Record numbers of distressed sea lions have washed ashore in California for a second straight year, the latest example of a marine mammal facing severe problems amid what biologists say is overfishing and other human-caused strains on the world’s oceans. From January through May, a record 367 California sea lions have been admitted to the Marine Mammal Center here just north of San Francisco, nearly five times the average. In Southern California, more than 600 sea lions—more than twice the average—have been taken in so far this year, after a record 1,600 were treated last year.
Is anyone going to mention the “F” word—Fukushima?
Almost two weeks after thousands of carp began turning up dead in Lake Mendocino, the cause of their demise continues to elude lake officials.
The initial tests for koi herpes virus were inconclusive and other test results aren’t expected for another few weeks, said J.D. Hardesty, chief of public affairs for the San Francisco office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which operates Lake Mendocino.
“We don’t have a definitive answer. It could take up to 30 days” from when the fish samples were collected before other results are available, Hardesty said Thursday.
(It will be over 100 degrees for the next four days here in N. California, when coastal fog would usually be cooling the mornings. This will play havoc with our starts in the ground trying to get established.)
The study, published recently by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, indicates a longer-term trend may be at work.
They tracked a 46 percent drop in the number of fog days in the region over the past 32 winters. Pairing NASA and U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite records with data from a network of University of California weather stations, the researchers were able to show that despite great year-to-year variability, the overall trend in fog is downward.
The paper was published in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union.
The authors of the new study stress that the decline in winter tule fog raises a red flag for the state’s multibillion dollar agricultural industry, since crops such as almonds, pistachios, cherries, apricots and peaches go through a necessary winter dormant period brought on and maintained by colder temperatures. The tule fog helps contribute to the winter chill.
Trees Need the Fog
“The trees need this dormant time to rest so that they can later develop buds, flowers and fruit during the growing season,” said study co-author Dennis Baldocchi, professor in UC Berkeley’s Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management.
“An insufficient rest period impairs the ability of farmers to achieve high quality fruit yields,” said Baldocchi, whose own father grew almonds and walnuts in Antioch and Oakley.
California’s Central Valley provides 58 percent of the nation’s non-citrus fruit and nut crop, according to state agriculture statistics. The California almond crop alone is worth almost $4 billion a year, and Fresno County is the state’s top agricultural producer, with nearly $7 billion in agriculture alone in 2011, the latest year available.
Other studies have marked the decline in the Central Valley of winter chill – the number of hours between 0°-7°C (32°-45°F). The number of hours of winter chill has dropped by several hundred since the 1950s, the study authors noted.
But ambient air temperature alone may not adequately reflect the heat experienced by the crops, said Baldocchi. Direct sunlight can heat the buds so that they are warmer than the surrounding air temperature. As a result, fog is important in shielding the buds from the sun and helping them accumulate winter chill.
On May 8, Vermont passed the first no-strings-attached GMO labeling law. The following day, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) confirmed it will sue the state to get the law overturned
This is the second time in mere months that the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) is suing a state for the right to keep consumers in the dark
So far, between 2012 and 2014, the GMA have successfully blocked GMO labeling legislation in over 30 states, at a price tag of more than $100 million, paid for by its members
While all cannot be listed here, some of the 50 “natural” and/or organic brands targeted by this boycott include those listed below. The reason for not focusing the boycott on the conventionalparent companies is because pro-organic health-conscious consumers rarely buy Coca-Cola, Diet Pepsi, or sugary breakfast cereals to begin with. The only way to really put pressure on these parent companies is by avoiding the brands they market to organic consumers; the brands you actually typically buy.
“Let’s be clear. Junk Food and beverage companies who are members of the GMA are gobbling up organic and ‘natural’ brands because they recognize the huge profit potential in the fast-growing organic and natural markets. They want our business. If we stop buying their brands, they know there’s a good chance we’ll find alternative brands. And we might never look back,” Cummins writes.
|Natural/Organic Brand||Owned By/Parent company|
|Sweet Leaf tea||Nestle|
|Green and Black’s||Kraft/Mondelez|
|Cascadian Farm||General Mills|
|Muir Glen||General Mills|
|Pam organic cooking sprays||ConAgra|
|Wolfgang Puck organic soups||Campbells|
|Santa Cruz Organic||Smuckers|
|Earthgrain bread||Bimbo Bakeries|
(The Civil War was another banker war. The North had the textile industry that processed the cotton coming up from the South and sold the goods overseas to Europe and beyond. It was not about fighting for the slaves but to get the country in massive debt so the country could be controlled. This led to the Organic Act of 1870 which created the Federal Government, a corporation and seperate city-state, beholden to no country.)
When Egan wanted to understand why Americans have such a weak grasp of their history, though, he didn’t look into the power of myth. Instead he “asked a couple of the nation’s premier time travelers, the filmmaker Ken Burns and his frequent writing partner Dayton Duncan.”
