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Enbridge pipeline plan in northern Wisconsin prompts concerns


Enbridge Energy Co., which wants to expand pipeline capacity in northern Wisconsin, is drawing concerns because of the company's operating history of spills and other problems.

A new state report says the company has had 85 oil spills over the past decade, although most were considered small.

The Department of Natural Resources has released an environmental-impact statement on the project in Douglas County. It concluded that a spill of 500 gallons or more would have a "substantial" impact on water resources and endangered species and habitat, meaning leaking oil could remain in the environment for up to a year.

The report, more than 600 pages long, analyzes potential impacts of a 14-mile-long project that environmentalists say has statewide implications.

Enbridge has a history of spills. First Nations have been working nationally and together across the border to educate and oppose these potentially devastating pipeline expansions.


Enbridge does not have a stellar maintenance record.

843,000 gallons spilled from an Enbridge pipeline into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River in 2010. The Environmental Protection Association estimates that now, three years after the spill, 280,000 gallons still remain in the river.

In 2002 an Enbridge pipeline dumped 48,000 gallons of oil west of Cass Lake Minnesota. On site monitoring indicates continuing crude oil contamination of the groundwater aquifer today.

A 50,000-gallon spill in 2012 near Grand Marsh Wisconsin prompted the United States Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Safety Administration (PHSMA) to order Enbridge to submit plans to improve the safety of the Lakehead System.

Sierra Club notes additional concerns. Much more info at the link than I can post here.


More oil means more pipelines
Together, these pipelines could bring up to 1 million more barrels of oil into Superior. That oil will not stay there. Like Enbridge’s other expansion plans, this oil will have to move through Wisconsin, to the south—requiring a new pipeline south of Superior.

Enbridge has started the first steps to building another pipeline through the heart of Wisconsin, calling it a Line-61 twin, meaning they will likely build another pipeline right next to the existing Line 61. When complete, Line 61 will be the largest tar sands pipeline in the world, outside of Russia. We could soon have the two largest pipelines in the world outside of Russia, right next to each other—two pipelines going through the St. Croix River (a National Scenic and Wildlife River), the Wisconsin River, the Rock River, and the other important areas in Wisconsin. ‘Twinning’ the pipeline means twinning the threat that is posed through Wisconsin.

In the Environmental Impact Statement, the DNR did not consider the environmental concerns about the Line 61-twin. However, if the DNR permits these two pipelines, Enbridge will need to build a pipeline to move this oil. The DNR should study all three pipelines as one project.

These pipelines are all risk and no reward for Wisconsin.
A recently released report from the National Academy of Sciences examined the difference between tar sands oil and traditional oil. It found that cleaning up a tar sands spill in a waterway is significantly more difficult and potentially up to 14.5 times more expensive than cleaning up a non-tar sands oil spill. The disastrous Enbridge Line 6B tar sands spill in Michigan in 2010 made it clear that even a smaller rupture with a quicker response time in the Wisconsin River, Rock River, or the St. Croix River (a National Scenic and Wildlife River) could be devastating. The DNR needs to scrutinize how spills would be cleaned up, the permanent damage to waterways, and the impacts to Wisconsin’s economy. The DNR’s review does not consider how difficult (or impossible) it could be to clean up a spill if it were to occur under snow or ice.

Arizona: At Hearing, Latinos Demand Answers to Primary Voting Problems


Hundreds attended the House Elections Committee hearing on Monday. Some took to the podium to express their frustration. One woman accused election officials of purposely limiting polling places in areas with large populations of poor and minority voters, while another spoke about how she saw voters leave because they didn't have time to wait in the long lines. And some called on Purcell to resign.

Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo said another day of voting should take place "because there were a number of people that were disenfranchised."

"They did everything they were supposed to do," Gallardo said. "They registered to vote on time. They looked up to find out where they needed to go. They showed up on time. Unfortunately, they were not able to make it all the way up to the polling booth for a number of reasons."

