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What Robert Reich says about Judge Sri Srinivasan on Facebook.

Reich's Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RBReich/?fref=nf

My mole in the White House tells me Obama will nominate 46-year-old Judge Sri Srinivasan, an Indian-American jurist who Obama nominated in 2013 to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit -- and the Senate confirmed unanimously. Having confirmed him unanimously just three years ago, it would be difficult (but hardly impossible) for Republicans to oppose him now. (Twelve former Solicitors General, including Republican notables as Paul Clement and Kenneth Starr had endorsed his confirmation. Moreover, the D.C. Circuit has long been a Supreme Court farm team – Scalia himself, along with John Roberts, Clarence Thomas, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg were judges there before ascending to the Supreme Court.)

But is Srinivasan progressive? He had been Obama’s principal Deputy Solicitor General before the nomination, arguing Supreme Court cases in support of affirmative action and against Indiana’s restrictive voter ID law, for example. But this record doesn’t prove much. (Having once worked as an assistant Solicitor General, I know the inhabitants of that office will argue whatever halfway respectable arguments the Justice Department and, indirectly, the President, wants made.)

Before the Obama administration, Srinivasan worked for five years in George W. Bush’s Justice Department. Prior to that, as an attorney in the private firm of O'Melveny & Myers, he defended Exxon Mobil in a lawsuit brought by Indonesians who accused the company’s security forces of torture, murder, and other violations against their people; successfully represented a newspaper that fired its employees for unionizing; and defended Enron’s former CEO, Jeffrey Skilling, later convicted for financial fraud. But in these instances, too, it could be argued he was just representing clients. Another clue: After graduating Stanford Law School in 1995, Srinivasan clerked for two Republican-appointed jurists – Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III, and Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor – both of whom were considered moderate.

Since he became a judge on the D.C. Circuit, he hasn’t tipped his hand. But I discovered one morsel of information that might interest you: In 2000, he worked on Al Gore’s legal team in the infamous Supreme Court case of “Bush v. Gore.”

One more paragraph at Facebook.


Sri Srinivasan has a relatively good chance at being confirmed, if nominated, because he was confirmed 97-0 by the Senate in 2013 to current federal judgeship.

Srinivasan appears to be moderate rather than liberal and has some prior professional work for the darkside.

Should Grant county Sheriff Glenn Palmer be investigated or arrested for sedition?



The group of leaders was on U.S. 395 bound for John Day, where they were scheduled to participate in an evening community meeting set up by local residents. A crowd of several hundred had gathered at the John Day Senior Center, who were subsequently told the "guest speakers" would not be appearing. Among those attending the meeting was Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer, who two weeks ago met with Payne and militant Jon Ritzheimer. He later publicly declared that Dwight Hammond Jr. and his son Steven should be freed from federal prison to help end the standoff. Palmer also has recommended that the FBI leave the Harney County scene and turn the matter to local police.

sedition defined: Conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state or monarch.

California Reservoir Status

This map is a graphic of current, historic, and capacity status of major California Reservoirs as of today.

I post because I like the presentation and the issue is important.

Note that the y-axis varies in scale from reservoir to reservoir.

The drought has also negatively impacted ground water storage.

As of 12/20/2015, 1195 people were killed by cop in the USA 2015.

Here is a database of the 1195 killed by cop in the USA in 2015:


A recent article (note the bold for 2014 comparing civilian vs cop deaths):


As of Dec. 26, police had killed 1,186 people since the year 2015 began, according to the website killedbypolice.net, which lists all the victims’ names and links to news reports of their deaths.

The Washington Post puts the number of Americans shot dead by police in 2015 at 965, but the Post only included shootings that involved an on-duty police shooting to death a civilian. The Post reported 62 of the deaths occurred in the past 30 days.

The Post did not include people in police custody, fatal shootings by off-duty officers, or police killings that did not involve firearms.

Police killed more than 1,100 civilians in 2014. Twenty-seven police were killed in the line of duty that year.

From wiki:


This is a list of American police officers killed in the line of duty. The list includes only individuals whose deaths received significant local, national, or international attention, and is not an inclusive list of all such officers killed. Summaries of the overall casualty figures, by year, are also provided.

List at wiki link.

Out of 69 reported cops killed in line of duty for 2015 as of November 28, 2015, twenty-seven 27 were from gunfire and a majority of the cops killed were by heart attack or accident.

From 2010 to 2014 cops killed in line of duty ranged from 114 to 161 including killed by criminals and those killed by accident or heart attack.

The statistics are way out of line IMHO.

President Obama honors Willie Mays, Yogi Berra with Medal of Freedom

Source: ESPN / AP

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama recognized 17 Americans with the nation's highest civilian award Tuesday, including the first African-American woman elected to Congress, one of the greatest catchers in baseball history and a "Funny Girl."

"Today we celebrate some extraordinary people: innovators, artists and leaders who contribute to America's strength as a nation," Obama said.