Burns said: “It’s because many schools no longer stress ‘civics,’ or some variation of it,” so students don’t learn “how government is constructed” — a curiously irrelevant response from someone who has enriched our understanding of so many aspects of our history.
Duncan did offer a direct and provocative, if speculative, answer: “Americans tend to be ‘ahistorical’ — that is, we choose to forget the context of our past, perhaps as a way for a fractious nation of immigrants to get along.”
That’s where Egan adds his comment on the South’s Constitution and slavery as the casus belli, as if to prove the point by example. “That history may hurt,” he explains, implying that North and South can get along easier if we ignore the hurts of their fractious past. “But without proper understanding of it, you can’t understand contemporary American life and politics.”
No arguing with that conclusion. Coming on the heels of Egan’s (mis)reading of the causes of the Civil War, though, it points to a more complex view of the American memory hole.
Why do most Americans outside the white South embrace the mythic view of the Civil War as a battle essentially over slavery, from beginning to end? Isn’t it because “history may hurt” — because it would, and should, pain us to recall how deeply racist most Northern whites were in 1861, and how many were willing to let slavery continue in the existing slave states?
If we believe the story of the North in 1861 as a monolithic block dedicated to eradicating slavery, it eases the hurt. It lets us believe that white America, outside the South, has a proud history of sacrificing blood and treasure for the cause of racial equality. It makes the rapid end of Reconstruction, the white Northerner apathy toward Jim Crow laws in the South until the 1960s, and white racism in the North until the present day all look like aberrations in a fundamentally moral history.
So we can more easily forget that, as Ta-Nehisi Coatesreminds us, “America was built on the preferential treatment of white people — 395 years of it.” He rightly laments “our inability to face up to the particular history of white-imposed black disadvantage,” an unbroken history that continues to the present day in wealth, jobs, housing, education, incarceration, voting, and so many other areas of life.
“How do you know a politician is lying? “
“:Their Lips are moving.”
Congress approval rating year after year is between 10-12%. The Presidents approval rating is equal to President Nixon during his Watergate scandal which is at all time lows.
Over 50% of Americans do not even vote because the system is so corrupt. Why do we still give power to steal our money, put our children in massive debt, bail out bankers at the expense of we the people.?
Startling statistics from the Economic Policy Institute bear the have/have not dichotomy out. In the 28 year period from 1979 to 2007, average income in the US grew 36.9%. What that number hides, however, is how wildly disproportionate those increases are between the top 1% and the bottom 99%. In that same period, the top percent saw their income rise by an average of 200.5%. Everybody else: 18.9%. During the crisis itself, from 2009-2011, the top percent’s income rose by 11.5%. Everybody else: -0.7%. We could go on. And on and on. But the point is obvious: as in every economic crisis, wealth is neither created nor destroyed, only transferred. In this case, it was concentrated in the hands of the mega wealthy. This should not be surprising to those who understand how the banksters create the money out of thin air and use their made-up funny money to keep their political cronies in line.
If you make more than $27,520 a year at your job, you are doing better than half the country is. But you don’t have to take my word for it, you can check out the latest wage statistics from the Social Security administration right here. But of course $27,520 a year will not allow you to live “the American Dream” in this day and age. After taxes, that breaks down to a good bit less than $2,000 a month
Though it seems like at least one gun-related death is in the news every day, a study published by Pew Research Center in May 2013 found that the national rates of gun homicide and other violent gun crimes have actually decreased since the mid-1990s — a surprising statistic, considering 56 percent of Americans think gun crime is higher now than it was 20 years ago.
The mark of the beast is already here. They just need a Big enough excuse to usher it in!
NBC has recently predicted that in 2017, all of America will be tagged with microchips. They will be implanted to help identify individuals immediately. According to the report, the technology is used to answer one question, “Am I who I say I am?”
Some worry, however, that the RFID Microchip will give the government too much power, allowing them to track every move. In some states, like Virginia, legislation is in process to stop this from happening.
Active Denial System (ADS)—a.k.a. the “Pain Ray”
(coming to a community near you, should this country ever decide to rise up and take back our country)
The Active Denial System (in its “non-lethal” iteration) can generate an electromagnetic energy burst that penetrates through clothing to the second layer of the skin, simulating the experience of opening a piping hot oven. The original purpose of the weapon was to incapacitate by way of raising a subject’s body temperature—resulting in mental confusion, memory lapses and lethargy. Observed applications have been directed toward crowd control. Though non-lethal in its current state, the “Bioeffects” report kindly points out that “If the situation allows, and the source is sufficiently powerful, there is the possibility to use this technology in a lethal mode as well.”
