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The arctic is changing, as we know, and Russia has 40 ice breakers with 11 more on the way. And we only have two, and one is just for science. We have to catch up.
“The growth of human activity in the Arctic region will require highly engaged stewardship to maintain the open seas necessary for global commerce and scientific research, allow for search and rescue activities, and provide for regional peace and stability,” came the statement from the White House.
Read that again. We need “stewardship” to “maintain the open seas necessary for global commerce…” Gotta keep those seas open. Commerce and all that. Ice is the problem.
Remember those word problems you hated in elementary school math? This is like that, only worse.
If Russia has 40 ice breakers and 11 on the way, and the U.S. has 2, and it takes 8 years and $1 billion to build one, and we only have the facilities to build 2 at a time, and an ice breaker only lasts 25 years, and the arctic is predicted to be ice free by 2030, how long does it take to catch up to Russia?
Extra credit: How much money will we have wasted breaking something that is disappearing anyway, and how many college educations, cancer treatments, roads and bridges could you have bought? (Take your time and show all your work.)
Welcome to the Icy Cold War to nowhere, where everyone loses except the defense contractors that build the icebreakers, and those who will benefit for a couple years from the shipping routes. It reminds me of the famous quote from a US major during the Viet Nam War, “We had to destroy the town to save it.” We have to break the ice to save it. Or save the ice so we can break it…
Posted by Divernan | Thu Sep 3, 2015, 03:18 AM (1 replies)
Source: Station KUCB, Unalaska, Alaska
As President Obama tours northwest Alaska, five Chinese navy ships have been spotted in the Bering Sea off southwest Alaska.
Three of China’s surface-warfare ships, a resupply vessel and a landing craft were seen in international waters off the Aleutian Islands, according to Pentagon officials.
“This is the first time we’ve observed People’s Liberation Army navy ships in the Bering Sea,” Commander Bill Urban, spokesperson for Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, said. “We do respect the freedom of all nations to operate military vessels in international waters in accordance with international law. So, no reason why they shouldn’t be there.”
Urban declined to say how long the U.S. military has been tracking the ships or just where they were located in the Bering Sea.
Read more: http://kucb.org/news/article/chinese-navy-ships-spotted-off-aleutian-islands/
Note to moderators re 12 hour time limit for latest breaking news. Although this report is datelined Wednesday, it was reported on the source's website approximately 6 hours ago, Unalaksa, Alaska time. This radio station is the westernmost radio station in the United States.
Posted by Divernan | Thu Sep 3, 2015, 02:59 AM (1 replies)
"The silver lining in Vick coming to our beloved city is that we can use our voice to help prevent dog fighting here and to crack down on those people who are currently partaking in it. Did you call or email your representatives today? Tell them you would like them to support House Bill 113, Senate Bill B373, and House Bill 1469. Channel your disgust and outrage into something positive. Who knows how many dogs you could save? Keep sharing our posts to get the word out."
Here's a final parting image for you: (From The Lost Dogs by Jim Gorant, senior editor of Sports Illustrated):
“As that dog lay on the ground, fighting for air, Quanis Phillips grabbed its front legs & Michael Vick grabbed its back legs. They swung the dog over their head like a jump rope, then slammed it to the ground. The first impact didn’t kill it. So, Phillips & Vick slammed it again. The 2 men kept at it, alternating back & forth, pounding the creature against the ground until, at last, the little red dog was dead.”
Vick has been interviewed saying he really wants to get a dog; he misses having a dog. Yeah. He wants a dog the way a pedophile wants a 2 year old child.
Posted by Divernan | Tue Sep 1, 2015, 08:48 PM (13 replies)
Bernie Sanders for President
When the Des Moines Register polled the Iowa Caucuses before we officially entered the race, Bernie Sanders trailed Hillary Clinton by more than fifty points.
In May, shortly after we announced our campaign, her lead was right around 40 points. In June, we cut the margin to twenty-five. And as Bernie shared in his email this morning, we’ve now trimmed the deficit down to single digits — just seven percentage points.
This poll confirms what we’ve known all along: we can shock the political pundits and billionaire class and win the Iowa Caucuses. And from there, we’ll take off like a rocket on our way to the Democratic nomination.
But only if we keep up the progress.
Make a contribution to Bernie 2016 today and help ensure our campaign has the resources needed to beat the billionaires who are TERRIFIED of our momentum. (If you've saved your payment information with ActBlue Express, your donation will go through immediately.)
