Bishop, protesters defend entering lot
Occupy Caravans Reach Salt Lake CityBahrain convicts 9 medics of protest ties; 9 freed Protesters Powerful, But Putin... more
This is truly inspiring! http://veracitystew.com/?p=36830
A report from the US General Accounting Office (GAO) detailed how government funds were disbursed and assigned. As reported on page 36 of the GAO document, of the $1.3 billion, only $254 million (20%) provided for activities related to planning and staging the games.
http://veracitystew.com/?p=36548A report from the US General Accounting Office (GAO) detailed how government funds... more
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - A citizen with a gun stopped a knife wielding man as he began stabbing people Thursday evening at the downtown Salt Lake City Smith's store.
Police say the suspect purchased a knife inside the store and then turned it into a weapon. Smith's employee Dorothy Espinoza says, "He pulled it out and stood outside the Smiths in the foyer. And just started stabbing people and yelling you killed my people. You killed my people."
Espinoza says, the knife wielding man seriously injured two people. "There is blood all over. One got stabbed in the stomach and got stabbed in the head and held his hands and got stabbed all over the arms."
Full Story: http://www.abc4.com/content/news/top_stories/story/conceal-and-carry-stabbing-salt-lake-city-smiths/NDNrL1gxeE2rsRhrWCM9dQ.cspxSALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - A citizen with a gun stopped a knife wielding man as he... more
A Utah mom pleaded guilty to sending sexually explicit messages about her 13-year-old daughter to a man who she hoped would pay $10,000 for sex with the virgin teen, The Associated Press reports.
The woman, 33, promised the would-be john that the girl would perform oral sex and other sexual acts in exchange for the money, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.
The mother, whose name is being withheld to protect the daughter's identity, also sent lewd photos of the adolescent to another man.
Authorities got a tip about the plot from the woman's boyfriend, who had seen the text messages, reports said.
Salt Lake City's district attorney Sim Gill alleged that the mother and one of the men took the girl to Victoria's Secret, where she modeled lingerie for the potential client.
The mom faces 30 years behind bars. Prosecutors dropped two first-degree sex abuse charges against her, which carried possible life sentences, because she agreed to plead guilty to sexual exploitation of a minor.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/25/virginity-for-sale-utah-m_n_1029054.html?icid=maing-grid10|htmlws-main-bb|dl3|sec3_lnk1|107521A Utah mom pleaded guilty to sending sexually explicit messages about her 13-year-old... more
Not long ago most Americans thought Mormons were an odd band of people who all lived in Salt Lake City, worshiped seagulls, and had a rockin’ choir. They knew nothing of Joseph Smith and the Laminites, that gold dude on the temple roof, or that SF 49er Steve Young is a direct descendant of Brigham Young. In fact, even today not many people know that Mormons aren’t Mormons at all, but members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints or LDS for the “in-crowd”.Not long ago most Americans thought Mormons were an odd band of people who all lived... more
Tim DeChristopher is scheduled to be sentenced in a Salt Lake City courtroom by U.S. District Judge Dee Benson on July 26. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $750,000 fine for fraudulently bidding in December 2008 on parcels of land,Tim DeChristopher is scheduled to be sentenced in a Salt Lake City courtroom by U.S.... more
NBC's upcoming fall drama "The Playboy Club," set in 1960s Chicago, has been banned by Salt Lake City, Utah affiliate KSL-TV due to objectionable content. The station is owned by Deseret Media Companies, which is run by the Mormon church.
“The Playboy brand is known internationally. Everyone is clear what it stands for,” the station's president and CEO Mark Willes said in a statement posted on their website. “We want to be sure everyone is clear what the KSL brand stands for, which is completely inconsistent with the Playboy brand."
“Our intent is not to tell people what they can and cannot watch, but rather to share programming with our audience in accordance with our mission,” added KSL programming director Michelle Torsak.
