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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: 10,555

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!

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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

Lindsey Stirling, Music Box Tour, Full Show on June 22, 2015

I run both my X-Box 1 and my computer through my stereo and then through my 48' TV. (At 60, I absolutely love living here in the future! We are doing things wildly beyond anything I could have imagined as a teenager!)

To call me a Lindsey Stirling fan would be a disservice. I can think of no musician I adore more. I hope she doesn't change even a single note for her show when she comes to Bumbershoot in Seattle next month. As to what I am seeing in this YouTube posting of that show: OH. MY. GOD!
If you are a Lindsey Stirling fan, you are gonna love this. The show starts just before the 2 minute mark. Get comfy and turn it up!

OMG, KING 5 NEWS (Seattle) is reporting on the Sanders events coming to our area!

(Cross posted from Primaries Group)
Local NBC affiliate KING 5 NEWS out of Seattle is NOT choosing the road of ignoring the Sanders Campaign, instead our KING 5 NEWS is all over it!


Bernie Sanders brings campaign to Seattle, Portland

Associated Press and KING 5 News 2:09 p.m. PDT August 6, 2015

SEATTLE -- Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is taking his presidential bid to the West Coast, with rallies planned in the coming days in Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles.

During a conference call Thursday ahead of his Saturday events in Seattle, Sanders said that his focus on issues like the middle class, climate change, criminal justice reform is resonating with voters, and sets him apart from Democratic primary front-runner Hillary Clinton.

Sanders will be at Westlake Park in Seattle Saturday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to speak at a social security and Medicare celebration. That evening, Sanders will appear at a campaign rally to discuss income inequality, climate change and college affordability. The rally will start at 6 p.m. at the University of Washington's HecEdmundson Pavilion.

He's also scheduled to hold a rally at Portland's Memorial Coliseum Sunday night, before heading to an event in Los Angeles Monday.


Declared 2016 candidate: Bernie Sanders

According to his campaign, 120 locations in Washington state took part in a Sanders meet-up on July 29, third in the nation for participation behind California and New York.

He already boasts more than 70,000 committed volunteers nationwide, compared to Democratic rival Hilary Clinton's more than 12,000 commitments, according to their campaigns.


Sanders lets volunteers decide how to support his presidential campaign

Sanders was elected as an independent to the U.S. House in 1990. He then ran and won a spot in the Senate in 2006, and is currently serving his second term.
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