Michael Martinez, director of legislative affairs for the Arizona Students' Association, accused election officials of engaging in "a systematic effort" to eliminate polling places in areas with large populations of Latino and low income families. In doing so, he said officials "made it more difficult for people of color and people who are below the poverty line to actually have their voices heard."

Maybe, ask these folks?

Partners Anton and Stephen support Bernie

CWA is the Communications Workers of America.
The picture is from Sanders' rally in Seattle's Key Arena.

And the ILWU!


Senator Bernie Sanders visits ILWU
OCTOBER 20, 2014 11:44 AM
Only a few U.S. Senators have consistently stood with the ILWU and working families against powerful corporate interests, and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is one of the best. Never afraid to criticize Wall Street or advocate for unions, Sanders in an “independent” who calls-out the sell-outs in Washington. In mid-October he came to Richmond, CA to rally citizens against the Chevron Corporation’s attempt to buy City Council votes with $3 million in campaign cash – and replace the progressive, pro-union City Council members with a company-backed slate. The next day he visited with union leaders, including ILWU International President Bob McEllrath and Secretary-Treasurer Willie Adams, before making a speech to hundreds at a nearby church. Some are urging Sanders to run in the Presidential primary against Hillary Clinton who is backed by Wall Street, supports free trade agreements, and other corporate priorities.

Oh, wait that was Sanders being active for people's issues before the campaign got rolling.
Here's more info about Sanders support in Richmond for the people and the pro-union City Council and an article about the outcome there.



Here's their endorsement:


With the endorsement from ILWU, which represents 50,000 workers in California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii, Sanders has now nabbed the support of five national unions.

"Bernie Sanders is the best candidate for America's working families," said ILWU International President Robert McEllrath.

"Bernie is best on the issues that matter most to American workers: better trade agreements, support for unions, fair wages, tuition for students and public colleges, Medicare for all, fighting a corrupt campaign finance system, and confronting the power of Wall Street that's making life harder for most Americans," his statement continues.

Underscoring backing of rank-and-file union members, ILWU spokesman Craig Merrilees told the Huffington Post, "The support was significant at the grassroots level," adding, "Many local bodies throughout the union had already recommended endorsements."

Important WA caucus info. Read espec. if registered early

I noticed the following info about caucus location changes STILL being made tucked into an article about the letter one Sanders supporter received.

I haven't seen this info posted separately and thought it important to post.

Please, double check your email and caucus location, especially if you registered early to attend.


The party is still making caucus location changes, Raad said. Voters who pre-registered can expect to get an email with instructions regarding their final location once it’s set.

Raad said because this process is run largely through volunteers, some potential sites have fallen through or changed for various reasons. This most affects people who registered weeks ago.

Despite Democrats' warnings, problems for Arizona voters in primary


For weeks, some Democrats have been sounding the alarm about not enough polling places in Maricopa County for Tuesday's presidential primary.

They warned that reducing the number of polling places from 200 during the 2012 primary election to 60 would mean long lines and discourage people from voting.

They said the fact that some predominantly Latino areas got one or none polling places essentially translates into voter suppression.

Before, it was easy to dismiss their claims as pure conspiracy theories. It was difficult to fathom that Maricopa County election officials would purposely design a plan to keep people, especially minorities, away from the polls.

Well, think what you may. But the fact is that voting on Tuesday turned into long waits and traffic nightmares near some polling places, proving their case.

But the state Democratic Party sent an e-mail to constituents asking them to send their election-day stories for a complaint that would be submitted to the Arizona Secretary of State's Office. Enrique Gutierrez, Arizona Democratic Party spokesman, said some Democrats waited in long lines — then were told they weren't really Democrats when they tried to obtain a ballot.

"We've received complaints throughout the whole day of lifelong Democrats showing up to the polls and being told they are either independent or have no party affiliations," Gutierrez said. No official election complaint will be submitted — yet, he says. But the party will continue to gather information.
Arizona State Senator Martin Quezada (D-Maryvale) sent out a news release on Tuesday claiming that if only several bills he sponsored this year had been passed, the problems would have been fixed.