There’s one more interesting note I want to share with you in the big Iowa Caucus poll. A full NINETY-SIX percent of Bernie backers say their choice is about him and his ideas, not because they dislike any other candidates.
Far too often, Americans go to the polls and feel as if they’re voting for the lesser of two or more evils. That is not the case here — people BELIEVE in Bernie. We know that you do, too.
All my best,
Posted by Divernan | Tue Sep 1, 2015, 06:37 AM (3 replies)
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Vice President Joe Biden will be in Pittsburgh next Monday to participate in the city's Labor Day parade and other festivities, according to a news release from the White House.
Officials said more details would be available later about Biden's visit.
Biden is contemplating a run for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016.
He would join Hillary Clinton, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and former Virginia U.S. Sen. Jim Webb in seeking the party's nomination.
Read more: http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/9009136-74/biden-labor-grant#ixzz3kPnDkNTn
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Read more: http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/9009136-74/biden-labor-parade#axzz3kNfVfkEp
Posted by Divernan | Mon Aug 31, 2015, 01:33 PM (0 replies)
Because Sestak is independent of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the DNC and corporate lobbyists like Ed Rendell, he can timely advocate strong, solid policy positions consistent with progressive Democratic values - he doesn't have to get prior approval from campaign donors. He does not have to depend on or be controlled by position papers or PR releases spoon-fed to him by the DNC, DWS or a slick, glad-handing campaign manager. Here's an example, in explicit response to the recent China/stock market brouhaha.
Days of erratic Wall Street stock market activity, caused by uncertainty in China, provided yet another example of how the time is right for the United States to take an even stronger leadership role in the global economy, according to retired Adm. Joe Sestak, a candidate in Pennsylvania’s 2016 U.S. Senate race.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost more than 800 points between Aug. 18 and Thursday, even when counting a record-setting, two-day swing of almost 1,000 points to the positive during the most recent days of trading. China’s economy has recently experienced turbulence, including when its currency was devalued earlier this month.
Posted in News, Local news on Thursday, August 27, 2015 10:42 pm. | Tags: United States Senate, Pennsylvania, House Of Representatives, Joe Sestak, Economy, Wall Street, Stock Market, Global Economy, China, Dodd-frank, Pat Toomey
Posted by Divernan | Sat Aug 29, 2015, 09:35 AM (0 replies)
(This story is dated July, but for some reason just popped up on my FB feed - and it was news to me.)
Tired of fighting with Wolf, Pennsylvania Democrats chair to step down
In a video uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday, Jim Burn said he'll submit a resignation letter at the party's Sept. 12 meeting in Gettysburg. (Dan Gleiter | dgleiter@pennlive.)
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Democratic Party chairman says he's stepping down, a year after a fight with Gov. Tom Wolf over the job. In a video uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday, Jim Burn said he'll submit a resignation letter at the party's Sept. 12 meeting in Gettysburg.
on July 21, 2015 at 11:25 AM, updated July 21, 2015 at 11:26 AM
This comment following the article really lays it out as to the incompetence of the Old Guard-controlled state Democratic party. There are far too many state and local committeemen and women whose involvement is limited to attending parties/state conventions and obtaining political patronage and other favors for themselves and their friends and families.
They do nothing to get out the vote. They don't welcome newcomers and get them registered. They don't go door to door campaigning. They don't put together lists of places for candidates' yard signs. They don't phone bank. They don't find/encourage other Dems to run for local offices. And they don't even work the goddamn polls on election days. No wonder that even though Pennsylvania Democrats have an approximate 1.1 million registration edge (as of 2012), the GOP controls both chambers of the legislature! http://articles.mcall.com/2012-01-19/news/mc-pa-republican-voter-gains-20120119_1_voter-registration-registration-gap-new-voters
Posted by Divernan | Thu Aug 27, 2015, 10:27 AM (6 replies)
As a responsible citizen and a progressive Democrat, I support candidates based on their abilities, their demonstrated ethics and values & their political and personal history, but never, never because they happen to be the same sex as me. That said, as a woman, I am truly delighted when I find such a candidate and they happen to be female.
Meet Erin McClelland, candidate for the United States Congress from Pennsylvania's 12th District. Her first run for any political office was back in 2014, against uber-conservative, incumbent Keith Rothfus. She was outspent 10 to 1, but she campaigned hard, getting her name out in the most gerrymandered Congressional District in the U.S. - it stretches like one of those dancing dragons in a Chinese New Year's Day parade, across from the Ohio border in Beaver County southeast into part of Somerset County, patching together bits and pieces of FIVE counties - Beaver, Allegheny, Cambria, Somerset and Westmoreland. Building on her work in that first campaign, she's back to challenge Rothfus again.
