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Homeland Security campaign expands to sports – Yahoo! Sports

Homeland Security campaign expands to sports – Yahoo! Sports.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Department of Homeland Security is urging fans at professional sports events to help keep the country safe by reporting anything suspicious they see […] It’s an expansion of the Homeland Security campaign ”If You See Something, Say Something.”

This sounds like it is straight out of 1984. What’s next? Junior Spies? This world we live in is getting more and more terrifying with each passing day. The next thing you know, chocolate rations will be increased which would definitely be double-plus good!


Monstrous underwater oil plumes found in US Gulf Coast | North America

Monstrous underwater oil plumes found in US Gulf Coast | North America

Was BP trying to sweep the oil under the carpet so to speak?

Genetically modified crops failing worldwide

Genetically modified crops failing worldwide

It was revealed last week that China is dealing with an explosive infestation of the formerly inconsequential mirid bug in its orchards and cotton fields. The bug’s population exploded as a result of widespread planting of cotton that had been genetically altered to be resistant to the bollworm, formerly cotton’s worst enemy. Cotton farmers stopped spraying insecticides, since their plants shrugged off the bollworms, and thus allowed other insects, especially the mirid bug, to multiply without interference.

Address all complaints to the Monsanto corporation…

Throughout the American heartland, farmers who were persuaded to stop cultivating, stop spraying more toxic weed sprays and give their faith to Roundup are being overcome by resurgent weeds. One of them, pigweed, is a mutant monster that can reach seven feet in height and can ruin a combine. The high costs of the modified seed, the increasing cost of applying more and more Roundup to less and less effect, added to the need to resume tilling and the use of older chemicals, adds up to “…the single largest threat to production agriculture that we have ever seen,” according to Andrew Wargo III, the president of the Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts.

What a great economic time for this to happen. We’re in a recession headed toward a depression, cropland is being used to grow corn for fuel rather than food, and now we’re having shortages in harvests due to genetically modifying our food! Cotton based textiles will now go up in price in a time where we need to use our money to buy genetically modified food!

The State Department Can’t Be Trusted with Iran Sanctions | Foreign Policy

The State Department Can’t Be Trusted with Iran Sanctions | Foreign Policy

If passed, the new law will hammer Iran’s lucrative energy sector, making it even harder for cash-strapped Tehran to finance its illicit nuclear program

(Emphasis added)

So much for objective journalism!

In short, Congress should reward good work with more work. It should give the Treasury Department increased authority to target the Iranian energy sector and give sanctions every opportunity to stop Iran’s drive to build a nuclear bomb.

Of which there is no evidence!

What’s been going on in the Gulf?

There’s been a lot of talk coming out lately about the recent ecological disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, not to mention quite a bit of finger pointing. Here’s a quick roundup of some of the latest news.
The Denver Post has put out some stunning photos of the disaster, you can view them here (http://blogs.denverpost.com/captured/2010/05/13/captured-the-gulf-oil-spill/).

The original estimates of the spill are being rethought. Scientists now believe there could be up to 10 times more crude oil gushing out then previous estimates, due to plumes of oil that have yet to make it to the surface (some say this is due to the dispersants). In either case this is cause for alarm!

President Obama, for what it’s worth, sought to clarify BP’s stance on it’s obligation to compensate for the damages the oil disaster is causing.
If the oil well cannot be closed off, some scientists predict the well could gush for years! Sobering indeed!
In the meantime, BP execs have been pretty cavalier about the whole mess, and what a mess it is.

BP: Mile-long tube sucking oil away from Gulf well

ROBERT, La. — Oil from a blown-out well is forming huge underwater plumes as much as 10 miles long below the visible slick in the Gulf of Mexico, scientists said as BP wrestled for a third day Sunday with its latest contraption for slowing the nearly month-old gusher.

BP, the largest oil and gas producer in the U.S., has been unable to thread a tube into the leak to suck the crude to a tanker. Engineers remotely steering robot submersibles were trying again Sunday to fit the tube into a breach nearly a mile below the surface, BP said.

Oil has been spewing since the rig Deepwater Horizon exploded April 20, killing 11 people and sinking two days later. The government shortly afterward estimated the spill at 210,000 gallons – or 5,000 barrels – a day, a figure that has since been questioned by some scientists who fear it could be far more. BP executives have stood by the estimate while acknowledging there’s no way to know for sure.

The company has been casting about for ways to contain the leak since it was discovered several days after the blast. First robot submarines were unable to get valves to work on machinery at the well head called the blowout preventer. Then the company failed to capture the oil with a 100-ton box after icelike crystals formed in it.

BP has also been burning small amounts of floating oil and spraying chemical dispersants above and below the surface.

A relief well, considered the permanent solution the leak, is still being drilled and is months away from completion. Until then, the company is also considering a smaller containment dome or trying to clog the leak with golf balls and rubber.

Word of huge submerged oil plumes, meanwhile, raised the specter of more damage to the ecologically rich Gulf. It also adds to questions about when large amounts of crude might hit shore. So far, tar balls have been sporadically washing up on beaches in several states, but oil hasn’t come ashore in big quantities.

“It’s just a matter of time … and the first significant amount of oil is going to show up around the U.S,” said Hans Graber, director of the University of Miami’s satellite sensing facility, who has been tracking the oil slick.

Researchers from the National Institute for Undersea Science and Technology said Saturday they had detected the underwater oil plumes at depths between just beneath the surface to more than 4,000 feet.

Three or four large plumes have been found, at least one that is 10 miles long and a mile wide, said Samantha Joye, a marine science professor at the University of Georgia.

Researchers Vernon Asper and Arne Dierks said in Web posts that the plumes were “perhaps due to the deep injection of dispersants which BP has stated that they are conducting.” BP has won government approval to use chemicals on the oil near where it is gushing to break it up before it rises to the surface.

The researchers were also testing the effects of large amounts of subsea oil on oxygen levels in the water. The oil can deplete oxygen in the water, harming plankton and other tiny creatures that serve as food for a wide variety of sea creatures.

Oxygen levels in some areas have dropped 30 percent, and should continue to drop, Joye said.

“It could take years, possibly decades, for the system to recover from an infusion of this quantity of oil and gas,” Joye said. “We’ve never seen anything like this before. It’s impossible to fathom the impact.”

Joye’s lab was waiting for the research boat to return so a team of scientists can test about 75 water samples and 100 sediment samples gathered during the voyage. Researchers plan to go back out in about a month and sample the same areas to see if oil and oxygen levels have worsened.

The latest effort to contain the leak, inserting a mile-long pipe into the largest of two leaks, hit a snag Saturday. BP chief operating officer Doug Suttles said one piece of equipment, called the framework, had to be brought to the surface and adjusted to fit with the tube.

The framework holds a pipe and stopper. If it works, the tube could capture more than three-quarters of the leak. BP also must contend with a smaller leak that’s farther away.

One expert said BP’s latest idea seems to have the best chance for success so far. Inserting a pipe into the oil gusher would be easy at the surface, said Ed Overton, a LSU professor of environmental studies. But using robots in 5,000 feet of water with oil rushing out of the pipe makes things much more difficult.

“It’s something like threading the eye of a needle. But that can be tough to do up here. And you can imagine how hard it would be to do it down there with a robot,” Overton said.

Dislike the Federal Government? Local Money Is for You

Dislike the Federal Government? Local Money Is for You
I wish this idea would reach my hometown…

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