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: Low-mass stars always born with a sibling: Many, like our sun, split up | Why do those with autism avoid eye contact?

Date:June 14, 2017

Source:University of California – Berkeley

Summary:Though astronomers have long known that many if not most stars are binaries, the question has always been, Were they born that way, or did one star capture another?

Astronomers teamed up to systematically study very young stars inside their nest eggs, called dense cores, in the Perseus molecular cloud and concluded that all sunlike stars are born as wide binaries. Most subsequently split up, while the rest become tight binaries.

Why do those with autism avoid eye contact?

Imaging studies reveal overactivation of subcortical brain structures in response to direct gaze

June 15, 2017
Massachusetts General Hospital
Individuals with autism spectrum disorder often find it difficult to look others in the eyes as they find eye contact uncomfortable or stressful. Now a study has shed light on the brain mechanisms involved in this behavior.

Science Friday: New Technique Provides Earthquake Risk for Major Cities Worldwide | Lost ecosystem found buried in mud of southern California coastal waters

By Larry O’Hanlon

Scientists have developed snapshots of the likelihood of major earthquakes occurring in megacities around the world using a new statistical approach for estimating earthquake risk. The work will be presented today, May 22 at the joint meeting of the Japan Geoscience Union and the American Geophysical Union in Chiba, Japan.

The new technique, called seismic nowcasting, estimates the progress of a defined seismically-active geographic region through its repetitive cycle of major earthquakes. Applied to cities, the method assigns an Earthquake Potential Score, or EPS. The EPS provides a snapshot of the current risk of a major earthquake occurring in a region, and gives scientists, city planners and others a thermometer to see where a city is in a major earthquake cycle.

Using the new technique, scientists determined that the EPS for Lima is about 70 percent; Manila, Taipei and Tokyo have an EPS of about 90 percent; Los Angeles and San Francisco have an EPS of about 50 percent, and Ankara has an EPS of about 30 percent. This means Los Angeles is about half-way through its cycle for 6.5-magnitude or greater earthquakes, while Tokyo is about 90 percent of the way through its cycle.


Lost ecosystem found buried in mud of southern California coastal waters

June 9, 2017
University of Chicago
Paleontologists investigating the sea bed off California have discovered a lost ecosystem that for thousands of years had nurtured communities of scallops and shelled marine organisms called brachiopods. They had died off by the early 20th century, replaced by the mud-dwellling burrowing clams that inhabit this seabed today.

Science Friday: World’s Most Powerful X-Ray Laser Creates Molecular ‘Black Hole’ | Stanford Study – The cognitive differences between men and women

By Tia Ghose, Senior Writer | May 31, 2017 01:00pm ET

The world’s most powerful X-ray laser has created a molecular “black hole.”

The black hole is not a tiny version of the supermassive celestial object that devours everything within its event horizon. Rather, when X-ray energy is aimed at a molecule, it strips away so many of the electrons that it creates a void that then sucks in all the electrons from nearbyatoms — in black-hole fashion.

“It basically sucked all the electrons away from the surrounding environment,” said study co-author Sebastien Boutet, a physicist at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, California. “It’s an analogy to how a black hole gravitationally pulls everything in.” [Brightest X-Ray Laser ‘Blows Up’ Water Droplets in Stunning Video]

The molecular black-hole effect occurs thanks to the most intense X-ray beam of its kind — equivalent to focusing all the sun’s light onto a spot the size of a thumbnail.


The cognitive differences between men and women

When Nirao Shah decided in 1998 to study sex-based differences in the brain using up-to-the-minute molecular tools, he didn’t have a ton of competition. But he did have a good reason.

“I wanted to find and explore neural circuits that regulate specific behaviors,” says Shah, then a newly minted Caltech PhD who was beginning a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia. So, he zeroed in on sex-associated behavioral differences in mating, parenting and aggression.

