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Railroads Agree To Wide-Ranging Safety Measures For Crude Oil Shipments After Derailments

From HuffPo/AP:

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Railroads that haul volatile crude shipments have reached an agreement with U.S. transportation officials to adopt wide-ranging, voluntary safety measures after a string of explosive and deadly accidents.

A copy of the agreement between the U.S. Transportation Department and the Association of American Railroads was obtained Friday by The Associated Press.

It calls for railroads to slow down oil trains through major cities, increase track inspections and bolster emergency response planning along routes that carry trains hauling up to 3 million gallons of oil each. Those trains travel thousands of miles from oil producing areas, including the Northern Plains, to coastal refineries.

The agreement does not resolve concerns over another fuel, ethanol, that's also seen a spate of accidents as production has increased. Railroads and federal officials said they would address separately a design flaw in tens of thousands of tank cars that make them prone to rupture during derailments.

More at link:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/21/railroad-crude-oil-safety-measures_n_4831766.html

Breaking: 100 tons of toxic water leaked at Fukushima plant

Source: RT

Around 100 tons of highly radioactive water leaked from one of the tanks at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, the plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said on Thursday.

The water reportedly spilled beyond the barrier that is set up to block it from flowing out of tanks.

A process to stop the radioactive leak is underway. The spill is said to contain 230 million becquerels per liter of strontium and other beta ray-emitting radioactive substances.

TEPCO believes the leakage has not reached the adjacent sea, as no drain was found.


Read more: http://rt.com/news/fukushima-new-leak-toxic-832/

Mark Pryor Comes Out Against Federal Minimum Wage Hike

Source: Huffington Post

Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) has come out against a federal minimum wage increase that has the support of President Barack Obama, Senate Democrats and the majority of the American public.

"I know $10.10 still isn’t a whole lot of money, but I think it’s too much, too fast," Pryor told Bloomberg in an article published Thursday. "I’m not supportive of that."

Pryor is the first Senate Democrat to come out against raising the federal minimum wage, which is currently $7.25 per hour. He's currently locked in a competitive reelection battle with Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.). Bloomberg notes that the National Retail Federation and the National Restaurant Association are lobbying against the increase and have contributed to Pryor's campaign.

Arkansas is one of four states with a minimum wage below the federal level, though companies that do more than $500,000 in business each year must pay employees the federal wage, according to the state's Department of Labor. Pryor does back a state ballot initiative to raise Arkansas' minimum wage from $6.25 to $8.50 over three years.


Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/06/mark-pryor-minimum-wage_n_4739645.html



Mods: Just barely over 12 hours old.

Google slaps phishing warning on misleading GOP website

Source: Daily Kos

This is probably not what the National Republican Congressional Committee was expecting when they decided to make the contribution page on their websites targeting Democratic candidates mimic the Democrats' websites. First, after public backlash, they had to start offering refunds to donors who'd been misled, and now, Google has put a "reported phishing website" warning on at least the anti-Alex Sink site.
That's some digital strategery right there.

Read more: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/02/05/1275366/-Google-slaps-phishing-warning-on-misleading-GOP-website?detail=facebook



I am LMBO right now at them. They are critters, that's for sure.

Just curious, re: the Christie implosion…If this eventually takes out both he and the Lt. Governor,

who would become Governor?

Net neutrality. Repealing corporate personhood for good. Strengthening Social Security.

Strengthening consumer protection laws. Getting rid of lobbyists. Getting the money out of politics. A real voting rights act.

I could go on and on, and haven't even touched on some of the most important things, really. (Fracking, for example). These should be the Democratic party platform moving forward. I am praying for a Democratic renaissance in 2014 into 2016. If it doesn't happen, I can guarantee the party will split. I, for one, am holding onto hope with my fingernails. I need some hope and change. Yes, President Obama did some great things…he also did some things that make me shake my head. This isn't about him. This is about our future. Individually and collectively.

These things I know:
It can't be Hillary, no matter how hard the media and the Clinton machine want it to be. 'Nuff said on that.
I am lukewarm on Brian Schwitzer…liked him a lot several years ago, but I have some questions, and he needs more vetting.
I would go 100% with Bernie Sanders if he became a Democrat, above all others.
And of course, Elizabeth Warren, if she were ready and able to win.