She also admitted that the station had not seen the entire pilot episode, just the nearly 4-minute preview shown to advertisers in May.
http://www.examiner.com/tv-in-chicago/nbc-s-playboy-club-banned-salt-lake-city-by-mormon-owned-stationNBC's upcoming fall drama "The Playboy Club," set in 1960s Chicago, has... more
In the Salt Lake City of California, Brigham Young had dreams of deeply penetration into the NCAA tournament. These dreams have been blown away because on this Tuesday Cougars, are third ranked, have sacked Brandon Davies; Brandon Davies is their starting forward. His dismissal has taken place for the whole remaining season of NCAA. He had made a violation in honour code of his school according to University officials’ announcements what were made in evening of Tuesday.In the Salt Lake City of California, Brigham Young had dreams of deeply penetration... more
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Almost homeless Cellist Eli Potash plays on the streets of Salt Lake City, Utah. Many people know of Eli and his cello entertainment and he has become part of the downtown experience.
In this video The Daniel Day Trio mentioned that they wanted to get Eli a new cello and I asked to film the story. We finally tracked Eli down and DDT asked if they could set up and play with him some Christmas songs. Then at the end of playing surprised him with a lighter, better cello than the one that he has been using.
Thank you for viewing and please spread and share this video of a beautiful example of the Christmas spirit!
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 17-35mm f/2.8L
Post: Adobe Premier Pro CS4
Band: Daniel Day Trio
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Cellist: Eli Potash
Find him playing in the evenings around downtown SLC, in front of Broadway Theater many times.
Filmed and Edited by: Rusty Sessions of Sidewinder Media
Grips and DA's: Tiffany Sims and Bridgette Grogg
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This unique outside mall in the Rocky Mountains has become the most popular throughout Utah. Visitors to the state are thrilled with the mix of shops and premier restaurants available at The Gateway.This unique outside mall in the Rocky Mountains has become the most popular throughout... more
This week we feature Higher Ground Learning and their Urban Arts Program at the Utah Arts Festival.
Higher Ground Learning provides an alternative method of learning and incorporated urban culture into their curriculum through their Urban Arts Program. The program takes place every summer and kids are able to learn graffiti and stencil skills and feature their work at the Utah Arts Festival.This week we feature Higher Ground Learning and their Urban Arts Program at the Utah... more
During a tearful and passionate speech at his "American Revival" meeting in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Fox News host Glenn Beck revealed that he may be going blind.
During his speech (video below), Beck told the audience, "I can't focus my eyes."
Taking a shot at health care reform, Beck said, "I went to the best doctor I could find, while I could still go to the best doctor I can find."
Beck, 46, says he has been diagnosed with macular dystrophy, and joked that the doctor told him, "You could go blind in the next year . . . or you might not."http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/07/19/glenn-beck-i-might-be-going-blind/ During... more
Chevron has been quick to clean up the Salt Lake City region spill and stifle any negative press by aiding local and federal agencies with any issues regarding the response.
Check it out:
www.triond.com/users/jabariabramsonChevron has been quick to clean up the Salt Lake City region spill and stifle any... more
By Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium Blogger
Image courtesy of Flickr user talkradionews via Creative Commons license.President Barack Obama and Congressional leaders spent this week trying to stand up to the oil industry. In the wake of the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Obama pushed BP to siphon $20 billion into a escrow fund that will cover liability claims, and Congress grilled BP CEO Tony Hayward and other oil bigwigs as to how they were protecting the country’s coastal waters.
While these developments are promising, mopping up the current crisis and guarding against future incidents will take more momentum than a speech, a meeting, or a few hearings can deliver.
BP’s escrow fund indicates that the company is willing to take some responsibility for the damage this spill has visited on the Gulf Coast. But not everyone in Washington is pleased with the fund. As TPMDC’s Eric Kleefeld writes, “some Republicans have come out strongly against it—with the sum total of charges being that it will turn into a political slush fund procured through dirty Chicago thug tactics that will be paid out to ACORN.”
Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) became the poster boy for this sentiment when, at a Thursday hearing, he apologized to BP for the president’s actions. TPM sheds some light on the Congressman’s possible motivation. It seems Barton might have his own interests at heart, not the needs of the spill’s victims (or of the Republican Party—by the end of the day, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) forced Barton to retract his apology).
“Barton’s number one career campaign contributor, Anadarko Petroleum, has 25% ownership in the well where the April 20 rig explosion occurred,” Justin Elliott writes. “The firm, which has given Barton $146,500 over the years, has been sent a bill by BP for cleanup costs.”
As far as the clean-up efforts, Mother Jones’ Mac McClelland reports that the company is not doing all it can for Elmer’s Island Wildlife Refuge. McClelland talked to one clean up worker who said:
“They’re up to 120 guys on Elmer’s now, but I can’t see any considerable difference. They’re only working five sites and it’s eight miles of beach. No one seems concerned about cleaning it up. The contractors are getting their money; they don’t care. They’ve got all these people out there, but they’re not accomplishing anything.”
So far it doesn’t seem like BP—or the oil industry—is learning from these failures, either. Also at Mother Jones, Kate Sheppard reports that as bad as BP’s clean up response has been, at this week’s hearing, the public “got a glimpse of how ridiculous it was on paper.” The clean up plan, Sheppard writes, referenced a deceased sea turtle expert and ways to protect walruses and sea lions, which do not live in the Gulf Coast.
“It gets even worse,” Sheppard says. “The other four oil giants are using almost the exact same plans.”
The next disaster?
BP, at least, needs solid disaster plans, and not just for spills like the one in the Gulf. As Truthout reports, the Deepwater Horizon site isn’t the only BP project that poses a safety risk. In Alaska, the Prudhoe Bay oilfield is host to “a long list of safety issues that have not been adequately addressed,” reporter Jason Leopold writes. Marc Kovac, a BP employee, told him:
“The condition of the [Prudhoe Bay] field is a lot worse and in my opinion a lot more dangerous. We still have hundreds of miles of rotting pipe ready to break that needs to be replaced. We are totally unprepared for a large spill.”
More energy disasters
These sorts of dangers are not limited to BP’s operations or the oil industry. As Forrest Whittaker writes for The Texas Observer, “In the past three months, each of the three major fossil fuels—coal, oil and natural gas—has had its own Kaboom! moment. It’s almost like Mother Nature is trying to tell us something about our energy policy.”
In addition to the BP spill, Whittaker is thinking of the Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion in April, and two more recent blowups of natural gas wells in Texas.
“On June 7, workers struck a 36-inch gas pipeline near Cleburne, causing a massive eruption of flames seen miles away,” he writes. “One worker was killed, and eight others were severely injured. An eyewitness described the heat from 300 yards away as “unbearable.” The next day, another pipeline explosion in the Panhandle killed two workers when their bulldozer punctured another gas pipeline.”
GritTV reports on yet another oil spill—this one in Utah, where a hole in a Chevron pipeline starting pouring thousands of gallons of oil into a Salt Lake City creek a week ago.
“Oil is a messy business, even when it’s legal,” filmmaker Joe Berlinger tells GritTV’s Laura Flanders.
In Colorado, on-shore drilling is most definitely legal, and BP is looking to restart natural gas drilling there, the Colorado Independent reports.
“[BP] found the jackpot,” Josh Joswick, a Colorado organizer, said. “Not only are they on top of the most productive coal-bed methane field in the United States, they are paying next to nothing compared to what they would be paying elsewhere.”
The BP disaster in the Gulf is resonating here, too. “Several much smaller incidents in Colorado and neighboring states are quietly highlighting the need for increased onshore oil and gas drilling regulation,” the Colorado Independent’s David O. Williams writes.
There is an opportunity right now for lawmakers at the federal and state level to push for real reform; it’s not clear yet that anyone’s jumping at that chance.
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So we decided to have our own oil spill. http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_15284499