“These behaviors are essential for survival and propagation,” says Shah, MD, PhD, now a Stanford professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and of neurobiology. “They’re innate rather than learned — at least in animals — so the circuitry involved ought to be developmentally hard-wired into the brain. These circuits should differ depending on which sex you’re looking at.”

His plan was to learn what he could about the activity of genes tied to behaviors that differ between the sexes, then use that knowledge to help identify the neuronal circuits — clusters of nerve cells in close communication with one another — underlying those behaviors.


Science Friday: 3065 watts = the power of The Force | Famous tree-climbing lions of Uganda roaming farther as prey animals decrease

Vader Rogue One.gif

In Which We Literally Calculate the Power of the Force

If you’ve seen the movie, you know about the awesome scene at the end where the Sith Lord opens a can of whoop ass on some Rebel troopers. Vader uses the Force to pin a rebel against the ceiling and hold him there for just a while before slicing him with his light saber. That seems excessive, but I guess Vader wanted to make the rebel wait awhile before killing him because the Dark Side makes you cranky.

To calculate the power needed to lift this poor fellow, I can estimate how high Vader lifts him and at what speed. If I guess that the rebel is 1.75 meters tall (the average height of a man here on Earth, so I’ll assume the same holds true on whatever planet the rebel calls home) then I can get an approximate scale for the scene. With that, I can use video analysis to plot the vertical position of the rebel as a function of time:

The math is at the link

Famous tree-climbing lions of Uganda roaming farther as prey animals decrease

Lions in Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park have fewer prey and smaller pride sizes as a result

May 12, 2017
Wildlife Conservation Society
Scientists in Uganda studying the behaviors of the country’s famous tree-climbing lions have found that the home ranges of lion prides in the study areas have increased over time as they search farther for diminishing numbers of prey animals.

Science Friday: Decades of data on world’s oceans reveal a troubling oxygen decline | Scientists find giant wave rolling through the Perseus galaxy cluster

Decades of data on world’s oceans reveal a troubling oxygen decline

May 4, 2017
Georgia Institute of Technology
The amount of dissolved oxygen contained in the water — an important measure of ocean health — has been declining for more than 20 years, reveals a new analysis of decades of data on oceans across the globe.

Scientists find giant wave rolling through the Perseus galaxy cluster

May 2, 2017
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Combining data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory with radio observations and computer simulations, an international team of scientists has discovered a 200,000-light-year wave of hot gas in the Perseus galaxy cluster.

Desperate Families Driven to Black Market Insulin

Fourth grader Gabriella Corley is trapped. She has type-1 diabetes and is allergic to the kind of insulin her insurer makes affordable — and her family can’t pay for the kind she needs every day to stay alive.

Glancing at the cheerleader from Elkins, West Virginia, at a recent football game, held up on her teammates’ shoulders, her grin as wide as her two fists in the air, you might not think anything was wrong.

Then you might notice the insulin pump about the size of a pager tucked into her black compression shorts, clear tubes going under her shirt. It infuses insulin directly into her body through a tube connected to a site on her abdomen.

“She’s a beautiful, intelligent, amazing little 10-year-old girl who stands up in the face of adversity every single day without blinking an eye and does it with a smile,” said her mother, 32-year-old Andrea Corley.

Soaring insulin prices and inflexible insurance policies have forced this working-class mom to take desperate measures outside the system to keep her child alive.

Gabriella is allergic to the kind of insulin her insurer covers at a $25 out-of-pocket cost. She can only take Apidra, but her insurance only covers 25 percent of the price, leaving the family to pay hundreds of dollars a month they can’t afford.

So her mom has turned to the black market, trading for the medication with other families with diabetes she meets online, a tactic that regulators and health experts warn is a health risk. And she cut a back-end deal with a sympathetic drug rep: If she bought one vial he would give her 10 vials from his sample kit, nearly a one year’s supply. Gabriella’s grandmother covered the cost.


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.