Jordan Chariton Destroys Blatantly Pro DAPL North Dakota “Reporter.” Then, my response to him as well #NODAPL

Chris Berg is a smarmy condescending arrogant former stuck-up jock QB, and one of the former Executive Directors of the State Republican party.

Chris Berg IS North Dakota.

He’s a perfect personification of all those same traits in a significantly large amount of North Dakotans. They will unequivocally tell you that if they were a country they would be the third most powerful country in the world; they will tell you, and believe it from the bottom of their heart, that they live in “God’s Country,” and by extension, are God’s Chosen people. Don’t believe me, spend some time in a bar on a weekend, and listen to the conversations.

I can say these things because I used to be one of them, I’ve lived there. I drank the kool-aid, and believed there was something different and superior, about the people who lived inside of those artificial made-up lines on a map written by DC politicians 140 or so years ago.

But I’ve matured, unlike Chris Berg.

I think we’re all one people, and one humanity. We have a responsibility not only to ourselves and our family, but to our neighbors, whether they’re next door, down the road, downstream of our waterways, or around the world, and to the environment. To paraphrase an old proverb, we don’t inherit the land from our parents, we borrow it from our children.

North Dakotans used to be very proud of leading the nation in being the cleanest, most pollution free state. Rick Berg probably wouldn’t remember this, because he seems like the guy who made his girlfriend do his homework, but former Gov Art Link enacted strict legislation on the energy companies to return the land to it’s former state before any development could take place.

Just about all the people there, used to be friendly and helpful to strangers Now many, if not most, of North Dakotans have changed. They’ve become greedy and spiteful, and have cheered on the police brutality, all in the name of dollar signs.

I have family members who’ve been politicians, and prominent citizens there, and I have to say, from my perspective, the actions of law enforcement and the political establishment have been deplorable and repulsive. Alexander McKenzie would be envious of their tactics (99% of the people reading this have no clue what that means, but the 1% who do, know exactly what I mean)

All of Chris Berg’s arguments/questions are specious and and duplicitous.

I could go on and on about the leaks from the wells, and about explosions from the wells, and pipelines. I could go on about the pipeline rupturing next to the Yellowstone River in Montana, or about the leaks and spills into the Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers near Williston. Or the recent rupture of the Belle Fourche (Bell Foosh) pipeline into Ash Coulee Creek, which btw is a tributary of the Little Missouri, which flows through Theodore Roosevelt National Memorial Park (ironic, because TR was a true conservationist.)

I could go on and on, but riddle me this, Chris Berg, how do you explain away the 6,600 spills from fracking in just four states, as being safe for the environment, to say nothing about the danger to human health?

Updated: #NODAPL How the “bad man” provision in the Fort Laramie Treaty & Terra nullius should be big legal trouble for DAPL & the Morton Cnty Sheriff

Update: I’ve added a few links and visual evidence in support of the information herein

First what the “bad man” provision is, in the video below. And how Terra Nullius should be seriously bad news for Energy Transfer Partners and the government agencies involved …

…  and especially for North Dakota law enforcement and all law enforcement agencies that have participated in the carnage and brutality of the past year.




And if you’re a North Dakota taxpayer, you could be on the hook for hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars because of the “Bad Man” provision. There’s been a lawsuit filed by the National Lawyers Guild in federal court (complaint here). For those in North Dakota that cheered on the brutality, and I know there were many, these are called ‘consequences’ for your actions

By the way, DAPL / Energy Transfer Partners, get ready for lawsuits


On to the second half of this post

According to my non-lawyer understanding, the 1868 Treaty abrogated the 1851 Treaty (which is illegal if you click the link below) by reducing the boundary from below the Heart River to Standing Rock’s current borders, which is where Terra Nulllius (legal defintion) should prevail, because the land was NEVER ceded legally to the US Gov



November 14, 2016

If treaties are the supreme law of the land, as the U.S. Constitution states, then how is it that treaties can be so easily broken by a government that claims to uphold a respect for the law? An even more unsettling question: how is it that the trail of broken treaties has been able to span generations under an outdated, imperial logic unknown to the majority of the U.S. citizens? The founding of the United States is predicated on this painful contradiction between principles of equality and rule of law on one side, and the colonial appropriation of land from native peoples who have inhabited them for millennia, on the other.

