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Name: chris chick
Gender: Male
Hometown: Between Mt. Rainier and McKenna Wa.
Home country: Hanging in there but just barely
Current location: I am right here! (location subject to change depending on the weather).
Member since: Thu May 19, 2005, 07:43 PM
Number of posts: 10,557

About Me

I am a fulltime chaperone to an aging pit-bull. She loves pigs-ears purchased from Stewerts Meat Market, long walks anywhere, feeding time and tummy rubs. We both enjoy disc golf, (golf with baskets instead of holes and fancy frisbees instead of golf balls), but for entirely different reasons. Fortunately for all she never acquired a taste for frisbees but she is a sucker for thrown rope-toys and balls. Her goal in life is to see an end to the nuisance that causes some toys to squeak when pressed by her chaperone. After the squeak has been eliminated, the toy is safe to be played with by anyone else because regardless of price it holds no further interest for her. Lastly: that is my real last name which means I can get away with calling myself a card carrying chick!

Journal Archives

Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight.

Tonight thru early morning if the skys are clear in your area you might want to step outside for a nice meteor shower. "The Eta Aquarids meteor shower will peak on May 5-7 in 2016. A new Moon on May 6 will create favorable conditions for observers to see the shower. Astronomers suggest watching the shower just before dawn."

or if you wish to watch the meteor shower online:

The day after GW Bush was elected I felt this bad.

I have an internal moral compass, it works just fine. I know the difference between what is right for our country/planet and what will be horribly wrong for it.

Although I could not predict if Gore would have made things better I did not have to be psychic to predict that GW was going to make things far worse...looking back, 'far worse' turned out to be an underestimation.

Thanks to DU and especially Thom Hartmann I get it that unrestricted capitalism in a nation which has the largest military resources this planet has ever seen is a bad thing. No, nobody in DU nor has Thom Hartmann ever put it that way but this is the world's biggest problem as I see it.

My pain is less for the stupid my country does to itself, it is instead for the carnage that we cause worldwide. I have little doubt that our world, well the one outside this country bubble, is watching our election process from this very perspective.

Dear citizens of the great State of New York:

I am a voter from Washington State. For years I have watched as our democracy slid away, as our government became up for bid to the highest bidders. I have also watched as Senator Sanders railed against this usurpation of our democracy. When he was asked on Thom Hartmann's Brunch With Bernie hour if he would run for President my heart leapt with hope. Bernie responded that his office was investigating if there was enough voter dissastisfaction out there to make such a run viable. Bernie warned us back then that it would take a revolution in order to make the changes that we so long yearned for. He warned us that we would have to put partisanship aside because our problems crossed those boundries. Then last year he told us that his research indicated that the citizenry were ready for the revolution, Bernie Sanders announced his run for the Presidency...and we went to work.

This past year the voters have learned who Bernie Sanders is. He fills arenas and stadiums across our nation exactly as Barrack Obama once did, he gives us an even clearer message of hope. For example, as a veteran, I am well aware how the GI Bill changed my life by offering me a chance for a better education, how it changed the lives of millions of vets and the tremendous boon these better educated vets were to our nation. Bernie wants to do this for our kids right now! Friends have asked me where the money for such an ambitious program would come from and I ask them to tell me where America's financial wealth is currently sitting-that's where it and most of Bernie's game changing plans will be financed from. Sanders wants to make Social Security stronger, not harder to gain access to, he wants to break up those 'too big to fail' banks, he wants to put a stop to our government being for sale to the highest bidder, he wants sooo much that our country needs but....

Bernie can not do this alone.

Those who oppose these changes ignored Senator Sanders' run at first. Then they told us that Bernie could not even get close to winning the nomination. Bernie IS getting close to winning the nomination but now they scare us with polls stating that New York may fall to Hillary Clinton, their pundits say it would be 'all over' for Sanders should this happen. Well we who share and support Bernie's dream of a better America have fought hard to get him here....the fate of our efforts is now in your hands. A Sanders nomination truly IS within reach. My questions to you, citizens of the Great State of New York, do you share our dream, will you join us in the revolution and vote for Bernie Sanders?

