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Homeland Security Regulations and the Texas Nitrate Explosion

(Reuters) - The fertilizer plant that exploded on Wednesday, obliterating part of a small Texas town and killing at least 14 people, had last year been storing 1,350 times the amount of ammonium nitrate that would normally trigger safety oversight by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Yet a person familiar with DHS operations said the company that owns the plant, West Fertilizer, did not tell the agency about the potentially explosive fertilizer as it is required to do, leaving one of the principal regulators of ammonium nitrate - which can also be used in bomb making - unaware of any danger there.

Fertilizer plants and depots must report to the DHS when they hold 400 lb (180 kg) or more of the substance. Filings this year with the Texas Department of State Health Services, which weren't shared with DHS, show the plant had 270 tons of it on hand last year.

A U.S. congressman and several safety experts called into question on Friday whether incomplete disclosure or regulatory gridlock may have contributed to the disaster.


http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/20/us-usa-explosion-regulation-idUSBRE93J09N20130420
Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Sat Apr 20, 2013, 11:04 AM (22 replies)

Stonehenge 5,000 Years Older Than Thought

Excavation near Stonehenge found evidence of a settlement dating back to 7,500 BC, revealing the site was occupied some 5,000 years earlier than previously thought.

Working at Vespasian’s Camp in Amesbury, Wiltshire, less than a mile from the megalithic stones, a team led by archaeologist David Jacques of the Open University unearthed material which contradicted the general belief that no people settled there until as late as 2,500 BC.

Indeed, carbon dating of the material revealed the existence of a semi-permanent settlement which was occupied from 7,500 to 4,700 BC. The dating showed that people were present during every millennium in between.



The team has “found the community who put the first monument up at Stonehenge,” archaeologist Josh Pollard from Southampton University and the Stonehenge Riverside Project, told the BBC.

The researchers believe that the people who settled at Vespasian’s Camp also built the first monument at Stonehenge — large wooden posts erected between the 9th and 7th millennia BC.

The findings, to be broadcast in a documentary on BBC One, shows that Stonehenge wasn’t just abandoned by Mesolithic humans and occupied by Neolithic people thousands of years later. On the contrary, it represents a place where one culture mingled with the other.



http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/stonehenge-settled-5000-years-earlier-than-thought-13041.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1
Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Sat Apr 20, 2013, 10:54 AM (36 replies)

House Republicans have introduced a bill that would end the 40-hour work week

House Republicans have introduced a bill that would end the 40-hour work week, dismantling an important component of the Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938 and hurting middle-class families across the country.

Sponsored by Rep. Martha Roby (AL), the dubiously-titled “Working Families Flexibility Act” (H.R. 1406) would remove the requirement that employers pay a cash premium for overtime work and instead allow them to offer employees compensatory time off. The effect would be an FLSA that is undermined of its only incentive against excessive hours and a cheaper way for employers to demand mandatory overtime.

Eileen Appelbaum, a senior economist with the Center for Economic Policy and Research, says the bill’s major effect would be to hurt workers, “likely increasing overtime hours for those who don’t want them and cutting pay for those who do.”

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger wrote a letter to Congress encouraging them to vote against the bill.

“Employers can already work within the existing laws to allow workers adjusting work schedules around family needs without changing the 40-hour workweek,” Buffenbarger wrote. “‘Comp time’ proposals let the employer decide whether workers can use any accrued compensatory time. Additionally, nothing would prevent the employer from forcing workers to take time off individually or limiting whether workers can use the compensatory time at all if it is too burdensome to the work-load.”

The bill was referred to committee and could come to a vote in the House as early as next week.


http://www.goiam.org/index.php/imail/latest/11342-proposed-bill-would-end-40-hour-work-week


Who knows next month they could vote to repeal the 13th amendment for even cheaper workers.
Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Sat Apr 20, 2013, 04:40 AM (45 replies)

Entitlement Texas Style




Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Sat Apr 20, 2013, 04:01 AM (15 replies)

Colbert and Borowitz: U.S. now safe from maniacs


Colbert: U.S. now safe from maniacs wielding gun control bills










Thursday night on “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert congratulated America on being safe from maniacs wielding gun control bills and gave special thanks to the U.S. Senate for standing up to grieving families to protect that which is most precious of all, their NRA ratings.

“Nation, I’m sure you’ll agree with me that it is a proud day to be an American,” Colbert said. “Because thanks to a minority in the U.S. Senate, we no longer have to live in fear of some maniac coming after those we love with a gun control bill.”