The current resistance against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is inscribed in this contradiction, making evident the non-rule of law when it comes to appropriating native lands.


Lots of good info at the link below. Again, I’m not a lawyer, but I think they have a case using Terra Nullius

Election 2016: How can so many smart Democrats be so stupid (i.e. it’s the economy, stupid)

[Update: if Trump does wind up winning, I called it seven months ago, almost to the day, (A hard read for a lot of people) How Dems Created a Liberalism of the Rich]

As I’m writing this Trump is leading on election night. I’ve wanted to write this for awhile, but I only have a short amount of time to put this together to really get into the weeds, but The Democratic candidate for president should be up by 20 points. The institutional Democrats decided that the weaker candidate would be their choice ‘come hell, or highwater’, well, that’s what they got.

They decided that cheating their way to a win in the primaries to promote the most neoliberal/neocon in US history was a winning formula to win the general.

I’m not gonna get into the neocon part of this (maybe at a later time) but the neoliberal aspect is what all the “smart” people can’t see. And why is that? Because as Thomas Frank has been warning for months, is that the Democrats have abandoned their base of blue collar working people who actually build things and do the work that needs to be done on a day to day basis.

They live in a bubble on the coasts, or the urban areas; go to their offices; drink their lattes; and act all smug and condescending; they make 6 figures and can’t figure out why the “common people” are voting for a wealthy narcissistic asshole like Trump. He is that, but people are worried about jobs and feeding their families; paying for healthcare; keeping a roof over their heads.

They’re angry and are reaching for someone who will fight for them.

Hillary Clinton represents NAFTA, CAFTA, and the TPP which they know will lead to the loss of their jobs.

They not only want a better life but to keep their heads above water.

They want someone who will upset the establishment’s apple cart, and if there’s no Democrat to do it, they’ll look to a Republican to do it

They want change

There’s more

Opinion: Not Suffering Hubristic Fools Gladly, or Why I’m Voting for a Woman … not that one, never, ever that one

Sorry, but I have zero patience anymore for incompetent ivory tower establishmmentarian hubris; for people who went to the “best” colleges; for people who are well-schooled, but poorly educated in real-life; for people who check off all the right career boxes, but lack wisdom and judgment.

People who David Halberstam wrote of ironically in his book title, The Best and Brightest, which Warren Bass of the Washington Post summarizes

The term “best and brightest” has become an insult, not an accolade, thanks largely to Halberstam’s magnificent, scabrous epic about the policymaking blunders that swept the United States into Vietnam. This classic work is part of the Vietnam canon, but it is not really about Vietnam; it is very much a Washington book, focused on the surety of the hawks stateside rather than the misery and warfare in Indochina.

I think hubris is an apt word in this case

… from Greek hybris “wanton violence, insolence, outrage,” originally “presumption toward the gods

People who time, after time, after time, after time … have let us down. People whom we put into positions of political power who have failed spectacularly. People who would be described by the internet as Epic Failures.

gov epic failYet we’re continually told that they know better; that they’re The Best and Brightest.

Even the ultimate government insider organization, The Brookings Institute has noticed, and produced a list of 41 different failures, either through lack of over-sight or outright cluelessness.

Supposedly, these people, whether they self-label themselves as Republican or Democrat have completely floundered. The top five failures can blamed on both of the establishment approved political parties. 9-11 is totally on Bush and the Republicans. The financial collapse of 2008 was started in motion by Bill Clinton, but accelerated by George Bush. Hurricane Katrina is 100% Bush. And the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is all Obama. And Abu Ghraib wouldn’t have happened without warhawks like Hillary Clinton cheering it on.

