Monthly Archives: February 2013

Veterans are receiving letters from VA prohibiting the ownership or purchase of firearms

Posted from RedFlagNews:    Read article here.

The letter provides no specifics on the reasons for the proposed finding of incompetency; just that is based on a determination by someone in the VA. In every state in the United States no one can be declared incompetent to administer their own affairs without due process of law and that usually requires a judicial hearing with evidence being offered to prove to a judge that the person is indeed incompetent. This is a requirement of the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that states that no person shall “… be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law…”.

Obviously, the Department of Veterans Affairs can’t be bothered by such impediments as the Constitution, particularly since they are clearly pushing to fulfill one of Obama’s main goals, the disarming of the American people. Janet Napolitano has already warned law enforcement that some of the most dangerous among us are America’s heroes, our veterans, and now according to this letter from the VA they can be prohibited from buying or even possessing a firearm because of a physical or mental disability.

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Massive Exports of U.S. Coal and Petroleum to China, Keystone Pipeline, Kansas City Southern Railway Transportation Networks

Massive exports of U.S. coal and petroleum product mined and drilled from USA fields find their lucrative way into ships bound for the booming Chinese energy market via U.S. pipeline and railway networks.

The energy trade, who benefits and how much?

It is not the supply and demand that we were taught about in public school, rather it is global high finance and power brokering.

Most of us worry about the price of a gallon of gasoline, our gas and electric bill, and energy derived products (in other words, everything we consume).

We say we are too busy ‘making a living’ and so we settle for the main stream ‘news’ media’s glossy sound bites of conflicting politically motivated explanations, and we still don’t understand why our energy prices never get more affordable despite expanding pipelines, port systems, and the energy resource gluts of coal, oil, and natural gas within our nation.

And let us just admit that if we don’t understand the system it is only because we settle for easy explanations and neglect to use our own powers of mining and drilling the rich resources of the inter-webs.   So with that said, FYI, here are a few articles of interest that shed some light on this critical quality of life subject area.

In 2012, 16.7 million tons of thermal coal — the kind of coal that is used to generate electricity and is found in the Powder River Basin — was exported through Gulf Coast ports, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.  Wyoming,  LAURA HANCOCK Star-Tribune staff writer, February 07, 2013

With so much emphasis on shipping Powder River Basin coal to China through the Pacific Northwest, other markets and shipping routes might be easy to miss.

But coal, including some from the basin, is shipped to China through the Gulf of Mexico, courtesy of energy friendly states in the South such as Texas and Louisiana.

There has even been talk of shipping coal through Mexico.

The Gulf

According to Platts U.S. Coal, a division of the McGraw-Hill Companies Inc., there are two coal ports along the Gulf of Mexico: U.S. United Bulk Terminal LLC in Davant, La., and McDuffie Coal Terminal in Mobile, Ala.

Four ports in the Gulf are operating but expanding to ship more coal: Kinder Morgan Bulk Terminal in Houston; Convent Marine Terminal in Convent, La.; Burnside Bulk Marine in Darrow, La., and International Marine Terminals in Sorrento, La.

Four ports are planned: Port of Corpus Christi in Corpus Christi, Texas; Armstrong Coal Terminal in Myrtle Grove, La.; Mobile River Terminal in Mobile, Ala., and Tampaplex in Tampa, Fla.

“Our sources have told us that the mining companies in the Powder River Basin, what they are doing when they get a contract, they will ship the coal down from the Powder River Basin to one of the terminals in the Gulf,” said Regina Johnson, managing editor for Platts U.S. Coal, a publication read by investors and executives. “And then from there it will leave the Gulf and head off to wherever is going in Europe and Asia.”

In 2012, 16.7 million tons of thermal coal — the kind of coal that is used to generate electricity and is found in the Powder River Basin — was exported through Gulf Coast ports, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

That total didn’t account for river ports in places such as Ohio.

The numbers do not mean all the coal came from the Powder River Basin.

“I believe the last big contract I heard about somebody signing, I think it was Peabody in July 2012,” Johnson said.

Indeed, Houston-based Kinder Morgan Energy Partners L.P. will export 5 to 7 million tons of coal a year from Peabody Energy Corp. mines in the Powder River Basin, Colorado and Illinois Basin, starting first with Powder River Basin and Colorado coal in 2014. The deal goes through 2020, according to a statement from Kinder Morgan, which is spending $400 million to expand its Gulf ports to handle a total of 27 million short tons a year.

In January 2012, Kinder Morgan signed a deal with Arch Coal Inc. Specific tons were not announced. The coal will be both thermal and metallurgical coal – which is used in making steel – from Arch mines in Appalachia, the Powder River Basin, the Western Bituminous Region and the Illinois Basin.

Mexico

Kansas City Southern Railway Co. has rail lines in Mexico that stretch to a few port cities, including a port in Lazaro Cardenas in the central state of Michoacan.

“It’s about 360 miles southwest of Mexico City,” Johnson said.

A new coal terminal is being developed at Lazaro Cardenas called Terminales Portuarias del Pacifico, which will open with a 3 million ton yearly capacity. Six tons will be transported after the second phase is completed.

“They would like to ship whatever coal they get from the U.S.,” Johnson said. “Nobody has told us of deals going through.”

Doniele Carlson, a Kansas City Southern spokeswoman, confirmed no Powder River Basin coal is being exported south of the border at this time.

