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"Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber wants an extensive federal government review of exporting coal to Asia through Northwest ports, saying coal export could clog barge and train routes, increase diesel and coal dust pollution and boost amounts of toxic mercury drifting back to Oregon when Asian countries burn coal.
"Kitzhaber, a Democrat with strong ties to environmental groups that oppose coal export, requested the comprehensive review in a letter Wednesday to the Bureau of Land Management and the Army Corps of Engineers today. He also called for the review in a broader speech on "clean energy" today before the Future Energy Conference in Portland.""Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber wants an extensive federal government review of... more
Not just once, but a few times...
The recent incidents on the Northwest and Delta airlines of 'attempted' terrorist attacks sound suspicious to me. I am talking about the incidents themselves and not the oh too convenient timing for the events. I am also not referring to the attempted terrorist attack on the Northwest Airlines flight Friday falling "almost to the day eight years after another failed solo attack" by the so-called "shoe bomber" Richard Reid. Nor am I talking about the immediate talking points that are coming out that make me wonder if they have an updated 'Patriot Act' already written and ready for signature like the one on 9/11.
“It’s not surprising,” U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, a Holland Republican, said of the alleged terrorist attempt to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight in Detroit. … “People have got to start connecting the dots here and maybe this is the thing that will connect the dots for the Obama administration,” Hoekstra said.
No, I am talking about the statistical impossibility that the events could occur as the White House is reporting...
If Al Quaeda is so dangerous and supposedly a threat to us, one would assume that they would rehearse and train for these things. Suppose that they do this, train for the attack. They then go undetected or arrested up until the day of their flight. They then pass security, hmm, I've had to go back through or stand to the side for a laptop, a camera, oh, and so a pen could be disassembled. So, they accomplish this with explosives and other items that may draw attention. Then, they board the plane without raising suspicions. Now, they work their way to the bathroom with, I assume, carry-on luggage in tote. Again, they've made it this far. Now, you have to fake an illness to get a blanket to cover your body so you can assemble a 'bomb'. This achieved again but to no avail because over and over again this dangerous terrorist organization and their extensive training falls apart when the 'bomb' malfunctions (?) and all you get is sparks, smoke and a possible ignition of clothing from the heat. The impossibility of this happening over and over again and always at convenient timing for Washington leads me to wonder if this is what is called a 'False Flag'.
False flag operations are covert operations which are designed to deceive the public in such a way that the operations appear as though they are being carried out by other entities. The name is derived from the military concept of flying false colors; that is, flying the flag of a country other than one's own. False flag operations are not limited to war and counter-insurgency operations, and have been used in peace-time; for example, during Italy's strategy of tension.
On the night of February 27, 1933, the Reichstag building was set on fire. At the urging of Hitler, Hindenburg responded the next day by issuing an emergency decree "for the Protection of the people and the State," which stated: "Restrictions on personal liberty, on the right of free expression of opinion, including freedom of the press; on the rights of assembly and association; and violations of the privacy of postal, telegraphic and telephonic communications and warrants for house searches, orders for confiscations as well as restrictions on property, are also permissible beyond the legal limits otherwise prescribed." The question of who actually started the Reichstag fire is still unknown and occasionally debated.
It's scary how much February 27, 1933 reminds me of September 11, 2001 but that's another article.
I'd love to hear input from both sides of the issue on this one because I just feel the odds alone knock these two incidents out of the legitimate file.The recent incidents on the Northwest and Delta airlines of 'attempted'... more
Despite the snooping databases, huge intelligence aparatus, and two wars, terrorists slip through. They'll slip through if you fly naked and ban all luggage. Loons will be loons, but they're smart and invisible as needles in a worldwide haystack.Despite the snooping databases, huge intelligence aparatus, and two wars, terrorists... more
According to Washington State Superintendent Randy Dorn: "if the proposed budget passes it will be devastating to school districts already struggling to stay afloat financially. They will have to absorb $500 million in cuts to education for the 2010-11 school year on top of the $400 million cuts made during the 2009 Legislative session."