Keystone pipeline leaked 16,000 gallons .....

Source: From RT

Keystone pipeline leaked 16,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota field

Published time: 7 Apr, 2016 21:01

Edited time: 7 Apr, 2016 22:19

TransCanada estimated on Thursday that about 16,800 gallons of oil leak in a field in South Dakota from the Keystone I pipeline. The spill, discovered by a farmer over the weekend, led the company to close down the pipeline. The company reported the estimate to the National Response Center and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration which is equivalent to 400 barrels of oil, according to the Associated Press.

The company began excavating the site on Sunday in a field close the town of Freeman, South Dakota, by turning over topsoil. It said they exposed more than 100 feet of pipe, and the estimate comes from oil being observed in the soil, and the potential area affected. There are about 100 workers at the site working around the clock to pinpoint the source of the leak in the pipeline. TransCanada spokesman Mark Cooper reported the revised estimate Thursday morning.

“The volume estimate reported this morning to the National Response Centre (NRC) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMSA) was based on the safe excavation of soil to expose more than 100 feet of pipe,” Cooper wrote, according to the Angus Leader. “It takes into account a number of factors, including oil observed in the soil and the potential area impacted.”

Elizabeth Lone Eagle, an official intervener for the state of South Dakota, however is worried about the spill’s close proximity to the James and Missouri rivers and worried that the “groundwater contamination is heading to Yankton, Vermillion, Sioux City... all the way down,” according to CommonDreams. The leak is the fifth in the state for Keystone I, which was approved by the Public Utilities Commission in 2008. DENR’s spill map shows three releases of petroleum in 2010 and one in 2011, one of which took place at the same pump station in 2010, when less than five gallons were released due to a fitting leak, according to the Argus Leader.

TransCanada’s Keystone I pipeline carries light and heavy crude from Hardisty, Alberta to refineries in Illinois and Oklahoma, while passing through the eastern Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri. The Keystone I pipeline can handle 550,000 barrels, or about 23 million gallons, daily.

Read more: https://www.rt.com/usa/338845-keystone-oil-spill-dakota/

Edited to add: Key words here: "The spill, discovered by a farmer over the weekend..." !!!!

I watched this story on RT, the reporter said, (paraphrasing), that these pipes use pressure sensors to alert the company of leaks. At the percentage loss from this particular leak, there was insufficient pressure drop to cause the alarms to go off. This all begs the questions: what if this leak had occurred where "farmer" wasn't strolling about? What if this leak was still spilling out atop an important aquifer and nobody knew?

I dunno, to me this should be a bigger story than He Said/She Said

Professor Boskin on the origins of April Fools Day

"Joseph Boskin, a professor of history at Boston University, provided an alternative explanation for the origins of April Fools' Day. He claimed to have traced the practice to Constantine's period, when a group of court jesters jocularly told the emperor that jesters could do a better job of running the empire, and the amused emperor nominated a jester, Kugel, to be the king for a day. Boskin related how the jester passed an edict calling for absurdity on that day and the custom became an annual event. Boskin explained the jester's role as being able to put serious matters into perspective with humor."

I am torn here.........

........by a need to further add that........

............................................................. the good professor Boskin wrote this 'history' as an......

April Fools Joke


So I just now exercised my 2nd Amendment right to defend my home...

Sadly, the fly did not survive the encounter.

(Rest assured, I will exercise the greatest of control over my 'inner 6 year old' and refrain from testing this gadget on any bug other than those pesky flies).

Why is it called the 'White' House?

on edit: (After posting this OP fellow DUers who knew much more than I on this topic offerd up valuable additions/contradictions. It seemed prudent to leave this up instead of self deleting, please consider reading what they have written below).

If you would have asked me I would have responded with, "Well because it's white of course", but just now while watching Professor Clarence Lusane on Thom Hartmann's 'Conversation With Great Minds' I learned that there is a bit more to how we came to know it as the White House.

