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Bob Schieffer just went off on Trump, to paraphrase that it was disgraceful,

Like a Banana Republic, and asking what we have come to, to have a display like trotting out the women accusers and bring them to the audience.

Then he said it was like Wrestlemania.

"The Cyber" Trump reminded me of Ted Stevens and his "series of tubes"

when he went on (and on) about "the cyber."

Agree with WAPO, just completely out of his depth.


As far as the cyber, I agree to parts of what Secretary Clinton said. We should be better than anybody else, and perhaps we're not. I don't think anybody knows it was Russia that broke into the DNC. She's saying Russia, Russia, Russia, but I don't -- maybe it was. I mean, it could be Russia, but it could also be China. It could also be lots of other people. It also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds, OK?

You don't know who broke in to DNC.

But what did we learn with DNC? We learned that Bernie Sanders was taken advantage of by your people, by Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Look what happened to her. But Bernie Sanders was taken advantage of. That's what we learned.

Now, whether that was Russia, whether that was China, whether it was another country, we don't know, because the truth is, under President Obama we've lost control of things that we used to have control over.

We came in with the internet, we came up with the internet, and I think Secretary Clinton and myself would agree very much, when you look at what is doing with the internet, they're beating us at our own game. ISIS.

So we have to get very, very tough on cyber and cyber warfare. It is -- it is a huge problem. I have a son. He's 10 years old. He has computers. He is so good with these computers, it's unbelievable. The security aspect of cyber is very, very tough. And maybe it's hardly doable.


Props to moderator for WA state Governor debate

In the first few minutes, she admonished the Republican candidate for not following the agreed upon rules, then shut him down when he tried to transparently rephrase his question to get around the rule.
Another moderator followed that immediately with another question, so they did not allow his question (which violated rules) to be hanging in the air for an answer.
The first moderator followed that up with reiterating the rules again.

Holt could take a lesson.

I have a feeling that Trump's staff is experiencing his 'temperament' right about now

After the thorough trouncing of him by Hillary.

Is anyone else's state having a debate right after the Presidential debate?

Washington state has scheduled a Governor's debate to immediately follow the Presidential debate tonight.

I'm curious if other states are doing this, too.

"Meet the trailblazing Native American leading a surge in voter activism"


If the Democrat causes an upset in November and wins Montana’s only seat in the House of Representatives, she will become the first Native American woman ever to serve in Congress.

Montana is on the 2016 Red to Blue list, a Democratic list of traditionally Republican states the party hopes to win in its bid to take the House as well as the White House.

Even if Juneau loses, however, she is surfing a wave of energy affecting a population that conventional analyses of US politics often define as ambivalent. From protests over a proposed pipeline in North Dakota being hailed as a new civil rights movement to a record number of Native American candidates running at state and federal level, passions are running high.

“It’s awesome,” Juneau said in a telephone interview. “It’s really exciting, this new surge of people becoming involved. I feel it, particularly when I’m in Indian Country and among young people wanting to work on my campaign. It’s a sea change.”

Oahe dam and DAPL pipeline


Fifty years ago, hers was one of hundreds of Native American families whose homes and land were inundated by rising waters after the Army Corps of Engineers built the Oahe Dam along the Missouri River, part of a huge midcentury public-works project approved by Congress to provide electricity and tame the river’s floods.

To Ms. Bailey, 76, and thousands of other tribal members who lived along the river’s length, the project was a cultural catastrophe, residents and historians say. It displaced families, uprooted cemeteries and swamped lands where tribes grazed cattle, drove wagons and gathered wild grapes and medicinal tea.


“Even though it’s been more than half a century, they still feel this loss,” said Michael L. Lawson, the author of “Dammed Indians,” a history of the government’s dam projects along the Missouri. He said about 56,000 acres of Standing Rock Sioux land had been condemned for the dams and 190 families relocated. Theirs was one of 23 reservations affected by the project.

“Just about every part of their economy and living situation was impacted,” Mr. Lawson said. “They lost their most important resources in the bottom lands.”

As a result of the dam's construction the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation lost 150,000 acres (61,000 hectares) bringing it down to 2,850,000 acres (1,150,000 ha) today. Standing Rock Reservation lost 55,993 acres (22,660 ha) leaving it with 2,300,000 acres (930,000 ha). Much of the land was taken by eminent domain claims made by the Bureau of Reclamation. Over and above the land loss, most of the reservations' prime agricultural land was included in the loss. The loss of this land had a dramatic effect on the Indians who lived on the reservations. Most of the land was unable to be harvested (to allow the trees to be cut down for wood, etc.) before the land was flooded over with water. One visitor to the reservations later asked why there were so few older Indians on the reservations, and was told that "the old people had died of heartache" after the construction of the dam and the loss of the reservations' land. As of 2015, poverty remains a problem for the displaced populations in the Dakotas, who are still seeking compensation for the loss of the towns submerged under Lake Oahe, and the loss of their traditional ways of life.


On July 26, 2016 the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe was stunned to learn that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had given its approval for the pipeline to run within a half-mile of the reservation without proper consultation or consent. Also, the new 1,172 mile Dakota Access Pipeline will cross Lake Oahe (formed by Oahe Dam on the Missouri) and the Missouri River as well, and disturb burial grounds and sacred sites on the tribe’s ancestral Treaty lands, according to Dakota Access, LLC.

Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners will build, own and operate the proposed $3.78 billion Dakota Access Pipeline and plans to transport up to 570,000 barrels of crude oil fracked from the Bakken oil fields across four states to a market hub in Illinois. The pipeline—already facing widespread opposition by a coalition of farmers, ranchers and environmental groups—will cross 209 rivers, creeks and tributaries, according to Dakota Access, LLC.

Standing Rock Sioux leaders say the pipeline will threaten the Missouri River, the tribe’s main source of drinking and irrigation water, and forever destroy burial grounds and sacred sites.

Oil pipelines, fracking and the Trump connection

I was looking for more information on plans to ship crude oil from the United States since it seems much of the new production and transport of oil and coal is aimed for this.

While searching I came upon a strong Trump connection at the center of doing this. Looks like this is his vision for our future: gouge out the raw resources here and transport them across country no matter the cost to our environment, health and livelihoods, export them across the world, then import back items such as his clothes to enrich him and his buddies.

More reason to support the courageous people who have come together across the United States and Canada to put a halt to this.

From May 2016

U.S.-based Continental Resources is seeking to sell Bakken crude oil to South Korea in a move being described as a major coup in the aftermath of the lifting of the U.S. crude oil export ban in January.

Continental Resources CEO Harold Hamm told an audience last week as an opener for a speech by Donald Trump that he had recently returned from South Korea where he was engaged in negotiations to deliver Bakken crude to the East Asian nation, Argus Media and National Gas Intelligence reported.

“And we are going to be able to do that. We are going to have Bakken oil going to South Korea,” Hamm opined.

From June 2016

Continental Resources Inc. is fracking again.
Hamm, 70, attended a summit with tax experts and other business leaders at Trump Tower in New York on Thursday. An adviser role would be a familiar position for Hamm, who four years ago worked with then-Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
Hamm said Trump has been earnestly listening to his ideas, dating back to a 30-minute discussion of the American energy renaissance in 2011. Trump may not come off to the public this way, “but he’s someone who is very willing to listen to folks that he believes,” the oil executive said.
His top advice? Remove regulatory barriers to energy development and shift the U.S. approach to fossil fuels. Under the Obama administration, there’s “a target on everybody’s back in this industry,” Hamm said.

From Sept 2016

Company Led by Donald Trump's Energy Aide Says Its Oil Will Flow Through Dakota Access Pipeline

Continental Resources — the company founded and led by CEO Harold Hamm, energy adviser to Donald Trump's presidential campaign and potential U.S. Secretary of Energy under a Trump presidency — has announced to investors that oil it obtains via hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) from North Dakota's Bakken Shale basin is destined for transport through the hotly-contested Dakota Access pipeline.

The company's 37-page September 2016 Investor Update presentation walks investors in the publicly-traded company through various capital expenditure and profit-margin earning scenarios. It also features five slides on the Bakken Shale, with the fifth one named “CLR Bakken Differentials Decreasing Through Increased Pipeline Capacity” honing in on Dakota Access, ETCOP and how the interconnected lines relate to Continental's marketing plans going forward.

In a section of that slide titled, “Bakken Takeaway Capacity” a bar graph points out that the opening of Dakota Access would allow more barrels of Continental's Bakken fracked oil to flow through pipelines.

Dakota Access is slated to carry the fracked Bakken oil across South Dakota, Iowa and into Patoka, Illinois. From there, it will connect to the company's Energy Transfer Crude Oil Pipeline (ETCOP) line, which terminates in Nederland, Texas at the Sunoco Logistics-owned refinery.

"Washington tribes stand with Standing Rock Sioux against North Dakota oil pipeline"


At least eight tribes from Washington state — some have been through or are still engaged in similar battles of their own to block fossil-fuel projects on their own ancestral lands — have traveled to join the occupation. They are Yakama Nation, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, Lummi Nation, Puyallup Tribe, Nisqually Indian Tribe, Suquamish Tribe, Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and Hoh Tribe.


Most recently in the Northwest, the Lummi Nation defeated the proposed Pacific Gateway bulk terminal on its ancestral village site and burial grounds at Cherry Point in Whatcom County after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied permits for the project on the basis of its threat to treaty-protected fishing rights.

“We have seen the success our friends from Washington state have had in their battles to protect treaty rights against the transport of fossil fuels,” David Archambault II, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, said in a prepared statement this week. “Their support is crucial in the protection of land, water and cultural resources as well as all of our sovereign rights … words can’t express how thankful we are.”

Governor declares emergency in 20 Washington counties hit by wildfires

Source: Seattle Times

SPOKANE — Several wildfires continued to burn in Eastern Washington on Tuesday, and Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency for 20 counties.

Firefighters appeared to be gaining the upper hand against wildfires burning in the Spokane region, although heavy smoke blanketed the state’s second-largest city.

Inslee visited a fire-command center on the Spokane County Fairgrounds on Tuesday morning and blamed tree diseases and rising temperatures caused by climate change for the state’s recent spate of record wildfire seasons.

Inslee says diseased trees and climate change have created “explosive conditions” in forests.

Read more: http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/northwest/inslee-declares-emergency-in-20-counties-due-to-wildfires/

Sadly, more high temperatures and dangerous conditions are on the way.
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