In that 2014 campaign, a civic group to which I belong invited her and Rothfus to debate at our meeting (as Rothfus had done in a prior campaign). We offered Rothfus FIVE different dates, but his office kept declining and finally told us there was no way he would appear before the election - a subtler pre-twist on that, "I'll tell you my position AFTER I'm elected." So we offered Ms. McClelland the entire program and she accepted.
With my background in local and state politics, including 10 years as staff attorney and executive director for the Democratic caucus in the state House of Representatives, I was skeptical of anyone running for national office without some prior experience as an elected official. I have to tell you, her detailed, issue-rich presentation, for an hour, without a single note, and her effective responses to a barrage of audience questions, blew me out of the water. I went up to her afterwards, told her of my initial concerns, and told her I was glad she was running for Congress, because with her abilities, she was too good for and would be wasted in Harrisburg (PA state capitol) and she was ready for D.C.
You can read the back story on her 2014 campaign here. http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2013/08/26/Democrats-hopes-rest-on-Erin-McClelland-against-Rothfus/stories/201308260099
Mrs. McClelland, 38, was raised in the Natrona Heights section of Harrison, graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1993 and from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997 with a degree in psychology. In 2003, she received a master's in counseling and industrial organizational psychology from Chatham University.
Here are some recent posts from her FB page:
"This picture posted by USW Local 1219 President Jim Johnston took my breath away. Jim and his local have been incredibly supportive of 1196 and the other Locals effected by the ATI lock out. Now he is facing a similar situation with US Steel. Please support the working families of US Steel who continue the fight for real family values and America's middle class. Thanks Jim! - In solidarity my brother, Erin"
"I just got home from a shift of standing on the picket line with some of the brothers of USW 1196 at ATI in Brackenridge (and I am actually freezing!!) It was cold out there!
She's also making the obligatory rounds of the myriad Democratic county groups' picnics/fish fries/ barbecues, etc. I only hope that for once, the staid, regressive state Democratic party will actually give her some support, rather than supporting a crap primary opponent. In the 2014 election she had to waste precious resources in a primary battle with a political hack/rifle range operator dredged up to run against her. (In 2009, Hugya used campaign money to buy a rifle at an NRA meeting. In that same year, Murtha's Republican challenger, Bill Russell, accused Hugya of threatening to have Russell recalled to active Army duty. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Hugya
So, if any of you happen to be in the 12th PA District, please reach out and contact her campaign and offer your support. Or if anyone else reading this is looking for a progressive candidate to support with a donation, please consider helping her campaign. She would be a hella representative of TRADITIONAL Democratic values in Congress.
Posted by Divernan | Sun Aug 23, 2015, 08:16 AM (1 replies)
Letter to the Editor - Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Sen. Pat Toomey has a very disingenuous and inaccurate political TV ad with a very pleasant woman who says she is a naval veteran. Her message is that Sen. Toomey has supported veterans while in the House and the Senate.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Some examples from his record:
He voted against 12 Veterans Affairs budgets.
His answer to the falsification of VA records was to send the low-level workers to jail instead of providing additional funding and manpower to do the job right without any consequences for upper management.
He voted to send troops to war but blocked the Veterans Job Act.
He voted against bankruptcy protection for National Guard and Reserve members sent to Afghanistan and Iraq.
He voted against a program that gives child-care assistance to veterans.
He voted to defund Veterans Business Outreach Centers at the Small Business Administration.
He voted against the Comprehensive Health and Benefits Bill of 2014, which would have expanded treatment for traumatic brain injuries and veterans job training,
If this was looking out for veterans I’d hate to see what he would do if he wasn’t.
Retired Army Major
Posted by Divernan | Sat Aug 22, 2015, 08:59 AM (1 replies)
Good, in-depth piece showing the quality of their long marriage. I'm glad for Bernie that he has a supportive spouse who is by his side as he fights the good fight for us. Liked all the pictures of her & Bernie at different times in their marriage. Caption on 1 photo: Jane Sanders serves as an advisor to her husband, presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders. Their desks sits side by side at his campaign headquarters in Burlington. Seen on Thursday, August 6, 2015. (Photo: GLENN RUSSELL/FREE PRESS)
When asked about her husband's ability to compete against the fundraising power of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Democratic front-funner, Sanders seemed undaunted.
Posted by Divernan | Mon Aug 17, 2015, 10:16 AM (0 replies)