People have died because of their hubris. And in our quadrennial political system we’re told we have to vote for this person, or we have to vote for that person because the person from that other political party will destroy your life and the lives and future of your family. But when push comes to shove, they keep voting against my, and your best interest. And they explain it away because they know better than those other people in that other artificial made up club.

Sure they agree to disagree on fringe issues, like gay marriage, and abortion, but really how many people are going to marry someone else of the same sex, or get an abortion?. I’m not diminishing either issue for those people involved, but for the vast, vast, vast majority of the population neither of these are going to come up in their actual lives. But how much time is spent on these issues on cable news, or talk radio, and debated in congress?

Think about how similar they are on other issues


The distraction is what they’ve learned from the Romans, i.e. panem et circenses

They have the same corporate owners. On a smaller scale, I’ve been to California state Democratic conventions, and if you’ve never been, one of the first things you’ll notice are the corporate sponsorship signs … everywhere.

I believe in the Democratic Party of Kennedy and FDR, but sadly that’s ancient history. I used to think of myself as JFK’s description of a liberal. But that definition of liberals, and Democrats seems to exist only in a few individuals anymore.

I’m done

I will not suffer fools gladly for people in charge. When those people have the ability and power to destroy people’s lives by war, and oversight failures through a combination of abject incompetence or through wanton political ambition.

To bring the incompetence theme to a personal level, I used to work for a Fortune 500 company and our office and plant was downsized because of shortsighted ambition for financial gain. It was a combination of our local managers, and corporate managers who made poor decisions, and also our largest client which happened to be Hewlett Packard.

Hewlett Packard at the time was run by someone you may have heard of, Carly Fiorina, who ran Hewlett Packard into the ground. Her decisions contributed to our company downsizing and in the process several hundred people lost their jobs along with many employees of our vendors.

Back to politics. Do I really need to do a list of the voter suppression, corporate kickbacks, charity fraud of one of the major party candidates? And the excuses of that person’s sycophants make me ill

I will not vote for the lesser of two evils anymore, because after George Bush and Dick Cheney you can’t scare me.

I’m voting for Jill Stein









Science Friday: Shoe-string Theory – Science shows why shoelaces come untied | Device pulls water from dry air, powered only by the sun

Date:  April 12, 2017

Source:University of California – Berkeley

Summary: A new study shows why your shoelaces may keep coming untied. A better understanding of knot mechanics is needed for sharper insight into how knotted structures fail under a variety of forces.


Device pulls water from dry air, powered only by the sun

Metal-organic framework sucks up water from air with humidity as low as 20 percent

April 13, 2017
University of California – Berkeley
While it’s easy to condense water from humid air, machines that harvest water from drier air require energy. Researchers have created the first water harvester that uses only ambient sunlight. The key component is an extremely porous material called a metal-organic framework that absorbs 20 percent of its weight in water from low-humidity air. Sunlight heats the MOF, releasing the water vapor, which condenses to produce liters of water per day.

Science Friday: Green Comet to Make Flyby on April 1st | Australia had a Virtual Jurassic Park in the Cretaceous

By Joe Rao, Skywatching Columnist | March 29, 2017 06:00pm ET

An unusually favorable opportunity to view a famous periodic comet in small telescopes comes during the next couple of weeks, when  passes closer to Earth than at any return since its discovery in 1858.

The comet’s perihelion point, which is that part of its orbit taking it closest to the sun, lies just outside Earth’s orbit. This year, the perihelion passage occurs April 12, when the comet will be 97.1 million miles (156.3 million kilometers) from the sun. But because the orbit of the comet nearly parallels the orbit of Earth at this point, there will be a six-day period — from March 29 through April 3 — when Tuttle-Giacobini- Kresák will be very near to its closest point to Earth.

The comet will, in fact, be closest to Earth on April Fools’ Day (April 1); just about 13.2 million miles (21.2 million km) away.


An unprecedented 21 different types of dinosaur tracks have been identified on a 25-kilometre stretch of the Dampier Peninsula coastline dubbed “Australia’s Jurassic Park”.