I am interested if anyone has other ideas I'm missing. Off to take a shower, back in a few.

Important voter registration update for Hoosiers

Important voter registration update for Hoosiers

Beginning yesterday, registering to vote in Indiana has been made more inconvenient. This is due to the Indiana legislature passing a law that makes several more requirements of Hoosiers registering others to vote.

Along with some stiff penalties for not returning the completed application within 10 days, the person submitting the voter registration form must provide the person being registered with their personal home address. There might very well be some circumstances where we may not want to give out our home address to just anyone.

We are now encouraging our members and any other activists who volunteer to register voters to use the federal voter registration form instead of the new Indiana voter registration form.

The federal form is very similar to the previous voter registration form. We still encourage you to return completed voter registration forms to the county clerk’s office or state election division with 10 days of receiving the completed form from the person registering to vote. The federal form can be accepted by any county voter registration office in the state.

More at: https://ista-in.org/important-voter-registration-update-for-hoosiers

(Cross-posted to Politics forum)


Posted by silvershadow | Sun Jan 5, 2014, 01:23 AM (1 replies)

Indiana has gummed up voter registration just in time for 2014.

Important voter registration update for Hoosiers

Beginning yesterday, registering to vote in Indiana has been made more inconvenient. This is due to the Indiana legislature passing a law that makes several more requirements of Hoosiers registering others to vote.

Along with some stiff penalties for not returning the completed application within 10 days, the person submitting the voter registration form must provide the person being registered with their personal home address. There might very well be some circumstances where we may not want to give out our home address to just anyone.

We are now encouraging our members and any other activists who volunteer to register voters to use the federal voter registration form instead of the new Indiana voter registration form.

The federal form is very similar to the previous voter registration form. We still encourage you to return completed voter registration forms to the county clerk’s office or state election division with 10 days of receiving the completed form from the person registering to vote. The federal form can be accepted by any county voter registration office in the state.

More at: https://ista-in.org/important-voter-registration-update-for-hoosiers

(cross post from Indiana forum)
Posted by silvershadow | Sun Jan 5, 2014, 01:20 AM (0 replies)

Iran Sanctions Bill From Sens. Bob Menendez And Mark Kirk Could Endanger U.S. Negotiations

Source: Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- Sens. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) are threatening to push the United States toward war with Iran, circulating and planning to introduce a sanctions bill despite warnings that it could derail nuclear negotiations at a delicate moment.

International observers and both parties to the negotiations have repeatedly pleaded with Congress to allow the talks to unfold -- warnings that Kirk and Menendez, the chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, appear intent on ignoring. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is also part of the effort, though much of the final decision rests with Menendez.

"The White House doesn't want a bill, that's true. Menendez and Kirk are working on it and trying to build the list of cosponsors. Likely to be introduced soon," said a Senate Democratic aide involved in the effort.

The lawmakers are circulating a draft sanctions bill that would target the Iranian petroleum and mining industries, and set up unilateral guidelines for what would constitute compliance.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/19/iran-sanctions-bill_n_4472439.html



more at link, pic has Menendez speaking at AIPAC.

CEO to Obama During Contentious Meeting with Top Tech Executives: "Pardon Edward Snowden."

Source: Daily Kos

Executives for the nation's largest technology companies met with President Obama this morning to argue that the NSA's unchecked surveillance is harming their businesses and the overall economic environment in which they operate.

CEOs from over 15 companies – including Google, Apple and Microsoft – pressed for the president to rein in the NSA's bulk surveillance activities and expressed anger over the government's infiltration of U.S. servers around the world.

During the meeting, Mark Pincus (founder of Zynga) boldly suggested to Obama before the gathered group that Edward Snowden should be pardoned. Pincus, it is important to note, gave $1 million to Obama's Super PAC, Priorities Action USA.

Obama's response: he could not do so.


Read more: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/12/18/1263679/-CEO-to-Obama-During-Contentious-Meeting-with-Top-Tech-Executives-Pardon-Edward-Snowden#



more at link
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