Even though the technology works, the weapon is too unwieldy for regular or spontaneous use. Shortfalls include a 16-hour start up time and diminished effectiveness during wet weather. A recent article from Correctional News reports that the Army continues to pursue ADS, demonstrating a smaller version for use at sea in September 2013. Raytheon, the firm that created ADS, is currently developing portable (possibly handheld) prototypes for use in law enforcement and corrections. Russia claims to have their version in an unknown stage of development.
Microwave Hearing, Hypersonics and the “Voice of God”
Microwave hearing is a phenomenon that occurs when the brain is hit with an RF pulse. Every pulse that hits causes an expansion of the brain and the cochlea (inner ear auditory organ). This expansion results in a sound characterized as a buzzing or knocking inside the head. A successful experiment cited in the “Bioeffects” report includes the transmission of a voice counting from 1 to 10.
Taken from the report:
“Not only might it be disruptive to the sense of hearing, it could be psychologically devastating if one suddenly heard ‘voices within one’s head.”
The Sierra Nevada Corporation was developing a weapon based on this concept called MEDUSA (Mob Excess Deterrent Using Silent Audio) to use in crowd control. The good news was that the tech would theoretically incapacitate crowds. The bad news was that they would have their brains cooked.
Alternative methods for creating a “Voice of God” weapon could come from Long Range Acoustic Devices (LRADS) or directed sound devices. LRADs are the very loud crowd control devices you can see being used on protesters, like at the Pittsburgh G20. Coincidentally, they are also used on pirates.
An LRAD will cause permanent hearing damage to any unprotected individual standing within 100 meters. The military has also experimented with using spoken or whispered commands in an attempt to, I don’t know, see who they can freak out.
Directed sound, like the sonic projector currently in development by DARPA, could be the next big step for this line of inquiry. Libraries, museums and even billboards are using commercial versions of the technology to provide audio only to those people standing in a narrow field of sound. The video below shows one of these billboards in action. Listen for the whispering female voice as the camera approaches the billboard.
‘A recently unclassified report from the Pentagon from 1998 has revealed an investigation into using laser beams for a few intriguing potential methods of non-lethal torture. Some of the applications the report investigated include putting voices in people’s heads, using lasers to trigger uncontrolled neuron firing, and slowly heating the human body to a point of feverish confusion – all from hundreds of meters away.
US Seeks Redactions in Drone Strike Memo Ruling Feds cite “exceptionally grave harm to national security..
The U.S. government, citing possible “exceptionally grave harm to national security,” told a federal appeals court it wants to give the public less information about its legal justification for using drones to kill Americans suspected of terrorism overseas.
The Justice Department, Department of Defense and Central Intelligence Agency made the request in papers submitted late Thursday to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan.
The document outlining the justification was sought through a Freedom of Information request by The New York Times and the American Civil Liberties Union. In April, a three-judge panel of the court ordered the memo released.
This is the official LAPD audio tape of the lie detector test given to witness Sandy Serrano who claimed she saw a woman in a polka dot dress running from the Robert Kennedy assassination exclaiming “We shot him”. The interviewing officer, LAPD Detective Hank Hernandez, was rumored to have intelligence connections, which would explain his having administered a lie detector test to the dictator of Venzuela just prior to doing the same to Sandy Serrano. This audio tape excerpt of the interview was obtained by Serrano’s lawyers when she sued the LAPD.
I include this audio sample here to prove an historical tendency for law enforcement officials with intelligence connections to harass and intimidate witnesses. There is no confusing whatsoever that Hernandez’ intent is to convince Sandy Serrano to alter her story. Hernandez spent 50 minutes trying to get Sandy to alter her story. This tape covers only a small portion of what went on.
The media is spending a lot of time on today being the 70th anniversary of D-Day. But it is also the 46th anniversary of the day Robert Kennedy was assassinated in Los Angeles. As was the case with the assassination of his older brother, there are many reason to doubt the official story. This is just one of them. Others include the fact that there were more bullet holes in the walls of the Pantry than Sirhan’s gun could hold. The audio recordings of the event captured at least 13 gun shots, while Sirhan’s gun only held 8 rounds. Another is that Robert Kennedy’s fatal gunshot wound came from the rear and hit behind his ear, while Sirhan was never close to being in that position. But the clearest evidence of cover up were the photographs taken by young photographer James Scott Enyart, who captured the exact moment of the assassination on film. Enyart’s film was confiscated as evidence by the police. When Enyart asked for their return after the case was closed, the LAPD claimed the negatives had been lost. Enyart sued, and suddenly the LAPD claimed negatives were found in Fresno. They were being couriered to Los Angeles to return them to Enyart, but the courier got a flat tire on his rental car shortly after leaving the Los Angeles airport, stopped at a service station to get the tire fixed, where the briefcase containing the photographs was conveniently stolen from the car.