A team of palaeontologists from The University of Queensland’s School of Biological Sciences and James Cook University’s School of Earth and Environmental Sciences braved sharks, crocodiles, massive tides and the threat of development to unveil the most diverse assemblage of dinosaur tracks in the world in 127 to 140 million-year-old rocks in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia.

Lead author Dr Steve Salisbury said the diversity of the tracks around Walmadany (James Price Point) was globally unparalleled and made the area the “Cretaceous equivalent of the Serengeti”.

“It is extremely significant, forming the primary record of non-avian dinosaurs in the western half the continent and providing the only glimpse of Australia’s dinosaur fauna during the first half of the Early Cretaceous Period,” Dr Salisbury said.


Science Friday: Theoretical Physicists Suggest There’s a Portal Linking the Standard Model to Dark Physics | Inventing a new kind of matter

In the youtube below, from Big Think, Dr Michio Kaku explains what Dark Matter is

24 MAR 2017

Theoretical physicists have put forward a new hypothesis that aims to connect the world of visible physics to the hidden forces of our Universe: what if there’s a portal that bridges the gap between the standard model to dark matter and dark energy?

The idea is that the reason we struggle to understand things such as dark matter and dark energy isn’t because they don’t exist – it’s because we’ve been oblivious to a portal through which regular particles and these ‘dark particles’ interact. And it’s something that could be tested experimentally.


Inventing a new kind of matter

March 24, 2017 by Lawrence Goodman

Imagine a liquid that could move on its own. No need for human effort or the pull of gravity. You could put it in a container flat on a table, not touch it in any way, and it would still flow.

Brandeis researchers report in a new article in Science that they have taken the first step in creating a self-propelling liquid. The finding holds out the promise of developing an entirely new class of fluids that can flow without human or mechanical effort.


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Science Friday: Why Smart People Make Stupid Decisions | The World’s Best Heart Health Found in Indigenous Amazon Group

Christine Comaford
3/11/2017 @ 9:00AM

We’ve all been there.

We make what we think is a rational decision. And then seconds, minutes or days later we wonder “What was I thinking?!” Was it a temporary lapse of sanity? Were we just distracted and decided anyway?

We knew it wasn’t the right decision or the best decision, but in that moment, we made a decision anyway. And it ended up being a stupid one. Why?

The Science Behind “Stupid”

Does this mean that we are indeed stupid? Nope. It simply means that not every decision we make is actually rational. We see what we want to see filtered through our inherent biases, and then we make decisions based on those biases. These biases are called cognitive biases and we all have them.

cognitive bias refers to the systematic pattern of deviation from norm or rationality in judgment. These biases cause conclusions, inferences, assumptions about people and situations to be drawn in a less than logical fashion. We all create our own “subjective social reality” from our perception of the input we receive —both from outside of us and inside of us.


The World’s Best Heart Health Found in Indigenous Amazon Group

Science Friday: Neuroscientists discover new ‘mini-neural computer’ in the brain | Dental plaque DNA shows Neandertals used ‘aspirin’

Dendrites, the branch-like projections of neurons, were once thought to be passive wiring in the brain. But now researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have shown that these dendrites do more than relay information from one neuron to the next. They actively process information, multiplying the brain’s computing power.

“Suddenly, it’s as if the processing power of the brain is much greater than we had originally thought,” said Spencer Smith, PhD, an assistant professor in the UNC School of Medicine.

His team’s findings, published October 27 in the journal Nature, could change the way scientists think about long-standing scientific models of how neural circuitry functions in the brain, while also helping researchers better understand neurological disorders


Dental plaque DNA shows Neandertals used ‘aspirin’

March 8, 2017

Ancient DNA found in the dental plaque of Neandertals – our nearest extinct relative – has provided remarkable new insights into their behaviour, diet and evolutionary history, including their use of plant-based medicine to treat pain and illness


The international team analysed and compared dental plaque samples from four Neandertals found at the cave sites of Spy in Belgium and El Sidrón in Spain. These four samples range from 42,000 to around 50,000 years old and are the oldest ever to be genetically analysed.