"As many as 5,000 teachers could be laid off. Added to the 1,300 (teachers lost in 2009.)"
"It cuts away at the heart of what we consider basic education. How can we expect our (underpaid) teachers, already stretched thin in their jobs, to teach standards to a class of 30 or 35 students?"
I encourage you to make your voice heard by contacting local and state representatives regarding important issues like these (http://www.congress.org/congressorg/dbq/officials/).
P.S. Anyone remember 9 months ago when... "President Barack Obama today said he will seek tougher standards in schools, merit pay for teachers and reduced high-school dropout rates in a bid for a more educated and competitive workforce in a contracting economy."According to Washington State Superintendent Randy Dorn: "if the proposed budget... more
Bad Habitat New Years Revolution Party at Rodder’s Pub Friday 1/1/2010 Oregon City, Oregon
Bad Habitat (Flawless, Dru Manchu, Damian Grey aka Trafek) Rock Rodder's Pub in Oregon City.
Bad Habitat have had many shows at Rodder's and each one is better than the last. Members Dru Manchu, Flawless and Damian Grey combine
in an intense and unique Hip Hop performance that you cant miss. Rodder's Pub is a huge club up on the hill in Oregon City just south east of Portland.
Known as one of the best Hip Hop groups in The Northwest, Bad Habitat will soon be taking a break from doing
Hip Hop shows in Portland so catch them perform while you still can. Dont worry folks Bad Habitat isnt going anywhere. Neither is
Surreal Music, Bad Habitats official Publishing Company and "Flag" (Unofficial Record Label).
Start your New Year right with some quality-ass hip hop at Bad Habitat's New Years Revolution Party at Rodder's Pub in Oregon City!Bad Habitat New Years Revolution Party at Rodder’s Pub Friday 1/1/2010 Oregon... more
Wednesday December 16th (01/16/10) PSU Winter Solstice Party at Barracuda
Featuring Northorn Lights, Bad Habitat, Mighty, Dj Mentos and DJ LayLow as the Master of Ceremonies
Hosted by Barracuda Nightclub 9 NW 2nd Ave Portland, Oregon
Sponsored By II MUCH Entertainment, Concept Entertainment, Barracuda, Clear Wimax and Baldwin Image.
Performances By: Bad Habitat of Surreal Music (Dru Manchu, Damian Grey, Flawless), Northorn Lights of Surreal Music, Mighty, and DJ Mentos
21+ Free Entry
18+ $7 @ Door
10pm - 2:30AM
For VIP Contact 971-506-5411 or 503-891-6949
Plus a special mystery guest you will have to see to believe!Wednesday December 16th (01/16/10) PSU Winter Solstice Party at Barracuda... more
"Andrew Revkin writes in the NY Times that since 1553, when Sir Hugh Willoughby led an expedition north in search of a sea passage over Russia to the Far East, mariners have dreamed of a Northern Sea Route through Russia's Arctic ocean that could cut thousands of miles compared with alternate routes. A voyage between Hamburg and Yokohama is only 6,600 nm. via the Northern Sea Route — less than 60% of the 11,400 nm. Suez route. Now in part because of warming and the retreat and thinning of Arctic sea ice in summer, this northern sea route is becoming a reality with the 12,700-ton 'Beluga Fraternity,' designed for a mix of ice and open seas, poised to make what appears to be the first such trip. The German ship picked up equipment in Ulsan, South Korea, on July 23 and arrived in Vladivostok on the 25th with a final destination at the docks in Novyy Port, a Siberian outpost. After that, if conditions permit, it will head to Antwerp or Rotterdam, marking what company officials say would be the first time a vessel has crossed from Asia to Europe through the Arctic on a commercial passage.""Andrew Revkin writes in the NY Times that since 1553, when Sir Hugh Willoughby... more
I really hope this does not pass... it's common sense that larger class size means less individual attention and less learning. Too many students pass through to grade 5 unable to read, meanwhile teachers can't pay their rent... all in our age of the No Child Left A Dime Act. Do these legislators really think we can improve society by robbing our children of quality education?