I am paraphrasing Prof. Lusane here but this is close to how he put it to Thom just now:

'Shortly after Teddy Roosevelt became President he invited Booker T. Washington to the Presidential Mansion. This outraged much of the south. Worse the Roosevelt daughters were in attendance for dinner so having a black man dining in the Presidential mansion with white women brought about outrage all across our nation. This national brouhaha forced President Roosevelt to back up and declare that this would not ever happen again. Then Roosevelt issued a directive to his secretary to name the Presidential Mansion the White House. For many at the time this was viewed as a concession but for many southerners the 'White' in White House was interpreted as race.'

Hartmann and Prof. Lusane went on to discuss how slaves were once housed in the White House, how much of it was built by slave labor, how millions of visitors yearly never get to hear this history. I did not know this history, I would wager that most folks don't know this history.

A song for President Sanders

Even though it's close to 2 decades old, when I listen to the lyrics of this song I can't help but feel that they were meant for a newly sworn in President Sanders.

Mr. President, (by Cookie, written/vocals by Sabrina Rockarena)

Mr. President sir,
I would like to be assured
will you act on my behalf,
never take a promise back?

(Revolution) You've got to fight! (Revolution) This isn't right!
(Revolution) You've got to fight! (Revolution)

Your countrymen are full of doubt,
all their leaders sold them out!
Frightened, torn apart,
prove to us you're pure of heart!

(Revolution) You've got to fight! (Revolution) This isn't right!
(Revolution) You've got to fight! (Revolution)

We need to know that you are one of us
help us rebuild our trust.
We need to know that you live by the rules
The same set we are held up to!

(Revolution) You've got to fight! (Revolution) This isn't right!
(Revolution) You've got to fight! (Revolution)

What's done, shown the past
have times changed as much as that?
What we've all grown to expect
for ourselves is so much less!




Bernie drew 15,000 at his second Seattle Rally, (photos edited in 8/9/15)

I just got home from that rally. There were 12,000 of us at Hec Ed Pavilion on the University of Washington campus, with an additional 3000 standing outside, that according to Bernie who took a few moments prior to addressing us to speak to those who couldn't make it in. I am beat after a longish day and 90 minute drive both ways. Let me at least tell you that my estimate is that the average age was a little over thirty, perhaps a little younger. I was pleasantly surprised to see so darned many there that were obviously not even old enough to drink.

The kids around me were all excited about the issues Bernie touched on but gave the greatest roars and boos over a number of topics relating to equality. Bernie discussed equality starting off with real unemployment statistics. He broke down unemployment by races, he pointed out that women get less than men. In my opinion, one of the loudest roars of the night, the one that took every kid around me to their feet cheering the most passionately was when Bernie touched on the need for equality with our brothers and sisters in the LGBT community. (Not that the emotions out of those kids wasn't through the roof on the topic of free college tuition for all of America's youth, it's just that the equality issues and especially equality for for the LGBT community brought out the noticeably louder and longer round of clapping and cheering).

Below is a video from KING 5 NEWS Seattle on Bernie's visit, it includes both the rally that Bernie had to walk away from at Westlake and the second one on U of W campus I attended. (I disagree with the reporter about it being an all aged event, but I may be wrong. There were one hell of a lot of kids in my section that's for sure!) I was unaware about the Westlake disruption because it occurred as I was driving up to Seattle, I found out about it by reading DU via my I-Phone while standing in line for 2 hours waiting to get in. I wound up getting in a bit of a verbal tussle with a guy trying to pass out a BLM newspaper to me while I was standing in that line. The guy was in his late 40s and claimed to know nothing about what had happened at Westlake earlier. When I offered to show him the report I got from a DU link the guy's response was: "Hey, I am just passing out newspapers for BLM, if you don't want one you don't have to take it." Then he moved off down the line. Here is KING-5's report on the day's events and sorry about the add, you get to skip it in a few seconds:


edited in the day after are some of my photos from this rally. I've a spanking new camera that I do NOT know how to operate so please forgive me the far too many blurry shots. I hope to get better at this.

Below, speaking Bernie's new Press Secretary Symone D. Sanders

Sanders Alert. Bernie is on Thom Hartmann live right now

Brunch With Bernie
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