"It's because of giants like Willie that someone like me could even think about running for president," President Barack Obama said Tuesday as he awarded Mays and Yogi Berra (posthumously) the Presidential Medal of Freedom. AP Photo/Evan Vucci

The sports honorees were Baseball Hall of Famers Willie Mays and Yogi Berra. Berra, who died in September, was a famed Yankees catcher, an 18-time All-Star and a 10-time World Series champion. The president noted that Berra also served in World War II. Mays was among the first African-American players in Major League Baseball.

Read more: http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/14217458/president-barack-obama-recognizes-yogi-berra-willie-mays-presidential-medal-freedom

I was a huge fan of Willie Mays (and the Giants) growing up and for life (and attended at least one Giants game every season between 1959 and 2003).

I was at Candlestick when Mays hit his 512 home run.

The many Black and Latin players on the Giants in the 1960s had a positive impact on me far beyond baseball.

So I was going to put this in The Lounge but the article is Late Breaking News and may be of general interest.

There is a really sweet photo of POTUS Obama putting the award on Willie Mays at the link.

PKD's Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch.

John Lennon had a movie option at one time (prior to Bladerunner or any other PKD sourced movie).

That said though a major long term fan of PKD and liking the movies in general, there has never been a movie yet made from PKD fiction that I have found satisfying as a PKD reader.

Yellen warns proposed law on Fed would damage US economy

Source: AFP/MSN

Janet Yellen warned Tuesday that a proposed law in Congress to more closely oversee the Federal Reserve would politicize monetary policy and do deep harm to the US economy.

The "Fed Oversight Reform and Modernization Act" would tie the hands of Fed policy-makers to a formulaic rule that, if in place during the last six years, would have greatly worsened the impact of the economic crisis, Yellen said in a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.

"This legislation would severely damage the US economy were it to become law," she wrote.

It would also "likely lead to... a diminished status of the dollar in global financial markets, and reduced economic and financial stability."

Setting up an economic rule to guide Fed monetary policy, as the FORM Act proposed, "would essentially repeal the Federal Reserve's remaining ability to act in a crisis."

Read more: http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/yellen-warns-proposed-law-on-fed-would-damage-us-economy/ar-BBn80gN?li=BBgzzfc&OCID=DELLDHP

Yellen is correct. Bad proposed legislation that plays well politically.

For What Its Worth

Obama to deploy 300 US troops to Cameroon to fight Boko Haram

Source: The Guardian US edition

Senior administration official says deployment is part of efforts to fight Boko Haram as militant group expands beyond traditional base in Nigeria.

Barack Obama on Wednesday notified US Congress that he intends to deploy 300 troops to Cameroon to conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations.

In a letter released by the White House, the president said 90 personnel had already been deployed, and would be armed for self-defense.

A senior administration official told AFP the deployment was “part of the counter Boko Haram effort”.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/14/obama-deployment-us-troops-cameroon-boko-haram

"Organic" farming can fill an economic and food quality niche.

Until 2006 I leased (as lessor) an 8 acre organic farm in Humboldt county, CA (a local who shops at the Arcata or Eureka farmers markets would recognize various tenants from the 1980s to 2006). Prior to the coming of the "organic farmers" the site had been used by my family (since 1869) for family garden, irrigated pasture, and in the 70s to mid 80s part was in alfalfa. The alfalfa was for our own calves and horses and the excess sold locally. The alfalfa was not viable in and of itself.

The last tenant specialized in "heirloom" varieties of perishables (tomatoes, peppers, summer squash, herbs, greens, etc.) and sold at the coastal farmers markets, restaurants (local and San Francisco Bay Area), and bulk to non-corporate groceries (Arcata Coop).

In 2003 I had reason for a real estate appraisal and the tenant provided me his Schedule C tax form. In 2002 the small farm and marketing by the tenant netted $103,000 to the tenant farmer. The product was unprocessed fresh vegetables retail at the farmers markets or wholesale to the restaurants and groceries. Costs included wages, insurance, water (irrigation and sanitary), tractor, irrigation equipment, refrigerator truck, waxed boxes, seeds, manure and compost, bookkeeping, portapotty, and, of course, payment to the landlord. I would guess 5-6 FTE employees (more individuals but seasonal) besides the proprietor.

The "heirloom" vegetables are more perishable and flavorful that run of the mill corporate product. They also sold for a considerable higher price. Because of the intensity of farming, the per acre production was comparable or exceeded that of corporate farming with pesticides The vegetables were more perishable and also more attractive and flavorful than fresh vegetables available at the typical markets. The "heirloom" vegetables were also seasonal. There was a considerable wastage in produce that was flawed in appearance for market or returned unsold from farmers markets and this was used by the farmer and employees or given away locally and was in an amount that most ended up as compost.

One issue I had with the tenant was that he was by contract required to get the farm certified and maintain certification by the California Certified Organic Farmers Association and never did.


Yet during part of his tenancy he was an officer in the North Coast Growers Association. Some of the farmers at this site and another farm owned by my family were founding members of NCGA.

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