"We are learning a valuable lesson today at the expense of suppressing many votes," Quezada said. "I call on the state and the county to implement additional polling locations, particularly in districts where large numbers of minority voters are heavily reliant on public transportation and have limited time to cast their vote."

Disenfranchisement is wrong, period.
People should not have to spend all day and into the night waiting to vote.
We all need to support a better process and encourage people to participate and demand the system be improved, not just for this primary, but for the elections to come.

Sanders upcoming rallies in WA state this Sunday


Sen. Bernie Sanders is headed to Washington state Sunday for three rallies to whip up support for his presidential campaign before next week’s Democratic caucuses.

Sanders will hold a Seattle rally at 5 p.m. at KeyArena, with doors opening at 2 p.m., his campaign announced. Before that, he’ll be at a 1 p.m. rally at Hudson’s Bay High School in Vancouver. After the Seattle event, he’ll head to the Spokane Convention Center for a 9 p.m. rally.

The events are free and open to the public, but admission will be first come, first served, and the Sanders campaign urged people interested to RSVP at his website (https://go.berniesanders.com/page/event/detail/rally/4gw7j).


Clinton’s full plans for caucus week are not known, but she is scheduled to attend a high-priced fundraiser at the Medina home of Costco co-founder Jeff Brotman. No public events have been announced.

I feel like I'm living in the future!

Time shown on DU posts has already sprung an hour ahead.

The complete interview with Bernie Sanders about Nicaragua

This is the interview the snippet was taken from about Castro.

Much of the interview is about how Reagan was supporting conflict in Latin America and that Bernie was against that. That's consistent with Bernie's stance about regime change and war.

Something that has changed is that people now can access the full segments instead of just seeing the snippets. Thank the Internet for that access.

Well worth watching the whole segment. The points he makes toward the end could be about the quagmire in the Middle East we have now.


Immigration judge thinks children can be their own lawyers, even at age 3-4

That he is in charge of training others shows how deeply the system is broken.


A senior Justice Department official is arguing that 3- and 4-year-olds can learn immigration law well enough to represent themselves in court, staking out an unconventional position in a growing debate over whether immigrant children facing deportation are entitled to taxpayer-funded attorneys.

Jack H. Weil, a longtime immigration judge who is responsible for training other judges, made the assertion in sworn testimony in a deposition in federal court in Seattle. His comments highlighted the plight of thousands of juveniles who are forced to defend themselves each year in immigration court amid a surge of children from Central America who cross the southwestern U.S. border .


Weil’s deposition came in a case in which the American Civil Liberties Union and immigrant rights groups are seeking to require the government to provide appointed counsel for every indigent child who cannot afford a lawyer in immigration court proceedings.


Weil is not just any immigration official. As an assistant chief immigration judge in EOIR’s Office of the Chief Immigration Judge — which sets and oversees policies for the nation’s 58 immigration courts — he is responsible for coordinating the Justice Department’s training of immigration judges.

Scientists now link massive starfish die-off, warming ocean


The observations he made and shared June 7, 2013, would turn out to be the first reported sighting of a mysterious starfish wasting disease that in 2013 and 2014 would devastate more than 20 species of starfish from Alaska to Mexico.

In its geographic scope, the number of species of starfish affected, and duration of the outbreak — still not over — the sea star wasting syndrome Fradkin first documented is now understood to be the largest observed die-off of a wild animal in the ocean. Nearly three years later, the epidemic of sea star wasting disease has left many coves, tide pools, pilings and beaches still largely bereft of starfish. Some locations saw complete mortality of sea stars.

Scientists working ever since to understand the outbreak have published the first evidence of a link between warmer ocean temperatures and the devastation of the wasting disease. Unusually warm ocean temperatures coincided with the 2014 die-off analyzed in the paper published last week in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society.

“We were able to show warmer temperatures were related with the higher risk of disease,” said Drew Harvell, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Cornell University and a co-author of the study, along with Fradkin and others. “We suspected there was a temperature link, but we really needed to look at the field data to pull that out, and we were able to back that up with lab experiments that found that in warmer temperatures, they died faster.”
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