If you feel strongly one way or another, contact Washington State elected officials:
From the article>>
Students will pay more to attend college, public-school teachers face the prospect of larger classes and the poor will have a harder time getting health care under nearly $4 billion in proposed budget cuts outlined by state lawmakers on Thursday.
The full budget has not been released, but the Legislature released a two-page sheet listing some of the cuts in a compromise budget backed by Democratic leaders in the House and Senate.
Lawmakers propose cutting nearly $800 million from public-school funding, with the bulk of the cut — $600 million — coming from the class-size reduction initiative, I-728. Another $255 million in savings is expected to come from reducing enrollment by 40,000 people in the state Basic Health Plan, which provides subsidized insurance for low-income workers. The reductions would be achieved through attrition.
The Legislature is proposing to help offset cuts to colleges and universities by allowing tuition increases of up to 14 percent a year for two years at four-year institutions and 7 percent a year for two years at two-year colleges. The net cut to higher education after the tuition increases would be around $325 million.
No state parks would be closed, as had been anticipated earlier, thanks to a new "opt-out" fee on vehicle-license renewals. The $5 fee would be tacked on to annual vehicle-license registrations, but people who didn't want it pay it could check a box opting out.
Lawmakers said they were confident they had the votes to pass the budget. "I'm feeling very sure we have 50 votes to pass this budget" in the House, said Rep. Kelli Linville, D-Bellingham, chairwoman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, D-Spokane, said she had the votes in the Senate as well.
The budget is expected to be voted on in the House first and then in the Senate. Lawmakers appear optimistic they'll finish by Sunday, the last scheduled day of the session.
Leaders in both the House and Senate on Thursday said they had no plans to send voters a proposal to increase the sales tax to buy back cuts in services. An income tax proposal touted in the Senate earlier also is dead.
This budget has been the most challenging in decades. The shortfall between now and 2011 is about $9 billion. Lawmakers are able to bridge more than half that with about $3 billion in federal stimulus money and other federal bailouts, cash set aside in the state's rainy-day fund and through budget cuts already adopted.
Counting the federal money, majority Democrats in the House and Senate are proposing a budget of roughly $35 billion for the 2009-2011 fiscal years. That amount includes $830 million in reserves, which the state can tap if the economy continues to deteriorate.
Senate Republican Leader Mike Hewitt said Democrats are relying too much on one-time funding, the federal bailout money, for example, to balance the budget. That could leave the state with another budget gap in two years, he said.
"What they've done is not permanent," Hewitt said. "We're definitely afraid we'll be back here in two years."
Sen. Rodney Tom, D-Medina, vice chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, said Democrats made a lot of tough cuts in the budget, but "we went about it in a very judicious way."
Gov. Chris Gregoire said budget was something she could live with. "I can't see some big overriding issue that would lead me to veto the budget," she said.
...I really hope this does not pass... it's common sense that larger class size... more
Delta Air Lines Inc. will debut its Boeing 747-400 jet in Delta colors Thursday on a flight between Atlanta and Honolulu.
The first flight of a Boeing 747 jumbo jet in Delta livery since 1977 will depart for Honolulu at 10:15 a.m. April 2.
Atlanta-based Delta (NYSE: DAL) has also said starting May 4 it will use Boeing 747-400 aircraft for some flights between Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Tokyo’s Narita Airport.
Delta obtained 16 Boeing 747-400s in last October’s acquisition of Northwest Airlines Corp, according to a regulatory filing.Delta Air Lines Inc. will debut its Boeing 747-400 jet in Delta colors Thursday on a... more