“We found that the Neandertals from Spy Cave consumed woolly rhinoceros and European wild sheep, supplemented with wild mushrooms,” says Professor Alan Cooper, Director of ACAD. “Those from El Sidrón Cave on the other hand showed no evidence for meat consumption, but appeared instead to have a largely vegetarian diet, comprising pine nuts, moss, mushrooms and tree bark – showing quite different lifestyles between the two groups.”

“One of the most surprising finds, however, was in a Neandertal from El Sidrón, who suffered from a dental abscess visible on the jawbone. The plaque showed that he also had an intestinal parasite that causes acute diarrhoea, so clearly he was quite sick. He was eating poplar, which contains the pain killer salicylic acid (the active ingredient of aspirin), and we could also detect a natural antibiotic mould (Penicillium) not seen in the other specimens.”

“Apparently, Neandertals possessed a good knowledge of medicinal plants and their various anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties, and seem to be self-medicating. The use of antibiotics would be very surprising, as this is more than 40,000 years before we developed penicillin. Certainly our findings contrast markedly with the rather simplistic view of our ancient relatives in popular imagination.”


Science Friday: 3-D printing with cellulose: World’s most abundant polymer could rival petroleum-based plastic | Replacement Chemical In BPA-Free Bottles Also Disrupts Estrogen In The Body

3-D printing with cellulose: World’s most abundant polymer could rival petroleum-based plastics

March 3, 2017 by David L. Chandler in Chemistry / Materials Science

For centuries, cellulose has formed the basis of the world’s most abundantly printed-on material: paper. Now, thanks to new research at MIT, it may also become an abundant material to print with—potentially providing a renewable, biodegradable alternative to the polymers currently used in 3-D printing materials.

“Cellulose is the most abundant organic polymer in the world,” says MIT postdoc Sebastian Pattinson, lead author of a paper describing the new system in the journal Advanced Materials Technologies. The paper is co-authored by associate professor of mechanical engineering A. John Hart, the Mitsui Career Development Professor in Contemporary Technology.

Cellulose, Pattinson explains, is “the most important component in giving wood its mechanical properties. And because it’s so inexpensive, it’s biorenewable, biodegradable, and also very chemically versatile, it’s used in a lot of products. Cellulose and its derivatives are used in pharmaceuticals, medical devices, as food additives, building materials, clothing—all sorts of different areas. And a lot of these kinds of products would benefit from the kind of customization that additive manufacturing [3-D printing] enables.”

Meanwhile, 3-D printing technology is rapidly growing. Among other benefits, it “allows you to individually customize each product you make,” Pattinson says.



Replacement Chemical In BPA-Free Bottles Also Disrupts Estrogen In The Body


A compound called BPA is being phased out of all plastic packaging due to fears it may disrupt our hormones–but its replacement may be just as harmful.

BPA, or bisphenol A, is often found in disposable water bottles and babies’ milk bottles and cups. Small amounts can dissolve into the food and drink inside these containers. It is a dangerous chemical linked to health concerns from digestive problems to issues with brain development. It was previously found present in around two billion products in the U.S. that were used on a daily basis.

By 2009 it had the highest production volume and use in consumer goods, with 2.2 million tons consumed globally.

Because it’s the most harmful on developing brains and bodies, children and pregnant women, it started to be phased out from the manufacturing process of plastics.

This is a concern because a host of studies have shown that BPA can mimic the actions of oestrogen, binding to the same receptor in the body. Oestrogen is normally involved in breast development, regulating periods and maintaining pregnancies. Animals exposed to BPA develop abnormal reproductive systems, but it is unclear if people are exposed to high enough doses to be affected.

Due to public pressure — and bans in a few countries — many manufacturers have started replacing BPA. However, recent investigations have shown that Bisphenol A isn’t the only endocrine disrupting chemical consumers should be worried about. According to an article published in the US News and World Report, chemical substitute BPS, an endocrine disrupting hormone with traits very similar to BPA, is present in BPA-Free products and is inside paper money, cash register receipts and most plastic consumer products much like its predecessor.