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?

https://www.researchgate.net/blog/post/study-of-fracking-in-four-states-uncovers-over-6600-spills

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.

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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

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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

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TERRA NULLIUS AND THE HISTORY OF BROKEN TREATIES AT STANDING ROCK

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.

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

https://intercontinentalcry.org/terra-nullius-history-broken-treaties-standing-rock/

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

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

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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

https://www.wired.com/2017/05/literally-calculate-power-force/


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

Date:
May 12, 2017
Source:
Wildlife Conservation Society
Summary:
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.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170512140754.htm

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

Date:
May 4, 2017
Source:
Georgia Institute of Technology
Summary:
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.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170504104346.htm


Scientists find giant wave rolling through the Perseus galaxy cluster

Date:
May 2, 2017
Source:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Summary:
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.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170502142400.htm

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.

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http://www.nbcnews.com/business/consumer/desperate-families-driven-black-market-insulin-n730026

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.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170412091125.htm


 

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

Date:
April 13, 2017
Source:
University of California – Berkeley
Summary:
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.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170413141104.htm

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

By Joe Rao, Space.com 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.

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http://www.space.com/36260-april-fools-comet-passing-by.html


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.

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https://www.uq.edu.au/news/article/2017/03/australias-jurassic-park-worlds-most-diverse