The country should be proud of the Senate’s ability to stand up to “the grieving families being used as props by Generalissimo Glock-Snatch over here,” he said, referring to President Barack Obama’s decision to allow the families of the victims of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary to lobby Congress directly.



“Luckily 45 brave Senators stood tall to protect what they hold most precious,” Colbert quipped, “their ‘A’ rating from the NRA.”

He went on to salute the four Democrats who joined the Republican effort to quash universal background checks, including Alaska Democrat Sen. Mark Begich, who said, “It’s dangerous to do any type of policy in an emotional moment.”

“Yes,” said Colbert, “true leadership is waiting until the moment has passed. That’s why I’ve always believed that we should have waited until 1950 to declare war on Japan.”



http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/04/19/colbert-u-s-now-safe-from-maniacs-wielding-gun-control-bills/



Borowitz:


WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In the halls of the United States Senate, dozens of Senators congratulated themselves today for having what one of them called “the courage and grit to stand up to the overwhelming wishes of the American people.”

“We kept hearing, again and again, that ninety per cent of the American people wanted us to vote a certain way,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky). “Well, at the end of the day, we decided that we weren’t going to cave in to that kind of special-interest group.”

“It was a gut check, for sure, but we had to draw a line in the sand,” agreed Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S. Carolina). “If we had voted the way the American people wanted us to, it would have sent the message that we’re here in Washington to be nothing more than their elected representatives.”

Calling yesterday’s Senate action “a bipartisan effort,” Senator Mark Pryor (D-Arkansas) said, “This proves that on a matter that affects the safety of every man, woman, and child in the nation, we can reach across the aisle to defy the interests of all of them.”

Senator McConnell agreed that yesterday’s vote “sent a powerful message,” adding, “If the American people think that just because they voted us into office and pay our salaries, benefits, and pensions, we are somehow obliged to listen to them, they are sorely mistaken.”

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Fri Apr 19, 2013, 09:23 AM (0 replies)

Toon: the fear of terrorism

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Fri Apr 19, 2013, 02:35 AM (2 replies)

Direct FBI link of photos of bombing suspects

This is a FBI direct link to photos that the FBI think are people of interests in the case.

http://www.fbi.gov/news/updates-on-investigation-into-multiple-explosions-in-boston/photos
Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Fri Apr 19, 2013, 02:24 AM (0 replies)

Fake Elvis and medical Body Parts

This is apparently his site


Let the record show that on this date, March 05, 2008, I, Paul Kevin Curtis, being of sound mind, am attempting once again to expose various parties within the government, FBI, police departments, legal & healthcare systems, etc. that a conspiracy to ruin my reputation in the community as well as an ongoing effort to break down the foundation I worked more than 20 years to build in the country music scene, began on the day I accidentally discovered a refrigerator full of dismembered body parts & organs wrapped in plastic in the morgue of the largest non-metropolitan healthcare organization in the United States of America, AKA

North Mississippi Medical Center where I was employed from 1998 until March of 2000.


His story goes on
its just plain weird.
https://sites.google.com/site/paulkevincurtis/
Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Thu Apr 18, 2013, 11:58 AM (2 replies)

After monitoring every minute of CNN

BOSTON (The Borowitz Report)—Authorities who have spent the past forty-eight hours combing CNN in the hopes of finding any information whatsoever have called off their search, they confirmed today.

“After monitoring every minute of CNN’s broadcast since Monday, we have found hearsay, rumors, falsehoods, and a steady stream of inane commentary,” one authority said. “Everything but information.”

The announcement was the second black eye today for CNN, which earlier in the afternoon recanted all of its reporting dating back to mid-2009.

Newly installed CNN chief Jeff Zucker acknowledged that the network had experienced “a rough patch” since he took over earlier this year, but added, “At least no one was watching.”


http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/borowitzreport/2013/04/no-information-found-on-cnn.html?mbid=nl_Borowitz%20(108)
Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Thu Apr 18, 2013, 04:53 AM (20 replies)

Many Texan cities and counties have weak zoning laws$$

and variances are easy to get. I know this from living in Texas. That's why you can live right next door to an oil refinery or chemical plant whereas in other states this would not be possible.

I tried looking up the zoning law for the town of West in that county of the explosion and also the county and didn't find much. Maybe someone can do better
Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Thu Apr 18, 2013, 02:06 AM (14 replies)
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