Within the United States, Kansas City Southern transports 25 to 40 million tons of Powder River Basin coal per year.

“We do transport PRB coal to nine coal utilities on our line,” Carlson wrote in an email. “We interchange with Union Pacific and BNSF Railway over Kansas City, Mo., for most of that business.”

Original article linked here.

 

Hummmmmmmmm, this sounds to me to mean that corporate owners and global markets are profiting, but the U.S. citizen’s energy bills are unaffected…..no tax relief….not many jobs….no benefit from giving tax breaks and incentives to build the pipelines, railways, and ports to transport our national resources to supply the world’s manufacturing centers.

Hummmm, are we getting drained and given the bill for it at the same time? All that coal powering Chinese coal burning power plants for the industries we lost to their cheap labor force, we are losing in all ways at once!

I always wonder what will become of this perverted relationship between the USA and China when our purchasing power is so diminished that we can not afford their cheap goods.

 

 

 

Naomi Wolf Says US Executive Secret Networks = Driving America’s Slide Toward Fascism

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/feb/03/jsoc-obama-secret-assassins

Joint Special Operations Command (JSoc): Obama’s secret assassinsThe president has a clandestine network targeting a ‘kill list’ justified by secret laws. How is that different than a death squad?Naomi Wolf guardian.co.uk, Sunday 3 February 2013 Read complete Naomi Wolf article.

Excerpts from her article (with my added emphasis);

[…]The film Dirty Wars, which premiered at Sundance, can be viewed, as Amy Goodman sees it here, as an important narrative of excesses in the global “war on terror”. It is also a record of something scary for those of us at home – and uncovers the biggest story, I would say, in our nation’s contemporary history.[…] […]I have often wondered, since I first wrote about America’s slide toward fascism linked here, what was driving it.

I saw the symptoms but not the cause. Scahill’s and Rowley’s brave, transformational film reveals the prime movers at work. The US executive now has a network of secret laws, secret budgets, secret kill lists, and a well-funded, globally deployed army of secret teams of assassins. That is precisely the driving force working behind what we can see. Is fascism really too strong a word to describe it?[…]

No Naomi Wolf, I don’t think that is too strong. I think rather that it may be too weak a term to call it! The strongest words seem inadequate to this extreme historical usurpation by rouge elements in the United States of American government of ALL the powers laid out in separate branches of government through the US Constitution. 

Thank you, Naomi Wolf, for coming out with this and keep on speaking with courage, fear not these rouge elements, if we do not let them they cannot win. Quite acquiescence never saved anyone.

The Bovine

Now  here’s the original Chrysler superbowl ad, narrated by Paul Harvey:

Amanda Oborne’s commentary, from Civil Eats:

Superbowl “Farmers” Ad: Heartfelt and Misleading

I grew up in a small town, population 15000 if you counted every cow in the valley. Every morning I’d hear my dad walk in the kitchen, pour his first cup of coffee and turn on the radio. Paul Harvey’s voice wafted into my bedroom regularly, and along with that smell of fresh brewed Folgers, became a thread in the fabric of my childhood. I didn’t know anything about Paul Harvey’s politics, but I loved the way he owned a pregnant pause.

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Scientifically Planned TV “Escapism” Educates the World through Fear and Melodramatic Emotional Anti- Life Programming Crime Dramas and Soap Operas

Scientifically tailored TV for every country and every culture in the world use ‘transitional’ characters, to educate the masses through melodramatic emotional anti-life programming Crime Dramas and Soap Operas.

TV entertainment is anything but harmless escapism. It is powerfully reshaping the entire world population’s minds,  embedding fear, distrust, and revulsion towards having children and family relationships.

 

Population Control Propagandist: “We Get Very Little Opposition From The Public”

[…] US-based Population Media Center, produces soap operas worldwide with the aim of reducing populations[…]

[…]The president of the Population Media Center makes clear: the strategy employed by the Media Center in its international programs is based on anincremental introduction of “reproductive health” issues. The justification given for its infilitrations: global agreements on population such as the 1994 Cairo Conference on Population, organized as part of Agenda 21. Ryerson explains (1:05):[…]“When we go into a country, we explain to them we are there to help them promote their policies”. Reason he gives for this statement: because those nation are signatories to global “agreements” like the UN population summit in 1994.[…]

 

This is top level propaganda , these educators and social scientific experiments in TV mind influences are anything but harmless escapist entertainments, as these professional professors attest in the above video.

 

To further cheapen the life value sensibilities of TV viewers of the world there are the ‘escapist’ violent Crime Dramas that present intimate examination of narcissistic  psychotic  personalities. How extensive are the effects that these have on normal minds, let alone upon unstable and or young minds, only heaven knows.

On TV: What makes serial killers so darn entertaining? Television » Big characters, escapism fuel proliferation of shows about multiple murderers.       By Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune
First Published Jan 30 2013

[…]”Part of what we do on television is provide escapism,” said Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly. “Escapism comes in many forms. It could be laughter. It could be fantasy. It is also your worst nightmare come to life.”[…]

[…]Give ’em what they want » It’s easy to place the blame for the proliferation of serial killers on producers and network executives, but the fact is that if viewers didn’t tune in, the shows would go away. Quickly.[…]

[…]”We’re in the business of being in people’s homes every week,” he said. “And if you don’t fall in love with those characters, if we don’t nail the core relationships at the heart of it, we’ve failed.”

Even if those characters are serial killers.[…]